September

CHURCH MAGAZINE FOR SEPTEMBER 2020

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

 

THIS MONTH’S SERVICES AT ALL SAINTS 

Sunday 6th September….. 10.00am All-age Family Service  …. “Jesus the Teacher”

Sunday 13th September …10.00am Holy Communion with Rev. Catharine Furlong

Sunday 20th September …10.00am Holy Communion with Rev. Catharine Furlong

Sunday 27th September …10.00am Holy Communion with Rev. Catharine Furlong

 

Rev. Catharine is currently based in Oundle and is looking forward to meeting us all this month.

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EDITOR’S LETTER

 

         “What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?”

-                       William Henry Davies

 

This was one of my mum’s favourite poems, and it suddenly came into my mind as I sat in the garden, enjoying the sunshine,this month. 

 

I am sure that many of you, like myself, have spent many happy hours over the last few months enjoying the good weather and marvelling at God’s wonderful creation. The birds hanging onto the feeders in the trees, the wide variety of butterflies flitting from flower to flower, the squirrel scampering precariously along the top of the fence and the wide array of insects from ladybirds to bees. We have had plenty of time this year to admire the beauty of the countryside, parks and fields as we have walked, cycled and taken our daily exercise or simply lounged in the gardensoaking up the sun.

 

As I sat on my patio today, a small robin stunned itself by flyinginto my conservatory window. It fell to the floor, so I gently picked it up and placed it carefully on the garden table. It rested for several minutes and I feared that it was not going to survive. Buteventually, as I watched, another small robin came and perched on the table. I watched anxiously. The two of them sat side by side for a couple of minutes and then flew off together into the trees. I couldn’t help but smile. It was a lovely moment. 

 

As it says in the Book of Job, “Through God all things were made. Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky and they will tell you. In God’s hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”  

 

This verse tells us that we can learn from each and everycreature in creation. They can teach us how we should live our lives. We can see in them all the loving care of God, just as I saw in those two robins earlier today. Let us learn from them and give praise for the beauty and wonders of this World for “all good gifts around us are sent from Heaven above – so thank the Lord for all His love.”

                    Steve                                          

 

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Interregnum

 

The closing date for applications relating to the post of rector here at All Saints has passed, but sadly no-one applied for the post. The Rural Dean, Rev Michael Moore, is of the firm opinion that this is because few serving ministers want to move at the present time, with all the worries and problems associated with Corona Virus. It has been suggested that we may well be looking as far as Easter before we are able to welcome a new Rector, or maybe even longer. This places enormous precious and lots of hard work on the shoulders of the church wardens, lay-reader and verger as they aim to fulfil commitments to prospective wedding couples and baptism families, whilst organising visiting ministers, caring for our beautiful church building, looking after the rectory, following-up enquiries about burials of ashes and dealing with the every- day life of the church and its community.Please help and support them as much as you are able.

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FRANK WEBB

 

The funeral of our dear friend, Frank Webb, took place in church on Tuesday September 1st. 

Frank worked tirelessly for All Saints Paston over many, many years.

As a young boy he sang in the choir and pumped the church organ, and since those days, his love and devotion to our church has never waned. He served for many, many years as churchwarden and became a shining example for all later wardens to follow – always willing to help, advise and support – and always with a cheery sense of humour and great wisdom. If anyone needed to know anything about Paston Church, they went first to Frank and Margaret. 

 

Sadly, Covid-restrictions meant that the funeral service took place under strict guidelines and therefore attendance had to be limited, but those who could not get into the church were still able to pay their respects, as members of our Mothers Union, regular congregation and members of the local Scouting Associations formed a guard of honour by lining the church paths and parts of Fulbridge Road. (All suitably distanced)

 

A small singing group (now allowed again in churches) led the hymns – “Love Divine All Loves Excelling” and “Oh Jesus I have promised to serve you to the end” - both favourites of Frank.Daughter Anne, and sons Ian and Ray led tributes to their father,and grand-daughter Katie played “The Last Post” as the procession arrived at the lychgate. Other music included “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” and “You’ll never walk alone” – a song from Carousel, the first musical that Frank and Margaret saw in London together.

