Dear EFP church folk,
 
Congratulations to all involved in schools - teachers, children and parents - for making it through to half-term. 
It has been an extraordinarily tiring period for most, dealing with all the pandemic restrictions. Payhembury have this week also been several staff down, largely due to COVID and consequent self-isolation. 
May the half-term break bring some much-needed rest for all.
 
Others in our community have recently lost people close to them
So let us be thankful for these people whose lives have enriched ours, and hold their families and friends before God.
 
Tomorrow is -
  • Storytime+ 9am at Feniton
  • All-Age service 10.30am at Payhembury 
All welcome to both.
 
The link for tomorrow's video reflection is -
 
Attached are this week’s Prayer Diary and Children’s Church, with thanks to Becky (and extra Colouring Sheet).
 
Services for November -
1st  Feniton Communion 10.30am
8th Feniton Remembrance 10.55am
Payhembury Remembrance  10.55am
15th  Escot Communion 10.30am
22nd Feniton  Storytime+ 9am
Payhembury  All-age 10.30am
29th Team Advent Communion at Escot 10.30am
 
Prayer of the week -
Lord you are my hiding place
A shelter from the storm
A protection from the heat
I rest under the cover of your wing
Your love is all around me
Above me to uplift me
Beneath me to support me
Behind me to protect me
Before me to guide me
Around me to shield me
Within me to strengthen me
Lord you are my hiding place
This day and forever
This day and forever
(David Adam, from ‘Island of light’)
 
Picture of the week
a clergy friend re-read the attached notice displayed in their church building for some months. 
It all depends how you read it...
 
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Enjoy the bonus hour tonight!
 
Take care, and God bless,
David
 
 
Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team 
The Rectory
Feniton
Dear EFP church folk,
 
Some of you have enjoyed the Escot-Payhembury-Feniton-parishes walk today. A lovely October day for it too! Thank you to those who organised it, helping raise funds for Payhembury Church as well as bringing much enjoyment.
 
I got some walking in too, in our time off these past couple of weeks. Dawn is having a delightful late harvest of yellow cherry tomatoes. Some of these came with me for packed lunch on my walks, and obligingly posed for ’selfies’ prior to consumption.
 
So Picture of the Week (attached) is - 
...Branscombe Tomato, Beer Tomato, Dartmoor Cairn Tomato, and Bronze Age Tomato. 
 
Today is Escot's Harvest Festival, 10.30am.
  • non-perishable goods can be brought for the Foodbank.
  • ‘check in’ with the NHS COVID-19 app when you arrive, if you have a smart-phone. 
 
There will also be the usual video reflection (link HERE). The theme is "Nature’s voice is God’s voice”. Service sheet HERE
 
Attached are this week’s Prayer Diary and Children’s Church, with thanks to Becky.
 
Services for the following weeks -
25th Feniton  Storytime+ 9am
Payhembury  All-age 10.30am
1st  Feniton Communion 10.30am
8th Feniton Remembrance prior to 11am
Payhembury Remembrance          "
More details to follow about the Remembrance services. 
 
This past couple of weeks I have discovered an astonishing writer in Etty Hillesum. She died in 1943 aged 29 in the Holocaust, but not before living an extraordinary and animated life, of discovery of faith and love for others amongst brutal conditions. 
I will write more about her, I am sure. 
For today, suffice to say that she found joy in the flowers and the birds, even in the midst of trauma and death. ‘Consider the birds… consider the lilies,’ said Jesus, as we reflect tomorrow.
 
Take care, and God bless,
David
 
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4 October 2020
 
Dear EFP church folk,
 
Today is Feniton’s Harvest Festival, 10.30am.
  • non-perishable goods can be brought for the Foodbank
  • it will be a Communion service
 
Remember to ‘check in’ with the NHS COVID-19 app when you arrive, if you have a smart-phone. 
 
There will also be the usual video reflection (link tomorrow).
  • Service Sheet for Feniton Harvest Communion is available HERE with an additional page available HERE
 
Services for the following weeks -
11th  Payhembury Harvest Festival 10.30am; There won’t be an EFP reflection next Sunday 11th. I will be on holiday.
The Bishop of Exeter has recorded a Harvest Reflection, at https://vimeo.com/463479254 .
 
I will be on holiday from tomorrow, Mon 5th, returning Sat 17th.
18th Escot Harvest Festival 10.30am
25th Feniton  9am Storytime+
Payhembury  10.30am   All-age
 
Poem of the week - from John Donohue (with thanks to Cara for sharing this) -
 
This is the time to be slow,
lie low to the wall
until the bitter weather passes.
 
Try, as best you can, not to let
the wire brush of doubt
scrape from your heart
all sense of yourself
and your hesitant light.
 
