18 April 2021
 
Dear EFP church folk,
 
Here's today’s Sunday Reflection and Prayer -
Service sheet attached.
 
After seeing the Queen yesterday go through the bleakness of a Covid funeral, today we are reminded in the resurrection narrative of the wounded Jesus coming to us in the bleakest of circumstances.
 
Today we have Communion at Escot at 9am.
 
God bless,
David
 
Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team 
The Rectory, Feniton
11 April 2021
 
Dear EFP church folk,
 
Here's today’s Sunday Reflection and Prayer -
Service sheet attached.
 
- Additional Morning Worship today Feniton, 9.30am.
- Payhembury All-Age 10.30am, Escot Evensong 6pm.
 
Commemorative services below.
 
God bless,
David
 
Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team 
The Rectory, Feniton
 
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Easter Day - 4 April 2021
 
Dear EFP church folk,
 
Happy Easter!
 
Here is our Easter reflection with Communion -
…and with an extra hymn to finish at -
Service sheet attached.
 
Services -
9am  Escot
10.30am Feniton
11am  Payhembury
 
God bless,
David
 
Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team 
The Rectory
Feniton
 
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Good Friday 2 April 2021
 
Dear EFP church folk,
 
Here is our Good Friday reflection service -
and service sheet attached.
 
services at -
12 noon  Payhembury
3pm Feniton
5pm  Escot
 
God bless,
David
 
 
Maundy Thursday 1 April 2021
 
Dear EFP church folk,
 
I hope you've been enjoying the burst of wonderful warm weather this week. As one regular dog-walker I see greeted me this morning, ‘Your hat and gloves’ll be back out at the weekend’ - he wears shorts whatever the temperature!
 
Wonderfully we will have dry weather to sing outside both on Good Friday at the service’s end, and on Easter Day start and finish - if a bit chilly, particularly at Escot early Sunday morning!
 
On Easter Day, you are invited to gather in the churchyard for the start of the service if you are able. If you'd prefer or need to wait inside, please do so, however. At each church the service will begin with a hymn outside - hymn-sheets will be given out - and finish by returning outside. Please socially distance, and keep to 2-households/rule-of-6 as much as you can. It is an Easter celebration, though… 
 
In our Good Friday services, we will bring to the Cross the prayers of our communities emerging from the struggles of the past 12 pandemic months. In our Easter services, we offer our communities’ hopes for the next 12 months.
 
Good Friday reflection services -
12 noon  Payhembury
3pm Feniton
5pm  Escot
Easter Day services -
9am  Escot Communion
10.30am  Feniton
11am  Payhembury (note later time)
 
Videos -
Good Friday short reflection service
Easter Day reflection and ‘Communion'
Links on the mornings, with service sheets.
 
A poem is attached for reflection, as we step into Good Friday and Easter - ‘Everything we bring.
 
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I hope you have a peaceful and refreshing weekend.
 
After Easter I shall be on leave from next Thursday, back Friday 16th.
 
God bless,
David
 
 
Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team
The Rectory Feniton
01404 850905

28 March 2021

Dear EFP church folk,

Some great news for Easter first!
Fresh off the Government/CofE Covid-restrictions press: from this week, singing outside in a churchyard as part of a service will be permitted!
So weather-permitting, we can sing on Easter Day!
What we will most likely do is start and end each service with a hymn outside. On Good Friday we will do so just at the end.
We will work out the details this week, and let you know in advance.
Social mixing will still be limited by the wider rules (Rule-of-6 / 2-households).
Inside the church we still can’t have a singing group.

Palm Sunday tomorrow -
Our 7th and penultimate Beatitude converges with Jesus entering Jerusalem - ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God’.
Our theme - ‘Cycle of violence, Cycle of Peace’
Feniton Palm Sunday Communion 10.30am - service sheet for 'straight' printing HERE and in paginated form HERE.
Sunday video reflection and prayers - link HERE.

Attached -
Questions for reflection
Lent Prayer Diary

Next weekend’s services -
Apr 2nd Good Friday Reflection: 
12 noon Payhembury
3pm Feniton
5pm Escot
Apr 4th Easter Sunday:
9am Escot Communion
10.30am Feniton
11am Payhembury (* note the later time)

As we enter Holy Week...
Good Friday and Easter Day - a gathering of prayers
Good Friday and Easter present us with the opposing poles of experience of death and life, pain and joy.
So in our Good Friday and Easter services, we will hold specially all the spoken and unspoken prayers of all in our communities, as well as our own, particularly those arising from the pandemic -
on Good Friday - prayers of pain and grief, to bring to the Cross
on Easter Day - prayers of hope and new life, as we celebrate resurrection
During Holy Week, there will be opportunity for written prayers to be left in one of the churches by any who wish to do so.


A sonnet for Palm Sunday - by Malcolm Guite -

Now to the gate of my Jerusalem,
The seething holy city of my heart,
The Saviour comes. But will I welcome him?
Oh crowds of easy feelings make a start;
They raise their hands, get caught up in the singing,
And think the battle won. Too soon they'll find
The challenge, reversal he is bringing
Changes their tune. I know what lies behind
The surface flourish that so quickly fades;
Self-interest, and fearful guardedness,
The hardness of the heart, its barricades,
And at the core, the dreadful emptiness
Of a perverted temple. Jesus, come
Break my resistance, and make me your home.

from 'Sounding the Seasons'

A prayer from this week’s Beatitude -
God of peace,
thank you for coming to be our peace.
Make us bringers of peace
to those around us
through all we do.
In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Picture of the week -
The displayed penalty for not obeying was $50...
Pertinent for the start of Holy Week, as the leaders of Jesus' time thought they could leash him in. They were wrong.

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Take care, and God bless,
David


Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team
The Rectory
Station Road
Feniton EX14 3DF
01404 850905

                        CHURCH SERVICES IN APRIL 2021

                        ESCOT, FENITON & PAYHEMBURY

GOOD FRIDAY 2ND APRIL

Payhembury 12 noon Refection

            Feniton 3pm Reflection

            Escot 5pm Reflection

SUNDAY 4TH APRIL                                     EASTER DAY

Church Time Service Reader Sidesman Intercess
Escot 9am Parish Communion (DC) O Price J Davis
Feniton 10.30am Parish Communion (STu) A Reed

A Reed

M Pipe

  

D Lanning
Payhembury 11am All ages Communion (DC)

SUNDAY 11TH APRIL                       SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

Church Time Service Reader Sidesman Intercess
Escot 6pm Evensong (TP) L Saunders  
Payhembury 10.30am All ages service (STu)      

SUNDAY 18TH APRIL                       THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

Church Time Service Reader Sidesman Intercess
Escot 10.30 am Parish Communion (DC) J Welch  S Rogers

SUNDAY 25TH APRI                         FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Church Time Service Reader Sidesman Intercess
Feniton 10.30am Parish Communion (DC) E Chatfield

S Boyes

R Gwerman-Jones

Danny Beaven

SUNDAY 2ND MAY                            ST PHILIP & ST JAMES

Church Time Service Reader Sidesman Intercess
Escot 10.30am Patronal Festival Communion (DC)   K Drew