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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 26th June 2016.

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Every five years, a survey of the church is carried out by the diocesan architect who then produces a ‘Quinquennial Report’ which identifies all the areas of the church fabric that are in need of some attention.

The latest report has recently been received and has been considered by the newly formed Fabric sub-committee of the PCC mentioned in last month’s magazine, which had its first meeting on May 5. The main areas of concern relate to the stonework of both the church and the boundary walls, some roof and drainage issues and the state of the internal decoration. On top of this, the committee is reviewing a number of energy saving measures recommended by a separate energy audit carried out last year. The near term priorities were agreed as:

- Repair/rebuild the stone pillars at the main churchyard gate
- Rreplace all light bulbs and floodlights with LED versions
- Add discrete draught sealing to all doors
- Upgrade the gas supply for the church heaters

The more major items to preserve our lovely old church and make it a more versatile space will need to be tackled over the medium term and significant fund raising will be necessary. This will hopefully involve the whole community - which has already shown what is possible with the King George playing fields project!

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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As part of the nationwide celebrations, St Peter's Church, Barford will be holding a special ‘bring and share’ lunch on Saturday June 11th starting at 12:30 pm to which everyone is welcome. This will be followed by a Choral Evensong at 4:00pm when the choir will sing a traditional setting including a Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Stanford and an anthem by John Ireland.

We will be having a Royal Tea Party on Sunday 12th June to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. This will be held at Sherbourne Village Hall in conjunction with the village hall committee. Tickets - £5 per adult and £3 for children are available from Gail Robinson Smith or Maureen Tweedie at Church or Nicky Edwards and Helen Whiter in the village.

Please contact Maureen if you are able to make a cake, cup cakes or scones for the event.

Teas will be served from 3:30pm and will be followed by "Songs of Praise" in All Saint's Church at 6:00pm. led by the Rev Neville Beamer. We do hope many of you will join us.

Please note there will be no 11.00 am service that day.

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Our own new muffles were used with the bells for the first time on the evening of Good Friday; the plaintive half-muffled toll befitting the solemn occasion.

The bells rang out again five days’ later to the joyful sound of a Surprise peal rung by a team from Kineton. This gave the bells a much needed work out, the peal lasting for 2 hours 35 minutes.

And there was more to follow nearly three weeks’ later, when a team from the Isle of Man, on tour in England, rang in Sherbourne.

The Coventry Guild of Bellringers are to ring at 90 different churches in the area of the Coventry Diocese during one week of June to mark the Queen’s birthday.

They will start on Monday 6th June and should be at All Saints, Sherbourne at 11.30 am to ring a quarter peal.

More ringers are required, not least in view of all the ringing that it is proposed be carried out throughout the Diocese to mark the Queen’s 90 th birthday. We are especially keen to welcome back those who may have learned in the past how to handle a bell and ring rounds but who then set aside the hobby.

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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 19th June.

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

Contact: Gail Robinson-Smith

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Photographic Exhibition ‘The English Cathedral’

The exhibition is a collection of stunning photographs created by Peter Marlow (who died earlier this year) and features prints of all 42 Anglican cathedrals in England.

This is the first time the exhibition has been staged outside of London and will be located in the Chapel of Christ the Servant until 5th September 2016.

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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First of all we would like to welcome all our new members; there is still room for a few more so come and give us a try. The children made a Happy Birthday banner for the Queen's birthday which was displayed in church. To celebrate St. George's Day they created a dragon complete with flames and a St. George, resplendent in his armour. These were placed on the table at the back of church.

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, 2nd June 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.

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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