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Carnival Songs of Praise

lyme regis band

Songs of Praise in Colyton this year is on 11 September at 2.30pm on the church green. Once again we’re delighted to welcome Lyme Regis Town Band to play for us. What better way to round off what we hope will be another splendid carnival week?

Autumn Bible Study


Our three Bible study groups are continuing after the summer break. Each group is led by a member of the ministry team in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. New members are welcome.

Colyton: Meets fortnightly on Thursdays at 7.30 with tea/coffee beforehand from 7.00. Meetings on 8th and 22nd Sep and 6th Oct – further meetings to be arranged. Venue Forecourt, South St. The group studies the gospel text for the following Sunday. Further details Revd Anne Futcher, 07710 893450.

Branscombe: Meets monthly on Fridays at 2.30 on 30th Sep, 14th Oct, 11th Nov, 16th Dec. Venue 5 Mill Lane Branscombe. The group is studying St Luke’s Gospel. Contact Revd Nigel Freathy 01297 680424.

Musbury: Meets fortnightly on Tuesdays at 7.30 on 4th and 18th Oct, 15th and 29th Nov and 13th Dec. Venue Knap Orchard, Combpyne Rd. The group also studies the weekly readings. Contact Revd Hilary Dawson, 01297 553180.

Branscombe Church Market

In the Village Hall on Saturday 20th August from 11.00-3.00.

Raffle – Bric a brac – books – cakes – plants – refreshments etc. See you there!

Messy Church August

Messy Church meets again on Sunday 14th August from 4.00-6.00pm in the Reece Strawbridge Centre, Colyton. Fun and games for children and families, a bible story and tea. All are welcome. Next meeting in October.

Breathing Space


A peaceful time of stillness and prayer for the summer evenings.

6.30-7.00 on Wednesdays 17th, 24th, and 31st August: St Andrew’s Colyton.

Please see Hilary for further information


Sunday August 21

On this day there will be three services across our community.  Everyone Welcome!

 8.00  Holy Communion at St Andrew’s Colyton (a quiet prayer book service)

 9.30 Holy Communion at St Michael’s Colyford (a service with hymns and a sermon)

 6pm Songs of Praise on Branscombe Beach with Honiton Town Band (see separate post)

Branscombe Harvest Fair 2016

After the tremendous success of last year’s inaugural Harvest Fair we are in the process of organising this year’s event.  The Harvest Fair will take place on Saturday 17th September 2016 12 noon-4pm in the Branoc Hall and on the playing Field. Members of St Winifred’s Church will be playing a pivotal role in organising and running, amongst other things, the family dog show.  Keep an eye on the Facebook page (Branscombe Harvest Fair) for updates and please pray for lovely sunshine.

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August 2016

Hilary writes:-

‘Building bridges not barriers’

Before I was ordained I was a primary school teacher for many years and loved it. One activity the children used to enjoy immensely was something we did as part of the technology curriculum.  I would ask them to work in a group to build a bridge out of the junk materials they had to hand.  The finished article couldn’t just look like a bridge – it had to act like a bridge.  In other words, it needed to be able to bear the weight of a model car or even a person walking across it.   Watching the children at work was an illuminating experience.  They soon worked out that building bridges together requires good listening, generosity, give and take and collaboration.

Post-referendum we find ourselves living in very uncertain and fast-changing times.  Regardless of our own personal views and voting decisions we are all having to get used to a very different political landscape.  Some people feel their concerns and views have not been properly heard.  Others feel vulnerable, threatened and discriminated against. The risk in uncertain times is that we retreat into our ‘own’ corners rather than reaching out to friends and neighbours, near and far.  A few days after the referendum, the archbishops of Canterbury and York issued a joint statement.  I found it immensely helpful and hopeful and share part of it now:

As citizens of the United Kingdom, whatever our views during the referendum campaign, we must now unite in a common task to build a generous and forward looking country, contributing to human flourishing around the world. We must remain hospitable and compassionate, builders of bridges and not barriers. Many of those living among us and alongside us as neighbours, friends and work colleagues come from overseas and some will feel a deep sense of insecurity. We must respond by offering reassurance, by cherishing our wonderfully diverse society, and by affirming the unique contribution of each and every one. We must act with humility and courage – being true to the principles that make the very best of our nation. Unity, hope and generosity will enable us to overcome the period of transition that will now happen, and to emerge confident and successful. The opportunities and challenges that face us as a nation and as global citizens are too significant for us to settle for less.

My bridge-building groups of children show us what is needed to build bridges and not barriers: good listening, generosity, give and take and collaboration.  Over the months and years to come let’s build as many bridges as we can, locally, nationally and internationally.  Bridges that are strong.  Bridges that bear weight. Bridges that last.


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