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WEEK COMMENCING 13th November, 2016

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY             20th November                1 before Advent

8.00 am BCP Holy Communion at Isham (Rector)

10.00am 5 Churches Together Communion at ORLINGBURY (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 WEDNESDAY evening this week.


Mon 14th Nov: 9.30am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church

2pm Knit & Natter at Little Harrowden Church

3.45pm Messy Church at Great Harrowden Church

7.30pm Meeting with Liz Holdsworth at the Vicarage

Tues 15th Nov: 1.30pm Year 1 Visit to Little Harrowden Church

Thurs 17th Nov:

2-3.30 Table decs, crafts, etc, Pytchley Church (Mothers Union)

7.00 pm Routz at Isham Cricket Club

7.30pm Deanery Synod

Sat 19th Nov: 7.00 pm Yuletide Concert at Little Harrowden Church

Future dates

Churchwardens’ Meeting at 7pm on Monday 21st November at the Vicarage

Collect                                                          2 before Advent

Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son was revealed to destroy the works of the devil and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life: grant that we, having this hope, may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that when he shall appear in power and great glory we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

John 15: 1-14

‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.


Special Service. Revd Susan Rolfe, Assistant Curate, St Mark’s Wellingborough writes: Dear All, This comes to tell you more about a service for people with learning disabilities and their families and supporters in the Wellingborough area. The Rural Dean and I have been thinking about how we might better serve these people in our communities and in the life of the church, so after much thought and prayer and some research into what might be appreciated locally, we are going ahead and planning this service in faith, not knowing who might come.

At the moment this one service is an experiment and we hope to learn from it how we should best continue.  It will be at 2pm on Sunday November 27th at St Mark’s.  The service will last about 30 minutes and will consist of songs, a Bible story and some prayers and there will be refreshments afterwards.  Please do encourage anyone you know who might enjoy this act of worship to come along.  Families with children and adults are all welcome.


Concert in aid of Cransley Hospice: do support and enjoy this event – Northants Sings Out features combined choirs inc. Wellingborough Gospel Choir. 14th and 15th November only at the Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering. Tickets £11.50/£10 from or tel. 01536 414141


Shoebox Christmas Gifts for Operation Christmas Child – Please take completed shoeboxes to any of our churches and our schools by Friday 18th November.


A Yuletide Concert will be held on Saturday 19th November at 7pm in Little Harrowden Church. Music to get you into the festive spirit. Tickets £10 inc refreshments from Linda (01933 680378) and Jose (01933 678262)


A Christmas Market will be held in Orlingbury Village Hall on 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.


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.


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

Winter Glory is an encouraging day conference for ladies only – it’s on 4th February at Kettering Conference Centre and Karan Harris (01536 790391) will organise tickets for anyone who would like to go with her.

Are you being called?: If you’d like to learn more about the various trainings the diocese offers why not go to this day at All Saints School, Boughton Green Rd, Northampton NN2 7AJ, 10am-4pm on Sat. 26th November. Training is offered as a Lay Worship Leader, Lay Chaplain & Visitor, House Group Leader, Children’s Leader, Lay Pastoral Minister and many other roles/tasks needed in our churches. Contact Mary or Sally Crossley 01604 887049



Humour is a gift: Out of the mouths of babes – When visiting a small church the bishop decided to underline his talk to the young people about the Good Shepherd. So he found himself, clad in the full bishop’s regalia, including the impressive crook, facing the crowd of youngsters.

“Now,” he asked.   “Do you know who I am?”

After a moment’s silence one child ventured, “Little Bo Peep?”


Please pray:

  • For all in need of healing.
  • For all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
  • For all those involved in the Croydon tram crash, especially the injured and those who lost loved ones.
  • For our armed forces, for those injured during the course of their service, and for bereaved families.
  • For Donald Trump as he prepares for the serious task of being American President, and for all who advise him.
  • For the citizens of Mosul, Aleppo, Raqqa, and all living with the threat of violence.


Proverb: “The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with great confidence.” Ch.14, v16.



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