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WELLANDFOSSE SUNDAY SERVICES FOR AUGUST 2021

WELLANDFOSSE SUNDAY SERVICES FOR AUGUST 2021

Sunday services for Sunday 1st August  Trinity 9

 

9.a0 am Duddington church                      Morning Worship (CA)

11.00 am Barrowden Church                      Holy communion  (CA)

11.00 am Zoom Service from Barrowden                                    (CA)

 

Sunday Services for Sunday 8th August Trinity 10

 

9.30am South Luffenham Church                          Holy Communion  Canon Tim Alban-Jones

11.00am Barrowden Church                                     Holy communion    (CA)

12.00am Barrowden church                                           Zoom                               (CA)  

 

Sunday Services for Sunday 15th August  Trinity 11

9.30am Tixover Church                                     Holy Communion  (Revd. Brian McAvoy)

11.00am Morcott Church                                   Morning Service  ( CW)

3.00pm  South Luffenham Village Green      Songs of Praise.

 

Sunday Services for the 22nd August ,12th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am South Luffenham Church         Holy Communion (Rev James Saunders)

11.00 am.  Zoom Service.                         Ann Robinson from home

 

 

Sunday Service for Trinity 13.

Benefice service

10.00 am Tixover Church                              Holy Communion

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 1ST AUGUST 2021

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 1ST AUGUST 2021

Sunday services for Sunday 1st August

Trinity 9

 

9.a0 am Duddington church                      Morning Worship (CA)

11.00 am Barrowden Church                      Holy communion  (CA)

11.00 am Zoom Service from Barrowden                                    (CA)

Readings. 2.Samuel. 11..26 – 12. 13a  Eph. 4. 1 – 16  John 6. 24 -35

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

 

GOODBYE

GOODBYE

Goodbye!

 

We will be leaving the Welland-Fosse Benefice at the end of October 2021 after 5 years of entertaining and enjoyable ministry among you all. We have been so fortunate to live in such an idyllic spot and mix with very welcoming folk.

I was appointed by the bishop for what was essentially a caretaker role – a part-time post – to allow me to recover some of the joys of pastoral ministry after what was a long and mainly administrative time in Lancashire.  How different things are down here! No wailing sirens, little in the way of torrential rains, the absence of racial division or grinding poverty. It has been a valuable time to take stock of life and the Church of England in its present manifestation. The Covid pandemic has complicated our plans. Without that we may have retired a year or so earlier but now the time seems ripe. We can slip away after the fun of harvest and before most of us start to think about the excitement of Christmas.

Some of you will know that one of my favourite poets is R.S.Thomas. I am drawn to him for his often-bleak view of God but also his unquenchable faith. This poem, ‘The Bright Field’ is well known and has been lying on my prayer-desk in Barrowden Church for months now. It is beginning to shout at me:

I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the
pearl of great price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realise now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying

On to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.

Many of you have executed that ‘turning aside’ to discover at leisure something richer in your lives. Now it is our turn. We have plans to devote more time to the family, to travel a little and to enjoy a house and garden which we can really call our own.

Life at Barrowden Rectory has been a delight. Taming the garden, immersing ourselves in the routine of the countryside and the village network has been tonic not toil. Every parsonage house is porous and we have been privileged to enjoy the company of many callers within its walls.

So now we must turn aside lest we forget the vision of that ‘brightness which seemed as transitory as your youth once’ but is now ready to be reclaimed.

Thank you for your company. It won’t be forgotten. We are only moving into Stamford and will look forward to continuing our friendship with many of you for some time to come.

 

Christopher Armstrong

Sunday 25 July 2021

WELLANDFOSSE SUNDAY SERVICES FOR AUGUST 2021

WELLANDFOSSE SUNDAY SERVICES FOR AUGUST 2021

Sunday services for Sunday 1st August  Trinity 9

 

9.a0 am Duddington church                      Morning Worship (CA)

11.00 am Barrowden Church                      Holy communion  (CA)

11.00 am Zoom Service from Barrowden                                    (CA)

 

Sunday Services for Sunday 8th August Trinity 10

 

9.30am South Luffenham Church                          Holy Communion  Canon Tim Alban-Jones

11.00am Barrowden Church                                     Holy communion    (CA)

12.00am Barrowden church                                           Zoom                               (CA)  

 

Sunday Services for Sunday 15th August  Trinity 11

9.30am Tixover Church                                     Holy Communion  (Revd. Brian McAvoy)

11.00am Morcott Church                                   Morning Service  ( CW)

3.00pm  South Luffenham Village Green      Songs of Praise.

 

Sunday Services for the 22nd August ,12th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am South Luffenham Church         Holy Communion (Rev James Saunders)

11.00 am.  Zoom Service.                         Ann Robinson from home

 

 

Sunday Service for Trinity 13.

Benefice service

10.00 am Tixover Church                              Holy Communion

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY THE 25TH JULY 2021

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY THE 25TH JULY 2021

Sunday Services for  the 8th Sunday after Trinity.

 

 

 

9.30 am  South Luffenham Church                                     Holy communion (CA)

11.00 am Zoom  from home                                                                                      (CA)

Readings :   2 Sam. 11. 1 – 15   Eph. 3.  14 – end  John 6. 1 – 21

 

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
BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY THE18TH jULY 2021

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY THE18TH jULY 2021

Sunday Services for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity.

