Update on Sunday Worship

Dear  Friends

As I write this weeks mailing I am aware that the COVID figures locally and nationally are increasing with South Northants over 500 cases per 100,000. Whilst the wearing of face coverings inside is not mandatory, I would please ask that you consider wearing one when you are inside church.  If, for whatever reason, you are unable to wear a face covering to please can I ask that you consider distancing yourself from other members of the congregation. 

Last Sunday afternoon we welcomed Bishop Andrew for the Deanery Confirmation Service.  It was a joy filled service as Roxanne, Paris and Alf affirmed their faith and received their first communion.  Roxanne and Paris took part in the Taste and See course which Revd Angela has been leading, supported by various people from across the diocese. Roxanne has lived in Towcester all her life and used to come with her family to St Lawrence as a child.  Paris and her family are new to the area and it has been a year of celebrations at St Lawrence, with her marriage to Martin, baptism of their daughter and her own confirmation. Whilst Alf has recently moved back to the area having married at St Lawrence nearly 60 years ago and he was keen to be remitted back into the Church of England.  Thank you to their sponsors and those who came to support them on the day. Please continue to hold these candidates in your prayers and do welcome them when you see them in church.  

Tove Benefice - Deanery Confirmation Service

This weekends reflection by Chris Hammett continues a focus of stewardship.  In recent months the Children and Families Team have been speaking about Claire's role and the funding we have received from the Diocese which has enabled us to benefit our ministry with children and families.  We are very grateful for all that people do give (including time and talents) especially in the last few years where our budgets, particularly in Towcester and Greens Norton, have shown large deficits.  We don't want the message to only be heard as 'you need to give more', but we will be asking you to review your giving, particularly those who are not currently part of a regular giving scheme and those who are new to our churches.  Additionally, over the next few months those who give to St Bartholomew's through the monthly Standing Order Scheme will be asked to transfer across to the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) which is a direct debit scheme - more information and support will be provided in due course.  We know we are blessed to financially continue to be able to afford the Clergy and paid staff that we have, but we are also aware that we walk a very careful tightrope.  For example we are fortunate to be on fixed energy plans but some of those come to an end next year and we could see our heating and lighting costs double over night.  

Recently we also received some information about a pilot project which Peterborough Diocese are taking part in, offering FREE wills to anyone who would like to take up the offer.  The emphasis of the scheme is to encourage people of all ages to make sure they have wills in place, but it is also an opportunity for people to consider leaving a gift in their will to their local church.  There is no obligation for anyone to leave a gift in their will to their church, however, if you decide that you can, your gift - great or small - will make a real difference to your church’s life for future generations.

"It is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can continue to support its mission and ministry in your community. Making a will and keeping it updated is the only way to make sure your wishes are carried out after your death, giving you peace of mind that you can continue to support the family, friends and charities you love.

The Church of England has partnered with Farewill, the National Will Writing Firm of the Year 2020, to offer an online will writing service, which you can do from the comfort of your home in less than 30 minutes. Farewill’s specialist team are available to help you over the phone or live chat 7 days a week, 9am-7pm. There are a limited number of wills available on a first-come-first served basis."

To take advantage of this offer you can go to the Farewill website 

  • By participating in this will writing scheme, your details will not be shared with the Church of England.
  • If you use the Church of England will writing scheme, there is no obligation to leave a gift to a church in your Will. Your loved ones should always come first.

Finally, I can confirm that Amanda Dunkley's funeral will be on Tuesday 2nd November 11:45am at St Lawrence Church followed by a burial at the Brackley Road cemetery.  

With my thoughts and prayers 

Revd Paula 

Worship for The Last Sunday after Trinity - Tove Benefice

Update on Sunday Worship

Worship for The Last Sunday after Trinity
Bible Sunday

Lectionary Readings : [the links will take you to Bible Gateway from the NIV]:
Job 42:1-6, 10-17   Hebrews 7:23-28   Mark 10:46-55
Readings for Bible Sunday:   Isaiah 55:1-11   2 Timothy 3:14-4:5   John 5:36b-47

The reflection this week is by Chris Hammett and is entitled "Stewardship on Bible Sunday" 

Zoom Services : please click here and follow the on screen instructions.  The meetings rooms are opened about 15mins before the service is due to start. All the liturgy for the service will be displayed on the screen.

  • Sunday 10:15 am Benefice Sunday Worship 
  • Monday to Friday 9.00 am Morning Prayer 

In Church Worship : You can now book through the on line system as before OR sign in on arrival at Church. (You will be asked for contact details for the NHS Test and Trace).

  • Sunday 9:30am Holy Communion at St Lawrence, Towcester
  • Sunday 11am BCP Matins at St Bartholomew's, Greens Norton
  • Sunday 11:15am Holy Communion at St Augustine, Caldecote
  • Sunday 6pm Evening Prayer at St Michael's, Bradden

Please note that there is no online booking for next Sunday's All Souls services. Invites have been sent out and we are asking anyone who wishes to attend to call the Benefice Office on 01327 350459 to let us know they are coming. We will also have an attendance sheet in Church and would be grateful if you could sign in on arrival. Please bring a face covering with you.  Services for next week, The Fourth Sunday before Advent, Sunday, 31st October (in addition to the 10:15 Benefice Sunday Worship zoom service) are:

  • Sunday 3pm All Souls Service at St Bartholomew's, Greens Norton
  • Sunday 4pm All Souls Service at St Lawrence, Towcester

The Weekly News contains daily bible readings, prayer requests and all our additional notices for forthcoming events in the Benefice and for Churches Together in Towcester, together with other relevant or interesting notices.
If you know someone doesn't have internet access, please could you print a copy up and pop it through their door?

Easton Neston Church and Churchyard visitors
If you have previously registered your number plate for access to visit St Mary's Easton Neston Church and Churchyard and it is not working the gate, please would you let Bev know on 01327 354385.

The Benefice Office is open from 9:30 am to 12.00 noon and 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm, Monday to Friday. 
Please be aware that the office is closed in the midday lunch break.  
01327 350459   tovebeneficeoffice@gmail.com  

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Update on Sunday Worship

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