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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 

Setember & October 2017

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, together with a Reader, Gail Ward.  


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

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Date

Place

Time

Service type

September 3

 

Creationtide

 

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

East Down

Loxhore

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

 

Holy Communion

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

Holy Communion BCP

 

September 10

 

13th Sunday after Trinity

 

Green

 

Challacombe

 

11.00

 

Team Holy Communion Service for those unable to travel to Exeter

September 17

 

 

14th Sunday after Trinity

 

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Kentisbury

East Down/Arlington

Loxhore

Bratton Fleming

 

09.30

09.30

09.30

 

15.00

18.30

15.45

Holy Communion

All Praise (Celtic Liturgy)

Holy Communion

 

Harvest Service

Harvest Service

Messy Church

 

September 24

 

15th Sunday after Trinity

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

 

18.30

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

NO SERVICE

Harvest Service

 

September 25

 

Monday

 

Stoke Rivers

 

18.30

 

Harvest Service

September 26

 

Tuesday

 

 

Chalacombe

 

19.00

 

Harvest Supper at Methodist Church

October 1

 

16th Sunday after Trinity

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

East Down

Loxhore

Shirwell

Kentisbury

 

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

15.00

18.00

Holy Communion

NO SERVICE

Holy Commun

Holy Communion BCP

Harvest Service + supper

Harvest Service + supper

October 8

 

17th Sunday after Trinity

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

Harvest Service + Baptism

Holy Communion

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

October 15

 

18th Sunday after

Trinity

 

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Kentisbury

East Down

Loxhore

Bratton Fleming

Lee Abbey

 

09.30

09.30

09.30

11.15

15.00

15.45

18.30

Holy Communion

All Praise (Celtic Liturgy)

Holy Communion

All Praise (Celtic Liturgy)

Evening Prayer

Messy Café

Local Churches Evening

October 22

 

19th Sunday after Trinity

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

11.15

18.30

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Evening Prayer BCP

October 29

 

Bible Sunday

 

Green

 

Shirwell

 

11.00

 

Team Service

Followed by Carvery Lunch

 

News

Area and parishes of the Mission Community


Ordination Service

Sunday 10 September 

at Exeter Cathedral

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The Curate’s Ramblings - October 2017

 

Hope.


Being new to your communities, I have had much to learn in these first few months and have realised how much more I have to learn in the years ahead! I look forward to the next few years with great hope because of the many new friends that I have met here. I have been so impressed by the acts of kindness shown in our communities spread out amongst these beautiful hills and valleys.


The landscape here also fills me with a sense of hope. “ I lift up my eyes to the hills” is the first line of Psalm 121. I grew up in the countryside in southern Ireland where the green hilltops were always like a signpost. They showed which valley I was in and they gave a sense of direction when it was not at all clear where the small narrow winding road was going!


Hope can be fickle. Hope that is to last has to be built on something. The next line of Psalm 121 says “My help comes from the Lord”. The sense of direction and purpose that hilltops remind me of, is that my hope is built on God’s love for us that has been made known to us in Jesus. One of God’s promises is that he will lead us to green fields. Jesus explained that it is in walking with him that we would find those green fields in life. 


The promise of finding green fields in life gives me hope, but it is also a reminder of a difficult journey to be made. As I have recently learned the hard way, walking in the right footwear is important. My soaked and muddy trainers will not be my choice for future walks on the hills of Shirwell! I have found that how I journey is important, whether it is waterproof footwear or taking the stones out of my boots, I have choices to make.

I believe that the path of God’s love is one that starts with receiving forgiveness and continues with choosing forgiveness. Forgiveness is a choice that we can all make wherever we are on the path of our lives. These beautiful green hilltops around us are signposts to me of the path of forgiveness. It is not an easy choice, but I have found it to be like a narrow gateway that leads towards life and hope.


Martyn