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October 2018

Children and Families in the Holyford Mission Community

For the past six years we have had a dedicated Children and Families worker in our community of five churches.  For the past four of those it has been Kathryn Radley.  Kathryn, alongside an extensive team of volunteers, has done an amazing job.  She has built up Noah’s Ark, our thriving group for families and very young children.  She has led Messy Church with great creativity and flair. And she has run a lunchtime club at Branscombe School which has been hugely valued by the children and school community.  Kathryn has now moved on, but she goes with our love and thanks, and we will continue to see her around from time to time.

Over the summer months we have appointed a new Children and Families worker and I am delighted to introduce to you Linda Joy. Linda comes to us with great experience of working with children and is going to introduce herself in her own words:

Hello, my name is Linda Joy and I have recently moved to Devon from Northamptonshire.  I am an Early Years Teacher and Forest School Leader, and I have a passion for work with children and their families. As well as running a pre-school, over the years I have been involved in Sunday Schools, Messy Church, Café Church and Sporty Church.  Since arriving in Devon, I have joined the Holyford Community Mission working as Children & Families worker.  I am delighted to say that I will be working together with the excellent teams at Noah’s Ark and Messy Church and will continue to run a lunch time club at Branscombe School, where I hope to explore the Christian faith through Forest School sessions with the children. I hope to be popping up at the various locations in the Mission Community soon and I look forward to getting to know everyone and to having lots of fun times together.

We are delighted to have Linda with us.  She will be popping in to each of our churches over the next few weeks to talk to our congregations and our Autumn term programme is now up and running.  Please see below for dates for Noah’s Ark and Messy Church and we hope to see you soon.

Noah’s Ark : Thursday at Colyford Memorial Hall, 1.15-2.45

Oct 4th, 18th; Nov 1st, 15th, 29th; Dec 13th.

Messy Church : 4-6pm at Reece Strawbridge Centre Colyton

Sundays October 14th and November 11th

Harvest Festivals 2018

It’s harvest festival time around the Mission Community, with a celebration in each of the churches. Everyone is welcome!

Branscombe – Sunday 16th September at 11.15

Musbury – Sunday 30th September at 11.15

Southleigh – Sunday 7th October at 11.15

Colyford – Sunday 14th October at 3.30

Colyton – Sunday 21st October: Breakfast from 9.45, service at 10.45.

Colyton Harvest Festival with breakfast

Colyton’s harvest festival will be on Sunday 21st October with breakfast from 9.45 and the service at 10.45. Do join us!

Piano recital 13 October

The Friends of St Andrew’s, in association with the Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Platform, is proud to welcome a  pianist with a great future to perform for us in Colyton, at 7.30 pm on Saturday 13th October. Tickets from the Little Shop or on the door.

Romanian pianist George Todica started his musical training at six in Iaşi and later moved to the UK to further his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he graduated with a Masters of Music Degree in 2017. As a concert pianist, he has won over 20 prizes at International Piano Competitions.

This concert will be a tribute to Jilly Spencer.

Children’s dates autumn 2018

Messy Church continues at the Reece Strawbridge Centre from 4.00-6.00 pm on Sundays October 14th and November 11th. There will be Messy Christingle in St Andrew’s Church on December 9th.

Noah’s Ark at Colyford Hall from 1.15-2.45 pm continues fornightly on Thursdays, dates Sept 20th, October 4th, 18th, November 1st, 15th, 29th and December 13th.

Branscombe School joins Coventry Cathedral – 24 Sep!

International Cross of Nails Service

We are very excited to share with you the news that we have been accepted as an International Cross of Nails School – linking with Coventry Cathedral. The Cross of Nails Community includes schools, communities, parishes and other organisations who have shown a commitment to the values of peace, hope and reconciliation. During the service we will be presented with our own Cross of Nails by a representative from Coventry Cathedral.

The service will take place in Church on
Monday 24th September at 1.30pm.
It would be lovely if members of the community could join us for the service. There will be refreshments afterwards.