April 2020

MISSION STATEMENT

Sharing the fun, peace and friendship of knowing God’s love with everyone.

 

March 2020 will be remembered as the month that coronavirus hit Britain. It has inevitably changed our lives for the time being. All social events are cancelled both in church and across the country with many people, especially older members of the congregation, in self-isolation. You will read in this magazine how our church is trying to deal with this developing situation, and I recommend that you check regularly for updates, orders of service, messages etc on our church website.  Just type - www.pastonallsaints.co.uk – into your search engine.

 

As I write, it is only ten days since I was in London, visiting the Tutankhamun Exhibition, Greenwich, Cutty Sark, Queen’s Gallery and many other world-famous sites. However, over this last week (like many of us) I have suddenly stopped running from meeting to meeting (in their various forms) and have moved to a quieter period, largely confined indoors and to the garden. Everyday life has changed. Many of us find ourselves in the same position. It can seem tedious and lonely once the crossword is completed! We depend more on regular phone calls or messages from friends and loved ones to brighten our day, especially if we live alone, and I am always ready to chat!

     

We must stay positive. It is important that we keep our minds and bodies active too, and to this end I have introduced some “biblical” puzzles in this magazine. We did discuss ceasing publication this month, but decided that the church magazine is a good way to keep in touch with all the wider church family here in our parish. However, as there are few “church happenings” to report, this magazine is shorter than usual, but we hope that you understand why. It is our firm intention to continue “keeping in touch” -  just as long as the printing shop stays open! 

 

We hope that in your church magazine, you will continue to find words of hope and encouragement … shared with friendship and love.  Keep safe, keep well, and rejoice in the knowledge that God is with us all at this difficult time

                                                                                             -Steve

 

A View from the Rectory in a very quiet and fearful time.

Prayers to be used at this time:

 

For those most vulnerable:

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and the fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen

 

For the Christian community:

We are not people of fear: we are people of courage. We are not people who protect our own safety: we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety. We are not people of greed: we are people of generosity. We are your people God in Jesus Christ, giving and loving, wherever we are, whatever it costs, for as long as it takes and wherever you call us. Amen

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In the face of the reality of fear and of being fearful, Jesus said: “Come to me, all of you, who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” 

The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8: 35 – 39:  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I am not adding to so many words said at this time – words mostly that bring fear and make people fearful. No. I just want to remind you of the importance of prayer and of Scripture. Therein is our hope.

I would invite you as well to remember who you are - Disciples of Christ, and to be asking ourselves what does discipleship mean and require of me at this present time? What are the values and principles that mark me out as a Christian and how do I demonstrate that not only generally, but now specifically at this time? Note I am only asking questions – the same questions I have to ask of myself. But as we ask may the Lord bless us with an increase of what we believe to be most important – and may that especially be understanding, care, hospitality, selflessness and love.

 

                                                                                                 Rev Mark

Life at All Saints Church – 

very different from anything seen for a long time!

 

I just wanted to share with you the life of All Saints in April, so as to give you a picture of what is going on.

Worship – not as you have ever imagined it!

Obviously for the next three weeks the church is closed – which means no services in church for Holy Week. If this changes for Good Friday and Easter Sunday we will let people know.

 

 

IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT, IF YOU HAVE AN EMAL ADDRESS, TO ACTIVELY CONSIDER RECEIVING OUR WEEKLY PEWSHEET SO THAT WE CAN GIVE YOU UP TO DATE INFORMATION EVERY FEW DAYS.

ALTRNATIVELY, LOG ONTO OUR WEB SITE FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON THE FRONT PAGE AS WELL AS DOWNLOADING COMPLETE SERVCIES FOR EVERY SUNDAY AND ALL OF HOLY WEEK.

 

allsaintspaston.co.uk

 

Our web site has complete services that will take you through April. If you know of someone who doesn’t have access to a computer, then why not print off the services and give it to them? We are also exploring videoing services – exploring as technology is not easy! 

Flowers at Mothering Sunday and Palm Crosses for Holy Week

Many women on the electoral roll now have had daffodils taken to them on Mothering Sunday itself on the Monday after. For this Holy Week we are distributing palm crosses to all on our electoral roll.

Congregational Care

We have now set up a pyramid structure whereby the Rector and a small team are keeping in touch with a set number of people – making sure they are ok and just maintaining friendship and fellowship. If you have not been contacted by mid-April please let Rev Mark know. Do you have any ideas or suggestions in which the church could help in the community/ down your street – let Rev Mark know.

 

 

Christenings and Weddings have been cancelled!

