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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 November 2015 .

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Saturday, 5th December from 12:00 noon to 2.30 pm at Barford School Hall

Cakes, Delicatessen, Tombola, Raffle, Gifts and Things

Lunches with a Christmas flavour

All proceeds to Church funds

Donations to the stalls and offers of help will be most welcome.

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The Trustees of the Addington Fund invite you to a celebration of Advent at All Saints Church, Sherbourne on Wednesday 2nd December at 2:00pm, followed by refreshments.

RSVP for catering purposes to 01926 620135 by 25th November.

Click for more details.

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Once again in November we are offering some opportunities for people to come and enjoy the tranquility of our Churches. The prayerful atmosphere of the buildings is enhanced by candlelight and appropriate music.

So in November both Charlecote and Barford churches will be open at particular times for people to drop in and sit for a while.

St Peter’s, Barford will be open from 8.00 pm to about 9.15 pm on Tuesday 24th November.

Saint Leonard’s, Charlecote will be open from 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm on Wednesday 25th November.

No sermons, no hymns – just time to sit or move around quietly. Come for a short while or the whole time.

No charge. All welcome.

Revd David Jessett

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This month our discussion will relate to the book by David Wilkinson, "When I pray, what does God do?".

David Wilkinson has a doctorate in Physics as well as one in Theology and he raises the question of whether our modern understanding of the world makes it any easier to understand the way God works in the world and the times when he appears not to. There is no need to have read the book in order to join the discussion.

Our approach is open-ended and everyone's thoughtful contribution is welcome.

The meeting will be held at 7.30 pm in Charlecote Village Hall on Wednesday November 25th.

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Many thanks to all who brought fruit, vegetables and tins to our harvest celebrations both in church and at the allotments. All has been distributed around the village and to the Salvation Army ‘Way Ahead’ project in Leamington. Everyone was delighted with their gifts and most grateful.

Thank you to all who supported the Harvest Supper and all the helpers who contributed to such an enjoyable evening. We hope to send over £300 to Save the Children for their work in the refugee camps around Syria.

Many thanks!

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A play to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas

In December, local people of all ages from Barford will be performing a play entitled ‘The First Christmas’. This will share the remarkable story of the birth of Jesus.

Entry is free and no tickets are required – simply come along to one of the performances. All are very welcome!

Performances will be held in St. Peter’s Church, Barford :
Thursday 10 December at 7.30pm
Saturday 12 December at 5.00pm
Saturday 12 December at 7.30pm

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Did you know .... Your parish church made at least one of the Cathedral kneelers?

Designed by Sir Basil Spence and Anthony Blee using symbols found in the catacombs and then transferred onto canvas by a Mrs Brown of Warwick, 1000 were embroidered by 1962 with each parish of the diocese producing at least one kneeler.

The main work is in tent stitch with a black cross stitch border, the sides are in rice (or crossed corners) stitch. The first supply of wool was ordered in bulk from the Royal School of Needlework. The horizontal designs are worked in blue and shades of mauve with a green border, the vertical designs are worked in yellow and shades of green with a mauve border.


  • The cross, the fish in the circle of eternity, an outer circle represents the gift of tongues.

  • Alpha - the first letter of the Greek alphabet.

  • Omega - the last letter of the Greek alphabet.

  • Fish - in Greek the initial letters of ‘Jesus Christ God’s Son, Saviour’ spells the word for fish.

  • Dove - Holy Spirit – below it a symbol of the water of baptism.

  • Chi-Ro - Symbol for Christ.

  • Tree of Life - The Jewish 7 branched candlestick but with the cross central to it.

The Barford kneelers were stitched by Jo Hemming and Lady Howard.

David Hill

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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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Over the past few weeks the children have been hearing the Parables told by Jesus in the New Testament. During the week of Harvest Festival the they tried planting seeds in a variety of soil and rock types having heard about the ‘Sower and the Seeds’. Like the sower only the seeds on good earth flourished. These trays have been on display on the children's table at the back of church.

We have learned some seasonal songs and the children have been choosing and writing their own prayers.

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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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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