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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.  

It has become necessary to cancel the Celtic Prayer due to take place at Bratton Fleming on 4 April, and at Shirwell on 11 April. 


We apologise to those who regularly attend.  


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

The Mission Community

Services during 

March and April 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

March 4

 

Lent 3

 

Purple

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

East Down

Loxhore

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

 

Holy Communion

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

Holy Communion BCP

 

March 11

 

Lent 4

Mothering Sunday

 

Purple

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

 

All Age Worship

Holy Communion

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

March 18

 

Lent 5

 

Purple

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

March 25

 

Palm Sunday

 

Red

 

Arlington Court

 

 

14.30

 

Joint Service for all ages

March 29

Maundy Thursday

White

 

Bratton Fleming

 

 

19.00

Agape Service (A meal in church which includes Communion

March 30

 

Good Friday

 

Bratton Fleming

 

Challacombe

 

Shirwell

 

 

Arlington

East Down

Kentisbury

Loxhore

Stoke Rivers

14.00

 

14.00

 

14.00

Led Good Friday reflections

Led Good Friday reflections

Led Good Friday reflections

 

Churches open and reflections on Good Friday available

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

 

 Events

Area and parishes of the Mission Community

The Curate's Ramblings


Renewal.


Everywhere new flowers are bursting through hedgerows, birds are gathering for new families, daylight is pushing back the dusk as the days grow longer. Our recent snow has melted away and nature is accelerating wherever we look. Trees that have long stood barren are now turning green. Grass is beginning to grow and the sun feels just that bit warmer, when it breaks through the clouds!

 

There is a certain bracing for change at this time of year too. Those who work the land were not idle in the winter and business is not beginning, but changing, stepping up a gear as the peak lambing season arrives. The new workload for gardeners pales by comparison!

 

Into the middle of this busy season of renewal and change comes the festival of Easter. Wade through the pallets of chocolate eggs that have been on sale in the past month and there is a message of renewal that has been known to change lives not just for a season but for good. The Christian message of Easter is one that I have found changes and renews everything else.

 

Nature around us relentlessly follows cycles of renewal and decay and the lives we lead can become a series of days where routines of work and caring go round and round the same patterns. At some point, in some place, we reach a point of exhaustion and yet each day is followed by another and so it ever goes on. Or does it?

 

The Bible does not tell us of a world that has been set to repeat its patterns for ever, to renew and then fade and renew again. The Bible tells us that while God has set the seasons in their places, the patterns of our lives are there to give us cause to seek and reach out for God. God has not left us alone but has reached for us by making himself known in Jesus. Jesus died a brutal death and came back to life, breaking every pattern and changing every understanding of the renewal of life.  

 

Jesus’ resurrection was the sign of a future day that will never end, a future spring that will never fade away, a new life without an end. It is an offer of true renewal, a way to new life and new hope.  

 

Martyn