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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.

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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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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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.

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.