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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.  

New Bishop of Crediton Announced

11 July 2018


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The Mission Community

Services during  July 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

To view photographs of The Easter Experience held at Arlington Court on Palm Sunday, please   click here


Cancelled


Due to the World Cup match at the same time, Messy Church at Bratton Fleming on Sunday 15 July has been cancelled 

 

Date

Place

Time

Service type

1 July

 

Fifth after Trinity

Proper 8

 

Green

 

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

East Down

Loxhore

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

Holy Communion

Morning Worship 

Holy Communion

Holy Communion BCP

8 July

 

Sixth after Trinity

Proper 9

 

Green

 

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Challacombe

 

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

All Age Worship

Holy Communion 

Morning Worship 

Holy Communion

15 July

 

Seventh after Trinity

Proper 10

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Kentisbury

East Down

Loxhore

Bratton Fleming  

09.30

09.30

09.30

11.15

15.00

15.45

Holy Communion  M

All Praise  CL

Holy Communion

All Praise CL

Evening Prayer

Messy Church - Cancelled

22 July

 

Eighth after Trinity

Proper 11

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

 

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Christ Church Braunton

Challacombe

 

09.30

09.30

11.15

18.30

15.00

 

18.30

Morning Worship with Christening

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Farewell service for Rev Robert Manning 

Evening Prayer  BCP

 

 Thursday 26

 

 

 

Bratton Fleming 

 

16.00

Celebration service followed by BBQ on the Green

29 July

 

Ninth after Trinity

Proper 12

 

Green

 

 

Kentisbury

 

 

11.00

 

Team Service + Lammas, followed by Bring & Share lunch/picnic

 

Parishes within the Shirwell Mission Community

Curate's Ramblings for July


Remain or Leave?

 

…These two words in the media and in our parliament at the moment are at the centre of imminent change with generational implications. “Oh, there’s power in words!” Bishop Curry might have said as he proceeded to use the word “love” sixty-four times in his famous royal wedding address! What can be missed by focusing on words is their intended meaning. We should not just question the words that are used, but also question what those words mean, as an important step towards our understanding.

 

For some people the word summer means a holiday, for others it is just a different season of work and routine. Our local areas benefit greatly from those who remain in the country for a “stay-cation”, renting a nice holiday cottage in one of our parishes. Others choose to leave in hope of an exotic break! Some of us may long to remain in the places, relationships and routines we value. Still others of us may desire to leave seeking something better that may be based on hope, certainty or necessity.

  

Words like “remain” and “leave” may have mundane seasonal meanings, or may be life changing questions that loom over people much in the same way these words currently loom over the future of this nation. For Christians these words have deep meanings and both remaining and leaving are a part of the Christian life that is rooted in the words Jesus gives to us in our Bible.

 

Jesus’ words are that we should remain inHim and also leave withHim, Jesus words to us include that He will never leaveus because He sends His Holy Spirit to remainwith us. The Bible tells of people who leave places behind but remain in faithful relationship with God. Others remain in places but leave behind their old lifestyle. In my Christian life when I am faced with the choice of whether to remain or leave, I believe that in choosing Jesus I must do both. I have found that in any choice that there is to make, whether I leave or remain, there is only one who saves me in any situation: Jesus.

 

Martyn