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WEEK COMMENCING 21st May, 2017


8:00am BCP Holy Communion at Isham (Rector)

11:00am 5 Churches Together Communion at Pytchley (Rector)

Followed by Bring & Share Lunch for EVERYONE

6:00pm Sung Evensong at Little Harrowden (Carolynne Adam)

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY 28th May   Easter 7

9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (Revd Toni Smith)

9:15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden (Revd James Mogridge)

11:00am Family Service at Great Harrowden (Team)

11:00am Holy Communion at Pytchley (Revd Toni Smith)

11:00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury (Revd Martin Walker)

Weekday Services

8.30am Monday Morning Prayer at Great Harrowden.

9:15 am Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Morning Prayer at Little Harrowden.

9.15 am. Wednesday, Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

Proverb: “Evil words destroy one’s friends; wise discernment rescues the godly.” Ch.11, v9.

Please forward any items for inclusion in this news sheet to the vicarage (01933 678225)

Or email: [email protected] by Tuesday evening each week.


Mon 22nd May: 9.30am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church

2.00pm Knit & Natter at Little Harrowden Church

7.00pm Great Harrowden PCC at 36 Lowick Close

7.30pm Pytchley PCC in church

Wed 24th May: 7.30pm Deanery Synod meeting at St. Barnabus, Wellingborough

Thurs 25th May: 7.30am THY KINGDOM COME Prayer Stations at

Great Harrowden Church

7.30pm Short Ascension Day Service at Great Harrowden Church

Sat 27th May: 8.45am Men’s and Women’s Breakfasts

Future Dates

Sat 10th June: 10am Jubilee Coffee Morning at Pytchley Church

2-5pm Orlingbury Village Fete in Old Rectory Garden & Village Hall

Sun 18th June: 3pm Afternoon Tea at Little Harrowden Church (£5

HOLIDAY CLUB week commencing 21st August – Join the facebook group

Sat 30th Sept: Bel Canto Choir concert at Pytchley Church in aid of church funds

Collect                                                                  Easter 6

God our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy: through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Acts 17: 22-31

So Paul, standing before the council, addressed them as follows: “Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way, for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about.

“He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.

“His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being’. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.

“God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”

John 14: 15-21

Jesus said: “If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads you into all truth. The world at large cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognise him. But you do, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

“No, I will not abandon you as orphans – I will come to you. In just a little while the world will not see me again, but you will. Because I live, you will live too.

“When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Those who obey my commandments are the ones who love me, and because they love me, my Father will love them, and I will love them. And I will reveal myself to each one of them.”



TODAY (21st May) is Mary’s final service at 11am at Pytchley. This will be followed by a Bring & Share Lunch for everyone – do please come even if you can’t attend the service, or forget to bring any food as there’s always a surplus!

On Ascension Day 25th May there will be a chance for you to visit All Saints Church, Great Harrowden where there will be prayer stations including children’s activities open from 7.30 am – 7.30 pm. There will be a short service for Ascension Day at 7.30pm. This is part of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s initiative Thy Kingdom Come, of which he says: “I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit.” Please come and be part of this.

At 9.15am there will be a short prayer service (instead of at Little Harrowden).

Routz would like to welcome Year 6 pupils to their meetings this term, and all secondary school pupils new to our villages are welcome too. For information and programme details please contact Zoe Robinson, 01933 402800, email [email protected] The only thing we take seriously is your FUN !

Sunday JAM is a new Sunday afternoon group for children and their adults. Every month there is a craft, an activity, games, songs and a bible story followed by sandwiches and cake. Do come and see us on 4th June from 4.00 – 5.30 at St Mary’s Little Harrowden. Hopefully this will suit those who do sport on Sunday mornings. Carolynne would be grateful if any adults with or without children are in a position to help, please contact her if you can help, 01933 673492

The Mother’s Union have changed their plans for June and will now be meeting on Thursday 22nd June at 7.30 at Little Harrowden church.

Helen Clark and family and friends are holding a Charity Fayre on Saturday 10th June, 11am – 2pm in Little Harrowden Church. Coffee, cake & soup lunches, tombola, etc. All in aid of the Isabel Baker Foundation and Hospice at Home.

Midsummer Madness on Saturday 17th June: Enjoy a dawn ramble starting at 3.50am at Pytchley and ending with full English Breakfast (£5) at Pytchley Village Hall. Approximately 6 miles. Please contact Julie Wykes 01536 7907444 to book your place. Dogs welcome on the walk, but not in the village hall!

Janice Forrester would like to thank everyone for their kindness, prayers and good wishes following her hip operation – she is now recovering well at home.

Launde Abbey Quiet Day on Monday 5 June 2017 10am – 4pm

Three Good Things I’ve forgotten about me – but God hasn’t
Led by Hilary Surridge, Co-ordinating Chaplain at De Montfort University
If you have moments wondering, “Where am I in all of this?” then take a break from busyness and join us as we seek God’s guidance on priorities for our lives through creative reflection and restful prayer.  We can easily forget that we are beautiful and precious in God’s eyes – this will also be a time to honour and explore God’s love for us.  £26 per person, to include coffee, lunch and tea.

Open to Everyone. Contact: or 01572 717254

Humour is a gift: A young missionary served in a remote part of Africa with few resources. But he did manage to convert some of the natives. One day, unarmed, he was walking through the bush when he was confronted by a lion. He knelt in prayer, hands clasped, and after a few moments opened one eye and saw that the lion was kneeling down, paws clasped. “My goodness,” he said in relief, “are you a Christian too?” “Yes, certainly,” replied the lion, “I was just saying grace.”

Please pray:

  • For Pam Buckby, and all in need of healing.
  • For the Adam family as they grieve for Brigitte, Carolynne’s sister-in-law, and all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
  • For friends of the Underwoods,(Pytchley) who had a recent bereavement
  • For Marilyn Schultz – Pytchley
  • For our churches as they move into the interregnum.
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