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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 28th May 2017.

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The final PCC meeting of the church year took place on March 15th and was followed by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) which was held on April 5th.

One of the key subjects reviewed at both of these was the church’s Safeguarding Policy. Recent legislative changes have made this a complex subject and the PCC is very fortunate to have had the expert help of Tony Bayliss who acts as the Safeguarding Officer for the whole benefice. Tony has helped to ensure that the church complies with the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy which covers such areas as recruitment of volunteers, risk assessments, DBS checks and suitable training for volunteers who work with young people etc. The Parish Safeguarding Statement and Childline poster are now displayed prominently inside the church.

At the APCM we were pleased to welcome three new members to the PCC - Allan Fawcett, Alex Farr and Paul Williams. Thanks were given to Ann Holiday and Michael Ashton who were standing down having completed their three year term on the PCC.

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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Each year, the PCC donates some money to Christian based charities around the world. Some of these like CORD or Combat Stress are quite well recognised, but one of the less well-known is the Church Urban Fund (CUF).

CUF was established by the Church of England as a practical response to unmet need and has been active in local communities for over 30 years. Its vision is to see people and communities all over England flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness.

It works through the Church of England’s local parish networks, and alongside other faith-based and secular organisations, to bring about positive change in neighbourhoods. One local example set-up under The Together Network initiative is a weekly lunch club for elderly people in Coventry, with food served by local ex-offenders.

To learn more visit

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After the bare weeks of Lent, the church sprang to life with the spring flowers decorating it for Easter. Thanks are due to the ladies who willingly give their time to do this, and to the people who generously make donations for the flowers. At Easter, this is often in memory of a loved one, and we greatly appreciate the thought behind these donations.

The Flower rota is on the table at the back of the church – it would be really helpful to have some new names added to the very small team who put fresh flowers at the Altar each week.


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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 21st May.

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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At the Spring meeting of the Parish Partners at the Cathedral, a presentation was given by John Cooper, co-coordinator for Christian Aid for Coventry and Warwickshire. £10m has been raised of which £9m has been collected ‘house to house’; delegates expressed how difficult and uncomfortable this was now proving. With this in mind, films were now available to show to congregations, community group etc emphasizing the impact on poverty inflicted by the modern world.

Congratulations go to St Mary Clifton on Dunsmore who won the competition for the best parish magazine.

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 celebrated the coming of Easter in the last meeting before the holidays. Easter cakes were much enjoyed especially by the parents who stayed for the meeting! The children created an Easter garden for use in church during Holy Week. They also sang their favourite songs and had fun doing an Easter egg hunt - the proceeds from which they were able to take home in beautifully crocheted baskets kindly created for them by Ann Holiday.

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 current term finishes on April 6th and the Summer term restarts on April 27th.

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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