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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 January 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

January 6

 Epiphany

  

Gold/White

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

East Down

Loxhore

09.30

09.30

11.15

15.00

Holy Communion

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

Evening Prayer BCP

January 13

  

Epiphany 2

 White

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

All Age Worship + Plough

Holy Communion

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

January 20


 Epiphany 3

 

White

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Kentisbury

East Down

Loxhorel

09.30

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

Holy Communion M

All Praise

holy Communion

All Praise

Holy Communion BCP

January 27

 

Candlemas

 

Gold/White

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Bratton Fleming

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

11.15

15.45

18.30

All Praise

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Messy Outdoors

Evening Prayer BCP + Plough


Rector's Ramblings - January 2019

 

I wonder how you are feeling about the new year? Optimistic or pessimistic? Full of energy? Already exhausted? Glad to be alone at last now the family have headed home? Or fearful of what the future holds?

 

One of my favourite passages in the Bible is from the letter to the Philippians (chapter 4:4-7): 

 

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

There’s lots in this short passage, but three great pieces of advice emerge:

 

Rejoice!This (according to my dictionary) means feeling or showing joy. But perhaps it also means searching out the things in life which bring us joy. Taking the time to consider all there is which gives us real joy and valuing it as well as reveling in it. 

 

Be gentle. Yes, even with people who are different from us, or who go about life differently, or who have different political views. And even with those who are not gentle with us. That is the Jesus way which is a hard path to follow. 

 

Share anxieties.It might feel a bit too optimistic to say never be anxious. Anxiety is a huge issue for many people in today’s world. I am no mental health expert, but my experience shows that there is value in sharing with others – knowing that it often takes courage to be open and honest about our feelings. I believe in praying too. We all need people who hear us and listen to us – and I believe that God is there for us too. Whether we are on our own or talking with others, he listens to us.

 

My prayer for you all this new year is for peace. May God grant peace to us all, peace in our world, peace in our homes and peace in our hearts. 

 

Blessings,

 

Rosie