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WEEK COMMENCING 27th November, 2016
SERVICES THIS SUNDAY 27th November Advent Sunday

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

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

11:00am Holy Communion at Pytchley (Rector)

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

4:00pm Cup Cakes & Fizz at Isham (Team)

6:00pm Benefice Advent Service at Orlingbury (Gillian Walton)

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY 4th December Advent 2

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

10:30am Family Service at Pytchley (Team)

11:00am Family Service at Orlingbury (Team)

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

4:00pm Christingle & Baptism Service at Little Harrowden (Rector)

5:00pm Carols among the Christmas Trees at Isham (Rector)

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 28th Nov: 9.30am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church
7.30pm Pytchley PCC at 3a Isham Road
Tues 29th Nov: 12.30pm Funeral of Effie Wade at Isham Church
Wed 30th Nov: 1.15pm Open the Book rehearsal at Little Harrowden Church
Thurs 1st Dec: OOAPS Christmas Lunch at Isham Cricket Club
7.00 pm Routz Christmas party at Isham Cricket Club
Fri 2nd Dec: 5.00 pm Friday Family Fun at Pytchley School
Fri 2nd – Sun 4th Dec: Christmas Tree Festival at Isham Church
(Fri 2-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-4.30pm)
Sun 4th Dec: 2.30pm Virtuosi GUS Concert at Great Harrowden Church

Collect Advent Sunday
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Isaiah 2: 1-5
This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established
as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
and all nations will stream to it.
Many peoples will come and say,
‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.’
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He will judge between the nations
and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into ploughshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war any more.
Come, descendants of Jacob,
let us walk in the light of the LORD.
Matthew 24: 36-44
‘But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

‘Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.


A Christmas Market will be held in Orlingbury Village Hall TODAY Sunday 27th November. Arrive at 1pm when Father Christmas will arrive! No need to have lunch first, bacon rolls and mince pies for sale, with free mulled wine.

Christingle Services are being held at Great Harrowden on 27th November, Little Harrowden on 4th December, Isham on 11th December and Pytchley on 18th December. All these magical family services take place at 4pm.

THANK YOU EVERYONE who filled a shoebox with Christmas presents for Operation Christmas Child –  Margaret Buchanan and Karan Harris have considerably longer arms after collecting an amazing 231 shoe boxes for this years Operation Christmas Child appeal. A HUGE thank you to Isham Church, Isham Primary School, Great Harrowden Church, Little Harrowden Church Little Harrowden Primary School, Oakway Academy, Wellingborough (who also had a mufti day and also raised £75!), Orlingbury Church, Pytchley Church, Pytchley Primary School

Posadas will be blessed and sent out TODAY Sunday 27th November to travel around most of our villages during Advent – each afternoon the Posada is delivered to the next family who arrange the knitted figures of the nativity tableau in their home and read the story book, and then take it on to the next family the following afternoon. If you would like to have the Posada at your house one night please ask for your name to be added to the list on a day that suits you – ask a churchwarden who has the list in your village church.

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 the hospital so if you can help with the singing please contact Karan (01536 790391) or [email protected]

The Charity Christmas card board will be going up at St Mary’s Little Harrowden next week, this year the proceeds will be put with the collection from the Carol Service 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.

Daylight Centre: Little Harrowden PCC discussed the news that the Daylight Centre in Wellingborough is in urgent need of financial support. It is vital that they should not close and so we are proposing to make a small donation of £20 each month. The hope is that the other parishes will do the same so that we shall be sending £100 a month from this Benefice. The Rural Dean has asked that ten parishes should make this commitment, if you have any thoughts on this subject would you please let Mary or a member of the PCC know. In connection with this there will be a box at the back of the church for contributions to the food bank, please would you make this part of your Advent giving this year.

A Christmas Concert at Great Harrowden Church with the Virtuosi Gus Band Ensemble will take place on Sunday 4th December at 2.30pm. Let’s start the Festive season with music, mulled wine and perhaps a first mince pie.
Tickets £10 (inc refreshments) from Chris Staff (01933 678629), Jane Smith (01933 677380) or [email protected]

A Christmas Tree Festival is being held at Isham from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th December – do come and enjoy a church full of Christmas Trees. Refreshments will be served in the village hall. More decorated trees would be welcome!! The weekend ends with a short carol-singing session round the trees at 5pm.

Humour is a gift: notice outside a Warwickshire church – “Pray, do not park here”

Please pray:
• For Emma & Neal Gibson as they embark on married life.
• For all in need of healing.
• For all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
• For all those coping with disasters, whether natural or man-made.
Proverb: “The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces.” Ch.10, v8.

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