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Musbury’s Christmas Fayre

You are invited to Musbury’ s Christmas Craft Fayre on

Saturday 1 December 10.00am to 1.00 pm

in Musbury Village Hall.

There will be a good selection of local craft stalls and also raffle, tombola and Church cake stall.  Refreshments will be available including bacon butties

Ceilidh and supper 24 Nov

Silent auction at Musbury

On Saturday 3rd November Musbury church will be holding a fund raising silent auction at the village hall starting at 7.30pm.  It’s generally a great deal of social fun: while bidders study the interesting and varied lots for sale, wine and an assortment of nibbles will be on offer.  There is a small entry charge of £3 per head to cover costs but the ‘prizes’ are wonderful if you are bold enough to win! The following is a small selection of what is on offer:

A self catering holiday at the famous coastal town of Padstow
Fine dining for 8 at South Cross House
A private session of Pilates for one hour
Green Fees for 4 at Axe Cliff golf club
High Tea for 2 at the Orion Pullman car (Pecorama)
A family ticket for Beer Quarry Caves
Wine
Meals at the Golden Hind
Hopefully tickets for Exeter Chiefs
Etc etc.

November 2018

Remembering matters

What is the difference between remembrance and remembering? In dictionary terms, very little, but the term ‘remembrance’ is often used in connection with special moments in time. We remember a wide range of things in passing, randomly, but remembrance is about setting time aside to think deeply about the past.

The first two-minute silence of remembrance in Britain was held on 11 November 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe silence at 11am, exactly one year after the end of World War One. He made the request so “the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead”. This reminds us that remembrance is a shared activity – something we do as a community.

During the 1970s many people predicted that Remembrance Day would soon be forgotten. In fact, since the Falklands conflict and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Remembrance Sunday seems as relevant today as it was in 1919. It is a day which marks more than the end of one terrible war, in 1918, where industrialised killing achieved horrors never previously imagined. On this day we fall still – to remember the cost of war, and the burdens carried by those who fight in our behalf. Many of those leaving our armed forces become homeless; some suffer lasting mental health problems.

Remembrance isn’t just about recollecting things we know – it’s about learning. We might find out about long forgotten wars – for example those who served in less well known conflicts in 1940s Israel, 1950s Korea, 1960s Malaya, or 1990s Bosnia. We might take the time to find out about those wars happening across our world today, often unnoticed by the media. We might say a quiet prayer for all those in harm’s way somewhere in the world, and those who wait for them.

If remembrance means learning, we might look at the bigger picture of the 20th Century, where around 200 million people died, directly or indirectly, as a result of war, and millions more were displaced or exiled.

This year naturally we focus on the 1918 Armistice. Some communities across the UK will be thinking this month not just about those named on war memorials, but those who returned and tried to pick up the pieces of their lives. We remember, too, families who have endured wars at home, waiting for an awful telegram.

Remembrance is an action, a choice. It might mean hearing new stories. For example, finding out more about the largely forgotten contributions of African and Caribbean servicemen to the First World War, where over 2 million Africans and 16,000 Caribbean citizens were active participants. We might find out more about the wide ranging roles undertaken by women in war.

Remembrance also means trying to understand; to fathom what causes wars and what avoids them. To understand the full range of experiences of those who go to war, oppose war, or whose lives are consumed by war.

And finally, through understanding, we seek wisdom. One thing all faiths have in common is hope for peace – generosity before guns, tolerance before trumpets. Peace, we know from experience, is precious and needs to be cherished and protected.

Christians know that peace is God’s hope for the world, and that it begins with a simple action – treating others as we hope to be treated ourselves. As we fall still this November we call to mind a powerful truth: peace begins among us.

Revd John Lees, Associate Priest

“Musical Squares” 14th Nov

The Friends of St Andrew’s are delighted to bring you Musical Squares, a ‘fun extravaganza’ which explores, in an entertaining way, many aspects of sound and hearing in the human and animal kingdoms.

Topics covered include: the effects of sound on people, sound production, sound waves, acoustical illusions, musical instruments and how they work, recognition of sounds, ‘lie-detection’ tests for deafness – and many other topics.

The presentation – which provides education through entertainment – is lavishly illustrated throughout with visual demonstrations, sound effects and on-the-spot experiments – some of which involve audience participation!

It is suitable for all ages and requires no previous knowledge of the subject whatsoever.

In 2004, Mike & Wendy were awarded the “Kelvin Medal and Prize” by the Institute of Physics – for their contribution to the Public Understanding of Physics over many years of lecturing together.

Musical Squares was recently presented at the Cheltenham Music Festival Society, to great reviews.

 

Director of Music/Organist Vacancy

Colyton Church TowerThe Parish Church of St Andrew, Colyton, is looking to appoint a successor to the retiring Director of Music with a gifted and collaborative replacement in our ministry team.

Our robed choir of around 30 adults and children is recognized as one of the best parish church choirs in the South West.  A bursary fund supports the musical education of the choir, especially younger members, and choristers regularly attend RSCM courses and work towards awards.  The organ is a resourceful 3 manual instrument, suitable for teaching.

The musical life of the parish includes Sunday services, special services, Mission Community services, concerts, and weekly choir practices (currently Friday evenings). Remuneration for this post will be negotiable. The current post-holder has supplemented these responsibilities with school-based and private instrumental teaching.  A supportive community of local church musicians offers the opportunity for flexibility within this post and for mutual support.

