The Bishop of Truro is pleased to announce that the Revd Anne Charlton, at present rector of the Raleigh Mission Community in the Diocese of Exeter, is to be House for Duty Priest-in-Charge of the benefice of St Goran with St Michael Caerhayes. A date for the licensing has yet to be fixed
Please join us at All Saints Church East Budleigh at 6pm on Sunday 4th June for the Pentecost Evensong with Devon Voices and The Right Reverend Bishop Martin Shaw. A retiring collection will be held for the Friends of All Saints Church, and there will be refreshments after the service.
There is an opportunity to take part in a pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Archdeacon Trevor and Mrs Sue Jones (in association with McCabe Travel).
A ten day pilgrimage based in Jerusalem and Galilee.
Brochures with full details will shortly be available in the Mission Community Churches.
Enquiries to Trevor & Sue: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 01395 268745.
More details, pictures and video available at: www.mccabe-travel.co.uk
"It is with great regret that I am announcing my resignation from the post of Rector of the Raleigh Mission Community.
As you are aware health issues have not allowed me to work full time since last September, and I feel it is better to resign now, before my sabbatical to enable the recruitment process to start immediately for a new Rector.
I have given six months' notice to allow for the shortest possible interregnum. My final service will be a joint RMC harvest festival at St Peters on 8th October 2017.
I would ask that you hold all the Raleigh Mission Community members in your prayers, particularly PCC members and Church Wardens, as they seek to discern a realistic way forward for managing the Community in a sustainable manner."
With every blessing
The Rev'd Anne Charlton
Cover during our Rector's sabbatical
During the period of the sabbatical of our Rector, the Reverend Anne Charlton, the Venerable Dr Trevor Jones, who was until recently Archdeacon of Hertford in the St Albans Diocese and who now lives at Lympstone, will have pastoral oversight of the Mission Community. He will be supporting the churchwardens of the parishes who are in charge during the absence of the incumbent. He can be contacted via the Raleigh Mission Community office.
Bishop Sarah will be licencing Annita to the Sidmouth Team at Sidmouth Parish Church on Sunday 26th February at 6pm and will be a Eucharist. You are all are very welcome to join the service and there will be refreshments served after the service. Please put this date in your diaries and come along if you can to say a belated but proper farewell to Annita.
The advert will be placed on the Diocesan website this week hopefully. In the meantime the Archdeacon has informed us that they are letting the Vicarage in Budleigh Salterton for six months.
The Bishop of Crediton and the Archdeacon have agreed for a short-listing date for 7th March and an interview date for Friday 24th March 2017.
The 2017 Lent Lectures are based on a book called ‘Living Faithfully’ by John Pritchard which deals with contemporary issues that face us all in the 21st century.
Led by a different minister from the Churches Partnership each week, there is no need to buy the book but should you want to it is available on Amazon for £9.99 new and from 1p plus postage second hand.
The lectures will run weekly from 8th March, with two opportunities to attend each lecture:- 10.30a.m in the Methodist Church Hall and Wednesday evening 7.30 p.m at St Peter’s Church.
Everyone is welcome to join us.
The World Day of Prayer is an international ecumenical Christian laywomen's initiative. It is run under the motto “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action,” and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March.
The Budleigh Service will be held at 3pm in the Temple Methodist Church. It will be followed by refreshments. Please do come along.
Enquiries: Rosemary Baker 442467 or Jackie Clemo 445134
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Commences Monday 16th January 2017 Local Services as follows:-
Donations made to the Children's Society amounted to over £1100 with more money still coming in. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously
I am looking forward to living in the fifth place beginning with the letter ‘B’! When I was six years old my family moved from Ballybay, Co Monaghan to Belfast in Northern Ireland. Although we belonged to a Presbyterian Church I went to school at the Methodist College in Belfast. While studying chemistry at Aston University in Birmingham I met Andrea. In 1980 we were married in Brentwood, Essex. I taught science in three large secondary schools for over a 30 years and Andrea was a mathematics teacher. In 2005 we took a year off to study at All Nations Christian College in Hertfordshire before travelling to Arua in Northern Uganda as missionaries with Africa Inland Mission. After two years working in a secondary school, we had to return to the UK due to Andrea becoming ill. For the last four years I have been employed by Brentwood Baptist Church in Essex as a Schools’ Worker to provide pastoral support to children in two primary schools and one secondary school.
