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Retreat Day – “Silence Speaks”

St Lawrence’s Southleigh

Sat 13 April, 10.00 – 3.30: a Retreat Day in the beautiful setting of Southleigh Church.

Join us for a day of personal reflection through a selection of contemplative activities. Inspired by ‘The Book of Joy’ by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, in which they share their experience and practice of Buddhism and Christianity; yet inclusive to people of all faiths and none.

‘When we were quiet our hearts discovered that they were kindred spirits’.

To book please contact Hetty Kothari or Helen Miller 01297 639002 or at silencespeaks81@gmail.com. No charge, donations to cover cost welcome, tea and coffee provided, please bring packed lunch.

Colyton Lent Lunch March 23

Lent Lunch, Saturday March 23rd 12 noon to 2.00, in the Sunday School Building.

Cottage Pie & Peas, Trifle, Tea or Coffee   Charge £5.00     Raffle

Proceeds to the Jeel al-Amal Boys’ Orphanage and School in Bethany

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.

WW1 Exhibition and talks

Southleigh Tea Party 1st September

Southleigh church are holding a social and thank you tea party on Saturday 1st September in the hall, from 3-5 pm and all are invited. Watch out for the possibility of parachutes!

 

 

Choir fish and chip supper

Colyton and Colyford choir members and their partners enjoyed a fish and chip supper on a beautiful evening in the Fouracre’s garden. Many thanks to them for their hospitality. New choir members are always welcome!

Drinks at the Vicarage

By kind invitation of Hilary and Richard, everyone is welcome for drinks at the vicarage on

Saturday 18th August from 6-8 pm

During the evening we will also be celebrating the launch of Rev John Lees’s new book: Self-Supporting Ministry: A Practical Guide. (in St Andrew’s Church if wet)

We will also say farewell to our Children’s and Families’ worker Kathryn Radley who is leaving for personal reasons – we are immensely grateful for the wonderful work she had done in the last four years.

Branscombe Cocktail Party

Saturday 11th August at 6.30 pm at Trafalgar Barton
by kind permission of Karl and Jill Hancock

Do join us for a fun evening of cocktails & canapés in the delightful gardens at Trafalgar Barton, whilst supporting Branscombe Church. To book tickets contact Ross Willmington 07813 117149 or 680264 (£15 per person)

St Andrew’s Church Open Day

There will be events and activities all day on Saturday 7th July – come and join in!

Musbury Scarecrow Festival 2018


MUSBURY SCARECROW FESTIVAL AND ARTS TRAIL

SATURDAY 14th AND SUNDAY 15th JULY

2 – 5.30 pm both days

Follow the scarecrow trail round Musbury and visit some artisan studios en route.  Villagers have created a variety of scarecrows to be seen lounging around in gardens and on drives – there will even be a wedding in the Church !

Refreshments and cream teas will be served in two gardens in the village, each day at a different garden.

Trail programmes will be available on the day at the Village Hall – £4 for Adults, Children free.

This event aims to raise money for the Village Hall and St Michaels Church.

Do put the dates in your diary and join us for a fun weekend. Enquiries 01297 552440/552711

 

Beaminster Gallery Quire 5th May

We are very fortunate to have Beaminster Gallery Quire visiting Holyford on Saturday 5th May, to sing informally at Southleigh at 10.00 am and Musbury at 2.30 pm.

They write: Based in West Dorset, we like to play and sing the sort of music performed by Thomas Hardy’s family and his fictional characters. The music has been described as ‘of th earth’. It has strong tunes and lovely harmonies. Much of our repertoire is derived from 18th and 19th c settings of the Psalms but there is also a large collection of Chrismas Carols as well as a selection of secular music – reels, jigs and glees. Our church music would have been performed from the West Galleries of English parish churches. For performance and services we generally wear costumes, loosely based on the period 1825-1840.

Holy Land Pilgrimage

On 30th January Hilary and Anne are leading a party of 21 from Holyford on pilgrimage for ten days to the Holy Land. The group will be staying both in Jerusalem and Galilee, and have the opportunity to see many of the most well-known and interesting places connected with the life of Jesus. This is a most exciting event for all those taking part, and your thoughts and prayers for them while they are away would be much appreciated.

Auction of promises & gifts

BRANSCOMBE PCC are hosting an AUCTION of Promises and Gifts with SUPPER

SATURDAY 27th JANUARY 7.30 pm for 8 pm Branscombe Village Hall

Tickets from Ross Willmington 07813 117149 Email mrw”at” symondsandsampson. co.uk

Tickets £12.50 per person (includes hot supper & pudding)

DONATIONS OF LOTS FOR THE AUCTION INVITED All proceeds to St Winifred’s Church

Colyford New Year Supper Party

St Michael’s New Year Supper Party at Colyford Memorial Hall

Saturday 13th January 2018: 6.30 – 10.00pm

Bring and Share Supper as usual – tickets and food list will be at the Village Shop after Christmas. Our thanks to Geoff and Rachel.

We will be happy to welcome Rev Barry and Mrs Judy Brewer to the party as our guests and look forward to enjoying Barry’s songs and music for our entertainment after supper.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A FESTIVE AND LIGHTHEARTED EVENING

 

Posada in Colyton

Posada is a Mexican Christmas custom, and the word means inn or lodging. Each day during Advent, figures of Mary and Joseph are passed from house to house around the parish, finally arriving in church on Christmas Eve.

The latest sighting of our Mary and Joseph with their faithful donkey was earning their keep at Colyton Pharmacy. We hope they make it to the church in time!

before that they took a slightly roundabout route along Seaton beach:

Our Mary and Joseph started a little further afield on Advent Sunday in Shute: