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Advent compline, Colyton

Do join us for these reflective short evening services in St Andrew’s Church:

Monday 4th December at 7.30
Monday 11th December at 8.00
Monday 18th December at 7.30

Christingles in our churches

Our Christingles take place on the following dates:

Branscombe – Monday December 4th at 6.00pm

Colyton – Sunday 10th December, service at 5.00pm and Messy Christingle making beforehand at 4.00pm

Southleigh – Saturday 16th December at 4.00pm, carols, Christingle and procession.

Everyone of all ages is welcome to join us in this beautiful celebration of the light of Christ. Retiring collections for the Children’s Society.

Advent Carols at Branscombe

We mark the beginning of Advent in Branscombe this year on Advent Sunday, 3rd December at 6.00 with the Advent Carol service for the whole Mission Community – and all are welcome.

 

Breakfast Service 19 November

All are welcome once again for this lively event!

November 2017

In May this year, the Ecclesiastical Insurance company launched a competition inviting churches to submit a piece of art work which captured and celebrated the role their church plays in its local community.  Many churches entered, and now the winning entries have been made into a 10 metre long and 3 metre high ‘Great Community Mural.’  The mural was unveiled at St Paul’s Cathedral on October 2nd and is currently touring the country.

EIG said the following about this year’s competition:

It has really highlighted the wide and varied role that churches play in their communities. We’ve seen all manner of activities represented in the artwork; from helping the elderly and the lonely to running youth clubs, mother and toddler groups, and advice centres that support those with alcohol and drug problems. Much of this work goes unnoticed and we hope that this competition sheds some light on the important contribution churches make to society.

It was an inspired idea because churches are loved by many people, not just church goers.  Many of us have favourite churches, perhaps because of family associations or because they are in places that are dear to us.  It might be that they evoke particularly happy or poignant memories, or have striking architecture or a wonderful atmosphere.  Of course, for many people, churches are places where we come close to God, through worship, prayer and fellowship with others. And they are hubs for the wider community, providing social activity, friendship and support. Often a written description falls far short of properly capturing a beloved church or special place.  We quickly reach what Rowan Williams calls ‘the edge of words’.  It is then that we turn to the imagination to capture our favourite places through paint, poetry, photography or other artistic media.

We are blessed to have such beautiful churches in our Mission Community.  What is special to you about them? How would you capture their peace, beauty and significance?  You might have a wonderful photograph or painting, or you might have written a poem about a favourite church.  Or you might feel inspired to create or compose something.  Whatever each one of us feels about our beautiful churches, what unites us all is that ‘these places are our places.’  In this season of Remembering it is good to remember that our churches are safe, peaceful and holy meeting places – places for everyone.

 Hilary

Luka Okros Piano Recital

The Friends of St Andrews present the return of the acclaimed Georgian pianist Luka Okros on 18th November at 7.30pm

Remembrance Sunday

We will be marking Remembrance Sunday in all our churches again this year, with the following service to which all are welcome:

9.30 Southleigh
10.50 Colyton
10.55 Branscombe
10.55 Musbury
3.30 pm Colyford

Messy Church will also meet at the Reece Strawbridge Centre from 4-6 pm.

Hilary becomes a Prebendary

We are delighted that our Rector has been honoured with the post of Prebendary at the Cathedral. She will be collated and installed there on Tuesday 14th November at 5.30 pm, and all are welcome to go and support her – please sign up for the coach.

Branscombe Churchyard Dec 4th

St Winifred’s Branscombe

Consecration of Branscombe Churchyard

St Winifred’s now has a larger churchyard thanks to the hard work of many people.  The new piece of ground has been fenced and prepared, with the help and support of the Friends of St Winifred’s, and now it is ready to be consecrated.

We are delighted to welcome the Bishop of Crediton, Rt. Revd Sarah Mullally, who will be visiting Branscombe to do this on Monday December 4th at 2pm. The consecration will take the form of a short act of worship outside in the churchyard.  Everyone is welcome to come and mark this historic event.

Creative Advent

Making Space for the Light

All are welcome to come and join Rev Shuna George and others in the Colyton Sunday School Building for an informal creative session exploring the advent theme of light with pictures, words and your imagination.

Thursday 30 November 7 – 9pm or Friday 1 Dec 2-4pm

 No experience necessary. Open to everyone – all ages and abilities! For further information and to book a place please call Shuna on 07971 759997

Annual Memorial Service

 

Holyford Mission Community Annual Memorial Service

Sunday November 5th at 6:30 pm

There will be a special service at St Andrew’s Colyton 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.

Auction of promises & gifts

BRANSCOMBE PCC are hosting an

AUCTION of Promises and Gifts with SUPPER

SATURDAY 27th JANUARY

7.30 pm for 8 pm

Branscombe Village Hall

Tickets from Ross Willmington 07813 117149

Email mrw”at”symondsandsampson.co.uk

Tickets £12.50 per person (includes hot supper & pudding)

DONATIONS OF LOTS FOR THE AUCTION INVITED

All proceeds to St Winifred’s Church

Colyton Christmas Tree Festival

The festival is taking place again, from 6th-10th December.

Community cafe at St Petrocks

St Andrew’s  community café is supporting St Petrocks, the charity for homeless people in Exeter, this year. On the 6th October café organisers took along a further £250 which brings the total given so far this year to £350.

The café is also collecting the items they desperately need from now until the end of December. The poster below lists items St Petrocks needs, which can be brought along to the café . Many thanks for your support.

Confirmation 2018

There will be a Confirmation Service in our Mission Community on February 25th 2018 and the Bishop of Exeter, Rt. Revd Robert Atwell will be here to confirm our candidates.  We will be starting confirmation groups for adults and young people towards the end of the year.  If you would like to find out more about the Christian faith or what it means to be confirmed then please speak to Hilary or contact her on 01297 553180 or by email (see contacts page).