St Michael’s Colyford are holding a sponsored walk in aid of their organ fund on Saturday 13th May. (If you haven’t heard the lovely new organ, you’ve missed a treat!) Meet outside St Michael’s, Musbury from 10.00am, set off at 10.30am. The plan is to arrive at St Andrew’s, Colyton around 12.00 noon, picnics may be eaten in the SSB or outside on the grass. Tea, coffee and squash will be provided. The walk will continue on to St Michael’s, Colyford. The Friends will provide a free Cream Tea for walkers, supporters may also enjoy tea for a small charge.
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.
The parishes will be holding their Annual Meetings (APCMs) towards the end of April. Do come along to hear about the church’s work during the year, think about the future and help choose your churchwardens and representatives on your PCC. All the meetings are at 7.30 pm
Monday 24th April – Branscombe
Tuesday 25th April – Colyton
Wednesday 26th April – Southleigh
Thursday 27th April – Musbury
Our letter this month comes from Revd Anne Futcher
“An event, seen from one point of view gives one impression. Seen from another point of view it gives quite a different impression. But it’s only when you get the whole picture, you can fully understand what’s going on.”
That’s the voiceover of a television commercial for a national newspaper, back in 1986.
It shows a series of three scenes. In the first we see the figure of a young man. His head is closely shaven. He’s casually dressed. He runs furiously round a street corner. Clearly he’s running away.
In the second, the young man runs straight towards a smartly dressed older man whom he pushes roughly. Clearly he’s assaulting the second man.
As the final shot pans out to show the whole scene, we begin to understand what’s going on. The younger man did push the older. But he pushed him out of the path of some masonry that was about to fall on him from a nearby building. The older man’s life was in danger, but not from the young man. He turns out to be his rescuer, not his assailant, after all.
In the space of just three seconds, our perspective is changed completely. Everything looks different.
One of the familiar Easter stories tells of the risen and unrecognised Jesus walking along the road to Emmaus with two of his bereft followers. As they walk together, Jesus listens to them speaking of recent events. You can almost hear their incredulity at what’s happened; their disappointment and sadness as all their former hopes lie in tatters. The person they’d put their faith in as king and saviour has turned out to be just a nobody – who’s died a criminal’s death on a cross.
But then there’s the concluding frame. Jesus starts talking to them about what really happened, about how his death has fulfilled the promises of scripture. And as their eyes are opened, they recognise him. The disciples begin to see the whole picture. Their perspective is changed completely. Everything looks different.
Christ is risen. There’s a new world. There is hope after all.
And when we recognise Jesus among us today, when we recognise him in one another, our perspective is changed completely too. Everything looks different. We have a new perception of our world. Death and destruction don’t have the last word. Life and love do.
This is the Easter message. It is very Good News indeed. Happy Easter!
Fun for all the family in Southleigh (hall and churchyard) on
Saturday 8th April from 2.30 – 4.30 pm
As well as the egg hunt and tea there will be competitions including best Easter bonnet, decorated eggs, living gardens and egg rolling.
Children at Musbury School had a very enjoyable time making posies for the Mothering Sunday Service on 26 March.
On Friday 7th April at 7 pm in the Village Hall – a fun bingo evening will be held, with proceeds divided between the church, the village hall and Seaton Hospice Care.
Each speaker will talk about an aspect of their life and work, and the people, ideas or events that have inspired them.
Each evening begins at 7.30 and ends by 9pm
Monday 6th March – Branoc Hall Bransombe:
Sarah Mullally, Bishop of Crediton and former chief nursing officer for England;
*Tuesday 14th March – Sunday School Building Colyton
Peter Dawson, Director of the Prison Reform Trust;
Monday 20th March – St Michael’s Church Musbury
Christopher Southgate, poet, scientist and theologian;
Monday 27th March – St Michael’s Chapel Colyford
Tim Harris, Head Teacher of Colyton Grammar School.
Monday 3rd April – St Lawrence’s Church Southleigh
Katherine Lyddon, Children’s Work Adviser for the Diocese of Exeter
*please note change of day
There are lots of traditions associated with Lent, the span of time between Ash Wednesday and Easter Day. Probably the most famous is the practice of giving something up. It might be something edible: chocolate, wine or cake. It might be a regular activity: computer games or watching TV. Or it might be giving something up to make a lifestyle change: smoking perhaps, or foregoing the car in favour of walking. Giving something up has its roots in the centuries old Christian tradition of fasting, which created time and space for devotion to God, a greater awareness of others and a more disciplined life of prayer.
In recent years, the idea of giving something up has been replaced for some by the idea of taking something up. Instead of attempting something which might end in disappointment or failure, the idea is to do something positive which makes a difference to us, our family, friends, the local community or the wider world, and which might last beyond Lent. It could be volunteering, actively supporting a charity, or learning a new skill which will benefit others.
For many, Lent has become an opportunity for both. A time to give something up which has become distracting or unhelpful in order to create some valuable time for reflection. And a time to make a commitment to doing something which might be life-enhancing or even life-changing.
One of my favourite prayers asks that we would forget the God we don’t believe in, and find the God who believes in us. So many of us build up a picture of God which might well be distorted or unhelpful. We might imagine a God that is too small, or a God that is petty, judgmental or distant. Perhaps the best thing we can do this Lent is to ‘give up’ the God we stopped believing in long ago, find some time for reflection, and ‘take up’ the God who has never stopped believing in us.
Reg Meuross plays and sings on Saturday 18th March at 7.30
with the Dartmoor Pixie Band
Saturday 18th March from 7.30 to 11.00 in the Village Hall, with bar and raffle.
Tickets £9.00 (£4.50 children) including a ploughman’s supper: Tel Ross 01297 680264 or Simon 01884 33571.
Table Top Sale Saturday 4 March, 10am to 1.00pm Musbury Village Hall.
Tables £8 – anything goes! Contact Sue Irving 552440
All are welcome to the service in St Andrew’s Colyton at
2.15 on Friday 3rd March
This year’s resources are brought to us by the women of the Philippines.