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Anne’s ordination photos

On Sunday 25th September our curate Anne was ordained priest, together with Christopher Durrant, by Bishop Robert at St David’s Exeter. A marvellous occasion! Hilary was the preacher, and you can read her sermon here.

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Devon Church History

devon-historic-churches-trustA cheese and wine evening with

John Mills – (Hon Sec of East Devon Branch of Devon Historic Churches Trust)

 “Devon Churches — a brief history”

in St Michael’s (Chapel of Ease), Colyford
Friday 7th October 6.30 for 7 pm
Entrance £5.00 (payable on the night) – A Friends of St Michael’s event

Harvest at Colyton

Sunday 2nd October at 11 am
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Ordination of Anne Futcher

ordination editOrdination of Revd Anne Futcher as priest

On Sunday 25th September at 9.30, Revd Anne Futcher will be ordained priest at St David’s Church in Exeter.  Many people have got to know Anne over this past year, and she will remain as curate with us for the next 2-3 years.  Do please come and support her that day if you can.  Transport can be arranged if that is helpful.

Please note that on Sunday September 25th the only service in our Mission Community will be the Goose Fayre service at Colyford at 6.30.  This will enable as many of us as possible to celebrate with Anne in Exeter and to give thanks for her continued ministry amongst us.

Anne will celebrate her first service of Holy Communion on Thursday 29th September at 7.30 pm at St Michael’s Musbury.

Book Launch

beneathstarcover-editOn Sunday 9th October at 7pm we welcome the hymn-writer Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith to our Mission Community.  He will be at St Andrew’s Colyton to celebrate his forthcoming 90th birthday. The choir will introduce a new Christmas book, “Beneath a travelling star”, and we will hear his dramatic disciples’ scene, “The figure on the shore”.

Harvest Celebrations 2016

harvest-apples-editWe’re celebrating food and farming at harvest festivals in each church – please join us!

Branscombe – Sunday 18th September at 11.15

Colyton – Sunday October 2nd at 11.00 followed by lunch.

Southleigh – Sunday 9th October at 11:15, followed by lunch in the Village Hall.

Colyford – Sunday 9th October at 3:30 pm followed by tea in the Memorial Hall.

Musbury – Sunday 16th October at 11.15, followed by a Bring and Share lunch.

September 2016

This month’s letter comes from our Associate Priest, Revd John Lees.

Fall of the Leaf

falling_leaves editIt seems rather odd writing about the autumn while it’s still high summer – but magazine deadlines prompt this kind of time travelling!

There is something inspiring about this golden time of year. Until the 14th century we called this season ‘Harvest’. North Americans call it ‘Fall’, drawing on the 1540s phrase ‘Fall of the leaf’.

I’ve always found September a refreshing time; perhaps because I was born this month, perhaps because it was a time for packing my school bag with apprehension about new teachers and subjects, perhaps a new school. We have nearly two decades being educated, so it’s no surprise that we develop an internal clock that resets itself at the end of every summer holiday.

It might seem odd that we think of new beginnings at a time of year when leaves turn gold as the first signs of winter. The year is turning, and it’s a time for change.

In his book Holidays and Holy Nights the writer Christopher Hill writes about the way the Christian year begins in Advent as the natural year ends, containing a great promise: “it teaches us to watch for the signs of a beginning when, to all appearances, the world seems the least promising … we watch the fall of the reign of summer, a great triumph moves deep into a darkness full of danger, promise, and mystery. We pass through a wild night of apparitions into a quiet that grows deeper until it is infused with the lights of candles and stars. Time narrows down until it comes to its turning point, as all creation holds its breath in the silent night and waits for the entry of something new and unimaginable.”

Celebrating new life just as the world is in the grip of cold and darkness offers great hope. This lies at the heart of what Christians believe. New life comes in the midst of winter. At Easter, light bursts out from the blackness of the tomb – secure, grounded hope at a time when the world seemed to have ended. This is the gift God provides. Hope arises in the darkest moments. In these seemingly chaotic times this message matters more than ever. Revd John Lees, Associate Priest

Celebrating with Canon Colin Preece

On Sunday 18th September Canon Colin Preece will be presiding at the 9.30 service of Holy Communion at St Andrew’s.  During this service we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Colin’s ordination.  We are delighted that Colin and Jane have chosen to retire to Colyton and are thankful for all that they bring to our community.  We look forward to being part of this special day.

First Sundays at St Andrew’s

Everyone of all ages is welcome at every service in our Mission Community.  In addition, from Sunday September 4th, there will be dedicated activities for children at the service of Holy Communion at 9.30 on the first Sunday in the month.  Do come along and join in – we look forward to welcoming you!