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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 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

3 November

 

All Saints Day

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

East Down

Loxhore

09.30

09.30

11.15

 

Holy Communion

Morning Worship 

Holy Communion

No Service

10 November

 

Remembrance Sunday

 

Bratton Fleming

 

Shirwell

East Down

Challacombe

Loxhore

Kentisbury

 

09.30

10.45

09.30

10.45

10.50

15.00

17.00

All Age Worship

Act of Remembrance

Holy Communion + Remembrance 

Act of Remembrance

Remembrance Service

Remembrance Service

Remembrance Service

 

17 November

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Kentisbury

Loxhore

 

09.30

09.30

09.30

15.00

 

Holy Communion  M

All Praise  CL

Holy Communion

Holy Communion BCP

 

24 November

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Bratton Fleming 

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

15.45

18.30

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

Messy Church

Pudding & Song Service

 

1 December

Advent Sunday

Bratton Fleming

East Down

Loxhore

Shirwell

09.30

11.15

15.00

16.00

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Evening Prayer

Christingle Service

 

 

8 December

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

11.15

All Age Worship

Holy Communion 

Holy Communion

13 December

Bratton Fleming

14.00

School Christmas Service

 

15 December

Bratton Fleming

Kentisbury

Arlington

Loxhore

Shirwell

09.30

09.30

15.00

11.15

18.30

Holy Communion  M

Holy Communion

Carol Service

Holy Communion

Carol Service

18 December

Kentisbury School

10.30

Nativity

20 December

Shirwell

10.00

School Christmas Service

21 December

Bratton Fleming 

19.00

United Village Carol Service

 

22 December

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Challacombe

Stoke Rivers

Kentisbury

Loxhore Methodist Chapel

09.30

09.30

15.00

16.30

18.00

18.30

Quiet Christmas Service

Holy Communion

Carol Service

Carol Service

Carol Service

United Village Carol Service

24 December

Christmas Eve

Bratton Fleming

Challacombe

Bratton Fleming

16.00

20.00

23.30

Unrehearsed Nativity

Holy Communion

Midnight Communion

25 December

Christmas Day

Loxhore

Shirwell

Bratton Fleming

08.00

09.30

10.00

Holy Communion

Family Communion

Family Communion

29 December

Bratton Fleming 

11.00

Team Service

 

 

Rev Jonathan Froggatt Writes . . .


John Betjeman and Faith

 

      If you are familiar with any of John Betjeman’s poems you may know these lines, from Diary of a Church Mouse, a poem that is often read at Harvest time.

 

Here among long discarded cassocks,

Damp stools, and half split open hassocks,

Here where the Vicar never looks

 I nibble through old service books.

 

For me the only feast at all
Is Autumn's Harvest Festival,
When I can satisfy my want
With ears of corn around the font.

 

Betjeman knew and loved English parish churches. He campaigned tirelessly for their preservation and was part of the team that prevented the demolition of Holy Trinity, Sloane Street in London in the 1970’s. This love of churches was rooted in a fascination with architecture but also in his Christian faith. In his poem Felixstowe or The Last Her Order he tells of an Anglican nun looking back over her life. She walks through the gardens of the Spa Pavilion bound for the “red brick twilight of St Johns.” The last verse goes like this:

 

                       “ Thou knowest my down sitting and mine uprising”

                             Here where the white light burns with steady glow 

                          Safe from the vain world’s silly sympathising,

                             Safe with the Love that I was born to know,

                          Safe from the surging of the lonely sea

                          My heart finds rest, my heart finds rest in Thee.

 

Betjeman’s own faith is contained in the affirmation in the last line. However, he is honest enough to express his times of doubt. One of his poems is called Before the Anaesthetic or A Real Fright. In this poem he is eloquent in turning his fears into words and feelings we can all understand as he is wheeled into the operating theatre.


Humour is never far from Betjeman’s writing. He knows enough about Christians to know that sometimes our prayers can be self-centred. In Westminster Abbey tells of a wealthy lady praying in the Abbey.

 

 

                           Although dear Lord I am a sinner,

                                I have done no major crime;

                            Now I’ll come to Evening Service

                                 Whensoever I have the time.

                            So, Lord, reserve for me a crown,

                            And do not let my shares go down.

 

I love Betjeman’s poems in all their richness and variety. I love his beautiful descriptions of nature and his insight into human nature. If you have a spare moment, I would recommend his poems to you, they will make you smile and make you think.  

                         

 

God bless you all,

Jonathan   

 

 

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