Benefice Letter for September

What a wonderful summer we’ve had! We have seen lots of sunshine and therefore lots of happy, smiling faces! It has been good to see so many visitors to our beautiful part of the country.

August was very busy with some wonderful events taking place. First there was Shaldon Water Carnival which drew huge crowds to the beach and village and was very successful – Well Done to all the committee and volunteers for a brilliant event! At the end of the month we had Shaldon Regatta with so much going on it was hard to keep up! It is fantastic to see youngsters being encouraged in a variety of water sports – and also novices! Once again the Regatta was amazing and thanks must go to their committee and volunteers for all their hard work and dedication year on year.

The children have been lucky to have had such a wonderful summer and now are preparing to return to school, some to the next year class and others to new schools, college or university. Please do keep them all in your thoughts and prayers as they settle into the new academic year.

September brings the season of Harvest and our services begin with the Harvest Service at St Blaise Church, Haccombe at 6pm on Sunday 22nd September which is also the date and time for Harvest Praise at St Nicholas church, Ringmore. On Sunday 29th September there will be a Benefice Harvest Service at All Saints church in Combeinteignhead which will be followed by a Harvest Lunch in Combe Village Hall, there will be ‘sign-up sheets’ at the back of all the churches so please do put your names down so that we have an idea of numbers for catering purposes!! St Blaise Harvest Lunch will be at 12md on Saturday 5th October at Old Hows Farm, Netherton by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs Bullied. St Peter’s, Shaldon will hold their Harvest Festival service on Sunday 6th October at 10.30am and St Andrew’s, Stokeinteignhead will also hold theirs on Sunday 6th October at 11am – this will be followed by a Harvest Auction at the Church House Inn at 8pm on Monday 7th.

Saturday 14th September is designated as Devon Historic Churches Day and all of our churches will be open to visitors. This incorporates the national Ride and Stride event whereby folk are encouraged to walk or cycle between and around churches and to raise sponsorship for Devon Historic Churches – it is worth mentioning that half of this sponsorship does come back to our churches! There will be a ‘Parachuting Teddy Bear’ event at All Saints Church, Combeinteignhead at 11am on the day with tea, coffee, squash and home made cakes!

This month I begin my sabbatical – a 3 month break from Parish Ministry and a time of rest refreshment and learning! During this time I shall be visiting Spain, India, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Holy Land!!! I will endeavour to contribute a short precis of my activities in future editions. In my absence Hugh McCormick (Reader in this Benefice) will write for the November edition and the Reverend Caroline Luff for the December edition. I look forward to seeing you all again in plenty of time for Christmas!

There will also be the annual ‘Blessing of the Boats’ on Teignmouth Quay at 11am on Saturday 21st September, which is an important event for our sailing community.

May God’s blessing be with you all and especially with our farming community as they gather in the Harvest.

With much love from the Rectory,

Annie x

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