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Friday, 12 January 2018

Wings for Worship

Wings for Worship
With Andrew Maries

Andrew is the consultant to the Diocese of Exeter for Liturgy and Music is leading a 5 week course entitled ‘Wings for Worship’ starting on the 30th January at 7pm, to be held at Feniton Church. It is open to members of the three parishes of Escot, Feniton and Payhembury as well as other parishes in the Mission Community
It is a hands-on course, aimed at developing confidence and equipping those who would be interested in leading lay led services, leading intercessions, taking a part in the service, lesson reading, in fact covering all aspects of worship in our church.
People can attend all 5 sessions or dip into ones which are of particular interest to them.
Most of the ministry that takes place within the diocese is done by lay people. While there are a few hundred ordained ministers there are thousands of lay people who use their gifts of teaching, preaching, listening, administration, music, leadership and others to minister to others and to further God’s mission in Devon.

Please join us to give you confidence, to ask questions, and to offer help to others with your ideas and experience. See what Andrew can offer us and what we can offer our church by being participating members. None of us are professionals and we will all be in this together so there is no embarrassment in attending and we don’t know where it may lead.

There is a charge but the PCC believe that if you are willing to give of your time, we, the PCC should take that cost.

Sunday, 19 November 2017


This year exceeded all expectations with 127 boxes being sent via Operation Christmas Child from the three parishes of Feniton, Escot and Payhembury. In addition to the boxes ,so generously filled, there was  a considerable sum of money, in excess of £300 either from donations or raised from the Coffee Morning in October.

Our boxes went out on the first load to the children Albania. This will give pleasure to many children who are not as fortunate as ours.

Sheila Lanning

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


I cannot believe how generous the box holders were this year, the total sum collected was £1,045 which is the most we have ever received. It was a combined effort between the three parishes of Feniton Payhembury and Escot.

All the money we collected is sent to the society towards helping vulnerable children and young people. Through the Societies network of services all over the country they are there for children when they feel they have no one they can turn to for help. Last year alone they helped 13,000 while their campaigning brought changes to more than 3 million.

The campaigning involves working closely with both national and local government, actively engage with ministers, their advisors and civil servants to influence policy development and set out policy solutions.  The Society are seeking to actively influence local government as they are given greater discretion to determine priorities and resourcing. 

I cannot thank the box holders enough for their generosity and should anyone who is not a box holder wish to have a box in which to put odd change please contact me.

With much gratitude,

Sheila Lanning 01404 850699

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Report on Martin's Talk in the Church 19th Oct 2017

Sadly due to the stormy weather only eight visitors were able to enjoy Martin's fascinating illustrated talk, here are my rough notes taken on the night. These snippets are wonderful and worth reseraching further on the Internet or in books. We raised £40. for the Church Fabric.

“A miscellany of little known facts about Churches.”

Ogham:  a script used in Celtic times.
 A Viking tomb, 8th C, known as a Hogs Back Tomb.
Various Saxon crosses, the one in Colyton church found after a fire and reconstructed.
The Saxon stone building pattern of Long and short work in a Saxon Crypt.
Romsey Abbey has an example a carving Dextera (Right Hand of God).
Norman font in Clyst St Lawrence Church. Old fonts would often be reused in new churches.
Norman chevrons and beak head carving on Iffley Church, Oxford
The Rose for the Virgin Mary.
The Daisy for the Virgin Mary and virginity.
The Green Man origins are unknow, but many myths surround him, thought to signify rebirth and the Spring.
Bestiality animals carved in various forms and symbols.
Sheela na gig a carved figure of an old hag showing all her nakedness  11th / 12th C.
signifying lust and evil, atropay or fallen.
Mensa table with consecration crosses.
There 2 tombs  in the UK with original saint bones, these have holes to place your head to pray or place a withered limb.
Masons and Carpenter marks. Used to show work done for their pay or aligning joints.
The Church house used as village hall and brew house for ale revels, Bridal is derived from the Bride Ale.
Sundials, round and linear
Sanctuary ring  or knob on the door, once grasped, you  40 days to arrange  for your defence.
Hunky Punks are a form of carved figure placed on the outside of churches, Hunky means to hunker down and punk is short legged
Pelican shed her blood to feed her young, she dies, but the young survive, as Christ shed his blood to save us.
Gurney stove an early heater for the church
Funeral helmets.
Hatchments hung on house then moved to church, male on the left, wife on the right, black background shows the death.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Coffee Morning for Operation Christmas Child on Sat 21st Oct

You are invited to a  Coffee Morning in church from 10.30 to 12 .30. 

This is in aid of the shoebox appeal organised named Operation Christmas Child.

The appeal works each year to provide a little joy and happiness to children of all ages in poverty stricken areas of Latvia, Ukraine and Belarus. 

It is a UK registered charity. 

We hope you can come along for coffee, or tea, biscuits, cake and a friendly chat.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A note from Ann and Malcolm re the Concert

Malcolm and I would like to say a very big "Thank you" to all who performed, helped with the technical aspects ('backstage' so to speak), and helped with the refreshments at our Autumn Concert on Sunday afternoon; as well as those who were part of the audience.

It was great to have such wonderful village participation - without you all it would not have been the magnificent success it turned out to be! The final 'income' from the event to be shared between the Toddlers' Share and Play Scheme and The Melanesian Mission will be announced at a church service next Sunday and in the November Parish Magazine.

There is talk of 'another one'! What about it? Let us know how you feel; and if enough interest is shown - Well then, it could well happen!

With best wishes


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Feniton History Group Invite you to...

On the 19th of October at 7.30 pm there will be a talk by
Martin Horrell in
Feniton Church entitled
“A miscellany of little known facts about Churches.”
Come and find out about
Mermaids, Mason Marks, Hunky Punks and many other things that can be seen in local Churches.
Admission to include tea/coffee
Donations will go towards the
Church Fabric Fund.