Bishops in Mission Update……


The Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Revd Robert Atwell

“Bishops in Mission” with Bishop Robert Atwell visits the Honiton Deanery from this Sunday 26th February

Starting with Cafe Worship’s ‘soft start’ at 10am in Uplyme Church. Bishop Robert will be helping and be interviewed about his faith.

The visit continues in the afternoon at St Paul’s Church Honiton from 3 – 5pm for one of the more open events:

School for Prayer led by Bishop Robert: This is the first of the two main Deanery events, and everybody is very welcome. This event will open your eyes to prayer!

Sunday evening will close at St Paul’s with Night Prayer starting at 5.50pm


On Monday morning +Robert is at Colyton Grammar School for “Grill a Bishop”, a chance for him to meet the staff and pupils of the school.

At lunch time he will visit a farm in Cotleigh and meet Yarcombe & District Young Farmers to hear about life in our rural farming community and hopefully see lambing and milking on the farm.

Our second of the main Deanery Events is in the evening at Kilmington Village Hall 6.30pm for a 7pm start where parishes are encouraged to come and meet Bishop Robert to hear his vision for the diocese, which reflects on our growing the deanery vision. PCC members and church officers are encouraged to attend and join in.


Tuesday begins with Morning Prayer at St Gregory’s in Seaton at 9am and is followed by meeting with Community members in Axminster to help the new incumbent build links .

In the afternoon a visit to a Care Home with Honiton Dementia Action Alliance, highlighting the growing elderly demographics in the area and the challenges this presents.

The evening is devoted to the licensing of Rev’d Clive Sedgwick as the new Incumbent of the Axe Valley Mission Community. This takes place at the main Church in Axminster, St Mary’s.

Bishops In Mission

Keep your Diaries clear for the end of this month!

Bishop Robert will be visiting us in the Honiton Deanery on 26th, 27th and 28th February.

His visit to the Deanery will culminate in the:

Collation, Induction and Installation of

The Rev’d Clive Sedgewick as Team Rector of the
Axe Valley Mission Community.

at the Minster Church in Axminster.

Further details to follow soon!

Axe Valley Filling Station


What is it??  It is a contemporary vehicle for bringing Christian renewal and evangelism to the UK.  In other words a chance for any of us to ‘top up’ with some amazing worship, talks, prayers, and a chance to meet other Christians across the area.  Not meant to be a rival to your Parish church, but to fill you up so you can go back out.

A friend and I went along on Friday, were greeted warmly and served coffee/tea and homemade cakes, then followed some fabulous band led worship, and a challenging talk from ‘Keith’

Their Biblical mandate is from Psalm 114:8  ‘Who turned the rock into a pool, the hard rock into springs of water’  They see the pools described as places of deep spiritual refreshment for the existing church, bringing water into the hard dry areas.

All meetings held in Axminster Guildhall, at 7.30 pm —  Friday 3rd April,  1st May,  5th June, 24th July, 21st August.

In Every Corner Sing!

An afternoon to encourage and strengthen music and worship in local Churches

at St Giles Church, Kilmington, EX13 7RF

on Saturday September 13th 2014, 2-5 pm,  £5 entry

with Andrew Maries, Nicholas Brown and Peter Parshall


To book a place please contact A. Maries,




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!

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



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: