WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE MARCH SERVICES 2021 – –

WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE MARCH SERVICES 2021 – –

 

SUNDAY  AND WEEKDAY SERVICES FOR MARCH 2021

March  7th  The third Sunday in Lent Lent

 

11.00 a.m      Zoom    Service                                                Morning Worship   (CA)

 

March 14th The  fourth Sunday in Lent

Mothering Sunday

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

 

 

March 21st The fifth in Sunday of Lent

Passiontide begins

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

 

Palm Sunday March 28th  

 

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.  mfn.beattie@btinternet.com
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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
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  • ‘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 28 February 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices Sunday 28 February 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

Sunday 28 February 2021:  Lent II

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders and Jane Williams. Will Beattie is now out of ICU and doing well.
  • Today, the Zoom Service will be at 11am.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am. Compline is on a Thursday at 6pm. If you would like an invitation to Compline, contact Sally Smith, sally@saltlane.com.
  • Studies in St. Mark’s Gospel continue this week: Tuesday 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. It continues on Zoom, 7pm on Monday 1 March. 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 1 March: ‘The Lawyers’. Each session lasts 40 minutes. Join us by emailing our Zoom host Martin Beattie at mfn.beattie@btinternet.com.
  • Compline on Sundays in Lent starts at 6pm. This week, Penny Graysmith, a Prison Chaplain on Guernsey, will talk about the virtue of Hope. Martin Beattie is our host. Please contact him if you wish to join the Zoom service.
  • ‘Prayers for Patience in Lent 2021’ – available at the back of church or in the porch. Help yourself.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM: Our church will be open every day from 10-4.00 pm.

 

MEDITATION:

Life has been difficult for so many during the past year and then we get to Lent! Many people feel that they must give up something which will make life even harder. The chocolate left over from Christmas (if there was any!) has been hastily demolished and no longer figures on the shopping list; chocolate eclairs have also disappeared!

 

The idea of giving things up is to share in the temptations that Jesus suffered in the desert all those years ago and to remember what he gave up for us. But increasingly there is the idea that it is also helpful to take things up rather than give them up. During the lockdowns many people have taken up new activities and many have spent more time helping others. In our own localities there has been a great surge of care for those around us.

 

There is also the giving up which means resignation or despair, and this too has become evident during the last few months. The mental health concerns have increased and the long-lasting effects of being isolated will be apparent for several years to come. The care which has been shown will I hope continue into the future to help those who will find the opening up of life difficult too.

 

We can remember that Jesus took up the cross and carried it after being beaten and scorned. He gave up his life in a horrific way. His taking up and giving up was for us and was cruel in the extreme. Our taking up and giving up is small in comparison but important.

 

God bless.

 

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

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2021

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2021

 

Sunday services for  The Second Sunday of Lent

11.00 am .Zoom Service                            Morning Worship  (AR)

Readings : Gen. 17. 1 – 7, 15 – 16  Mark 8. 31 – end  BCP : Jer. 17. 5 – 10  Matt. 15. 21 – 28

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
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  • Compline on Sundays in Lent  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
  • Studies in St. Mark’s Gospel on 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.  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
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The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 21 February 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 21 February 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 21 February 2021:  Lent I

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders and Jane Williams. Will Beattie is now out of ICU and doing well.
  • Today, the Zoom Service will be at 11am.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am. Compline is on a Thursday at 6pm. If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith, sally@saltlane.com
  • Studies in St. Mark’s Gospel continue this week: Tuesday 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. It continues on Zoom, 7pm on Monday 1 March. 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 1 March: ‘The Lawyers’. 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 starts at 6pm. This week, Stephen Brown, a Church Times columnist, will talk about the virtue of charity. Martin Beattie is our host. Please contact him if you wish to join the Zoom service.
  • ‘Prayers for Patience in Lent 2021’ – available at the back of church or in the porch. Help yourself!

 

BARROWDEN: Only 1 week left to re-join the 200 Club. Big prizes to be won!  Please contact Les Wilkinson, 4 Redland Close; les.j.wilkinson@gmail.com.

SOUTH LUFFENHAM: Our church will be open every day from 10-4.00 pm.

Coffee Zoom on Monday afternoon at 3.30.  Email sally@saltane.com for details.

 

MEDITATION:

Oh God, not Lent again! We’ve been locked down for a year and now we’re being asked to purge ourselves some more! No wonder you’re unpopular! Oh yes, we know about starting something new in Lent but lockdown either won’t allow that or we feel so lethargic.

