June Magazine

PARISH MAGAZINE -  June 2020

MISSION STATEMENT

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

 

During the last three months of distancing and self-isolation we have had plenty of time to think. We are fortunate that the weather has been good, with lots of sunshine and very little rain. We have had time to explore and appreciate all the beauty and blessings that God has bestowed on us. I have sat for hours in the garden witnessing the colourful plants and blossoms bursting into bloom. I have watched the bees and other insects hovering around and seen a whole range of birds, big and small, flying around and hopping across the lawn. We all, in many ways, have recognised the beauty and splendour of God’s creation and with the absence of traffic and less noise pollution, it has seemed peaceful.

Many of us will have had plenty of time to think and I believe that, in the long run, some good things may come out of our experience. Absence, they say, makes the heart grow fonder, so maybe we will appreciate each other more and value the time we are able to spend together. We will treasure the contact we have with friends and greet our own families and members of the church family with love. 

As I have been taking my daily walks, strangers have been exchanging greetings. They have been smiling, waving, joking and laughing together. They have, by and large, been considerate towards each other, stepping aside to let people pass, and thanking others for their consideration. They have demonstrated the real Christian spirit … love thy neighbour !

In Genesis chapter two we read that God said, “It is not good that man should be alone”, and after more than twelve weeks of separation I am sure many of us agree fully with this statement. We need other people to talk to and to care for, to hold and to love, to share with and to treasure.   

We all need each other to be good companions. Good friends. Good neighbours. 

We need to talk to each other. 

We need to share smiles, hand-shakes, kisses and warmth. 

We need to laugh together, play together and support each other. Not just thinking of those who are closest to us but everyone - loving our “enemies” and strangers as ourselves.  

We need to be brothers and sisters in Christ, appreciative of others and caring for others. We need to applaud each other for mutual care and kindness - just as we have been applauding members of the NHS.

 

Maybe, we will all of us learn a valuable lesson from these last twelve weeks. 

 

In the words of St John (ch4) --- “Let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”    

Steve

 

Mothers’ Union Prayer for June.

We pray for all members in the Daventry Team and for those in the Harpole and Weedon branches in the Daventry Deanery. 

Heavenly Father we thank you for all that is beautiful in Creation. Forgive us where, through carelessness or selfishness, we have misused the Earth’s resources. Help us in the future to do all we can to care for the environment and to become better stewards of your World.   Amen

 

Pray too for our own Mothers’ Union here in Paston – for our leader Jennie, and for all our members that they may stay safe and keep strong both in body and spirit.    Amen

Rector’s Reflection – June: the hardest month

In many ways I think June, out of all the months of lockdown, is going to be the hardest month. The reason is that everything else begins to come back (even with restrictions and social distancing) and people will be much more visible. It will just be the churches still locked by and large and looking sorrowful. There will be much going on behind the scenes I recognise – worship in people’s homes, videos from church, podcasts, funerals are taking place at crematorium and graveside, small scale christenings and weddings and so much else beside. It is just that the sacred place continues to be closed - waiting for God’s faithful people to enter in and breathe renewed spiritual life within its walls.

Perhaps there is a resonance here with a festival of the church just gone: Pentecost or Whit Sunday. Scripture reminds us that the disciples were in the locked room waiting for the Lord’s promise of the Holy Spirit to come. Their waiting was not over in a few minutes. They waited and prayed and worried. Then suddenly the Holy Spirit came and caused them to go out into the world and share the proclamation of the risen Lord!

It is a bit of a paradox is it not? We are in the world waiting to go into our scared spaces. The disciples were waiting from locked rooms to go into the world. The sacred space is waiting for God’s people to breathe worship afresh into its very walls. The world was waiting to hear the good news of Jesus Christ proclaimed.

There is no contradiction in the opposites here. We know that, on the one hand, we need to learn from this pandemic to rediscover what it means to be ‘church for the world’ refresh. However, on the other hand, we continue to need our sacred spaces and need one another in physical form. 

We need always to remember that the sacred spaces are not a new invention. The first such building set aside for worship has been discovered through archaeological excavations just a hundred years after the death of Jesus. The Christian movement only spread as it did through Christians from their sacred spaces going out and witnessing and proclaiming.

Soon we hope our sacred spaces will be open for God’s people to pray and worship – strengthened and nourished. June will still be a long month – for me at least. The world is moving again – doors are opening here, there, and everywhere. It is just the church doors that remain closed. But we wait – as the disciples waited – for another step to be made as God’s people in the world. Opening our doors for the world.

