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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 – news to follow.

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.

Children’s dates autumn 2018

Messy Church continues at the Reece Strawbridge Centre from 4.00-6.00 pm on Sundays October 14th and November 11th. There will be Messy Christingle in St Andrew’s Church on December 9th.

Noah’s Ark at Colyford Hall from 1.15-2.45 pm continues fornightly on Thursdays, dates Sept 20th, October 4th, 18th, November 1st, 15th, 29th and December 13th.

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).

Hilary becomes a Prebendary

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 – please sign up for the coach.

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.

 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.