If you remain generous,
time will come good;
and you will find your feet
again on fresh pastures of promise,
where the air will be kind
and blushed with beginning.
 
Picture of the week: impending apple harvest in the orchard outside Feniton.
 
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Take care, and God bless,
David
 
 
Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team 
The Rectory
Feniton
27 September 2020
 
 
Dear EFP church folk,
 
Family services return today!
 
We have today -
  • Storytime+  at Feniton, 9.00am - all ages welcome
  • All Age worship  at Payhembury, 10.30am - all welcome here too!
Social distancing and face-masks apply. So we’ll be feeling our way back into doing family worship. 
But there should still be plenty of fun!
 
There will also be the usual video reflection (link HERE).
 
All churches are now encouraged to display a ‘QR code’ for their premises. 
  • These are the mysterious square pictures you may have seen, consisting of lots of little black-and-white squares.
  • Those of you with the NHS COVID-19 App on a smart-phone can ‘check in’. 
  • This assists NHS Track and Trace.
  • Data is handled using cunning codes for confidentiality.
  • No-one else therefore knows that you have (or have not) been to the church!
They will be appearing at an EFP church near you soon!
 
with worship song link this week
with special resource from The Happiness Project...
…are both attached, with thanks as ever to Becky.
For prayer requests you would like included, contact Becky (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or me.
 
Feniton APCM -
  • is this Tuesday 29th Sept 7.30pm
  • in the church  (following the same protocols as Sunday worship)
  • all Feniton-ites warmly invited
 
Services for the coming weeks -
4th Oct Feniton 10.30am Harvest Festival Communion
11th  Payhembury 10.30am Harvest Festival
18th Escot 10.30am Harvest Festival
25th Feniton  9am Storytime+
Payhembury  10.30am   All-age
 
For Saturday reflection (...or through the week), two musical aids - 
1. A beautiful worship song Becky has linked from the Prayer Diary -
‘Waymaker'
2. Scottish folk singer does ‘A Month of Sundays’ in Sept - 
Elsa McTaggart has been singing a Christian song each day 
outdoors on the Isle of Harris.
 
Picture of the week: for those autumn days when you think of yourself as active but just want to curl up like a cat (insert your own picture).
 
 
Take care, and God bless,
David
 
 
Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team 
The Rectory
Feniton
 
20 September 2020
 
Dear EFP church folk,
 
A spot of Indian Summer this week. I hope you’ve been able to enjoy it.
 
Tomorrow we have a special service at Escot - a Melanesian and climate service.
  • Monday Sep 21st is Bishop John Patteson Day in the C of E calendar
  • Melanesia is already affected directly by climate change, through rising sea-levels (see below)
  • 10.30am - all welcome from all parishes
  • it is a non-Communion service
  • Service Sheet HERE
  • Children's Church Sheet HERE and 'Extra' Sheet HERE
 
There will also be the usual Sunday Reflection and Prayer video, Link HERE
 
  • a stimulating 6-minute video conveys the impact of climate change on Melanesia, and how local churches are at the heart of their communities’ response - http://www.mmuk.net/newsresources/newsresources-films/ . I highly recommend it.
  • listen to the Melanesian Brothers’ beautiful singing of Psalm 23 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Sv8ijQNQBQ&feature=youtu.be , which we will have at Escot tomorrow
  • for further reflection, a 10-min sermon from Melanesian Bishop Willie on loving our neighbour, including our , at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QvGjzZ2NVQ&feature=youtu.be 
  • the Melanesian Mission UK APCM is this Monday 21st Sept 7pm (info attached). Via Zoom, so easier to attend! Contact Katie Drew for the Zoom link (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 
Payhembury APCM -
  • is this Tuesday 22nd Sept 7pm
  • it will be in the church, within C of E ‘rule of 6’ guidelines (following the same guidelines as for Sunday worship)
  • all Payhembury-ites warmly invited!
 
Feniton APCM - is on Tues 29th Sept at 7.15pm, and will also be in the church.
 
Prayer diary
  • attached here, thanks as ever to Becky
  • if you have specific prayer requests, for yourself or someone else, that you would like included, please let me or Becky know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 
Children’s church also attached - with bonus “Grapeful for Grace” (!) sheet.
 
Services for the coming weeks -
27th Feniton  9am Storytime+
Payhembury  10.30am   All-age
4th Oct Feniton 10.30am Harvest Festival Communion
11th  Payhembury 10.30am Harvest Festival
18th Escot 10.30am Harvest Festival
 
That’s enough for today’s email, I think! Have a good weekend
 
Take care, and God bless,
David
 
 
Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team 
The Rectory
Feniton
 
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