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Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday is on 11th March this year and everyone is welcome to the services in our churches. We celebrate our mothers and grandmothers as well as the care that all parents have given in our lives and the mothering role of our church.

Branscombe – 11.15 Morning Prayer
Colyford – 3.30 Evening Prayer
Colyton – 8.00 and 9.30 Holy Communion
Musbury – 10.00 Village Praise
Southleigh – 11.15 Holy Communion

Pancakes at Messy Church

Messy Church met just before the beginning of Lent and the children enjoyed traditional pancake races.

Breakfast service 21 Jan

Colyton’s breakfast service this month is on 21st Jan, with everyone warmly invited:

Messy Church and Noah’s Ark

Children’s event are continuing in the New Year, with Messy Church for Primary age children with their families meeting again at the Reece Strawbridge Centre from 4-6 pm on Sundays 14th January, 11th February. In March Messy Church will meet on Good Friday, 30th March, from 3.00-4.30 in St Andrew’s Church Colyton. Then the next session back at the Reece Strawbridge Centre will be as usual on Sunday 13th May from 4.00-6.00.

Noah’s Ark babies and toddlers is meeting at a new time, 1.15-2.45 pm, which we hope will suit those who then have to pick up from school. Noah’s Ark continues at the Memorial Hall in Colyford on Thursdays 4th  and 18th January, 1st February and 1st, 15th and 29th March.

Messy Christingle making

Messy church were busy making the Christingle oranges surrounded by the Christmas tree festival in St Andrew’s church. It’s a beautiful sight when finally all the lights are dimmed and the candles are lit!

The Posada’s continuing travels…

Mary and Joseph continue their travels around Colyton at the weekend (see our earlier post). They enjoyed choir practice:

Musical enjoyment continued at Tysons – click here for video: Posada 2017 Tysons – 5

It was good to see they found suitable-sized housing for one night at least:

then continuing on their way with the promise of lunch at Abbeyfield:

next a little musical interlude…

then Mary and Joseph stopped off at Bishop Court for a little chat with St Francis:

Next Mary and Joseph snuggled up cosily for bedtime stories with three of the Fouracre grandchildren:

Then perhaps not so cosily among the metalworking tools:

Life on the road isn’t always easy: danger averted!

At last, a quiet night by a nice warm fire:

 

Confirmation 2018

There will be a Confirmation Service in our Mission Community on February 25th 2018 in Branscombe church, and the Bishop of Exeter, Rt. Revd Robert Atwell will be here to confirm our candidates.  We will be starting confirmation groups for adults and young people in the New Year.  If you would like to find out more about the Christian faith or what it means to be confirmed then please speak to Hilary or contact her on 01297 553180 or by email (see contacts page).

Christmas in Holyford


Christmas preparations in Holyford Mission Community are gathering pace, including decorating trees for the Colyton Christmas tree festival. What else are we looking forward to?

IMG_1136 from Holyford Churches on Vimeo.

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:

Christingles in our churches

Our Christingles take place on the following dates:

Branscombe – Monday December 4th at 6.00pm

Colyton – Sunday 10th December, service at 5.00pm and Messy Christingle making beforehand at 4.00pm

Southleigh – Saturday 16th December at 4.00pm, carols, Christingle and procession.

Everyone of all ages is welcome to join us in this beautiful celebration of the light of Christ. Retiring collections for the Children’s Society.

Remembrance Sunday

We will be marking Remembrance Sunday in all our churches again this year, with the following service to which all are welcome:

9.30 Southleigh
10.50 Colyton
10.55 Branscombe
10.55 Musbury
3.30 pm Colyford

Messy Church will also meet at the Reece Strawbridge Centre from 4-6 pm.

Harvest Festivals in October

 

Come and celebrate with us food and farming, the gifts of the land and the bounty of the Creator this October. Festival services take place as follows:

Southleigh – Sunday 8th October at 11.15

Musbury – Sunday 8th October at 3.00

Colyford – Sunday 22nd October at 3.30

The Harvest Breakfast at Colyton is on Sunday 15th October at 10.00 with the service starting at 10.45 (see separate post)

Autumn Noah’s Ark

Our friendly playgroup for babies and toddlers continues this term and everyone is welcome. Please come along on alternate Thursdays from 1.45-3.15 at Colyford Memorial Hall. The dates are: Sep 7 and 21; Oct 5 and 19; Nov 2, 16 and 30; Dec 14.

Messy Jurassic

Messy Church had a great trip to the Seaton Jurassic Centre on Sunday 9th July. Many thanks to Claire and all the team at Seaton Jurassic for a wonderful afternoon.

Messy Church July

This month Messy Church on 9th July is going for an outing instead of meeting in the Reece Strawbridge Centre. Anyone who would like to come please phone Kathryn Radley on 07599 292449 for details.

There will be no Messy Church in August or September, and we are meeting again in October.