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balloons edit    On  SATURDAY 5TH JULY on the Church Green, Colyton from 11am – 4 pm


There will be lots of games, stalls, skittle competition, raffle and musical entertainment with the Axe River Jazz & Blues Band,

Six Days – Ellie & Ollie duo, and Phil Johnson with his guitar.  Don’t miss Balloonin Bonkers and the Bouncy Castle!

Refreshments – all day BBQ and Beer tent, fairtrade teas, coffees, cakes, sandwiches etc.  And Ice Creams!


Please click on this “link” for details of the “All age Alpha” coming to St Gregory’s Church, Seaton this Autumn.

Self-Employed Families Worker


The Church of England in Devon

St Michael’s Church, Beer and the Holyford Mission Community

The Parochial Church Councils of St Michael’s, Beer and the Holyford Mission Community are seeking to find a suitable person or persons who can help develop the work of the church with pre-school children, young people and families in our communities. You will have experience in pre-school children/young people’s work and families, however some training in specific areas can be given. This will be paid on a sessional basis of up to 20 hours per week with potential fees of up to £10,400 per year.

This is a continuation of existing work in the Holyford churches where there are two existing projects to build upon, an excellent network of relationships, existing teams of volunteers and the potential for further development. In Beer, this is a new role and so it will evolve in line with the abilities of the candidate and volunteers as opportunities present themselves.

Essential qualities:

  • Experience of working with pre-school children, young people and their families.
  • Initiative for developing fresh ideas.
  • Experience of creating and delivering age appropriate activities to develop Christian knowledge and understanding.
  • Awareness of the needs of parents and carers within a village community
  • Ability to work with, encourage and lead a team of volunteers.
  • Ability to identify people’s strengths and encourage volunteers to engage with appropriate resources and training.
  • A willingness to contribute to, and sometimes lead, informal worship, praise and prayer which will engage pre-school children, young people and their parents.

Desirable qualities

Art and craft experience. Ability to lead singing. Ability to play an accompanying instrument.

Familiarity with multi-media equipment.


  • Music Group for Pre-schoolers with parents and carers (Beer)
  • Primary School Assemblies (Beer)
  • After-school Club (Beer)
  • Informal Family café/worship event) (Beer)
  • Holiday Club (Beer)
  • Messy Church (Colyton)
  • Noah’s Ark – (Colyford)
  • After-school group (Branscombe)

Closing date for applications is 27 June 2014

interviews will take place week commencing 7 July 2014 

If you would like more information please contact  

Rev Hilary Dawson 01297 553180  

Rev Ann Stuckey 07814078710

Help us to share God’s love with our pre-school children, young people and families




Live Jazz will be taking place in Beer on 12th July, click “poster” to find out further details!

Wings for Worship


Wings for Worshipis a cycle of workshops designed to give lay people an introduction to, and confidence in, leading aspects of worship. The workshops combine a certain amount of background and theory with some very practical hints and tips.

5th, 12, 19th, 26th June & 3rd July

at Seaton Methodist Church, Scalwell Lane Seaton, Devon EX12 2ST

from 7.00pm to 9.15pm

(suggested donation from PCC’s of £10 per participant to cover materials)

The Workshops


Workshops are designed to run 7pm to 9.30pm, with a shortbreak for refreshments  in the middle.

 Summary of topics covered –

Preparing for take-off-the practicalities of leading parts of a service,

Getting airborne- the opportunities offered by Common Worship

Being the co-pilot-assisting in the running of a whole service

Flying solo-leading an entire act of worship

Breaking the sound barrier-ways of handling ‘the Word’

For more information please contact Rev Jeremy Trew at Seaton & Beer



Festival to be held at St Andrews Church, Colyton – 19 to 22 June 2014

Each day of the Exhibition will open at 10 am.   There will be about 35 exhibits, many of which will have been arranged by prominent organisations in the Colyton area, including the Churches from the Holyford Mission Community.   These will all feature Bridal flowers and fashion – the dresses will illustrate bridal gowns from the early 20th century, including two from WWII, the material for which was purchased using clothing coupons, as well as a deep red bridal dress from 1963!   In addition, some Honiton Lace wedding veils will be on display, loaned by Honiton Museum, whose collection of Lace is numbered among the finest in the world.

Each day there will be live music in the Church.   Refreshments will be available throughout the festival.

There will be formal Concerts at the Church at 7.30pm in the evenings, on Thursday, an Organ Recital by Andrew Millington, the renowned Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral, on Friday, a Concert of choral music given by the choir of St Andrews Church and finally on Saturday a Concert by some Young Musicians whose mature talents are all the more remarkable because they are all still at school.

