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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 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

Carol Services


Sunday 16 December

East Down 3.00pm

Shirwell 6.30pm


Saturday 22 December

Bratton Fleming  7.00pm


Sunday 23 December

Challacombe 3.00pm

Kentisbury 6.00pm

Loxhore 6.30pm

Stoke Rivers 6.30pm

 

Date

Place

Time

Service type


     

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

 

Christmas Services


Christmas Eve

Bratton Fleming  

Unrehearsed Nativity 4.00pm

Challacombe  Holy Communion  10.00pm

Bratton Fleming  

Midnight Communion  11.30pm

Shirwell   Midnight Communkion  11.30pm


Christmas Day

Loxhore   Family Communion  8.00am

Shirwell   Family Communion  9.30am

Bratton Fleming                                              Family Communion  10.00am

Stoke Rivers  Family Communion  11.15am


Curate's Ramblings December 2018

 

Advent

 

How many days are left until Christmas? Are you counting? Are you looking forward with expectation or a weary resigned shrug?! In recent years one of the shifts in our society has been the move away from the illusion that we all share the same understanding of our shared lives. It may be that we are beginning to recognise a more truthful interpretation, which is that in our society people are very different from one another and hold very different ideas. Christmas has always been a time of great expectation and delight for some yet always a time of sadness for others. The season of Christmas does not mean the same to everyone and we are not all looking forward to the same events.

 

Advent is the name given to the weeks that span the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. It is when the church community looks not back to the Bethlehem story but forwards to the way that we believe all of our shared stories will end. A day has been set, on a date unknown to us, when everything will be changed. It is for this reason that the season of Advent is the season of hope, and the Bible tell us it is a hope that we are all invited to turn towards. It is the Christian hope that says that our divided lives in this divided world do not represent the destiny that awaits us. 

 

The darkness of this world- the problems, the pain and death itself- will come to an end on a day when Jesus will return. This will be the return of our God who will not be seen as a baby in a manger or a figure on a crucifix, but as the saving God who will make everything new. Advent reminds us that at a time when nations are in anguish, those who choose to turn to Jesus are part of a story that ends well – that there is reason to stand up in hope. Our hope begins to be seen in the practice of forgiveness, in the promise of reconciliation, and our hope awaits the dawn of light that never ends. There is joy in looking to the horizon of the future because beyond that horizon is the advent of Jesus Christ. 

 

May you know something of that joy during this Christmas season!


Martyn