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WEEK COMMENCING 18th December 2016

SERVICES THIS SUNDAY                   18th December                        Advent

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)

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY                 25th December              Christmas Day


9:00 am Family Communion at Isham (Revd Toni Smith)

9:15 am Family Communion at Little Harrowden (Revd John Seaman)

10:00 am Family Communion at Pytchley (Rector)

SERVICES FOLLOWING SUNDAY                1st January               Christmas 1

10:00 am Benefice Holy Communion at Isham   (Rector)

11.00 am Café & Brunch at Orlingbury (Gillian Walton)

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 19th Dec: 9.30am Little Fishes Christmas Party at Little Harrowden Church

5.00pm Nativity at Little Harrowden Church

Tues 20th Dec: 9.30am School Christmas Service at Pytchley Church

11.00am School Christmas Service at Isham Church

7.20pm at Manor Court: Carol Singing around Little Harrowden

Wed 21st Dec: 6.30pm on the Green at Orlingbury for carol singing around the village

7.00pm RC Carol Service at Great Harrowden Chapel, all welcome.

Fri 23rd Dec: 7.00pm at Pytchley Church for carol singing around the village.


Christmas Eve Services

3.00 pm Crib Service at Isham (Rector)

4.00 pm Crib Service at Little Harrowden (Carolynne Adam)

4.00 pm Carols around the Crib at Pytchley (Team)

4.00 pm Christmas Celebrations at Orlingbury (Gillian Walton)

6.00 pm Carols by Candlelight at Great Harrowden (Rector)

7.00 pm Nine Lessons & Carols at Isham (Revd Toni Smith)

11.30 pm Midnight Communion at Orlingbury (Rector)

Collect                                                                 Advent 4

Almighty God, you make us glad with the yearly remembrance of the birth of your Son Jesus Christ: grant that, as we joyfully receive him as our redeemer, so we may with sure confidence behold him when he shall come to be our judge: who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Romans 1: 1-7

This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News.  God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name. And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ. I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

Matthew 1: 18-25

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”


All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,

and they shall name him Emmanuel,”

which means, “God is with us.”

When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.


A Christingle Service is being held SUNDAY at Pytchley at 4pm. – 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.

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

Midweek Services: Morning Prayer WILL take place at Great Harrowden on Monday 26th December at 8.30am but there will be NO midweek services or communion at Little Harrowden in the week between Christmas and New Year.

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.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! I hope you all enjoy a good holiday with friends and family – Mary. And thank you so much for all my Christmas cards!

Humour is a gift: Wrong List – A rather deaf priest used to hear confessions so parishioners wrote their sins on a piece of paper to pass to him in the confessional. This worked quite well until one woman handed him a slip bearing a message: “1/2lb tea, 1/2/lb butter, 2lb sugar, 1/2lb cheese.” The woman could only reflect bitterly on the list of sins she had left with her grocer.

Please pray:

  • 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 all who will be working over Christmas, especially hospitals and emergency services.
  • For Christians suffering difficulties and persecution.
  • For all who are suffering from conflict and war, especially those who have lost family and homes.
  • For all who are working to create peace in our world.

Proverb: “The LORD is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.” Ch.15, v3.

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