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  Parish News December 2018


A Christmas Message from Sheila Ralph


Dear Friends,

For me Christmas is one of the loveliest times of the year. It is wonderful to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ in Bethlehem all those years ago, but little could people have imagined then that more than two thousand years later several billion people worldwide would still be celebrating this special birthday.

Christmas is the one time of the year when lots of families get together and it is a special time to be with those you love and to remember those gone before you. Christmas can also be a lonely time for people without families so it is marvellous that some people give up their own Christmas to bring lonely people together for a Christmas meal. That reminds me of a time many years ago when being a young military wife living in the Far East I invited a handful of single people to join the family for Christmas lunch. I bought the largest goose I could find and was set on us all having a feast. How horrified I was to see the goose shrink, as I threw pan after pan of fat away, to be a size barely enough to feed us all. No leftovers that day and I have never cooked a goose since!

Magazine Thanks

As it is the end of another year I would like to thank Rose Grisman for all her hard work as magazine editor. Rose receives all the contributions and designs the magazine into a very attractive format which is very readable. We are also indebted to Kathleen Hughes who co-ordinates the distribution and to all our distributors. Thank you also to all those people who have contributed to the magazine over the year by writing articles or buying adverts and to Hedgerow Print for doing such a good job for us and last but not least a big thank you to Gill Lee who manages all the advertising.


I would also like to thank all of you who have supported our benefice churches with financial giving this year and to thank our three PCCs for their commitment to paying the parish share. Crediton PCC is planning a Parish Lunch for Sunday 17th February to thank you for your support and to let you know about our financial position. I hope that many of you will be able to join us on that occasion.

Update on Vacancy

For nearly a year now we have had a vacancy and this has meant that a lot of extra work has fallen on our clergy. I would like to thank Canon Ian Morter who has taken two services a month at Holy Cross and supported our curate in training Revd Helen Drever and to Helen herself who inevitably has taken on some extra work. Special thanks also to our wonderful group of retired clergy who have kept everything going and to our readers Carol and Sandra who have also been invaluable.

We look forward to welcoming a new rector to Crediton. The Revd Matthew Tregenza will be working out a three month notice at his current parish in Bishops Lydeard, he will then be given some time to settle into his new home before joining us. His institution will be on Monday 4th March 2019 at 7pm with Bishop Robert so do come along and support our new rector on that special occasion.

Christmas Events and Services at Holy Cross

Our Christmas Tree Festival begins with a grand Christmas tree light ‘turn on’ on Wednesday 5th December at 3.45pm with Haywards School Choir singing. I do hope you will be able to visit the festival which runs until 9th December, this is a lovely community event where businesses and organisations decorate Christmas trees which are displayed in Church and you can also enjoy delicious refreshments in the Boniface Centre.

On Saturday 8th December at 7.30pm there is a concert in two halves by the North Creedy Choral Society for the benefit of the Christmas Tree Festival. To begin with there will be music commemorating the Centenary of the Armistice. The second half includes “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” by R. Vaughan Williams and there will be an opportunity for a carol singalong.

 To celebrate raising the first £100,000 for our Roof Appeal on Sunday 9th December at 7.30pm we are delighted that Dame Felicity Lott, International Soprano, will be singing a mix of classical and traditional music for us here in Crediton, accompanied on the piano by Sebastian Wybrew. Vice Admiral Duncan Potts will give a short speech about his local links and career and give an update on the roof appeal.

I would like to draw your attention to some of the special services we have this month. On Sunday 2nd December the Advent Carol Service is at 6pm. On Thursday 6th December there is the Hospiscare ‘Light up a Life’ service at 7pm. The Christingle service with the Town Band is on Sunday 16th December at 3pm and on Sunday 23rd December there will be a Nine Lessons and Carols service at 6pm.

On Christmas Eve the Crib service is at 4.30pm and at the time of writing we hope to have the choir of a local school with us then. Later we welcome the new Bishop of Crediton the Right Revd Jackie Searle who will preach at the Midnight Mass service at 11.30pm.

The Christmas Day service is at 10am and we encourage children to bring a special Christmas gift they have received to the service.

Another service not to miss is the Carols by Candlelight at St Lawrence at 6pm on Sunday 30th December.

Going into January on Sunday 6th January our 9.30am family service in the Boniface Centre will be a new, short, simple version, described elsewhere in the magazine. We hope lots of parents/grandparents will be keen to bring children to this service as we very much want to bring God’s message to a wider age range. And finally later that evening there is an Epiphany Carol service at 6pm.

Finally I wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and a healthy New Year.


Photos © Bill Jerman