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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

Candlemas 2020

Candlemas on February 2nd is the day when Jesus the Light of the World was presented to God in the Jerusalem temple. Traditionally it’s the time when all the church candles are blessed. Children enjoyed some activities about light and dark in the Sunday School Building during the morning service, and then came into church to hold up the candles for blessing and be blessed themselves. Everyone in church had a small lit candle to remind us that we are all the light of Christ.

Children and Families – dates

Linda Joy is a well-known face to many local families and she continues to lead our work across the Mission Community. All are welcome to our activities.

Messy Church provides fun, storytime and a cooked tea to families of Primary and pre-school age, taking place normally in The Reece Strawbridge Centre on the second Sunday of the month from 4.00-6.00.

Dates: Feb 9th, March 8th and on Friday 10th April a special Good Friday session in St Andrew’s Church.

Noah’s Ark is our playgroup for pre-school babies and toddlers, meeting fortnightly in Colyford village hall, Thursday afternoons 1.15-2.45.

Dates: Feb 13th, 27th, March 12th, 26th, April 23rd, May 7th and 21st

Linda can be contacted on 07796 063208, or by email via the email contact form on the Contact page.

Messy fun at Messy Church!

There was a good attendance at Messy Church where we had a lot of fun and made quite a bit of mess!

We were thinking about ‘Epiphany’ and ‘Chalking the doors’ and decorated star biscuits, made shiny stars, played with shaving foam and enjoyed a lovely meal together, amongst other things. All families are welcome to our Messy church which is held on the second Sunday of each month in the Reece Strawbridge Centre between 4 pm – 6 pm.

Candlemas Supper Party

St Winifred’s Church Branscombe

Friday 31st January 2020, 7 for 7.30 pm

Join us for a unique supper by candlelight in St Winifred’s Church and a chance to banish the January blues!

Three course meal to include wine; limited tickets available (£30 per head).

Details and booking – Ross Wilmington 07813 117149

Christmas Tree Festival

Colyton’s Christmas tree festival returns for 2019, 4-7 Dec!

Our Christingles 2019

Come and join us at one of our ever-popular Christingle services:

Branscombe, Monday 2nd December at 6.00 pm

Colyton, Sunday 8th December at 4.00 pm (with Messy Church)

Southleigh, Saturday 21st December at 4.00 pm

Northleigh Craft Fair

Greenpeace talk 16 Nov

Indi Heath of Greenpeace will be talking at St Andrew’s Colyton at 7.30. Tickets in advance or on the door – under 18s free.

New Charity Shop in Colyton

The new shop opens on Nov 1st! Donations of clothes and small goods welcome.

Violin and Piano Concert in Colyton 19 Oct

Romanian violinist Maria Gîlicel is an emerging performer recognised for her versatility and passion on stage. Born in 1995, she started her violin and music studies at the age of four learning with her parents. She acquired her professional music degree at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música ‘Adolfo Salazar’ in Madrid , before moving to London. Maria has recently graduated with a First Class Honours degree at the Royal College of Music where she is taking her Masters in Performance degree.

The Pianoraks Northleigh

Saturday 12th October at 7.00 for 7.30pm at the Village Hall. THE PIANORAKS, Bill Young and Ian Richardson. On two pianos they perform a variety of original and cover tracks to great acclaim. Look them up on Facebook!

Tickets £12.00, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £30.00, Under 12 £6.00, including supper – Tel 01404 831476

Ticket only event. In aid of St Giles church

Full Peal at Colyton

We’re pleased to welcome a team of bellringers  led by Ian Avery from Exeter Cathedral, who will be ringing a full peal during the morning of Friday 27th September. The ringing will begin around 9.30am and take about four hours.

Colyton PCC realises that there are a wide range of responses to church bells, and in In 2014 the PCC decided to allow one full peal per year, with proper notice given to local residents. If you would like further information please telephone David Fouracre on 552915.

Messy Church September

We were looking at the theme of “The Mustard Seed” and thinking about how the largest and smallest things are all so important and work together.  We planted mustard seeds and went on a treasure hunt for pennies to put on a map of our area to show what we treasure in our community.  Everyone had a lovely time followed by delicious sausage casserole and stewed apples and custard.  Thank you to everyone who came and to the team.  Next Messy Church in on Sunday 13th October.  All welcome.

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).