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December 2019

From the Holyford Mission Community Ministry Team


Advent and Christmas is a time of travelling for many, for the distribution of gifts and reunion of families and friends and we wish all safety in their journeys and joyful encounters with those they visit and host.

Advent itself is a time of travelling, even if not in terms of distance, but in our readings we reflect on the journey of God’s people in preparation for the coming of the Messiah and it is an opportunity for us to examine our own journey of faith as we prepare to greet the Christ child once more.

At Christmas we remember the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, the Shepherds visiting the stable, the visit of the wise men and the flight of the Holy family into Egypt.

In our Mission Community we begin a journey as we welcome Steven and his family and look forward to his ministry amongst us.

Through all our ‘travelling’ we wish you all a joyful and peaceful Christmas Season and may that continue into the New Year that lies beyond.

Charles, Colin, Emma, Jan, Jeremy, John, Linda, Nigel, Steven and Victoria

Christmas Tree Festival

Colyton’s Christmas tree festival returns for 2019, 4-7 Dec!

Our Christingles 2019

Come and join us at one of our ever-popular Christingle services:

Branscombe, Monday 2nd December at 6.00 pm

Colyton, Sunday 8th December at 4.00 pm (with Messy Church)

Southleigh, Saturday 21st December at 4.00 pm

Colyford Christmas Fair

The fair will take place in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 23rd November from 10.00-2.30. Entry is free!

Come along to enjoy morning coffee or tea. Followed by a delicious lunch of homemade soup, a choice of puddings and a cup of tea or coffee for £6.50. All freshly cooked and served by The Friends of St Michaels.

You will find our usual attractive and interesting selection of stalls including: ‘This and That’, Christmas Food and Drinks, Children’s Books and Games, Cakes, Handmade Cards and Photographs, Variety of lovely hand-made goods, Christmas Presents, Raffle, Games including ‘Lucky Dip’ and ‘Choose a Number’.

Steven Martin’s Installation

The service to install Steven as our new Rector, which will be conducted by The Rt Revd Jackie Searle, the Bishop of Crediton, will be held in St Andrew’s Colyton on Wednesday 20th November at 7.30 pm. All are welcome! Steven will preside at Holy Communion at 10.00 am on Thursday 21st November in Branscombe.

Messy Church Remembrance

A record number of families met for Remembrance Sunday at Messy Church. They enjoyed story time and a shared meal, as well as making poppies and eating their poppy biscuits.

Northleigh Craft Fair

Musbury Craft Fayre 7 Dec


Christmas Craft Fayre at Musbury Village Hall – 10.00 am to 12.30 pm. A good variety of local craft stalls including stained glass and wooden reindeers, jams and chutneys and in addition our Church cake stall, tombola and raffle. Refreshments including bacon buttys !  Proceeds to St Michaels Church Musbury. Enquiries 01297 552440/552711 – stalls still available !