Benefice Letter for March


Well, we are in March already – a long month, a month of Lenten discipline and a time for our spiritual cleaning out and renewal. Many people give something up for Lent. If it is a meal one day a week then save the money you would have spent and give it to Charity. Many will take up something new and perhaps decide to spend more time in prayer or reading scripture. If this is what you are doing I am certain that you will find it will draw you closer to God and you will find an inner peace that you didn’t have before. Perhaps you could simply try and fit in a little – 5 minutes – of either silence or stillness into your day, just listening to God. Go on, give it a try! Also, thinking back to my thoughts from last month, I would like to invite us all to put into practice that Great Commandment ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’. The whole world needs to be shown more love and that love should begin at home and in our own communities with those we see every day.

As we look forward to the joy of Easter and the coming of spring it is wonderful to watch God’s amazing creation. From my study window I watch the birds on the feeders and out of my kitchen window I have watched as the crocus and daffodils have pushed their way out of the ground and are beginning to give a wonderful display of shape and colour, although my Tete-a-Tete’s have been in flower for most of February – we have so much to be thankful for!

Our Lent courses in Shaldon and Stokeinteignhead have already started and will continue throughout the time leading up to Easter. I am sure that it will be thought provoking and fulfilling for all those who attend, and my grateful thanks go to our leaders, Keith Robinson and Melissa McGladdery.

The World Day of Prayer service with be held on Friday 6th March at 11am at St Andrew’s Church, Stokeinteignhead and all are welcome.

There will be a simple Lent lunch of bread and cheese held at 29 Huxnor Road, Kingskerswell on behalf of St Blaise Church, Haccombe from 12 midday on Saturday 7th March which is kindly hosted by Mrs Rosemary Haywood. This is always a lovely event with a produce sale stall. Oh, and there is cake too!

My thanks go to all who work tirelessly to make these events such a success.

This spring take pleasure in the simple things, take care of yourselves and each other – all within the love of God.

With love from the Rectory,

Annie x



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