September and October Magazine


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


I am writing this in my garden on a glorious sunny afternoon with butterflies fluttering from flower to flower. The sky is blue, the trees dancing gently in the breeze, birds enjoying the feeders, insects scuttling across the patio and the occasional laughter and chatter of people as they walk in the field behind my house.It is the kind of day on which we can relax happily in the garden, marvel at God’s wonderful creation and let the world drift by. For the moment I am in a world far-removed from the trials and anxieties of the past eighteen, long months.

It has been a very testing time for many people – nurses, teachers, those who work in hospitality and the entertainment industry – indeed all of us - and, as I sit here surrounded by peace and beauty, I think quietly about all those who have died since the outbreak of the epidemic in March 2020, those who have lost their jobs, those who have felt lonely and depressed, those who have lived in fear and those who, at times, have felt that they just could not cope any longer.

However today, relaxing here in the warm sunshine and enjoying God’s wonderful creation, I can begin to think of the good things and the positives that may yetemerge from this pandemic.  We have seen many examples of people coming together to help others who are in greater need. We have seen examples of real community spirit where young and old have worked together. We have been inspired by Captain Tom and many others who have raised thousands of pounds for a wide variety of charities. We have seen, on the television, people coming together to make our communities friendlier places to live. 

Hopefully, this is the legacy that the epidemic will leave behind. To care for this beautiful fragile earth, living in the peace and hope of knowing Jesus. Caring, sharing, helping, forgiving others and talking to our neighbours. As a church, may we work as a strong team, supporting Rev Paul and helping him to build the church here in Paston, Walton, Gunthorpe and Roman Fields. May we be ready to serve selflessly and willing to help wherever we are called, to share our talents and to do God’s will.

We have so many rules and guidelines in place that journeys have been difficult. We have missed the companionship of many fellow travellers and we hope that we will soon be able to welcome them all back into church as restrictions are gradually liftedand our church returns to “business as normal”. Let us together, as a strong and united team, look for the positives and build on the good that has come out of this epidemic.



It is with sadness that we say goodbye to our Arch Deacon, Rev.Gordon Steel. Gordon has worked with us here at Paston All Saints and he has guided and supported us through two interregna. His advice has been invaluable over the years, and we wish Gordon a well-earned rest and happy retirement. Well-done, thou good and faithful servant. It has been a pleasure to work with you. 


A Fond Farewell

This is the last magazine resource that I expect to write before my farewell service, which is due to be Evensong at the Cathedral on Sunday 31 October at 3.30 pm.  Necessary precautions permitting, I hope that will be an occasion when I might be able to see many of you in person, in a way that has not been possible recently. 

The life of an archdeacon can be somewhat relentless (as, I hasten to recognise, can many other roles) and I have been conscious of diminishing stamina over the past couple of years – and I no longer look exactly as I did in the 2012 photo that accompanies this letter - so it therefore seemed appropriate that, in this year in which I have become a pensioner, I should step aside and see the baton pass to someone younger (presumably!).  Having made that decision some time ago, I have become increasingly aware of the fact that I will miss my role enormously.

Maria and I came to this diocese from London in 1994, first on my appointment as vicar of St Alban’s, Northampton, where our son and daughter, Andrew and Elizabeth, were born.  From there we moved to Peterborough in 2001, where I served first as vicar of the city centre parish of St John the Baptist, before I became archdeacon of the north-eastern half of the diocese in 2012.  Just as it was a great honour to serve in those two parishes, so too has it been to serve as an archdeacon for the final stage of my stipendiary ministry.  I have greatly enjoyed the visits I have been able to make over those years to so many of the 170 parishes in the archdeaconry, whether on Sundays or during the week, and grateful for the warm welcomes I have received.  The pandemic has made for a very odd final year and more, doing virtually everything from my desk, with meetings and interviews on zoom rather than in the parishes. 

As we enter what we hope will be a sustained period of greater normality, we thank God for one another, for the mutual support and cooperation that we have experienced and witnessed across the diocese and, indeed, throughout this land.  We express our great gratitude to all who have been seeing us through this crisis, and not least the staff of the NHS, and we pray for all for whom this has been a particularly difficult or sad time, and for the many countries in the world that lack the considerable benefits which we enjoy.

Above all, let us continue to put our whole trust in God and seek to ever deepen our relationship with him, that we may be alert and responsive to his promptings, in all that he calls us to be and to do in the years ahead, whatever our circumstances.  May he richly bless you as you continue onwards on your journey of Christian discipleship - in worship, witness and service.

With my prayers and very best wishes  

                                                                                                             Gordon Steele

                                                                                                            Archdeacon of Oakham









Saturday 16th October at 3.00pm

We are delighted to be welcoming back this very talented and entertaining group.


