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Lent with St Francis

Our Lent Course this year will take place around the churches again, on Thursdays in Lent – refreshments from 7 pm, sessions begin at 7.30 pm and end by 9 pm. All are welcome, whether you are a regular church goer or not, to any or all the sessions. Further details on the Lent leaflet.

Thursday 5th March at St Michael’s, Musbury

Francis—Relevant Today: The Reverend Jeremy White

Thursday 12th March at St Winifred’s, Branscombe

Francis and Meditation?: The Right Reverend Martin Shaw

Thursday 19th March at St Lawrence, Southleigh

The Paradox of Francis: at the edge and at the core: Elizabeth Maslen TSSF

Thursday 26th March at St Andrew’s, Colyton

Living the life of Penance with St Francis. The call to live differently in the world: Brother Clark Berge SSF

Lent Art Course

Finding the Light – A Lent Project in St Andrew’s, Colyton: Jan Lees

Candlemas 2020

Candlemas on February 2nd is the day when Jesus the Light of the World was presented to God in the Jerusalem temple. Traditionally it’s the time when all the church candles are blessed. Children enjoyed some activities about light and dark in the Sunday School Building during the morning service, and then came into church to hold up the candles for blessing and be blessed themselves. Everyone in church had a small lit candle to remind us that we are all the light of Christ.

Children and Families – dates

Linda Joy is a well-known face to many local families and she continues to lead our work across the Mission Community. All are welcome to our activities.

Messy Church provides fun, storytime and a cooked tea to families of Primary and pre-school age, taking place normally in The Reece Strawbridge Centre on the second Sunday of the month from 4.00-6.00.

Dates: Feb 9th, March 8th and on Friday 10th April a special Good Friday session in St Andrew’s Church.

Noah’s Ark is our playgroup for pre-school babies and toddlers, meeting fortnightly in Colyford village hall, Thursday afternoons 1.15-2.45.

Dates: Feb 13th, 27th, March 12th, 26th, April 23rd, May 7th and 21st

Linda can be contacted on 07796 063208, or by email via the email contact form on the Contact page.

February 2020

Glimpses of spring light

January is a time of year for promises and resolutions. February is perhaps a month for reckoning – asking ourselves why we’re already slipping back on those commitments. This cold, hard month can be a bit of a reality check.

However, when the lights no longer go on at 4.30pm, we know spring is on its way. We find things to look forward to – holidays, things to do when the weather improves. These simple plans show how important it is to look forward to better times, to live in hope that good things are on their way.

This is what the church year is doing right now. Christmas is an explosion of light, colour and sound and, even though decorations get put away early in January, the song of the angels keeps ringing in our ears – good news for all. The message is simple and clear – God has come among us, and remains with us.

Hope lives on, long after the recycling lorry has carted away the Christmas wrapping paper. The stories of Epiphany are full of signs and wonders – stories such as the time Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding in Cana, and the moment when Jesus is himself baptised as an adult by his cousin John. When Jesus bursts out of the river water the sky above him is filled with God’s blessings, for him and for us all.

Yes, Lent is coming, a time of quiet, reflection, sometimes sadness. But even now in these dark days of winter we can see the light of Easter in every early glimpse of spring flowers magically appearing in foggy lanes.

Light in darkness – an idea as old as time, and yet a reminder that we live in a world where goodness prevails.

That isn’t just an uplifting message. There is some science behind it. The Gottman Institute has studied relationships for 50 years, discovering that people are generally happy if they have five times more positive experiences than negative ones. In passing, this research suggests that in general people are content with life, because on balance more good things happen than bad things. We are perhaps more generous, caring, helpful people than the daily news would suggest.

If that glimpse of hope isn’t enough to cheer the winter blues, what is?

Revd Preb John Lees, Associate Priest

Messy fun at Messy Church!

There was a good attendance at Messy Church where we had a lot of fun and made quite a bit of mess!

We were thinking about ‘Epiphany’ and ‘Chalking the doors’ and decorated star biscuits, made shiny stars, played with shaving foam and enjoyed a lovely meal together, amongst other things. All families are welcome to our Messy church which is held on the second Sunday of each month in the Reece Strawbridge Centre between 4 pm – 6 pm.

January 19th Breakfast Service

Nick Brown Trio Sunday Jan 12 at 3.30

Candlemas Supper Party

St Winifred’s Church Branscombe

Friday 31st January 2020, 7 for 7.30 pm

Join us for a unique supper by candlelight in St Winifred’s Church and a chance to banish the January blues!

Three course meal to include wine; limited tickets available (£30 per head).

Details and booking – Ross Wilmington 07813 117149

January 2020

Caroline, John, Henry and I have been overwhelmed by the wonderful welcome we have received from the communities of Colyford, Musbury, Northleigh, Southleigh, Branscombe and Colyton. Thank you for all your cards, letters, messages and your thoughtful gifts, including some wonderful hampers and local food—all greatly appreciated.   

At the beginning of January we celebrate the Epiphany when gifts and greetings were taken to the Holy Family. ‘Epiphany’ is a fancy Greek word which means something like ‘manifestation’ or ‘appearance’. It is a rich celebration which (in the Western Church) marks the visit of the Three Kings who bring gifts to the manger, which is one of the early signs that the birth of the baby Jesus is not simply a good human being, or wise teacher and moral example, but is in fact God made man. The readings we hear in church around this time look beyond the crib, at all the miracles and wonders Jesus did during his life and ministry to help us to think about who exactly Jesus Christ is, and what he might accomplish if we were to allow ourselves to trust in him a little more and our friendship with him to grow. 

As I travel the East Devon lanes (avoiding the potholes….sometimes more successfully than others…) travelling from one church to another, I am aware how fortunate I am to be a part of the life of the six churches which make up the Holyford group. The Church is a people, but it is buildings too, and each of our beautiful buildings is a gift and sign of the Epiphany; each  stands as a manifestation to remind us that we have a God who is Emmanuel—‘God with us’—present at the heart of the community, come wind or weather.

Arriving at the beginning of Advent and leading up to Christmas has provided a great opportunity to get to know quite a few new faces. Thank you to all those who have said hello. If we haven’t already met, I hope that we shall soon. Until then…

 Wishing you every blessing and a Happy New Year,

 Fr Steven.

Posada continues 2

The choir  had some special visitors tonight at their practice.  

Travelling over the hill to Colyford the family searched for a sign before finding a warm shelter for the night and a soft bed of hay. 

Posada stops off at the Oberammergau Crib 

Carols by Candlelight

Colyton Church, Sun 22nd Dec at 6.30.

Noah’s Ark Nativity

Little ones at Noah’s Ark enjoyed Nativity fun and a lovely tea!

Installation Photos

Father Steven’s installation as our new Rector on 20th November 2020 in Colyton church was a splended occasion! Bishop Jackie presided and preached and the church was packed with people from all over the Mission Community, as well as large numbers of visiting clergy and choirs. Afterwards there were refreshments at the town hall.

Remembrance Sunday 2019

Pictures from the wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial after the service in Colyton, which was very well attended once again.

Posada 2019 – the journey continues

And so a detour to Colston…….where the Angel Gabriel makes a cameo appearance & they stop to do some paperwork.

Mary & Joseph came upon Abbeyfield, and knocked at the door, have you a room.  The manager said we have please come in, but I’m afraid we have a “ No pets policy” so the donkey will have to stay in the buggy shed.

…No room here but they got to watch Chiefs on the Telly and have a swift half before moving on…