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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.

Colyton Harvest Breakfast

Colyton’s harvest festival on Sun 15 October at 10.45 includes breakfast at 10.00. Please bring a toy tractor for the procession and/or non-perishable food for the food bank.

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)

Goose Fayre service

Colyford’s popular mediaeval Goose Fayre takes place on Saturday 30th September, and as usual the special celebration service in St Michael’s will be the next day, Sunday 1st October at 6.30 pm. This year there will also be a dedication of the lovely new organ.

September 2017

 Hilary writes:

As autumn draws near, so we begin a season of special celebrations.  Carnival and Harvest are particular favourites in this part of the world.  For centuries communities in every culture have marked shorter days, the steady drop in temperature and the approach of winter, with festivals which allow us to say thank you: for a safe Harvest, for families and friendship, for the summer that has passed.  Carnival processions are filled with light, a way of taking some of the light and warmth of summer into the darker days of winter.

In China families mark the Mid-Autumn festival, one of the major celebrations of the year. Dating back to the Tang dynasty, the festival draws on the symbolism of the moon, its round shape a sign of unity.  Families travel hundreds of miles to be together for dragon dancing, lantern burning and the sharing of food, notably moon cakes. The festivities encourage a spirit of thanksgiving, expressed so beautifully in the words of this ancient Chinese poem:

“May we live long and share the beauty of the moon,
even if we are hundreds of miles apart.”

In a smaller way, we have the chance to come together this Harvest time, to say thank you for one another and the beautiful part of the world we share. In Branscombe this year, our Harvest Festival will be part of the special Harvest Fair weekend, an opportunity to give thanks for our village and community life. In Colyton, we will be giving special thanks for home grown produce, for our gardeners and growers.  There will be a tractor procession for the children and the service will be preceded by a special Harvest breakfast, as we also celebrate our new-ish and popular Breakfast Service.  There will be services and food to share in Colyford, Musbury and Southleigh, and all the services will provide us with an opportunity to contribute to charity and to bring food and toiletries for our local foodbanks.

Above all we will have the chance to say thank you for the blessings in our lives, our families, friends and neighbours, and for the love of God which, as the Bible tells us, binds everything together in perfect unity.  Do come and join in Harvest services across our Mission Community in September and October– full details of times and places can be found in our magazines, and on our notice boards and this website.

Harvest at Branscombe

Branscombe’s harvest weekend takes place on Saturday 16th September with the Fair from 12-4, and on Sunday 17th September with the Harvest Festival service in church at 11.15. Lots of fun for all, and the opportunity to give thanks for the bounty of the land, our food and the people who produce it.

Carnival Songs of Praise

Colyton Carnival will soon be here, and Songs of Praise in St Andrew’s will be on Sunday 10th September at 2.30. This year we welcome Ottery Silver Band to play some of our favourite hymns.

Breakfast service 20 August

Colyton’s 3rd Sunday breakfast starts at 10 with the service at 10.30 – everyone is welcome!

Breathing Space

This August there will again be a short series of brief, reflective, quiet services in St Andrew’s Colyton. Thursdays 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th from 6.30-7.00. All welcome.

 

Beach Songs of Praise

Branscombe’s popular summer Songs of Praise services at the beach return this year, at 6.00 pm on Sundays 11th June and 20th August. Come along for a good sing! Parking is free by kind permission of the Sea Shanty – and let them know if you want fish and chips there afterwards.

July Breakfast Service

Our next Breakfast Service at St Andrew’s Church takes place on Sunday 16 July.

As usual, we begin with breakfast at 10.00 followed by a short all-age service beginning at 10.30 and lasting around 35 minutes, with plenty to engage all ages, including young children.

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Thy Kingdom Come cathedral service

At the end of the days of prayer in response to the Archbishops’ call, people from all over Devon gathered in Exeter cathedral at Pentecost to worship and celebrate.

This is the East end of Devon where we put the Holyford MC boxes. We walked round the Cathedral during the service visiting the many prayer stations prepared by various organisations e.g. Christian Aid, Street Pastors, Childrens’ Work, the Gideon and the Homeless. There were Prayer activities at most of them.

Colyton June 18 Breakfast Service – Father’s Day

June is marching on, so it’s time to think about our next Breakfast Service at St Andrew’s Church  –  on Sunday 18 June, Fathers’ Day. We’ll be celebrating Dads, Mums, family life in general, and God’s love for us all.

As usual, we begin with breakfast at 10.00 followed by a short all-age service beginning at 10.30 and lasting around 35 minutes.

We received a very positive response and a big turnout for our first Breakfast Service, along with useful feedback about what’s helpful for families with young children. On 18 June the story and a number of other activities will be specifically aimed at children, who will be given a BUSY BAG (a surprise with a Father’s Day flavour) as the service begins, and plenty to do as we go along.

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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.

Outdoor Rogation at Musbury

Musbury Church had a Rogation Service walking round Musbury visiting people’s gardens. We ended at the Golden Hind for the last part of the service and refreshments. It was a lovely occasion and everyone really enjoyed the experience. There were 24 people there.

Kay Short