Benefice Letter for March

Where does the time go? It only seems 5 minutes since I was writing my last piece for the magazine!

We have an awayday coming up on the 9th March at Combeinteignhead Village Hall (it’s more of a half day as we are planning to run from 10am to 1pm – with a bring and share lunch!). We are hoping to encourage thinking about the future of our churches and changes that may have to be made in order to keep them all going, remembering that we are merely custodians for the time we are here. We need to leave solid foundations for the next generation of churchgoers to build upon and use the foundations we have been left to grow for the future. In the light of the proposed new Deanery Plan, which indicates that we must reduce from the current 7 stipendiary (full-time paid) priests we have in our Deanery to 5.25 by the year 2024, this discussion is vital. We will also look at how we move forward with Bishop Robert’s vision to Grow in Prayer, Make new disciples and serve the people of Devon with Joy. I will be explaining more about the Deanery Plan in future editions but if anyone would like to know more in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Back to the present – and we are in March – a long month, a month of Lenten discipline and a time for our spiritual cleaning out and renewal. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on 6th March and continues to Easter. 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 a homeless 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.

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 have learnt a couple that I didn’t know before, my garden has been visited by Dunnocks, Black caps and a plethora of Robins as well as the different varieties of Great Tit, Coal tits and Blue tits!! 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 – we have so much to be thankful for!

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

With every blessing from the Rectory

Annie x

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