January Magazine


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


At the beginning of this New Year, I thought it may be an appropriate time to look more-closely at our Mission Statement. We see it, every month on the first page of the church magazine. Indeed, it has been there now for over 20 years.                                             So first of all – a little history!.......

It was Saturday, 9th October 1999, when a group of us travelled to Little Gidding for a most enjoyable and productive day. The church magazine, in November that year, described it as “a day to consider where we are as a church, and where God may be taking us in the future.” It was led by Rev Margaret Richardson and Rev Roger Latham.

We took part in a number of exercises, individually and in groups. We also had time for personal reflection, prayer and worship. The day was in line with the Bishop’s Initiative- “Our Common Task”, and the main object of the meeting was to draw up a Mission Statement for Paston All Saints. We divided into four groups, and each put together a pithy sentence that we felt would describe our church. It was surprising, and very encouraging, to see how much agreement there was. Hence, our Mission Statement was adopted, and it has been used ever since, not only as the heading of this magazine page, but also on official documents.

So, let us look more-closely at that statement. What does it say about us as a church?                    

“Sharing Fun” …  not the first thing that many people would think of when they think about a church but, nevertheless, fun is very important. We do, as a church family, try to have fun. It was one of the first things our new Rector. Rev Paul remarked on. “Any church which includes fun in its mission statement attracts my attention” he said. So, I am pleased to say that, if you look around at people in our services, you will generally see them smiling and it is certainly not unknown for people to say how very much they have enjoyed visiting our church. But we have fun together at a huge variety of social events too. We may not have had so many quiz nights, concerts, pensioners afternoons etc. over the last year of Covid restrictions, but we are all still smiling and looking forward to when such events may re-start!

“Sharing Peace” …When you enter any church there is always, for me, a feeling of tranquility, silence and calm. The peace of the Lord! It is a sanctuary – an escape from the hustle and bustle of noise, traffic and problems. A place to reflect. A place to pray. A place to be alone with God. Our mission statement is saying that we should all try to reflect that calmness and peaceful understandingin our everyday lives. 

“Sharing Friendship” …  We hope that everyone feels welcome and valued in our church. We should always have time for each other. Time to share our problems and to celebrate our joys! Time to share sadness and extend comfort. Time for each other…. to listen, to laugh and to play together. It is not just the “welcomers” job. We all have a part to play. 

The final part of our mission statement explains clearly why we should do all these things. It is because we, as Christians and regular churchgoers,  “know that God loves each one of us”.

Our Mission Statement may be celebrating its 22ndbirthday this year, but it is still as relevant today as it was in 1999. 

So may we all, throughout these difficult times of illness, restrictions, worry and loneliness, still endeavour to share the fun, peace and friendship of knowing God’s love with everyone.



New Year – New Hope


!  am writing this on Advent Sunday, such is the way of deadlines. I want to suggest that at New Year, we should be looking forward rather than back, but I’ve already fallen into the trap of checking to see what I wrote this time last year – so there goes my first resolution, more than a month before January!

I’m glad, though, to see that, in innocence and ignorance of all things covid, I wrote (in capital letters, which I usually resist) GOD CAN BE TRUSTED. That will certainly be worth remembering in 2021 as well.

By the time you read this, we will or won’t have trade and other agreements with the EU; Parliament will or won’t have agreed to the strict new three-tier coronavirus regulations; the first vaccines will or won’t have been approved and rolled out for use; England will or won’t have won the first Autumn Nations Cup rugby championship, and the one-day cricket series against South Africa; Donald Trump will or won’t have accepted defeat … a lot can happen in a month.

And if a lot can happen in a month, what about a whole year? Who could have predicted so many aspects of our lives being overturned in 2020? (There I go, looking back again. That’s two forfeits so far.) So, how can we look forward into a new year, when it could be overwhelmingly good, or equally bad, or just not very memorable at all? We can probably rule that third option out, but the question remains: How can we look forward?

The answer, of course, is by looking to Jesus: Jesus the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Lord of the years, the Lord of the future; Jesus the pioneer and perfector of our faith (I hope you can join in my course of Bible studies on Hebrews this spring); Jesus our hope. 

