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WEEK COMMENCING 12th March, 2017

9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (Rector)

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

10:00am Café Church at Little Harrowden (Team)

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

11:00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury (Rector)


8:00am BCP Holy Communion at Isham (Rector)
3:00pm Confirmation & Holy Communion at Great Harrowden
(Bishop of Brixworth)
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.
Mon 13th March: 9.30am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church
2pm Lent Course (2) at 1A Winston Drive, Isham
3.45pm Messy Church at Great Harrowden Church
7.30pm Pytchley PCC at
Wed 15th March: 7.30pm Great Harrowden PCC at 36 Lowick Close
7.30pm Lent Course at 44a Allen Road, Finedon
Thurs 16th March: 10.30am Orlingbury Village Coffee Morning at Queen’s Head
2.00pm Lent Course (3) at 12 Furnace Lane
7.30pm Lent Course (3) at Garden House, Rectory Lane, Orlingbury
Sat 18th March: 12 noon Lent Lunches at Isham Village Hall and LH Church
Sat 18th March: 9.30am Bishop’s Bible Day (see below)

Future dates
Sat 25th March: 11am Talk at Pytchley Church (see below)
Thurs 30th March: 7pm Discipleship Evening at Little Harrowden Church

Collect Lent 2
Almighty God, you show to those who are in error the light of your truth, that they may return to the way of righteousness: grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion that they may reject those thing that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Genesis 12: 1-5
The LORD had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
‘I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.’

So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
John 3: 1-17
There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.”

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

“What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”

Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”

“How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked.

Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”

Confirmation Service: please note that the 5 Churches Together Service on 19th March will be held at 3pm in the afternoon at Great Harrowden and will include Confirmation as well as communion. Bishop John will be taking the service so please come and make this a special occasion for our two candidates, Scott Barber and Mark Dainty.

Discipleship? Following the joint PCC on 1st February, Revd Charlie Nobbs has agreed to run an evening for us at 7pm on Thursday 30th March to look in more detail at how we can best help people to grow in faith and discipleship, especially those who attend Cup Cakes, Messy Church, FFF, Family Services, Café Church, and other forms of outreach. Please can several people (eg 3) from each church attend this meeting so that afterwards what they have heard can be discussed and shared at large in their own villages so each church can plan a way forward for this. It is really important because only those who are encouraged to grow in faith and discipleship are likely to continue to be part of our churches once their children move on to secondary school.

‘The Fascinating History of Drayton House, Lowick’ is the subject of a talk to be given by Bruce Bailey FSA, a nationally recognised architectural historian, at Pytchley Church at 11am on Saturday 25th March, followed by lunch. Coffee will be served from 10.30am. This is being organised by Pytchley Church Heritage Trust – should be a very interesting morning! Tickets £12 (inc lunch & tea/coffee) from Mark Goodman, Mike Walsh, Pam Reynolds & Rosemary Eady.

Mothering Sunday on 26th March – each of our churches is working hard to prepare a lovely service for families on this special day, so please invite friends, neighbours and families to come – there will be flowers for all the ladies.

Rabbit/Guinea Pig hutches for sale: Mary has 2 hutches, one double decker on long legs so you don’t have to bend over, and one that goes on the lawn.

Humour is a gift: From city church youth leaders: Many of the young people who came to our youth club were real rough diamonds. It wasn’t long before the fruit of our ministry began to take effect – the wheel hubs were stolen from our car. As time passed some of the tearaway teenagers started to take an interest. The result of this was an obvious improvement in their lives. Obviously struck by remorse two of the young lads approached me, and admitted stealing the hub caps. To their credit they produced replacements for the stolen goods. I thanked them and asked how they had managed to afford the replacements.
“Oh, that was easy,” came the reply. “We stole them from a guy’s car who lives round the corner from us.”

Please pray:
• For Mark Dainty and Scott Barber as they prepare for their confirmation.
• For all in need of healing.
• For the family and friends of Karan Smith (Pytchey connections) who died aged 39, and for all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
• For the citizens of Mosul.

Proverb: “The godly are like trees that bear life-giving fruit, and those who save lives are wise.” Ch.11, v30

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