Legal questions as regards licences to replace the calling of banns are now being worked through. As you can imagine I am spending a lot of time dealing with very worried and concerned families and couples.

 

Funerals

No church funerals. Funeral directors are encouraging families to have services at crematorium to avoid too much of a gathering.

Please in your prayers remember especially those who are having a christening and a wedding at this church this month and the huge disappointment that they are experiencing. Also, please remember the bereaved in what is further a difficult time in their grief. 

 Legal side to the life of the church

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting has been cancelled and +Donald has now signed an instrument under the Church Representation Rules that mean the APCM now must take place before the 30th of October. As soon as worship is resumed then two weeks’ notice is then given for the APCM to take place. In the meantime, everyone who has a role in the life of the church – Churchwardens, Parochial Church Council and Deanery Synod members – has to stay in that role.

Financial life of the church

Along with individuals and businesses the reality of the times also entails what will be a significant reduction in church income. We are being affected on a number of fronts which will intensify the longer this period remains in force. Further, it will also take a while to pick up.

1) Cash collections at services have now stopped and will remain like this for quite a number of weeks.

2) Wedding couples are now actively considering moving their weddings to 2021 and those that are taking place are having to be severely curtailed and the fees charged are of course being drastically reduced.

3) Baptism families are also now looking to move their services till later in the year.

4) Funeral directors are discouraging church-based funerals moving everything to the crematorium.

5) All existing hall bookings are now temporarily stopping to meet and so no rent is being charged. People have and are now, cancelling their bookings in using the hall

 6) The bric-a-brac / coffee morning did not take place in March and is doubtful for April. We did manage to hold three Lent Lunches so at least our two charities will be able to receive around £200 each. The concert due to take place in church on the 21st of June has now been cancelled by the G&S players. Of course, this is the same situation affecting all churches – not only us.

            Rev Mark’s details: 01733 579778mark.bridgen@btinternet.com/ 

                                  07375299944/ 236 Fulbridge Road. PE4 6SN

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DIOCESAN NEWS

The Revd Michael Moore has been appointed Rural Dean of Peterborough, replacing the Revd Canon Ian Black, who is stepping down, and The Revd Colin Hurst and Revd Jackie Bullen have been appointed Assistant Rural Deans of Peterborough.

 

The cross stands

Holy Week and Easter mark the climax of the Christian year – and this indeed is the pivotal point of all human history. The extraordinary drama of this season, the gathering darkness as Jesus’ enemies seek for the opportunity to destroy him, the poignancy of the Last Supper, the desolation of Good Friday as Jesus hangs upon the cross, the unprecedented, bewildering, unsettling events of Easter morning as Jesus’ friends encounter not a corpse but an empty tomb, and the eruption of joy as they encounter the Risen Christ himself – all this will be recalled and enacted in churches across the diocese, up and down the land, throughout the world.

At the Cathedral, we do all this in the presence of sculptor Frank Roper’s compelling image of Christ on the cross that hangs at the head of the Nave. The piece is red and gold, symbolising sacrifice and glory, with a Latin inscription that reads ‘Stat Crux Dum Volvitur Orbis’ which translates as ’The cross stands (or is steady) while the world turns’ (or more accurately ‘is being turned’).

   

This phrase, which is the motto of the Carthusian Order, has immediate relevance to the drama of this season, but also has a much broader significance for Christians about where to find meaning in the midst of a world in turmoil. 

   

As far as the narrative of Holy Week is concerned, the cross is the point of destiny and departure. Jesus has “turned his face towards to Jerusalem” – increasingly he sees the cross as the inevitable outcome of the challenge he has brought to “principalities and powers” (secular and religious) of this present age. Yet it is not the end. This is, in every sense, a crossroads, and the cross points forward to the “glorious freedom of the children of God” – freedom from the fear of death because the cross is the worst that the world can do, and it is not enough. The unstoppable power of the love of God revealed in Jesus cannot be defeated. 

   

As for us, we need to know that living radically in the way of the Gospel will see us being challenged too, and so we need to refocus our attention on the cross. While the Church debates, while the world is in uproar, the cross stands as a sign of love, hope and meaning. 

   

The Cathedral itself has down the years had some tumultuous times, not least in the past few years, and we still face big challenges to become not least financially secure for the long term. But we face all this with a deep confidence because we stand day by day at the foot of the cross and place our trust in Christ’s power to redeem and renew. 

   

We adore you O Christ and we bless you because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world. 