God bless, Rev Mark

THANKS

On behalf of everyone, I should like to thank Rev Mark and his team of helpers for keeping our church family connected at this time. 

I know the Sunday and weekday on-line services are appreciated and are being used by many. It is good that they are now able to  be filmed in the church building, and it has been refreshing to see the service broadcast from different parts of our beautiful  church – high altar, font area and Mothers’ Union altar. (If you have missed any, they may still be available by clicking “services” on the front page of this website)

 

Recognising that not all members of the church family have access to the web, a team of helpers have been posting service sheets and notices through letterboxes. A separate team have been making regular phone calls to chat to those who are alone. The Sunday School teachers have set up pages for our younger members, including a sing-a-long page, and there have been zoom meetings for Bible Study. 

 

All these things take time and effort, so “a very big thank-you” to each and every one of you.                  Steve

AS WE APPROACH AN INTERREGNUM

I am sure that most people will now be aware that sadly, on April 8th, Reverend Mark offered his resignation to Bishop Donald and will be leaving us later this year to become team leader of the West Sevenoaks Ministry in the Diocese of Rochester. The relevant declaration was read out simultaneously at on-line services both in Sevenoaks and here at All Saints on the 19th April. As is normal in these circumstances a three month notice period is given from the actual date of announcement, which officially makes the moving date early in July, though this timescale may well be affected by Covid19 restrictions.

 

On 5th May Archdeacon Gordon contacted the churchwardens and asked us to begin putting together a document known as the parish profile. This is a lengthy document (previous one 17 pages) describing the parish, and it includes local census information, local business and industry, church services and activities, information on schools and facilities, the parish buildings, church finances, photographs etc.. Normally there would be several special meetings to plan such a weighty booklet, but with current restrictions this has been impossible. So, the wardens were asked to draft in our reader, Yvonne, and treasurer Katherine to help us put the document together. It has been a lengthy and time-consuming process, but we are pleased to say that, at last, we are nearly there. Once we receive a few extra finance figures we will be in a position to share the profile with members of the PCC before forwarding it to the Diocesan Office for publication. Once that is done, the post will be advertised.

 

We would like to thank the Diocesan Office, Yvonne and Katherine for all their help and also Donna, Louise and others who have given permission to use photographs. 

                                Peter and Steve.

 

 A “VERY PROUD OF” –TO SHARE WITH YOU

You will perhaps remember at the time of our October 2019 Coffee Morning, that we asked if you would be kind enough to sponsor our grandson Alex who was intending to run the London Marathon on behalf of the Guide Dogs for the Blind. Many of you kindly donated.

Well as you know, the Marathon was cancelled but, undaunted, a few weeks ago Alex successfully ran, on his own, a13 mile route around his locality - “so we got something for our money”. 

He has written the following for this magazine: “I just wanted to thank everyone for their generosity in helping me raise £400.00 for this worthy cause. Now more than ever these charities are struggling as the focus for donations is elsewhere, so it is good to know this money will help to train these fantastic dogs and build life-long partnerships.”

Since then, Alex read that, due to Coronavirus, Macmillan Nurses had lost the occasions of their now annual major fund-raising coffee mornings and cake sales and they are struggling to support those who need help during an already tough time. So, with the wonders of modern science behind him, he rounded up his brother Bailey from Peterborough and friends living in Exeter, Plymouth, Swindon and Epsom to take on the forces of ”evil” in a 24 hour simultaneous  PlayStation “gameathon” starting at 6.00pm on the 1st May and finishing at 6.00pm on the 2nd of May. 

Friends, work colleagues and family have given generously, and they have been able to present £1,200 to the Macmillan Charity which is a fantastic achievement.                          -So there is some good news about – keep safe. 

                                                                                                   - Barbara and Peter

This month’s puzzles to keep you amused during distancing and isolation.

