The Deanery Synod held on Tuesday, February 7th, at 7.30pm at St. Edmund’s Church, Shipston, was very well attended. We were pleased to be able to welcome Godfrey Armitage of the Diocesan Environmental Group, who spoke on the subject of ‘Eco Church’. Godfrey gave us evidence of the crisis we are facing ecologically, and also gave us hope in the things we could do as churches and individuals. Caring for our planet is not an option for Christians, it is a responsibility. For further information look into Eco Church which is an A Rocha project. Website is www.ecochurch.arocha.org.uk
The Deanery Lent Services begin on March 7th Everyone is invited to these services, as we move across the Deanery, worshipping together during Lent. Our theme this year is ‘Our life as God’s People: thinking of life as one holy offering, and we are delighted that Bishop David will be leading the final service, which is the Eucharist of Holy Week. Do join us if you can – as ever there are refreshments afterwards.
Tuesday 7th March, St Mary’s Church Tysoe,
Revd. Canon Kathryn Fleming, Canon Pastor of Coventry Cathedral ‘Life as worship: praise in every event’.
Tuesday 14th March, St. Edmund’s Church, Shipston,
Revd. Chris Goble, Rector of Ilmington Benefice ‘How do we honour God in our treatment of His plant?’
Tuesday 21st March, St. Peter and St Paul, Long Compton, Revd. Daniel Pulman, Pastor of Stour Valley Baptist Church, Shipston ‘How do we honour God with our resources of time and money’?
Tuesday 28th March, Church of The Holy Trinity and St Thomas of Canterbury, Ettington, Rev’d David Winter . God inspired choices: Honouring God in our morality’
Tuesday 4th April, Church of St Mary the Virgin, Ilmington
Revd. Penny Hughes, ‘God at the Centre: honouring God in our prayer’
Tuesday April 11th, St. David’s, Newbold, Eucharist of Holy Week, with Bishop David Evans, ‘Loving and admonishing: honouring God by truly loving’.
Shipston Deanery Mission Statement
Shipston Deanery is a deeply rural area in South Warwickshire, populated by about 15,500 humans along with countless sheep, cattle, pigs and horses. They occupy one market town (Shipston), and nearly thirty villages and hamlets, with population ranging from below 100 to just over 1000. Almost all of these have functioning places of worship, and are supported by communities who celebrate the love of God shown in Jesus Christ, and his involvement in every aspect of our day to day lives. Our churches are living, breathing spaces where we hope that people will have their eyes opened to the glory of God, where they will be surrounded by His peace, and discover what it is to be touched and transformed by God.
More than that, though, we want them to be place where you will meet God’s people, throughout this Deanery, who are committed to doing three things:
- Worshipping God, in our lives as well as in our churches
- Making new disciples, as we share with those we meet the wonder of a life with the Living God,
- Transforming communities – having an impact on the challenges and problems around us, and making a difference to the communities in which we live. The area may be beautiful, but that hides just as much loneliness, poverty, abuse and need as anywhere else.
Members of our churches are dedicated to loving God and to loving others, to sharing the news of our Lord Jesus Christ with others, and to exploring what it means to be a Christian today. As a Deanery we aim to support and encourage each other as we discover together this wonderful journey of life in Christ.
Revd. Dr. Jill Tucker, Rural Dean