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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 

September 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

 

Date 

 Place 

 Time 

 Service type 

1st Sept

 

Trinity 11 (P17) 

 

Green

Bratton Fleming 

9.30

Holy Communion 

Shirwell

9.30

Morning Worship 

Loxhore

11.15

Holy Communion BCP

East Down

11.30

Holy Communion 

8th Sept

Trinity 12 (P18) 

Green

Bratton Fleming

9.30

All Age Worship 

Shirwell

9.30

Holy Communion 

Challacombe

11.15

Holy Communion

15th  Sept

 

Trinity 13 

 (P19)



 

Green

Bratton Fleming 

9.30

Holy Communion (Methodist)

Shirwell

9.30

All Praise (Celtic liturgy)

Kentisbury 

9.30

Holy Communion with Baptism

East Down

3.00pm

Harvest Service

Loxhore

6.30pm

Harvest Service

21st Sept (Sat)

Shirwell

11:30

Messy Church

22ndSept

Trinity 14 

 (P20)


 Green

Bratton Fleming

9.30

All Praise (Celtic liturgy)

Shirwell

9.30

Holy Communion

Bratton Fleming

3.45

Messy Church

Challacombe

6.30pm

Harvest Service

24thSept(Tue)

Challacombe

7pm

Harvest Supper at Methodist Chapel

29thSept

Trinity 15 (P21) Green

East Down

11am

Team Service with Baptism

30thSept (Mon)

Stoke Rivers

6.30pm

Harvest Service

 

Rev Chris Tull Writes . . .


FREE TO DISAGREE?


We rejoice that in our own country we are free in so many ways in speech and action, with no kind of police state watching over our every word or deed. We may pride ourselves on our diversity, but is it possible to be crushed down by the very liberties we aim to protect?


Until recently we could freely discuss issues like immigration, racism, sexual orientation and, just now, Brexit, without being vilified. Today a very narrow kind of thinking, which always claims the high moral ground, is creeping into our society. This dictates exactly how we must speak about some of the hot issues of the day. In some circles this extends to subjects like hunting, abortion, euthanasia, vivisection or vegetarianism. Anybody who questions even the slightest aspect of any of these convictions is subject to abuse and hatred. Consequently many are driven to silent resentment, which is one reason why polls today are so unpredictable.


Once we could laugh at ourselves. Today you can still make fun of a white person, a politician, a Christian or even God, but never go beyond that! 


The Scottish Parliament wants a ‘Named Person’ to watch over the way every family behaves. The Welsh assembly has been making moves to criminalise any parent for correcting a child by using even a gentle tap. 


As Christians we can appreciate the good intent behind many of these sincerely held views and convictions, but is vilification and the consequent polarisation the best way to foster such causes? Can we respect each other and yet remain free to disagree?


Come to think of it – when pressed to take sides, Jesus normally said something to make both parties think. Today what question might He put to an ardent Brexiteer, or to an ardent remainer?

  

Christopher Tull

 

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