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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.  

GROWING  THE  RURAL  CHURCH  CHRISTMAS 2017 video


The Diocese of Exeter invited rural churches to submit a video to explain how they would be celebrating Christmas this year. 

On behalf of the Shirwell Mission Community a video was shot at the November Messy Church at Bratton Fleming. 

The Mission Community

Services during 

January 2018

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

January 7

 

Epiphany

 

White/Gold

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

East Down

Loxhore

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

 

Holy Communion + Plough

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

Holy Communion BCP

January 14

 

Epiphany 2

 

White/Gold

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Challacombe

 

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

 

All Age Worship

Holy Communion

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

January 21

 

Epiphany 3

 

White

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Kentisbury

East Down

Loxhore

 

09.30

09.30

09.30

11.15

15.00

 

Holy Communion + Covenant

All Praise

Holy Communion

All Praise

Evening Prayer BCP

January 28

 

 

Candlemass

 

 

White/Gold

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Bratton Fleming

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

11.15

15.45

18.30

All Praise

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Messy Café

Evening Prayer BCP

 

News

Area and parishes of the Mission Community

Rev Martyn Tyrrell Writes . . .


Change.

 

Happy New Year! This month many of us will think about changes, new starts and new resolutions. A new year often brings plans to go to new places and times to reflect on where the year before took us. Change will bring beauty in the new spring season, busyness in the agricultural year, happy memories will be shared in glad moments ahead. It is a time of change.

 

In recent years, there has been much that we have taken for granted about our world that has changed. This year some of the biggest changes to impact our country in over 40 years will be negotiated in the Brexit process. The global news reaching us via 24/7 media coverage seems to suggest a season of greater unpredictability than before. Talk of economic change, social change, climate change, political change…change is all around us.

 

The Christian church has known two millennia of such changes. A word used to describe change in the Bible is shaking. Shaking describes the work of God amongst both nations and people’s lives. The Bible describes people feeling shaken when they encountered the power of the resurrected Jesus. The Bible describes God shaking the nations in the unfolding course of history. Through all this change God makes the promise to persist with us, to bring us through both difficult seasons and our suffering, into his good plans for our restoration in Jesus. In Jesus we have been promised a love that will not be shaken and a kingdom that cannot be shaken.    

 

The transforming power of God to bring us through the shaking of change into his unshakeable love is my reason for hope. That change is sometimes seen through a veil of tears or welcomed with the joy of laughter. In every year for two thousand years both have been experienced by people turning from the shaking of their lives to the compassion of God who lives with us and changes us by the Holy Spirit.

 

Facing the change of the year ahead, I put my hope in that which does not change! Whether it is restoration, healing or provision for needs, I pray all people in our parishes will know God’s promised love made known in Jesus. May it truly be a Happy New Year!                                                                    



   Martyn