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Vacancy for New Rector

We’re looking for a Rector with clean wellies to inspire and guide us in God’s work amidst the best of East Devon’s coast & countryside. We work as a caring and co-operative team, with five parishes at the heart of community life – Branscombe, Colyton with Colyford, Musbury, Northleigh and Southleigh.

Please click here for the Mission Community profile.

We’re seeking a priest to strengthen our Mission Community, bringing a Christian faith that is evident, grounded and capable of inspiring others. We anticipate an affection for many worship styles and an appreciation of quality in liturgy and music. We hope for a natural warmth, with openness, diplomacy and tact. We expect him or her to have collaborative leadership skills and experience in nurturing teams. We in turn can offer great lay, clergy and administrative support, a children & families worker, and cake at the drop of a hat.

For an application pack and Mission Community Profile please contact: The Archdeacon of Exeter archdeacon.of.exeter@exeter.anglican.org tel. 01392 425577

Closing date: 14 May     Interviews: 4 June 2019

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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.

New Prebendary photos

A group from Holyford came to the cathedral on 10th February to support our John Lees when he was installed as Prebendary – a very happy occasion. John continues his ministry in Holyford as Associate Priest as before.

Rev Anne Futcher

Dear All

As you may know, my curacy here is due to finish by September 2019.  I’m writing to let you know that a Press Release issued today by the Diocese of Exeter includes the following:

‘It was announced today that the Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf has appointed Christopher Futcher as the next Archdeacon in Cyprus and Chaplain of St Helena’s Larnaca.   Anne Futcher will be licensed as an Assistant Priest in St Helena’s and will serve as Cyprus Archdeaconry social concern coordinator.  They will be moving to Cyprus over the summer holidays and Christopher’s farewell service will be in the Cathedral on Wednesday 3rd July at 17:30.’

I’m expecting my last Sunday in the parishes to be in early June.  This is an exciting adventure for us but I will miss being part of this wonderful Mission Community and working alongside my colleagues in the ministry team very much.  I’ve loved being here with you all.

Anne

Rev John Lees appointed Prebendary

John with his wife Jan during their recent holiday in New Zealand

We are delighted that the Bishop of Exeter has appointed John Lees as a Prebendary. This honorary title will be conferred at an Evensong at Exeter Cathedral on Sunday, 10th February at 4pm. All are welcome to attend the service to support John and celebrate this with him. If you need transport please contact David Fouracre or Christine Sansom. John continues as an associate priest within the Holyford Mission Community.

Children’s dates New Year 2019

Our children’s events start again in the New Year and all are very welcome!

Messy Church continues at the Reece Strawbridge Centre from 4.00-6.00 pm on Sundays January 13th, February 10th and March 10th.

Noah’s Ark at Colyford Hall from 1.15-2.45 pm continues fornightly on Thursdays, dates January 10th and 24th, February 7th and 28th, March 14th and 28th and on April 25th with egghunt and tea.

Welcome to Northleigh

Holyford Mission Community is delighted to welcome the parish of St Giles, Northleigh who are joining the community on an informal basis from 1st January 2019. We look forward to getting to know each other and sharing our life together. There is now a “Northleigh” page under the churches menu on this website where relevant information will be added as soon as possible.

Farewell to Hilary

Hilary’s last day serving in the Mission Community will be Friday 4th January, when she will be saying goodbye to our mission community congregations and to the wider community at a special service  at 7.30 pm in St Andrew’s Colyton. Refreshments afterwards. All very welcome.

Hilary moves to Gloucester

Hilary has been our much loved Rector for the last few years, and she will be greatly missed when she moves to Gloucester in January. There will be a leaving service for her here on 4th January at 7.30 pm in St Andrew’s Colyton.

From the Exeter Diocesan website:

An “outstanding vicar” from the Diocese of Exeter has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Gloucester.

The Revd Preb Hilary Dawson, Rector of Holyford Mission Community based in Colyford, is to take up the role made vacant when the former archdeacon, Jackie Searle, was made Bishop of Crediton. Hilary has also been appointed a residentiary canon of Gloucester Cathedral.

The news was announced by the Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek. Hilary will work closely with Bishop Rachel and her senior staff team, and the Dean of Gloucester in the leadership of the diocese.

The Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Revd Robert Atwell, said: “I am delighted for Hilary and the Diocese of Gloucester by her appointment as Archdeacon of Gloucester. She will be sorely missed by her many friends in Devon. She has been an outstanding vicar in the diocese and is greatly loved.”

Hilary will commence her new role in January 2019 and is looking forward to getting started. She said, “I am delighted to be going to the Diocese of Gloucester and getting to know all the people and places of the diocese.”

Bishop Rachel said: “I am delighted that Hilary is coming to the cathedral as a residentiary canon as well as being the new archdeacon. It is a rare and wonderful post and I know Hilary will bring new gifts and blessings to the role and, in particular, the joyous partnership here between diocese and cathedral. Welcome Hilary!”

Hilary is married to Richard and they have two grown up children, Michael and Eleanor.

Hilary was born and brought up in Devon and was a teacher for 18 years. She trained for ministry with South West Ministry Training Course and was awarded an MA in Biblical Studies from Exeter University.

Hilary will be licensed and installed in Gloucester Cathedral on Sunday 27 January.

 

Northleigh to join Holyford

After extensive reflection and discussion our PCCs have unanimously agreed that we should welcome Northleigh Parish to become part of Holyford Mission Community. We will shortly be guided in the formalities of the process by the Archdeacon of Exeter, and from January 2019 things will begin on an informal basis.  All of our PCCs warmly welcome Northleigh: we are delighted they would like to be part of what we do, and we look forward to the contribution they will make to the life of this vibrant mission community.

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.

Ascension Day Communion

There will be a service of Holy Communion for the Mission Community on Ascension Day,

Thursday 10th May at 7.00 in Musbury Church.

Supper afterwards for those who wish at the Golden Hind.

Lent Course 2018

Colour me holy: Alive to the seasons

Exploring the liturgical seasons

how do they intertwine with the natural seasons?
how do they help us reach out through the year to pray, grow and serve?

Each speaker will focus on one liturgical season in a way that inspires them.
Each evening begins with refreshments at 7.15 and ends by 9pm

Monday 26th February – St. Michael’s Chapel, Colyford
Ven. Christopher Futcher, Archdeacon of Exeter

Tuesday 5th March – Sunday School Building Colyton
Jan Lees and Rev. Shuna George, Holyford Mission Community Ministry Team Members

Monday 12th March – Branoc Hall, Branscombe
Rev. Preb. Graham Stones, Chaplain to the Bishop of Exeter

Monday 19th March – St Lawrence’s Church, Southleigh
Zillah Martin, former Prison Chaplain

All are welcome

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.

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).