28 February 2021
Dear EFP church folk,
Bits of news first today.
We will cautiously restart services in church next Sunday 7th Mar. This will be at Feniton, Communion. Mar 14th will be a Mothering Sunday All Age service at Payhembury, and Mar 21st Escot Communion. (All 10.30am). Covid-19 precautions continue, appropriate to Lockdown.
Ann and Keith Mills sadly move from Feniton shortly. The Feniton Mar 7th service will be their last. They do plan to return to the area before long.
This year’s World Day of Prayer (Mar 5th) is from Vanuatu - like Melanesia part of the Solomon Islands. There is an online service from the Cathedral at 11.30am, led by Cate Edmonds. See https://exeter.anglican.org/world-day-of-prayer-2021-building-a-strong-foundation/ <https://exeter.anglican.org/world-day-of-prayer-2021-building-a-strong-foundation/> , or contact Katie Drew.
Escot APCM is Mon 8th Mar 2pm by Zoom.
Electoral rolls - a reminder to contact one of our Electoral Roll Officers as soon as possible, if you aren’t on the electoral and would like to be - Shan Allen, Lesley Elford, and Janet Welch.
The special Lent prayer diary from Becky continues (attached).
This week's special Lent Children’s Church is also attached - 'The calm jar’.
Beatitude Number 3 feeds our Lent reflection in tomorrow’s Sunday worship - "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."
YouTube service link HERE and reflection only link HERE
Service sheet (for paginated and 'straight' printing) and Bible readings attached
Questions for reflection also attached.
Picture/reflection of the week:
Yesterday morning, on the Talaton road railway bridge. These moments are such gifts - the mist, the light, and the hope they instil. As poet WH Davis wrote -
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
Beneath the beautiful mist is the railway. In this week of the Government’s ‘roadmap’, let us extend our thoughts to those who are having to concentrate particularly intensely on what is coming down the track (metaphorically speaking): teachers preparing for the return to school; business people making their best-laid plans; scientists and medics monitoring and responding to Covid; Government itself, and others. In their busy-ness, may they too catch moments of blessing from the beauty around. May we all.
I hope you have a peaceful week.
Take care, and God bless,
Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team