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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.  

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Second Week in Advent

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 

November & December 2017

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

Christmas Services:


Arlington

17 Dec. 11.00am Carol Service


Bratton Fleming

8 Dec. 2.00pm School Carol Service

16 Dec. 7.00pm Carols by Candlelight

24 Dec.  4.00pm  Crib Service

24 Dec.  11.30pm  Midnight Communion

25 Dec.  9.30am  Family Communion


Challacombe

17 Dec. 3.00pm Carol Service

24 Dec.  10.00pm  Holy Communion


East Down

24 Dec. 11.30pm  Holy Communion


Kentisbury

13 Dec. 10.30am School Nativity Service

17 Dec. 6.00pm  Carol Service


Loxhore

17 Dec.  6.30pm  United Carol Service

25 Dec. 8.00am  Family Communiom


Shirwell

3 Dec.  3.00pm Christingle Service

17 Dec.  6.30pm  Carol Service

18 Dec.  9.30am  School Service

25 Dec.  9.30am  Family Communion


Stoke Rivers

17 Dec  6.30pm  Carols by Candlelight

25 Dec. 11.15am  Family Communion

 

Date

Place

Time

Service type

November 5

 

All Saints

 

 

White

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

East Down

Loxhore

Bratton Fleming

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

14.30

 

Holy Communion

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

Holy Communion BCP

Remembering Service

 

November 12

 

Remembrance Sunday

 




Green

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

 

Stoke Rivers

East Down

Bratton Fleming

Challacombe

Loxhore

Kentisbury

 

09.30

09.30

 

 

10.45

10.45

11.15

15.00

 

All Age Worship

Holy Communion + Act of Remembrance

To join with Bratton Fleming

Act of Remembrance

Act of Remembrance

Remembrance Service

Remembrance Service

A display in church

November 19

 

 

2nd before

Advent

 

 

Green

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Kentisbury

East Down

Loxhore

 

09.30

09.30

09.30

11.15

 

Holy Communion

All Praise (Celtic Liturgy)

Holy Communion

All Praise (Celtic Liturgy)

No Service

 

November 26

 

Christ the King

 

Red / White

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Bratton Fleming

Challacombe

 

09.30

09.30

11.15

15.45

18.30

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Messy Church

Evening Prayer BCP

 

October 3

 

1st Sunday of Advent

 

Purple

Bratton Fleming

East Down

Loxhore

Shirwell

 

09.30

11.15

11.15

16.00

 

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Holy Communion BCP

Christingle Service

December 10

 

2nd Sunday of Advent

 

Purple

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

Challacombe

09.30

09.30

11.15

11.15

All Age Worship

Holy Communion

Morning Worship

Holy Communion

 

 

December 16

Saturday

Bratton Fleming

19.30

Carols by Candlelight

 

 

December 17

 

3rd Sunday of Advent

 

 

Purple

Bratton Fleming

East Down

Challacombe

Kentisbury

Shirwell

Loxhore

Stoke Rivers

 

09.30

15.00

15.00

18.00

18.30

18.3o

18.30

Holy Communion

Carol Service

Carol Service

Carol Service

Carol Service

United Village Carol Service

Carol Service

December 24

 

4th Sunday of Advent /

Christmas Eve

 

 

Shirwell

Bratton Fleming

Challacombe

Bratton Fleming

East Down

15.30

16.00

22.00

23.30

23.30

Crib Service

Crib Service

Holy Communion

Midnight Communion

Public worship with Communion by Extension

December 25

 

Christmas Day

 

White

 

Loxhore

Bratton Fleming

Shirwell

Stoke Rivers

08.00

09.30

09.30

11.15

 

Family Communion

Family Communion

Family Communion

Family Communion

 

December 31

Christmas 1

White

 

Bratton Fleming

 

 

11.00

 

 

 

Team Service

 

News

Area and parishes of the Mission Community

Coming Events


Christmas Tree 

 Festivals


Arlington


Dec 2, 3, 9, 10 & 16


Sunday 17 December 11:00am

Carol Service

&

Auction of Trees






Rev Chris Tull Wrtites . . .

 

THE WOLF AND THE LAMB FEEDING TOGETHER 

 I know a former violent criminal who mixed happily with everyone else in one of my old churches. I have seen on TV former IRA and Loyalist extremists sitting together in the same pew in a church. I have told the story many times of a former Japanese torturer years later being confirmed by the very priest he once tortured. If you listen to Songs of Praise you will not infrequently hear of lives turned on their heads by encountering Jesus Christ.

 

In a passage sometimes read at Christmastime the prophet Isaiah foretells the coming of Jesus when the wolf would feed with the lamb. Today many, many times this really happens. Ex-prisoners, ex-gangsters, ex-terrorists as well as many very ordinary people can bear witness to this. I have even heard an ex-queen of the witches telling how God completely changed her.  All this is joy to the world!


Yet I read this this week’s Radio Times of a group of prominent broadcasters, some well-known for their scepticism, pouring contempt on ‘Thought for the Day ‘ They object that this ‘deeply boring’ three minute religious slot which interrupts their three hour morning news programme. Every day they bring us stories of people committing terrible crimes. Do they ever wonder why so many people from the highest to the lowest in society seem ever increasingly bent on evil? Has it ever crossed their arrogant minds that the God Whose birthday we celebrate might possibly be able to change society?


The joy of the Christmas story is that God did not give up on us. Instead He saw man’s weaknesses and all the horrors that come from them. He still loves us so much, and that was why He came to live with us in the most humble of circumstances and eventually die for our sins. He brings restoration and real hope for everyone, no matter what we have been like. This really is something to celebrate.


For the many believers, a few words from ‘Thought of the Day’ can be just as valuable as the weather forecast or the latest sports report. The quality may vary. The ideas may not always be very new, dramatic or even tickle he intellect, but for those in tune with God sometimes the simplest of words can set them up for the day. I believe such words are worthy of respect, even if some dismiss them as rubbish.


The truth is that for all us there are more things in heaven and earth we imagine – be we well-known sceptics, occasional churchgoers, or deeply committed believers. In God’s hands the wolf really can feed with the lamb.

This Christmas may God open all our minds and show each of us something new and special from a much loved old story. Yes, and may that set us up for the new year that lies ahead of us.