Benefice Letter for September

Hello again! We are now well and truly into Autumn and looking forward to cosy evenings by the fire! And what about all those warming, comforting and nourishing casseroles and winter meals that remind you of years gone by? We all need to feel comforted at this time of year but not only by food. The company of others is so important particularly to those who live alone. As it gets colder please check on your elderly neighbours and make sure they have all they need – including company for a chat and cup of tea. Remember that it could be you one day and think about how wonderful it will be to have an occasional visitor!

The very successful Fellowship Group continues to meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 11am in the Wild Goose, Combeinteignhead. All are welcome for fellowship and conversation.

All Saints Church will be holding their Harvest Service at 2.30pm on Sunday 7th October and ask that tins and packets with a long life are brought which will be forwarded to the local foodbank.

St Andrew’s Church will also be holding their Harvest Service at 11am which will be followed be lunch, the cost of which is £8. On Monday the 8th October proceeds from the Harvest service will be auctioned from 8pm in the Church House Inn – again, all are welcome.

November 1st brings All Saints Day, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. In the Catholic Church and many Anglican churches, the next day specifically commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached Heaven. Christians who celebrate All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day do so in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual bond between those in heaven (the "Church triumphant"), and the living (the "Church militant") All Souls Day is a day of prayer for the dead, particularly but not exclusively one's relatives. In Western Christianity the annual celebration is now held on 2nd November and is associated with All Saints' Day and its vigil, Halloween (31st October). Please note that there is no mention of ghouls and ghosts or ‘trick or treating’! – These are solemn occasions both of which will be celebrated in our churches. This year’s All Soul’s service will be held at 6pm on 2nd November at All Saints Church, Combeinteignhead and all are welcome to come and remember loved ones departed.

Returning to thoughts of those who live alone, please do let me know if there is anyone in particular in need of a visit from me or our newly formed Parish Visiting Team in Shaldon and Ringmore.

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all – until next month.

With love from the Rectory.

Annie x

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