Update on Sunday Worship

Dear Friends,

This week we heard from the government their release from lockdown roadmap.  At the time of writing to you we are still awaiting the guidance from the Church of England so I am unable to give much of an update about the restarting of in church worship.  There are also wider considerations that need to be made, but in discussion with the Churchwardens and the Ministry Team I hope that by next week we will have a clearer plan which will mean we can look forward to Easter and beyond.

As you might expect, this week many of our wedding couples have been in touch to confirm, as well as make changes to their plans.  This coming week Claire and I will begin our 3 week Marriage Preparation Group via zoom.  In the midst of what are challenging times we would appreciate your prayers for those attending the group and all couples who are planning to marry this year.

I wonder if you have come across illustrations from the book The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy?  If you haven't I warmly recommend it to you.  Through his illustrations and simple words Mackesy has a knack of saying something profound about how we might be feeling in the midst of life.  Parallels might be drawn to images and quotes from AA Milne's book Winnie the Pooh which are also used from time to time.  Writing about the book Mackesy says “All four characters represent different parts of the same person.  The inquisitive boy; the mole who’s enthusiastic but a bit greedy; the fox who’s been hurt so is withdrawn from life, slow to trust but wants to be part of things; and the horse who’s the wisest bit, the deepest part of you, the soul.”  As part of the leadership course I am on we have been encouraged to undergo an MOT on our spiritual life - a focus not on the doing and the busyness, but on the being and our attentiveness to God.  A focus not on the outward self, but the hidden self.  Those illustrated by the fox and the horse?  Throughout the past year we have been encouraged by the government to take our daily walks for our physical health.  Throughout the past year we hope that these weekly mailings we have encouraged you to look after your spiritual health.  Lent is a good time to stop and ask ourselves how am I doing spiritually?  Am I being attentive to what God is saying to me?  Am I able to name that that which hurts and I am struggling with?  Am I able to hear the wisdom from the soul?  As I've been pondering these questions myself I was reminded of the hymn "It is well with my Soul" which I share with with you this version by Anthem Lights      

As you will have seen in last weeks mailing it was with sadness that we announced the death of Betty Linnell.  Her funeral will take place on Monday 8th March at 11am at St Bartholomew's Church Greens Norton.  Due to continued restrictions the service and burial will be limited to invited family and friends. However should you wish to pay your respects you are welcome to stand along the Towcester Road as the hearse makes it way from Duncote to St Bartholomew's.  Please do continue to observe current social distancing guidance. 
With my prayers

Revd Paula Challen

Update on Sunday Worship

Online : #livestream : Church of England available from 9am.  Rev Helen Shannon leads a service to mark the Sunday next before Lent.  This online church service comes from Church@Five.

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.
Peterborough Diocese list of local services that we can watch.

Watch : A new video from Bishop Donald - Reflection on Psalm 33.  Bishop Donald reflects on a psalm which explores both the Lord's relationship with his people and the Lord's relationship with the whole world.  Don't forget the diocese daily video reflections on YouTube

Bible Study :  This week John Booth is leading the last session of looking at "Women in the New Testament".  Tuesday at 7:30pm.  Anyone is welcome to join this group please email John 

Lent Course : Started week commencing 22nd February led by John Booth and Chris Hammett; We will be using the Archbishops recommended book "Living His Story" by Hannah Steele ISBN 0 780281 085170 - you will need to purchase your own copy of the book from online retailers. This week a video of Hannah in conversation with Archbishop of Canterbury has been released you can view it here.  The purpose of the book is to help us become more comfortable about sharing our faith with others.  The meetings will be on Zoom and will also include an opportunity for times of fellowship as we prepare ourselves for Easter.  There will be two opportunities to join us: Mondays at 2:30pm or Tuesday at 7:30pm.
Please can you email John 
(johnbooth1945@icloud.com) to join the groups.   
Time4Tea : On Wednesdays from 2:30pm Revd Angela, Mary Blanchard and Jane Small are hosting a new 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. 


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

Anthems: It is a thing most wonderful sung by the Canterbury Cathedral Choristers

Update on Sunday Worship

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