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WEEK COMMENCING 19th February, 2017

SERVICES THIS SUNDAY                 19th February                   2 before Lent

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

10:00am 5 Churches Together Communion at Great Harrowden (Rector)

4:00 pm Evensong at Little Harrowden (Carolynne Adam)

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY                  26th February                   1 before Lent

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

9:15 am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden (Rector)

11:00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury (Rector)

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

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

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.

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(underscore between names) by Thursday evening each week.


Mon 20th Feb: Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church

Tues 21st Feb: 7.30pm Christianity Explored (5) at 36 Lowick Close

Wed 20th Feb: 7.30pm Little Harrowden PCC at the Vicarage

Thurs 23rd Feb: 7.00pm Great Harrowden PCC at 36 Lowick Close

7.00pm Routz at Isham Cricket Club

7.30pm Bible Study Group at 32 Norlinton Close, Orlingbury

Fri 24th Feb: 7.30pm Italian Evening at Pytchley Village Hall


Future dates

Sat 11th Mar: 10.30am Jubilee Coffee Morning at Pytchley Church

Sat 18th Mar: 9.30am Bishop’s Bible Day (see below)


Collect                                                          2 before Lent

Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth and made us in your own image: teach us to discern your hand in all your works and your likeness in all your children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things, now and for ever. Amen.


Romans 8: 18-25

That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.

All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

Matthew 6: 25-34       Jesus is teaching people on the Sermon on the Mount

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. ”


Choir for Benefice Communion Service with Bishop John at 3pm on Sunday 19th March and may include Confirmation. If you are willing to sing in a joint choir for this occasion please will you get in touch ASAP with Barbara Gatenby, 01933 398819, [email protected] so practices etc. can be organised.

Revd Charlie Nobbs has offered to run an evening session exploring how we can help young families and others to grow in faith, especially those who have started coming to our various outreach events and services. It would be good to have several people from each parish so please can you let your churchwardens know who would like to take part (and which weekday evenings you cannot do) so we can arrange a date and time to suit everyone.

An Italian Evening will be held on Friday 24th February, 7.30pm in Pytchley Village Hall. Enjoy a hot supper and 2 drinks for £15 – a bargain for great fun and food! Tickets from Julie, Diane, Pauline or Karan (01536 790391). In aid of Pytchley church.

Lent Courses: this year it has been decided that Pilgrim Courses will be used – The Eucharist at Little Harrowden/Finedon and Church & Kingdom at the other three. Lent courses will take place as follows:

Mondays, 2pm at 1A Winston Drive, Isham (starting 6th March)

Wednesdays, 7.30pm at 44a Allen Road, Finedon (starting 8th March)

Thursdays (starting 2nd March): 2pm at 12 Furnace Lane

7.30pm at Garden House, Rectory Lane, Orlingbury

Lent Lunches will be held at 12noon at Little Harrowden church on Saturdays from 4th March to 15th April, and at Isham Village Hall 12.00-1.30pm from 4th March to 8th April.

A Spring Clean will take place at Little Harrowden Church on Saturday 25th February 10am-12noon – please come and help if you can – all welcome!

‘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.

HURRY!! CLOSING DOWN SALE …20% Off All new items while stocks last!! Amazing Grace will be closing its doors on Friday 24th February…..come and stock up on everything from childrens books, Easter and Lent resources, bibles, cards and church supplies while you can!! It will be great to see you! Thanks to everyone for your custom and for your friendship over the past 13 and a half years …………you’ve all been amazing!!! THANK YOU!! Janet.

Bishop’s Bible Day will be held on Saturday 18 March 2017, 9.30am-4pm at Northampton High School for Girls, Newport Pagnell Road, Northampton NN4 6UU. The theme is The Old Testament for the church and the world today. There are lots of interesting workshops on many different aspects of life today so please do think about going!


Pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine – Spring 2018 – Bishop Donald intends to lead a Diocesan Pilgrimage to the lands of the Bible from 23 April to 2 May 2018. Details will follow, but please note the dates if you might be interested.

Humour is a gift: Out of the mouths of babes – from Norway: One day when our son Einar was about four or five years old I took him to church in Trondheim. He was sitting on my knee when the priest appeared in the sanctuary behind the communion rails. Einar whispered in my ear: “That priest has a play pen too.”

Please pray:

  • For all in need of healing.
  • For all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
  • For all who work in the NHS.
  • For all affected by the explosion in the block of flats in Oxford.
  • For those in Yemen and elsewhere who face starvation and for all trying to help them.

Proverb: “But, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? I want you to learn this lesson: A little extra asleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attach you like an armed robber.” Ch.6, v9-11.




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