We have very little idea of what is in store for us in this new year. But it is still the Year of our Lord 2021, so we enter it with hope in him.

                                                                            With best wishes    +Donald



At our Family Service on 3rd January, we set off on a Grand Tour of The Holy Land. Flying from Luton to Tel Aviv (Jaffa in Biblical times) we then made our way to Bethlehem, where everyone was still talking about the birth of a baby in a stable. Whilst we were there, three wisemen arrived on donkeys bearing gifts. During the service we learnt about travelling safely with Jesus by our side. We learnt about perseverance , trust and obedience…. Looking for signs and following the best guide book of all  ---- The Bible!

On the first Sunday of each month (restrictions permitting) we will visit a different location and learn more about the events which happened there. On February 7th we plan to walk along the banks of the Jordan River, chatting to people and hearing about just some of these exciting things. Why not join us!

When you go into the church you will see a large map of our travels. This will be updated each month, saying where we have called on our travels, what we have seen there and what we have learnt each month about “walking with Jesus”.  



I am delighted to announce that we have a new Rector waiting to take over in May. Interviews took place on 11th December and Rev.Capt. Paul Whiteley has accepted the post. He is currently working in the Diocese of Lincoln. The official announcement was read out during our church service on 20th December and is displayed in the church porch (as legally required)

He, and his wife Joanne, have visited the rectory twice recently to “measure things up and work out where furniture may fit”. The official collation service is scheduled to take place on the 30th May. More details of this will follow later. Please remember Joanne and Paul in your prayers as they prepare to join us.



In 1532 Henry the Eighth split from Rome, being proclaimed the Supreme head of the Church in England. In May 1533 Katharine’s marriage to Henry was proclaimed invalid and she was exiled to More Manor in Hertfordshire, Buckden Towers and latterly Kimbolton Castle. Katharine died at Kimbolton on 7 January 1536 and the King ordered that she be buried at Peterborough Abbey, the nearest great religious house that befitted her status.

Her funeral took place on 29 January 1536. The heart of the funeral cortege included a coffin wagon covered with black velvet, as were the six horses pulling it; heralds and fifty servants in black carrying torches, four banners in crimson taffeta and four golden standards. At the door of the abbey the body was received by four bishops and six abbots and placed under a canopy lit by a thousand candles.


A celebration of Queen Katherine usually takes place in the Cathedral on 29th January each year with local school children taking part. However, This year, the celebrations will be mainly on-line between 9.30am and 8.30pm. For more information visit Peterborough Cathedral website or go to info@peterborough-cathedral.org.uk or ring 01733 355315


The tomb was vandalised by Oliver Cromwell’s troops in April 1643. The current memorial slab was installed in 1895 after a national campaign for the ‘Katharines of England’ to all donate a penny to the cause. This appeal was organised by the wife of one of the Cathedral canons, Katharine Clayton.


This month’s services in Church   

(Please remember that face masks and social distancing are compulsory. There can be no mingling nor loitering inside church after the service)

Sunday 10th January. 10.00am (Holy Communion)


Sunday 17th January. 10.00am (Holy Communion)

We warmly welcome back Rev. Catherine Furlong to lead both these services.


Sunday 24th January at 10.00am  (Holy Communion)

We are pleased that Reverend Gillian Jessop will be back with us to lead this service.


Sunday 31st January at 10.00am  (Holy Communion)

A warm welcome to Rev. Charles May.


(We were very grateful to Rev Charles who kindly stepped in at the very last minute to lead one of our services in December when Rev. Gordon Limbrick was taken ill.)




Can you sort out these anagrams of places mentioned in the Bible?

1. HTBEAYN      2. AAREZNHT      3. RICJOEH     4. MRAUEJSLE       5. AANC    6.  ABBONYL

7.   ACERUMPNA    8. MMAESU   9. HETLEBHME      10. BEHONR    11. FAJAF   12. DHJUA


To find more-detailed  and up-to-date information about services, church friends and happenings in the church, please read the weekly pew sheet. This can be found on our website - allsaintspaston.co.uk

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