WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE FEBRUARY SERVICES 2021 –

WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE FEBRUARY SERVICES 2021 –

 

SUNDAY  AND WEEKDAY SERVICES FOR FEBRUARY 2021

February  7th  The second Sunday before Lent

 

11.00 a.m      Zoom    Service                                                Morning Worship   (CA)

 

February 14th The Sunday next before lent

11.00a.m.      Zoom Service                                                    Morning Worship (AR)

 

 

February 21st The first Sunday of Lent

11.00 a.m. Zoom    Service                                                                  Morning Worship       (AR)

 

February 28th  The second Sunday of Lent

 

11.00a.m. Zoom Service                                                                    Morning Worship  (CA)

 

 

 

Weekday Services :

 

  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., Contact Christopher at   chris.armstrong60@yahoo.com for an invitation.
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom
  • Compline will also take place at 6 pm on Sundays during Lent, the first being on 21st February.  After the short service, there will be an 8 minute  Presentation on one of the 7 Virtues given by visiting speakers.  More details to follow, below.
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  • The Lent Bible Studies begin on Tuesdays, starting on 9 February at 7.30pm. They will be conducted by the Rev’d Simon Aley in conjunction with the Oakham Team Ministry.  If you would like an invitation, please contact Simon on simon@oakhamteam.org.uk
  •  
  • ‘Just the Job’ is a form of Zoom entertainment across our 5 parishes to enable us to add a bit of sparkle to these long winter nights and to get to know our neighbours better.  Each session will be 40 minutes long and will take place fortnightly starting on Monday 15 February.  If you would like an invitation, please contact Martin Beattie on mfn.beattie@btinternet.com

 

 

 

BENEFICE SEVCIES FOR SUNDAY 7TH FEBRUARY 2021

BENEFICE SEVCIES FOR SUNDAY 7TH FEBRUARY 2021

Services for the Second Sunday before Lent

 

11.00 am .Zoom Service                            Morning Worship  (AR)

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

 

Weekday Services :

  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., Contact Christopher at   chris.armstrong60@yahoo.com for an invitation.
  • Compline is on Thursday’s at 6pm.  
  • If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlane.com
The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 7 February 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 7 February 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 7 February 2021:  2nd Before Lent

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders and Jane Williams.
  • Today, the Zoom Service will be at 11am.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., given that the pandemic still rages around us. Compline is on a Thursday at 6pm. If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith.
  • Studies in St. Mark’s Gospel begin again this week: Tuesday 9th February at 7.30pm. If you would like an invitation, please contact Simon Aley at simon@oakhamteam.org.uk
  • ‘Just the Job’ – an entertainment for our 5 parishes. Starts on Zoom, 7pm on Monday 15 February and fortnightly thereafter. It brings together 3 people with similar career backgrounds who share something of their work for 5 minutes after which we are invited to ask questions. On 15 February: ‘The Artists’. Each session last for 40 minutes. Join us by emailing our Zoom host Martin Beattie at mfn.beattie@btinternet.com
  • Compline on Sundays in Lent begins on 21st February at 6pm. The short service will be followed by an 8 minute presentation on each of the 7 Virtues given by visiting speakers. Martin Beattie is our host. Please contact him if you wish to join the Zoom service.

 

BARROWDEN:

Now is your chance to join the 200 Club for the next year! Valuable cash prizes each month.  Contact Les Wilkinson, 4 Redland Close.


SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Our church is open from 10-4 every day for private prayer. 

‘Coffee Gathering on Zoom’ Monday at 3.30pm. Details will be sent via email. 


MEDITATION:

Captain Tom is dead. He was admitted to hospital last Sunday; prayers were asked for him by the red-top papers on Monday and he died on Tuesday. Not only was he a war hero but he entered the national biography in his hundredth year by completing a hundred laps of his garden before his big birthday and raising £39m for the NHS. His life was a shining example to all of us of whatever age right up to the end. But now Captain Tom is dead.

