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Victoria becomes a Deacon

Many of us already know Victoria Chester, who has been exercising her Reader ministry here in Holyford Mission Community for a number of years. She has now completed her training for ordination and will be ordained Deacon at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 14th September at 3.00 pm. Please pray for Victoria as she prepares for this new chapter in her ministry.

She will be welcomed among us in her new role on Sunday 15th September at the Breakfast Service in Colyton: breakfast at 10.00 followed by the service at 10.30. So that everyone who wishes has the opportunity to be there, the morning services in the other Holyford churches that day have been cancelled. Other services which will still take place that day will be 8.00 am Holy Communion, Colyton; 6.30 pm Evening Prayer, Colyton.

She will be continuing in her secular job as CEO Bristol Animal Rescue Centre while working among us as our Assistant Curate (self-supporting).

Beach Songs of Praise

This year we continue our popular Songs of Praise services on Branscombe beach on

Sunday 9th June at 6.00 pm and

Sunday 18th August at 6.00 pm, when the singing will be led by Honiton Town Band.

If wet it will be in the Sea Shanty. Do join us for these most enjoyable events.

The Titanic lands at Branscombe!

Children from Branscombe School and the Jubilee Federation had a lovely time in the sunshine on the beach on Monday July 8th. They worked together beautifully as a team to sculpt this image of the Titanic using different coloured pebbles.

Branscombe Open Day and Market

The annual church open day and market is on Saturday 13th July from 10.30 am – 3.00 pm. There will be trips up the church tower and guided historical tours.

Amazing parachuting teddy bears at 2.30 pm!

Light lunches, coffee and cakes, plus a variety of stall.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful church.

Rogation Sundays

On these days parishes traditionally asked for blessing on the land, and often people would walk around the parish boundaries.

Sunday 19th May at 3.00 in Branscombe. Meet at the Branoc Hall for a short service and gentle walk finishing with cream tea at the Old Vicarage.

Sunday 26th May at 2.30 start at Northleigh church for a drive around Southleigh and Farway with worship along the way, ending with tea at Stubbhaynes Farm.

All welcome!

Mothering Sunday 2019

Services in our churches on Mothering Sunday are as follows – all are very welcome:

Branscombe – 11.15 Village Praise with animal blessing

Colyford – 3.30 Refreshments and Celtic Evening Prayer

Colyton – 8.00 Holy Communion BCP

-9.30 All age Holy Communion

Musbury – 11.15 Village Praise

Southleigh – 11.15 Mothering Sunday Event

Northleigh – No service

Holyford Lent Course

This year’s Lent Course is entitled

Environment Matters: treading lightly through God’s world

Mon 18th March – SSB, Colyton – Brother Sam SSF, formerly of Hilfield Friary: A Franciscan View of Creation – Seeing the World Differently

Mon 25th March – Musbury Church – Laura Ford, Reader, Netherexe Parishes: Do you need to be green to be a Christian?

Mon 1st April – Branscombe Village Hall – David Curry, Diocesan Environmental Advisor: God’s Other Book: The Great Book of Creation

Mon 8th April – Northleigh Hall – Christopher Southgate, Exeter University: Further Food for Thought

Each evening begins with refreshments at 7.15 and ends at 9pm.

Mission Community Quiet Day

St Rita’s Conference Centre, Honiton

Saturday 23rd February 2019, 10 am – 4 pm

How these ancient texts may lead into the all-encompassing Mystery of God, with Canon Patrick Woodhouse

The Psalms are treasured texts within both the Jewish and Christian traditions, and yet they can also be difficult, even forbidding, coming from an ancient and very different world.

On this Quiet Day we shall touch on what these ancient texts are, when they were written, and out of what kind of contexts they emerged; but mainly we shall explore the power of their meanings for us today, and how they can nourish a deep life of prayer and contemplation, enabling us to see ourselves and the world differently.

Patrick Woodhouse is a writer and Anglican priest. Recently he published Life in the Psalms (Bloomsbury 2015) and Etty Hillesum, a Life Transformed (Bloomsbury 2009), the story of a young Jewish diarist who died in Auschwitz. He was for thirteen years a Canon of Wells Cathedral. He now lives in South Somerset.

The day is provided free, including lunch, with an opportunity to make a donation to the Mission Community. Please sign up on the sheets which will be in the back of the church from Sunday 3rd February, by Monday 18th February at the latest. Please also indicate whether you need transport.

New Prebendary photos

A group from Holyford came to the cathedral on 10th February to support our John Lees when he was installed as Prebendary – a very happy occasion. John continues his ministry in Holyford as Associate Priest as before.

Farewell to Hilary

Hilary’s last day serving in the Mission Community will be Friday 4th January, when she will be saying goodbye to our mission community congregations and to the wider community at a special service  at 7.30 pm in St Andrew’s Colyton. Refreshments afterwards. All very welcome.

Carol services in 2018

We start on Advent Sunday, 2 December, with Advent Carols in Branscombe at 6.00 pm.

Christmas carol services around the Mission Community at follows:
Sunday 16th December: 11.15 Branscombe, 3.30 Colyford, 5.00 Musbury
Sunday 23rd December: 6.30 Colyton
Sunday 30th December: 6.30 pm

We conclude with an Epiphany Carol Service on Sunday 20th January at 6.30 in Colyton.

Everyone is welcome to join us for our music and worship.

 

Christingles 2018

You’re invited to join us at one of our Christingles – a fun and wondrous time of worship for all the family.

3rd December (Monday) at 6.00 pm in Branscombe – together with the school.

9th December in Colyton, “Messy Christingle” – activties with Messy Church at 4.00 pm, including Christingle making; then the service starting at around 5.00, and with light refreshments.

22nd December (Saturday) at 4.00 pm in Southleigh.

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.

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.

 

Autumn Bible Study groups

Our three Bible study groups are continuing for autumn 2018. As ever each group welcomes new people from anywhere in the Mission Community.

The Musbury group, meeting fortnightly on Tuesdays at 7.30-9.00 at Knap Orchard, will meet on Sept 4th, Sept 18th, Oct 9th, Oct 23rd, Nov 6th, Nov 20th. Contact phone Hilary 01297 553180.

The Colyton group, meeting fortnightly on Thursdays at 7.30-9.00, has moved to the Sunday School Building. Dates are 27th Sep, 11th and 25th Oct, 8th and 22nd Nov and 6th Dec. Contact phone Emma, 01297 551400.

The Branscombe group meets monthly on Fridays at 2.30-4.00 at 3 Mill Lane. The first date is Friday 21st September. Contact phone Nigel, 01297 22303.