Benefice Letter for September

Welcome to September!!! It is back to school time for all our young people, the littlest ones are just starting pre school or moving up to ‘big school’ for the first time and it can be quite a scary experience for them, they will need lots of support and encouragement from the older ones! Moving up into a new class can be challenging for some too and changing to a new school even more so! I wish all our young people the very best as they begin this new school year and hope that they will all look back with fond memories of their time in education, perhaps as the best years of their lives (even though it might not seem like that at the time!!). The summer will have been a relaxing and exciting time but school can also be exciting – something I wish that I had made more of!

We begin the harvest season this month too with the first Harvest service being at 9.30am in St Nicholas Church, Ringmore on Sunday 23rd September with Harvest praise at 6pm and also St Blaise Harvest Praise Evensong at 6pm the same day. On Sunday 30th September there will be a Benefice Harvest service at St Peter’s Church, Shaldon followed by a Harvest Lunch – tickets for the lunch will be available and advertised nearer the time. St Blaise Church, Haccombe will be having their Harvest Lunch at Old Howes Farm at 12md on Saturday 29th September. Advance notice - St Andrew’s Church, Stokeinteignhead will hold their Harvest Service on Sunday 7th October at 11am with a Harvest auction on Monday 8th October at 8pm in the Church House Inn. All Saints, Combeinteignhead will also hold their Harvest service on the 7th October at 4pm – the venue is currently to be decided but will be confirmed in next month’s magazine!

A harvest festival is an annual celebration and that occurs around the time of the main harvest of a given region. Harvest festivals typically feature feasting, both family and public, with foods that are drawn from crops that come to maturity around the time of the festival. Eating, merriment, contests, music and romance are common features of harvest festivals around the world. But please let us all take the time to pause in order to thank all those who work so hard all year round in order to bring us food, especially the farmers who surround us, the fishermen in our locality who bring in the fish and who are about to enter one of the stormier times of year and take greater risk to bring in their harvest and all who transport, sell and prepare food. We ask God’s blessing on them all and for an abundant harvest for the whole world.

As we say farewell to our summer visitors I pray for a time of peace and rest for our local residents and I look forward to ‘talking’ to you all again next month!

With every blessing from your Rector.

Annie x

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