Welcome to the website for the Holyford Mission Community serving the parishes of Branscombe, Colyton with Colyford, Musbury, Northleigh and Southleigh in East Devon.

November lockdown: Churches can open for individual prayer only. Branscombe, Colyton and Musbury will be open every day. Colyford on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Southleigh and Northleigh will be open on Sundays (9-4).

Sunday 29th November, Day of Prayer for Covid on Advent Sunday

Join us for a Day of Prayer, 8am to 8pm. We will be praying for our current situation by offering prayer throughout the day, committing ourselves and all who we pray for to God’s mercy and protection.

Link for Father Steven’s introduction to the day

Link for the special Holyford prayer for the day

Link for the online service and service order

Link for the Holyford Herald

Link for the Order of Service for Compline

Pray at home, pop in to pray in church, pray with us online, over the telephone.   Pray for just for a few moments, or for longer.   

You can also send us prayer requests

There are many ways you can join in:

  • Pray at home or privately in the church – we aim to keep a continual stream of prayer going from 8am to 8pm across the six churches in our group. If you wish to take part by undertaking to pray for a 30- or 60-minute period, contact us.
  • Send us your prayer requests or request prayer ministry over the telephone
  • Watch our online service
  • 2.30 pm Telephone service (instructions below)
  • 6.00pm Light a candle and pray at home joining thousands across the nation doing the same each day in November
  • 8.00pm Compline via zoom, a beautiful and ancient form of worship of worship to close the day – Contact Charles Hill.

Sunday 22nd November, Christ the King

Links for the online service and the Holyford Herald

Our weekly online and telephone services will continue until further notice. Instructions for telephone service at 2.30 , Winter 2020 hymn sheet and revised hymn sheet, June 2020 Please stay at home if you are vulnerable, shielding, have any Covid symptoms or are feeling unwell.

We are always glad to hear from you, including any concerns for yourself or others, or prayer requests. As well as this website we also have a Facebook page.

We are a community of six churches each with its own weekly pattern of services and activities. Our shared life is very important to us and we meet regularly to worship, socialise and pray together.  We hope that we are an inclusive and welcoming community which seeks to serve the needs of everyone.

Within these pages you will find information about our services, social events, churches and opportunities to meet, learn, pray and ask questions. Please note some of this information relates to how things were before coronavirus!  There are many different groups and activities to be involved with. We hope that you can find what you are looking for.  If not, please contact one of the ministry team or churchwardens, or our Mission Community Administrator.

Do come and find out more about us – you will be most welcome.

So come,
You who have much faith, and you who have little.
You who have come often, and you who have stayed away.
You who have tried to follow, you who have failed.
You whose love flickers faint, you whose love burns strong.
Come not because I invite you, come because Jesus invites you,
Bids you welcome, calls your name.

© Iona Community, Scotland

Resources for personal spiritual life:

Please click for Fr Steven’s text on Spiritual Communion

Please click for the Sunday Service order for personal use. This is best printed off, when it will fold up into a little booklet.

Please click to see the video “Prayers for Holyford Mission Community”

“Finding stability in times of change”. Please click here for this 3-part resource which can be used to provide a structure for personal quiet time.

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.

Please click here for information about other sources of help and support.


If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to someone:

Parish safeguarding Officers:

Branscombe: Jill Johnson 01297 680 133

Colyford, Colyton & Southleigh:Vicky Mills 01297 553 666

Musbury: Sue Irving 01297 552 440

Northleigh: Hazel Platt 01297 552416

To contact the officers by email, please go to our Contact page.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be contacted by clicking here.

The Holyford parishes have adopted the Diocesan safeguarding policy as our local policy; to download a pdf of this, please click here.