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March 2020

In celebration of Mothers

This month holds a very special celebration on the third Sunday of Lent.  It is Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday as it was more traditionally called.

Mothering Sunday was originally a time when people returned to their ‘Mother Church’, the one in which they were baptised or where they attended services when they were younger. This meant that families were reunited and returned to the towns and villages where they grew up. In time, it became customary for young people who were working as servants in large houses, to be given a holiday on Mothering Sunday. They could use this day to visit their own mother and often took a gift or food. In turn, this moved towards the modern celebration, which we know today.

Many families get together around their mother and celebrate with a special meal out and I love to see generations of the same family all gathered together. The shops are bursting with beautiful bouquets and bunches of flowers to give as gifts to our mothers and the array of special cards are in abundance too.

However, for some it can also be a sad time, remembering the mother they can no longer hug, or perhaps some wish they had a different or closer relationship with their mother. Others may not be a mother yet and long for a day when they might have a child.

I love the image of a mother hen in this verse from Luke 13 v 34

‘How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings’

That feeling of love, safety, nurture and warmth is so necessary for young to thrive and a human need in us all.

However we will be spending Mother’s Day this year we can be sure that God longs to gather us up and meet all our needs in Him.

Services will be held around the Mission Community on Mothering Sunday 22nd March to which you are all warmly invited.

Linda Joy

Children and families worker

Holyford Mission Community

Lent with St Francis

Our Lent Course this year will take place around the churches again, on Thursdays in Lent – refreshments from 7 pm, sessions begin at 7.30 pm and end by 9 pm. All are welcome, whether you are a regular church goer or not, to any or all the sessions. Further details on the Lent leaflet.

Thursday 5th March at St Michael’s, Musbury

Francis—Relevant Today: The Reverend Jeremy White

Thursday 12th March at St Winifred’s, Branscombe

Francis and Meditation?: The Right Reverend Martin Shaw

Thursday 19th March at St Lawrence, Southleigh

The Paradox of Francis: at the edge and at the core: Elizabeth Maslen TSSF

Thursday 26th March at St Andrew’s, Colyton

Living the life of Penance with St Francis. The call to live differently in the world: Brother Clark Berge SSF

Lent Art Course

Finding the Light – A Lent Project in St Andrew’s, Colyton: Jan Lees

Candlemas 2020

Candlemas on February 2nd is the day when Jesus the Light of the World was presented to God in the Jerusalem temple. Traditionally it’s the time when all the church candles are blessed. Children enjoyed some activities about light and dark in the Sunday School Building during the morning service, and then came into church to hold up the candles for blessing and be blessed themselves. Everyone in church had a small lit candle to remind us that we are all the light of Christ.

Children and Families – dates

Linda Joy is a well-known face to many local families and she continues to lead our work across the Mission Community. All are welcome to our activities.

Messy Church provides fun, storytime and a cooked tea to families of Primary and pre-school age, taking place normally in The Reece Strawbridge Centre on the second Sunday of the month from 4.00-6.00.

Dates: Feb 9th, March 8th and on Friday 10th April a special Good Friday session in St Andrew’s Church.

Noah’s Ark is our playgroup for pre-school babies and toddlers, meeting fortnightly in Colyford village hall, Thursday afternoons 1.15-2.45.

Dates: Feb 13th, 27th, March 12th, 26th, April 23rd, May 7th and 21st

Linda can be contacted on 07796 063208, or by email via the email contact form on the Contact page.