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Silence speaks

Welcome to a silent space for all faiths and none. This space is intended as a way to encourage peace in our troubled world and as a gesture of solidarity with all humanity and the whole of creation.

Wednesday, July 15th 2020,  from 12noon – 1.00p.m.

& Friday, July 31st 2020,   from  9.00 – 10.00a.m

At St Andrew’s Churchyard, Colyton.

(weather dependent!)

Stay for a short while or for the whole hour. Bring your own seating if possible , and a candle in a jar.

‘When we were quiet our hearts discovered that they were kindred spirits’   (Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu)

For more information email silencespeaks81@gmail.com or ring Helen on 075313 06528 . We value feedback, which you can send to our email.

(Co-ordintated  by Helen Miller – Bridport Buddhist Meditation Group & Hetty Kothari – St Andrew’s Church, Colyton)

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

July 2020

This month’s letter comes from Father Steven:

‘Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!” (Genesis 28:16).  This verse is often heard during services which celebrate the dedication of a church—the actual dedication after the church building is finished, or on the yearly anniversary. Jacob realises that the Lord is there with him and says ‘this is none other than the house of God!’.  Our churches are meant to be houses of prayer; God’s house, where we can feel and know that he is with us.

During this period of intense restriction and lockdown, we haven’t been able to go to God’s house. Yet the prayers and worship of the church has continued, not least in our homes. ‘Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!’ During lockdown, rather than go to God’s house, people have invited God into their home and have been surprised at how close they have felt to him. As thoughts turn to God, so comes the realisation that he is always there for us wherever we are, waiting on us to share the ups and downs, or even the ordinary day-to-day. 

God comes to us.  Many people have told me how they have found spaces at home where they have been able to pray as they have in church, places where they have felt the Lord beside them. Our homes, out of necessity, have become our churches. Although I was very glad to be back in church a few weeks ago to celebrate the Eucharist there again, it was sad to be dismantling the make-shift altar in our dining room. It made me appreciate, like Jacob awaking from his dream, that the Lord is everywhere, if we did but know it.

Our church buildings are now open for private prayer and soon, if the situation continues to ease, we shall be able to begin inviting people to take part in services. This is all good, but I hope that although we will be back in our beautiful, spiritual church buildings, we shall continue to know God to be with us at home, and continue to pray as often and deeply at home as we can in church.

Your parish church is God’s house. It is also your house and is there for you as a spiritual home and you are welcome there.  Please continue to pray wherever you are. When we pray, either at home, in church, in the car, on a walk—truly the Lord is in that place. Open your heart to him in trust and honesty and he will come to you. 

Please pray especially for those suffering from the virus, for those who have died and their families, and for all those caring for the sick, elderly and vulnerable.  

With every blessing,

Fr Steven

Our churches reopen

Five of our churches are now open for private prayer. St Winifred’s, Branscombe and St Andrew’s, Colyton are open each day; St Michael’s Chapel, Colyford and St Michael’s, Musbury are open on Sundays and Wednesdays, and St Giles’s, Northleigh is open on Sundays. The work involved in cleaning the churches has greatly increased – could you help? Please ring the Rector on 01297 553180 or your churchwarden or email.

June Breakfast Service

June’s Breakfast Takeaway service – a short resource for all ages, this month focusing on Father’s Day.

I will sing with the Spirit

Members of the Royal College of Church Music’s Millennium Youth Choir, including Colyton’s Alex McNeice, sing John Rutter’s I will sing with the Spirit on this video for the RSCM Big Music Sunday online service.

June 2020

From Revd Victoria Chester

As a confirmed armchair gardener I have two favourite kinds of garden. Those such as lovely National Trust gardens, where someone else does the hard work and I can enjoy the results. And second, those shown on ‘Gardener’s World ‘ on TV with the wonderful passion of the presenters for the plants in their care.

What I also love though, in any garden, is the way that plants have of scuppering our best laid plans.  Despite the very best our garden centres can offer there are still weeds that seem to survive relentlessly. Which of us hasn’t marvelled at the state of our hedges and borders, when everything else struggles for survival, but the brambles and nettles still grow at a rate of knots?  Even amongst carefully tended house plants, shoots of quite different stalks and leaves can appear seemingly from nowhere overnight.

