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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.

Lent course postponed

The final session of the Lent course has been postponed because of the snow. It will now take place in Southleigh on Monday 26 March at 7.00 pm in place of the Holy Week Worship. Zillah Martin will talk to us about the season of Advent, and there will be a short act of worship at the close.

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.

 

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

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.

Christingles in our churches

Our Christingles take place on the following dates:

Branscombe – Monday December 4th at 6.00pm

Colyton – Sunday 10th December, service at 5.00pm and Messy Christingle making beforehand at 4.00pm

Southleigh – Saturday 16th December at 4.00pm, carols, Christingle and procession.

Everyone of all ages is welcome to join us in this beautiful celebration of the light of Christ. Retiring collections for the Children’s Society.

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

Remembrance Sunday

We will be marking Remembrance Sunday in all our churches again this year, with the following service to which all are welcome:

9.30 Southleigh
10.50 Colyton
10.55 Branscombe
10.55 Musbury
3.30 pm Colyford

Messy Church will also meet at the Reece Strawbridge Centre from 4-6 pm.

Annual Memorial Service

 

Holyford Mission Community Annual Memorial Service

Sunday November 5th at 6:30 pm

There will be a special service at St Andrew’s Colyton to remember loved ones who have died.  If you have had a bereavement, whether recently or longer ago, you are warmly invited to come to this quiet service of reflection and light a candle in their memory.

Harvest Festivals in October

 

Come and celebrate with us food and farming, the gifts of the land and the bounty of the Creator this October. Festival services take place as follows:

Southleigh – Sunday 8th October at 11.15

Musbury – Sunday 8th October at 3.00

Colyford – Sunday 22nd October at 3.30

The Harvest Breakfast at Colyton is on Sunday 15th October at 10.00 with the service starting at 10.45 (see separate post)

Autumn Bible Study

 

Our Bible study groups are starting again: do drop in to any of the groups for a warm welcome.

The monthly Branscombe group studying Matthew’s gospel is meeting on Fridays 22 Sept, 13 Oct, 10 Nov and 8 Dec, from 2.30-4.00, phone 22303.

The Musbury group studying a psalm and the Sunday readings (phone 553180) meets fortnightly on Tuesdays 7.30-9.00, on Sept 19th, Oct 3rd, 17th, 31st, Nov 14th, 28th and Dec 12th.

The Colyton group studying a psalm and the Sunday readings (phone 551400) meets fortnightly on Thursdays 7.30-9.00, on Sept 28th, Oct 12th, 26th, Nov 9th, 23rd and Dec 7th.

Call to Prayer

 

Thy Kingdom Come…..is a global and ecumenical call to prayer where we are invited to spend time individually and as churches praying for our communities and our world.  It takes place between Ascension Day (May 25th) and Pentecost (June 4th).  During these ten days there will be special prayer stations with extra prayer resources in each of our churches.  At the end of the ten days, as well as the morning services in our churches here, there will be a special service in Exeter Cathedral at 6.30 on the evening of Pentecost Sunday, where the stories and resources from each parish will be gathered together and celebrated.  Everyone is most welcome to attend that service.

Annual Meetings

 

The parishes will be holding their Annual Meetings (APCMs) towards the end of April. Do come along to hear about the church’s work during the year, think about the future and help choose your churchwardens and representatives on your PCC. All the meetings are at 7.30 pm

Monday 24th April – Branscombe

Tuesday 25th April – Colyton

Wednesday 26th April – Southleigh

Thursday 27th April – Musbury