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June 2017

You and Me

Engaging with the big questions of life and faith is one of the most rewarding parts of what I do.  I love conversations with people of all ages. When I was working in my previous group of parishes I remember showing a group of our very youngest school children around the church.  As we stood looking at the church tower, I asked them if they knew why church bells are rung on Sundays and before services.  One of them replied, quick as a flash: to tell us that God is at home.

A brilliant answer to a question, which led to more questions and a debate about where God is, and whether God is only to be found in church buildings.  We quickly decided that, whilst we hope we will encounter God in our church buildings and church services, God is to be found at all times and in all places.  Perhaps one of the best places to find God is in the time we spend with one another, friends, families and neighbours and in the conversations we share.

As we head into the summer months there are so many opportunities to meet up, spend time together and enjoy one another’s company in our Mission Community of churches.  We are looking forward to the God at Work exhibition in St Andrew’s Colyton, the Songs of Praise services on the beach at Branscombe, the open day at St Winifred’s church, the cream tea in Musbury and many other events and services, including those in Colyford and Southleigh.

One of my favourite poems is called Between, by Richard Skinner a local Devon poet.  In the poem, he describes a God who is not static but dynamic, present in our actions and reactions, in the words we say and in the time we spend together.  This is how it begins:

God is in the ‘and’ of you and me.

Not you, not me; but you and me. *

I hope this summer will be a very special time, enjoying one another’s company, and glimpsing God’s love and goodness in the spaces, activities and conversations we share together.

Hilary

*Between’ published in ‘Leaping and Staggering’, Dilettante Publications. 2nd Ed. 1996.

Christian Aid Concert

A free concert – donations to Christian Aid – in St Andrew’s Church on Wednesday 7th June at 7.00

Call to Prayer

Thy Kingdom Come…..is a global and ecumenical call to prayer where we are invited to spend time individually and as churches praying for our communities and our world.  It takes place between Ascension Day (May 25th) and Pentecost (June 4th).  During these ten days there will be special prayer stations with extra prayer resources in each of our churches.  At the end of the ten days, as well as the morning services in our churches here, there will be a special service in Exeter Cathedral at 6.30 on the evening of Pentecost Sunday, where the stories and resources from each parish will be gathered together and celebrated.  Everyone is most welcome to attend that service.

Outdoor Rogation at Musbury

Musbury Church had a Rogation Service walking round Musbury visiting people’s gardens. We ended at the Golden Hind for the last part of the service and refreshments. It was a lovely occasion and everyone really enjoyed the experience. There were 24 people there.

Kay Short

New! The Breakfast Service.

Sunday 21st May in Colyton, breakfast at 10.00 followed by a short service at 10.30 – see below, and also Hilary’s letter:

Civil War Fun Day

Once again Colyton welcomes the Taunton Garrison for living history enactment and a full day of entertainment on 10 June.

Ascension Day Service

We will celebrate Holy Communion for the Mission Community on 25th May at 7.00 pm in St Michael’s Mubury – all welcome. Supper for those who wish afterwards at the Golden Hind – please book.

Civil War Talk

A free talk in St Andrew’s on 25th May at 7.30 – details below

Christian Aid Week

This year Christian Aid Week is on 14-21 May. Our joint service is on Sunday 14th May at 9.30 in St Andrew’s, with a speaker from the charity.

There will be the coffee morning in the town hall on Saturday 13th May, and the house to house collection throughout Colyton and Colyford.

A special concert organised by local musicians to raise funds for Christian Aid will take place on Wednesday July 7th at 7.00 in St Andrew’s.