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THE SHIRWELL MISSION COMMUNITY

A Mission Community in the Diocese of Exeter

Church News


I write this in anticipation of the Carol Service on Dec 17th, but I am sure the church will look beautiful as always with flowers and candles and Christmas decorations. 


We are so grateful to everyone who helps to make it so, and also thankful to those who do things behind the scenes, changing light bulbs and putting on the heating and so many other necessary jobs.


The choir was busy over the Advent Sunday weekend, singing in the chapel for the sing-along and the Christingle service and in Bratton Fleming at the Christmas tree festival. Now we look forward to hearing them again during the Christmas services. Thank you to all of you who put so much time and effort into practicing as well as performing.


Thank you as well to all who gave gifts at Christmas for the Freedom Centre and to Jenny’s friends with mental problems.

We were so sorry to have to say “Goodbye” to the Wards in December. They have done so much for the parish in the short time they have been with us, and of course there will always be the “Ward Legacy” behind the church to remind us of them! I am glad to say they have promised to come back and visit us often. We do understand the need to be closer to their families and thank them for all their friendship and fellowship.


We welcome new families in the parish in Combe Cottage and at Barton Gate and probably others as well, we hope you will enjoy your life among us.


On January 28th the service at 6.30 will be the Plough Sunday service when the plough as a symbol of the work on the land is brought forward to be blessed, do come and join us. 

Chapel News


Well done and thank you to everyone who helped to make the Christmas sing-along such a happy and successful occasion. Amanda and friends sang and played beautifully and Ridd and Thomas were their usual excellent selves as auctioneers. As always the refreshments were most appetising, and to crown it all the evening raised £558.60.


Even with some people unable to come to the Christingle service on Dec 1st, there were more than usual in the chapel for this service to start the Christmas season and the collection was £160 to be shared between Action for Children and the Children’s Society.


The service on January 7th at 6.30 will be the Covenant service, a great way to start the New Year.

 

Home Group


Sadly our Christmas gathering had to be cancelled owing to ill health but there were still gifts given to the Freedom Centre and to those with mental illnesses who might otherwise receive few if any gifts at Christmas.


In January we restart our programme on the 24th  at 7.30. with a bring and share meal at the Old Smithy and a continuation of the film on the life of David. In the following sessions we shall be looking at his life and seeing how the problems and tests he faced mirror our own lives.