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WEEK COMMENCING 28th May, 2017


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

9:15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden (Revd James Mogridge)

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

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


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

9:15am Family Service at Isham (Team)

10:30am Family Service at Pytchley (Team)

11:00am Family Service at Orlingbury (Team)
11:00am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden (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.

Please forward any items for inclusion in this news sheet to the vicarage (01933 678225)
Or email: [email protected] by Tuesday evening each week.

Thurs 1st June: 12.30pm OOAPS Lunch at Isham Cricket Club
Sun 4th June: 4.00pm – 5.30pm Sunday JAM at Little Harrowden Church

Future Dates
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).
Thurs 22nd June 7:30pm Mother’s Union at Little Harrowden Church.
Sat 30th Sept: Bel Canto Choir concert at Pytchley Church in aid of church funds.

Collect Easter 7
O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Acts 1: 6-14
Then they gathered round him and asked him, ‘Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’

He said to them: It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’

Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk[a] from the city. When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

John 17: 1-11
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name – the name you gave me – so that they may be one as we are one.

Change of email address: Following problems with her emails Revd Toni Smith changed to a new email address last week and will no longer be receiving emails on her old account. Her new email address is [email protected]

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, please contact her if you can help, 01933 673492

The Mother’s Union has changed plans for June and will now be meeting on Thursday 22nd June at 7.30 at Little Harrowden church.

Now recruiting children for this year’s holiday club! – Guardians of Ancora will run at Pytchley Church Mon 21 Aug – Fri 25 Aug 10am – 12noon each day. Find forms for children and helpers in church now.

Helen Clark and family and friends are holding a Charity Fayre on Saturday 10th June, 11am – 2pm in Little Harrowden Church. Coffee, cake & soup lunches, tombola, etc. All in aid of the Isabel Baker Foundation and Hospice at Home.

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!

BBC Music Event – Thursday June 15th from 7pm
Isham ringers have been invited to take part in this, the third annual Music Day. Bellringers in the UK and around the world will be featuring in a special programme for Radio 4 on that day. Keelan Peak, Matthew Loak, Barbara Gatenby, Rob and Louise Sandy and Margaret Buchanan will be ringing their very best rounds and call changes for half an hour on that evening. Listen out for the bells and enjoy what the BBC are calling ‘The Power of music!’
Margaret Buchanan

Launde Abbey Quiet Day on Monday 5 June 2017 10am – 4pm
Three Good Things I’ve forgotten about me – but God hasn’t
Led by Hilary Surridge, Co-ordinating Chaplain at De Montfort University
If you have moments wondering, “Where am I in all of this?” then take a break and join us as we seek God’s guidance on priorities for our lives through creative reflection and restful prayer. We can easily forget that we are beautiful and precious in God’s eyes – this will also be a time to honour and explore God’s love for us. £26 per person, to include coffee, lunch and tea.
Open to Everyone. Contact: or 01572 717254

Humour is a gift: A notice outside a cathedral advertising lunchtime concerts read: “Sandwiches may be eaten.” Someone had scrawled underneath: “So if you are a sandwich don’t come.”

Please pray:
• For Pam Buckby, and all in need of healing.
• For the Adam family as they grieve for Brigitte, Carolynne’s sister-in-law, and all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
• For our churches as they move into the interregnum.
• For those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena terror attack and all those who are grieving or have been affected by recent events.

Proverb: “Loyalty makes a person attractive. It is better to be poor than dishonest.” Ch19 Vs 21

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