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Revd David Jessett
M Th, BD

The Rectory,
Barford,
Warwick
CV35 8ES
01926 624238

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CONNECT :

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 26th February 2017.

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NATIONAL MARRIAGE WEEK CELEBRATIONS :

Every year the week which includes Valentine's Day is designated National Marriage Week. This is a good opportunity to celebrate the institution of marriage and those couples who have made a public commitment of love to each other. Whether you have been married for two years or fifty two years it is a good opportunity to celebrate your relationship and to recommit to it and to each other. No doubt there are many ways couples can think of to do this but there are also two opportunities to mark it in Church. These are:

Sunday 12th February at 11 am at Sherbourne.

Sunday 18th February at 11.00 am at Barford. (Coffee/tea from 10.30 am.)

Do come and celebrate with others.

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DESERT ISLAND DISCS:

Barford St Peter’s Church presents an evening of Desert Island Discs on Saturday 18th February in Barford Memorial Hall at 7:30pm.

Licensed Hot supper
Bar included

Tickets £7.50 are available now from Ann 624371 or Jane 624434

Come and listen to a variety of music and hear the reasons for the choices made by members of the community

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PANCAKE PARTY :

St. Peter’s Church Pancake Party in the School Hall from 6.30pm.

Races, prizes etc. Pancakes hot from the cooker! Tea, coffee and squash.

A fun evening for all the family! Donations welcome but please obtain a ticket to help with catering.

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TRAIDCRAFT :

Many thanks to all have supported the Traidcraft stalls that we have held in church since March. Trade has been steadily increasing which is very encouraging. This helps people in some of the poorest countries where they produce the goods and also generates a little profit for the Church.

We will continue to run the stalls on the second Sunday of every other month in St Peter's Church, Barford at 10:30am after the morning service.

The next one will be on Sunday, January 8th 2017.

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NEWS FROM THE PEWS! :

The Advent and Christmas period is always a very busy one for the church community, holding seasonal events like the Christmas Fair or ‘Christmas is Coming’ as well as all the special services that take place. These included the Carol service on December 18th which was very well attended (perhaps the mulled wine and mince pies helped!) and also the Crib service on Christmas Eve which is always popular with families and young children. A big thank you to those who helped to organise all these events and services and also to all the members of the wider community who came along to join in - we hope everyone enjoyed their experience and were able to take away something special from the amazing story of the birth of Jesus.

As a result of this, the normal business activities to do with ministry, fabric and finances have taken a bit of a back seat for the last month or so, but there is another PCC meeting on January 31st where all these things will be discussed and plans for the coming year laid out. More details will appear on this page next month..

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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WOMEN'S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER:

Women’s World Day of Prayer Service will be on Friday 3rd March at 2.00 p.m. in St Peter’s Church.

The service this year has been prepared by the women of the Philippines with the theme ‘Am I being Unfair to You?’. Please note the date. It is always interesting to hear the concerns of people in other countries.

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CHURCH FLOWERS :

During Advent, the Church was decorated with winter foliage without flowers, symbolising the preparations through Advent for the Christmas season.

Then, after the Carol Service, the flower arrangers added the Christmas flowers, welcoming parishioners to our Christmas services.

Many thanks to the ladies who give up their time and talent to complete this pleasant task, and also to those people who make generous contributions towards the cost of the flowers. The Church looked really festive and several compliments were received.

Throughout the year we try to put fresh flowers at the altar each week and the new rota is in church. If you could spare a little time occasionally to help with this, it would be much appreciated.

Christine (624485)

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BELLRINGING :

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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SHERBOURNE CHURCH - MONTHLY COFFEE MORNING :
(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 February.

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

Contact: Maurenn Tweedie (01926 409646) or David Hill (01926 493891)

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CATHEDRAL PARISH PARTNER'S REPORT :

Lambeth Palace has become the 200th member of the Community of the Cross of Nails.

David Hill
Cathedral Parish Partner

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COVENTRY CATHEDRAL ADMISSION CHARGES :

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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FOODBANK SHOPPING LIST:

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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ST PETER’S CHURCH IS OPEN :

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 :

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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ST PETER’S CLUB :

The Club has resumed after the Christmas break. The children were eager to share their holiday highlights which were mostly centred around celebrations with their extended family. We have continued with Christmas story by learning what happened to Mary, Joseph and Jesus after the visit of the shepherds. New songs were learned about the Kings and the star.

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. No meeting on Thursday 23rd February 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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PASTORAL TEAM :

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  (01926 624433)
Ann Fawcett  (01926 624371)
Christine McBeath  (01926 624485)
Jane Scott  (01926 624434)
David Jessett  (01926 624238)

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CHILDREN IN CHURCH :

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 11.00am services on the first and third Sundays of the month at Barford to be most suitable for young people and second and fourth Sunday services at Sherbourne, also at 11.00am.

We look forward to welcoming you and your children.

David Jessett

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