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Messy Christingle making

Messy church were busy making the Christingle oranges surrounded by the Christmas tree festival in St Andrew’s church. It’s a beautiful sight when finally all the lights are dimmed and the candles are lit!

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!

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

Fri 22nd – 6.45 Carol singing around Branscombe meet at the hall

Wed 27th – 7.00 Carol service Southleigh

For full details of all Christmas services, please see the Christmas leaflet available on the home page.

Advent compline, Colyton

Do join us for these reflective short evening services in St Andrew’s Church:

Monday 4th December at 7.30
Monday 11th December at 8.00
Monday 18th December at 7.30

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.

Breakfast Service 19 November

All are welcome once again for this lively event!

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.

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.