 

We were delighted to welcome Reverend Gill Jessop back to lead the service. (I am delighted to say that she will be back again with us in December, presiding over our Midnight Mass.)

 

We hope to hold a special memorial service for Frank next year - once all present restrictions are lifted.

 

God bless Frank. Thanks for the example you have set othersand for all your devoted work over many years. 

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THINGS TO NOTE THIS MONTH

 

Church Cleaning: It is a requirement that worship can only take place following regular weekly cleaning. We are following all rules set out by the diocese and the government, but more volunteers would help to ease the load. No cleaning means the church cannot be opened for worship. Thank you to Fiona who is drawing up the rota and to all those who areworking so hard behind the scenes. If you are able to help out, please get in touch.

Track and Trace: In line with Government advice and Church of England Guidelines we are taking a register of attendance at each service to assist with Track and Trace. This is based on information given on the electoral roll or asking people if they are not on the roll. Please note that the ‘register’ is locked in the safe and we only keep attendance figures for 21 days. From that date the details are shredded.

If you are feeling in any way unwell, we do advise you not to come to worship on that Sunday 

Please note that (as this magazine goes out) masks must be worn when entering any place of worship.

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CREATING A DIGITAL TWIN OF PETERBOROUGH CATHEDRAL

Conservationists have abseiled Peterborough Cathedral with handheld scanners to create a "digital twin" of the 12th Century building. (pictures shown on television looked very frightening)Five people descended the Norman church to identify where repairs are needed. The team took more than 30,000 images, which is believed to make the cathedral the most digitally recorded historical building in the world. Technical director Graham Sykes said, ”If the building fell down tomorrow it could pretty much be rebuilt.” Mr Sykes, of Architectural Heritage & Scanning, said the team collected 16 billion data points from the cathedral. "Similar work has been carried out at Notre Dame and at Westminster Abbey but these were not quite so in-depth as we have used a wider range of scanners and methods to capture different levels of detail," he said.

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Happiness in Christ

 

 

Dear friends,   

Please let me begin by saying a heartfelt “Thank you” on behalf of my wife Elizabeth and myself for the many kind messages of support and prayer we received whilst being seriously ill earlier this year. The diocesan family is very special and we really appreciated your loving care. It made a great difference to our mental health and feeling of well-being.

This year’s (very delayed) FA Cup Final was renamed the Heads Up FA Cup Final after the project led by HRH Prince William to harness the influence of football to encourage people to discuss more openly the vital matter of mental health. This has never been more important, with people around the world spending months isolated at home due to lockdown. One strapline claimed; “Heads Up – Wembley Stadium may be closed, but the conversation about mental health is now open”.

I’ve recently been impressed by a movement called ‘Action for Happiness’, founded by the economist Professor Lord Richard Layard. They suggest 10 simple practices – the initials spelling out GREAT DREAM – to improve mental wellbeing and increase happiness: 

1.​Giving – do things for others

2.​Relating – connect with people

3.​Exercising – take care of your body

4.​Awareness – live life mindfully

5.​Trying Out – keep learning new things

6.​Direction – have goals to look forward to

7.​ Resilience – find ways to bounce back

8.​Emotions – look for what’s good

9.​Acceptance – be comfortable with who you are

10.​Meaning – be part of something bigger
                                                                                (From How To Be Happy by Vanessa King)

 

For me, this great dream is fulfilled as we share our lives with Jesus, who said: “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10.10). Good mental health and wellbeing are integral to that fullness of life, which is Jesus’ desire for everyone. 

At the start of lockdown I quoted these words: “Whatever these coming days hold, let’s be mindful of one another, alert to the cries of a hurting world, and confident in the love of God, from which nothing can separate us”. They remain my prayer for us all.

With my love, thanks, prayers and best wishes, + John   ( Bishop of Brixworth)

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  THIS MONTH’S PUZZLE      -     match each person from the Bible with their profession (or job).

 

People     St Peter      Cain     Eli     Ezra     St Joseph    St Paul   Caiaphas    Pontius Pilate

                 St Matthew     St Luke       Solomon

 

 

Jobs       Priest     Carpenter   Farmer    Tax- Collector      High-Priest      tent-maker     Royal-Scribe    

                

                Roman-Governor      Physician    King      Fisherman


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