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WEEK COMMENCING 11th December, 2016

SERVICES THIS SUNDAY                   11th December                        Advent 3

9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (Rector)

9.15am Holy Communion at Pytchley (Revd Toni Smith)

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

11:00am Family Service & Baptism at Great Harrowden (Rector)

4:00pm Christingle Service at Isham (Rector & Team)

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY                   18th December                     Advent 4

9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (Rector)

11:00 am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden (Rector)

4:00pm Nativity & Carols at Orlingbury (Gillian Walton)

4:00pm Christingle & Tea at Pytchley (Rector & team)

6:00pm Carol Service at Little Harrowden (Carolynne Adam)

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.


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

Or email: [email protected]

(underscore between names) by Thursday evening each week.


Sun 11th Dec: 2-4pm Nativity Weekend at Pytchley Church

Mon 12th Dec: 9.30am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church

2.00pm Knit & Natter at Little Harrowden Church

3.45 Messy Church Christmas at Great Harrowden Church

Tues 13th Dec: 6.45pm Routz Ice-skating at Beckworth Emporium

Wed 13th Dec: 7pm Spirit of Christmas at Pytchley Church

Fri 16th Dec: 2pm School Carol Concert at Little Harrowden church

Mon 12th Dec: Little Fishes Christmas Party at Little Harrowden Church

5pm Nativity Evening at Little Harrowden Church


Collect                                                                 Advent 3

O Lord Jesus Christ, who at your first coming sent your messenger to prepare your way before you: grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready your way by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at your second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in your sight; for you are alive and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

James 5: 7-10

Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near. Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look – the Judge is standing at the door! For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

Matthew 11: 2-11

When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”  Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”

As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’   Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”


A Nativity Weekend will be held at Pytchley Church Saturday 10th and  Sunday 11th Dec, 2-4pm with festive refreshments and lots of nativity sets etc.

Christingle Services are being held Sunday at Isham and at Pytchley on 18th December, both at 4pm. So tell your family and friends – if you can’t go to your own village church please go to one of the others – all welcome!

The Charity Christmas card board is now up at St Mary’s Little Harrowden – write one card to all your friends and donate the money you save! This year the proceeds will be put with the Carol Service collection and sent to the Daylight Centre in Wellingborough. If you would like to join in please sign a card and put it on the board, and your contribution to the Daylight Centre goes into the stocking attached to the board, this will be emptied at the end of each service.

Carol Singing at Kettering Hospital: Karan Harris is getting together a group of people to sing for the patients on Thurs 22nd December about 6pm. This is much appreciated and has been requested again by [email protected]

The Spirit of Christmas Concert with the Sixties Club Band will be held at Pytchley Church on Wednesday 14th December at 7pm. Tickets from 01536 790744, churchwardens, and various other people! £6 adults/£1 child

A Nativity Evening will be held at Little Harrowden Church on Monday 19th December at 5pm – enjoy a film of the children’s nativity, lots of nativity sets, games, stalls and food – Christmas fun for everyone!

Carol Singing around Orlingbury village in aid of charity Wednesday 21st December. Meet on The Green 6.30pm. Mulled wine stops along the way with hot supper at The Queens Arms around 8.30pm ♪♪♫♫ Everyone welcome ♪♪♫♫

Don’t forget warm clothes and torches! Info: Shelley Brown 07790 393913

Zoe Robinson 01933 402800

Carol Singing around Little Harrowden will take place on 20th December, beginning at Manor Court at 7.20pm and ending there with refreshments. Organised by the Heritage Society.


Carol Singing around Pytchley will take place on Friday 23rd December starting outside church at 7pm. Money will be collected in aid of the Daylight Centre. (No doubt the carol singing will end at the Overstone Arms!)

RC Carol Service at Great Harrowden chapel is on Wednesday 21st Dec at 7pm

On Remembrance Sunday I lost the silver celtic cross I wore on my robes – it had my poppy attached to it. I led services at Isham, Great & Little Harrowden so if anyone has seen it please could you tell me. Thanks, Mary.

Twelfth Night Concert at St. Andrew’s Church, Broughton, NN14 1LU

7.30pm Friday 6th January 2017. Pre-booked tickets £8 (on the door £9)

To include a glass of wine and interval refreshments. Ring 01536 791906

End the season on a high with songs from the Musicals and Seasonal Favourites.

Please pray:

  • For all who are brining their children in the Christian faith following their baptism.
  • For all in need of healing.
  • For all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
  • For all preparing for Christmas, especially those who will find it difficult.
  • For the inhabitants of Aleppo and Mosul and in Yemen, and all who are suffering from conflict and war.

Proverb: “Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.” Ch.12, v27.





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