 

All answers are different books in the Bible.  eg. A play is divided into these. (Answer -  Acts)

 

  1. Surprise announcements   2. Arithmetic is the study of these   3. Rulers   

4. They are trying     5. Wise sayings    6.  Occupation   7. Found in samosas   

8. Radcliffe or Day-Lewis   9.  Came to Britain in 63AD     10. What a man making beer does 

 

A BIBLICAL  QUIZ

 

1. How many books are there in the New Testament?

2. What is the common name given to the first four books of the New Testament?

3. Who wrote most of the books in the New Testament?

4. Who wrote the Acts of the Apostles?

5. Who was the eldest son of Adam and Eve?

6. What kind of wood was used to build Noah’s Ark?

7. What are the first 3 words in the Bible?

8. From which mountain did Jesus ascend into Heaven?

9. What was the first of the three temptations Jesus faced in the Wilderness?

10. John Wycliffe produced the first hand-written English version of the Bible in which century?

 

Answers to last month’s puzzles ….

1. MNBAEMNTEK   (embankment)    2. VERIREENN (2w)  River Nene   

3. SACTHEDURALELQ  (2w)  Cathedral Square      4. SHOP    Posh

5.YEETETKHAR (2w) Key Theatre      6.   REFRYEDWAOSM  (2w)  Ferry Meadows

7. RBTEONENTRECT  (2w)  Bretton Centre  8. KERBERPINSKA (2w) Baker Perkins   

9. KYWEOSAAPRYK (2w)  Soke Parkway   10. PIRTTAEKR  (2w) Itter Park

 

1.Doc 2.Numbers 3.Earth 4.Jane 5.Charlie 6.Sorrow 7.Bush 8.Thames 9. 3penny-bit  10.goat

 

 

TRINITY SUNDAY ….. 7th June

The Holy Trinity can be quite difficult to understand. Sometimes we find ourselves asking, “How can one thing or one person exist in three entirely different forms?” 

Well, I heard a good explanation when I was carrying out a church-school inspection about five years ago. I think the school was in Norwich, and during collective worship (assembly for all those over twenty) the teacher spoke briefly about the Father, Son and Holy Spirit - explaining that all three were the same entity, collectively known as the Holy Trinity. One bright child put up his hand to say that “tri” meant three, but other children were still staring blankly, and they were obviously not convinced that one “thing” could take three entirely different forms.”

 

Then the teacher produced a block of ice. “Imagine this ice represents God the Father,” he explained. “It is solid, firm, and we can depend on it.” He then went on to heat the ice and of course, slowly at first, it began to turn to water.  “This water,” said the teacher, “flows everywhere. It can reach to all corners and moves into all empty spaces. This is God the Son – Jesus – spreading the message of love and peace in all directions and reaching the very corners of the Earth.” 

Once the water began to evaporate the teacher then compared the steam to the Holy Spirit, floating right across the World and through the Heavens. Escaping and squeezing into even the tiniest of gaps. So, the Holy Trinity was more clearly understood… one being in three entirely different forms!

 

 BISHOP’S LETTER

 Changing world, changing Church.                      

“Things won’t be the same afterwards.” 

“We will have to get used to a new normal.”

 With those, and many similar expressions, we all realise that COVID-19 

has changed everything. One statistic that struck me just yesterday (I write on the last day of April) was that more Americans have died so far of this dreadful disease than in the two decades of the Vietnam War. By the time you read this, that figure will be much higher. Similarly, we are seeing far too many people taken from us, not least in care homes. And we know that, whatever relaxation is applied to the lockdown, severe restrictions must remain for some time to come. Things won’t get back to pre-COVID “normal” for the foreseeable future.

That applies to the Church as much as to the world. During these strange last few weeks, we have had to learn to do things differently. Many of our clergy have been wonderfully creative in enabling worshippers to carry on with corporate worship in different ways. Many have been particularly good in enabling the ‘poorest’ (those without computers, smartphones or internet) to access worship. Well done to them. We just don’t know how long this will last – when we can get back to anything like the old “normal” in our church buildings.

I hope – and I have some evidence for this – that this situation is forcing important questions to be asked (and even answered). What is essential for corporate worship? How can we ‘do church’ in our homes? How can we be the Church without the building? How can we best support the ‘poorest’ or the ‘weakest’ among us? It would be good if those questions lead to permanent changes, as well as temporary ones.

That final question, about the ‘poorest’ and the ‘weakest’, relates very much to the world, as well as the Church. The financial cost of this coronavirus will be immense. We should be campaigning, and doing all we can, to ensure that the burden falls heaviest on those most able to afford it. That is the Christian way.

 With best wishes 

 Donald

Bishop of Peterborough

Please look out for the July magazine appearing here on our website. 

Hopefully we may soon be back to our printed copy. Stay safe and take care.

 


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