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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).

Colyford Blossoms

Colyford has an action-packed weekend on Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd June. The flower festival with contributions from local societies and organisations is open daily from 10.30-4.30, with refreshments served by the Friends of St Michael’s.

On Saturday evening Sidmouth Gospel Choir will perform in concert, with cheese and wine first at 7.00 pm, the performance at 7.30 pm, and tickets £5 from The Little Shop Colyton, Colyford Post Office and The Owl and Pyramid Seaton or on the door.

The festival concludes on Sunday 23rd with a special Songs of Praise at 6.30 pm and during the weekend we will be inviting visitors to the festival to vote for a favourite hymn.

Rewilding the Garden

Anne Swithinbank talks in St Andrew’s Church at 7.30 on May 9th.

Summer children’s activities

Noah’s Ark for toddlers and Messy Church for primary age children return in the summer term with a full programme of events where everyone is welcome.

Noah’s Ark continues at the Colyford Memorial Hall from 1.15-2.45 on alternate Thursdays; dates: April 25 (with egg hunt), May 9 and 23, June 6 and 20, July 4 and 18.

Messy Church at the Reece Strawbridge Centre in Colyton from 4.00-6.00 monthly on the second Sunday: dates: May 12, June 9 and July 14.

Messy Church is also meeting on Good Friday, 19 April at St Andrew’s Church Colyton.

Noah’s Ark egg hunt and tea

Noah’s Ark returns after Easter with an egg hunt and tea on Thursday 25th April at the usual time of 1.15-2.45. The afternoon will start at the Memorial Hall as usual and then the egg hunt will take place in the garden of St Michael’s Chapel (weather permitting). All pre-school children and their carers are very 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.

Ash Wednesday, 6th March

On Ash Wednesday there will be two services in the Mission Community. Holy Communion (as usual) at 10.00 am in Colyton and Holy Communion with imposition of ashes at 7.30 pm in Colyford. All are very welcome.

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.

Children’s dates New Year 2019

Our children’s events start again in the New Year and all are very welcome!

Messy Church continues at the Reece Strawbridge Centre from 4.00-6.00 pm on Sundays January 13th, February 10th and March 10th.

Noah’s Ark at Colyford Hall from 1.15-2.45 pm continues fornightly on Thursdays, dates January 10th and 24th, February 7th and 28th, March 14th and 28th and on April 25th with egghunt and tea.

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.

Breakfast service 16 December