 

9.30 am  Tixover                                   Holy communion (CA)

11.00 am Morcott church                    Holy communion  (CA)

11.00 am Zoom Service   from home                                   (CA)

Readings :        2 Sam. 7. 1 – 14a     Eph. 2. 11 – end      Mark 6. 30 – 34  53 – end

 

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
BENEFICE SERVICES FOR 11TH JULY 2021

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR 11TH JULY 2021

Services for Sunday the Sixth Sunday after Trinity.

 

 9.30 am South Luffenham Church                              Holy communion (CA)

11.00am Barrowden Church                                          Holy Communion (AR)

11.00am  Zoom Service from Barrowden Church                                        (CA)

Readings : 2 Samuel. 6.  1- 5 12b – 19    Eph.1. 3 – 14  Mark 6.  14 – 29

 

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
BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 4TH JULY 2021

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 4TH JULY 2021

Sunday services for the  Trinity 5.

 

9.30 am  Duddington Church                                              Holy communion ()

11.00  am Barrowden Church                                               Morning Worship  (AR)

11.00   am  Zoom Service  from Barrowden Church         Morning Worship (AR)       

 

Readings :   1 Samuel 5.  1 – 5  9 – 10 2 Cor.          12. 2 – 10   Mark 6 . 1 – 13

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
WELLAND FOSSE SUNDAY SERVICES FOR JULY 2021

WELLAND FOSSE SUNDAY SERVICES FOR JULY 2021

Church services for Sunday 4th July 2021 

Trinity 5

9.30am  Duddington church                                       Holy communion (CW)

11.00 am Barrowden Church                                       Morning Worship (AR)

11.00am  Zoom from Barrowden Church                  Morning worship (AR)

 

Church Services for July 11th  2021

Trinity 6

9.30am  South Luffenham Church                           Morning Worship (AR)

11.00am Barrowden Church                                       Holy Communion  (CA)

11.00am Zoom  from Barrowden Church                                                    (CA)

 

Sunday Services for July 18th 2021

Trinity 7

9.30am Tixover Church                                                   Holy Communion (CA)

11.00am  Morcott Church                                                 Holy Communion  (CA)

11.00am Zoom      from home                                          Morning Worship  (AR)

 

Sunday Services for July 25th 2021

Trinity 8   

9.30am  South Luffenham Church                                   Holy communion  (CA)

11.00am  Zoom   from home                                             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

 

 

                          

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 13 June 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 13 June 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 13 June 2021:  Trinity II

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Sylvia Martin, Derek and Margaret Barker, Suzzie Clements, Judith Piggott, Jane Williams, John and Tricia Williams. Pray too for the departed.
  • Pray too for those PCC’s preparing for their Annual Meetings and also those who are making plans for the future with a new team.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am with Compline on Thursday at 6pm
  • Next Sunday we are in church at 9.30 am in South Luffenham and at 11 am in Barrowden, with Zoom.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:
Sunday 13th June 9.30am Morning Worship (AR).
Sunday 27th June 9.30am Communion by Extension (AR).
‘Still Time’ (a time for silent prayer) in South Luffenham Church on Fridays from 10.30-11am. All are welcome to pop in for a few moments of stillness. 
The library is back in the Village Hall on Fridays 11am -12 noon.

MEDITATION: Winners and Losers

 

This coming week will see the start of the long-delayed European Cup.  I can almost hear some yawning at the thought, but others will be fixed to their football screens which will raise the spirits of many in the country in this challenging climate.

 

But there will be winners and losers. Powerful athletes will be reduced to tears in defeat whilst others will enjoy the victory parade.  Does it always have to be that way? Are we shackled to a binary world where some are winners whilst others have to be losers? 

 

Some would have it no other way.  I well remember a cabinet minister pouring scorn on the Church’s General Synod for sitting in concentric circles to seek agreement rather than antiphonally, like the House of Commons, where it is a direct fight to the bitter end.

 

We can read off many patterns of living from the pages of The Bible, but the overall message is one of value for each living thing.  ‘God saw everything that he had made and it was very good’. (Genesis 1.31). Jesus said that he had come that we have not just life but life in abundance. (John 10.10). The scriptures certainly recognize life as triumph mingled with tragedy and it comes to a climax with the picture of Jesus on the cross – a tragedy out of which fullness of life for all emerges.

 

History continues to emerge, and it seems that it is a case of two steps forward and one step back. The Church makes its own halting contribution but sometimes with its own interests at heart.  One of my favourite hymns suggests that ‘we make His love too narrow’. I certainly accuse myself of that whilst Jesus tells us to love our enemies.

 

We can all look beyond self-interest. It is not easy. And The Church must look to where the Spirit of God is stirring beyond its own borders as together we strive to build the Kingdom of God with the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, goodness, gentleness, self-control.

 

That is an exciting vision which looks beyond our own narrow interests.  After all, without an opposition, our great teams would have no game at all.  There is value in those who challenge us and they should not be rubbished just because they wear a different strip.

 

The big question is, ‘In what do we put our trust’? Victory is often fleeting. What can sustain us in the long term?

I write this on the day when The Duke of Edinburgh would have been 100. The Queen sets us a remarkable example in her attitude to losing ‘her strength and stay’. Through her grief we can see that she is focussed on a greater victory: ‘that all will be well and all manner of things shall be well’.

 

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

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens