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THE SHIRWELL MISSION COMMUNITY

A Mission Community in the Diocese of Exeter

St. Peters Anglican-Methodist, Bratton Fleming

Photo Album

Photographs taken in and around St Peters during the last couple of years.


Springtime in the Churchyard  2017

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Eash Spring the churchyard is transformed as thousands of crocus and daffodils burst into flower. Although some had been added since to commemorate national events, the original daffodils were planted by the village schoolchildren celebrating the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Lambing Service  April 2017

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Each year a newly born lamb is brought into church as we give thanks to God for another 'lambing harvest'. In an area where sheep farming plays an important role, it is appropriate that thanks are given for the birth of the lambs inthe parish. 

Church Family BBQ   July 2017

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Every year the Church Family comes together for an enjoyable afternoon. The event is usually held outdoors, but this year the weather forced everyone inside, except those responsible for the cooking! Despite cooking conditions being far from perfect there was not a burnt sausage to be seen.


The weather brightened in the afternoon, allowing everyone to go on a tractor and trailer ride around the farm, and feed some of the sheep.

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Visit by the Bishop of Thika   September 2017

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After visiting the local Primary School Bishop Julius Wanyoike, Bishop of Thika in Kenya, and Ven James Kamura his archdeacon called at St Peter's in time for the monthly Community Lunch. Later in the afternoon they met children and parents who attend Mondays@2, a group of young parents and small children.


The previous day Bishop Julius had been one of five bishops at the Ordination service in Exeter Cathredal, where one of the ordinands had been our curate Rev Martyn Tyrrel.

Christmas Tree Festival   December 2017

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Various village organisations, businesses, groups and residents each decorated a tree to a suitable theme. As light faded the the church was transfored into a magical forest.


Live music was provided by local residents throughout the time that the Festival was open.

Christmas Community Lunch   December 2017

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 A very special visitor called at St Peters to meet the children who had enjoyed a Christmas lunch with their parents during the school holiday. Somehow he knew all the children who were there and gave them all a present.

Carols by Candlelight   December 2017

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Unrehearsed Nativity - Christmas Eve 2017

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The Church in Snow - March 2018

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Scenes around the church in March when we received a second snowfall within a couple of weeks.


Although we escaped relativelt light the first time, the second snowfall saw a covering of over 20cm.

A Snowy Messy Church Cafe   18 March 2018

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Instead of cancelling the Messy Church Cafe after receiving about 20cm snow it was decided to continue but instead of providing activities in the church, to let the children enjoy themselves outside.


Their parents preferred to gather in the Wesley Suite to chat and enjoy cups of hot chocolate and cake.


After time in the snow the children came inside to decorate biscuits and have some refreshments while their gloves and hats dried on the church heaters. 

Agape Supper  March 2018

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School Easter Service

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Easter 2018

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