is celebrating 57 years working as a priest, in the ministry.
On 23rd September 1961 he was ordained Priest
in Peterborough Cathedral by Bishop, Robert Stopford,
so this September marks 57 years .
In all, 40 years in active service and 17
retired and supporting us in this Benefice.
He has always been based in the Peterborough Diocese and was for 10 years at Ketton.
and since 2001 has been retired living in Barrowden .
He feel it has been an enormous privilege to have been able to serve God
and His people in this way for so long. ‘ I certainly would live it all
over again ( if you see what I mean).’
Please come and support him on this special day.
In celebrating the service at Morcott,
he will be supported by The Very Rev. Christopher Armstrong.
Morcott held a Songs of Praise service on 15 August 2018 to mark the Assumption of St Mary the Virgin, the church’s patron saint. Morcott has not held a ‘patronal festival’ for many years, so offering a mid-week service in August was a bit of an experiment!
Members of the congregation had previously nominated their favourite hymns, which were whittled down by Christopher and Astrid into six well-known anthems which formed the backbone of the service. These, together with a bible reading, a poem and a musical interlude from Jane Page and Astrid Hazelwood, all linked by brief words from Christopher constituted a short and celebratory service enjoyed by more than 40 people.
Afterwards, the PCC offered wine, canapes, coffee/tea and biscuits and, on yet another warm summer’s evening, people stayed for over an hour to share fellowship. Feedback has been entirely positive, and it may become an annual event.
The photo is of one of Barrowden’s statues of St Mary, which we borrowed especially for the occasion – statues not being Morcott’s style!
Stilling of the Storm (Mk. 4.35 – 41)
Masses of beautiful flowers; the church cleaned and polished; a wonderful peal of bells and rushes on the floor to celebrate.
A great calm followed the storm. Some places accumulate an atmosphere of peace and churches are high up among them. We go there to seek peace, not to escape but to renew ourselves for daily life where peace is so often very scarce.
Janet and Brian collect the rushes for the Patronal Festival at Barrowden Church.
ON SUNDAY MANY PEOPLE CAME TO TIXOVER TO PRAY FOR THE CROPS AND FARM ANIMALS, TENDED BY OUR FARMERS.
Many had walked from their own Parishes. During the service we went round the Church yard viewing the green fields and animals and some of the crops, although this year they are about six weeks behind.
The weather was perfect and all prayed that it would be a successful season for crops.
Afterwards the Tixover renowned hospitality, provided refreshment and drinks.