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Annual Memorial Services

Annual Memorial Services. This year there will be two services to remember our loved ones by name at All Souls. As in previous years there will be a reflective service on Sunday 1st November at 6.30pm. This year there will also be a Eucharist on Monday 2nd November at 10am. Given the covid restrictions both will be held in St Andrew’s Colyton to accommodate as many people as possible. If you would like to come please contact Emma Laughton. We will be reading the names of everyone for whom we held a funeral this year. If you would like to add any names, please contact Christine Sansom by Mon 26th October.

Victoria’s Ordination

Saturday 26th September was a wonderful occasion in Exeter Cathedral as our well-loved Assistant Curate Rev’d Victoria Chester was ordained priest. She will continue to serve in our Holyford Mission Community. She is shown here with Rev’d John Lees, also one of our team, who is her training incumbent.

Ordination of Victoria Chester

We are all praying for Rev’d Victoria Chester as she prepares to be ordained priest by Bishop Robert at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 26th September at 3.00pm.

Numbers at the cathedral are inevitably limited, but we can all support her and take part by watching the live stream of the event. Copy and past this link into your browser to see this:

https://www.facebook.com/CofEDevon/live_videos/?ref=page_internal

Please pray for Victoria as well as her fellow ordinands Nigel Candelent (All Saints Sidmouth) and Gudrun Thomas (Willand).

Worship in Church resumes

We are pleased to announce that public worship will be gradually resuming across the Mission Community. This Sunday, 5th July, there will be a Eucharist at 9.30 am at St Andrew’s Colyton. At 6 pm there will be a service of said Evensong (with organ music) at St Winifred’s, Branscombe. Physical distancing and hygiene procedures will be in place. Owing to the need to maintain distancing, we have limited seating available, but hope to accommodate everyone who wishes to join us. Our weekly online and telephone services will continue until further notice. Please stay at home if you are vulnerable, shielding, have any Covid symptoms or are feeling unwell. Services for the coming week:

Sun 5th July: 9.30am: Eucharist, Colyton

6.00pm: Said Evensong, Branscombe

Tue 7th July: 8.30am: Morning Prayer, Colyton

5.00pm: Evening Prayer, Colyford

Wed 8th July: 8.30am: Morning Prayer, Colyton

10.00am: Eucharist (BCP), Colyton

5.00pm: Evening Prayer Musbury

Thu 9th July: 8.30am: Morning Prayer, Colyton

5.00pm: Evening Prayer, Branscombe

Fri 10th July: 8.30am Morning Prayer, Colyton

5.00pm: Evening Prayer, Northleigh

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.

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

Farewell to Anne

We are very sorry to be saying goodbye to the Rev Anne Futcher on the completion of her training and curacy here with us. Anne has taken a very full part in the life of our community over the last few years and been a good friend to us all. She will be much missed.

We are pleased for her that together with her husband Christopher she is making an exciting move to Cyprus, where she will be licensed as an Assistant Priest in St Helena’s and will serve as Cyprus Archdeaconry social concern coordinator, while he will become the Archdeacon.

Anne’s last day in Holyford Mission Community will be on Sunday 9th June, when there will be a bring and share lunch at Southleigh Village Hall after the Communion service in the church at 11.15.

Ascension Day

Ascension Day this year is on Thursday 30th May and everyone is welcome at our traditional Mission Community Holy Communion at 7.30 pm at Musbury Church.

Vacancy for New Rector

We’re looking for a Rector with clean wellies to inspire and guide us in God’s work amidst the best of East Devon’s coast & countryside. We work as a caring and co-operative team, with five parishes at the heart of community life – Branscombe, Colyton with Colyford, Musbury, Northleigh and Southleigh.

Please click here for the Mission Community profile.

