Tove Benefice Newsletter - Issue 21

Worship at Home...

Dear Friends

This weekend August begins and our Zoom Sunday worship moves to the new time of 10.15am. Please be reassured, if you intend to join Zoom worship you do not need to download Zoom. Simply press this blue link anytime after 10.00 am on Sunday.

Meanwhile we are delighted that we are beginning to open our church buildings for physically gathered worship once more. A lot of preparation has gone into doing this as safely as possible. Our thanks go out to the many people who are involved in making it possible to offer this choice for those who feel safe to gather physically.

We are starting gently this month. This Saturday August 1st there will be Evening Prayer at 6 pm in St Mary's Easton Neston. Please try to print your copy of Evening Prayer to bring with you. If you have not already reserved a place for this service you are still welcome to turn up on the day to see whether there are any spaces available.

Next Sunday, 9th August there will be Morning Prayer at 11.00 am in St Bartholomew's Greens Norton.

The other two services scheduled for August are Morning Prayer at 9.30 am on Sunday 16th in St. Lawrence's Towcester and Evening Prayer on Sunday 23rd August in St. Michael's Bradden. In September we shall, we hope, be able to increase the number of physically gathered services.

If you plan to attend any of these, please reserve your place online - information below. This will allow us to prepare for your attendance and speed things up at the church door. It will also help us to keep to Government guidelines about numbers of people gathering without having to disappoint anyone on the day. The seating arrangements in each church building have been carefully planned so that we have enough space for our usual Sunday attendance whilst social distancing.

When coming to one of our church buildings please bring a face covering with you. New advice from the Church of England strongly advises the wearing of  face masks in church. This reflects Government guidelines and, whilst not replacing hand washing or social distancing, is an opportunity to show our care for others.

We recognise that there are some people for whom wearing a face mask is not appropriate. Equally, feel free to ask if you need somebody to remove their mask so that you can lip read. As always, if you have any concerns and questions please do contact a member of the clergy, your Churchwarden(s) or the Benefice Office.

Whether you worship by Zoom, in church, by reading or watching this Sunday; we pray that you know yourself greatly loved by God and fully part of His holy people.

Lectionary Readings for this Sunday: [the links will take you to Bible Gateway from the NRSV] Isaiah 55. 1 – 5 , Romans 9. 1 – 15 and Matthew 14. 13 – 21

Our reflection for this Sunday has been written by Venerable David Painter and invites us to consider "Jesus Christ - The Bread of Life" You can find the link

With our prayers,
Revd Lulu Pelly and Angela


Worship for Trinity 7

Worship for Trinity 8

Read : This weeks reflection on the gospel passage is by Venerable David Painter and is entitled Jesus Christ, The Bread of Life.

Individual Private Prayer :
St Bartholomew's Church Greens Norton is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 am to 12.00 noon and Sundays 2.00 pm to 4.00pm.

St Lawrence Church Towcester is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

Pray : Zoom Morning Prayer Monday to Saturday at 9.00 am.
Please email  and we can send you the link.

To join us on Sundays please click here and follow the on screen instructions.
The meetings rooms are opened about 15 minutes before the service is due to start.

#livestream : Church of England available from 9.00 am. This week's service comes from the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Fr Kevin Smith presides at the Mass, with Bishop Philip North preaching on how Jesus feeds us so that we can go and feed a hungry world. The music is provided by CJM and the prayers are led by the Holborn Group.

Peterborough Cathedral offers an online service each Sunday via its Facebook page and YouTube channel.
This video is usually uploaded at 
around 9.30 am. You can view it at a time to suit you.
Peterborough Diocese list of local services that we can watch.

Watch: A new video from Bishop Donald, this week's reflection on Psalm 77.
Bishop Donald reflects on the question has God forgotten to be gracious?

Don't forget the diocese daily video reflections on YouTube

Recommendations :

  • Deep Roots - online daily bible study from Scripture Union
  • Hard Questions for Hard Times - Over the course of the next few weeks we will hear where people are finding hope, reflect on what we should learn and change from this time, and whether the pandemic has shaken people’s faith. We’ll hear from, among others, Stephen Cottrell, Maggi Dawn, Anna Rowlands, Jarel Robinson-Brown, Gemma Simmonds, Timothy Radcliffe, Chine MacDonald, John Swinton and Jane Williams.

Sing or Listen : here are some suggestions:

To reserve your space for Worship in Church.

To reserve your space for Worship in Church.

In order to help us with the voluntary NHS Test and Trace data collection and to reduce potential queuing to get into services we would like to encourage congregations to reserve a seat for Worship in Church.

Book here for Saturday 9th August at Greens Norton 11.00 am.
If you are unable to book online, please call the office on 01327 350459.
Booking opens on Saturday 1st August.

You will be sent an email ‘ticket’ which confirms your reservation; please ignore the email’s instruction to print.

In order to collate the paperwork ready for the service the reservation system will close at 12.00 noon on Friday. You will also be able to turn up on the day, but please be aware that due to the 2m social distancing the capacity in our Church has reduced by 75%. Therefore once we are at our maximum seating we will not be allowed to admit any more people.

Here is the Order of Service for Morning Prayer 
If you can print a copy up to bring with you that would be helpful, but there will also be some available on the day.
Please bring a face covering with you.

Michael Tinsley's lockdown organ challenge

Michael Tinsley's lockdown organ challenge

Michael writes:
When I was 9 years old my Uncle gave me a record called “The King of Instruments”, marketed as “an introduction to the enjoyment of organ music” with a very golden picture of Westminster Abbey Organ on the front. This consisted of 10 tracks of the finest British Organs played by the finest organists of the time. This record ignited my love for the traditional pipe organ. Over the years I have tried to learn the music from this record and have over the years played them all in public. With modern technology it has now been possible for me to build my own practice organ that has a specification such that allows me to play these pieces on. Therefore now is a good time to record these tracks and release them to allow others to hear and hopeful enjoy.

The notes from the original record sleeve has comments like “It has a unique ability to imitate the sounds of other musical instruments well illustrated here by the tuba stop”.

Over the next few weeks my intention is to release a track or 2 each week.
The track list is (will not be released in this order) :

St Lawrence Flower Festival 7th - 9th August (with a difference)

St Lawrence Flower Festival 7th - 9th August (with a difference)

The annual Flower Festival is normally a big community event as well as an important Fundraising event for the church. Unfortunately this year we are unable to hold this event, but instead we are hoping to hold a Flower Festival at Home.

We are inviting people to create a floral display on their windowsills or in their gardens for others to see. Alternatively, you might like to take pictures of flowers from your gardens and we will share them over the course of the weekend.

If you would be willing for people to walk past your house to see your floral display please contact the Benefice Office 01327 350459 and we will try and put a map together.

And finally... Notices

The Weekly News contains daily bible readings, prayer requests and additional notices. If you know someone doesn't have internet access please could you print a copy up and pop it through their door.

Rona and Ruth are back working from the Benefice Office. We have in place measures to keep them safe. Please do keep any visits to the Office as short as possible to avoid filling in Track and Trace forms, use the hand sanitizer provided and keep to current social distancing recommendations.'

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