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July 2017

This month’s letter is from Anne:

As summer and holidays are well and truly upon us, I’m reminded of one of my favourite old T-shirt designs.  On the front is printed the legend: ‘Sail fast, live slow’.

The great 20th century philosopher, Wittgenstein, is very hard to understand. He wrote with irony, parody and jokes.  He spattered his writing with punctuation marks.  He mixed up fragments of texts. He seemed to change the subject at random.

In his later writing, Wittgenstein explained why he did this: “Sometimes a sentence can only be understood if it is read at the right speed. My sentences are all meant to be read slowly.”  And later:  “I really want my copious punctuation marks to slow down the speed of reading.  Because I should like to be read slowly.”

A few weeks ago I re-read (quite slowly!) the delightful novel, ‘Salmon fishing in the Yemen’, by Paul Torday.  In it, a sheikh has a seemingly impossible vision.  He wants to introduce salmon to the seasonal waters of a wadi in the desert.  As a lover of fishing himself, he believes that it will help his people to enjoy life and to be less hot-tempered:  “My countrymen will stand on the banks side by side and fish for salmon.  And their natures too will be changed.  They will feel the enchantment of this silver fish, and the overwhelming love that I know for the fish and the river it swims in.  And then when talk turns to what this tribe said or did, and voices grow heated, then someone will say, “Let us arise, and go fishing”.

God is committed to our full enjoyment of this extraordinary world.  One rabbi famously said that the first question God would ask him at the end of his life would be “Did you enjoy my creation?”

In the three short years of Jesus’s busy ministry on earth he found time to do just that.  He’d journey around the countryside at walking pace, and with a deep sense of wonder he’d point out to his friends the glory around them: the birds of the air, the beauty of the meadow flowers.  Jesus would pause and marvel at the world’s beauty and in so doing, draw closer to God, his Father.

As this holiday season gets into full swing, I hope that all of us find time, whether we’re at home or further afield, to do just that: to pause and marvel at God’s glorious creation; to savour good books at leisure; to ‘live slow’ and to draw closer to God.

Anne Futcher

Branscombe Church Open Day

Branscombe Church is holding a special Open Day with the annual market at the church on Saturday 15th July from 10.30-3.00 pm.

Come and enjoy – Trips us the church tower – Guided historical tours – Amazing parachuting teddy bears off the tower at 2.30 – light lunches, coffee and refreshments – various stalls.

Spirit to Spirit Choir

As part of the God at Work festival, the renowned Spirit to Spirit Choir with Andrew Hague will give a free concert at St Andrew’s Colyton on: Saturday 24th June at 7.30 pm

Musbury Cream Tea

The very popular cream tea at Musbury Barton returns this year on Sunday 9th July from 3.00-5.00 pm, by kind invitation of Lt Col Tony Drake.

Colyford Summer Concert

The St Michael’s Summer Concert this year is on Saturday 8th July at 12 noon, with Alex Davies, organ, Alison Davies, Saxophone and David Fouracre, Baritone. Followed by ploughman’s lunch including dessert and tea or coffee.

Tickets £8 in advance from The Little Shop Colyton or Colyford Post Office; or £10 on the day. Under 18s free.

All proceeds to the organ fund.

God at work – photos

See St Andrew’s church transformed into the Holy Land…. Different areas represent different parts of Jesus’ life and ministry, and story tellers are there to fill in the picture.

Please see earlier post for details of opening times and evening events between Wed 21st and Sun 25th June.

Messy Church Trinity

The mystery revealed! Children at Messy Church enjoyed thinking about the God we worship, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, on Trinity Sunday.

Thy Kingdom Come cathedral service

At the end of the days of prayer in response to the Archbishops’ call, people from all over Devon gathered in Exeter cathedral at Pentecost to worship and celebrate.

This is the East end of Devon where we put the Holyford MC boxes. We walked round the Cathedral during the service visiting the many prayer stations prepared by various organisations e.g. Christian Aid, Street Pastors, Childrens’ Work, the Gideon and the Homeless. There were Prayer activities at most of them.

Colyton June 18 Breakfast Service – Father’s Day

June is marching on, so it’s time to think about our next Breakfast Service at St Andrew’s Church  –  on Sunday 18 June, Fathers’ Day. We’ll be celebrating Dads, Mums, family life in general, and God’s love for us all.

As usual, we begin with breakfast at 10.00 followed by a short all-age service beginning at 10.30 and lasting around 35 minutes.

We received a very positive response and a big turnout for our first Breakfast Service, along with useful feedback about what’s helpful for families with young children. On 18 June the story and a number of other activities will be specifically aimed at children, who will be given a BUSY BAG (a surprise with a Father’s Day flavour) as the service begins, and plenty to do as we go along.

Do please promote/ share/ invite your friends…..

 

Summer Bible Studies

Bible Study is continuing in Branscombe at 3 Mill Lane on Friday 21st April and 12th May, 2.30-4.00 pm. Phone 01297 22303.

The summer dates for the Musbury group at Knap Orchard, Combpyne Rd, Tuesdays 7.30-9.00, (phone 553180) are 16th and 30th May, 13th June, 4th and 18th July.

The Colyton group at Forecourt, South Square meets on Thursdays, 7.30-9.00, (phone 551400), dates 4th and 18th May, 1st and 22nd June, 6th and 20th July.

Everyone from any of the churches is welcome at any of the groups.

God at work in St Andrew’s

GOD at Work – past, present, future

From June 21st to 25th St Andrew’s Colyton will be transformed into the Holy Land.  A major interactive exhibition will recreate important locations in the life of Jesus.  Jerusalem, Galilee, wilderness and shore will show the backdrop to God at Work – past, present, future.  The exhibition will showcase the places where key events in the life of Jesus happened including Cana where he performed his first miracle; the Judean desert where he fought a spiritual battle against evil; the first Easter in Jerusalem – and many more.

By recreating these scenarios the people of St Andrew’s hope to help people to visualise what the life of Christ might have been like and to make the stories of the New Testament more alive and vivid.

Alongside the locations there will also be displays of flowers linked to the stories of Jesus’ life highlighted by the exhibition.

Visitors will be able to follow a story-trail and a timeline of Jesus’ life, and see how the concerns Jesus had for the people he met continue to inspire Christians today.  The exhibition will be open to pre-booked schools on weekday mornings and to the general public from 1.00pm.  Over the weekend of 24th-25th it will be open to all from 10.00am on Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00am with special events during the evenings – details of these below.