Benefice Letter for May

Hello again! I do hope that you all enjoyed Easter but donít forget that Easter Sunday was just the beginning of the Easter Season and it continues. Each Sunday of the season is treated as a Sunday of Easter, and, after the Sunday of the Resurrection,(Easter Day), they are named Second Sunday of Easter, Third Sunday of Easter, etc. up to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, while the whole fifty-day period concludes with Pentecost Sunday Ė so keep on celebrating our Lordís resurrection!

April has been a busy time with all our Annual Church Meetings where our church officers are appointed. My sincere thanks go to all who serve as PCC members and Church Wardens and especially to warden Lesley Bill on her retirement from St Peterís and who has worked tirelessly for her term of office for the benefit of the church building and the people. Lesley will not be disappearing altogether as she has very kindly agreed to work alongside our new Church Warden, Richard Kontny. All our Church Wardens are greatly respected and appreciated for their hard work and dedication to the church. I look forward to working closely with them as we support one another and the church together. Volunteers are always needed to help run and keep our churches, so if you feel that you have a gift to share which will help us, please do get in touch.

Spring arrived in April (I think!!) as we had the occasional day of lovely weather, which I hope will now continue into the summer (donít hold your breath Ė we do live in the UK!!!) It is a busy time in the garden, saying goodbye to the wonderful spring flowers and preparing for the bedding plant season. The birds are busy too, busy searching out grubs and whatever they can find that will satisfy the appetite of their young. The garden is now being visited by long tailed tits (which are very acrobatic!) and I have seen the first chaffinch too and many black caps!

There are some special services in our churches this month including a Dementia Friendly Songs of Praise service at St Peterís on Wednesday 2nd May at 2pm (with a cream tea), Rogation Picnic on the 6th May at 3pm by kind invitation of the Ambridgeís in Combeinteignhead and an Ascension Day service at 8am in St Andrewís, Stokeinteignhead, followed by breakfast in the Church House Inn on Thursday 10th May All are welcome to join us at these services as you are every Sunday.

Shaldon Singers will also be giving their Spring Concert at St Peterís Church, Shaldon at 7pm on Saturday 19th May.

Until next time, with much love and prayers from the Rectory.

Annie x

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