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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 

December 2019

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

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Date

Place

Time

Service type


 

1 December

Advent Sunday

Bratton Fleming

East Down

Loxhore

Shirwell

09.30

11.15

15.00

16.00

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Evening Prayer

Christingle Service

 

 

8 December

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

11.15

All Age Worship

Holy Communion 

Holy Communion

13 December

Bratton Fleming

14.00

School Christmas Service

 

15 December

Bratton Fleming

Kentisbury

Arlington

Shirwell

09.30

09.30

15.00

18.30

Holy Communion  M

Holy Communion

Carol Service

Carol Service

18 December

Kentisbury

10.30

School Nativity

20 December

Shirwell

10.00

School Christmas Service

21 December

Bratton Fleming 

19.00

United Village Carol Service

 

22 December

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Challacombe

Stoke Rivers

Kentisbury

Loxhore Methodist Chapel

09.30

09.30

15.00

16.30

18.00

18.30

Quiet Christmas Service

Holy Communion

Carol Service

Carol Service

Carol Service

United Village Carol Service

24 December

Christmas Eve

Bratton Fleming

Challacombe

Bratton Fleming

16.00

20.00

23.30

Unrehearsed Nativity

Holy Communion

Midnight Communion

25 December

Christmas Day

Loxhore

Shirwell

Bratton Fleming

08.00

09.30

10.00

Holy Communion

Family Communion

Family Communion

29 December

Bratton Fleming 

11.00

Team Service

 

 

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Rector’s Ramblings

 

Did any of you want or expect a Christmas election? Was it on your wish list for Santa? I can’t imagine so. As well as Christmas cards through our door, we’ll have party political literature, and a doorbell might signal carol singers – or our local candidates. Our politics remains uncertain for a time to come.

 

But it is a reminder that Jesus himself was born at a deeply perilous time. His birth story is surrounded by the politics of his time, with a Roman occupation, a census for tax, a murderous King, persecution and migration, the holy family fleeing for their lives to Egypt to live as refugees.

 

Much as we love to ‘tidy up’ the nativity story - with a baby who never cries – the fact is that Jesus came to us in all our uncertainty and chaos, in our hurt and pain, in the poverty surrounding a family in a stable, in the disgrace and danger at that time of a pregnancy before marriage. This, for me, is the miracle of Christmas and lies at the heart of our faith; a God who does not care about getting dirty feet in order to be with us and to love us. We celebrate a God who not only looks out for the poor and vulnerable but made himself poor and vulnerable and one of us. 

 

This is not a God who kisses babies while trying to keep them at arm’s length as our politicians are seen to do – but a God who becomes a baby and lives our life with us. This is a God who does not hide truth from us but becomes truth for us.

 

The vote we cast this Christmas is a gift and a privilege which so many around the world do not have. It is a gift we must treasure, and respect. Let’s use it not just for ourselves but for our communities, as we seek a world which looks out for each other and especially those with least say or power. And while you are there, with a thank you (and maybe a mince pie) for those who work or volunteer at the polling station. 

 

In an uncertain world – may you be blessed this Christmas, and as you make your choice and use your vote, be a blessing to others.

 

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