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Worship in Church resumes

We are pleased to announce that public worship will be gradually resuming across the Mission Community. This Sunday, 5th July, there will be a Eucharist at 9.30 am at St Andrew’s Colyton. At 6 pm there will be a service of said Evensong (with organ music) at St Winifred’s, Branscombe. Physical distancing and hygiene procedures will be in place. Owing to the need to maintain distancing, we have limited seating available, but hope to accommodate everyone who wishes to join us. Our weekly online and telephone services will continue until further notice. Please stay at home if you are vulnerable, shielding, have any Covid symptoms or are feeling unwell. Services for the coming week:

Sun 5th July: 9.30am: Eucharist, Colyton

6.00pm: Said Evensong, Branscombe

Tue 7th July: 8.30am: Morning Prayer, Colyton

5.00pm: Evening Prayer, Colyford

Wed 8th July: 8.30am: Morning Prayer, Colyton

10.00am: Eucharist (BCP), Colyton

5.00pm: Evening Prayer Musbury

Thu 9th July: 8.30am: Morning Prayer, Colyton

5.00pm: Evening Prayer, Branscombe

Fri 10th July: 8.30am Morning Prayer, Colyton

5.00pm: Evening Prayer, Northleigh

Our churches reopen

Five of our churches are now open for private prayer. St Winifred’s, Branscombe and St Andrew’s, Colyton are open each day; St Michael’s Chapel, Colyford and St Michael’s, Musbury are open on Sundays and Wednesdays, and St Giles’s, Northleigh is open on Sundays. The work involved in cleaning the churches has greatly increased – could you help? Please ring the Rector on 01297 553180 or your churchwarden or email.

Easter Garden

View from the West

 EASTER GARDEN

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ST MICHAEL’S COLYFORD

All are welcome but no more than two visitors in the garden at any time please.

Thank you and with our very best wishes to all our friends and neighbours.

Palm crosses

Everything is different this year, including Holy Week and Easter. We won’t be able to distribute our palm crosses – but they are not wasted, as by buying them we have supported partner churches who make them.

So this year, what about making a paper or card palm cross? You can copy and print the picture above and make a focus for Palm Sunday (5th April).

Food bank urgent needs

Seaton food bank urgently needs the following items; your support for this vital service is appreciated. See also their Facebook page.

Church Closure

Following the Prime Minister’ announcement on 23rd March, all our churches now have to be closed until further notice.

But we are still the living church. We can stay in touch and find new ways of helping one another with spiritual as well as practical support.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5.7

Breakfast Take-away

We can meet in cyberspace even if we can’t in the flesh! We have prepared a delicious Breakfast Service takeaway for you and your family. Please click here to download it.

1 John 4.7 “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”

Coronavirus/St Andrew’s Cafe

Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus it has been necessary to cancel the cafe with immediate effect until further notice.

Futher information regarding the churches’ response to the situation will be published on the website shortly

Mothering Sunday 22 March

We regret that all church services are CANCELLED. Instead you are invited to join us spiritually by praying at home.

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

Installation Photos

Father Steven’s installation as our new Rector on 20th November 2020 in Colyton church was a splended occasion! Bishop Jackie presided and preached and the church was packed with people from all over the Mission Community, as well as large numbers of visiting clergy and choirs. Afterwards there were refreshments at the town hall.

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.

Fun Painting at Noah’s Ark

At Noah’s Ark this week we were having fun printing with apples and blackberries.  Also a grandmother with her new grandchild was enjoying the afternoon, with Pat’s famous homemade carrot cake and tea for all!

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).