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Revd David Jessett
M Th, BD

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CV35 8ES
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“Hear the good news!” – 2 Samuel 18:31

Christmas Fair

The final total raised was £ 1167.04 for church funds. Thank you very much to all who worked so hard or supported this event in any way.

Village Carol Singers

As you will remember we decided to hold two sessions in the Scout Hut and Memorial Hall instead of singing round the village. Those who came were enthusiastic and urged us to do the same next year. We collected £ 138.50 at these two events and with further donations of £ 32.65 will be able to send a total of £ 171.15 to Save the Children fund. Thank you for your support.

Christmas Collection for the Salvation Army

Many thanks to all who contributed to this. The tins etc. will be used for the Way Ahead Project at the centre in Leamington Spa. Any surplus goods will be used by the local food bank. They were most grateful for all your gifts.

Throughout the year in addition to the food we collect, they would be very pleased to receive donations of rucksacks, sleeping bags, photocopy paper and shower gel or soap. Please bring to church on Saturday mornings or phone 624371.

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Do you like beautiful music? Do you appreciate time to sit quietly and ‘meditate’? You have the chance to do both on Saturday 28th February in St Peter’s Church, Barford.

Between 8.00 pm and about 9.15 pm the Church will be open for people to come in and to sit quietly around the church. A choir composed of members of Hymnos, who gave a stunning concert here last Autumn, will sing pieces of sacred Renaissance choral music (Tallis, Byrd, Victoria, etc), interspersed with short times of quiet for reflection. And all by candlelight.

Come along and give yourself some time and space. You are welcome just to drop in for a short while or to come and stay for the whole time. There is no charge for entry.

Revd David Jessett

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

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

This month, this is Sunday 22nd February 2015 .

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Lent courses will start week beginning Monday 23rd February.

If you are interested and for further details, please see the Sunday sheet or phone Ann on 624371 or Chris on 620117.

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Women’s World Day of Prayer will be on Friday 6th March 2015. The theme this year is:

Jesus said to them: “Do you know what I have done to you ?”.

This has been prepared by the women of the Bahamas.

More details soon.

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It has been suggested that a Reading group could be formed to read and discuss a wide variety of books and articles relating in some way to faith, religion and Christianity.

A possible starting point might be the play ‘Entertaining Angels’ recently produced in the village.

Further details soon.

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A very big “THANK YOU” to the flower arrangers who created the beautiful arrangements for Christmas. The red and gold flowers together with the holly and ivy foliage really glowed and looked very festive.

Thank you also to those people who made generous donations towards the cost of the flowers – this is much appreciated.

The flower rota for 2015 is on the table in church for anyone to sign up to if they would like to arrange the altar flowers one week – we do need more volunteers for this.

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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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As you can imagine, our December activities were centred on the Christmas Story. The children took part in stories, songs and art work to tell of the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. We finished with the visit of the Shepherds to see the baby Jesus. The visit of the Wise Men was the starting point for our first session back in January.

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 19th February as it will be 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.

For further information please ring Ann on 624371.

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Funding for Cathedral Crypts

There are three medieval crypts near to the Queen’s steps. The largest was used as an air raid shelter during World War 11. The second, the Wyley Chapel, was dedicated to the Wyley family in the 1930’s, the ashes of Colonel Wyley’s son had been interned there during World War 1. The third crypt was filled with rubble and sealed after the blitz; an endoscope camera has identified three coffins.

The Cathedral has been successful in obtaining £216,265 from WW1 centenary repair fund to waterproof the crypts. The whole crypt project (£325K) will also be part funded by a grant of £51,550 from the Waste Re-Cycling Environmental Heritage Fund.

The work will take about 12 months to complete and will prevent further water damage, open up the crypts to the public, include an archaeological excavation of the currently concealed crypt and remove rubble put there during the 1940’s.

David R. Hill Cathedral Liaison Officer -
Barford Sherbourne & Wasperton

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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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