But the bramble doesn’t realise that it’s a weed nor does the daisy in the middle of the lawn. There is something quite wonderful about their pride in blazing into flower in the most inappropriate place, gloriously unaware that they don’t fit into our plans.  No matter how good a gardener we are, weeds, soil and the weather all  help remind us we are not entirely in control. We can fertilise our soil, but if it is acid, it is unlikely to become alkali – and the plants that thrive will reflect that. Some years we think we have done all the right things, but still there are plants that don’t flourish as we might hope and ‘weeds’ that flourish all too well. But after all, it’s been said that “a weed is just a plant in the wrong place”.

I sometimes wonder whether our gardens can offer us some important lessons, particularly in these strange times when not being in control of what we otherwise take for granted has been a big feature of life for so many of us.  For Jesus, it was the wild flowers and weeds of the field that had so much to teach us.  In his parable of the mustard seed the wild black mustard plant was the perfect example of the potential and blessings of the kingdom of God that come when we let something grow as our Creator intended it.  What for the farmers of his time was a pernicious weed, was for Jesus a vital source of shade from the burning sun and shelter for birds and animals alike.

For those of us blessed with gardens, allotments or houseplants over the last few months they have been oases of calm, refreshment, colour and activity.  But perhaps there is a bigger message growing there for us too; that our Creator delights equally in all that he has made, in each lily of the field, in each mustard seed, and in each one of us.  His love encompasses the weeds as well as the flowers wherever they grow, planned or unplanned, because they are all signs of life, growth and the hope of his kingdom.  In the words of one of our best loved hymns:

All things bright and beautiful

All creatures great and small

All things wise and wonderful

The Lord God made them all.

Church Funds

Jane Preece writes: “On Sunday 31st May there is an opportunity to sell things outside our houses for charity. I am going to sell cakes and marmalade in aid of St Andrew’s church. 2 Bishop Court, off Burnards Field Road, cemetery end.” Perhaps we could all support her by buying things, and/or also raise funds for our churches in the Mission Community by selling things outside our houses.

Breakfast service 17th May

Click here to download our breakfast service takeaway.

Toby White virtual concert

The Friends of St Andrews are offering this online concert specially recorded by Toby since he couldn’t come in person, and the link is here

3 more restful piano pieces

Nicholas Brown has added another three lovely videos to our collection, including some of his own compositions. Many thanks to Nick.

Beethoven – Fur Elise

Grieg – Three Lyric Pieces

Brown – Three pieces

Mozart – Adagio in B minor

Rachmaninov – Romance Op 10 No 6 (Holy Saturday)

J.S. Bach – Erbarme Dich (Good Friday)

J.S. Bach – Prelude & Fugue in A Minor

Bach – Prelude & Fugue in C major

Schumann – Scenes from Childhood

Bach – Prelude and Fugue in C Major (Prelude only)

Foodbank 7th May

Thank you for your continued support for Seaton foodbank. This is this week’s urgent needs:

VE Day 2020

Father Steven and Revd John Lees have recorded this service for Holyford Mission Community especially for VE Day this year.

Christian Aid 2020

Christian Aid Week 2020 Coronavirus Appeal

Like most things in these strange times, Christian Aid (CA) Week will not be having a door to door collection but we are suggesting other ways that donations can be given.

The proceeds for 2020 will be used to protect poor countries in the world that are affected by the Coronavirus.   Last year we raised £2,227 locally during CA Week.   To raise some money this year I am going to accept the CA challenge of taking 200,000 steps in the month of May.  I will be walking in my garden and around our local lanes – 200,000 steps is about 100 miles.

If you would like to support me by making a donation to Colyton & Colyford Christian Aid that would be wonderful.

Donations can made by –

  1. Sending a cheque to Crispin Denny, CA Treasurer, 1A Burnards Field Road, Colyton EX24 6PE.   Cheques should be made out to – ‘Christian Aid Colyton & District Committee’.
  2. By bank transfer to Christian Aid Colyton & District Committee, Lloyds Bank, Seaton.   Sort code 30-90-37.   Account No 00982768.  
  3. Direct to Christian Aid UK via the CA website at www.christianaid.org.uk

Many thanks to everyone for your support.

Jane Dauncey- Chair of the Colyton & Colyford Christian Aid

PLUS: –

Find out how to send a fund-raising e-envelope message to your friends and family by visiting the Christian Aid website.

Foodbank 30 April

Here is the list of this week’s needs. Many thanks as always for your generous response