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Revd David Jessett
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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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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 24th May 2015 .

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Concert – ‘The Sixteen’
On Saturday 13th June there will be a concert in Coventry Cathedral ‘The Choral Pilgrimage 2015 – Flight of Angels’. The concert starts at 7.30pm with a pre-concert talk at 7.00pm. Tickets from the Cathedral Shop on 02476 521210.

Book – ‘St Michael’s Coventry: The Rise and Fall of the Old Cathedral’

A new book is being published which focuses on the history of the old cathedral from the original two room chapel in Coventry castle’s keep to the cathedral destroyed in the 2nd World War. Details from the Cathedral Shop 02476 521210.

David Hill

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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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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 children have been preparing for Easter through story, drama and song. They accompanied themselves with percussion instruments as they marched around the church in preparation for Palm Sunday. This year they were involved with the construction of the Easter garden. Grass and plants formed the basis of the garden and Jacob and Toby’s rocks were used to create the tomb and surrounding hills. Everyone had a turn at painting the background and the garden contributed to the joy of the celebrations on Easter Sunday.

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.

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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From January 2015 we have a new title, Cathedral Parish Partners. Our role is “To be a sign of God’s reconciling love at work in our diocese and to strengthen the bonds that unite cathedral and parishes in mission and service”

2015 marks the 75 th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz.

2018 marks the centenary of our diocese and the designation of the parish church of St Michael’s as our cathedral.

In her Christmas message, The Queen took reconciliation as the theme for her speech and mentioned that in the ruins of the old Coventry Cathedral is a sculpture of a man and woman reaching out to embrace each other, the sculpture was renamed ‘Reconciliation’ in 1994.

Coventry International Prize for Peace and Reconciliation – The prize has been awarded to Therese Mema Mapenzie from the Justice and Peace Commission in The Democratic Republic of the Congo, her work provides a safe place for those whose lives have been affected by sexual violence.

A large scale spring clean – The Cathedral tapestry is the largest in the world! 75ft high, 38ft wide and weight just over a tonne. It took ten weavers over two years to complete. In the spring phase one of two will commence at a cost of £85K and includes:

Improvement to supporting structure to allow dry cleaning to take place in situ.
An initial dry clean front and back.
Feasibility study by a textile conservator to determine full cost of treatment for phase two.
Repair to small tears.

Four conservators will begin the in-situ dry cleaning and should take up to 6 weeks starting in February.

Date for your diary – Friday 3rd April at 6.00pm ‘Bach St John Passion’ Tickets from the Cathedral shop.

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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