Dear EFP church folk,
I hope you’ve found the love, hope and faith you’ve needed this past week, whatever it has brought.
This week’s announcement of ‘the rule of six’ will bring further adjustment to our lives from Monday.
  • Church-wise, the headline is that it won't affect Sunday worship.
  • Guidance regarding its impact on other church activities (house-groups, PCCs, etc) isn’t expected until this coming week.
  • The delayed APCMs for Payhembury (22nd Sep) and Feniton (29th Sep) will still go ahead. The logistics will be confirmed.
Yesterday I was in Feniton School for the first time properly since March.
  • It was great to spend time with the new Year 6s, even if distanced. The children were bright and positive, and spilling over with their recent experiences of lockdown, bubbles, and the rest.
  • The challenges facing all schools are immense, just some of the maybe less obvious ones being getting COVID testing done for sick children, serving lunch for ‘bubbles’, and parents forming socially-distanced school-gate queues. Teachers, parents and children will value our encouragement and prayer.
Today - 
1. the 2nd Sunday of the month, so the service is at Payhembury - Communion 10.30am
  • it’s the Patronal festival - I’m labelling it a ‘Parental Patronal’, since we will reflect on parenthood through the experience of St Mary.
  • Communion bread will be distributed. (However, if you prefer to bring your own bread, please do so.)
  • service sheet attached.
2. Sunday Reflection and Prayer video - tomorrow with added Hymn!
  • reflection is on the same ‘parental patronal’ theme.
  • Children's Church sheet is HERE
  • Prayer Diary is HERE
  • Here is the link for the service video:
A reminder of the rest of September's services:
20th Escot  10.30am Special service - Climate and Patteson anniversary
27th Feniton  9am Storytime+
Payhembury  10.30am   All-age
Inspiration for the day -
In Christ we have everything...
If you want to heal your wound, he is the doctor. 
If you are burning with fever, he is the fountain.
If you are in need of help, he is strength.
If you are in dread of death, he is life.
If you are fleeing the darkness, he is light.
If you are hungry, he is food:
‘O taste and see that the Lord is good!
Happy are those who take refuge in him’.
(Ambrose of Milan (c340-397 AD))
Picture of the week: practical wisdom on how to have our cake...
Take care, and God bless,
Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton & Payhembury, Otter Vale Team 
The Rectory