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July 2019

Playing with Fire

Whilst the weather at the time of writing in early June does not live up to the title of flaming June I remember the orange skies over NW England last year when Lancashire moorland was very much ablaze.  It also reminds of our ambivalent relationship with fire as it can be both creative and destructive.

Early human groups first learned how to use and then control and create fire and it had a fundamental impact on how human societies developed, to migrate to more northern (and southern) latitudes, to improve diet and later to produce metal implements from copper, tin and iron. Much later it enabled the development of steam power and the internal combustion engine which as well as being the basis of much technological improvement was also a factor in the climate issues we face today.

The destructive power of fire is evident in the destruction of natural habitats and human habitation both by accident and intention, sometimes the intention is to provide replacement vegetation and indeed some Eucalyptus shed their bark to act as kindling so when forest fires occur naturally their competitors are destroyed and the heat from the fire is necessary for their seeds to sprout!

Despite our own fascination with fire we also need to use it responsibly not only for our own benefit but to consider the impact that our own choices have on those who are more vulnerable and the legacy we leave for future generations.

The word fire occurs over 600 times in the Bible and not surprisingly in both a positive and negative context.  Amongst these are ideas of refining and purifying and also denoting God’s presence – as with Moses and the burning bush and at Pentecost, celebrated in early June, when the apostles received flames of fire above their heads. 

Perhaps the next time there is the opportunity to contemplate a burning flame, it might also be the time to consider the flame of love burning in God’s heart for each one of us and the flame of God’s presence in our own lives both to overcome the faults of the past but also to bring us reassurance and hope for the future.

Charles Hill

Branscombe Open Day and Market

The annual church open day and market is on Saturday 13th July from 10.30 am – 3.00 pm. There will be trips up the church tower and guided historical tours.

Amazing parachuting teddy bears at 2.30 pm!

Light lunches, coffee and cakes, plus a variety of stall.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful church.

Jazz and Pimms July 20th

The Friends of St Andrews presents Le Jazz Quartet on 20th July at 7.30.

St Giles Garden Party

Saturday 13th July open 2.30pm – 5pm

The SEATON SMUGGLERS UKULELE BAND will be visiting Northleigh providing their own brand of musical entertainment at the

Jan and Jim Fulton look forward to welcoming you to their garden at Shutes Farm (EX24 6BL) and hope the weather will be kind.

The Seaton Smugglers Ukulele Band will be entertaining us during the afternoon and there will be a collection for Devon Air Ambulance to show our appreciation.


Admission including cream tea  Adults £5.00 Children £2.50 Under 5 Free. 

We would be really pleased to accept donations of full bottles of any kind, books, fancy goods (unwanted gifts and toys), plants, produce and cakes. Items can be left at the back door at Shutes Farm or given to Pam Mayall, Ba Faraday or Norma Rich.

Cantamus 14 July

An afternoon concert at 3.30 in St Andrew’s Colyton. Tickets £10 on the door including refreshments.

Sunday 30th June

This is our Mission Community 5th Sunday with three opportunities to meet for worship.

8.00 Holy Communion in Colyton as usual

10.00 Joint Mission Community Holy Communion in Musbury

3.30 Afternoon tea at Colyford followed at 4.15 by Celtic Evening Prayer

We look forward to welcoming you at any of these services.

Musbury Barton Open Garden

The beautiful garden will be open to the public on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June. 1.30-5.00 pm, with teas available, in aid of church funds.

Colyford Blossoms

Colyford has an action-packed weekend on Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd June. The flower festival with contributions from local societies and organisations is open daily from 10.30-4.30, with refreshments served by the Friends of St Michael’s.

On Saturday evening Sidmouth Gospel Choir will perform in concert, with cheese and wine first at 7.00 pm, the performance at 7.30 pm, and tickets £5 from The Little Shop Colyton, Colyford Post Office and The Owl and Pyramid Seaton or on the door.

The festival concludes on Sunday 23rd with a special Songs of Praise at 6.30 pm and during the weekend we will be inviting visitors to the festival to vote for a favourite hymn.

New Rector appointed

The Rt Rev’d Jackie Searle, Bishop of Crediton, the Patron and the five Parish Representatives are delighted to announce that, subject to the completion of the statutory formalities, an offer of the post of Rector of the Holyford Mission Community, comprising the parishes of Colyton, Musbury, Southleigh and Branscombe, and Priest-in–Charge of the parish of Northleigh has been made to The Rev’d Dr Steven Martin, who is currently Assistant Curate in the United Benefice of Tavistock, with Gulworthy and Brent Tor, and that offer has been accepted.

His institution by the Bishop of Crediton will be on a date and venue to be advised.

Steven is married, and he and his wife Caroline have two sons, Henry (three and a half) and John (3 months). We warmly welcome them to our Mission Community