Benefice Letter for November
Well, it's hard to believe that it's November already. I just don't know where this year has gone! Isn't it amazing that the older one gets the quicker the time seems to go? Or is that just me?!!!! November sees the weather getting colder and the days getting shorter so don't forget those who live alone and struggle to get out and about. We should also remember the little birds who need extra food at this time of year and throughout the winter, to keep them going until the spring.
November is the month of remembrance. We begin with All Saints Day on the first. All Saints' Day, also known as All Hallows, Day of All the Saints, or Feast of All Saints is a solemnity celebrated in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. All Souls Day (November 2) is a time when we particularly remember those we know who have died. The prayers appointed for that day remind us that we are joined with the Communion of Saints, that great group of Christians who have finished their earthly life and with whom we share the hope of resurrection from the dead.
All Saint's Day will be commemorated at the Wednesday morning services in St Peter's and St Andrew's churches and there will be a special All Soul's Service at St Nicholas Church at 7pm on Thursday 2nd November. Should you wish to have your loved one's name read out at the service please contact me at the Rectory (details at the front of the magazine) - all are welcome to attend the service where there will also be the opportunity to light a candle in memory of loved ones.
On the 12th November we will remember the war dead at our services of Remembrance. 9am at St Blaise, Haccombe, 9.30am at All Saint's, Combeinteignhead, 9.30am at St Nicholas, Ringmore, 9.30am at St Peter's, Shaldon followed by a short service at the Memorial on the Village Green at 10.45am, 10.45am at the Memorial in Stokeinteignhead followed by a Eucharist service at 11.05am and finally, at 2pm, a service at the Memorial at Netherton. There is also a Civic Service at St Peter's at 6pm.
Retrospectively, we have all enjoyed our wonderful Harvest Services and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who decorated our churches and gave so generously of their time and gifts that will benefit others less fortunate than ourselves. I would also like to acknowledge those who gave so generously of their time and effort for all the social events throughout our Benefice during October. We had so many events that we had something to attend every week across the month!! Details of all the special Christmas services will be published next month. Advent courses will run in both Shaldon and Stokeinteignhead, details will be found on the Grapevine information sheets in each church.
Paul and I shall be taking a little time off during this month and will be visiting my Mum up in Yorkshire as well as other members of the family. It will also be an opportunity to rest a little in readiness for Advent and Christmas. I do hope that you will have time to rest too, have a go at spending just 5 minutes a day quietly with God. If you can do this I guarantee that you will benefit from it, just sit quietly, say a little prayer or read a little Scripture - you might be pleasantly surprised where it takes you.
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