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July 2016

Hilary writes –

This month I am delighted that our letter comes from Revd. John Lees, associate priest in the Holyford Mission Community.  In addition to his work in careers and coaching, and serving in the parishes of our Mission Community, John now has a new role.  As we congratulate John, please do come and support him at his licensing service in Colyton on Monday July 4th at 7.30pm. 

 Juggling roles, building bridges

 In early July Bishop Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth, will be performing an unusual service here in Colyton. He’ll be licensing me to the newly-created role of Bishop’s Officer for Self-Supporting Ministry.

This bit of church jargon needs some unpacking. This role is essentially about helping with the training and development of the many unpaid, volunteer clergy found in the Church of England. Volunteer clergy are not new – they’ve been a feature of church life since the 1950s, and with increasing financial pressures they’re going to be an increasingly important feature of church and community life.

I’m a self-supporting minister – a priest, yes, but not a vicar. My role is best described as ‘Ministry in Secular Employment’ – this means that the focus of my ministry is not just in Holyford Mission Community but in the wider world of work. My work is coaching and writing books about work and careers. You can find ordained ministers also working in many other jobs, for example in local government, IT consultancy, farming, teaching, the health sector…..

Ministers in these roles can provide a useful bridge between church and the word we live in, but blurred boundaries are a feature of many working lives. In East Devon many people have varied and mixed work commitments, often seasonal or project based. Some people hold down more than one job – particularly as the tourist season takes off.

Job-juggling isn’t just a feature of modern life – in the past many workers in rural communities had several sources of income. The idea of a single, nine to five job that fills life between our 20s and our 60s is a relatively recent development. In today’s world people frequently mix different kinds of work – blending paid and voluntary work, employment and home-making. Most charities and many of our treasured places and services survive because of the volunteers who support them.

The service this July will I hope make connections between different areas of life, but will also remind us to celebrate the many talented people in this community and the flexible, creative way we all work.

Revd John Lees, Associate Priest





Choir Sponsored Walk


For the St Andrew’s Church Choir Bursary Fund

  • Meet at St Andrews Church, Colyton – 11.30am
  • The walk is approximately 9 miles/15km and we are due to return around 4pm where the Community Café in the Sunday School Building will be serving tea and cake.
  • If you are unable to complete the full walk then there are points where you can join or leave us on the way.
  • For more information, please contact Natalie on 0779 465 9190

St Winifred’s Flower Festival, Branscombe


Huge thanks to everyone who was involved in putting on such a marvellous flower festival. Each of the displays really encapsulated the theme of ‘Natures Bounty’ in such an imaginative and creative manner.

Despite the weather visitors from far and wide came to marvel at the arrangements, drink tea, eat scrummy cakes and enjoy wonderful fellowship in the beautiful setting of St Winifred’s.

The Songs of Praise service on Sunday morning, led by Shuna, provided the perfect opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate God’s creation and all that nature provides through song, prayer and readings.

Over the 4 days it was wonderful to see and hear people truly being touched by the whole experience.

I wonder what the next theme will be? 🤔


St Andrew’s Fair 2016

Saturday July 9th from 11.00-3.00 pm

Our very popular fair on the Church green returns, and this year the theme is the Wild West, with a fancy dress competition and parade at noon. Lots of stalls and activities, with plants, crafts, cakes, barbeque and refreshments… fun for all!

Proceeds will go to the Memory Cafe as well as church funds.

If you can help with cakes or plants, please bring them to the Sunday School Building from 9.00 on the day.

Licensing of Rev John Lees

We are looking forward to welcoming the Bishop of Plymouth to St Andrew’s Colyton on Monday 4th July at 7.30. He will license our ministry team member Rev’d John Lees for his additional new role as Bishop’s Officer for Self-Supporting Ministry. John’s role includes supporting SSM vocations as well as informing diocesan policy. More about the contribution and varied roles of Self-Supporting Ministers can be found on the Diocesan Website here.



Musbury cream tea success

The cream teas at Musbury Barton continues to be a very popular event. Last Sunday it was blessed with good weather, and we raised a magnificent £800 for church funds! A big thank you to all the hard-working helpers.

Jurassic Colouring Book

colouring book

Our assistant curate Rev’d Shuna George has produced a new colouring book featuring our local coastal scenes. She writes:

“Aware of the current trend for colouring – for both adults and children – I feel there is a gap in the market for a book suitable for both age groups – and especially for families or friends to enjoy together.

There was nothing available featuring local scenes, and so I developed the idea of a Jurassic Journal – a colouring book with plenty of space to add your own comments, memories, keepsakes, sketches etc.

Each image has some background information about the location, so it is a mini guide too – covering Durdle Dor in the East to Sidmouth in the West.”

To buy a book or find out more, visit the website, or Facebook and Twitter @colourfulbooks

The book will be launched at  Lyme Regis Power Boat Club on Sunday 12 June  3-5pm – do drop in. The bar will be open to buy a nice drink by the sea,  and you can purchase a personally signed book!