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                         The Very Revd Chris Dalliston  -  Dean of Peterborough

 

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OUR ANNUAL CHURCH COUNT was carried out by the church wardens on the morning of Tuesday 17th March. It took almost three hours to go through the inventory and check that everything was accounted for. Apart from counting all hymn books, Bibles, service books etc., wardens also check that all silverware, church fittings and vestments are in place. They are even supposed to check that nobody has stolen the sundial or even the font!

We are pleased to report that, apart from a few books which people are probably using at home, everything was found to be in good order.

 

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        BIBLICAL WORDSEARCH

There are 27 Books of the Bible hidden in this word search. How many can you find?

There are 12 from the New Testament and 15 from the 

Old Testament.

…And another puzzle to keep you busy in these long days of self-isolation.

 

How many words of four letters or more can you make using the letters of

ALL SAINTS CHURCH

 

Your target is 60 words (that’s how many Steve found). You can only use the 15 letters in the church’s name.

Fun Corner

A GOOD DEAL

 

 

Paddy became a bank robber but did not get on well. “Hand over your money”, Paddy said to the bank clerk on his first job. “I won’t”, said the clerk, “But I’ll you what, just to show there is no hard feelings, I’ll give you £500 for your gun.” “Done said Paddy and left with a happy smile.

 

A SOUND ARGREEMENT

Dopey and Dim shared a house. One day they went out and bought two kittens as pets. In order to tell which one was Dopey’s and which one was Dim’s, they tied blue ribbon round the neck of Dim’s kitten. However, next morning they woke up to find that the ribbon had come off. “What shall we do now?” asked Dopey, “How will we tell which one is yours and which one is mine?” “I’ll tell you what”, said Dim, “You have the black one and I’ll have the white one!”

 

EXCHANGE IS NO ROBBERY

Two men were sitting in a café in Dublin eating their packed lunches. The manager came over to them and said, “I’m sorry gents, but you are not allowed to eat your own food in here.” So they swapped.

 

OPENLY ADMITTED

Two lettuces are having a chat in the garden. One lettuce says, “I wish I could be famous like my great, great, great grandfather.” The other lettuce asks,” Why, what did he do?” The first lettuce replied, “He sank the Titanic. He was an iceberg!”

 

TELLING THE TRUTH

A man walks into a pub with a giraffe. The pair of them stay at the bar drinking all day. When time is called, the giraffe gets up to go, but is so drunk it falls to the floor, so the man starts to stagger out of the pub on his own. The barman looks up and shouts at the man: “You can’t leave that lying there!” the man replies, “It’s not a lion –it’s a giraffe!”

 

NAME DROPPING

What is the real name of 50 cents?    Arfur Dollar!

 

THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH

Why do undertakers go once a year to Wembley? Is it for the Hearse of the Year show?

Doug Scott

PASTON MOTHERS’ UNION

Paston Mothers’ Union held our monthly meeting in the Church Hall on Thursday 5th March at 1.45pm. Branch leader, Mrs Jennie Wise opened our meeting welcoming members, Rev Mark and our visitor, Steve. We continued with a short service of prayers Lenten hymn and a reading from St John, chapter 3. v.17 to the end. Apologies were then taken from those members unable to attend. Our guest speaker, Mr Paul Geary, was introduced by Jenny. 

Paul began by thanking us for the invite to attend and went on to give a very interesting account of his 30 years in the fire service, training at Leicester then serving at Dogsthorpe in Peterborough. He told us about some of the incidents he was involved with.

Some, such as the explosion at Fengate, we could remember well. Many of us still believed that it was an explosion at the fireworks factory but in fact it was a lorry carrying detonators and fuses to the industrial estate. The detonators set off the explosion as the lorry went over speed bumps. 

The Stanground pump was the first to arrive on the scene, and a discussion was going on at the time, about how to deal with the problem, when suddenly the lorry exploded destroying everything in its path. If it hadn’t been for a big roller blocking the path, a lot more lives would have been lost. As it was, one person died and 151 were taken to hospital. People living nearby didn’t know what had happened and members at our meeting could clearly remember hearing the explosion and seeing the smoke. Many of the factories were severely damaged but thankfully the fireworks factory was still intact.

Another incident included a plumber whose van was on fire with a gas cylinder inside. An appliance was called and as firemen were running out the hose, it was found to be damaged. A fresh hose, which was rolled over just in time, saved the fireman’s life just as the van exploded. Paul also clearly remembered being called out to a fire in the chimney of a local fish shop and as men fought the blaze people in the shop calmly carried on eating their fish and chips.

Paul clearly remembered another occasion when they were called to a house fire in Bretton. With the help of a big blaze appliance they managed to get everyone out – including a young man who slept naked – but the firemen gave him a blanket to wear. This blaze was caused by children playing with matches!