 

Of course we will all die sooner or later. It is the one certainty in life and we prepare for it from the moment we are born. How we prepare for it varies enormously and one of the significant factors in our preparations is whether or not we believe that anything follows after death.  People of faith will consider this, often with great care but for most of us, we enjoy life as much as we are able.

 

So what happened to the Daily Mail and The Sun’s request for prayers to support Captain Tom? Did they fall on deaf ears?  I don’t believe they did. It would not be fair to expect our prayers to be answered by Captain Tom living even longer.  There is only so much we human beings can stand. No. Our prayers were answered by the natural turn of events but also by much else besides. Captain Tom was a very positive person. I don’t know if he had any religious belief but that is irrelevant.  We are all children of a power beyond ourselves which people in the Judaeo-Christian tradition call God.  And one of Captain Tom’s regular sayings was, “Tomorrow you will maybe find everything will be much better than today”. Those prayers were answered by the knowledge of a good life well lived; by his family gathered around him at the end; by the nations expressing its gratitude and by a natural optimism for the future.  Thank you Captain Tom.

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

The Welland-Fosse Benefice:   ZOOM BIBLE STUDY – MARK’S GOSPEL 2021                                     

The Welland-Fosse Benefice:   ZOOM BIBLE STUDY – MARK’S GOSPEL 2021                                     

The Welland-Fosse Benefice:                                                   

Zoom Bible Study – Mark’s Gospel – Part 2 

 

After a two month break in Oakham and almost 9 months in the Welland Fosse Benefice the Zoom Bible Study starts again with the two benefices joining together to study the final chapters of the Gospel of Mark. The weekday and time are just as before Tuesdays at 7.30 pm starting on the 9th February and will take us through into Lent starting with the triumphal entry into Jerusalem in Chapter 11 which we study on 16th February but we start on the 9th by looking at the importance of Mark in Lent, going over some of the chapters we have already studied where there might be a Lenten angle.

It does not matter if you have not been to any of the previous studies as each tries to be quite standalone and as before each session lasts 1 hour. The notes will be distributed by email in advance of each week and participants are asked to read the passage from Mark ahead of the session. So all are welcome but if you want to join us please let me know so I can ensure you get all you need and get your Zoom invite.

The sessions will be led by me and I look forward to you joining me as we focus in on the passion narrative in Mark’s Gospel and answer the question; why did Jesus die? So please contact me to join by emailing simon@oakhamteam.org.uk Thank you. Revd. Simon Aley

The Virtues. The Lent Course 2021 in The Welland-Fosse Benefice.

The Virtues. The Lent Course 2021 in The Welland-Fosse Benefice.

The Virtues.

The Lent Course 2021 in The Welland-Fosse Benefice.

Seven 8-minute Presentations to follow 6pm Compline during the Sundays of Lent.

 

 

Sunday 21st February:    ‘Charity’               The Revd Stephen Brown, ‘Church Times’ Film Reviewer

Sunday 28th February     ‘Hope’                  The Revd Penny Graysmith, Prison Chaplain, Guernsey.

Sunday 7th March             ‘Temperance’    Canon Michael Wedgeworth, ex-Methodist.

Sunday 14th March           ‘Prudence’          Canon Philip Gray, a Yorkshireman

Sunday 21st March           ‘Justice’                The Revd Simon Aley, solicitor

Sunday 28th March           ‘Fortitude’          Christopher Dalliston, Dean of Peterborough

Easter Day, 4th April         ‘Faith’                   The Bishop of Peterborough.

 

How do we lead a ‘good’ life? Is it by accident or can faith assist us? Exploring the virtues gives us an insight into the norms which will always challenge every generation.  Join us by emailing mfn.beattie@btinternet.om to receive an invitation.

