Everyone is very welcome to Morcott’s Advent Service on 3 December 2017, in St Mary’s Church, starting at 4pm.
Before Christmas comes the season of Advent – a word derived from the latin ‘to come’. The service explores the themes of dark and light, and of waiting and hoping for what is to come through readings including RS Thomas and TS Eliot, and with Advent hymns.
An enthusiastic congregation aged from two months old to 80-something sang the traditional harvest hymns in St Mary’s church on Sunday 1 October 2017.
The Lessons were read by Henry Traylen and David Joyce, and seven-year old Clara Morgan read the first prayer, before churchwarden Eric Hazelwood led the rest of the intercessions.
Instead of a sermon, The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong interviewed Jamie Wild, one of Rutland’s top shepherds, about living and working close to the land, and about his livestock ‘harvest’. The miracles of lambing time and the hard work throughout the year were discussed, and the congregation really appreciated Jamie’s contribution to what was a very unusual Sermon slot! After the service, underlining the message that farming is a seven-day a week life, Jamie changed out of his Sunday best, put his overalls on and went to work, putting the tups to the ewes to start the cycle all over again.
Instead of garden and allotment produce, this year parishioners were asked to bring imperishable harvest gifts, which the churchwardens will deliver to the local Foodbank. After the service, a Bring and Share harvest lunch was held in the Village Hall, with delicious casseroles, quiches and crumbles enjoyed by all.
Ride and Stride to support Rutland and Northamptonshire Historic Churches on Saturday 9 September!
The Sheriff’s Chaplain cannot ride with the Sheriff on Bank Holiday Monday so Christopher Armstrong, our Priest-in-Charge, will ride out from The Exeter Arms, Barrowden at 1.00pm on 9 September for a moderate Bike Ride which befits both old and young.
He will aim to cover the 6 churches in the Welland-Fosse Benefice and any more that the posse might feel moved to take in. So why not join this priestly posse? All are welcome! Children should be accompanied by a parent.
If however, your cycling days are over and you would still like to support, then why not sponsor The Sheriff’s Chaplain for a shilling or two? Sign-up forms are to be found at the back of all our churches. Money raised will be split between our Benefice Churches and the Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust.
More information available from www.RutlandRideAndStride.org.uk
Saturday 17 June 2017 * 7pm for 7.30pm ‘curtain up’ * Morcott Church
Opera lovers have a treat in store on Saturday 17 June when a group of musical friends – Amici – present Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Trial by Jury’ and other operatic highlights in the beautiful setting of Morcott Church.
Amici has performed the length and breadth of the UK, from Manchester’s concert halls to National Trust stately homes, and on TV for Songs of Praise.
The 18-strong choir is boosted by professional soloists Nick Hardy (Opera North), Joanne Rondel and Judith Tinston who all perform under the leadership of George Robey.
Most choir members live in the north-west, where Amici was formed over 20 years ago by Ray Lomax, Judith’s late husband. Amici comes to Morcott thanks to Chris Armstrong’s friendship with George Robey: this is the first time the choir has performed in Rutland. Morcott was chosen for this performance thanks to the unfurnished chancel and the position of the pulpit which is ideal for the ‘trial’ scene!
The first half of the programme is Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Trial By Jury’, a comic opera in one act. After a relaxed interval during which drinks will be available to buy, the second half of the concert is a mix of operatic hits including a show-stopping ‘Nessun Dorma’ and memorable choral pieces, some of which have been arranged specially for the concert by choir members.
Tickets now available at £12.50 from Alison Johnson on 01572 747381.
Unreserved seating. Interval refreshments available. Proceeds to church funds.
This is Morcott’s main fundraiser of the year, so please give it your support. Amici is a top quality choir and this is an unmissable musical event! Morcott needs help to accommodate choir members around the Benefice, so a proportion of the profits will be shared among the other churches. Amici will also be joining the Sunday Service at Barrowden the following morning, at 11am on Sunday 18 June.