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Come and Sing An opportunity to reach out and meet with God in song and silence.

Every last Sunday of the month at 6:00pm in St Peter's Church, Barford

This month, this is Sunday 23rd October 2016.

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Another PCC meeting took place on September 8th at which the usual wide range of worship, ministerial, financial, fabric and community matters were discussed.

As you will see on David's letter page, the Prayer Rota has been changed to a new format. Each month we will ask people to pray for a variety of needs and topical issues of national and worldwide significance that are relevant to the time of year. We will also now pray for all six parishes in the benefice in turn.

As reported last month, preparations are underway for a new lease for the Scout Hut site which is needed to allow the new Youth and Community Centre project to go ahead. The site is being registered with the Land Registry which is a necessary pre-requisite for any lease being granted. A start is being made on agreeing its terms.

As before the church services are timetabled on this website and other key dates and events will be detailed or advertised separately.

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The church is now having a Traidcraft stall on the second Sunday every other month – the next one will be on October 9th.

Traidcraft is founded on Christian principles. It seeks to live out the Christian faith through its mission to fight poverty through trade. Since 1979 it has been working for trade justice for growers and producers in the poorest countries around the world. Traidcraft is a pioneer of the fair trade movement in the UK where it jointly founded the Fairtrade Foundation.

The range of items on offer includes many popular staples like rice, dried fruit, biscuits and cereals, together with high quality beverages and a wide selection of delicious chocolate! There are also environment-friendly soaps and cleaning products and a range of inexpensive and original greeting cards.

In addition to the goods on display in Church, further larger items can be ordered from the Traidcraft catalogue. Christmas catalogues will be available on the 11th which may be taken home and returned with any orders on Sunday September 25th .

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Knock, knock. “Who’s there?” “Isabell!” “Isabell who?” “Is a bell working?”...well not all of them are, but if you are interested in learning how to ring, come along to the church any Monday evening between 8:00 and 9:00pm to find out more.

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At this time of year, many people like to take part in the Samaritans Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’ appeal to send shoeboxes filled with gifts to children across the world who are living in harsh circumstances and have nothing of their own.

Last year we sent over 400 boxes from Barford and the surrounding area to children in Eastern Europe and in the Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

Start saving your shoe boxes now in readiness to put your gifts in (the boxes should be a regular adult shoe box).

This year St Peter's Church will be open from 1:00 to 4:00pm from Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November, Monday 7th November to Friday 11th November and Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th November for you to drop-off your boxes. Leaflets with information on how to make up a shoebox are available in the village shop and in church.

For further information, please ring Christine on 624485

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(3rd Sunday of every month from 10am until 12noon)

We invite you and the family to join us at our monthly Coffee Morning. It's an opportunity to get to know us better. We serve complimentary refreshments including coffee, tea and hot chocolate along with a selection of breakfast items such as bacon butties, hot waffles and warm croissants.

We also support Fairtrade so come and have a look at the items on our Fairtrade table. When you purchase any product with the FAIRTRADE mark on it you are supporting farmers and workers as they work to improve their lives and their communities.

This month it will be 16th October.

Hope to see you there... you'll receive a warm welcome.

Contact: Gail Robinson-Smith

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The summer meeting was held at St Nicholas Church, Radford Semele. There were 30 delegates present representing parishes throughout the diocese. Our discussions included the following topics:

 A range of schemes to involve young people in the church.

 Notes and news on various church buildings within the diocese, including All Saints Sherbourne where the clappers on the six bells have been reformed and re-ground, all in time for ringing on the Queen’s 90th birthday.

 Future use of Offa House in Radford Semele which now holds a weekly prayer group

 News of several churches in the diocese which are now in Interregnum (currently without a permanent priest)

Cathedral Ruins

In view of all the repair work undertaken in the ruins in the last few years, Historic England (formerly English Heritage) has agreed to remove the ruins from the ‘Heritage at Risk’ register for 2016. They were formally designated ‘at risk’ in 2012 because of the poor fabric of the exposed free standing walls and the condition of the Crypt Chapel

David Hill
Cathedral Parish Partner

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As part of the vision to eliminating the admission charges by 2018 the standard admission charge is being reduced from 8.00 to 6.00. The concessionary charge is being reduced from 5.75 to 5.00 and under 18s will have free entry.

The admission charges were first introduced in 2010, when the average donation was just 24p.

The Cathedral costs 3,000 a day to run excluding fabric repairs.

David Hill
Coventry Cathedral Liaison Officer

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St Peter’s Church, Kineton has opened a “food bank“ for local people in crisis but are having difficulty maintaining food stocks. Families qualifying for food are referred through an agency or their GP.

Donations of food may be taken to any “Coffee Stop” in Wasperton Village Hall, or to the third Sunday 9.30am service in St. John the Baptist Church, Wasperton.

Please contribute items on the following list:
- Milk (UHT or powdered)
- Sugar (500g)
- Fruit juice (carton)
- Soup
- Pasta sauces
- Sponge pudding (tinned)
- Tomatoes (tinned)
- Cereals
- Rice pudding (tinned)
- Tea bags/ instant coffee
- Instant mashed potato
- Rice/ pasta
- Tinned meat/ fish
- Tinned fruit
- Jam
- Biscuits or snack bar

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The church is open every day from around 9.00 am until early evening. You are welcome to come in and look around or simply to enjoy the peace and quiet.

On Saturdays between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon, tea and coffee will be available.

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Morning Prayer is said every Thursday at St.Peter’s Church at 8.30 a.m. Prayers are said on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9.00a.m.

All welcome.

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The new term has started.

St. Peter’s Club meets every Thursday during term-time . Tea (sandwiches etc) will be available from 4.30pm until 5.00 pm. All children meet from 5.00pm till 6.00pm. There will be no meeting on Thursday, 27th October as it is half-term.

The ages of the children vary and we are happy to accept any of Primary School age. Why not come and give us a try, coffee and biscuits for adults if you want to stay and watch. New members are always welcome.

We would love to see more joining especially from other villages in the area. Why not come and give us a try, ring Ann on 624371 for more information.

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The Pastoral Team exists to pray for people who want us to pray for them and to visit anyone who would like us to visit them. You can contact any of us. Members are:

Jan Bradley
Ann Fawcett
Christine McBeath
Barbara Peters
Jane Scott
David Jessett

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Do you have small children? Do you worry about bringing them to church in case they make a noise? We understand this concern but would like to reassure you that at Barford there are toy bags for children and you are welcome to take one to a corner at the back of the church and let them play there. At Sherbourne too there are toys for children at the back of church.

We would be happy to welcome you at any of our services but you may find 9.30am services on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at Barford to be most suitable for young people and third Sunday services at Sherbourne at 11.00am.

We look forward to welcoming you and your children.

David Jessett

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