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Hilary becomes a Prebendary

The Revd Hilary Dawson

We are delighted that our Rector has been honoured with the post of Prebendary at the Cathedral. She will be collated and installed there on Tuesday 14th November at 5.30 pm, and all are welcome to go and support her.

Confirmation 2018

There will be a Confirmation Service in our Mission Community on February 25th 2018 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 towards the end of the 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).

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.

Thy Kingdom Come cathedral service

At the end of the days of prayer in response to the Archbishops’ call, people from all over Devon gathered in Exeter cathedral at Pentecost to worship and celebrate.

This is the East end of Devon where we put the Holyford MC boxes. We walked round the Cathedral during the service visiting the many prayer stations prepared by various organisations e.g. Christian Aid, Street Pastors, Childrens’ Work, the Gideon and the Homeless. There were Prayer activities at most of them.

Ascension Day Service

We will celebrate Holy Communion for the Mission Community on 25th May at 7.00 pm in St Michael’s Mubury – all welcome. Supper for those who wish afterwards at the Golden Hind – please book.

An evening with Bishop Robert

At Kilmington Vilage Hall on Monday 27th February. Refreshments at 6.30 and start at 7.00. Bishop Robert will talk about his vision and ours for the future.

What do Christians believe?

We are hoping to run a short course on Wednesday evenings starting on January 18th for anyone who would like to discover more about the Christian faith. Please contact Hilary Dawson or Anne Futcher to find out more.

Mission Community Advent Carol Service

Come and celebrate the start of Advent at St Winifred’s Church, Branscombe

on Sunday 27th November at 6pm.

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 This Mission Community service will be a wonderful opportunity to come together in prayer and song to reflect on God’s grace, to look forward to celebrating Christ’s birth and to anticipate his coming again. We will be joined by choir members across the Holyford Mission Community.  Please come along to join in the celebrations.  During the service there will be a collection for Seaton Friends Hospiscare@Home.

Please let us know if you would like help with transport.

 

November 2016

Dscf0510 poppies at St Andrew's editThis month’s letter comes from Revd Anne Futcher, Curate in the Holyford Mission Community.

Remembrance

‘O God, please help me to be brave., for the men’s sake, for my family’.  So prayed Gerald Lewes at 6.05am on November 13th 1916 in the Somme Valley.  Blowing his whistle, he shouted ‘Follow me’  – and scrambled up the pegs on the trench sides, over sandbags, and into the still grey landscape above.  We know what happened next – but not from him.

This account is in a book I’m reading about men who served in the Great War.  It’s called ‘Six Weeks’ – the average life expectancy of junior officers who led their men over the top.  And 2nd Lieutenant Lewes is an almost perfect statistic.  He survived at the Front just 4 days longer than average.

2016, the 100th anniversary of the Battle of The Somme, gives us an opportunity to remember those, like Gerald Lewes, who lost their lives in the Battle.  It gives us the opportunity to reflect on the human cost of conflict.  And It also gives us opportunity for hope – an opportunity that’s reflected in the British Legion’s strapline ‘Live on’.  For this strapline carries, I think, a two-fold message: the importance of ensuring that memories of those who died live on through the generations; and that we, too, live on to shape a different future.

It underlines for me that remembrance isn’t simply recalling the past in the present.  Rather, it’s something far more mysterious and powerful.  It involves not living in the past but living in relation to the past, so that lessons can be learnt, healing and forgiveness can take place, and a different future can be shaped by love and compassion.

Reading the diaries and letters of those young men in ‘Six Weeks’, I’m struck by how their testimonies speak of courage and justice, of loyalty and compassion. And I’m particularly struck by how many of them speak about God; how many draw in some way on their childhood faith; how many have a strong sense of One who holds destinies in his hands.

Remembrance, forgiveness and compassion are unequivocally at the heart of the Christian faith.  Among the last words Jesus spoke to his disciples before his crucifixion were ‘Do this in remembrance of me’, and among the final words spoken to Jesus on the cross were ‘Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom’.  Jesus’s entire life, teaching and death were suffused with love and compassion and forgiveness and hope.

So November, with its focus on remembrance and reflection is a sombre month.  But it’s also one of hope.  It invites us, by gazing attentively at past events, to build on the dedication and self-sacrifice of people like Gerald Lewes.  And it invites us to commit ourselves to recreate and renew the world in the light of love and compassion – in the light of the cross.

Weekly news-sheet

Did you know that the website now features our weekly news-sheet with information about everything that is going on around our five communities? Do take a look on the welcome page.

 

Leprosy?…

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… is that still with us?

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We recently heard about Jesus healing ten lepers…

Come and hear a presentation about leprosy and the work of The Leprosy Mission, with Rev’d David Beazley, Area Rep, as part of One World Week.

Thursday 27th October at 7.30pm in St Gregory’s Church Hall.

Churches Together in Seaton.

A time to remember…

adventA Time to Remember – Sunday October 30th at 6:30 pm

On Sunday October 30th at 6:30pm there will be a special service at St Andrew’s Colyton to remember loved ones who have died.  If you have had a bereavement, whether recently or longer ago, you are warmly invited to come to this quiet service of reflection and light a candle in their memory.

Holy Land Meeting

There will be a meeting for those who may be interested on Thurs 24th Nov at 7.30 in the SSB, Colyton. jerusalem-panorama editWe are exploring the possibility of running a ten day pilgrimage to the Holy Land from this Mission Community in Jan/Feb 2018. Time would be spend visiting Jerusalem and Galilee, visiting various pilgrimage sites. We would use a specialised tour operator and have the services of an experienced local guide.

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Anne’s ordination photos

On Sunday 25th September our curate Anne was ordained priest, together with Christopher Durrant, by Bishop Robert at St David’s Exeter. A marvellous occasion! Hilary was the preacher, and you can read her sermon here.

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Ordination of Anne Futcher

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On Sunday 25th September at 9.30, Revd Anne Futcher will be ordained priest at St David’s Church in Exeter.  Many people have got to know Anne over this past year, and she will remain as curate with us for the next 2-3 years.  Do please come and support her that day if you can.  Transport can be arranged if that is helpful.

Please note that on Sunday September 25th the only service in our Mission Community will be the Goose Fayre service at Colyford at 6.30.  This will enable as many of us as possible to celebrate with Anne in Exeter and to give thanks for her continued ministry amongst us.

Anne will celebrate her first service of Holy Communion on Thursday 29th September at 7.30 pm at St Michael’s Musbury.

Breathing Space

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A peaceful time of stillness and prayer for the summer evenings.

6.30-7.00 on Wednesdays 17th, 24th, and 31st August: St Andrew’s Colyton.

Please see Hilary for further information