Both Andrea and I have been active members of Brentwood Baptist Church since 1978 in a range of capacities including leading children’s and youth activities, a home group and members of the Leadership Team.
We have two children, Richard (in Manchester) and Laura (in Exmouth) and also fostered 20 children between the ages of 2 months and 15 years during a five year period.
We support the work of Christian Aid and, with some persuasion from our daughter, Laura and I are currently training for a “Euro City Cycle Challenge” - 300 miles in 4 days at the beginning of September. Neither of us has ever cycled more than 25 miles in one stretch so it really is a challenge!
While we are sad to be leaving our friends in Brentwood, both Andrea and I are really looking forward to living in Devon and to making new friends.
James starts with us on 22 Sept 2014
During November and December Sabrina will be running a number of Christmas craft and baking sessions for children, adults and mums and toddlers. We will be making Christmas tree decorations, gingerbread houses, German Christmas biscuits, table decorations and more. Please look on the Young RMC section of our website for more information and to book a place.
The very confused congregation saying goodbye to David (who was in Cornwall at the time)
However, David really is leaving us next Sunday as he moves to be an Ordinand at Ripon College Cuddesdon. We wish him every blessing, and look forward to receiving his news which will appear as a blog from this page.
We welcome Annita Denny who joins us as Curate for the next two years as she continues her training as a Deacon in the church.
Bishop John with 15 newly ordained deacons outside Exeter Cathedral on 15th September 2013(Annita is third from the right in the front row).
Bible Sunday Talk – 7 July 2013
Anne has kindly invited me to your Bible Sunday Service this
evening to speak about my recent experiences of volunteering in India and
specifically how I relate God’s Word to my time there. India
is a country with over 1.2 billion people which equates to 17% of the world’s
population. In India there are 415
living languages, 28 different states and worshippers of 6 major religions. One
third of the World’s poor are estimated to live in India - In 2010, the
World Bankreported that 32.7% of the total Indian
people fall below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 per day while 68.7% live on less
than US$ 2 per day.
Before volunteering there I realised that I would
witness poverty and culture that would both disturb and enthral me and that my
senses were going to be bombarded with new sights, sounds, smells and tastes
....my taste buds were excited about the prospect of constant curry!
However, no amount of stories or
photographs from others could prepare me for the richness of delight and
discomfort that I would encounter in India and through which God could open up
my heart with His ever gentle presence.
The purpose of my trip was to volunteer for
almost 4 months with a wonderful, multi-faith, charitable organisation called
Maher. Maher is based in Pune, in
the state of Maharashtra, and has over 30 centres across India supporting and
rehabilitating abused women and children and giving them the potential for an
improved quality of life. My time was largely spent in a centre called Vatsalyadham that specifically homes and rehabilitates women with mental health issues and learning
So how do I relate my faith and the Word of God
to my experiences in India? The
readings we heard today both centre on love – a word we hear often in Christian
circles. The verses of 1st Corinthians are especially familiar to many of us, having heard the passage often read at weddings....and in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he beautifully expresses how
we are being rooted and grounded in love, God’s love through Christ – this love
which we cannot expect our minds to comprehend fills us with the fullness of
God!!!!! Paul seems to be emphasising that it is God’s Spirit within us that
enables us to love.....
