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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.  

The Mission Community

Services during 

February & March 2020

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

2 February

 

Presentation of Christ

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

East Down

Loxhore

09.30

09.30

11.15

15.00

 

Holy Communion

Morning Worship 

Holy Communion

Evening Prayer BCP

9 February

 

3 before Lent

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

11.15

All Age Worship

Holy Communion 

Holy Communion 

16 February

 

2 before Lent

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Kentisbury

East Down

Loxhore

 

09.30

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

 

Holy Communion  M

All Praise  CL

Holy Communion

All Praise CL

Holy Communion BCP

23 February 

 

Sunday beforeLent

 

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Challacombe

 

09.30

09.30

18.30

 

All Praise CL

Holy Communion

Evening Prayer BCP

 

26 February

Ash Wednesday

 

Shirwell

 

 

19.00

 

Ash Wednesday Service

 

1 March

 

Lent 1

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

East Down

Loxhore

Bratton Fleming

09.30

09.30

11.15

15.00

15.45

Holy Communion

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

Evening Prayer BCP

Messy Church

 

8 March

Lent 2

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

11.15

All Age Worship

Holy Communion 

Holy Communion

 

15 March

 

Lent 3

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Kentisbury

East Down

Loxhore

09.30

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

Holy Communion  M

All Praise CL

Holy Communion

All Praise CL

Holy Communion BCP

 

22 March

Lent 4

Mothering Sunday

 

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Bratton Fleming

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

15.45

18.30

All Praise CL

Holy Communion

Outdoor Church

Evening Prayer BCP

 

29 March

Lent 5

Bratton Fleming 

Shirwell

09.30

09.30

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

 

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Rector’s Ramblings


 

God looked over everything he had made;
        

it was so good, so very good! Genesis 1:31 (The Message)

 

Spring may feel like a long way off – but yet we see early signs with unseasonable bursts of warm weather. Other parts of the world also are facing unseasonable or extreme weather events.

 

I don’t have the time, energy or knowledge to have a vegetable patch or allotment, but I imagine that on those warm days people are out tending the soil, protecting it, resting it or preparing it for the season to come and new growth.

 

I might not have the time, energy or knowledge, but yet my faith tells me that as a human it is my duty and responsibility to use whatever gifts I have been given to tend the earth and to be a steward jointly with all people in its care. That might not for me be through growing veg – but by being a responsible consumer or making changes in my lifestyle.  

 

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, in the introduction to the #LiveLent 40 day challenge say:

“God has entrusted us to look after his wonderful creation. We are called to care for and to honour God’s creation as a way of delight in in its Creator. We are also called to care for our brothers and sisters all over the world who face having their families uprooted and their livelihoods destroyed by the effects of climate change.” (Care for God’s Creation 2020)

 

Over the period of Lent our churches will focus on the small steps we might be able to take. I want to find ways to involve our communities in this conversation, especially our farming community who are so invested in the land, climate and welfare and we have lots to learn from them.  I would also want to involve our schools in the conversation and allow children a voice on this issue which affects them most of all – we have lots to hear from them too.

 

Our Lent course during March and April (look out for posters, dates tbc) will consider this – and will be open for all to join in. There is a chance to join in with the #LiveLent 40 day challenge with a booklet or online via the CofE website, focussing on chances “to rebuild our relationship with our planet, and in turn with the God who is Lord of everything” (#LiveLent) though action, prayer and learning.

 

This is the season we have been given to prepare for all that is to come, and with faith and action offer hope to all people through the love and provision of God seen in Jesus. 

 

Blessings,

 

Rosie

 

Safeguarding


If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to someone:

 


The names and contact details of the Parish Safeguarding Representatives are:

Bratton Fleming:   Terry Squire Tel: 01598 710526  
Challacombe:   Carole Huxtable Tel: 01598 763217 
East Down with Arlington:   Linda Watt Tel: 01271 882376   
Kentisbury:   Margaret Purchase Tel: 01598 763207  
Loxhore:   Mike Matthews Tel: 01271 850550 
Shirwell:   Averil Richardson Tel: 01271 850537
Stoke Rivers:  Rev Rosie Austin  Tel: 01598 711962

 

   

The link to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team’s contact details - https://exeter.anglican.org/resources/safeguarding/safeguarding-team/

 


The following organisations offer helplines: 
 NSPCC: 0808 800 5000 • Childline: 0800 1111 • Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900 • NAPAC: 0808 801 0331 • Samaritans: 116 123 • Family Lives: 0808 800 2222 • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 • Action On Elder Abuse: 080 8808 8141