For more information, please contact:

Revd Prebendary Hilary Dawson

01297 553180       hilary.dawson2@btinternet.com

Hilary moves to Gloucester

Hilary has been our much loved Rector for the last few years, and she will be greatly missed when she moves to Gloucester in January. There will be a leaving service for her here on 4th January at 7.30 pm in St Andrew’s Colyton.

From the Exeter Diocesan website:

An “outstanding vicar” from the Diocese of Exeter has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Gloucester.

The Revd Preb Hilary Dawson, Rector of Holyford Mission Community based in Colyford, is to take up the role made vacant when the former archdeacon, Jackie Searle, was made Bishop of Crediton. Hilary has also been appointed a residentiary canon of Gloucester Cathedral.

The news was announced by the Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek. Hilary will work closely with Bishop Rachel and her senior staff team, and the Dean of Gloucester in the leadership of the diocese.

The Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Revd Robert Atwell, said: “I am delighted for Hilary and the Diocese of Gloucester by her appointment as Archdeacon of Gloucester. She will be sorely missed by her many friends in Devon. She has been an outstanding vicar in the diocese and is greatly loved.”

Hilary will commence her new role in January 2019 and is looking forward to getting started. She said, “I am delighted to be going to the Diocese of Gloucester and getting to know all the people and places of the diocese.”

Bishop Rachel said: “I am delighted that Hilary is coming to the cathedral as a residentiary canon as well as being the new archdeacon. It is a rare and wonderful post and I know Hilary will bring new gifts and blessings to the role and, in particular, the joyous partnership here between diocese and cathedral. Welcome Hilary!”

Hilary is married to Richard and they have two grown up children, Michael and Eleanor.

Hilary was born and brought up in Devon and was a teacher for 18 years. She trained for ministry with South West Ministry Training Course and was awarded an MA in Biblical Studies from Exeter University.

Hilary will be licensed and installed in Gloucester Cathedral on Sunday 27 January.

 

Northleigh to join Holyford

After extensive reflection and discussion our PCCs have unanimously agreed that we should welcome Northleigh Parish to become part of Holyford Mission Community. We will shortly be guided in the formalities of the process by the Archdeacon of Exeter, and from January 2019 things will begin on an informal basis.  All of our PCCs warmly welcome Northleigh: we are delighted they would like to be part of what we do, and we look forward to the contribution they will make to the life of this vibrant mission community.

Breathing Space in November

Breathing Space – short, reflective times of stillness and prayer – is taking place again in November in the Lady Chapel, Colyton . The earlier time this month is 5.00-5.30 pm. Dates:

Thursdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.

 

Pilgrim Course: the Eucharist

Everyone is welcome to our new Pilgrim course exploring the Eucharist. It’s taking place over six weeks in the Sunday School, Colyton:

Mondays at 7.30 –

22nd and 29th October, 5th 12th 19th and 26th November.

Please let Hilary know if you would like to come so she can order the course materials for you.

 

Annual Memorial Service 2018

The Holyford Mission Community Annual Memorial Service

St Andrew’s Colyton, Sunday November 4th at 6.30pm

A Time to Remember. A special service at which 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.

WW1 Exhibition and talks

October 2018

Children and Families in the Holyford Mission Community

For the past six years we have had a dedicated Children and Families worker in our community of five churches.  For the past four of those it has been Kathryn Radley.  Kathryn, alongside an extensive team of volunteers, has done an amazing job.  She has built up Noah’s Ark, our thriving group for families and very young children.  She has led Messy Church with great creativity and flair. And she has run a lunchtime club at Branscombe School which has been hugely valued by the children and school community.  Kathryn has now moved on, but she goes with our love and thanks, and we will continue to see her around from time to time.

Over the summer months we have appointed a new Children and Families worker and I am delighted to introduce to you Linda Joy. Linda comes to us with great experience of working with children and is going to introduce herself in her own words:

Hello, my name is Linda Joy and I have recently moved to Devon from Northamptonshire.  I am an Early Years Teacher and Forest School Leader, and I have a passion for work with children and their families. As well as running a pre-school, over the years I have been involved in Sunday Schools, Messy Church, Café Church and Sporty Church.  Since arriving in Devon, I have joined the Holyford Community Mission working as Children & Families worker.  I am delighted to say that I will be working together with the excellent teams at Noah’s Ark and Messy Church and will continue to run a lunch time club at Branscombe School, where I hope to explore the Christian faith through Forest School sessions with the children. I hope to be popping up at the various locations in the Mission Community soon and I look forward to getting to know everyone and to having lots of fun times together.

We are delighted to have Linda with us.  She will be popping in to each of our churches over the next few weeks to talk to our congregations and our Autumn term programme is now up and running.  Please see below for dates for Noah’s Ark and Messy Church and we hope to see you soon.

Noah’s Ark : Thursday at Colyford Memorial Hall, 1.15-2.45

Oct 4th, 18th; Nov 1st, 15th, 29th; Dec 13th.

Messy Church : 4-6pm at Reece Strawbridge Centre Colyton

Sundays October 14th and November 11th

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.

Colyton Harvest Festival with breakfast

Colyton’s harvest festival will be on Sunday 21st October with breakfast from 9.45 and the service at 10.45. Do join us!