The ticket price for the Concerts will be £6 each, but anyone wishing to attend all 3 concerts may obtain a “Festival Ticket” for £15 – all tickets may be obtained from the Colyton Pharmacy, and of course will be available on the door before each Concert.   Children under 16 will be admitted at no charge.

On Sunday, the Exhibition will end with a Service of Thanksgiving at 6.30pm, at which the sermon will be delivered by Canon Jane Wilson, who is the Bishop’s Advisor for Women’s Ministry.




Dementia Friends


Bishop Nick has highlighted the subject of dementia in a recent communication with clergy and readers. As our population ages there is a chance that 1 in 3 of us could potentially develop some form of dementia in our lifetime. We are therefore ever more likely to have people with dementia in our parishes. There was an article about Dementia Friends in the last Diocesan News insert and information is on the Diocesan website. There is currently a national advertising campaign to raise awareness of dementia and to recruit more Dementia Friends.

Dementia Friends is:

  • A social action movement.
  • Funded by the department of Health for England and the Cabinet Office.
  • Led by Alzheimer’s Society as a strand of its work to create Dementia Friendly Communities.
  • Target to reach one million Dementia Friends by 2015.

When I attended the annual Reader’s Conference at Brunel Manor this year Sally Farrant (Diocesan Social Responsibility Officer) did a Dementia Friends information session for one of the workshops that I attended. This was a very good presentation and I decided that I could offer to do this. I then did a day’s training in Exeter to become a Dementia Champion which means I can deliver this prescribed hour long information session. The information is an introduction to the subject delivering 5 key messages.  I am willing to offer this session to any church group who may be interested. You can find out more about Dementia Friends on the website or

It is now also possible to do a Dementia Friends session online on their website.

If any group in your church would like me to present a Dementia Friends information session lasting up to 1 hour, please get in contact with me for more information and possible dates/group sizes. I’d like at least 10 people with perhaps a maximum of 20. It would be suitable for Pastoral Teams, PCC’s, or Mothers’ Union groups for example.

Sue Price (PTO Reader) Mission Community of Seaton and Beer

Tel: 01297 22314. Email:

Archdeacon’s Visitation



This year, the Visitations for the Archdeaconry of Exeter are being held as follows:


Thursday, May 1st         7.30pm       Sidmouth, St Giles and St Nicholas

Wednesday, May 7th     7.30pm       Heavitree, St Michael and All Angels

Monday, May 12th         7.30pm       Tiverton, St Peter

Thursday, May 15th       7.30pm       Crediton, Holy Cross


In addition to Clergy and Churchwardens, who should attend a Visitation, the Lay Chairs of the Deanery Synods, Readers, Sidespersons, and any members of Church Communities are warmly invited to be present.The plan for these Visitations is for worship, fellowship and affirmation, as well as the necessary legal requirements.

Credit Union Meeting

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  • Paula Anscomb,
  • Manager of Plough and Share Credit Union
  • will be giving a presentation on
  • Tuesday 8th April at 7.30
  • in the Sunday School Building, Colyton
  • All welcome!

Why Credit Unions?


Credit Unions make loans at reasonable rates, and provide an ethical alternative to payday loan companies and loan sharks. They are “an idea whose time has come”, when people are facing many challenges in managing their money and making it stretch. They are a practical way to enable people to escape the “rising tide” of debt, which is one of the chief reasons for needing food banks. They can provide quick relief for an urgent problem – but also build long-term resilience and the habit of saving.

Credit unions have a mutual structure, and anyone can start saving with as little as £2, or invest substantial amounts with an annual dividend and legal guarantees.

We can help ourselves and our neighbours by using and promoting their services. Credit unions are local organisations – Plough and Share is specifically for Devon only. It provides a practical means to build up the resources of the local community.

“I fully support the work and aspirations of our Credit Unions in Devon.”  Bishop Nick, Bishop of Crediton

Celebrating Creation

stock-photo-17022754-brightly-colorful-fireworks-in-the-night-skyIn the beginning God created the universe and the world … Majestic and wonderful, it reflects God’s holiness and greatness.  We are created lovingly to enjoy it – to marvel at its beauty and share with all the creatures that dwell on it.  The whole creation reveals the glory of the Creator.

Lent starts today, we are encouraged to Carbon Fast!!

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Today, Ash Wednesday to begin the Carbon Fast :  Remove one light bulb and live without it during lent as a reminder of what you are doing!