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Weekly News – 24th October 2021

Rector: Revd Paula Challen 01327 350459 rector.tovebenefice@gmail.com
Assistant Priest: Revd Lulu Pelly 07723 604316 lulupelly@yahoo.com
Assistant Curate: Angela Hammett 01327 358852  tovecurate@gmail.com
Children & Families Worker: Claire Reetz tovefamilies@gmail.com  07813 404061

Benefice Office: 01327 350459 tovebeneficeoffice@gmail.com
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 9:30 am to 12.00 noon and 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

Benefice Safeguarding Officer: Stephanie Watts 07553 157175

Weekly News – 24th October 2021
Bible Sunday

The Collect

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Post Communion
God of all grace, your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry with the bread of his life and the word of his kingdom: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your true and living bread; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.

OT Reading:           Isaiah 55: 1 – 11
NT Reading:           2 Timothy 3: 14 – 4:52 Timothy 3: 14 – 4:52 Timothy 3: 14 – 4:5
Gospel:                   John 5: 36b – 47

Daily Readings


Psalm 1
Micah 1: 1 – 9
John 17: 1 – 5


Psalm 5
Micah 2:
John 17; 6 – 19


Psalm 119: 1 – 32
Micah 3:
John 17: 20 – end


Psalm 116
Micah 4: 1 – 5: 1
John 18: 1 – 11


Psalm 19
Micah 5: 2 – end
John 18: 12 – 27

Psalm 23
Micah 6:
John 18: 28 – end


OT Reading:      Lamentations 3: 17 – 26, 31 – 33
NT Reading:      1 Peter 1: 3 – 9
Gospel:              John 6: 37 – 40

Benefice Notices

Change Your ClocksReminder - Clocks Go Back at 2.00 am on Sunday 31st October

All Souls Services

Sunday 31st October 3.00 pm at St Bartholomew’s; 4.00pm at St Lawrence, Towcester.
An opportunity for those who have lost loved ones to join us for a service of music and readings and to light a candle in their memory.
Invites will be sent to those who have been recently bereaved but this service is open to anyone who has lost a loved one and would like to remember them and give thanks for their lives.

Pilgrimage with the Diocese
The Holy Land - following in the footsteps of Jesus in 2022

Please click on this link for details.

On Wednesdays from 2:30pm 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. 

Remembrance Sunday Services
Sunday 14th November, 10:45am at St Bartholomew’s; 10:50am at St Lawrence.
Our priority remains to keep everyone safe and we have, therefore, made the decision to limit the number of people inside the church to seating room only. Doors will be open to allow adequate ventilation so please do wrap up warmly. We will also be providing an outside PA feed and a covered gazebo area which will have some seating so that everyone who would like to attend and be part of this Act of Remembrance can do so.
Please do pass this message on to anyone who may wish to attend the services but does not receive the weekly news.

Christmas Shoeboxes / Operation Christmas child (Samaritan’s Purse)
Whilst Greens Norton Church will not be having a collection or service this year for Shoeboxes, we know that some people wish to support this charity. There are three ways that you can contribute a Shoebox this time.
1. Doing a shoebox online:
2. Getting a shoebox to Towcester Methodist church for their Shoebox service on 14th November at 10:30 am.
3. Giving Kevin and Barbara Parfitt a call on 01327 353966 before 14th November so that they can collect the shoebox and pass it on.

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

Towcester:    Sally Eric
Nicola Watts
Mick Doy
Jean Sheppard

Debbie Morris
Jane Taylor
Peter Mains
Lynne Linney
Richard Yates
Nigel Slater
John Morris
Chris Compton
Greens Norton: 
Roger Arnold  Wendy Haynes  
RIP: Amanda Dunkley    






Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.


RIP diary for St Lawrence is now in Church
Please check it and add any names of loved one you wish to be remembered each year on the anniversary of their departing.


