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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 26th November 2017.

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Saturday 2nd December, 12noon—2.30pm. Barford School Hall

Cakes, Delicatessen, Tombola, Raffle, Gifts and Things.

Lunches with a Christmas Flavour

All proceeds to Church Funds.

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Wednesday 15th November, from 10:30am to 12:00 noon at the home of Mike and Jo Burman 1, Avon Close.

In aid of St Peter's Christmas Fair.

Please bring a contribution for the Gift Stall or tombola and enjoy a cup of coffee and a chat. Alternatively donations for other stalls can be brought to church on any Saturday morning between 10am and 12 noon but especially on Saturday 25th November when there will be sherry and shortbread!

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As we near the end of 2017, we are pleased to look back on Church events which have taken place throughout the year. Although much of the organisation for these activities has been undertaken by a group of hardworking, regular members of the church community, many of the events have been attended by a broad cross section of people from the wider village community and those from further afield.

The Desert Island Discs night and the Pancake evening, were enjoyed in February by quite different groups of people. The Beating of the Bounds community walk and a highly successful Open Gardens event were both very popular. And as the warmer evenings continued, there was a well-attended jazz concert in Church in July and then, just at the end of the summer holidays, the sunshine stayed around for a most enjoyable BBQ in the churchyard. October will have seen not only a great Harvest supper but also a Quiz night and the Barford Prom concert, the latter in aid of the new Community Hall to be built on the site of the Scout Hut.

Support for church events from the broader community has helped to leave parish funds in a much healthier state as we move towards the end of 2017, compared to a year ago. More importantly, the continued partnership between the church community and the broader community continues to grow and strengthen as we join together in a variety of ways throughout the year.

Preparations are now under way for Christmas events and in particular, the Christmas Fayre on Saturday 2nd December The ‘always a sell-out’ “Christmas is coming” will also take place once again, this year on Friday 8th December. See elsewhere for details and how to get tickets.

In other Church news, Traidcraft goods have been on sale bi-monthly before the 11.00am service throughout the year and they will next be in Church on Sunday 5th November from 10.30, before the 11.00am service. Buying these helps to support producers by paying them a fair wage for their work.

On the same day we will have our Annual Service of Commemoration where we can read out the names of individuals whom you would like to be remembered. A week later (12th November) the annual Remembrance for those who died in the two World Wars will take place at Barford Church starting at the War memorial at 10.45.

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Music and Meditation evenings will now be held in St. Peter’s Church four times a year on the second Tuesday in September, December, March and June at 8:00pm.

The next event will be on Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 8:00pm until about 9:10pm.

Music interspersed with silences fro reflection, all by candle light.

Feel free to come and go as you wish.

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A very enjoyable evening which raised approximately £350 (including some generous donations) for Save the Children Fund.

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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 Sunday 19th November.

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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The bi-annual Flower Festival at All Saints’ Sherbourne enjoyed a steady stream of visitors over the weekend to appreciate both the fantastic flower displays and the church itself. Trips up the tower to the ringing platform proved popular with all ages. Refreshments this year were held in the Garden Room at Sherbourne Park with kind permission of Robin Smith-Ryland and many thanks to him for providing this facility for us. The raffle and tombola were both popular too.

The Bishop of Warwick brought the weekend to a close when he celebrated Evensong with a lovely service. The choral responses were sung by St Peter’s Choir and a sermon incorporating the mention of quite a few musicals kept us well within the weekend’s theme.

Receipts and donations totalled £3,200, all of which goes towards the maintenance and running of our magnificent Church.

The Church remained decked with flowers for Harvest Festival the following weekend.

A large amount of fruit, flowers, vegetables and dried goods were donated and on display in the Church.

The dried goods were taken to the Kineton Food Bank and the fresh produce was delivered to a residential home in Stratford for those suffering from dementia.

The Church has received finally a faculty i.e. permission to install a “portaloo” in the Churchyard. The faculty is for only two years. During that time we will have to work very hard to raise the money which will be required to construct a permanent facility.

Find us on Facebook @AllSaintsSherbourneWarwick.

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The summer meeting was held at St Mary The Virgin, Stoneleigh. Following a brief history of this 12th century church details were given of the £211,000 Heritage lottery grant to replace crumbling stonework, provide a new copper nave roof, exhibition and education material. Previously the PCC had provided funding to construct a kitchenette and single toilet unit within a corner of the church. For the lottery grant the PCC employed a professional fundraising company who provided £65,000 towards the building work.

The Cathedral is very much involved in the City of Coventry’s application to become the 2021 City of Culture, having now reached a short list of five cities.

2018 will be the Centenary of the Diocese and many concerts, lectures, exhibitions have been planned, highlights will be:

January 27 Discover the Classics, Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra and Coventry Cathedral Chorus

March 17 Peace and Poetry Festival

May 5 Cathedral day visit of Archbishop of Canterbury

June 16 Gloria – MacMillan, St Nicholas, Britten featuring a visiting choir from USA

August Flower Festival

Sept 29 Last night of the Proms

Nov 14 War Requiem

Dec 23 Messiah

The St Michael’s Singers have now been renamed ‘Coventry Cathedral Chorus’

The use of Aerial Drones at weddings was reported and considerable unease was expressed, each PCC was advised to adopt a policy and some had already posted notices within the church grounds prohibiting such use.

Passion Play – Reservations can now be made for the 2020 Oberammergan Passion Play in Austria. First performed in 1634 it is performed every 10 years and this will be the 42nd production. 2000 citizens of the town will be involved in the staging. A world wide audience will ensure a complete sell out – contact a travel agent for further details.

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 during daylight hours. 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 are 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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All the children's hard work preparing for harvest meant that they were able to join in the Harvest Supper celebration. After the Revd. Jessett’s warm welcome to all, the children entertained the packed hall with their first perfomance on the handbells. When the Saints go marching in rang round the hall and was followed by some harvest songs. They received warm applause and were then able to relax and enjoy their supper. Some of the older children volunteered to help with clearing of tables and the serving of puddings which they did well. It was lovely to see them taking part in the event.

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  (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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