Update on Sunday Worship

Dear Friends,

I hope that you have been able to enjoy the warmer weather of the last few weeks?  As the children go back to school for the final term of the year the Ministry Team are hopeful about getting out and about a little more. 

This term Claire and I are looking forward to being back in our church schools to lead Collective Worship.  Although it is still not possible to gather all the school together, we are looking forward to seeing and engaging with the children and the adults.  We also pleased to be working with Tove Valley Baptists again to deliver in school the 'Its your move' transitional session for the year 6 students preparing for Secondary School.  This is of course in addition to the three Tots groups which Claire and her team of volunteers run on a weekly basis. 

The Nursing and Residential Homes are a little more cautious about allowing us in to lead services but we are looking forward to services at The Lakes and Duncote Hall towards the end of June as well as exploring the possibilities at Brook House.  We are in regular contact with Leeson Court and Ridgway House and working with them on their plans.  

Last Sunday we had our first baptism since last summer and there are a number of other booked in for the coming months. 

Since early May the new marriage regulations came into force which means changes in the way a wedding is registered and certificates are issued.  With the vast majority of weddings moved from 2020, we continue to pray for all couples planning to marry this year as they are, once again, waiting in anticipation of announcements from the government over the potential easing of restrictions. 

In last Friday mailing Angela mentioned a number of other social events that are planned for the coming months.  Please do make sure these dates are in your diaries.  We start this Sunday with Tove Together a new monthly social gathering event for the whole benefice, from 1pm on the Water Meadows in Towcester. 

Plans for the Open Gardens in Greens Norton on 26th June are coming together - details about how to register your garden are in the notices.  With only a few weeks to go we took delivery of raffle tickets which are AVAILABLE FOR SALE NOW!!!  As you know we badly need funds to meet our target Budget and to pay our Parish Share.  Please kindly arrange to collect some from Teresa Exell, Ann Tolley, Paula Leach or the Benefice Office and ask family, friends and members of the public if you can sell them some.  Perhaps you can take the opportunity to call on neighbours to check how they are and to sell a ticket or two.  Please note tickets are £2.00 each with some smashing prizes.  If each Greens Norton Electoral Roll member sells just 10 Tickets we shall raise £1200 of the £2000 allocated to St. Bartholomew's.

Towcester and Easton Neston Open Gardens on 3rd July - the planning group are looking for helpers and homemade cakes wanted for Towcester Open Gardens Vicarage Fete on 3rd July. Please message or call Steve on 07593700754 - we really do need extra help to make the afternoon a success!

A busy schedule and lots of great opportunities to be out and about in our communities. 

To finish off this week's mailing a request for help. Can you help provide or do you know of any temporary accommodation for Eileen and Gordon Reid?  Their flat was unfortunately flooded this week and it is now uninhabitable until it has been dried out and repaired.  Please call Eileen on 07925 125414 if you are able to offer any help or suggestions. 

With my thoughts and prayer
Revd Paula Challen 

Worship for Trinity Sunday

Worship for The Second Sunday after Trinity 

Lectionary Readings : [the links will take you to Bible Gateway from the NIV]:
1 Samuel 15. 34 – 16.13,      2 Corinthians 5. 6 – 10 [11-13] 14 – 17      Mark 4. 26 – 34    

The reflection  this week is A reflection on "Living His Story" by Hannah Steele, and is written by John Booth

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 10:15am Benefice Sunday Worship 
  • Monday to Friday 9am Morning Prayer 

Individual Private Prayer :  

  • St Bartholomew's Church, Greens Norton - 
    Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:30 am to 11:30 am
  • St Lawrence Church, Towcester -
    Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm

Online : #livestream : Church of England available from 9am.  Our service this week marks the fourth anniversary of the Grenfell fire. Led by Rev Gareth Wardell, our online worship comes from St Clement and St James Church, and includes a sermon from the Rt Rev Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington.

Peterborough Cathedral offers an online service each Sunday via its Facebook page and YouTube channel. This video is usually uploaded at around 9:30am. You can view it at a time to suit you.  Bishop Donald's weekly reflection on the psalms.
Peterborough Diocese list of local services that we can watch.

Watch : Don't forget the diocese daily video reflections on YouTube

Tove Together - first event on 13th June from 1pm.  This is a benefice wide social event and we really hope groups from across the benefice will join us for it.  All you need to do is bring a picnic and a blanket or chair and pray that sun will shine.

Pilgrimage with the Diocese: The Holy Land - following in the footsteps of Jesus in 2022.
Please click on this link for details.

Time4Tea : On Wednesdays from 2:30 pm Revd Angela, Mary Blanchard and Jane Small host a zoom group called 'Time4Tea'.  It is an opportunity for people from across the benefice to have a natter and support one another.  To join Time4Tea you don't need to have a zoom account just click on this link & follow the instructions.  If you need help getting on please call Angela on 01327 358852 and she will be able to help you. 