SERMON FOR CANDLEMAS 31ST JANUARY 2021

SERMON FOR CANDLEMAS 31ST JANUARY 2021

 

Address: Ann Robinson

Today would normally be a benefice service at Tixover, our beautiful church in a field without electricity so wonderfully lit with candles. A very appropriate setting for Candlemas which is officially on Tuesday. This is the day we remember Christ’s presentation in the Temple. By the middle of the 5th century the custom of observing the festival with lighted candles had been introduced, and the name Candlemas developed from this custom. In the Western church, Pope Sergius I (687–701) instituted the festival in Rome. It is also the official end of Christmas, with the decorations down and the tree trunk bound together to form a cross.

 Mary and Joseph took their child to the Temple to give thanks. They took the offering required of two young pigeons, the offerings of a poor family. Simeon and Anna were there and overjoyed to see the baby whom they recognized would be the Saviour for whom they had waited. Waiting is something that is very difficult to do. We have perhaps learnt to be a little more patient in the past few months when we have been locked down. We have waited for the daily briefings; we have waited for the news of the tragic death total and we have waited for the vaccine.

Many people wait in darkness, loneliness, feeling lost and without help. Doesn’t that present a dreadful picture of the life that Jewish people lived then and so many live now? But then Jesus came into the world bringing life and light.

We know very little about Simeon except the important point that he was very devout with a strong faith. He was not part of the Temple hierarchy but spent much of his time worshipping and was there when Mary and Joseph brought their special baby. He must have felt unbounded joy when he held Jesus and realised who he was. Simeon had waited all his life for this and now was ready to go, giving us the beautiful Nunc Dimmitis.

Anna was a widow and would have been expected to remarry and have children. As a widow she was a liability to the family as they would have to feed and clothe her. She had spent most of her life in the Temple and was a very godly woman. She would have spent her life in the Court of Women as the inner courts of the Temple were only for men. Many Jews believed that the Messiah would be a warrior king but there was also a group known as “the Quiet in the Land” who waited without violence, without power and without conflict but constant in prayer and watchfulness. Both Simeon and Anna were part of this group and they never lost the hope that they would see the fulfilment of God’s promise.

There is a great deal of waiting in the readings we heard at Christmas and the one we heard this morning. Mary waited for the birth of her new baby, having accepted the word of the angel; Simeon and Anna waited for the coming of the new covenant between God and his people. They also all followed God and trusted him. Do we trust God with such fervour and humility?

Simeon was full of wonder when he recognised the Christ Child but had a severe warning for Mary. “And sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart”. Joseph was much older than Mary and would die before the horror of the road to the Cross became apparent but Mary followed the whole path with her God-given son. She must have often thought of those words spoken when her baby was so small.

We are at the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox and this year especially we are looking towards the future after so much darkness caused by the pandemic. I remember us saying during the first lockdown that at least it wasn’t winter with the dark nights and snow and frost but things didn’t quite work out the way we hoped and we have found ourselves in precisely that situation. But now we are heading towards the light.

Light is important.  It plays a central role in health, communication, energy, education, agriculture, design and much more. This whole world looks beautiful due to colours. But in darkness, we see no colours. This is because all the colours in this world are possible only due to light. We only have to remember the last power cut to know how much we rely on light especially those of us who do not like the dark!

There are many similes and metaphors about light and darkness but it is not difficult to understand how these have grown up. What are our lives like? Lived in the shadows or in the light? Christ brought light into the world but we have the option to accept it or reject it. Holman Hunt’s picture of Christ the Light of the World depicts an overgrown with no means of opening it from the outside. We are invited to open the door to Christ and let his light flood into our lives.

I said at the beginning that we are now finished with Christmas but that is the beginning of our story of faith. Now we can look backwards or go forward with Christ on the road to Easter, the harshness of Lent, the desperate cruelty of the Cross leading to the glorious light of the Resurrection. Candlemas is celebrated on Tuesday so perhaps we could put candles in our windows and think quietly about the events at the Temple all those years ago when that special baby was recognised as the Light of the World and accept that light with its boundless hope into our own lives and know that Christ walks with us each step of the road ahead, whether in the light or the dark, but always with Christ’s light shining through the darkness giving us hope of the glorious life to come.

WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE FEBRUARY SERVICES 2021 –

WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE FEBRUARY SERVICES 2021 –

 

SUNDAY  AND WEEKDAY SERVICES FOR FEBRUARY 2021

February  7th  The second Sunday before Lent

 

11.00 a.m      Zoom    Service                                                Morning Worship   (CA)

 

February 14th The Sunday next before lent

11.00a.m.      Zoom Service                                                    Morning Worship (AR)

 

 

February 21st The first Sunday of Lent

11.00 a.m. Zoom    Service                                                                  Morning Worship       (AR)

 

February 28th  The second Sunday of Lent

 

11.00a.m. Zoom Service                                                                    Morning Worship  (CA)

 

 

 

Weekday Services :

 

  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., Contact Christopher at   chris.armstrong60@yahoo.com for an invitation.
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom
  • Compline will also take place at 6 pm on Sundays during Lent, the first being on 21st February.  After the short service, there will be an 8 minute  Presentation on one of the 7 Virtues given by visiting speakers.  More details to follow, below.
  •  
  • The Lent Bible Studies begin on Tuesdays, starting on 9 February at 7.30pm. They will be conducted by the Rev’d Simon Aley in conjunction with the Oakham Team Ministry.  If you would like an invitation, please contact Simon on simon@oakhamteam.org.uk
  •  
  • ‘Just the Job’ is a form of Zoom entertainment across our 5 parishes to enable us to add a bit of sparkle to these long winter nights and to get to know our neighbours better.  Each session will be 40 minutes long and will take place fortnightly starting on Monday 15 February.  If you would like an invitation, please contact Martin Beattie on mfn.beattie@btinternet.com

 

 

 

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 31st January 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 31st January 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 31st January 2021:  Epiphany IV

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Sandie Parsons, Jane Williams and Will Beattie.
  • Today, the Zoom Service will be at 11am.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., given that the pandemic still rages around us. Compline is on a Thursday at 6pm. If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith.
  • ‘Just the Job’ – an entertainment for our 5 parishes. Starts on Zoom, 7pm on Monday 15 February and fortnightly thereafter. It brings together 3 people with similar career backgrounds who share something of their work for 5 minutes after which we are invited to ask questions. On 15 February: ‘The Artists’. Each session last for 40 minutes. Join us by emailing our Zoom host Martin Beattie at mfn.beattie@btinternet.com
  • Study the final chapters of the Gospel of Mark with The Rev’d Simon Aley; Tuesdays at 7.30 pm starting on the 9th We start by looking at the importance of Mark in Lent, going over some of the chapters we have already studied where there might be a Lenten angle. Each session lasts 1 hour and is stand-alone. The notes will be distributed by email in advance of each week and participants are asked to read the passage from Mark ahead of the session. So all are welcome but if you want to join us please let me know so I can ensure you get all you need and get your Zoom invite. Please contact Simon to join by emailing simon@oakhamteam.org.uk
  • Compline on Sundays in Lent begins on 21st February at 6pm. The short service will be followed by an 8 minute presentation on each of the 7 Virtues given by visiting speakers. Martin Bettie is our host. Please contact him if you wish to join the Zoom service.
  • All our churches are open for private prayer at particular times:
    BARROWDEN: Every day from 10am to 3pm
    DUDDINGTON Every day from 10am to 4pm
    MORCOTT: Sundays from 10am to 3pm

    SOUTH LUFFENHAM: Every day from 10am to 4pm
    TIXOVER anytime by request at Manor Farm.

This Week’s Meditation:

One of the most important things needed by humans is hope. During the past difficult months hope has been the one feeling that has kept many people going. Life has been so hard for so many and yet without hope there is only despair which we have seen etched on the faces of various people; those who have suffered the death of loved ones without the ability to say a proper farewell; those who have worked continuously in our hospitals facing the death of patients every shift; those who are vulnerable and have nothing to sustain them.

