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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 August 2019

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 

 Readings 

4thAugust

Trinity 7 (P13) Green

Bratton Fleming 

9.30

Holy Communion 

Colossians 3:1-11

Luke 12:13-21

Shirwell

9.30

Morning Worship 

East Down

11.15

Holy Communion 

Loxhore

3pm

Evening Prayer BCP

11thAugust

Trinity 8 (P14) Green

Bratton Fleming

9.30

All Age Worship 

Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16

Luke 12:32-40

Shirwell

9.30

Holy Communion 

Challacombe

11.15

Holy Communion

18thAugust

Trinity 9 (P15) Green

Bratton Fleming 

9.30

Methodist HC

Isaiah 5:1-7

Luke 12:49-56

Shirwell

9.30

All Praise (Celtic liturgy)

Kentisbury 

9.30

Holy Communion

ARLINGTON

11.30

Informal summer service

Loxhore

11.15

Holy Communion BCP

25thAugust

Trinity 10 (P16) Green

Bratton Fleming

9.30

All Praise (Celtic liturgy)

Acts 5:12-16

Luke 22:24-30

Shirwell

9.30

Holy Communion

Challacombe

6.30pm

Evening Prayer BCP 

 

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The Rector's Ramblings . . .


At Kentisbury in July, the church hosted a wonderful flower festival – with the theme of ‘Our Changing World’. It was wonderful to see how different people interpreted that theme through their displays. Thank you to all who supported and participated in that.


 


Change, in many of those displays, was celebrated. We see progress in travel, in how we light our houses, in medicine, education, shopping, women’s rights, etc.


 


But we sometimes need to recognise that change can be feared. Sometimes we express a discomfort with change by harking back to the comfort of the past... getting nostalgic, forgetting the difficult things and only remembering the good.


 


Change can be a challenge, and not always comfortable. The Bible reassures us that, in the changes that we find ourselves facing – God remains the same. I find comfort in verses such as:


 


PSALM 90:1: “Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
    or you brought forth the whole world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”


 


We can rely on God’s unchanging love for us in our changing world. The ground remains firm beneath our feet.


 


But yet, faith often also takes us on a journey. Life does not and cannot remain still, and our faith needs to move too. It’s the story of the people of Israel, travelling for forty years on a journey which could have been done in months, perhaps because it is as they travel God is revealed to them. Jesus rarely stays still in the gospels; he asks the disciples to travel with him and he challenges people to question and think in new ways. The apostle Paul travels throughout the Mediterranean, called to journey across borders and preach God’s love for all people (not just people like us).  


 


I have often found my own faith strengthened by change and by difficult circumstances where I am encouraged to question, seeking God’s lead for a way forward. 


 


Some of our congregations are beginning to think about what we might do to become ‘eco-churches’. Not because it sounds quite cool... but because this is the challenge that lies before all of us as ‘stewards’ of God’s creation (Genesis 1). We recognise the change that is threatening the most vulnerable communities, as well as our own. And we want to show God’s love by responding to this – even in small changes that we can make. 


 


God may stay the same – but he calls us on a journey of change. This, if you like, is the big story of the Bible. A people called to follow, not to stay still. 


 


Blessings,


Rosie



Safeguarding


If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to someone:

 


The names and contact details of the Parish Safeguarding Representatives are:

Bratton Fleming:   Terry Squire Tel: 01598 710526  
Challacombe:   Carole Huxtable Tel: 01598 763217 
East Down with Arlington:   Linda Watt Tel: 01271 882376   
Kentisbury:   Margaret Purchase Tel: 01598 763207  
Loxhore:   Mike Matthews Tel: 01271 850550 
Shirwell:   Averil Richardson Tel: 01271 850537
Stoke Rivers:  Rev Rosie Austin  Tel: 01598 711962

 

   

The link to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team’s contact details - https://exeter.anglican.org/resources/safeguarding/safeguarding-team/

 


The following organisations offer helplines: 
 NSPCC: 0808 800 5000 • Childline: 0800 1111 • Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900 • NAPAC: 0808 801 0331 • Samaritans: 116 123 • Family Lives: 0808 800 2222 • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 • Action On Elder Abuse: 080 8808 8141