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WEEK COMMENCING 7th August, 2016

SERVICES THIS SUNDAY                    7th August                          Trinity 11

9.15am Morning Worship at Isham (Team)

9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden (Rector)

10.30am Family Service at Pytchley (Team)

11.00 am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden   (Rector)

11.00 am Family Service at Orlingbury (Team)

5.00 pm Taize Service at Great Harrowden (Team)

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY                 14th August                       Trinity 12

9.15am Holy Communion at Isham (Rector)

9.15am Holy Communion at Pytchley (Revd Toni Smith)

10.30am Family Service at Little Harrowden (Team)

11.00 am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden   (Revd Toni Smith)

11.00 am Family Communion & Baptism at Orlingbury (Rector)

Weekday Services

9:15 am Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Morning Prayer at Little Harrowden.

9.15 am. Wednesday, Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

8.00 am Friday Morning Prayer at Great Harrowden.

Please forward any items for inclusion in this news sheet to the Rector (01933 678225)

Or email [email protected] AND [email protected]

(underscore between names) by Thursday evening of each week.


Mon 8th Aug: 11.45am Funeral of Douglas Lane (88) at Pytchley Church

2.00pm Knit & Natter at Little Harrowden Church

Wed 10th Aug: 6.00 pm Summer Ramble starting at Pytchley Church

Future dates

Orlingbury Coffee & Chat at Queen’s Head, 10.30am-12noon Thurs 18th August

Holiday Club dates: 22nd – 26th August, 2016

Memorial Service for Briony St John, Sun 9th October, 2.30pm at Pytchley Church

Collect                                                                       Trinity 11

Let your merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of your humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please you; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.  For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.  And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.  And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.  If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.  Instead, they were longing for a better country – a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Luke 12:32-40

‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

‘Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.  It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will make them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.  It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or towards daybreak.  But understand this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.  You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.’


From Quentin: Jeanette, John-Mark, Joanna and I would like say a big “thank you” to everyone for such a special day last Sunday.  We were bowled over by the lovely things people said, the many good wishes and the excellent food.  It all brought a very positive end to our time with the Benefice and we will remember you all with great affection. Thank you too for the cards and the kind gifts you gave us.  We will make sure we buy something specific for our new home that we can look at and think of the five churches and the happy times we have shared.

We have greatly valued the way you have given us a home base for the five years I have worked for the Diocese, and the love and support we have received from you.  We wish you every blessing and we will continue to remember you in our prayers.

Summer Ramble from Pytchley Church at 6pm: walk and dine, or just walk or just dine – a lovely way to spend a summer evening! If you’re thinking of going please contact Julie Wykes for details 01536 790744 or [email protected]

A Scarecrow Festival will be held in Little Harrowden on Sat/Sun 10/11th September – for entry details see leaflet or contact churchwardens. The theme will be nursery rhymes so plenty of ideas to be had!!

Margaret Pridmore, Joanna, Kenny and family thank everyone who came to Jumbo’s funeral and raised over £900 for his beloved Pytchley. They have been overwhelmed by the kindness and love shown at this time.

Pytchley PLEASE NOTE – there has been a change to your service on 28th August – this will now be a family service + baptism, not a communion service.

Holiday Club Service: because the Sunday after the Holiday Club is bank holiday this year it has been decided to hold the usual Family Service at 12 noon on Friday 26th August – it will be followed by complimentary cream cakes and tea! Although it’s not a Sunday I would like to urge you to please make every effort to attend this service to show your support for the many people involved in running the Holiday Club and to hear about what the children have been doing.

Holiday Club needs cakes for refreshments – if you are willing to provide a cake of any kind (inc. flapjacks, tarts etc) Karan Harris would love to hear from you – her tel. no. is 01536 790391 email [email protected]


Holiday Club needs these items: CLEAN 4 pint milk plastic bottles + lids, egg boxes, yogurt pots, cereal boxes,  kitchen roll holders. Please give them to Karan or anyone involved in the Holiday Club! Or take them to Pytchley Church.   An easy way to do our bit to support this wonderful event!

Raising funds for Cynthia Spencer Hospice – why not take part in a sponsored cycle ride on Sunday 25th September, starting from Holdenby House. Our hospices provide the most wonderful service so please consider supporting this local one. Information and application forms can be found at

A Music and Arts Festival is to be held at St. Matthew’s Church, Northampton (Kingsley district) 21-25 September – a chance to see Henry Moore’s Madonna and Child and Graham Sutherland’s Crucifixion. There is a leaflet with the programme at the back of church.

Humour is a gift: from a parish magazine: Burial charges are to go up at the cemetery. The increased cost of living is blamed.

Please pray:

  • For our farmers, that the harvest may go well.
  • For all in need of healing.
  • For all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
  • For all those injured in the recent knife attack in London and for the family and friends of Darlene Horton who died.
  • For wisdom regarding the appointment of a new chairman for the enquiry into child abuse.

Proverb: “It is better to be poor and honest than rich and crooked.” Ch 28, Vs6


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