We talk of love so often in our culture that it’s
lost much of its richness, complexity and depth yet if we take the time to
meditate on 1st Corinthians, Chapter 13, we can maybe get a glimpse of just how
difficult it is to be loving in the way the Bible describes – in fact we may be
more familiar with experiencing its opposite both in ourselves and in others we
relate to. It is sobering to contemplate how we are so often impatient, unkind, envious, boastful, arrogant and rude, insisting on our own way, irritable and resentful, rejoicing in
others’ wrong doings and unable to bear suffering, unbelieving, hopeless and
lacking in endurance when times get tough!! Surely it’s not human love but only
God’s perfect love for His children that can be as 1st Corinthians
Sometimes as Christians we may feel that to be loving is almost a
rule of our faith........after all Jesus highlights love as the first
commandment so maybe we attempt to fix and change ourselves in order to be more
loving to others. Maybe we also
try to fix and change others, or certainly their circumstances, to demonstrate
our love to them........or maybe we criticise ourselves and others at times when
we know that we, or they, have not appeared loving.
Ironically, life, and particularly my experience in India, is
teaching me that it is when we accept our human-ness – our lack, our weakness,
our limits in making a lasting difference, our own unloving and unloved self and
when we let go of our will and need to fix, fight or flee from our circumstances
that we are most open to God’s love deepening in our hearts through faith. I
believe that it is in such acceptance that the Spirit’s power within us can
accomplish far more than we can ask or imagine in our ‘ministry’.
If we can face the reality of life in all its suffering and the reality
of ourselves, shadow self and all, then we will be more present to the fullness
of God within us and all around us.
In his book, Falling Upward, Richard Rohr
describes suffering as ‘any time you are
not in control.’ He goes on to
say “There must be, and, if we are
honest, there always will be at least one situation in our lives that we cannot
fix, control, explain, change, or even understand.
....Suffering...... reveals the constant problem that we are to
ourselves, and opens up new spaces within us for learning and
Rohr is suggesting a wonderful paradox – suffering, or not being
in control, is likely to reveal on one hand the constant problem that we are to
ourselves .....and therefore to others.....in other words how unloving we can
be, yet, on the other hand, it opens up space within us for real learning and
So what did my experience in India teach me about love? My time there wasn’t actually about
making a personal difference in alleviating poverty......much as that might make
me feel helpful and useful.
Clearly as Christians we are called to loving service but it’s
important to realise that service can sometimes be self-serving and self-centred
if it comes from a place of needing to be the fixer, needing to remain in
control or feeling that we are there to help“the other”.
In fact, my experience in India was one where,
for the majority of the time I was not in control and it seemed as if God took
me beyond the limits of my own skills and resources -
I didn’t speak Hindi or Marathi, the most common languages spoken in Maharashtra; I needed to rely on the
staff at Maher to communicate where I would be that day and what I would be
doing.....and often times this information came very last minute or not at
all. I had no control over
transport or timing and waiting around became a frequent activity. I had very
little control in avoiding head lice, in having electricity or hot water or in
struggling with repeated bouts of violent sickness in the early hours of the
morning. Many everyday things like
bathing and washing clothes took much more energy than ever before and with the
women, I wasn’t able to counsel them, offer them better living conditions or
take away the pain of their pasts which for many was rape, abandonment and
extreme prejudice. I became very
aware of parts of myself which I didn’t like, especially as I fought and reacted
to the lack of control, to the poverty around me, to the frustration of being
unable to fix anything. However,
it was in those times when I got to the limit of my own resources, let go of
trying to help or fix or control my day to day life and simply accepted the
circumstances that I was in and my own very human reactions to them that I
experienced God’s loving and gracious presence and could BE present to whomever
I was with in that moment. The
flow of divine love and grace was the gift I could rest in when I chose to
accept the reality of life, with all its challenge and paradox, rather than
trying to fight or fix it. It was
then that I felt truly able to open up my heart, mind and senses to whomever I
shared life with rather than seeing them through the perspective of my own
agenda. Again in Falling Upward Richard Rohr states “Faith
is simply to trust the real, and to trust that God is found within it – even
before we change it.”
