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SERVICES THIS SUNDAY                            7th May                          Easter 4

9:15am Family Service at Isham (Team)

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

10:30am Family Service at Pytchley (Team)

1:00am Family Service at Orlingbury (Team)

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

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY                          14th May                        Easter 5

9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (Rector)

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

10:00am Family Service at Little Harrowden (Team)

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

NO Service at Orlingbury (Waendel Walk)

Weekday Services

NO Monday Morning Prayer at Great Harrowden on 8th May.

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

9.15 am. Wednesday, Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

Proverb: “To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction..” Ch.12, v1.

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

Or email: [email protected] by Thursday evening each week.


Mon 8th May: 9.30am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church

2.00pm Knit & Natter at Little Harrowden Church

3.45pm Messy Church at Great Harrowden Church

Tues 9th May: 7.20pm Christianity & OT Explored at 36 Lowick Close

Wed 10th May: 7.00pm Tapas for Ladies at Overstone Arms

Fri 12th May: 5.00pm Friday Family Fun at Pytchley Church

Sat 6th May: 2.00pm Isham School May Day Gala

Future Dates

Sun 14th May: 12.30pm Drinks & Nibbles at Pytchley Lodge

Mon 22nd May: 7.00pm Great Harrowden PCC at 36 Lowick Close

7.30pm Pytchley PCC in church

Sat 30th Sept: Bel Canto Choir concert at Pytchley Church in aid of church funds


Collect                                                                  Easter 4

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life: raise us, who trust in him, from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,   that we may seek those things which are above, where he reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Acts 2: 42-47

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

John 10: 1-10

“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.”

Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them.   I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”


Rosemary Eady invites us all to Drinks & Nibbles at Pytchley Lodge from 12.30pm onwards on Sunday 14th May. Tickets £10 each from Julie Wykes, Karan Harris and Barbara Lodge (01536 790049) Proceeds in aid of Pytchley Church.

Becky Wills the Youth Missioner for Peterborough Diocese visited the Café Main Street service at Little Harrowden on 3oth April. She emailed Carolynne afterwards: “It was great to be with you on Sunday, I thoroughly enjoyed my bacon roll and the service and fellowship across the generations was brilliant and so encouraging to see.” 

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 me, please speak to me or ring me if you can help, 01933 673492

On Ascension Day 25th May there will be a chance for you to visit All Saints Church, Great Harrowden where there will be prayer stations open from 7.30 am – 7.30 pm when there will be a short service for Ascension Day. This is part of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s initiative Thy Kingdom Come, of which he says

“I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit.” Please come and be part of this.

Pytchley Church has a Book Shop in church which is open all day. All books 50p in aid of church funds.

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 !

A Ladies Tapas Evening will take place at the Overstone Arms, Pytchley at 7.00pm on Wednesday 10th May. The last one was very enjoyable to do come – tickets are £13 (to include a charitable donation) from Karan Harris 07761 593101 or Julie Wykes. 01536 799744

A New Icon for Isham written (painted) by Barbara Gatenby and given to Isham Church in memory of her husband Revd Paul Gatenby will be blessed during the 9.15am service on May 14th by Revd Canon Lesley McCormack, a friend and colleague of Paul’s.  Barbara very much hopes everyone will come to share this occasion with her. The service will be led by the Rector.

Unwanted pillowcases? Pillowcases are extremely useful to refugees who can use them to carry their possessions as well as stuffing them with straw or other materials to use to rest on. Gillian Walton is collecting them for a charity so if you have any surplus ones please drop them off at her new bungalow 32 Norlinton Close in Orlingbury.

A Starburst Conference for anyone working with children in our churches will be held on Saturday 13 May 10am to 4pm at All Saints’ Primary School
Boughton Green Road Northampton NN2 7AJ. It will be a very encouraging day. £10 per person, but under 18s attend free. Bring your own lunch, drinks provided. Keynote Speaker: Penny Fuller, the National Methodist Church & Community Coordinator, plus a huge choice of practical workshops, including: All-age Worship; Bible study with Bishop John; Bibliologue; Faith in the Family; Participation; Prayer Ideas; The Reluctant Leader; Storytelling; Boys into Men; Toddler Groups; Tweenagers and the Golden Ticket; Crafts. Book on-line at: [email protected]

A Holy Land Tour is being led by Bishop Donald in May 2018 – there is a brochure at the back of church giving a lot of detail about the itinerary etc. It is well worth doing at least once in your life as it gives you an insight into the landscape and history of Israel and Christianity.

Humour is a gift: An elder of the Wee Free’s on the west coast of Scotland visited an old lady. She asked hi if he would like a glass of lemonade. He replied:

“It is not an occasion for lemonade.”

“Would you like a glass of home made wine?”

“It is not an occasion for wine.”

“Well, would you like a glass of whisky and water?”

“It is not an occasion for water.”

Please pray:

  • For Ben Briggs (Mary’s student nephew with major lung problems) and all in need of healing.
  • For the family and friends of 15 year old Ben from Thrapston who died at a recent football match, and all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
  • For honesty between nations, and wisdom in their dealings with one another.
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