 

As you can hear, not all your disciples are placid.  I am grumpy – and it’s not surprising. You will also know that some of your most devout worshippers get fed up with you. Can’t you sort out your creation? I’ve joined the ranks of your critics. I am totally fed up.”

 

My child, I understand your frustrations; I spend most of my time sitting on my hands and wandering how daft you all are! I had to stand and watch the abuse in the Garden of Eden, the grumbling in the wilderness from my chosen people, even though it was a road map to freedom. You ignore my prophets and all that – and more – was before I put my foot down.

 

Then, as a callow youth I had to exercise patience with those fumbling fools in The Temple, the stupidity of my chosen disciples and – when I most needed some comfort in the dock – there was just no one to hold my hand. Really!  It’s all in print. Read it again if you will.  And you complain about frustration!?

 

I do understand how you feel, my dear child. But try to grasp the long view of life. You can’t see it yet, but I can.  You are a link in a chain, a cog in a wheel, a brick in the foundations, a ripple in the ocean of life. Something greater is emerging which will meet all our dreams, yours and mine. Together we are building out a better world but you cannot be expected to see it all now. Your resilience is a vital part of this new kingdom – built on my own footprint – and I am relying on you to play your small part. Don’t let me down.“

 

God.

 

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

WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE MARCH SERVICES 2021 –

WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE MARCH SERVICES 2021 –

 

SUNDAY  AND WEEKDAY SERVICES FOR  March 2021

March  7th  The Third Sunday of Lent

 

11.00 a.m      Zoom    Service                                                Morning Worship   (CA)

 

March 14th The Fourth Sunday of Lent

Mothering Sunday

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

 

 

March  21st The first fifth Sunday of Lent

 

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

 

March 28th  Palm Sunday

 

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
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  • ‘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 SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 21ST FEBRUARY 2021

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 21ST FEBRUARY 2021

Services for the first Sunday of Lent

 

11.00 am .Zoom Service                            Morning Worship  (AR)

Readings : Gen. 9. 8 – 17  Mark 1. 9 – 15   BCP :  Gen. 3. 1 – 6  Matt. 4. 1 – 11

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
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  • 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.
  • Studies in St. Mark’s Gospel on 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.  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
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ADDRESS FOR SUNDAY 14TH FEBRUARY 2021

ADDRESS FOR SUNDAY 14TH FEBRUARY 2021

 

Address: Ann Robinson

There is something very special about mountains, isn’t there? In my younger days I walked up quite a few and was always in awe at the view spread out before me at the summit. My most lasting memory of mountains is when we were in the French Alps. One foggy, damp morning in summer we set off to take the cable car up Mont Blanc. In spite of setting off early the cable car was full of people from all over the world and there was a cacophony of voices. We had travelled up the mountain in the mist seeing nothing. Suddenly we broke through the cloud into sunlight and the sight brought a gasp from everyone there. The view was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen with the sun glinting off the snow. Robson Green said that although he wasn’t religious he found being at the top of the mountain a spiritual experience.

Jesus took Peter, James and John possibly up to the snow line of probably Mount Hermon. There is some discussion about which mountain it was but it is not really important. It would not have been an easy journey and the disciples must have wondered what they were doing. Perhaps there was a bit of muttering between them as they scrambled behind Jesus but they followed nevertheless. The week before Peter had answered Jesus’ question “Who do you think I am?” with the reply “You are the Messiah”. It was after that when Jesus spoke about his journey to Jerusalem and his suffering and death so perhaps the disciples wanted to stay with him and protect him.

What happened on that mountain top would stay with the three for ever. As they panted regaining their breath after the arduous climb, there was an amazing sight. Jesus was surrounded by light and changed in appearance. The word that is used to describe the light means the glistening gleam of burnished bronze or gold caught in the sunlight, human words to describe a divine moment. They saw Moses and Elijah with Jesus; Moses represented the Law and Elijah the greatest of the prophets. Peter of course couldn’t keep quiet and wanted to hold this moment. He was afraid and as ever jumped in with both feet. He realised that this was something very special.

Moses and Elijah disappeared and a cloud came down. Cloud was often present when God appeared. There was cloud when Moses met with God and cloud filled the Temple when it was dedicated because it was thought that God’s glory was too bright for people to see. God spoke out of the cloud saying, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him”.

Then everything returned to normal. Or did it? How would the disciples feel on their journey back to real life? Going back down a mountain is not easy. They had been warned about the suffering which Jesus would undergo and his ultimate death but he also told them that he would rise again. They were bewildered and heart-broken but this experience on the mountain top gave them something so vivid to hold to.