Bible Study group : The group meets at 7:30pm on Tuesdays via zoom.  Everyone is welcome to join the group.  The group is beginning a new study series on 15th June, looking at some themes from the book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament.  It deals with life back in Israel after the exile in Babylon, which is an exciting time for the people of God and well worth looking in to. Please email John if you would like to be involved.

Sing or Listen: Here are some music suggestions for this week

AnthemThou visitest the earth by Maurice Greene

Reserve your space for Worship in Church 
In order to help us with the voluntary NHS Test and Trace data collection and to reduce potential queuing to get into services we would like to encourage congregations to reserve a seat for Worship in Church.
Please click on the link below to book for next week, The Third Sunday after Trinity, 20th June.

Online booking is now open, and very easy.  You will be sent a confirmation email and ticket; you do not need to print it.  If you find you are unable to book online, please call the office on 01327 350459. 
The reservation system will close on Friday at noon.  You will also be able to turn up on the day, but please be aware that due to social distancing we will not be allowed to admit any more people once our calculated maximum capacity has been reached.  Please bring a face covering with you.

Here is the Order of Service for the Holy Communion in Ordinary Time.  It will be shown on screen during the service.  Please take time to prepare for Holy Communion.  The service has had to be shortened so that it will be only 40 minutes duration due to the current restrictions, so we would encourage you to spend some time in preparation before arriving at the church. To encourage and support you we have produced a resource on praying in preparation with suggestions and prayers for you to use as you wish.

Towcester Foodbank needs volunteers. 
Towcester Foodbank needs volunteers.Thank you to those who have recently volunteered.  Some more are still needed - could you volunteer for one session a fortnight?  Tuesdays 12-2 or Fridays 10:30-12:30.  Training is given and Covid precautions are in place.  Roles for behind the scenes or for front of house are available.  Also for helping deliver parcels in Towcester and surrounding villages.  The Foodbank really needs your help.  Please do consider volunteering, and contact Lulu  07723 604316 or Helen for more information.

Ecclesiastical Insurance award scheme this year is called Movement for Goods – giving back to the communities they serve and championing the issues that really matter to them and giving a further £1million to charities.
 As a Benefice we have registered each of our churches for the opportunity to be one of  500 charities to each receive £1,000. Please do consider voting for your parish church by clicking on the link below. PLEASE NOTE: "Only one nomination per Entrant is permitted. Any subsequent nominations by an Entrant, even if for a different charity will be void." Only your first vote will count.
St Bartholomew's Greens Norton
St Lawrence Towcester
St Mary's Easton Neston
St Michael's Bradden
Please feel free to forward this email to friends and family to ask them to vote.  The closing date and time for submitting the nominations form is 23:59 on Sunday 13th June 2021 so not long to vote. 

Open Gardens : 
Greens Norton - Saturday 26th June
 11.00 am to 3.00 pm - the school and St. Bartholomew will be holding a joint Summer Event.  Please click on the attached Summer Event document and see how you can help.  We know both St. Bartholomew and the School are in need of Funds to support both church finances and school activities.  This is a great opportunity for church and school to work together and enjoy each other’s company in a safe environment in Greens Norton.

St. Lawrence and St. Mary’s - Saturday 3rd July -  Revd Paula and Steve Challen are opening the Vicarage Garden.  There is an opportunity for others to join in so that we can walk or drive to different venues.  PLEASE let the Benefice Office know if you can help or take part and contact Steve or Lulu, for any questions.  This is a great opportunity to both fund raise and celebrate the opportunity of seeing each other again and invite others to share in a Church event.  Please share your time and gifts in serving refreshments, making cakes, selling Raffle tickets, holding a plant stall, White Elephant or whatever takes your fancy.  There will be space for you on the Vicarage Lawn or you can raise funds in the comfort of your own garden! 

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 to 2:30 pm Monday to Friday.  
Please be aware that the office is closed in the midday lunch break.  
01327 350459   tovebeneficeoffice@gmail.com  

Churchyard volunteer gardening:
St Michael's Church is looking for volunteers to join the churchyard mowing team.  Please contact Colin Musgrave on 01327 860590 for more information.
St Bartholomew's Church has a working group which meets on 1st Saturday of each month. No expectation to join every month. The churchyard is mowed by a contractor, but there are still areas that need trimming and tidying.  Please contact Edward Woods on 01327 353602 for more information.

The UK is hosting the G7 Summit on the Environment from 11th to 13th  June 2021. 
The Fifth Mark of Mission is for the Church to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
I hope this  Open Gardens day will encourage us all.

For details of how to make a donation to your local parish church, please click here.

Update on Sunday Worship

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