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CHURCH SERVICES – SUNDAY 18th February 2018

CHURCH SERVICES – SUNDAY 18th February 2018

All are Welcome at any of our Services across the Benefice this Sunday The First Sunday of Lent.
• South Luffenham Church:       Morning Praise (AR)
• 9.30 am Tixover Church                          Holy Communion
• 11.00 am Barrowden Church:                 Morning Praise (AR)
• 11.00 Morcott Church:                             Holy Communion (JS)

Readings: Gen.9. 8-17   Mark 1. 9-15  BCP:2 Cor. 6..1-10  Matt. 4. 1-11
JS= John Saunders. AR=Mrs Ann Robinson, Reader


The Recommended Book chosen for Lent 2018

The Recommended Book chosen for Lent 2018

A Painting a Day from Ash Wednesday to Easter

The Art of Lent is a book of meditations on 41 paintings selected by the art historian, Sister Wendy Beckett.  Sister Wendy shot to fame (or perhaps more accurately, reluctantly had fame thrust upon her) in the 1990s with a series of documentaries on the history of art for the BBC.  Since then she has appeared in the media occasionally, and spends her days in solitude as a hermit, praying and writing, living in a caravan in the grounds of the Carmelite nunnery at Quidenham in Norfolk.

The book begins with an initial four day section on Repentance, Forgiveness, Humility and Purification, and is then divided into six weekly sections considering Silence, Contemplation, Peace, Joy, Confidence and Love.  There is a picture for each day of Lent, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Saturday, plus Caravaggio’s Supper at Emmaus for Easter Sunday.  In all, there are 41 pictures because, as Sister Wendy is a Roman Catholic, Sundays are excluded from the Lenten fast.

Many of the paintings are familiar, but others are not, including an interesting Goya, a couple of lesser known Monets and a strange Bellini.  Many of the works are old masters, but there are some good recent works by Roger Wagner, Ben Johnson, Carel Weight and Craigie Aitchison.  The book is worthwhile for its paintings alone.

But each painting is accompanied by a short reflection by Sister Wendy.  Her insights into the art itself are always interesting, to which she often adds a spiritual interpretation.  You may not go along with her on every point.  Some of the assertions she makes are startling, but sometimes she presents a paradox which forces you to think again.  These are not gentle meditations by a quiet and peaceful nun; they are robust and thought provoking, and, whilst they are designed to be read during Lent, have something to say at any time of year.

The Art of Lent
The Art of Lent

Sister Wendy Beckett, The Art of Lent. SPCK: £9.99 (or, sadly, cheaper on Amazon).

As reviewed by a parishioner in South Luffenham.

  This is the Lent Book chosen for the Benefice this year and can be ordered from

                                Kate Blank in Morcott;

                                Brigit McMullan in Barrowden

                                Toni Gandy in Tixover

                                Sally Smith in South Luffenham

               And        Lucy Hurst in Duddington.



Here is just a little about what I do

As the Stewardship Officer for the Diocese, I spend most of my time working with Clergy, Treasurers and PCC’s to help them think through all areas of giving. This includes regular planned giving, Legacy giving and most recently, areas of online and contactless giving.

Paul Adams Diocese Stewardship Officer

I also work with many treasurers to help advise and train on areas such as accountancy software and gift aid claims. I also go around the Diocese regularly preaching on the subject of giving and generosity. Giving is a major discipleship issue, that is, how can we learn to be like Jesus, in our giving?

I’ve been in this post for 10 years and have probably worked with about 250 churches across the Diocese.

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY 11th February 2018

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY 11th February 2018

All are Welcome at any of our Services across the Benefice the Next Sunday  before Lent

• 9.30 am    South Luffenham Church:            Family Service (CA)
• 11.00 am  Barrowden Church:                        Family Service (CA)

Readings: 2 Cor 4. 3-6   Mark 9. 2-9.

CA = The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong, AR=Mrs Ann Robinson, Reader

What our Priest-in-Charge gets up to in the week!

What our Priest-in-Charge gets up to in the week!

Christopher doesn’t just work on Sundays. Here’s what he got up to last week in Corby.

Christopher says “Jesus didn’t stay at home. In his ministry he was either out and about among the people or somewhere on the hillside deep in prayer. The Church is bidden to follow suit and identify with the folk in the community.

Whilst many people who live in the Benefice are retired, there are also many others who work hard: some close by and others far away, commuting to London for instance.

My natural inquisitiveness took me to Corby to visit a factory run by a family in the Benefice to see what their joys and sorrows are, trading in a relatively bumpy market after the Brexit Referendum. It was a fascinating visit and I am really grateful to the management of Pluswipes for giving me so much of their valuable time.”

Chris is on the left, wearing the red and orange outfit. Pluswipes’ Marten Teasdale Brown is on the right.



Ruminating after 3 Sunday Morning services”


“He must set the Good Shepherd always before him as the pattern of his calling, caring for the people committed to his charge and joining with them in a common witness to the world.
In the name of our Lord we bid you remember the greatness of the trust now to be comitted to your charge.” ( The Ordinal)


• All are Welcome at any of our Services across the Benefice this 2nd Sunday before Lent.

• 8.00 am   Barrowden Church                 Holy communion (BCP)( CA)
• 9.30 am    Duddington Church               Holy communion (CA)
• 11.00 am   Morcott Church                      Holy Communion (CA)
• 6.00 pm    South Luffenham Church     Evensong (BCP)(AR)

Readings : Col. 1. 15-20 John 1.1-14       BCP. Sexagesima.  2 Cor. 11. 19-31  Luke 8. 4-15

CA = The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong AR= Mrs Anne Robinson (Reader)

BCP= Book of Common Prayer



Sunday 28th January at St. Lukes tixover

On Sunday the church at Tixover was lit with hundreds of candles to celebrate the Feast of Candlemas , when Jesus was presented in the Temple.

People arrived from all the parishes and sang and read the Evensong .

Afterwards there was a delicious refreshments and drinks  provided.

It was a very special and unique occasion in this ancient Church.