The brigade also dealt with animal rescues. One of these involved a traveller’s horse which was stuck in mud. There was a lot of mud, but the animal was eventually rescued just before another horse, a few yards up the stream, did exactly the same thing! Most people at the meeting remembered the old Brierley’s Shop on Bridge Street, by the river. A fire broke out during conversion work but water from the Nene soon put that one out.

We heard accounts of three people being rescued from a fire in Duke Street, a worker at Farrows Old Shop being rescued when her hand was caught in the machinery, and the story of a Sunday call-out when they were told that a husband and baby were trapped in a house fire. The crew searched the house but, although a distraught wife still insisted that they were in the building, the brigade could find nobody. Suddenly the man, wheeling a pram, came round the corner. She had been on the phone to her mum and therefore hadn’t noticed him leave the house. The cause of this fire was a television explosion.

On a lighter note, Paul recalled the Dogsthorpe appliance being used in the filming of London’s Burning for television. A lot of the action involved the Nene Valley Railway, but not all of the scenes actually made it onto television. 

During the interval, Paul answered members questions and was duly thanked for his interesting talk. 

Other business and future events were then discussed such as posies for Mothers’ Day and our MU Lent lunch, but due to the Coronavirus outbreak these have now been cancelled. Mothers Union meetings and our planned events will no longer be taking place until further notice. 

Keep well, and we look forward to seeing you all back when the time is right.

                                                                                    -  J OAN WAINER

THE MOTHERS’ UNION PRAYER FOR APRIL 2020

 

We pray for all members in the Brixworth Deanery.

 Risen Lord, your power over death gives new life and hope to all people. We pray that the Mothers’ Union in this Diocese continues to be active in love and service. Help us to offer friendship, encouragement and care to those who find life difficult, especially those for whom the future looks uncertain. Give us confidence to challenge injustices and prejudices and to share the love of Christ with those whom we live and work.  Amen

 

LENT LUNCHES

 

Before our programme of social events was unavoidably cancelled, our 2020 Lent Lunches were going well. These lunches up to the date of cancellation had been hosted by Barbara and Jenny, The Fellowship Group and ladies of our Mothers’ Union. We enjoyed a delicious and mouth-watering range of home-made soups, followed by crackers and a selection of cheeses, tea and coffee. It was lovely to see so many members of the congregation coming together, laughing and chatting in such a friendly atmosphere. Thank you to everyone who took part.

Thanks also to Peter who organised the customary tombola. As a result of the three lunches that did actually take place, we are able to send about £200 to each of our worthy charities …  Little Miracles and Centrepoint.

 

 

Our Spotlight this month falls on THE CHURCH CLEANING TEAM

Our church cleaning team has been in operation for as long as people can remember but, like all our work teams, over many years there has been a big drop in membership. Today there are just five regular devotees who meet on the second Saturday of the month from 8.30 to 9.30am. They are Peter Templeman, Rita and Ron Burton, Doug Scott and Jennie Jepson. Others were in the team, such as Chris and Keith Warren, but no-one has stepped forward to take their place.

As the name of the team suggests, they are responsible for keeping the main parts of our church building clean and tidy. That is the area from the main door up to the rood screen … mainly the nave. They sweep, vacuum and clean the floors. (a vacuum lives in the church cupboard) They also polish the pews, lectern, electric piano and tables.

The entrance to the church also receives careful attention. The porch is swept and kept clear of cobwebs. Paths close to the church are swept and all rubbish is removed and taken to the bins. Toilets are cleaned and new supplies added as necessary. (This is usually Peter’s job as he checks the toilet area regularly throughout the month.)

It can also be an enjoyable social occasion as there is time to chat, catch up on all the gossip, tell jokes and even sing! Why not give it a try? Just pop along on the second Saturday of any month and meet the team. You will be made most welcome.

(Please note that it is unlikely the team will be meeting as normal during the present coronavirus shutdown. If you would like to join the team it is best to ring first so as to make sure.)

 

HUNDRED CLUB

Our Hundred Club winners for February were drawn at the coffee morning held on Saturday 29th February. Lucky winners were as follows –                                                 

    1st… £20        number 16  …. Lucky winner    JOY THOMPSON

    2nd …£10      number  10 …. Lucky winner      TERRIE WATSO.   

    3rd…  £5         number  42 …  Lucky winner     HAZEL TAYLOR

Congratulations to all our lucky winners. It is never too late to join All Saints Church Hundred Club. If you would like the chance to win one of our cash sums each month, please have a word with Rev Mark or Jill Johnson. Across the year, there are 36 chances to strike lucky.


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