Benefice Letter for November

Welcome to November!! It seems unbelievable that we are coming to the end of the year – and what a year it’s been – and it continues to challenge us all!! I write early in October for this November edition and the numbers affected by Coronavirus continue to rise in this second wave, it certainly is worrying isn’t it? Still, we must take heart from the fact that we have come this far and, together, we did an amazing job during the first wave. We can do it again! We are very fortunate to live in the South West where cases are very low but we must not get complacent because of that, we simply must continue to follow the guidance to protect each other and others, particularly as we do have many visitors to our area. Who knows, by the time this goes to press, what the situation will be, but we should be very proud of ourselves for getting this far as safely as we can. Well done everyone!! Remember ‘Hands, Face, Space!!

Of course the virus has affected many aspects of church life. We missed Easter completely and Christmas will undoubtedly be pared down incredibly. All Saints Church in Combeinteignhead is hoping to re-open on 1st November for a 9.30am service following the completion of structural work. Remembrance Sunday is the first big event in November – at St Peter’s it is our intention to have a 9.30am service (as we always do on Remembrance Sunday) with a short break – during which those who wish to can make their way to the village green) before continuing for about half an hour with appropriate poetry, letters and / or readings for the occasion and finishing with the 2 minute silence at 11am. If necessary, something similar could be done at St Andrew’s in Stokeinteignhead but, as yet, I am unsure what is planned by the local council but we shall do our best to link in with them.

So, as we begin to turn our thoughts towards Christmas, my thoughts and prayers are with you all as each of us negotiates what could be a very ‘different’ Christmas time. I will say more about the Church’s plans and services in December’s edition. Be assured that, whatever difficulties are ‘thrown at us’ in the next weeks and months that God is walking beside us and He carries us through the tough times. In Matthew 28, verse 20 Jesus says “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

With love from the Rectory.

Annie x

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