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Holyford Mission Community is now also on Facebook. We hope you like our page!

This is Holy Week Poster

Usually we give out posters on Palm Sunday to those who want to put them in their windows. We haven’t been able to do that this year, so we’ve made our own. You can download this poster, print it and display it. You can also download the poster for Easter, He is Risen!

Piano music for difficult times

Our own Nicholas Brown is preparing some videos of piano music for our delight which we will be posting here – more to come. Many thanks to Nick.

Bach – Prelude and Fugue in C Major

Finding the Light

A film of a Lenten art project led by Jan Lees for Holyford Mission Community, with participation from other church members. Please click to see the film.

In the film Jan demonstrates some of the techniques she uses with charcoal and erasers, offering insights into the way the art was created. This is followed by a gallery of the images created by Jan and the other participants, with reflections and poems.

Stations of the Cross

The Revd Victoria Chester leads us daily through the Stations of the Cross, starting on Monday 30th March and finishing on Easter Monday, 13th April. Today I’m putting up links to the first six videos, and the remaining links will be added to this post in due course. You can choose to follow these daily, or in the pattern that suits you.

Station 1, Monday 30th March

Station 2, Tuesday 31st March

Station 3, Wednesday 1st April

Station 4, Thursday 2nd April

Station 5, Friday 3rd April

Station 6, Saturday 4th April

Food Banks

Sadly, at the moment we can’t provide collecting boxes in our churches for Seaton or Axminster food banks. But of course the need at the moment is greater than ever.

If you would like to give a financial donation by BACs so that supplies can be bought, the details for Seaton are:

Foodbank in Seaton, Account: 27215060, Sort Code: 30-90-37

Thank you very much for your continuing support.

Sunday evening candles

Many churches around the country are taking up the idea of a candle in the window not just on Mothering Sunday, but every Sunday at the moment at 7 pm. So please join us in this quiet witness of caring, faith and hope.

This week we are praying especially for our NHS.

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord;
and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night;
for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Palm crosses

Everything is different this year, including Holy Week and Easter. We won’t be able to distribute our palm crosses – but they are not wasted, as by buying them we have supported partner churches who make them.

So this year, what about making a paper or card palm cross? You can copy and print the picture above and make a focus for Palm Sunday (5th April).

April 2020

Cheap Chocolate.

No – this isn’t a piece about child labour on cacao plantations and the importance of fair trade, although bearing it in mind is always a good idea.  No – it’s a piece about Easter.  When we lived in the North West a neighbouring family never bought their children Easter eggs until the afternoon of Easter Day (at the earliest) and more often on Easter Monday because by then the supermarket had slashed its prices to clear the seasonal stuff off the shelves.  They were proud of this thrifty move.  It pleased them enormously.  It made me sad.  Because there is definitely a place for extravagance in our lives and I think Easter is it.

Christmas brings extravagance out in almost everybody – whether they’re a church-goer or not – Easter not so much.  The story of Easter is far less user-friendly than the Christmas story.  There are no stars, no kings, no angels, no baby – nothing to coo over, no romance.  There’s mockery, cruelty, earthquakes and an apocalyptic eclipse. Good Friday is the grimmest of stories before the strangeness and wonder of new life on Easter day.  And that contrast between frightening events and an eventual fresh beginning is a story we very much need to hear now.  Things have changed for us almost overnight from a free and easy lifestyle to lockdown.  Fear is (almost literally) in the air.  Things are tough and might get tougher.  It’s all in the Easter story.  In the blink of an eye, Jesus goes from hero to zero in the eyes of his people. Things get tough for him and then they get tougher. But that isn’t the end of the story any more than lockdown is the end for us.   

Easter has no cuddle-factor. The bunny is an interloper from a whole different story – as is the egg, but Christians aren’t daft, we know a good symbol when we see one, so we co-opted the egg.

And I have to say the chocolate egg is a wonderful thing.  There’s something about the taste and feel of a thin sliver of chocolate eggshell that is quite magnificent. It is not at all like a chunk from a bar.  And it is extravagant.  My neighbours were right about one thing though – an Easter egg is a very expensive way to buy chocolate.  But at Easter that’s the point.  God loves us.  Completely.  Extravagantly.  And loving us cost him everything.  If you manage to buy an Easter egg this year, when you pay for it remember that Easter is the very opposite of cheap. 

This Easter will be different for all of us.  No family visits.  No trips out.  But we are a community capable of great things – of sharing so that everyone has something and no-one has nothing; of keeping in touch so that no-one feels lost or alone.  Let’s care for each other extravagantly.  We are of God – looking after each other is built in to our nature.  Have a good  (though different) Easter.

Jan Lees

Church Closure

Following the Prime Minister’ announcement on 23rd March, all our churches now have to be closed until further notice.

But we are still the living church. We can stay in touch and find new ways of helping one another with spiritual as well as practical support.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5.7

Candlepower on Mothering Sunday

At 7 pm on Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, candles were placed in windows around the Mission Community to shine a message of caring and hope.

Breakfast Take-away

We can meet in cyberspace even if we can’t in the flesh! We have prepared a delicious Breakfast Service takeaway for you and your family. Please click here to download it.

1 John 4.7 “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”

News about the Coronavirus situation

Following the advice of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, PUBLIC WORSHIP IN OUR CHURCHES HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. If you have any concerns, or need to tell us of people in particular need, please contact the Churchwardens or a member of the Ministry Team.

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
Amen.

Coronavirus/St Andrew’s Cafe

Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus it has been necessary to cancel the cafe with immediate effect until further notice.

Futher information regarding the churches’ response to the situation will be published on the website shortly

Mothering Sunday 22 March

We regret that all church services are CANCELLED. Instead you are invited to join us spiritually by praying at home.