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Palm crosses

Everything is different this year, including Holy Week and Easter. We won’t be able to distribute our palm crosses – but they are not wasted, as by buying them we have supported partner churches who make them.

So this year, what about making a paper or card palm cross? You can copy and print the picture above and make a focus for Palm Sunday (5th April).

Church Closure

Following the Prime Minister’ announcement on 23rd March, all our churches now have to be closed until further notice.

But we are still the living church. We can stay in touch and find new ways of helping one another with spiritual as well as practical support.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5.7

Mothering Sunday 22 March

We regret that all church services are CANCELLED. Instead you are invited to join us spiritually by praying at home.

Lent with St Francis

Our Lent Course this year will take place around the churches again, on Thursdays in Lent – refreshments from 7 pm, sessions begin at 7.30 pm and end by 9 pm. All are welcome, whether you are a regular church goer or not, to any or all the sessions. Further details on the Lent leaflet.

Thursday 5th March at St Michael’s, Musbury

Francis—Relevant Today: The Reverend Jeremy White

Thursday 12th March at St Winifred’s, Branscombe

Francis and Meditation?: The Right Reverend Martin Shaw

Thursday 19th March at St Lawrence, Southleigh

The Paradox of Francis: at the edge and at the core: Elizabeth Maslen TSSF

Thursday 26th March at St Andrew’s, Colyton

Living the life of Penance with St Francis. The call to live differently in the world: Brother Clark Berge SSF

Lent Art Course

Finding the Light – A Lent Project in St Andrew’s, Colyton: Jan Lees

Installation Photos

Father Steven’s installation as our new Rector on 20th November 2020 in Colyton church was a splended occasion! Bishop Jackie presided and preached and the church was packed with people from all over the Mission Community, as well as large numbers of visiting clergy and choirs. Afterwards there were refreshments at the town hall.

Steven Martin’s Installation

The service to install Steven as our new Rector, which will be conducted by The Rt Revd Jackie Searle, the Bishop of Crediton, will be held in St Andrew’s Colyton on Wednesday 20th November at 7.30 pm. All are welcome! Steven will preside at Holy Communion at 10.00 am on Thursday 21st November in Branscombe.

Northleigh Craft Fair

The Pianoraks Northleigh

Saturday 12th October at 7.00 for 7.30pm at the Village Hall. THE PIANORAKS, Bill Young and Ian Richardson. On two pianos they perform a variety of original and cover tracks to great acclaim. Look them up on Facebook!

Tickets £12.00, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £30.00, Under 12 £6.00, including supper – Tel 01404 831476

Ticket only event. In aid of St Giles church

Harvest at Northleigh

A big thank you to everybody who contributed to an excellent Harvest Festival Weekend on 6th-8th September. 

To those who organised and prepared Harvest Supper enjoyed by 49 villagers and raising  £365 shared between the Village Hall and Church. To the 40 exhibitors who produced 201 exhibits in 44 classes. Classes ranging from produce and flowers, through the products of cooking skills to many arts and crafts. Congratulations to Richard Mills who this year was a runaway winner and to Logan (aged 5), our youngest competitor. He received no favours from the Judges but still collected a 1st and a 3rd!

A weekend finished off on Sunday with bells rung and harvest hymns sung at a lovely service of thanksgiving. 

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).

Harvest weekend at Northleigh

Northleigh will be a hive of activity with events spread over three days.

Friday 6th  Harvest Supper – 7.00pm for 7.30pm, Village Hall . Tickets – Adults £10, Children under 16 years £5 – Please call Norma 01404 871422,

Saturday 7thHarvest Show from 2.30 pm at the Village Hall We are planning a brilliant harvest show this year, on the theme of ” Our Planet  Matters” with craft entries photographers, artists, gardeners and flower arrangers. Presentation of Cups 3.00pm – Cream Teas available – Entrance £1- Under 16’s free  for more details call Hazel 01297 552416

Sunday 8th  The Harvest Festival Service in St Giles Church –  11.15am

St Giles Bike Ride

Sunday 21st July 2.30pm

This has become a regular annual event since it was launched in 2013. Starting at the Church and finishing at the Village Hall with a Barbeque and bar, it has proved a popular and enjoyable Sunday afternoon family activity. At the same time significant funds have been raised for a variety of good causes.

This year’s good cause is HEADlight, an Action East Devon Service providing a friendly, non-clinical space for young people in East Devon who are affected by emotional and mental health issues.

Registration at St Giles, Northleigh from 2.30 pm

St Giles Garden Party

Saturday 13th July open 2.30pm – 5pm

The SEATON SMUGGLERS UKULELE BAND will be visiting Northleigh providing their own brand of musical entertainment at the

Jan and Jim Fulton look forward to welcoming you to their garden at Shutes Farm (EX24 6BL) and hope the weather will be kind.

The Seaton Smugglers Ukulele Band will be entertaining us during the afternoon and there will be a collection for Devon Air Ambulance to show our appreciation.

*STALLS * RAFFLE* *GAMES*

Admission including cream tea  Adults £5.00 Children £2.50 Under 5 Free. 

We would be really pleased to accept donations of full bottles of any kind, books, fancy goods (unwanted gifts and toys), plants, produce and cakes. Items can be left at the back door at Shutes Farm or given to Pam Mayall, Ba Faraday or Norma Rich.

Rogation Sundays

On these days parishes traditionally asked for blessing on the land, and often people would walk around the parish boundaries.

Sunday 19th May at 3.00 in Branscombe. Meet at the Branoc Hall for a short service and gentle walk finishing with cream tea at the Old Vicarage.

Sunday 26th May at 2.30 start at Northleigh church for a drive around Southleigh and Farway with worship along the way, ending with tea at Stubbhaynes Farm.

All welcome!

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.