Rector’s Letter June 2017


I would to thank everyone who has contributed to this year’s Flower Festival at Holy Cross “What’s the Point …”.  As well the flower arrangers who have planned and created the displays many other people have worked to make the festival a success; in publicity, in catering and in stewarding, as well as the many other tasks that go to make the whole event run smoothly and happily.

There are three special events to enrich our summer festival.  Firstly the Holy Cross Choir will be giving an entertaining concert at 7pm on Saturday 3 June.   Tickets, will be available on the door, but under 16s are free.  Interval drinks will be available.  Then on Sunday 4 June, at 6pm, there will be a Songs of Praise service led by the choir with hymns chosen by members of the congregation at Holy Cross.  Finally at 7pm on Wednesday 7 June Crediton Town Band will be filling the church with their sonorous sounds in a short concert (admission free).


My former boss, Michael Sadgrove, who was Dean of Durham until recently, has written a very appropriate prayer for this election time: a time when so much seems to be at stake, and yet so much is also unclear to many of us.  You may like to use it before you vote as a way of expressing our Christian priorities and hopes.

Eternal God, the Judge of all, before whom we stand at this point in our history,
look with mercy on our nation as we approach the time of decision.
Give us leaders of integrity, of courage, of compassion and of vision.
Equip them with the Spirit of understanding and make them wise to serve this people.
As we pray for the election and the choices we must make,  put into our hearts the love of our neighbour,
that the divisions of our nation may be healed, and truth and justice be established among us.
We ask this for Jesus Christs sake.  Amen.


We often read the Bible, or hear it read, in short chunks.  But would you like to get more of a feel for the whole book and begin to see how it fits together?

If so, our summer course may well be for you!  It aims to give an overview of the Bible and to help participants to understand the meaning of each part of the Bible not only in theory, but for themselves.  The course is produced by the Bible Society and we will be running it in the Boniface Centre on the following Wednesday evenings: July 5, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.  Don’t worry if you can’t make all of the sessions, you can drop in and out if needed.  Please sign up on the list in church during June if you would like to take part.


I’m sorry to have been slow off the mark in organizing any Rector’s Rambles this year but I have now set aside a first date for Thursday 22 June. We will meet in the Holy Cross car park at 9.30am and set off for a venue yet to be decided.  We will hope to provide lifts, if needed.  I will be meeting with Jean and Mike May later this week who have very kindly agreed to plan some routes for the year and will publish a list in next month’s magazine.

I am also planning a sponsored walk around our parishes in aid of Holy Cross and the Devon Historic Churches Trust on Saturday 26 August.  This will be about eight miles.  It would be lovely to have some company if anyone would like to join me!  No need to get sponsorship as I plan to have a central sheet in church for people to offer sponsorship to avoid too much asking and pestering!


Saturday 3 June, Flower Festival begins (closes on Thursday 8th)

7pm – Flower Festival Concert with Holy Cross Choir

Sunday 4 June, 9.30am – Family Communion in Church

6pm – Songs of Praise

Wednesday 7 June, 7pm – Concert with Crediton Town Band

Sunday 11 June, 6pm – Evensong at St Lawrence Chapel, Threshers

Saturday 17 June, 6.30pm – Service for Devon Carers with the Bishop of Crediton

Sunday 18 June, 3pm – ‘A World of Song’ Concert with Torbay Singers

Thursday 22 June, 9.30am – Rector’s Ramble

Sunday 25 June, 6pm – Sacred Space

Saturday 8 July, 7.30pm – Crediton Festival Chorus Concert – Mozart Marie Theresa Mass and Rutter Requiem

With every good wish and blessing,

Nigel Guthrie

Rev. Prebendary, Crediton Parish Church.

Photos © Bill Jerman