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Tove Benefice Newsletter - Issue 19

Worship at Home...

Dear Friends

This week we trust that Revd Paula is enjoying the delights of some much deserved rest on her family holiday. We are pleased to include resources and reflections to keep you nourished in your faith. My work this week has included saying "Goodbye" to Revd Paul Knight from the Tove Valley Baptist Fellowship as he finally manages to move to Newcastle for his retirement. We are indebted to Paul both for his contribution to the creation and running of the Foodbank as well his wisdom channelled through Churches Together in Towcester. Please keep both the work of the Foodbank and Churches Together in Towcester (CTT) in your prayers and Paul and Alison as they enjoy their new home and retirement, which knowing Paul is likely to be very active in the Churches in Newcastle.

Closer to home, we are preparing for the opening of our church buildings in August for services once more. As Paula has explained, this will be on a gentle basis with St Mary's Easton Neston having Evening Prayer at 6.00 pm on Saturday 1st August, and St. Bartholomew, Greens Norton open for Morning Prayer at 11.00 am on Sunday 9th August, and St. Lawrence at 9.30 am on Sunday 16th August, followed by Evening Prayer at St. Michael's Bradden on Sunday 23rd August. In September we shall, we hope, be able to increase the number of services, but the Worship on line via Zoom will continue at the new time of 10.15 a.m. each Sunday from next Sunday.

If you plan to attend please let the Office know so that we can keep to Government guidelines about numbers of people gathering. Paula has done an immense amount of careful planning and preparation in conjunction with the wider ministry team, churchwardens and organists so that we can all stay safe. As always, if you have any concerns and questions please do contact myself or Revd. Angela, your Churchwarden(s) or the Benefice Office.

New Advice, in line with Government guidelines, from the Church of England strongly advises the wearing of face masks in church. As we care for one another's health and safety, and welcome others into our buildings, we hope that you will understand that we ask you heed this advice. If you need to lip read please advise the person leading the service, but as the liturgy will be displayed on a screen this should make the words more accessible to everyone.

Lectionary Readings for this Sunday: [the links will take you to Bible Gateway from the NRSV] 1 Kings 3. 5 – 12 , Romans 8. 26-39 and Matthew 13. 31 – 33; 44 – 52

Our reflection for this Sunday has been written by Revd. Lulu.and invites us to consider our own training in preparation for the Kingdom of heaven. You can find the link here

Morning Prayer (Monday to Saturday 9am) for the next week is changing link, this is the one you need

With my prayers and blessing
Revd Lulu Pelly


Worship for Trinity 7

Worship for Trinity 7

Read : This weeks reflection on the gospel passage is by Revd Lulu Pelly 

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 9am. Please email Lulu Pelly 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 is lead by ....
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.

Watch: A new video from Bishop Donald, this week's reflection on Psalm 121 Bishop Donald, reminding us to look to God who is our keeper and protector. 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 1st August at Easton Neston 6.00 pm.
Alternatively you can call the office on 01327 350459 to reserve a seat.

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

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 Evening 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 night.

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.'

Tove Benefice Newsletter - Issue 19

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