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THE SHIRWELL MISSION COMMUNITY

A Mission Community in the Diocese of Exeter

St. Peter's Bratton Fleming

Church Activities 

We have a number of groups that meet, or activities that take place, on a weekly or monthly basis. Most of these are listed below. If you are interested in any please come along.


In addition to these regular events, courses are also run at regular intervals. These include Alpha and SEAN. These are held in the Wesley Suite at a time to suite those who wish to attend.


The Churchwardens will be pleased to put you in contact with the right person if you would like to give one a try.

SUNDAY  CLUB

Sundays @ 9:30am


Sunday Club is for all children of all ages, and meets every Sunday during school term-time at 9.30am in The Wesley Suite at the church, with the exception of the second Sunday in the month, when there is a Family Service. 


The sessions, which last approximately 45 minutes, included craft, music, teaching time, prayer and ‘take home’ activities. The children are encouraged to attend the final 15 minutes of the service in church, where they are in time to receive a blessing at the Communion Rail during the Eucharist. 


Club members often take part in services, by Bible reading, singing, leading the prayers etc. Sunday Club is open to all children in Bratton Fleming and the surrounding area. The parents of the youngest children join us too and it is a privilege and a joy to share Sunday Club with them all.

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Monthly Lunch


Originally started by the Methodist Church many years ago the lunches, held in the Wesley Suite continue to be held at 12 noon on the 2ndMonday of each month, with a choice of soup in the winter and salad in the summer. For a modest price those attending can enjoy a meal and a chat with friends and neighbours they may not otherwise meet.

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Foodbank


St Peters is working with the Northern Devon Foodbank to help those in need. Two collection points have been set up in the village, one in the church, the other in the Bratton Stores. Food etc donated by parishioners is delivered every week to the Foodbank in Barnstaple.

Mothers Union


The Mothers Union meets monthly, on the 2nd Wednesday in the month, in the home of one of the members.


Open the Book


A small, growing, group from the Baptist Church and St. Peter’s have been welcomed into our local school during the past year. We tell Bible stories from the Lion Storyteller Bible, using the words from there plus we get guidance from the OTB Handbook, which also gives an introduction, a conclusion and a closing prayer. There is no shortage of volunteers from the children, when we need help with a story.   OTB was started 10 years ago in Bedford and is spreading throughout the country, in the Shirwell Mission Community we have groups going into three local schools. It is a great outreach opportunity and good to show the children Bible stories in such an easy way.

Bell Ringing


For many years St. Peter's had not had its own team of bell ringers, and had to rely on ringers from outside the parish. This meant the the bells were usually only rung once a month.


Recent interest in bell ringing has resulted in a number of people coming forward with a desire to learn. Under the guidence of two experienced ringers weekly training sessions are now being held. 


St. Peter's now has its own team of ringers to call people to Sunday worship, and to ring for special occasions.


The bells are now rung most Sunday mornings, and for any special service. 


Ringing practice takes place 7.30 - 9pm on Fridays.


Contact Stephen Taylor - tower captain:

astephentaylor@btinternet.com

tel: 01598710526


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Welcoming Wednesday


Welcoming Wednesdays are held on the last Wednesday in the month in the Wesley Suite 2.30 - 4pm.


The afternoon provides the opportunity for people to come together and to meet friends, old and new, over a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake. Transport is provided for those who require it.


Monthly Market


The Monthly Market is held from 9.30am – 12 noon in the Village Hall on the 4th Saturday of each month apart from December when it is on the 2nd Saturday. 


There are a variety of stalls ranging from regular sellers to individuals having a 'one off' sale of items.


Visit the Kitchen Maids Cafe for your Full Breakfast, or just some toast and coffee or tea.


The Market started in 2001 as a means to support local farmers and growers in the wake of the outbreak of Foot and Mouth which devistated the lives of many farmers in the county. Over the years the market has changed a little, and now features a wide range of goods offered for sale.


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MESSY  CHURCH


Messy Church is held  on alternate months.  Up to 40 children have come with their parents, grandparents or carers who have all stayed and taken part in the activities – crafts, cookery, puzzles, games, Bible story, prayer, songs and food.  


Many people have worked hard to make Messy Church the success it’s become.  This is a great opportunity for those who don’t attend regular services to come to share with us in this fresh expression of Church.


The new extension and the newly reordered church building has provided the space needed to enable this type of worship to take place with ease.


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