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Piano recital 13 October

The Friends of St Andrew’s, in association with the Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Platform, is proud to welcome a  pianist with a great future to perform for us in Colyton, at 7.30 pm on Saturday 13th October. Tickets from the Little Shop or on the door.

Romanian pianist George Todica started his musical training at six in Iaşi and later moved to the UK to further his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he graduated with a Masters of Music Degree in 2017. As a concert pianist, he has won over 20 prizes at International Piano Competitions.

This concert will be a tribute to Jilly Spencer.

Children’s dates autumn 2018

Messy Church continues at the Reece Strawbridge Centre from 4.00-6.00 pm on Sundays October 14th and November 11th. There will be Messy Christingle in St Andrew’s Church on December 9th.

Noah’s Ark at Colyford Hall from 1.15-2.45 pm continues fornightly on Thursdays, dates Sept 20th, October 4th, 18th, November 1st, 15th, 29th and December 13th.

Branscombe School joins Coventry Cathedral – 24 Sep!

International Cross of Nails Service

We are very excited to share with you the news that we have been accepted as an International Cross of Nails School – linking with Coventry Cathedral. The Cross of Nails Community includes schools, communities, parishes and other organisations who have shown a commitment to the values of peace, hope and reconciliation. During the service we will be presented with our own Cross of Nails by a representative from Coventry Cathedral.

The service will take place in Church on
Monday 24th September at 1.30pm.
It would be lovely if members of the community could join us for the service. There will be refreshments afterwards.

 

Musbury Scarecrows

The bridal party

These were the Scarecrows in the Church at Musbury’s Scarecrow Festival!! They won the judges’ vote!!!

There were fantastic Scarecrows up all over the village and a total of £2000 was made to be split between the Church and the Village Hall. Our thanks to all visitors from the Mission Community for your support.

Well done to Hilary for walking round and visiting all 53 Scarecrows! Quite a feat! Most people drove to some of them!!

Kay Short.

September 2018

During my recent sabbatical leave I had the opportunity to spend time in different church contexts and was hugely grateful for the hospitality I received and all that I was able to learn.  Likewise, it is a privilege to welcome colleagues to our churches here.  For a few weeks this summer we have been joined by Revd Katharine Hawksley from Chard.  It has been lovely to get to know her and learn from her and we wish her well for the future.  Hilary

Katharine writes:

I’ve been on placement in the Holyford Mission Community for six weeks. I’m just starting my third year of curacy in Chard and I do a placement as part of my training. During my time with you, I’ve had the opportunity to come to community groups such as Noah’s Ark, the pre-school group in Colyford, Southleigh Fayre and the Community Café in Colyton – this does make it sound as though I’ve spent six weeks drinking coffee! Joking aside, it has been a blessing to meet so many people and to hear their stories. Groups like these are so important to the communities in which we live. They provide outreach and support for many people and are cherished and appreciated.

I’ve also spent time with the congregations in the Mission Community too. It’s been a delight to take part in your worship and to learn about each of the churches. They are all very different and have their own unique personality.

The one thing I have gleaned from my time with you is that the Mission Community really is a community. It has been wonderful to see communities which work on their own, but also with the communities around them. The people who live around us are so important. It can be easy to feel isolated but working together strengthens who we are. It is encouraging to see parishes working well together and communities which care for one another.

The early Christians were a community. They weren’t simply a group who came together on a Sunday. They often lived together, ate together and provided outreach for those in need. Society was community focussed; people took care of one another and family was important. They didn’t have as much as we do and lived in a patriarchal society and so they depended on one another for survival. The society we live in today is very different. It is one that focusses on the individual and on their dreams and aspirations. That is no bad thing and it encourages people to grow and develop, however it can feel that something has been lost along the way. That is why the Mission Community is so important. It’s a group of people coming alongside to support one another.

Finally, I’d like to say thank you to each and everyone of you for your welcome and your time. It’s truly been a pleasure to be with you for these six weeks. I wish you every blessing for the future.

Katharine

Autumn Bible Study groups

Our three Bible study groups are continuing for autumn 2018. As ever each group welcomes new people from anywhere in the Mission Community.

The Musbury group, meeting fortnightly on Tuesdays at 7.30-9.00 at Knap Orchard, will meet on Sept 4th, Sept 18th, Oct 9th, Oct 23rd, Nov 6th, Nov 20th. Contact phone Hilary 01297 553180.

