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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 September 

and October 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

 

Date

Place

Time

Service type

September 2

 

Trinity 14

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

East Down

Loxhore

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

 

Holy Communion

Morning Worship

Holy Commuion

Holy Communion BCP

September 9

 

Trinity 15 

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Challacombe

 

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

 

All Age Worship

Holy Communion 

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

September 16

 

Trinity 16

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Kentisbury

East Down/

Arlington

Loxhore

 

09.30

09.30

09.30

15.00

 

18.30

 

Holy Communion 

All Praise (Celtic Liturgy)

Holy Communion 

Harvest Service

 

Harvest Service

September 23

 

Trinity 17

 

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Bratton Fleming 

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

 

15.45

18.30

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

NO SERVICE

Messy Church

Harvest Service

 

Monday

September 24

 

 

Stoke Rivers

 

18.30

 

Harvest Service

 

Tuesday

September 26

 

Challacombe

 

19.00

 

Harvest Supper at the Methodist Chapel

Saturday

September 29

EXETER CATHEDRAL

 

16.00

 

Ordination of Priests

 

September 30

Trinity 18

Green

 

Loxhore

 

11.00

 

Team Holy Communion

October 7

 

Trinity 19

 

Green

 

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

East Down

Loxhore

Shirwell

Kentisbury

09.30

 

11.15

 

15.00

18.00

Holy Communion

NO SERVICE

Holy Communion

NO SERVICE

Harvest Service

Harvest Service

October 14

 

 

Trinity 20

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Challacombe

Stoke Rivers

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

Harvest Service

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Morning Worship

 

October 21

 

Trinity 21

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Kentisbury

East Down

Loxhore

09.30

09.30

09.30

11.15

15.00

Holy Communion

All Praise (Celtic Liturgy)

Holy Communion

All Praise (Celtic Liturgy)

Holy Communion

October 28

 

Last Sunday after Trinity 

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Bratton Fleming 

Challacombe

 

09.30

09.30

11.15

15.45

18.30

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Messy Café 

Evening Prayer BCP

Parishes within the Shirwell Mission Community

Curate's Ramblings for September

Harvest


Twelve months and the full season of the year have now passed since our family started living here amongst the local community. When we first moved, the fields and woods were abundant green with the damp summer fuelling growth. As the seasons changed they ripened into autumn colours, faded into the winter bleakness and froze into the white blanket of snow! This summer has brought the baked brown of the midsummer heatwave, completing the annual cycle of colours.

 

As we approach autumn, Blackmoor Gate market will be at its busiest with thousands of sheep being bought & sold. Another school year will start for young families and, as the tourist season fades the pattern of traffic on our roads will go back to “normal”! Hopefully this summer’s tourism will have provided important income for our many local businesses. It is in the midst of this season that Harvest Festival will be celebrated in services across our parishes.

 

The Bible speaks a lot of the imagery of planting and harvesting. It is curious though that the imagery of planting seeds is more often associated with God alone, while the imagery of harvesting more often involves people working together for God. The Bible tells us that God’s people ought to be a people of harvest; harvesters who benefit from seeds that have already been sown, life that has already grown and work that has already been done. 

 

Jesus gave himself the name “Lord of the harvest”. God’s word invites us to be the harvesters of the good things he has planned and to do so in the way he has planned. The Bible shows us what harvests looked like in the first community that was formed by the Holy Spirit. People encouraged, shared, supported and enabled each other. At the heart of these communities, past and present, is costly forgiveness and difficult restoration of relationships in Jesus.

  

I believe that there is a harvest that can begin now in our lives, which will bring the life God intends in place of the one we find ourselves in. The Bible says that we are called to equip ourselves with the forgiveness given in Jesus, to turn and choose to participate in community of harvest as the Holy Spirit works change that starts in our hearts. Jesus said “Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into Hisharvest field.”     


 Martyn