The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.
Sunday 5thSeptember 2021: Trinity XIV
- Please pray for the sick including Jane Williams, Judith Piggott, Sylvia Martin and Derek Barker. Pray too for the departed, including Barry Broughton
- Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30am. Compline is on Thursday at 6pm.
- Next Sunday we are in church in South Luffenham at 9.30 am, Barrowden (café-style Harvest Festival) at 11 am and on Zoom.
- Face Masks: up until now we have encouraged people to wear face masks in church but with the break between infections and hospitalization, the immunization rate and the space and airiness of our churches we invite you now to wear a mask or not, as you feel most comfortable. The Covid restrictions on the Holy Communion service will continue.
- ‘Ride and Stride’, 11th Sponsor forms via churchwardens or www.rhcpt.co.uk
- 2nd October, 10 – 12 noon: a garage sale of books at Barrowden Rectory. Most items 50p. 50% of proceeds to benefice funds.
On Tuesday 14 September there will be a meeting for stewards and potential stewards at 4 pm in church.
We have two people (Paul cycling and Tim walking) for Ride and stride. Please support them with sponsorship if you can.
There will be a service in Church at 9.30am on Sunday 12th September.
Our Harvest Festival Service will be at 11am on Sunday 26th September. Followed by a two course lunch in the village hall. Tickets are £10 available by emailing email@example.com
It was of course a wonderful holiday – a family re-union in Portugal, the base for some of our family members. But it did have its challenges. Face-masks were one; baby-sitting was another. And the two combined – pushing a buggy over uneven cobbles up Lisbon hills in temperatures of 30 degrees AND wearing a face-mask calls for some dedication. Thank God we have our babies when young and energetic!
That was one challenge, a physical challenge. I seemed to be wheezing from the very moment I got out of bed in those high temperatures. However, it was not the most serious challenge. That came later.
In order to chase Pokémon (don’t ask!) and to have some exercise on terra firma – as opposed to splashing about in our rather nice pool – I took the grandchildren for a stroll around the local vineyard. For me it was a comforting experience, seeing those black merlot grapes almost ready for picking. For the kids, it was unbridled fun. How do they run in such high temperatures?! During a break in the Pokémon hunt, I was walking hand-in-hand with the grandson, aged 10, when – out of nowhere – he said that it seemed unfair that some people in the world had no water whilst others enjoy swimming pools full of it.
Have you ever wished that the earth would open and swallow you up? This was one such moment. Of course, I coughed but that was not a satisfactory answer. We talked about taxing the rich to give to the poor. This Robin Hood idea appealed to this little boy who lived in France, after I explained who Robin Hood was.
This young lad is unschooled in Christian Ethics but nevertheless, the injustices in the world were already registering in his young mind.
Next time we walk together in the vineyard I will tell him the story of the labourers in the vineyard (Matthew ch.20) or the action event, The Cleansing of the Temple (John ch.2) He’ll like that!