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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).

Musbury Barton Open Garden

The beautiful garden will be open to the public on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June. 1.30-5.00 pm, with teas available, in aid of church funds.

Musbury Rogation at Trill

Musbury church members enjoyed themselves outdoors in the beautiful setting at Trill Farm, for a traditional “Rogation” service, asking for blessing on the land and crops.

Village Praise at Trill

Village Praise for Musbury Church at

10.00 am on Sunday May 19th will take place at Trill,

in the Herb Garden

Lifts can be arranged. Ring Cherry on 552470

Refreshments after the all age worship.

Come and visit Trill and learn more about how herbs help us.

Ascension Day

Ascension Day this year is on Thursday 30th May and everyone is welcome at our traditional Mission Community Holy Communion at 7.30 pm at Musbury Church.

Vacancy for Organist at Musbury

St Michael’s Church at Musbury is in need of an organist or a pianist to share on a rota with others or possibly full time to play at Sunday services. To discuss the post further please contact Sue Irving on 01297 552440 or by email (select contact from email contact form on Contact page)

Mothering Sunday 2019

Services in our churches on Mothering Sunday are as follows – all are very welcome:

Branscombe – 11.15 Village Praise with animal blessing

Colyford – 3.30 Refreshments and Celtic Evening Prayer

Colyton – 8.00 Holy Communion BCP

-9.30 All age Holy Communion

Musbury – 11.15 Village Praise

Southleigh – 11.15 Mothering Sunday Event

Northleigh – No service

Holyford Lent Course

This year’s Lent Course is entitled

Environment Matters: treading lightly through God’s world

Mon 18th March – SSB, Colyton – Brother Sam SSF, formerly of Hilfield Friary: A Franciscan View of Creation – Seeing the World Differently

Mon 25th March – Musbury Church – Laura Ford, Reader, Netherexe Parishes: Do you need to be green to be a Christian?

Mon 1st April – Branscombe Village Hall – David Curry, Diocesan Environmental Advisor: God’s Other Book: The Great Book of Creation

Mon 8th April – Northleigh Hall – Christopher Southgate, Exeter University: Further Food for Thought

Each evening begins with refreshments at 7.15 and ends at 9pm.

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.

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.

Carol services in 2018

We start on Advent Sunday, 2 December, with Advent Carols in Branscombe at 6.00 pm.

Christmas carol services around the Mission Community at follows:
Sunday 16th December: 11.15 Branscombe, 3.30 Colyford, 5.00 Musbury
Sunday 23rd December: 6.30 Colyton
Sunday 30th December: 6.30 pm

We conclude with an Epiphany Carol Service on Sunday 20th January at 6.30 in Colyton.

Everyone is welcome to join us for our music and worship.

 

Musbury’s Christmas Fayre

You are invited to Musbury’ s Christmas Craft Fayre on

Saturday 1 December 10.00am to 1.00 pm

in Musbury Village Hall.

There will be a good selection of local craft stalls and also raffle, tombola and Church cake stall.  Refreshments will be available including bacon butties

Silent auction at Musbury

On Saturday 3rd November Musbury church will be holding a fund raising silent auction at the village hall starting at 7.30pm.  It’s generally a great deal of social fun: while bidders study the interesting and varied lots for sale, wine and an assortment of nibbles will be on offer.  There is a small entry charge of £3 per head to cover costs but the ‘prizes’ are wonderful if you are bold enough to win! The following is a small selection of what is on offer:

A self catering holiday at the famous coastal town of Padstow
Fine dining for 8 at South Cross House
A private session of Pilates for one hour
Green Fees for 4 at Axe Cliff golf club
High Tea for 2 at the Orion Pullman car (Pecorama)
A family ticket for Beer Quarry Caves
Wine
Meals at the Golden Hind
Hopefully tickets for Exeter Chiefs
Etc etc.

Harvest Festivals 2018

It’s harvest festival time around the Mission Community, with a celebration in each of the churches. Everyone is welcome!

Branscombe – Sunday 16th September at 11.15

Musbury – Sunday 30th September at 11.15

Southleigh – Sunday 7th October at 11.15

Colyford – Sunday 14th October at 3.30

Colyton – Sunday 21st October: Breakfast from 9.45, service at 10.45.