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Revd David Jessett
M Th, BD

The Rectory,
Barford,
Warwick
CV35 8ES
01926 624238

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OPERATION "GOOD FRIDAY" :

Calling all children aged 4 to 11 years.

Come and have a fun morning with craft activities on a Easter theme.

Friday 18th April, St Peter's Church Barford, starting at 10:00am.

The workshop will finish with a short celebration at 11:45am incorporating some of the activities of the morning. All adults are invited to come and see waht the children have prepared,

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LENT CROSS :

Over the past few years the main stem of the Christmas tree has been used to form a cross to be placed in church during Lent.

It remains rough and bare until Easter Sunday when it is decorated with flowers brought by members of the congregation. During Lent it reminds us of the starkness of those final days in Jesus’ life and on Easter Sunday we are reminded of the promise of the Resurrection.

Please don’t forget your flower or posy on Easter Sunday.

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EASTER FLOWERS :

Calling all Flower Arrangers!

Help would be much appreciated to decorate the Church for Easter. We shall begin at 10.00 am on Easter Saturday and I should be pleased to hear from anyone who is available to assist with this enjoyable task.

The colour-scheme is yellow and white/cream. Donations towards the costs of flowers, perhaps in memory of a loved one, would be most welcome.

Christine McBeath

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CONNECT :

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 27th April .

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ST PETER’S CHURCH BARFORD
‘BIG VISION’ UPDATE :

Many of you will be aware that the Church people of Barford have been thinking a lot about the maintenance and development of St Peter’s. We considered a wide range of options in pursuit of the aims of making it sound and well-maintained for the future but also warm comfortable and able to be well-used by the whole community.

After much discussion and wide consultation we have agreed to con-centrate on the following areas.

  • Stone work repairs: revisiting and updating (as necessary) the information/quotes already received.

  • Grants: reviewing possible grants for roof and fabric repairs and the installation of a new heating system

  • Chairs: looking into the cost of replacing the existing chairs

  • Heating: reviewing the information already obtained on heating systems and identifying new lines of inquiry

  • Heat Loss Survey: Looking at where most heat is being lost and therefore where we might most helpfully invest in insu-lation.

At the same time we are considering some ‘evolutionary’ changes that sight improve the comfort and usability of the building. These could include a wood and glass screen under the Tower to reduce draughts and heat loss; moving the font to near the main entrance to make a lar-ger more usable space at the back; and extending the raised area in front of the choir stalls and altar to make it easier for people to be seen (e.g. during concerts and school services).

We will continue to update you and hope that as plans become clearer we will be able to draw on a wide base of support to allow us to carry them out.

Reverend David Jessett

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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 :

St Peter's Church is open every day from approximately 9:00am until early evening. You are very welcome to come in and look around or simply to enjoy the peace and quiet.

On Saturdays between 10:00am and 12:00 noon, tea and coffee will be available.

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MORNING PRAYER :

Morning Prayer is said every Thursday at St Peterís Church at 8.30 am. All welcome.

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ST PETER’S CLUB :

The children enjoyed a pancake meeting when races up and down the central aisle in church proved to be much fun. In spite of their young ages most of the children tried tossing the pancakes and some were delighted to find they could do it. The races were followed with pancake eating, not the ones used in the races you will be pleased to hear for they had been well handled and had visited the floor several times.

The children learned the story of the woman at the Well as they found out about the service prepared by the women of Egypt which formed the core of the Women's World Day of Prayer celebrated as usual on the first Friday of March throughout the world. The children talked about deserts and wildernesses and the importance of the River Nile and then drew pictures of camels.

St. Peter’s Club meets every Thursday during term-time. Tea (sandwiches etc) will be available from 4.30pm until 5.30 pm. All children meet from 5.00pm till 6.00pm. All welcome.

Term will end on Thursday 10th April and start again on Thursday 1st May.

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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CATHEDRAL LIAISON OFFICER’S REPORT :

Heating - The Cathedral is now connected for heating by the system operated by Cofely District Energy. Heating and hot water is now coming from the London Road waste disposal depot. The three gas boilers have been switched off and will be de-commissioned in due course.

Cathedral Organ - The” Harrison and Harrison” organ has been played for over 50 years and like the “Walker” organ at All Saints Church, Sherbourne it has now been listed as a Grade 1 status instrument by the British Institute of pipe organ studies. It has been rated as one of the top 3 organs in the UK today.

Breast Cancer Research - The Cathedral ruins were recently illumi-nated “Pink” to help to promote Breast Cancer Research. Other structures chosen for creative pink lighting were “the Cutty Sark” HMS Belfast and Windsor Castle.

I will be away from the UK until the end of April. I am taking a “Cruise Pilgrimage” visiting 23 countries starting in Prater before the sculpture “Reconciliation” in the ruins of the Cathedral. My final destination will be in prayer before the copy of the same sculpture in the Atomic Peace Memorial Park in Japan.

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

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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
Ann Fawcett
Christine McBeath
Barbara Peters
Jane Scott
David Jessett

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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 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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