Previous concerts have included songs ranging from Phantom of the Opera to Chicago or Mama Mia to Les Miserables. The repertoire will also include classics from the Savoy Operas. In previous years we enjoyed excerpts from Iolanthe, Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and The Gondoliers.

Please put the date in your diary now so as not to miss out a great opportunity. Tickets only £10.00.(children £5.00.) 

Fabulous singing. Lots of laughs! Loads of fun and happy memories. More details soon.All proceeds to be shared evenly between the Church and the Society.





In the Church Hall …. All proceeds to Church Funds

Once again, our resident Rocker, Lance Bloom, presents an evening of nostalgia as we rock the night away in Paston All Saints Church Hall, Bartram Gate. Brush down those blue suede shoes, po and enjoy an evening of great music, lively dance, laughter and fun!



FRIDAY 10th SEPTEMBER   18.30 to 21.30


                                 A rare chance to explore Peterborough Cathedral by night.

          Candlelight, music and guides on hand to unfold the fascinating history of this amazing place.


Cathedral musicians will play quiet piano and organ pieces as you look around and enjoy the very special atmosphere in the building 'after hours', then at 9.00pm, the traditional service of Compline will be sung by adult members of the Cathedral Choir, offering a reflective and spiritual way to end the day.


OUR CHURCH MAGAZINE – returning soon

Throughout the recent covid restrictions, our church magazine has continued to be read here on the Church Website. Inevitably, this has left out all the very many people, especially the elderly, who have no access to the internet … and all those who try to avoid the internet as much as possible. This situation was forced on us by the necessary closure of the printing shop and the initial (sensible) reluctance of deliverers to go out and about. We had to take all precautionary measures as appropriate.

However, as and if restrictions continue to be lifted, we will be returning to our “proper, hand-held magazine” very soon!  There will be (if all goes to plan) just one more on-line magazine published in the middle of October covering Oct/Nov.  We will then be returning to our monthly “delivered” magazine … starting with the December edition and outlining details of all our Christmas Services and events.

THE PRICE WILL REMAIN AT ….  50p a copy….. until further notice. Pick up your copy in church or, if you would like your magazine delivered to your door each month (starting in December), please let  Peter know.



The Whole Armour Of God 


t our recent ordination of new curates I started my sermon by asking the candidates; “What did it feel like when they first looked in a mirror and saw themselves wearing a clerical blouse or shirt?”

There’s a great book “Legacy” about the All Blacks, the New Zealand national rugby team by James Kerr. He offers a fascinating reflection on the All Black jersey which is regarded as a semi-sacred thing. One famous star player, on being given his first shirt, held it with religious awe for almost a minute before putting it on. Kerr comments; in that moment of donning the jersey he was changed – he wasn’t just wearing a rugby kit, he became an All Black.

In a similar way, at their ordination, our new curates didn’t just start wearing a clergy collar, they became clergy. During their pre-ordination retreat, Bishop Donald had led us through the letter to the Christians at Ephesus. It was appropriate that at the service in the Cathedral we heard words from the famous last chapter; “Put on the whole armour of God”. Again, it was good to be reminded that this isn’t just about dressing up, but about joining up. In putting on spiritual armour we become spiritual soldiers.  

In my sermon, I spoke of Christian character, lifestyle, integrityand the unity of God’s people. In conclusion I drew one final lesson about being a deacon (literally a servant) from being an All Black. Quite often ministry is simply about showing up, sometimes about setting up, frequently it is about clearing up! At the end of every international rugby match, the All Blacks review the game and then the two most senior players each grab a brush and sweep the changing room. The greatest willing to be servants. May God bless our new deacons as they and we follow Jesus in serving His world.

          With my prayers and best wishes,   +John …  Bishop of Brixworth



Last Wednesday, nine willing volunteers turned up to help cut the hedges and generally tidy the church hall grounds. We even managed to cut the hedge on Paston Ridings that runs alongside the graveyard extension. Three hours well-spent! It was hard work but worth the effort and there was a real community atmosphere. A lady who lives across the road served us drinks which was very-much appreciated.  Many thanks to Pat, Alan, Peter Skivington and his friend from Rainbow Court, Mick, Phillip, Lance, Peter and Steve. All the rubbish was later taken to the recycling plant and the weather stayed fine!


…….    And Rev Paul writes:-    A huge thankyou to all who helped tidy the church hall grounds  It looks great and was appreciated. I am very much aware of what it takes to keep things running in any organisation. Often there are jobs that people are not aware of and usually the responsibility falls on the shoulders of a faithful few. If you are able to help with a little of your time each week or month, or if you are able to serve, do speak to your Church Wardens or Revd. Paul.  

                                                                                                                 Thank you,  

                                                                                                                  Revd Paul



WATCH OUT FOR DETAILS OF FURTHER WORKING PARTIES …Wednesday 15th Sept. from 9.30 to 11.00

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