My time at Maher gave me the opportunity to share
simple presence with the women when they had morning chai, walked up and down
the yard for exercise and ate their meals. The simplest of tasks gave the deepest
opportunity to BE with these women and to allow them to BE with me – feeding
Puri the 9 year old girl, painting or doing jigsaws with the women, playing very
dodgy football, musical chairs or dancing with a group of women and
children. It was at these
simplest of times that the Divine loving presence, the Circle of Life, the
Sacred Dance that we entered into went far deeper than any differences in
language, faith and culture. ....no-one was trying to fix or control......we
were simply present. Such loving
presence also deepened relationship between the volunteers, once we realised
that we had more to learn than those we were ostensibly there to
An organisation in the United States called
Journey into Freedom arrange ‘Trips of Perspective’ to enable Christians to
leave lives where they are surrounded by people with similar incomes, education,
and values, lives where they feel generally comfortable and safe and to travel
to areas of poverty in the world.
They state ‘we believe that when
we call ourselves students and followers of Jesus we no longer have the option
of not seeing and dealing with the reality of the way others live.
We have to keep putting ourselves in situations that stretch, challenge
and disturb us so our own hearts are broken into, cracked open and, despite
ourselves, we are changed.......
and they add:-
We are often asked ...“What
do you do on your Trips of Perspective?”. The truth is that we do very little
except try to be present to the moment.
We waste a lot of time doing nothing – or so it seems.
We feel useless and insignificant a good deal of the time.
We don’t see much result from what little we do accomplish, and in
reality things don’t change much as a result of our being there.
But our goal is to be present to those who travel with us, present to
those we have the opportunity to meet, and present to the reality of how others
live life. We go on such trips to learn about ‘being
I believe that it is in being present to the reality of our lives
and to those we share life with, no matter how uncomfortable, that God’s love
can work deeply in our hearts, helping us to accept the situation we are in, the
people we share that situation with and to love and accept those parts of
ourselves that we would rather deny or
The Christian life, the Gospel is all about love and suffering –
and it is so often in accepting the reality of that suffering, being present to
it or to others who suffer rather than in always trying to fix or change it that
we can experience the breadth and length and height and depth of God’s love for
us and through us.
Another related quote from Pastor and Social Activist Gordon
an insatiable desire to FIX things.
To fix ourselves and to fix others, to fix any problem we see before
us. I am often asked, “What can I
do? What am I to do?” and I often respond, ‘ Do nothing.
Just be. You have already
done what is needed’. Doing is to
flow out of BEING. First I must
learn to be. That is our first
task, to learn to be present to ourselves. To touch our own deep inwardness and in
those deep inner places touch the inwardness of one another and then, at last,
we can be in community with one another.
The world will be blessed by presence, not by desperate attempts to fix
So, yes as Christians we are called to loving service but more
importantly we are called to surrender to the deepening of God’s love in our
lives, God’s presence. Generally,
it is not success and power that enable this love to grow but suffering and
acceptance of weakness. We cannot
all go to India but we can allow God to crack open our hearts in situations
where we are not in charge or in control, where we are not known and our
presence seems irrelevant, where there are people and situations which we cannot
deal with, fix or change.
In coming back to the UK I have returned to familiar cultural
surroundings but life continues to provide different situations, whether in
personal relationships or practical issues, where I find myself trying to fix
outcomes to avoid lack of control.
In each circumstance I have the opportunity to recognise my human
limitations and receive the Holy Spirit’s invitation to let go and accept the
reality of life, the only place where Love can teach, guide and lead me.
On this Bible Sunday let us remember that the Word of God is
centred on loving relationship which is deepened through being present to real
life in all its mysterious paradox – this is where the Divine Loving Presence
invites us, prays with us, rests with us, changes us.
Let us finish by contemplating the words of Paul’s prayer – “I
pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is
the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ
that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of
Now to him who by the power
at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask
or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all
generations, forever and ever.
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