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Revd David Jessett
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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 23rd July 2017.

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Over the last few years we have experimented with a number of different forms of worship across the benefice and also changed the times of some of the services to try and provide a wider choice and to appeal to different groups of people e.g. families with children.

We have now settled into a fairly steady pattern at Barford with two services each month at 9:30am and two at 11:00am as well as a couple of 8:00am Holy Communion services. The 11:00am service on the third Sunday of each month is sometimes used to celebrate a special day like Father’s Day or a part of the Christian journey like Marriage or Baptism - in fact the latter is being celebrated on July 16th and we will be baptising a child from a village family during the service.

In months when we don’t have a special celebration we have been holding a different type of service which is a Celtic Communion. This is a more informal service which is held ‘in the round’ at the back of the church and uses words and music that are more in the Celtic tradition - deriving from the very early days of the monastic church as it developed in Ireland, Scotland and Northern England. A lot of people have found these ancient spiritual associations and the feeling of community within these services both moving and enjoyable. The next Celtic service will be on August 20th - please come along and try it!

The church services are timetabled on this website and other key dates and events will be detailed or advertised separately.

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Congratulations to both Revd Rachel Saum, Curate in the Lighthorne benefice and leader of the Field Community at Charlecote Vicarage, who will be ordained priest at Coventry Cathedral on Sunday 2nd July at 10.30 am and to Alycia Timmis of Barford who will be ordained Deacon at 4.00 pm on the same day, also in the Cathedral, and will become Curate of St Mary’s Warwick.

We pray for both of them and for Alycia’s husband and son, Mark and Miles. We also wish the Timmis family all happiness and success as they start on this exciting new venture.

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Between 25th May and 4th June, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has invited communities and churches around the world to gather together and pray that their friends, families and neighbours come to know Jesus Christ. In his words: “In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities."

For our benefice, it is proposed to hold daily prayer sessions across the six churches which will include the Music and Meditation evening at St. Peter’s Barford on 1st June (starts at 8:00pm).

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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 St Peter's Church, Barford any Monday evening between 8:00pm and 9:00pm to find out more.

Our request at the beginning of the year for learner bell ringers at All Saints' Church, Sherbourne produced five newcomers. This means that we will be able to make up, with John Wheeler, the six required for each bell to be rung; but we will also need reserves. The tower is open to all, ringers and learners alike, every third Sunday morning, from 10 until 12. Come along, see what is involved and enjoy coffee and cake in a friendly atmosphere. Bell ringing practice for all is from 10.00 to 11.30 on Saturday mornings.

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(Third 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 16th July.

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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An illustrated talk was given recently in Warwick by Keith Cattell, a retired architect. The title was “Light Fantastic – 1,000 years of stained glass”.

The talk covered Europe but of particular local interest were:

 Charlecote House for some of the earliest domestic glazing in this country.

 The Beauchamp Chapel in St Mary’s Warwick for the oldest depiction in Europe of sheet music in glass.

 The Mortuary Chapel in All Saints’ Church for the exquisite detailing and deep colouring of the three windows designed by Augustus Pugin.

The bi-annual Flower Festival returns to All Saints’ Church on Friday 22nd September and runs through to Evensong on the Sunday, which will be celebrated by the Bishop of Warwick.

Opening times - 10.00am to 5.00pm each day.

The theme for this year’s Festival is Musicals.

There will be teas and cakes in the Village Hall throughout the weekend.

Bell ringing practice for all is from 10.00am to 11.30am on Saturday mornings.

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Cathedral Shop – The Cathedral shop is being relocated to the base of the tower in the ruins, staff will be selling tickets for concerts etc and ascents of the tower. The tourist information bureau will be relocated from the tower to the nearby Herbert Art Gallery. The present shop will be used by ‘St Claire’s at the Cathedral’, group studies as part of the community life of the church.

The next meeting for Parish Partners will be held on Saturday 15th July at the new refurbished Stoneleigh church.

David Hill
Parish Partner for the Avon Benefice

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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 taking part in a wide variety of activities supporting the seasonal themes within the church year including the Ascension and Pentecost. They have also been continuing to play with the handbells and have started to tackle the annotation of sheet music. Even though most of the children are under 8 years old, they have a good understanding of this task. .

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 Summer term will finish on Thursday 20th July and the Autumn term will start on Thursday 7th September.

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

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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 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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