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WEEK COMMENCING 26th February, 2017

SERVICES THIS SUNDAY                       26th February                1 before Lent

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

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

11:00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury (Rector)

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

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

4:00pm Cup Cakes & Fizz at Isham (Team)


SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY                     5th March                              Lent 1

9:15am Family Service at Isham (Team)

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

10:30am Family Service at Pytchley (Team)

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

11:00am Family Service at Orlingbury (Team)

Weekday Services

NO 8.30am Monday Morning Prayer at Great Harrowden on 27th February.

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 Thursday evening each week.    


Mon 27th Feb: Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church

Tues 28th Feb: 7.30pm Christianity Explored (6) at 36 Lowick Close

Wed 1st Mar: 1.15pm Open The Book rehearsal at Little Harrowden Church

7.30pm Ash Wednesday Communion at Great Harrowden Church

Thurs 2nd Mar: 12.30pm OOAPS lunch at Isham Cricket Club

2.00pm Lent Course at 12 Furnace Lane

7.30pm Lent Course at Garden House, Rectory Lane, Orlingbury

Sat 4th Mar: 12 noon Lent Lunches at Isham Village Hall and Little Harrowden


Future dates

Sat 11th Mar: 10.30am Jubilee Coffee Morning at Pytchley Church

Sat 18th Mar: 9.30am Bishop’s Bible Day (see below)

Collect                                                          1 before Lent

Almighty Father, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross: give us grace to perceive his glory, that we may be strengthened to suffer with him and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Exodus 24: 12-18

The Lord said to Moses, ‘Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.’ Then Moses set out with Joshua his assistant, and Moses went up on the mountain of God. He said to the elders, ‘Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.’

When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud. To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

Matthew 17: 1-9

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.


Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!’


When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. ‘Get up,’ he said. ‘Don’t be afraid.’ When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, ‘Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.’



Wondering what to give up for Lent? There is a new resource which has lots of ideas of things we can do in Lent – look up and type Lent into the search facility. 40acts is certainly worth looking at, it’s described as ‘an interactive resource that will benefit the world around you as well as feed you; or Living an Authentic Life from USPG which will take you round the world.’

Revd Charlie Nobbs has offered to run an evening session exploring how we can help young families and others to grow in faith, especially those who have started coming to our various outreach events and services. It would be good to have several people from each parish so please can you let your churchwardens know who would like to take part (and which weekday evenings you cannot do) so we can arrange a date and time to suit everyone.

Lent Courses: this year it has been decided that Pilgrim Courses will be used – The Eucharist at Little Harrowden/Finedon and Church & Kingdom at the other three. Lent courses will take place as follows:

Mondays, 2pm at 1A Winston Drive, Isham (starting 6th March)

Wednesdays, 7.30pm at 44a Allen Road, Finedon (starting 8th March)

Thursdays (starting 2nd March): 2pm at 12 Furnace Lane

7.30pm at Garden House, Rectory Lane, Orlingbury

Lent Lunches will be held at 12noon at Little Harrowden church on Saturdays from 4th March to 15th April, and at Isham Village Hall 12.00-1.30pm from 4th March to 8th April.


‘The Fascinating History of Drayton House, Lowick’ is the subject of a talk to be given by Bruce Bailey FSA, a nationally recognised architectural historian, at Pytchley Church at 11am on Saturday 25th March, followed by lunch. Coffee will be served from 10.30am. This is being organised by Pytchley Church Heritage Trust – should be a very interesting morning! Tickets £12 (inc lunch & tea/coffee) from Mark Goodman, Mike Walsh, Pam Reynolds & Rosemary Eady.

Bishop’s Bible Day will be held on Saturday 18 March 2017, 9.30am-4pm at Northampton High School for Girls, Newport Pagnell Road, Northampton NN4 6UU. The theme is The Old Testament for the church and the world today. There are lots of interesting workshops on many different aspects of life today so please do think about going!

Pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine – Spring 2018 – Bishop Donald intends to lead a Diocesan Pilgrimage to the lands of the Bible from 23 April to 2 May 2018. Details will follow, but please note the dates if you might be interested. 

Humour is a gift: Until recent years many village nonconformist chapels were heated by a large coke stove situated in the middle of the room. One shrewd chapel steward, during the singing of the hymn before the sermon, used to put a whistling kettle on the stove. One week the visiting preacher commented afterwards that that was a sure way of timing the sermon! “Ah, yes sir,” he replied, “but with some of the preachers us gets ‘ere, I only half fills the kettle.”

Please pray:

  • We give thanks for the safe arrival of Amalia Ada Knight (Pytchley)
  • For all in need of healing.
  • For the family and friends of Tahnie Martin who died in Birmingham when hit by a piece of roof during the storm on Thursday, and for all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
  • For the citizens of Mosul, and all who are living in violent situations.
  • For all who are trying to make peace in difficult situations.

Proverb: “Never slander a person to his employer. If you do, the person will curse you, and you will pay for it..” Ch.30, v10.

Mary’s Quick & Easy Biscuit Recipe

3 oz caster sugar

4 oz margarine

5 oz Self-Raising flour

1 oz dry ingredient, eg. oats, desiccated coconut, extra SR flour

Extra flavourings as desired, eg. packet of chocolate chips, nuts, raisins, lemon or orange peel, spices, etc.

Beat together margarine & sugar (+ any lemon or orange peel) until light colour, add dry ingredients and mix until it binds together. Roll into small balls and flatten, place on greased baking sheet and cook at Gas 4 until light brown in colour. Remove from oven, leave to set for 1 min, transfer to cooling rack.


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