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Doves of peace in St Andrew’s Church

The doves are from Branscombe, Colyton and Musbury Primary Schools with prayers for peace written by the children.

Donations for Ukraine

Good Grief Tea & Chat, Tuesday 7th March

24 Hour Vigil for Peace

The Vigil starts on Sunday 26th at 11am. Following the parish Eucharist there will be a bring-and-share lunch in the Church and we shall be providing hospitality for local Ukrainian guests.  A letter of invitation can be found in English here and in translated into Ukrainian here.

We shall be praying not only for Ukraine, but for peace in all places currently experiencing war or conflict. It will also be an opportunity for people to come and offer prayer for themselves, families and communities, and whatever may be preventing or disturbing their own peace at this time.   Like every church, our churches in the Holyford Mission Community exist to facilitate and encourage prayer: they are spaces where people—no matter who they are, how they feel, or where they come from—can find themselves and God, and experience his light and his peace.

Friendly Friday Thank You!

A big thank you to Trevor Glasper for organising our new Friendly Friday Aprons and to our excellent hospitality team for making Friendly Friday so friendly!

Musbury Table Top Sale

December 2022

From the Rector

At Christmas time we celebrate the birth of Emmanuel—‘God with us’. At the heart of the Christian faith is the notion that God’s greatest desire is to be with us, in all that we are and all that we do.  That may sound overwhelming or daunting, but if we can spend some time getting our head around it, it becomes nothing short of miraculous and life-giving. God wishes to be with us, here and now, all the way to the other side of the grave into eternity.  We know all this because of the babe born in Bethlehem. 

            This Christmas will be a time of great joy and fellowship for some, or will be tough for others—the trials of life often come to the fore during the festive period.  The empty chair at the table, the struggle to keep up with expectations and traditions, especially during a period of financial worry.    

            From the accounts of Jesus’ birth in the Gospels we learn that the first Christmas was wonderful, but far from easy for the Holy Family. Yet they came through.  The Angels reassured Mary and Joseph, the Wise Men brought encouragement and affirmation; they all knew that God’s desire to be with them was so strong that they could not fail.  This is the same hope Christians hold to today. 

            In the new year we shall be organizing some groups for people to come and explore the idea of faith.  We plan to follow the Being With course, devised by the Reverend Dr Sam Wells and the Reverend Sally Hitchiner from the renowned Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.  The title Being With may not sound like everyone’s cup of tea, but this is a good course, especially for those who have no experience of the church or are thinking of returning. The course is run over ten sessions, covering topics like essence, story, community, suffering and hope.  There are no expectations, and each session is about people coming together to share their story. There is no judgement, wrong answers or prescribed path. The course is an invitation to invest in becoming the type of person who knows how to be at ease with yourself, others, the world around us and through this to be with God. It is an invitation to discover faith in the context of discovering friendship.  If you are interested in joining a Being With group, or would like more information, please let me know (  or  01297 553180).

Details of our Christmas services and events can be found in this magazine and online. There are lots of opportunities to join us in any of the six churches which make up our group, called the Holyford Mission Community. Please see our website ( Facebook page (@holyfordmission) or contact a churchwarden or me for details of the types of services there will be, and times. 

On behalf of all of us at the six churches of the Holyford Mission Community, I wish you all a happy, joyful and peaceful time as you prepare for Christmas. Whether or not you are able to have ‘the perfect’ Christmas, for whatever reason, I pray that the light and peace which sustained and encouraged the Holy Family at Jesus’ arrival may find its way into your hearts and homes.

With every good wish and blessing,

Fr Steven.

Christmas Services at St Andrew’s, Colyton

Friday Advent Reflections

Colyford Christmas Fair, 3rd December 10am – 2pm

St Andrew’s Christmas Tree Festival 7th – 10th December

Be Part of St Andrew’s Christmas Tree Festival

November 2022

Remember, Remember the 5th November

Remember, remember, the fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot;
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.’

As we approach the colder months my thoughts turned to memories of my own childhood and the customs of 5th November or Bonfire Night.
The children in our street would stuff our dad’s old clothes with straw and old newspapers and make a scarecrow. We would then plonk it into a wheelbarrow and take it down to the local parade of shops and call out ‘Penny for the Guy’.

Any money given would be spent in the shops buying sparklers for Bonfire night celebrations. Families would buy little packs of fireworks for their back garden, and our Catherine wheels almost always stopped half way through! I only recently discovered the origin of the Catherine wheel. It

It’s recorded that Saint Catherine was tortured on a wheel by the Emperor Maxentius for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.
The wheel broke and Catherine was eventually beheaded instead. Her martyrdom is remembered in the firework called the ‘Catherine Wheel’.

Back to my memories….Over the preceding weeks, families would be building a communal bonfire, with all their old chairs, bits of wood, branches and anything else that would burn.
Then on the 5th November the community would gather around and the effigies of Guy Fawkes would be lifted high on the bonfire and the whole thing set on fire.

People shared out bonfire toffee, which was very dark, brittle and tasted strongly of dark treacle and the children all lit their sparkles at the same time, drawing pictures into the dark night sky. I still love sparklers.

I wonder if anybody has similar memories? This was before the days of too many health and safety rules and regulations, when people were trusted to just be able to be sensible for themselves.

Times have changed and many families now visit large, organised bonfire celebrations, but something in my heart still cherishes those memories of years gone by and the fun we all had as a community on 5th November.

Hope you enjoy yours this year,

Blessings and best wishes

Linda Joy
Children and Families Worker
Holyford Mission Community

Weekly Silent Prayer for Peace in Colyton

Colyford Harvest Supper