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6 December Advent window

Posada 6 December

Mary and Joseph and the donkey have hitched a lift

Christmas at St Andrew’s

Posada 5 December

The Advent journey continues…

Advent Windows trail interactive map

Click for the link to the interactive map of window locations.

Posada 4 December

Mary and Joseph are travelling by night… but there is a location clue!

Posada 3 December

Mary and Joseph continue on their way…

Posada 2 December

The Advent journey continues:

Posada 1 December

Mary and Joseph’s Advent journey continues (see earlier post for details).

Posada 30 November

Mary and Joseph continue their travels – please see previous post for further details.

Posada 2020

Posada (the Spanish word for ‘inn’) started as a Mexican custom. Children dressed as Mary & Joseph and went from house to house in Advent asking people if they had any room, so prompting thinking about the Christmas story.

The tradition was first brought to the UK by the Church Army and has spread.

As you may be aware in Holyford, we have in relatively recent times used part of the knitted nativity set (Mary, Joseph & the donkey) for a Posada journey throughout Advent into people’s homes. Obviously, this will not be possible this year in the same format.

Instead, from Advent Sunday to Christmas Eve, Mary, Joseph & the donkey will start on a journey throughout the mission community & bordering parishes, to outside locations only, for a series of 26 photo shoots. These will be posted daily on both the Holyford Facebook page & the news pages of this website. At the end there will be a prize for anyone who can correctly identify the 26 locations – £10 voucher to spend in The Lantern Shop in Colyton.

December 2020

This month’s letter comes from Charles Hill:

This is being written early in the second period of lockdown this year when nothing in December can look certain and in this season of Advent our preparations for Christmas will be getting underway. Christmas is a season of hospitality and for many this involves the giving and receiving of food and drink and the sharing of time with friends and family.

Mary and Joseph must have been extremely grateful for the hospitality shown to them by the Innkeeper and although perhaps not meriting many stars the accommodation was no doubt a huge improvement over any alternative.  In turn, Mary and Joseph were able to offer simple hospitality to the shepherds and wise men and possibly others not recorded.   

The birth of Jesus was also a sign of God’s hospitality towards each one of us as a reminder that he invites us to be part of his family.  In the Eucharist (a celebration of Jesus hospitality to his disciples and their successors) the following words are sometimes said in a prayer after Communion ‘Father of all, we give you thanks and praise that when we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home’.

At the heart of hospitality is love. Love which seeks to recognise the needs of others and meet those needs either through own actions or by supporting others. Such hospitality can be shown in so many ways; through the offering and receiving of food and drink, through personal presence and presents! but also through a kind word by phone or other means, through the carrying out of a simple errand or just a smile (face masks permitting) at the appropriate time and other possibilities may well come to mind.  Through our own acts of hospitality our own love for others and that of a loving heavenly Father can become manifest.

I wish you a blessed and peaceful Christmas Season.

Charles Hill

PS  each week on Friday or Saturday an email is sent out to about 200 email addresses with details of what is happening on the Sunday and coming week.  If you think you should be receiving this please check your Spam folder as attachments on the email could be routing the email here. If you are not receiving such updates and wish to do so, please get in touch.

National Christingle Service

Sunday 13th December with other details to be announced

Please see https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/preparing-advent-christmas-2020-comfort-and-joy

Mission Community Carol Service

This will be a short service (5 carols) on 23rd December at 5pm via Zoom (incl telephone) and hopefully facebook too, aimed at the whole community

Advent Windows

We invite you to join us with a special advent window:

Day of Prayer 29 November

The Archbishops have called for November to be a month of prayer.  As a Mission Community our part in it will be to hold a special day of prayer on Advent Sunday, 29th November.

We invite you to pray for our country and our community during this pandemic. During the day our churches will be open if you want to pray there, and you can simply pray at home at any time, or you can sign up to cover a time slot as part of our 12-hour vigil.

Everyone living in our Mission Community is encouraged to join in.

You are invited to light a candle at 6pm on Advent Sunday and say the special prayer for our Mission Community which you can download now here.

Do watch out for further announcements on this website and watch out for the online service which will be available shortly.

There will be a Telephone Service at 2.30pm on Sunday 29th November.

At 6.00pm you are invited to light a candle and say our shared Mission Community prayer at home.

At 8.00pm there will be a service of Compline on Zoom.

Open the Book

Rev Ann Stuckey who works with our team writes this blog to help adults with learning difficulties. She explains about her blog:

If you’ve wondered about making friends with your local residential home but not sure how to do this, then this website will help you do just that.

Visit the information page to learn how to go about making contact with your local home, how to set up a visit and ideas on what to do during that visit.

Visit the video page to see a tried and tested session in action. Be enthused with how much fun it can be to visit a home and take a session. Also the reward of the smile and interaction of the residents will stay with you for a life time.