Thomas Hardy wrote these words in his poem “Song of Hope”

O sweet To-morrow! –
After to-day
There will away
This sense of sorrow.
Then let us borrow
Hope, for a gleaming
Soon will be streaming,
Dimmed by no gray – No gray!

Hardy was not known for his hopefulness and coined the word “unhope” in one of his other poems. But he too seemed to accept that there was hope as he included it in his poem “The Darkling Thrush”

That I could think there trembled through

His happy good-night air

Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew

And I was unaware.

Where do we find the hope that we need when everything seems bleak and difficult? Jesus brought light and through that light, hope into the world. He walks with each one of us and weeps with us. St Paul wrote:

May God the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit.

May you be blessed with hope.

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 31ST JANUARY 2021

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 31ST JANUARY 2021

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

 

 

 

11.00am   Zoom                                                                   Morning worship AR/CA

 

Readings :  Luke 2. 22 – 40

Weekday Services :

  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., Contact Christopher at   chris.armstrong60@yahoo.com for an invitation.
  • Compline will be re-instated on Thursday 14th at 6pm.  
  • If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlane.com

 

 

 

 

 

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 24th January 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 24th January 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 24th January 2021:  Epiphany III

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Sandie Parsons, Jane Williams and Will Beattie.
  • Please pray for the souls of Sheila Saunders, Victor Coster, Sheila Ervin and Audrey Simpson, all of whom have died recently.
  • Today, the Zoom Service will be at 11am.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., given that the pandemic still rages around us. Compline is on a Thursday at 6pm. If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith.
  • ‘Just the Job’ – an entertainment for our 5 parishes. Starts on Zoom, 7pm on Monday 15 February and fortnightly thereafter. Watch this space!
  • All our churches are open for private prayer at particular times:
    MORCOTT: Sundays from 10am to 3pm
    BARROWDEN: Every day from 10am to 3pm
    SOUTH LUFFENHAM: Every day from 10am to 4pm
    TIXOVER anytime by request at Manor Farm 

    DUDDINGTON Every day from 10am to 4pm

MORCOTT

The parish magazine will return in a different format. An A4 newsletter will be uploaded to the village website (https://morcott.wordpress.com) which can be read online or downloaded to print at home. For older residents who are not online, the Church team will print off a copy and deliver by hand. 

 

MEDITATION: Unity – at what price?

 

This is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It always falls to encompass The Feast of The Conversion of St. Paul which occurs on Monday 25th. It is almost universally overlooked in the countryside as differences are usually absorbed by the only church which is usually Anglican.  It is pretty well ignored in multi-cultural areas also where the priority is human unity which was often very fragile. 

 

Some folk think in very narrow terms where unity is concerned: unity of political groupings or the Tennis Club with the Bowls Club.  These are important but pale into insignificance when we start to talk about the unity of races or nations.  Here is high calibre stuff! Was my northern bishop wrong to scoff at the idea that Muslims were our God –given brothers and sisters?  I think so.

 

Nevertheless, the Conversion of St. Paul is worth a second glance.  Here was a man hell-bent on destroying as much as he could of the infant Christian church. His name was Saul. He was a highly educated Jew and ferocious with it.  [He would compare well with the cynical scoffers who inhabit our comment pages in the media]. However, events started to make Saul reflect. He gleefully stood by to see Stephen stoned to death (Acts 8.1) – the first Christian martyr. The way that man went to his death, forgiving his enemies, suggested that there was much more to this Christian faith than was suggested by a band of ex-fisher ragamuffins. Saul was consumed by a vision of Christ on the road to Damascus. It was a physical, emotional and spiritual encounter which left him temporarily blind.  The local Christians were wary of befriending him but that is what they did.  The history of the spread of Christianity from that moment onwards took a powerfully different turn, filled with greater confidence.

 

Small acts of kindness and courage ripple away and gather pace.  There will be other Sauls out there, other cynical commentators, whose lives will be changed by what you do.

 

 

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens