March Magazine

MARCH MAGAZINE 2021

MISSION STATEMENT

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

 

Editor’s Letter :   IT’S ALL IN THE GAME

 

Tidying yet another cupboard this month, I came across notes that I wrote many years ago whilstplanning a school assembly. I decided to share them with you this month as my editorial letter.

 

Do you play chess?

If so, have you ever thought how a game of chess can remind us of the Bible and how Jesus taught us to live? Think about it. ….  There are two sides – black and white – good against evil. Each player  hasto avoid falling into traps and temptations. Each piece must move around the board in a particular way according to the rules of the game.

 

Jesus taught us how to move. He gave us out rules and told us what we should do. The rules of our game are The Ten Commandments, and our rule book is The Bible.  So, let us look more closely at the pieces :-

 

1. The KING of course is Jesus, and as any player knows, the King does not usually attack. Neither did Jesus. He did not fight because He was a king of love and peace.

2. The Queen must be Mary, the mother of Jesus. Indeed, she is often called The Queen of Heaven.

3. The Bishops are obvious. They are the priests and teacher who are sent to guide us on our journey through life. They teach us how to love and care for others.

4. The knights on their horses, remind us of the saints who often had to fight and suffer for their beliefs.

5. The castles are all the magnificent places of worship which have been built all over the World for the Glory of God. Many people have spent their lives decorating stained glass windows and thus creating beautiful works of art to the glory of God. Others have produced elaborate carvings, or they have painted beautiful ceilings in our cathedrals. They did what they believed they had to do and used the talents which God had bestowed on them to glorify His name. 

6 Finally, the pawns. These are the smallest pieces on the board. They are not big and powerful like some of the other pieces. They are often considered unimportant. However, they can still be useful. They are like you and me.  They have their parts to play. 

 

So, all 16 white pieces represent the Christian Family. They work together, move together, and play together. When in tight spots they can help each other, and they  are able to defend each other.  Each piece is small, but together they can be a strong team. The player is God, and we are His pieces. We should do our best to help Him, to work for Him and to win for Him. Never give in when the going gets tough. Never tire nor reach stalemate. Obey the instructions, read the rules and always remember that every little pawn is important in God’s eyes. The aim in chess is to reach the king.

As Christians, our aim is to reach our king – Jesus..

- STEVE

 Make a difference

M

onday 8th March is the day that the Church remembers Edward King, former Bishop of Lincoln, who died in 1910. On my bookshelf I have a copy of The Spiritual Letters of Edward King and towards the end of the book is a letter headed ‘To a Working Man’. King says “The world goes ahead wonderfully – railways, telegraph, telephone, steamships and now aviation; we must hold fast by the faith…” 112 years on, we might write “The world goes ahead wonderfully – Eurostar, emails, Zoom, solar-panelled shipping, space exploration...” We could also add   “…and the development of multiple Covid vaccines within a year”.

We live in a wonderful and terrifying world. King could not have foreseen that the wonders of railways, steamships and aviation would play their part in causing a planet-wide climate emergency. You may have watched David Attenborough’s Perfect Planet. Some of his observations are heartbreaking, but what can we do? Well, asking “what can we do?” is a great start. 

At Diocesan Synod on 20th March, one of the items to be discussed is how we will respond to General Synod’s massively challenging target of being carbon net zero by 2030. It all seems so big, doesn’t it? When I was a curate, Stuart Blanch – the former Archbishop of York – took part in our training. To those of us in large parishes he said: “Just because you can’t visit everyone doesn’t mean that you can’t visit anyone”. True. The same goes for saving God’s beautiful creation. Just because we can’t solve the whole worldwide problem doesn’t mean that we can’t do anything. 

Remember those words from Bishop King: “we must hold fast by the faith”. In these amazing, scary, rapid and challenging days, we travel in the knowledge that our Creator and Redeemer has always walked with us and will always walk with us. Let’s pray that, through this worldwide pandemic and climate emergency, God will give us the courage and the will to start where we are and make a difference.

                                                              Richard Ormston   (Archdeacon of Northampton)

 

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER …. Now available on video as well

 

This year, due to the coronavirus epidemic, the World Day of Prayer service on March 5th has been cancelled. However, services will still be taking place around the World....and if ever we needed to pray for our World, we need it now. To enable people to join in with the wave of prayer on that day, a copy of the service can be delivered to you in advance. These will be bagged in plastic, 72 hours before delivery, so the packaging can be sanitized before opening. Please contact Mo Tanner on 01733 578972 to receive your copies. 

There is also a video of the service, led by the WDP Vanuatu, available to view online. Please visit www.wwdp.org.uk for details.

SERVICES AT EASTER

As we approach Easter, we are still not sure whether or not we will be able to open our church for services over the festive period. It all depends on the rate of infection as we move through this period of Lent. In the newspapers there are hopeful signs but, as far as I am aware, no definite decision has yet been received from Government. 

Rest assured, that as soon as we get the word saying that we are allowed to hold services again, we will! Please check the church notice board or pew sheets for up-to- date information. 

PETERBOROUGH FOOD BANK

This coming Saturday, 6th March, Peter will be in the church porch between 09.00 and 10.30 am. to receive items for the Peterborough Food Bank. This month, they are particularly asking for: Tinned Fruit, Tinned Veg. Toilet rolls and men’s toiletries. So far this year, we have had an excellent response to our “Food Bank Appeals”.

On their website it says, “ We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That is why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.”

THE SERVICE OF COMPLINE

Compline is the short service that we would normally be using in our church during Lent. Usually in the past, this service has taken place in the church each Friday evening of Lent. Obviously, because of restrictions, we are not able to do that this year so this week, along with the pew sheet, I sent out copies of the service for people to use at home. I do hope that you will find these useful. If anyone who is unable to go on to the website would like to receive a paper copy of the service for use in their own home, please let us know how to get it to you and then we we will do our best to deliver it for you.

REGISTER                                                                                               

 

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Peter Coupe, husband of Maureen. Peter had been ill for some time. The funeral service will take place in the church on March 5th at 12.45 and Rev Gill Jessop will lead the service. Sadly, numbers are strictly limited to family and close friends.

 

THIS MONTH’S PUZZLE

 

Find the name of an Old Testament character hidden in these sentences :-

Each name may appear backwards or forwards in the sentence.

 

1. A honeybee is a useful creature to have in your garden.

2. One of my favourite operas is “Madam Butterfly”.

3. Butch set his standards extremely high.

4. I see no chance of that happening.

5. The policeman came to arrest her.

6. The farm had a stable, barn and cowshed.

7. It was a small, delicate butterfly.

8. He bought a vase, some roses and a big box of chocolates.

9. I am visiting Africa in July.

   10 He began to pant as he ran up the hill.

 

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