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Vacancy for New Rector

We’re looking for a Rector with clean wellies to inspire and guide us in God’s work amidst the best of East Devon’s coast & countryside. We work as a caring and co-operative team, with five parishes at the heart of community life – Branscombe, Colyton with Colyford, Musbury, Northleigh and Southleigh.

Please click here for the Mission Community profile.

We’re seeking a priest to strengthen our Mission Community, bringing a Christian faith that is evident, grounded and capable of inspiring others. We anticipate an affection for many worship styles and an appreciation of quality in liturgy and music. We hope for a natural warmth, with openness, diplomacy and tact. We expect him or her to have collaborative leadership skills and experience in nurturing teams. We in turn can offer great lay, clergy and administrative support, a children & families worker, and cake at the drop of a hat.

For an application pack and Mission Community Profile please contact: The Archdeacon of Exeter archdeacon.of.exeter@exeter.anglican.org tel. 01392 425577

Closing date: 14 May     Interviews: 4 June 2019

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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.

Mothering Sunday 2019

Services in our churches on Mothering Sunday are as follows – all are very welcome:

Branscombe – 11.15 Village Praise with animal blessing

Colyford – 3.30 Refreshments and Celtic Evening Prayer

Colyton – 8.00 Holy Communion BCP

-9.30 All age Holy Communion

Musbury – 11.15 Village Praise

Southleigh – 11.15 Mothering Sunday Event

Northleigh – No service

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.

Colyton Lent Lunch March 23

Lent Lunch, Saturday March 23rd 12 noon to 2.00, in the Sunday School Building.

Cottage Pie & Peas, Trifle, Tea or Coffee   Charge £5.00     Raffle

Proceeds to the Jeel al-Amal Boys’ Orphanage and School in Bethany

Flute and piano recital 6 April

The Friends of St Andrew’s are proud to present two very talented young musicians:

Ash Wednesday, 6th March

On Ash Wednesday there will be two services in the Mission Community. Holy Communion (as usual) at 10.00 am in Colyton and Holy Communion with imposition of ashes at 7.30 pm in Colyford. All are very welcome.

March 2019

This month’s letter comes from Jan Lees.

Print deadlines being what they are, I’m writing this in January from a desk with a whole landslip of papers on it.  This is normal.  There’s stuff I know I need along with things I’m not sure what to do with and stuff that’s in transit.  The dining table’s in the same state. 

Periodically I pull myself together and have a sort out and at the moment sorting out and decluttering is all the rage.  The Konmari method has even made it onto Netflix and Marie Kondo is an international tidying-up guru.

How do you feel about clutter?  I can’t make up my mind.  I do enjoy the calm spaces that minimalism produces, but then again my clutter is a spin-off of doing all sorts of interesting things. 

One thing Marie Kondo says really fascinates me.  She says we should only keep things that ‘spark joy’ in us.  Well, not quite – you are allowed to keep things like your recycling bins and loo cleaner, though the likelihood of them ‘sparking joy’ is pretty slim.

I suppose her philosophy isn’t a million miles from William Morris’s dictum that we should only have things which are useful and/or beautiful in our homes.  Lovely idea – provided you’re not skint.  And provided you don’t mind upsetting the aunties who gave you vases and jumpers that you could never learn to love, but loving the aunties has given their gifts squatters’ rights in your life.  I suppose those things spark a sort of second hand joy – you smile at the ornament you’d never have bought because it ties you to the love behind the gift. 

It’s the same with some friendships.  Unlikely people enjoying each other’s company because of a bigger thing that has brought them together.  Being together and enjoying each other’s company is what make communities tick – whether it’s a smile shared or a chat in the street.  If you find yourself too busy for those sorts of things, then it really is time for a decluttering.  Making space for the people you meet day to day is always worth doing.

Jan Lees

Jilly Spencer Concert

All are welcome at this free concert in memory of Jilly Spencer.

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.

Rev Anne Futcher

Dear All

As you may know, my curacy here is due to finish by September 2019.  I’m writing to let you know that a Press Release issued today by the Diocese of Exeter includes the following:

‘It was announced today that the Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf has appointed Christopher Futcher as the next Archdeacon in Cyprus and Chaplain of St Helena’s Larnaca.   Anne Futcher will be licensed as an Assistant Priest in St Helena’s and will serve as Cyprus Archdeaconry social concern coordinator.  They will be moving to Cyprus over the summer holidays and Christopher’s farewell service will be in the Cathedral on Wednesday 3rd July at 17:30.’

I’m expecting my last Sunday in the parishes to be in early June.  This is an exciting adventure for us but I will miss being part of this wonderful Mission Community and working alongside my colleagues in the ministry team very much.  I’ve loved being here with you all.

Anne

Breakfast service 17 Feb

Colyton’s breakfast service continues on 17th February with breakfast at 10 and a short informal service at 10.30.

February 2019

This month’s letter is from Linda Joy.

Hello, my name is Linda and I am the new Children and Families Worker for the Holyford Mission Community. Thank you for the wonderful warm welcome I have received from many of you and I look forward to getting to know more people right across the community in 2019.

I started the role in September 2018 and have been busy working alongside the Noah’s Ark team and Messy Church team as well as popping up at the Breakfast Services at St Andrew’s.  I have also enjoyed exploring faith with the children of Branscombe School at weekly outdoors lunch club and visiting pre-schools and school assemblies.

I moved to Seaton last July, from a little Northamptonshire village where I had lived for 34 years.  There I was an Early Years Teacher, leading a pre-school and very involved over the years in the churches with children and their families.

It has been a privilege and a delight to have been welcomed into my new chapter of life in Devon by someone as warm and supportive as Hilary Dawson and I can see how much she is loved and will be missed by so many. 

In the packed church at her Leaving Service, Hilary said:  “There will always be things we have to lay down in order to receive the new things God wants to give us. May this Mission Community, and its many communities, always be places with the wisdom to value the treasures of the past, and yet the boldness to dream a new dream, do a new thing, and sing a new song.

Sometimes a new chapter is welcomed with excitement and we look forward to singing a ‘new song’ in our lives.  At other times we feel like we have had a new chapter thrust upon us – such as bereavement, divorce, redundancy, children going to school or university, health issues, and we can feel overwhelmed by trying to accept this new chapter and to ‘sing a new song’. 

But God says “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21 v5) and he promises to “Take hold of your hand and keep you” (Isaiah 42 v 6).  I have found these promises to be abundantly true, in my major life changes and move to Devon. 

I had to smile as I read further in Isaiah 42 v 10: “Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea.”  Isn’t that all of us who are blessed to live in such a wonderful part of the world, here in Devon by the sea? As we head further into 2019, we can depend on God’s promises and we can depend on one another in our communities as we make that journey together.

I thank you for the wonderful welcome I have received and I very much look forward to getting to know you all more.

Rev John Lees appointed Prebendary

John with his wife Jan during their recent holiday in New Zealand

We are delighted that the Bishop of Exeter has appointed John Lees as a Prebendary. This honorary title will be conferred at an Evensong at Exeter Cathedral on Sunday, 10th February at 4pm. All are welcome to attend the service to support John and celebrate this with him. If you need transport please contact David Fouracre or Christine Sansom. John continues as an associate priest within the Holyford Mission Community.