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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!

 

 

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