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THE SHIRWELL MISSION COMMUNITY

A Mission Community in the Diocese of Exeter

Welcome

The Shirwell Mission Community comprises eight Churches in seven rural parishes in North Devon:

Bratton Fleming;  Challacombe;  East Down & Arlington; Kentisbury;  Loxhore;  Shirwell and Stoke Rivers.  

The Mission Community

Services during 

November & December 2018

The Mission Community lies within the Shirwell Deanery and covers an area of just under 50 square miles with a population of approximately 2600.

 

The parishes extend north east of Barnstaple to the Exmoor National Park and the Somerset border.

 

The Rector is Revd Rosie Austin, who lookes after the seven parishes. She is assisted by a curate Revd Martyn Tyrrell, two retired clergymen, Rev Chris Tull from Challacombe and Rev Mike Miller from South Molton. 

 

Rosie lives in Bratton Fleming, the largest of the parishes and placed centrally within the Mission Community.

 

Martyn lives in Shirwell, the second largest parish.

 

All enquiries for weddings, funerals and baptisms should be made to Rev Rosie Austin:

Telephone 01598 711962

Email: rosieaustin@live.co.uk

 

Date

Place

Time

Service type

November 4

 

All Saints Day

 

White

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

East Down

Bratton Fleming 

09.30

09.30

11.15

14.30

 

Holy Communion

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

Remembering Service

November 11

 

Remembrance Sunday

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

 

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

East Down

Challacombe

Loxhore

Kentisbury

09.30

10.45

09.30

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10.45

10.50

15.00

All Age Worship

Act of Remembrance

Holy Communion + Remembrance

(to join with Bratton Fleming)

Act of Remembrance

Remembrance Service

Remembrance Service

Remembrance Service + display

November 18

 

2 before Advent

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Kentisbury

East Down

Loxhore

09.30

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

Holy Communion 

All Praise (Celtic Liturgy)

Holy Communion 

All Praise (Celtic Liturgy)

Holy Communion

November 21

Shirwell

19.30

Commissioning Service for the new Rural Dean, with Bishop of Crediton

November 25

 

Christ the King

 

 

 

Red

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Bratton Fleming 

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

11.15

15.45

18.30

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Messy Church

Songs of Praise followed by ‘Church Warming Party’ with puddings

December 2

 

Advent 1

 

 

Purple

 

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

East Down

Loxhore

Challacombe Methodist Chapel

09.30

09.30

11.15

15.00

 

15.30

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Evening Prayer BCP

 

Christingle

December 9

 

 

Advent 2

 

Purple

Bratton Fleming

Stoke Rivers

Challacombe

Shirwell

09.30

11.15

11.15

16.00

All Age Worship

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

Christingle

December 14

Bratton Fleming

14.00

School Carol Service

December 16

 

Advent 3

 

Purple

Bratton Fleming

East Down

 

Shirwell

09.30

15.00

 

18.30

Holy Communion

East Down with Arlington Carol Service

Carols by Candlelight

December 19

Kentisbury

10.30

School Nativity Service

December 22

Bratton Fleming

19.00

Village Carol Service

December 23

 

Advent 4

 

 

Purple

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Challacombe

Kentisbury

Loxhore

Stoke Rivers

 

09.30

09.30

15.00

18.00

18.30

18.30

Gather for Prayer

Morning Worship

Carol Service

Carol Service

United Village Carol Service

Carols by Candlelight

 

December 24

Christmas Eve

Bratton Fleming

Challacombe

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

 

16.00

22.00

23.30

23.30

Crib Service

Holy Communion

Midnight Communion

Holy Communion (combined with East Down)

December 25

 

Christmas Day

 

White

Loxhore

Shirwell

Bratton Fleming

Stoke Rivers

08.00

09.30

10.00

11.15

Family Communion

Family Communion

Family Communion

Family Communion

December 30

Christmas 1

White

 

Shirwell

 

11.00

 

Team Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rector’s Ramblings November 2018

 

Remembering and imagining.

 

On Remembrance day this year, one hundred years on from the Armistice, the bells will be ringing in all the church towers where this is possible. And as they do so, we might only be able to imagine the mixed emotions for those people who first heard them announce that hard won peace as news travelled from bell tower to bell tower like beacons. Joy and celebration... or relief perhaps, hope that loved ones might start heading home… or a desperate grief that so many would never return.

 

Exhibitions, displays, services and silences allow for us to use imagination to help us to remember times and places which we will never be able to actually recall, but in this way we are able to honour all those who served and serve in conflicts past as well as present; men and women from all continents serving in all sorts of ways.

 

Fostering imagination helps us, and helps new generations to join in our communal remembering as we say, “we will remember them”.

 

As we use our imaginations to remember the past, so too we use them to hope and dream for our present and future. Our hopes and dreams for the world are reflected in Micah 4:3: “they will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war any more.” What might our world look like if this became reality?

 

For far off countries today mired in deadly conflicts such as Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Somalia and Mexico where thousands have died in this past year, and thousands more will never see their loved ones return, we can only use our imaginations as we think about them and pray for them and hope for peace.  We may never be able to visit or see the country through any window other than a TV screen or newspaper… but we can share emotions common to all people in all places, and imagine the dread of the sound of a plane overhead or a knock on the door with news.

 

Nurturing our imaginations helps to foster compassion and encourage us in our understanding. And through this we are better enabled us to commit to the words we say in our various acts of remembrance; “we commit ourselves to work in penitence and faith for reconciliation between the nations, that all people may, together, live in freedom, justice and peace.”

 

Blessings,

 

Rosie