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Services for Lent, Holy Week and Easter

Thursdays in Lent: 18th & 25th February, 3rd, 10th & 17th March
Compline at St Andrew’s Church at 7pm

(Compline is a short, reflective service of night prayer which lasts about 15 minutes)
Palm Sunday: March 20th
St Andrew’s Colyton – Holy Communion at 8:00 am; and at 9.30 am (with donkey)
A Service of Readings and Music for Passiontide at 6:30 pm
St Michael’s Colyford – Holy Communion at 9.30 am
St Lawrence’s Southleigh – Morning Prayer at 11:15 am
St Winifred’s Branscombe – Holy Communion at 11:15 am
St Michael’s Musbury – Holy Communion at 11:15 am

Holy Week
Compline with a short address, all starting at 7.30 pm
Monday 21st -Southleigh
Tuesday 22nd – Branscombe
Wednesday 23rd – Musbury

Maundy Thursday
March 24th 7.30 pm Holy Communion at St Andrew’s Colyton,
followed by all night prayer vigil

Good Friday
March 25th St Andrew’s Colyton – Stations of the Cross at 8.00am
Good Friday Service at 10:00 am

St Lawrence’s Southleigh -Good Friday Service 10:00am

St Michael’s Colyford, St Lawrence’s Branscombe and St Michael’s Musbury
Good Friday Services at 12 noon

St Andrew’s Church -Messy Church 3-4.30pm

Easter Day
March 27th 6.30 am Dawn Service of Holy Communion at Hillhead Picnic Site

St Andrew’s Colyton
Holy Communion at 8.00 am (BCP)
Holy Communion at 9.30 am
Evensong at 6.30 pm

St Michael’s Colyford
Holy Communion at 9.30 am

St Lawrence’s Southleigh
Holy Communion at 11.15 am

St Winifred’s Branscombe
Holy Communion at 11.15 am

St Michael’s Musbury
Holy Communion at 11:15 am

The Project

The Project

The Project is committed to supporting and improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of young people, age 13-24, as well as providing support to the parents and carers of young people experiencing mental distress. The Project,  recognises that it isn’t always easy to talk about our emotional and mental wellbeing. Fear about what other people might say, or of being laughed at, or not taken seriously, can often stop us from taking that step … and that can make us feel very alone.
The reality is that you are not alone! One in 5 young people experience symptoms of anxiety, depression and issues with their body confidence, and 1 in 10 have a diagnosable mental health issue.

St Andrew’s Community cafe is supporting The Project this year with donations from our Tuesday cafe.


Letter from Hilary


On April 25th 1962 the poet Sylvia Plath wrote to her mother that daffodils were in full bloom in her Devon garden. On December 25th, Christmas Day, last year many of us saw daffodils in bloom in our Devon gardens. They continued in increasing number into January and now, as I write in February, are being battered by storm Imogen.

Particularly precious amongst daffodils is the small, pale variety native to this country. It was once very common but began to decline in Victorian times and blooms less abundantly now. Sometimes called the Lent lily because its flowering season usually falls between Ash Wednesday and Easter Day, this tough, fragile, precious little flower seems to stand for hope and the promise of a new beginning.

The Bible sets the origins of our story in a garden. The new beginning of our story that we celebrate on Easter Day is also set in a garden. Mary rushes to the tomb and discovers the stone has been rolled away and the tomb is empty. In her confusion she stands weeping in the entrance and wonders what has happened to the body of Jesus. When she turns she sees a man whom she takes to be the gardener. It is only when he says her name that she realises that it’s Jesus. There are no words that can adequately describe the healing, renewing power of that moment.

Daffodils and spring flowers of all types have taken quite a battering this year and have had to endure a good deal. As we emerge from the winter aware perhaps of our own troubles, or the troubles endured by many across the world, the flowers we traditionally associate with the early spring and the Easter season remind us of the extraordinary and life-giving promise of the resurrection story. Whatever our hopes, dreams and beliefs, we welcome the spring together. Our hearts are lifted by the sight of snowdrops, primroses and anemones and the new life they represent. Happy Easter!