The Colyton group, meeting fortnightly on Thursdays at 7.30-9.00, has moved to the Sunday School Building. Dates are 27th Sep, 11th and 25th Oct, 8th and 22nd Nov and 6th Dec. Contact phone Emma, 01297 551400.

The Branscombe group meets monthly on Fridays at 2.30-4.00 at 3 Mill Lane. The first date is Friday 21st September. Contact phone Nigel, 01297 22303.

Musbury Bible Study Social

Some of the members of the Musbury Bible study group met recently for a most enjoyable social evening at Rev Shuna’s house. The group will be meeting again on Tuesday evenings in the autumn, and new people are always welcome.

Beach Songs of Praise photos

People enjoyed this year’s August Songs of Praise in Branscombe, with Honiton Town Band. Some stayed on afterwards for a fish and chip supper at the Sea Shanty. We were lucky that the weather stayed good despite the overcast look to the sky!

Southleigh ‘Sausage and Cider’ evening 15th September

CANCELLED

Southleigh church are holding a fundraising ‘Sausage and Cider’ evening at Wiscombe, by kind permission of the Chichester family, on Saturday 15th September – please contact Marian Barton, 01404 871515, 01404 871413, Catherine Rosier or Thomasina Tarling, 01404 871566. Tickets will be £12.00 to include supper and a drink. There will also be a bar.

 

Southleigh Tea Party 1st September

Southleigh church are holding a social and thank you tea party on Saturday 1st September in the hall, from 3-5 pm and all are invited. Watch out for the possibility of parachutes!

 

 

Choir fish and chip supper

Colyton and Colyford choir members and their partners enjoyed a fish and chip supper on a beautiful evening in the Fouracre’s garden. Many thanks to them for their hospitality. New choir members are always welcome!

August Breakfast Service

The Breakfast Service at St Andrew’s continues on 19th August with delicious breakfast at 10.00 before the service at 10.30. All welcome!

 

August 2018

The Sound of Silence

Every ten years or so, clergy in the Church of England are encouraged to take three months away from their usual duties and to use the space in ways that will help them, and hopefully those whom they serve. Between April and the beginning of July this year I was on sabbatical study leave.  Over the twelve weeks I spent my time resting, praying, reading, studying, working alongside colleagues in different church settings and travelling. And I’ve also managed to complete another quilt! I am very conscious of the blessing this time has been, and I am so grateful to the ministry team, church wardens and PCCs for giving me the space to do this.

An article in the newspaper last week highlighted the level of noise all around us, and the way in which prolonged or high volumes of noise can affect our physical and mental health.  Even in this relatively quiet area it is hard to escape traffic noise, and many of us are ‘plugged in’ to music, conversation and communication all the time.  Conversely, we know that the sound of TV, radio and music can be a great source of solace and company to many.

However, for large numbers of people silence is very rare indeed and can seem daunting.  At the beginning of my sabbatical I went to North Wales, to St Beunos retreat centre.  There I spent a full week in silence, broken only by a twenty-minute daily conversation with my retreat guide.  I discovered that silence is not just the absence of noise.  Some sounds grew clearer in the ‘silence’ – the sound of my heartbeat and footsteps, the movement of the trees, birdsong, the everyday sounds that are so often drowned out by the noise I impose.  Silence removed all my usual distractions – for example, on my retreat reading was discouraged, as of course were TV, internet etc. A challenging consequence of this was that I had to face things about myself that I would probably rather avoid!  But it also sharpened my other senses, heightening my awareness of the world around me, and the many blessings of life. Most of all, as the silence did its work, it brought with it a greater sense of peace and calm.

Churches are wonderful places to enjoy stillness.  Over the summer three of our churches will be offering ‘Breathing Space’, an opportunity to come and experience half an hour of silence.  Everyone is very welcome!   Hilary

Drinks at the Vicarage

By kind invitation of Hilary and Richard, everyone is welcome for drinks at the vicarage on

Saturday 18th August from 6-8 pm

During the evening we will also be celebrating the launch of Rev John Lees’s new book: Self-Supporting Ministry: A Practical Guide. (in St Andrew’s Church if wet)

We will also say farewell to our Children’s and Families’ worker Kathryn Radley who is leaving for personal reasons – we are immensely grateful for the wonderful work she had done in the last four years.

Branscombe Cocktail Party

Saturday 11th August at 6.30 pm at Trafalgar Barton
by kind permission of Karl and Jill Hancock

Do join us for a fun evening of cocktails & canapés in the delightful gardens at Trafalgar Barton, whilst supporting Branscombe Church. To book tickets contact Ross Willmington 07813 117149 or 680264 (£15 per person)