Friday 22nd October
9.00 am  Morning Prayer  Zoom
10.00 am  Coffee Morning  Chantry House
6.00 pm  Choir Practice  St Lawrence
8.00 pm  Bell ringing  St Lawrence

Saturday 23rd October
9.00 am  Morning Prayer  Zoom
11.00 am  Remembrance Garden Dedication  St Lawrence
12.00 noon  Interment of Ashes  St Bartholomew’s
5.00 pm  Branch Ringer’s Meeting (Church & Chantry)  St Lawrence

Sunday 24th October
9:30 am  Holy Communion at St Lawrence, Towcester
10:15 am  Benefice Sunday Worship via Zoom
11.00 am  BCP Matins at St Bartholomew’s, Greens Norton
11:15 am  Holy Communion at St Augustine’s, Caldecote
6.00pm  Evening Prayer at St Michael’s, Bradden

Monday 25th October – Half Term Week
9.00 am  Morning Prayer  Zoom
12:15 pm  Funeral of Derek Wenham  St Bartholomew’s

Tuesday 26th October
8.00 am  Holy Communion  St Lawrence
9.00 am  Morning Prayer  Zoom
2:15 pm  Duncote Hall and The Lakes
7:30 pm  Bible Study  Zoom

Wednesday 27th October
9.00 am  Morning Prayer  Zoom
10:15 am  Holy Communion  St Lawrence
3:30 pm  Prayer Group  St Bartholomew’s

Thursday 28th October – Simon and Jude, Apostles
9.00 am  Morning Prayer  Zoom

Friday 29th October
9.00 am  Morning Prayer  Zoom
10.00 am  Coffee Morning  Chantry House
6.00 pm  Choir Practice  St Lawrence
8.00 pm  Bell ringing  St Lawrence

Saturday 30th October
9.00 am  Morning Prayer  Zoom
11.00am  Remembrance Garden Dedication  St Bartholomew’s

Sunday 31st October
10:15 am  Benefice Sunday Worship via Zoom
3.00 pm  All Souls at Greens Norton
4.00 pm  All Souls at Towcester

Weekly News

Towcester Foodbank
Towcester FoodbankHelp, please!!  Towcester Foodbank still needs volunteers 
Thank you to those who have recently volunteered. 
Some more are still needed - could you volunteer for one session a fortnight? 
Tuesdays 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm or Fridays 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. 
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.


Renew169 for men. Monday Evenings
7.00 pm to 8:45 pm.
Come and join us, just drop in. Do you sometimes feel a bit stressed out with life, have a low mood or feel anxious. Or perhaps you know somebody else who is struggling; do them a favour and bring them along! At renew169 there is an opportunity to play table tennis, a game of pool, chat or read the paper over a cuppa in a quiet space. Everyone needs to take care of their wellbeing. You don't have to be unwell....all are welcome. For more details click here

Churches Together Renew Wellbeing Cafe news:
Renew169 for men.  Monday Evenings - 7.00 pm to 8:45 pm.  
Come and join us, just drop in.  Do you sometimes feel a bit stressed out with life, have a low mood or feel anxious.  Or perhaps you know somebody else who is struggling; do them a favour and bring them along!  At renew169 there is an opportunity to play table tennis, a game of pool, chat or read the paper over a cuppa in a quiet space.  Everyone needs to take care of their wellbeing.  You don't have to be unwell....all are welcome.  #oknottobeok

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.

Don't forget the diocese daily video reflections on YouTube

Benefice Office email Address
Please note the new Tove Benefice Office email address:

The Benefice Office  is open from 9:30 am to 12.00 noon and 12.30 to 2.30 pm Monday to Friday. 

Benefice Office hours:
Please note that during the week commencing 25th October the Benefice office will be closed from 12.00 noon on Tuesday and Friday.

Important Notice about Public Worship
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling for Church of England Churches to put public worship on hold and become a “different sort of church” in the coming months to face the challenge of coronavirus.
Please do read this statement and join us along with the Archbishops in prayers.
For those who have planned a baptism, wedding or funeral we are awaiting advice as to whether these can continue.
If you wish to speak with Revd Paula or Revd Lulu the number is 01327 350459.
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