Benefice Letter for May

Hello again! I do hope that you all enjoyed Easter but don’t 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 – so keep on celebrating our Lord’s resurrection! Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Easter was very late this year and, for the six weeks before Easter we in the church observed the season of Lent – a time of soul searching, repentance and preparation. It is usual for people to give up something for Lent – or even to take up something. It is not supposed to be easy as we are remembering the suffering of Jesus, I wonder how many people managed to keep their Lenten discipline?

We now enter the ‘wedding season’ and welcome and pray for all those who come to our churches to marry. We wish them a wonderful wedding day and long and happy marriages.

There are some special services this month including a Rogation Picnic at 5pm on the 26th May on the beach in Shaldon and an Ascension Day service at 8am in St Andrew’s, Stokeinteignhead, followed by breakfast on Thursday 30th May. All are welcome to join us at these services as you are every Sunday. Details of all our services are to be found on our website ‘Shaldon churches’ and on the church notice boards.

Another highlight for May is the Shaldon Singers spring concert which, this year, will be their 40th anniversary concert. The event will be held at St Peter’s Church, Shaldon at 7pm on Saturday 11th May. Tickets are priced at £11.00, or £14.00 with refreshments, and are available from Shaldon Post Office, Teign Music, and choir members. If you have not been to one of the Singers’ concerts before – treat yourself – it is well worth it!

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 Rectory garden is now being visited by long tailed tits (which are very acrobatic!) and I have seen the first chaffinch too and a pair of goldfinches!!

I hate to mention the ‘B’ word and I don’t know if it’s anything to do with it but, with a further extension and so much uncertainty, many people seem to be quite tetchy and tempers are fraying quicker than usual!! Can we all make a big effort to be nice to others and smile a bit more? Kindness and good manners cost nothing!

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

Annie x

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