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Southleigh Teddy Bears’ Picnic

We had a big turnout for the Teddy Bears’ Picnic service in Southleigh on 1 September. We started with a small and simple act of worship. Many Southleigh families turned out and a wide range of soft toys were launched from the tower, with bravery certificates for all. The afternoon concluded with a cream tea, much appreciated  – especially by the stalwart team who climbed the tower.

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).

Teddy Bear Service at Southleigh

Southleigh Fair Aug 14

Come and enjoy Southleigh’s Annual Fair, August 14th, 2.30-5.

Adults £4.00, children go free. All the usual stalls, bird of prey display, sheep shearing and racing, cider pressing demo, dog show, tea tent and bar, Bar-B-Que. Any profits are divided beween the church, village hall and local charities.

Location Lees Farm, EX24 6SA

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!

Retreat Day – “Silence Speaks”

St Lawrence’s Southleigh

Sat 13 April, 10.00 – 3.30: a Retreat Day in the beautiful setting of Southleigh Church.

Join us for a day of personal reflection through a selection of contemplative activities. Inspired by ‘The Book of Joy’ by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, in which they share their experience and practice of Buddhism and Christianity; yet inclusive to people of all faiths and none.

‘When we were quiet our hearts discovered that they were kindred spirits’.

To book please contact Hetty Kothari or Helen Miller 01297 639002 or at silencespeaks81@gmail.com. No charge, donations to cover cost welcome, tea and coffee provided, please bring packed lunch.

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.

 

Christingles 2018

You’re invited to join us at one of our Christingles – a fun and wondrous time of worship for all the family.

3rd December (Monday) at 6.00 pm in Branscombe – together with the school.

9th December in Colyton, “Messy Christingle” – activties with Messy Church at 4.00 pm, including Christingle making; then the service starting at around 5.00, and with light refreshments.

22nd December (Saturday) at 4.00 pm in Southleigh.

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.

Southleigh ‘Sausage and Cider’ evening 15th September

CANCELLED

Southleigh church are holding a fundraising ‘Sausage and Cider’ evening at Wiscombe, by kind permission of the Chichester family, on Saturday 15th September – please contact Marian Barton, 01404 871515, 01404 871413, Catherine Rosier or Thomasina Tarling, 01404 871566. Tickets will be £12.00 to include supper and a drink. There will also be a bar.

 

Southleigh Tea Party 1st September

Southleigh church are holding a social and thank you tea party on Saturday 1st September in the hall, from 3-5 pm and all are invited. Watch out for the possibility of parachutes!