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Branscombe Church Open Day

Branscombe Church is holding a special Open Day with the annual market at the church on Saturday 15th July from 10.30-3.00 pm.

Come and enjoy – Trips us the church tower – Guided historical tours – Amazing parachuting teddy bears off the tower at 2.30 – light lunches, coffee and refreshments – various stalls.

Spirit to Spirit Choir

As part of the God at Work festival, the renowned Spirit to Spirit Choir with Andrew Hague will give a free concert at St Andrew’s Colyton on: Saturday 24th June at 7.30 pm

Musbury Cream Tea

The very popular cream tea at Musbury Barton returns this year on Sunday 9th July from 3.00-5.00 pm, by kind invitation of Lt Col Tony Drake.

Colyford Summer Concert

The St Michael’s Summer Concert this year is on Saturday 8th July at 12 noon, with Alex Davies, organ, Alison Davies, Saxophone and David Fouracre, Baritone. Followed by ploughman’s lunch including dessert and tea or coffee.

Tickets £8 in advance from The Little Shop Colyton or Colyford Post Office; or £10 on the day. Under 18s free.

All proceeds to the organ fund.

God at work – photos

See St Andrew’s church transformed into the Holy Land…. Different areas represent different parts of Jesus’ life and ministry, and story tellers are there to fill in the picture.

Please see earlier post for details of opening times and evening events between Wed 21st and Sun 25th June.

Messy Church Trinity

The mystery revealed! Children at Messy Church enjoyed thinking about the God we worship, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, on Trinity Sunday.

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.

Do please promote/ share/ invite your friends…..

 

Summer Bible Studies

Bible Study is continuing in Branscombe at 3 Mill Lane on Friday 21st April and 12th May, 2.30-4.00 pm. Phone 01297 22303.

The summer dates for the Musbury group at Knap Orchard, Combpyne Rd, Tuesdays 7.30-9.00, (phone 553180) are 16th and 30th May, 13th June, 4th and 18th July.

The Colyton group at Forecourt, South Square meets on Thursdays, 7.30-9.00, (phone 551400), dates 4th and 18th May, 1st and 22nd June, 6th and 20th July.

Everyone from any of the churches is welcome at any of the groups.

God at work in St Andrew’s

GOD at Work – past, present, future

From June 21st to 25th St Andrew’s Colyton will be transformed into the Holy Land.  A major interactive exhibition will recreate important locations in the life of Jesus.  Jerusalem, Galilee, wilderness and shore will show the backdrop to God at Work – past, present, future.  The exhibition will showcase the places where key events in the life of Jesus happened including Cana where he performed his first miracle; the Judean desert where he fought a spiritual battle against evil; the first Easter in Jerusalem – and many more.

By recreating these scenarios the people of St Andrew’s hope to help people to visualise what the life of Christ might have been like and to make the stories of the New Testament more alive and vivid.

Alongside the locations there will also be displays of flowers linked to the stories of Jesus’ life highlighted by the exhibition.

Visitors will be able to follow a story-trail and a timeline of Jesus’ life, and see how the concerns Jesus had for the people he met continue to inspire Christians today.  The exhibition will be open to pre-booked schools on weekday mornings and to the general public from 1.00pm.  Over the weekend of 24th-25th it will be open to all from 10.00am on Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00am with special events during the evenings – details of these below.

 

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.

June 2017

You and Me

Engaging with the big questions of life and faith is one of the most rewarding parts of what I do.  I love conversations with people of all ages. When I was working in my previous group of parishes I remember showing a group of our very youngest school children around the church.  As we stood looking at the church tower, I asked them if they knew why church bells are rung on Sundays and before services.  One of them replied, quick as a flash: to tell us that God is at home.

A brilliant answer to a question, which led to more questions and a debate about where God is, and whether God is only to be found in church buildings.  We quickly decided that, whilst we hope we will encounter God in our church buildings and church services, God is to be found at all times and in all places.  Perhaps one of the best places to find God is in the time we spend with one another, friends, families and neighbours and in the conversations we share.

As we head into the summer months there are so many opportunities to meet up, spend time together and enjoy one another’s company in our Mission Community of churches.  We are looking forward to the God at Work exhibition in St Andrew’s Colyton, the Songs of Praise services on the beach at Branscombe, the open day at St Winifred’s church, the cream tea in Musbury and many other events and services, including those in Colyford and Southleigh.

One of my favourite poems is called Between, by Richard Skinner a local Devon poet.  In the poem, he describes a God who is not static but dynamic, present in our actions and reactions, in the words we say and in the time we spend together.  This is how it begins:

God is in the ‘and’ of you and me.

Not you, not me; but you and me. *

I hope this summer will be a very special time, enjoying one another’s company, and glimpsing God’s love and goodness in the spaces, activities and conversations we share together.

Hilary

*Between’ published in ‘Leaping and Staggering’, Dilettante Publications. 2nd Ed. 1996.

Christian Aid Concert

A free concert – donations to Christian Aid – in St Andrew’s Church on Wednesday 7th June at 7.00

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