Benefice Letter for July

Greetings from the Rectory! I do hope that those of you who attended really enjoyed the amazing concerts of the 30th anniversary year of Shaldon Festival. We were fortunate to be wonderfully entertained by some brilliant, top class performers and I would like to congratulate the Festival Committee for such a wonderful season of concerts. They work really hard to organise these Festivals and we should be so grateful for all that work which goes into arranging Shaldon Festival year on year.

There are some PCC meetings in July. These are open to observers to attend. St Blaise, Haccombe have their meeting on Tuesday 9th July at 10.30am in the church, All Saints, Combeinteignhead meet on Wednesday 10th July at 7.00pm in the Wild Goose and St Andrewís PCC meets at 7.00pm on Wednesday 24th July upstairs in the Church House Inn.

Now that we are in July please do remember the younger members of our communities as they break for the summer holidays. Some will be moving into a new class in September, some will be moving to a new school or even college and university. Let us do all we can to make their summer relaxed and enjoyable. We shall also be welcoming many visitors to the area during the next few weeks so do try to get some quiet, relaxing time for yourselves beforehand. Remember that we are all so lucky to live in such a beautiful place all year round so letís show just how proud we are of it!!

The summer is often a fairly quiet time in the church, having no major festivals like Easter or Christmas and is in what is termed Ordinary time. It allows for more uninterrupted reading of scripture in sequence, for the exploration of other themes such as creation and the environment, and for creative responses to the Saints' Days that occur at this time. It is also the season for weddings which are joyous occasions and we wish all those getting married in our churches the richness of Godís blessing as they begin their married life together.

My prayers are with you all for a happy summer.

With much love and every blessing form the Rectory.

Annie x

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