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Breathing Space in August

You are invited to “Breathing Space” – short, reflective times of stillness and prayer which are taking place again in August. Each time is from 6.30-7.00 pm. If you have any queries please ask Hilary.

In Musbury:  Tuesdays 14th, 21st, 28th August

In Colyton:    Wednesdays: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd August

In Branscombe: Thursdays; 16th, 23rd, 30th August

Musbury Scarecrow Festival 2018


MUSBURY SCARECROW FESTIVAL AND ARTS TRAIL

SATURDAY 14th AND SUNDAY 15th JULY

2 – 5.30 pm both days

Follow the scarecrow trail round Musbury and visit some artisan studios en route.  Villagers have created a variety of scarecrows to be seen lounging around in gardens and on drives – there will even be a wedding in the Church !

Refreshments and cream teas will be served in two gardens in the village, each day at a different garden.

Trail programmes will be available on the day at the Village Hall – £4 for Adults, Children free.

This event aims to raise money for the Village Hall and St Michaels Church.

Do put the dates in your diary and join us for a fun weekend. Enquiries 01297 552440/552711

 

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.

Beaminster Gallery Quire 5th May

We are very fortunate to have Beaminster Gallery Quire visiting Holyford on Saturday 5th May, to sing informally at Southleigh at 10.00 am and Musbury at 2.30 pm.

They write: Based in West Dorset, we like to play and sing the sort of music performed by Thomas Hardy’s family and his fictional characters. The music has been described as ‘of th earth’. It has strong tunes and lovely harmonies. Much of our repertoire is derived from 18th and 19th c settings of the Psalms but there is also a large collection of Chrismas Carols as well as a selection of secular music – reels, jigs and glees. Our church music would have been performed from the West Galleries of English parish churches. For performance and services we generally wear costumes, loosely based on the period 1825-1840.

Musbury Barton Open Garden

To help celebrate Send a Cow’s 30th. Anniversary the garden at Musbury  Barton, opposite Musbury Church, near Axminster, EX13 8BB will be open on Saturday and Sunday, May 12th. and 13th., from 2.p.m to 5.p.m. in aid of Send a Cow.   (www.sendacow.org)

The garden was started in 1947 and has been developed ever since. Trees and shrubs are well established – some of them rare and unusual.  The garden has never been professionally designed. It has grown and changed  to suit the owners’ tastes.  It aims to provide colour and interest all the year. There will be Teas on the Terrace and plants for sale.  This is a glorious, five acre garden in a wooded valley complete with stream.   Due to its steep paths and steps, wheelchair access is limited to the terrace from which there are fine views of much of the garden Entry £5 – under 14s Free.   Dogs on leads welcome.

In Ecclesia sing at Musbury on Palm Sunday

There will be a special service of Evening Prayer at Musbury church on 25th March, Palm Sunday, at 6.30 pm. We are delighted to welcome In Ecclesia, whose mission is to to maintain and promote the glorious tradition of Anglican choral music by bringing that music to churches large and small. This will be a chance to hear superb singing within the service and a wonderful way to mark the beginning of Holy Week. We hope to see you there!

Musbury Table top sale

Musbury church and village hall are holding a table top sale in the hall on Saturday 17th March from 10-1.

Stalls include cakes, books, raffle, cards, bric a brac and lots more. Refreshments including bacon butties. Enquiries 01297 552440.

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday is on 11th March this year and everyone is welcome to the services in our churches. We celebrate our mothers and grandmothers as well as the care that all parents have given in our lives and the mothering role of our church.

Branscombe – 11.15 Morning Prayer
Colyford – 3.30 Evening Prayer
Colyton – 8.00 and 9.30 Holy Communion
Musbury – 10.00 Village Praise
Southleigh – 11.15 Holy Communion

Branscombe confirmation photo

Our wonderful confirmation candidates with Bishop Robert, Hilary and Shuna, after the service in Branscombe on Sunday 26th February 2018. It was a joy to welcome Bishop Robert who preached to a packed church.

 

Open the Book at Musbury

Children at Musbury School helped out in bringing to life the story of the Creation in the recent Open the Book session.

Quiet Day on 17 Feb

Everyone is warmly invited to a Holyford Mission Community Quiet Day, led by Bishop Bob Evens (former Bishop of Crediton)

‘Growing Closer to the God who loves you’

Seeing more clearly,  Questioning more freely, Facing ourselves more openly.

Saturday 17th February from 10am-3pm

at St Rita’s Conference Centre, Ottery Moor Lane, Honiton EX14 1AP

Lunch is included – donations welcome

To book your place please sign sheet in church or contact Hilary Dawson by Monday 5th February

Bible Studies

Our Bible study groups are meeting again in the New Year. We are very friendly groups and you are welcome to join us at any point.

The Branscombe group is continuing to meet at 3 Mill Lane from 2.30-4.00 pm, with the first date Friday 19th January and further dates to be confirmed. Phone 22303 for details.

The Colyton group meets on Thursdays from 7.30-9.00, dates 11th and 18th January, and February 1st which is to be confirmed. The venue will be confirmed. Phone 551400 for details.

The Musbury group meets on Tuesdays from 7.30-9.00, please phone 553180 for details.

 

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).

Carols and Christingles

Carol services are taking place in all our churches, and there is also carol singing around some of the villages. All are most welcome!

Update on Friday 22nd December:

Fri 22nd – 6.45 Carol singing around Branscombe meet at the hall

Wed 27th – 7.00 Carol service Southleigh

 

Sun 3rd – 6.00 Advent Carols in Branscombe

Mon 4th – 6.00 Christingle Branscombe

Sun 10th – 4.00 Messy Christingle making, then 5.00 Christingle service Colyton

Fri 15th – 6.00 Carol singing around Colyford, meet at St Michaels

Sat 16th – 4.00 Carols, Christingle and Procession, Southleigh

Sun 17th – 11.15 Carol Service Branscombe

Sun 17th – 5.00 Carol Service Musbury 

Sun 17th – Carol Service Colyton

Sun 17th – 6.45 Carol singing around Branscombe meet at the hall

Wed 20th – 7.00 Carol Service Colyford

 

For full details of all Christmas services, please see the Christmas leaflet available on the home page.

Creative Advent

Making Space for the Light

All are welcome to come and join Rev Shuna George and others in the Colyton Sunday School Building for an informal creative session exploring the advent theme of light with pictures, words and your imagination.

Thursday 30 November 7 – 9pm or Friday 1 Dec 2-4pm

 No experience necessary. Open to everyone – all ages and abilities! For further information and to book a place please call Shuna on 07971 759997