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October 2019

Food for thought?

Or should it be the other way around.

Writing this when many of our Churches are about to celebrate harvest festivals or have recently done so I am also aware that the topic is rarely absent from one form of media or another.  I am particularly reflecting upon the different emphases of such information, including economics, environment ethics and health and, as I listen to the latest ‘wisdom’, it seems increasingly difficult to hold them in a balance which does not involve conflict between them.  😕

Our food comes from many different sources and even improvements in package (another issue!) labelling do not give us the whole story.  We may have the country of origin but not the type of agricultural system which produced it, what its carbon footprint might be, the degree of exploitation of vulnerable individuals and/or local environment and animal welfare issues (if appropriate).

We live in a complex world and as we are faced with more information the complexity seems to increase and it can be tempting to carry on regardless but it is clear that to do so is unsustainable for our planet and calls for urgent action should not go unheeded.

Any changes we can make may seem like a drop of water in an ocean but when there are many drops it does make a difference.  We have a responsibility to one another and to the global human community as well as having respect for the natural world.  We should acknowledge our dependence on many others and giving thanks for what others have provided for us is a sign of responsibility and respect; reducing our over-consumption and wastage of food is a practical way to demonstrate it.

When we obtain our food perhaps we should focus more closely on what we needrather than what we want and indeed on what we might be able to share.  Our heavenly Father is a generous God and gives us many things for our enjoyment and well-being but also recognises our different needs and situations. All he requires in return is our acknowledgement of his generosity with thankful hearts and to remember that what we do for ourselves may well have an impact on others.

Charles Hill

Musbury Song recital 7 Oct

On the 7th Oct at the church, starting at 6.30pm, doors open 6pm for wine and nibbles.

All are welcome at a song recital.  Words by Shakespeare, performed by a soprano Kipper Chipperfield and on the keyboard Peter Wood.

An event of the Friends of St Michael’s in aid of funds for the Church

Violin and Piano Concert in Colyton 19 Oct

Romanian violinist Maria Gîlicel is an emerging performer recognised for her versatility and passion on stage. Born in 1995, she started her violin and music studies at the age of four learning with her parents. She acquired her professional music degree at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música ‘Adolfo Salazar’ in Madrid , before moving to London. Maria has recently graduated with a First Class Honours degree at the Royal College of Music where she is taking her Masters in Performance degree.

Fun Painting at Noah’s Ark

At Noah’s Ark this week we were having fun printing with apples and blackberries.  Also a grandmother with her new grandchild was enjoying the afternoon, with Pat’s famous homemade carrot cake and tea for all!

Harvest with Breakfast at Colyton

On 20th October, come along for breakfast any time from 9.45, with the service starting a little later than ususal at 10.45. Bring a toy tractor!

The Pianoraks Northleigh

Saturday 12th October at 7.00 for 7.30pm at the Village Hall. THE PIANORAKS, Bill Young and Ian Richardson. On two pianos they perform a variety of original and cover tracks to great acclaim. Look them up on Facebook!

Tickets £12.00, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £30.00, Under 12 £6.00, including supper – Tel 01404 831476

Ticket only event. In aid of St Giles church

Harvest at Northleigh

A big thank you to everybody who contributed to an excellent Harvest Festival Weekend on 6th-8th September. 

To those who organised and prepared Harvest Supper enjoyed by 49 villagers and raising  £365 shared between the Village Hall and Church. To the 40 exhibitors who produced 201 exhibits in 44 classes. Classes ranging from produce and flowers, through the products of cooking skills to many arts and crafts. Congratulations to Richard Mills who this year was a runaway winner and to Logan (aged 5), our youngest competitor. He received no favours from the Judges but still collected a 1st and a 3rd!

A weekend finished off on Sunday with bells rung and harvest hymns sung at a lovely service of thanksgiving. 

Full Peal at Colyton

We’re pleased to welcome a team of bellringers  led by Ian Avery from Exeter Cathedral, who will be ringing a full peal during the morning of Friday 27th September. The ringing will begin around 9.30am and take about four hours.

Colyton PCC realises that there are a wide range of responses to church bells, and in In 2014 the PCC decided to allow one full peal per year, with proper notice given to local residents. If you would like further information please telephone David Fouracre on 552915.

Breakfast Service 15th September

The Breakfast Service this month is at the usual time, breakfast at 10 followed by the short service at 10.30. It will be a very special occasion when all our churches will join in welcoming Victoria Chester to her new role as Deacon and Assistant Curate. Do come and join us!

Messy Church September

We were looking at the theme of “The Mustard Seed” and thinking about how the largest and smallest things are all so important and work together.  We planted mustard seeds and went on a treasure hunt for pennies to put on a map of our area to show what we treasure in our community.  Everyone had a lovely time followed by delicious sausage casserole and stewed apples and custard.  Thank you to everyone who came and to the team.  Next Messy Church in on Sunday 13th October.  All welcome.

Southleigh Teddy Bears’ Picnic

We had a big turnout for the Teddy Bears’ Picnic service in Southleigh on 1 September. We started with a small and simple act of worship. Many Southleigh families turned out and a wide range of soft toys were launched from the tower, with bravery certificates for all. The afternoon concluded with a cream tea, much appreciated  – especially by the stalwart team who climbed the tower.