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Rector: Revd Paula Challen 01327 350459 rector.tovebenefice@gmail.com
Assistant Curate: Revd Angela Hammett 01327 358852 tovecurate@gmail.com
Children & Families: Claire Reetz 07813 404061 tovefamilies@gmail.com
Benefice Safeguarding: Stephanie Watts 07553 157175  
Benefice Office:   01327 350459 tovebeneficeoffice@gmail.com

Benefice Office Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am to12.00 noon and 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Weekly News – 29th May 2022
Seventh Sunday After Easter

The Collect
O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us
and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Post Communion
Eternal God, giver of love and power, your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world to preach the gospel of his kingdom: confirm us in this mission, and help us to live the good news we proclaim; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sunday’s readings:

NT Reading:  Acts 16:16-34
Gospel: John 17:20-26

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Benefice Notices

Benefice Office opening hours:
The Benefice Office will be closed on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June for the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.


I have loved being Assistant Priest in the Tove Benefice since 2011.
Reaching 70 years in May gives me the opportunity to take a break for six months before renewing my licence to officiate. 
Thank you for all your support in this time and see you in December!

Rev’d. Lulu

Celebration of Ministry Service for Revd Lulu Pelly

Sunday 12th June 3.00 pm at St Bartholomew’s church, Greens Norton:
Please join us for Revd Lulu’s “celebration of ministry” service which will be led by Bishop Donald.
There will be tea and cake after the service.
Please contact the Benefice Office if you would like to attend.
Don’t forget to RSVP to the Benefice Office by 6th June if you wish to attend this service for Revd Lulu, Mary Blanchard and Revd Arthur Hughes.

Services on Sunday 12th June:
Please note that there will be no 11.00 am Communion Service at St Bartholomew’s church, Greens Norton on Sunday 12th June as we have the Celebration of Ministry Service in the afternoon at 3.00 pm. If you would like to attend a Communion Service, we have an 8.00 am service at St Lawrence, a 9:30 am service at St Michael’s or the 10:15 am zoom service.

Churches Together Towcester Songs of Praise Service
Sunday 19th June 4.00 pm at St Lawrence:
Please come along to the Songs of Praise service where we will be joined by members of the Towcester Studio Band.
Refreshments will be available after the service.

URGENT - Volunteers needed:
Due to family circumstances, one of our volunteers is unable to run the Coffee Morning on the third Friday of the month for the foreseeable future.
If you are able to help out, please contact the Benefice Office.

Dates for your diary:

Chantry House Saturday Coffee Morning:
Chantry House Saturday Coffee Morning: 28th MayCANCELLED
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the coffee morning on Saturday 28th May has been cancelled.
Please do pass this message on to anyone you know who was planning to attend but may not receive the Weekly News.

Bradden Jubilee Weekend celebrations
Bradden Jubilee Weekend celebrations 2nd to 5th June2nd to 5th June. Over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, we will be holding the following events at Bradden:
• St Michael’s church will be open Thursday to Sunday from 10am-4pm and will have two exhibitions; one relating to the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and one entitled “Bradden Then and Now” – a history of the village during the Queen’s reign and a comparison to the village as it was from 1850 to 1920;
• Jubilee Lunch at Bradden House from 12noon on Sunday 5th June with live music, a raffle, games, food and a bar. Dress code 1950s. Tickets are £8 for adults, £4 for children between 3 years and 12 years and under 3s free. For tickets please contact hetall@gmail.com; and
• Bell ringing exhibition between 11am-12noon on Sunday 5th June. An opportunity for visitors to have a go at ringing one of our church bells!

Midsummer Music Festival at St Lawrence Church, Towcester
Midsummer Music Festival at St Lawrence Church, TowcesterFriday 17th and Saturday 18th June: We have the following performances at St Lawrence:
• Friday 17th June at 12.00 noon – Sponne Musicians
• Friday 17th June at 7.00 pm – the Songbirds
• Saturday 18th June at .00 7pm – the Towcester Choral Society.

Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day Saturday 18th June at Towcester Town HallSaturday 18th June at Towcester Town Hall 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm: The Royal British Legion is hosting a free “Tea and Buns” event for Veterans and their immediate family members.
There will be afternoon tea with music from the Towcester Studio band and the unfurling of the Armed Forces flag at 4.00 pm.

St Mary’s Easton Neston Summer Fete and Open Day
t Mary’s Easton Neston Summer Fete and Open Day Saturday 25th June:Saturday 25th June:
Come and see the restored and cleaned windows of the beautiful hidden gem in the Benefice.
A traditional fete with cream teas and stalls from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

Vicarage Fete and Open Gardens:
We are excited to announce that this year’s Vicarage Fete and Open Gardens will be on Sunday 26th June. The gardens will be open from 10:30 am and there will be a chance to visit several gardens in Towcester. The Vicarage Fete will start at 12.00 noon with children’s games, a cake stall, local seller stalls, refreshments including cream teas, ice creams, beer tent and a BBQ by Hartwell and Towbury Court Butchers, a 12-bell peal, emergency services vehicles and so much more!! If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in a seller’s stall at the Fete, please contact Steve Challen on 07593 700754 or by email to steve.challen1@gmail.com for further details. We would love to have lots of stalls available on the day. If you are interested in opening your garden, please also contact Steve.

Tower, Crypt and Tea
Tower, Crypt and Tea Sunday 10th JulySunday 10th July: Take a guided tour of the Bell Tower, find the hidden Crypt and enjoy afternoon tea in the Vicarage garden! Minimum donation of £10 for the whole event or £5 for afternoon tea only.
Tickets bookable via the Benefice Office on 01327 350459 or tovebeneficeoffice@gmail.com

Greens Norton Village Fete
Greens Norton Village Fete Sunday 10th July Sunday 10th July at Bengal Manor 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm: This popular traditional village event will be raising funds for both Greens Norton Primary School and St Bartholomew’s church.
Look out for more information about this event over the next few weeks.
If you are able to support this event in any way, such as baking cakes or helping on the day, please contact Claire Reetz at tovefamilies@gmail.com

Benefice Prayer Notices
We pray for those who are sick at this time and remember those who have recently died and pray for their families:

Barbara Creber
Eileen Salmons

Sally Eric
Carol Loveday
Lynne Linney

Diane Garlick
Debbie Morris

John Townsend
John Godfrey
Peter Mains

Greens Norton
Margaret Manser


RIP David Chapman John Warner Roger Arnold


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