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WEEK COMMENCING 8th January, 2017

SERVICES THIS SUNDAY                     8th January                        Epiphany

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

9:15 am Holy Communion at Pytchley (Rector)

10:30am Family Service at Little Harrowden (Team)

11:00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury (Rector)

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

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY                    15th January                   Epiphany 2

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

10:00 am Benefice Café Church at Little Harrowden   (Team)

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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Mon 9th Jan: 9.30am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church

3.45pm Messy Church at Great Harrowden

7.00pm Marriage Preparation Course (1) at Little Harrowden Church

Wed 11th Jan: 7.30pm Churchwardens meeting at the Vicarage

Thurs 12th Jan: 8.00pm Routz at Isham Cricket Club

Fri 13th Jan: 5.00pm Friday Family Fun at Pytchley School.

Future dates

Tues 17th Jan: 7.30pm Christianity Explored begins at Claire Barber’s home.

Tues 24th Jan: 7.00pm Isham PCC at 8 The Sorrels

Wed 1st Feb: 7.00 pm Joint PCC with Diocesan Pioneer & New Initiatives Officer

Collect                                                                 Ephiphany

O God, who by the leading of a star manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth; mercifully grant that we, who know you now by faith, may at last behold your glory face to face; 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.

Isaiah 60:1-6

‘Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

‘Lift up your eyes and look about you:
all assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters are carried on the hip.
Then you will look and be radiant,
your heart will throb and swell with joy;
the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,
to you the riches of the nations will come.
Herds of camels will cover your land,
young camels of Midian and Ephah.
And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense
and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.

Matthew 2: 1-12                                                                                        

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.  “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “`But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’ ”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.   He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.


A drone set off the alarm on Ecton church roof recently – it flew away and then returned. This is the latest way criminals do their research so please report anything like this immediately to churchwardens and police.

The Christianity Explored Course will begin on Tuesday 17th January – it is a good opportunity to think over what our Christian faith is all about. The course lasts 6 weeks, and for those who decide they would like to be confirmed there will be a 7th session – Bishop John will be leading a service in our benefice in the afternoon of Sunday 19th March and this can include confirmation if required.

On January 15th 2017 at the request of Church Wardens there will be a Benefice Café Main Street at St Mary’s Little Harrowden at 10am – this is to showcase what we are doing in our Café Church. Try something new for 2017 even if this is not your preferred form of service – coffee, bacon rolls or croissants will be served until 10.25.   If we want our churches to grow (and to maintain their long-term viability) it is important that we support those trying new and different styles of worship that can be more relevant and attractive to newcomers whether young or old. Please come to this one-off benefice service!

Knit & Natter meets again on Monday 16th January, 2-4pm at Little Harrowden church for knitting, friendly chat and refreshments – all are very welcome – why not give it a try!

New Year’s Resolution? Loneliness can be a real issue, even in our villages! It is often experienced after a major life change – loss of spouse/partner whether through death or divorce, house move, retirement, redundancy, loss of ability to take part in former activities due to ageing bodies, etc., even happy events like the birth of a baby. Please give a helping hand and invite someone to one of our many regular village social events by offering to pick that person up and take them with you? Pytchley has Coffee & Chat at 10.30am every 1st Tuesday of the month, Orlingbury has OOAPS lunch at 12.30pm on 1st Thursday and Coffee Morning at Queen’s Head at 10.30am on 3rd Thursday, Little Harrowden has Knit & Natter at 2pm on alternate Monday afternoons, and Isham has Over 60’s, the History Society and a Ladies Club (see Connect 5).

A new C of E Primary & a new C of E Secondary School: Peterborough Diocese Education Trust is bidding to run two out of the three schools proposed for the new development at Stanton Cross.  An important part of this process is to evidence that there is community support for such schools.  As many people as possible are needed to attend a Public Meeting to be held on 17th January, 7pm at St Katharine’s Church, High Street, Irchester NN29 7AA.  There is so much competition to get into Bishop Stopford School that it would be really beneficial to have another church secondary school in our area so please do try to attend this meeting – it’s not much notice but Government timescales are tight!

Humour is a gift: A bus stop was sited close to a church sign on which was boldly painted: “Where will you be on judgement day?” Underneath someone had written: “Still waiting for a number 125 bus.”

Please pray:

  • For all in need of healing.
  • For all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
  • For our politicians as they start a new year, and deal with new people and situations in a changing political landscape.
  • For all who are working to create peace in our world.

Proverb: “These are the proverbs of King Solomon. The purpose of these proverbs is to teach people wisdom and discipline, and to help them understand wise sayings. ” Ch.1, v1-2.



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