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WEEK COMMENCING 14th May, 2017

SERVICES THIS SUNDAY                          14th May                          Easter 5

9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (Rector)

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

10:00am Family Service at Little Harrowden (Team)

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

NO Service at Orlingbury (Waendel Walk)

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY                          21st May                        Easter 6


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)

Weekday Services

NO Monday Morning Prayer at Great Harrowden on 8th May.

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 Rector (01933 678225)

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


Sun 14th May: 12.30pm Drinks & Nibbles at Pytchley Lodge

Mon 15th May: 9.30am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church

2.00pm Knit & Natter at Little Harrowden Church

3.45pm Messy Church at Great Harrowden Church

Tues 16th May: 7.20pm Christianity & OT Explored at 36 Lowick Close

Thurs 18th May: 10.30am Orlingbury Village Coffee Morning in Queen’s Arms

7.00pm Routz at Pytchley Church

7.30pm Bible Study Group at 32 Norlinton Close, Orlingbury

Fri 19th May: 7.00pm Pudding Evening at Little Harrowden Church

Future Dates

Mon 22nd May: 7.00pm Great Harrowden PCC at 36 Lowick Close

7.30pm Pytchley PCC in church

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

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


Collect                                                                  Easter 5

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ our risen Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


Acts 7: 54-60

When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’

At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.


While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he fell on his knees and cried out, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he fell asleep.

John 14: 1-14
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?   And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.   And you know the way to the place where I am going.”

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”


Rosemary Eady invites us all to Drinks & Nibbles at Pytchley Lodge from 12.30pm onwards TODAY 14th May. Tickets £10 each from Barbara Lodge (01536 790049) or pay on the door. Proceeds in aid of Pytchley Church.

Next Sunday (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 open from 7.30 am – 7.30 pm when there will be a short service for Ascension Day. 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.

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 me, please speak to me or ring me if you can help, 01933 673492

Friday Family Fun 9th June 5 – 6 pm in Pytchley church 🙂

Jubilee Coffee Morning  10th June, 10-12 noon, in Pytchley church

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!

A Holy Land Tour is being led by Bishop Donald in May 2018 – there is a brochure at the back of church giving a lot of detail about the itinerary etc. It is well worth doing at least once in your life as it gives you an insight into the landscape and history of Israel and Christianity.

General Election: our Archbishops have written a letter to the churches, google Cross Keys Magazine (Peterborough Diocese) for an article about it which says: At a time when political differences may be felt more intensely than ever, the Archbishops insist that Christians’ “first obligation” during the election and beyond is to pray for those standing for office and recognise the personal costs and burdens carried by those in political life and by their families. But Christians also have a duty to play an active part in the process, they add. The letter also calls for space for faith in political debate and says politicians must be free to speak openly about their own beliefs and convictions and treated fairly for doing so. The article gives a good summary if you haven’t got time to read the whole three page letter!

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, Ben Briggs (Mary’s nephew) and all in need of healing.
  • For the family and friends of 15 year old Ben from Thrapston who died at a recent football match, and all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
  • For honesty between nations, and wisdom in their dealings with one another.
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