We’re seeking a priest to strengthen our Mission Community, bringing a Christian faith that is evident, grounded and capable of inspiring others. We anticipate an affection for many worship styles and an appreciation of quality in liturgy and music. We hope for a natural warmth, with openness, diplomacy and tact. We expect him or her to have collaborative leadership skills and experience in nurturing teams. We in turn can offer great lay, clergy and administrative support, a children & families worker, and cake at the drop of a hat.

For an application pack and Mission Community Profile please contact: The Archdeacon of Exeter archdeacon.of.exeter@exeter.anglican.org tel. 01392 425577

Closing date: 14 May     Interviews: 4 June 2019

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Mission Community Quiet Day

St Rita’s Conference Centre, Honiton

Saturday 23rd February 2019, 10 am – 4 pm

How these ancient texts may lead into the all-encompassing Mystery of God, with Canon Patrick Woodhouse

The Psalms are treasured texts within both the Jewish and Christian traditions, and yet they can also be difficult, even forbidding, coming from an ancient and very different world.

On this Quiet Day we shall touch on what these ancient texts are, when they were written, and out of what kind of contexts they emerged; but mainly we shall explore the power of their meanings for us today, and how they can nourish a deep life of prayer and contemplation, enabling us to see ourselves and the world differently.

Patrick Woodhouse is a writer and Anglican priest. Recently he published Life in the Psalms (Bloomsbury 2015) and Etty Hillesum, a Life Transformed (Bloomsbury 2009), the story of a young Jewish diarist who died in Auschwitz. He was for thirteen years a Canon of Wells Cathedral. He now lives in South Somerset.

The day is provided free, including lunch, with an opportunity to make a donation to the Mission Community. Please sign up on the sheets which will be in the back of the church from Sunday 3rd February, by Monday 18th February at the latest. Please also indicate whether you need transport.

New Prebendary photos

A group from Holyford came to the cathedral on 10th February to support our John Lees when he was installed as Prebendary – a very happy occasion. John continues his ministry in Holyford as Associate Priest as before.

Rev Anne Futcher

Dear All

As you may know, my curacy here is due to finish by September 2019.  I’m writing to let you know that a Press Release issued today by the Diocese of Exeter includes the following:

‘It was announced today that the Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf has appointed Christopher Futcher as the next Archdeacon in Cyprus and Chaplain of St Helena’s Larnaca.   Anne Futcher will be licensed as an Assistant Priest in St Helena’s and will serve as Cyprus Archdeaconry social concern coordinator.  They will be moving to Cyprus over the summer holidays and Christopher’s farewell service will be in the Cathedral on Wednesday 3rd July at 17:30.’

I’m expecting my last Sunday in the parishes to be in early June.  This is an exciting adventure for us but I will miss being part of this wonderful Mission Community and working alongside my colleagues in the ministry team very much.  I’ve loved being here with you all.

Anne

Rev John Lees appointed Prebendary

John with his wife Jan during their recent holiday in New Zealand

We are delighted that the Bishop of Exeter has appointed John Lees as a Prebendary. This honorary title will be conferred at an Evensong at Exeter Cathedral on Sunday, 10th February at 4pm. All are welcome to attend the service to support John and celebrate this with him. If you need transport please contact David Fouracre or Christine Sansom. John continues as an associate priest within the Holyford Mission Community.

Children’s dates New Year 2019

Our children’s events start again in the New Year and all are very welcome!

Messy Church continues at the Reece Strawbridge Centre from 4.00-6.00 pm on Sundays January 13th, February 10th and March 10th.

Noah’s Ark at Colyford Hall from 1.15-2.45 pm continues fornightly on Thursdays, dates January 10th and 24th, February 7th and 28th, March 14th and 28th and on April 25th with egghunt and tea.

Welcome to Northleigh

Holyford Mission Community is delighted to welcome the parish of St Giles, Northleigh who are joining the community on an informal basis from 1st January 2019. We look forward to getting to know each other and sharing our life together. There is now a “Northleigh” page under the churches menu on this website where relevant information will be added as soon as possible.