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Revd David Jessett
M Th, BD

The Rectory,
CV35 8ES
01926 624238

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As we all enjoy the summer weather, it is also a great time of year for sports fans with many major tournaments and events taking place. One thing all of these remind us of is the importance of good teamwork. Even sports that look individual, like tennis or motor racing, actually rely on a huge amount of teamwork in the background!

The church also has many ‘teams’ that keep it going. Apart from the Church Council (PCC), we have bell ringers, welcomers, a choir and several other smaller groups of people that look after specific things. While most of the ‘team members’ are regular church goers, they are by no means all. There are several people with particular skills or interests who help out with things like the finances, maintaining the church building and grounds, distributing this magazine etc. If you have skills in any of these areas or in publicity, grant applications or desktop publishing and might be interested in joining the church team and helping out, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Revd. David Jessett in the first instance.

Like many churches, we also have a Pastoral Care Team. Amongst other things, the members of this team provide support to people in the parish who are bereaved or in particular need. They also visit people who are unable to get out - whether that is at home, in hospital or in a care home. If you would like to know more about this team or would like to arrange a visit for yourself or someone else, again please contact David Jessett..

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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 August 2018.

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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Cathedral Maintenance – The cladding project on the seven bays is progressing well, improving the rainwater drainage from the roof and refurbishing the glass ingots set in concrete is in hand. These works should significantly reduce the water penetration into the buildings, all scaffolding should be removed by the end of the year.

Masonic Donation – At a recent evening service the Provincial Grand Master of Warwickshire Freemasons presented the Dean with a cheque for £5000 from the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association and a matched donation from the National Masonic Charitable Foundation. The £10,000 was part of an assured ongoing support of the Cathedral.

In 2018 Coventry Cathedral will be celebrating the centenary of the Diocese of Coventry. To mark the special occasion the Cathedral will host a diverse range of spectacular artistic event during the year.

The Coventry Plumbline Centenary Festival 2018

Saturday 17 March poetry – ‘Peace and Poetry Festival’.

Sunday 18 March dance/art – ‘Stations of the Cross’.

Good Friday 30 March ‘St John the Passion’ (Chilcott) Fine Arts Brass and Orchestra Pro Anima.

Visitation visit by Archbishop of Canterbury

2nd-5th May Service and visits to Southam and Nuneaton

Thursday 3 May concert – Choral concert with Grorgia Baptist Sons of Jubai South in aid of the NSPCC

For more details or to find out how you can get involved visit

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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The children have continued to work on New Testament stories. The story of the prodigal son raised many questions about forgiveness and jealousy and the need to be aware of the feelings of others. Before the club breaks up for the holidays the table at the back of church will be finished - please pop in and take a look to see if you can identify the stories!

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 autumn term will start on Thursday, 6th 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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