Rector’s Letter October 2017

Give Thanks with a grateful Heart

Once again September has been a happily  busy month around our churches with a wonderful Harvest weekend at Shobrooke and the Book Fair and Quiz at the Boniface Centre.

There has been a churchyard clear up at Sandford and the completion of the first phase of the painting of the railings around Holy Cross.  In fact the majority of the railings have now been painted with ‘only’ 450 left to do next spring!  A big thank you is due to all the volunteers who have done such a magnificent job and especially to Bill Jerman and Ernie Heard who coordinated the operation and persevered until the end.  It is estimated that the volunteer time given to the project may have saved the church as much as £10,000 in labour costs!

At Holy Cross we will be celebrating Harvest on Sunday 1st October. The Harvest Family Communion at 9.30am will be held in church.  We will be collecting dried and tinned goods for the Crediton Food Bank, based at Crediton Congregational Church, which continues to help many local families.  Please look out for an up to date list of goods in the weekly notice sheet.

The service will also be a very special one because it will be the first celebration of Holy Communion by our curate, Helen Drever.

Harvest Festival Evensong will be sung at 6pm and will be followed by a Harvest Supper and entertainment in the Boniface Centre at 7.30pm, further details of which can be found elsewhere in the magazine.  The supper will be raising funds for Send a Cow which helps poor individuals and families in Africa to support themselves through farming.  This year we are supporting their Ugandan Hungry Families Project.  The project helps families not only to grow enough food to feed themselves but also to sell and raise money to pay for education for the children.  As Sue Lavery wrote in last month’s magazine ‘£210 can buy the seeds, tools and training they need to grow enough food for their families year after year’.  It would be wonderful to be able to give such practical elp to some needy families through our Harvest celebrations.

It has been heart rending to hear of so many disasters in recent weeks and so many people bereaved, or made homeless or destitute by floods, hurricanes and  earthquakes.  We can’t help all of them practically, but we can help some and we can pray, too.  The New Testament urges to pray and give thanks at all times.  That can be hard when things are hard for us, or when world events seem so overwhelmingly bad.  But that is when we need to pray and give thanks most of all!  If our hearts are full of thanksgiving for the good things that God has done for us, then our love can more readily pour out to others – just as God’s love is poured out for us, new every morning.


I am delighted that Bishop Sarah will be joining us to lead a confirmation service on Sunday 15 October at 10am.  Please not the slightly later time to allow visiting families to arrive.  It will be the first time a female Bishop will ever have conducted a confirmation at Holy Cross – so don’t miss this historic event.  And more importantly please remember to pray for those being baptised and confirmed at the service that they will continue to grow in faith in God who loves them and has a special purpose for their lives.

Music Endowment Events

This month there are two exciting events in aid of the Crediton Parish Church Music Endowment Fund which helps to fund the music at Holy Cross and provides some help for our young musicians with instrumental or singing lessons.

Firstly on Thursday October 5th at 7.30pm there will be a concert of English music for tenor and organ given by Andrew Millington and Gordon Pike at Holy Cross. Andrew was, until recently Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral and he is now one of our Music Endowment Trustees.  Gordon has been a leading tenor in the Exeter Cathedral Choir for many years.  They have put together a delightful programme including organ music by Elgar, and some beautiful songs and arias for tenor voice.  Tickets will be available in advance from Penny Little (777814) or from the Parish Office and will cost £8 including a glass of wine or sparkling elderflower, but will also be available on the door.

Just two days later on Saturday 7th October at 7pm we will be hosting a wine tasting in the Lady Chapel led by Bruce Evans of Grape and Grain.  Those of you who are customers of Bruce know that he is very knowledgeable, but wears his learning lightly!  Having attended one of his events before I know that you will have a very interesting and enjoyable evening!  The tickets will cost £12, including the wine tasting and accompanying cheese and biscuits.  The wine tasting will take place in the Lady Chapel so tickets are limited, but will, as above, be available from Penny Little or the Parish Office.

Cheques for tickets should be made payable to ‘Crediton Parish Church Music Endowment Fund’.

I hope you might be able to come and enjoy one or both of our October events.

Rector’s Ramble

Seven of us enjoyed a lovely ramble from Winkleigh to Broadwoodkelly on 20 September enjoying a fine morning, albeit a little soft underfoot, and arriving back at Winkleigh just before the rain started!  The church at Broadwoodkelly is a particular gem with a historic organ of 1850 in original condition, a beautiful stained glass window dating from just before the reformation (when so many were destroyed) and an unusual font with circles carved around the basin.  Well worth a visit!  Sue and Andrew Ware kindly entertained the ramblers for lunch afterwards.

The final ramble of the season will be the gentle ‘Two Chapels walk’ at Killerton.  We will meet at 9.30am on Thursday 12 October in the church car park and, as usual, lifts should be available if you would like to join us.  I would like to thank Mike and Jean May for their help in organising the rambles this year.

Forthcoming events

Sunday 2 October, 6pm, Harvest Festival Evensong at Holy Cross

Sunday 8 October, 4pm, Harvest at Beacon Church

Sunday 15 October, 10am, Confirmation at Holy Cross with the Bishop of Crediton

Sunday 15 October, 6pm, Sacred Space, reflective evening worship

Thursday 19 October, 7.30pm, Bellringers AGM

Sunday 29 October, 6pm, Compline sung in the chancel (Governors’ Stalls)

Sunday 5 November, 6pm, All Souls Service

With every good wish and blessing,

Nigel Guthrie

Rev. Prebendary, Crediton Parish Church.

Photos © Bill Jerman