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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 

April & May 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

To view photographs of The Easter Experience held at Arlington Court on Palm Sunday, please   click here






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Prayer Walks 2018


During the week of 10th May – 20th May, we will be committing time to prayer. It will be part of a ‘wave of prayer’ happening across our country during that week, praying for our communities. 


ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN IN whatever your belief, tradition, or denomination….


For further details please   click here.

 

Date

Place

Time

Service type

April 1

 

Easter Sunday  

 

White

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Kentisbury

Challacombe

East Down

Stoke Rivers

Loxhore

09.30

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

11.15

11.15

Family Communion

Family Communion

Family Communion

Family Communion

Family Communion

Easter Service (not communion)

Family Communion

April 8

 

2nd Sunday of Easter

 

White

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

All Age Worship

Holy Communion

No Service

No Service

April 15

 

3rd Sunday of Easter

 

White

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)

Evening Prayer

April 22

 

4th Sunday of Easter

 

White

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Bratton Fleming

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

11.15

15.45

18.30

All Praise (Celtic Liturgy)

Holy Communion

No Service

Messy Church

Evening Prayer BCP

April 29

 

5th Sunday of Easter

 

White

 

Stoke Rivers

 

11.15

 

 

 

Team Service

May 6

 

6th Sunday of Easter 

 

White

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

East Down

Loxhore

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

Holy Communion

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

Holy Communion BCP

 

May 10

Ascension Day

Starting from

Challacombe shop

18.30

Ascension Day Tour

And Service

May 13

 

7th Sunday of Easter

 

White

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

All Age Worship

Holy Communion

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

May 20

 

Pentecost

 

Red

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Kentisbury

East Down

Loxhore

Bratton Fleming

09.30

09.30

09.30

11.15

15.00

15.45

Holy Communion

All Praise (Celtic Liturgy)

Holy Communion

All Praise (Celtic Liturgy)

Evening Prayer

Messy Café

 

May 27

 

Trinity Sunday

 

White

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

11.15

18.30

All Praise (Celtic Liturgy)

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Evening Prayer BCP

 

Area and parishes of the Mission Community

Rector’s Ramblings      May 2018


Thy Kingdom Come


The words, ‘thy kingdom come’ are familiar ones taken from the Lord’s Prayer. This is the prayer we believe Jesus taught his disciples and which many people know by heart even two thousand years on.


What does it mean? A Kingdom seems rather an outdated concept. And even when Jesus taught the prayer the idea of God’s kingdom needed some explanation. So Jesus talked in pictures and stories to help us understand. It is like the yeast in bread, or a mustard seed that grows into a tree. It is like a pearl of immense value. It belongs to those who are poor in spirit, and to children. Most of all it is the place where God is King – and therefore his ways of love and justice and mercy and peace rule.


So when we pray, “your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven”, we are praying that love and justice and mercy and peace ‘win’ here in our own lives and communities. And conversely that hatred and injustice and bitterness and conflict are overcome. We all perhaps have sensed times when we get a glimpse of heaven in this world, where the world is what it should be. Praying is about talking and walking with a God who loves us, is a way of declaring our earnest desire that all would be well, and sets the direction of our lives and actions.


“Thy Kingdom Come” is a global call to prayer for all and any to engage with. It focuses on the period of time between Ascension Day (when Jesus left this world after his resurrection) which we celebrate on 10th May this year - and Pentecost (the day the Holy Spirit came to empower and equip his newly formed church) which we celebrate on 20th May. The Bible tells us that during this time, men and women gathered together ‘constantly in prayer’ (Acts 1:14).


There are short and accessible prayers and film clips available online to help those who want to find out more. See   www.thykingdomcome.global


So please join us as we pray. Look for the page or posters for ‘prayer walks’ which lists dates, times and places for these short walks around every parish in our mission community. We will be walking and praying for individuals and communities and for our world, that God’s kingdom would come and that love would win.


Blessings,

Rosie