Epiphany has now ended and Lent hasn’t quite started. Like the disciples we are now turning towards the Cross and the journey that leads there; the suffering, the betrayal and the denial by these same men. But don’t let us be complacent. Where would we be when Jesus was arrested and tried? I’m sure that Peter, James and John in the dark times ahead would remember the light on the mountain and give them some encouragement.

Sometimes we catch glimpses of God’s glory but there are many times when we are confused and don’t understand. It is then that we step out in faith. Three words stood out for me in this reading. “Listen to him!” How often do we really listen to God or do we spend most of our time bombarding him with words? Do we try to enter the spiritual realm?

Lent begins this week and perhaps we could use the enforced isolation of lockdown to get closer to our Lord. Instead of rushing through prayers just take time to listen, to enter into spirituality and experience God’s presence in a calm, special way. For some to rediscover the glory of God, for others to experience it in a deeper way than before.

. Martin Luther King told a crowd the day before he was killed, “We’ve got difficult days ahead. But it does not matter to me now. Because I have been to the mountain top, I won’t mind. I just want to do God’s will.” If we are to survive dark days we need to hold onto the vision of God’s glory and do his will. Peter wanted to remain on the mountain but that is not the object. There is always something which we are called to do. That involves not only coming down the mountain but also listening and following.

Some words from Stephen Cottrell in his book “Come and See”.

We are made in the image of God and we are very precious to him. That is why he has come to us in Jesus. These words (This is my Beloved Son, listen to him)  and this knowledge of God’s unwavering love were the driving energy of Jesus’ life and ministry. “Listen to him!” God says on the mountain. Listen to his words of love for you…whether you have mighty religious experiences or not.”

So, let us listen to him and after the mountain experience, he will help us to do his will. The words of an old hymn which is printed at the end of the service leave us with the message.

Our home, our life, our duties lie below.
While here we kneel upon the mount of prayer,
The plough lies waiting in the furrow there!
Here we sought God that we might know His will;
There we must do it, serve Him, seek Him still. Amen.

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
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  • ‘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 14 February 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 14 February 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 14 February 2021:  The Sunday next 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. Compline is on a Thursday at 6pm. If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith, sally@saltlane.com
  • 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.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

The church will be open daily from 10-4 for quiet time and private prayer. 

MEDITATION:

Valentine’s Day! Do you remember when as a teenager it was so important to have as many cards as possible and spend time trying to work out who they came from, with a lot of giggles? And the shame if everyone else got more! Fortunately, as we grow older these things cease to matter but we all need to feel loved.

 

During lockdown many of us have spent more time watching television and have possibly watched programmes which normally would not figure in our lives. Last week I watched Musicals: The Greatest Shows and to my surprise quite enjoyed it until a song from “Dear Evan Hansen” called “You will be found” was sung. I put down my knitting and listened captivated by the words:

Have you ever felt like nobody was there?

Have you ever felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere?

Have you ever felt like you could disappear?

Like you could fall, and no one would hear?

Well, let that lonely feeling wash away

Maybe there’s a reason to believe you’ll be okay

‘Cause when you don’t feel strong enough to stand

You can reach, reach out your hand

And oh, someone will coming running

And I know, they’ll take you home

Even when the dark comes crashing through

When you need a friend to carry you

And when you’re broken on the ground

You will be found

There is much talk about mental health and the impact that it has on lives and many people will recognize the sentiments expressed in this song, which almost sounds like a prayer. Sometimes when we feel broken the people around us are not enough to mend us. But if we put our trust in Christ, who suffered so much, he will find us and mend us and give us, not the love of the Valentine’s card, but deep, everlasting love. Perhaps we need to reach out a hand to let people know this!

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

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 14TH FEBRUARY 2021

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 14TH FEBRUARY 2021

Sunday Services for the  Sunday next before Lent

11.00 am .Zoom Service                            Morning Worship  (AR)

 

Readings :     2 Cor. 4. 3 – 6  Mark 9.  2 – 9    BCP: 1 Cor. ch. 13   Luke 18 31 – 43

Weekday Services :

         Zoom Bible Study – Mark’s Gospel – Part 2 Tuesday at 7.30

  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., Contact Christopher at   chris.armstrong60@yahoo.com for an invitation.
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  • Compline is on Thursday’s at 6pm.  
  • If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlane.com
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  • 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.
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