Author: Justin Dyche

31st July 2022

31st July 2022

By Justin Dyche in Sunday Service on 6 August 2022

Hello again everyone,

It is good to be back from holiday, refreshed and ready for the next chapter in the story God is writing about his churches at St Columba & the Northern Saints, Corby and St Leonard’s, Rockingham. We have certainly had a good summer so far with the Jubilee celebration and Bishop John’s Weekend, and there is much still to look forward, beginning with the first of three weddings in eight days at Rockingham this afternoon, and continuing with our service and lunch at St Columba’s tomorrow.

SUNDAY SERVICE AND LUNCH
We are welcoming our new CMS mission partners, known to us as M & H because of sensitivities about where they work, for their first visit to St Columba’s tomorrow at 10.30am. It will be great to have a really good number of people in church to meet them and hear about their work. Children and young people are especially welcome tomorrow because we have a special Summer session of Energize, also finding out about M & H’s work.
After the service we will have a BRING & SHARE LUNCH in the CHURCH HALL with M & H, so do please join us for that, even if you don’t have any food to bring – I am sure there will be plenty to share.
Please note that, because of the sensitivities about where M & H work, the service tomorrow will not be live streamed so the only way to be involved is to be in church.

PRAYER NEWS
We will have our regular Prayer Meeting at 6pm tomorrow in St Columba’s when, as well as praying for our HIA house and the needs of people in our church family, we will be praying for M & H, using the knowledge we have gathered in the morning.
On the subject of people in our church family please pray for:

John & Sheila Pender’s daughter Maria had her operation on Wednesday and the surgeon is pleased with the result, although when Sheila saw Maria she was still in pain and not able to move very much. Please pray for a full recovery, freedom from pain and good movement, which may require more therapy.

Jess Tosh has been in hospital this week but is now home again and thanks everyone for their prayers. The good news is that she did not have a stroke as initially suspected but her mobility is reduced, hopefully just in the short term. Please pray that she regains mobility and that her upcoming appointments for physio and follow up go well.

Sue Scholes is having a procedure to prepare her for dialysis on Wednesday. Please pray that this goes well, and I’m sure Sue would also appreciate prayer that, even at this late stage, her kidney function would improve so that she does not need dialysis.

NEW WINE
Miriam and I enjoyed an excellent day at New Wine at the East of England Showground, Peterborough on Monday and I would encourage others to go, although time is running out as Week B finishes before lunch on Wednesday so Monday and Tuesday are the last full days to make the most of this Christian conference happening almost on our doorstep, and New Wine won’t be in Peterborough next year.
Day Tickets allow access to all events, we arrived in time for the main Morning Celebration at 9.15am and left after the Evening Celebration at about 9pm having been to three seminars during the day, and enjoyed time with some old friends! These cost £45 per person and can be bought on the gate or via this link: https://new-wine.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e89eafa09abea41a8dd8bbdd5&id=9c271fdff9&e=9790575aae
Because there is a 24 hour delay with online broadcasts Week B is available from today (Saturday 30th July) to Thursday 4th August but this only gives access to the early morning Bible Teaching and the main Morning & Evening Celebrations each day including the first evening and last morning. PLEASE NOTE the broadcasts are only available for 48 hours. Online tickets cost £40 per household and can be booked via this link:
https://new-wine.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e89eafa09abea41a8dd8bbdd5&id=a00b09c347&e=9790575aae

NEXT SUNDAY
We look forward to a time of ALL AGE WORSHIP next Sunday morning at St Columba’s, starting as usual at 10.30am. We hope to be back online with a live stream, but as Kevin will be away this will be something of a trial. If anyone is interested in learning how to set up the livestream please do let me know.

AND FINALLY
Steve is producing another set of Puzzles & Other Stuff which I will send out in a separate email later today as I want to send this before going to the wedding.
(Later addition: Puzzles & Other Stuff.)

God bless you all,

Ian

01536 400225
07903 644609

24th July 2022

24th July 2022

By Justin Dyche in Sunday Service on 30 July 2022

Dear Church Family

Well, it certainly was a scorcher at the beginning of the week wasn’t it, I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying a still sunny but slightly cooler Saturday. I was at St Leonard, Rockingham on Monday testing out a live stream for an upcoming wedding there and was amazed at how cool it was inside the building compared to the heat outside. It was good to stop for a moment there and enjoy some time with God in the quiet and the still.

It is of course the end of term for many of our young people, I know my own two youngest have been counting down the days until the end of term – they finished yesterday and are looking forward to their summer holidays. Our children’s groups at church have now also finished for the summer. It’s worth thinking about and remembering our young people at this time, particularly those who will now be waiting for GCSE, A Level, BTEC and other results before planning and looking forward to what comes next in September. Please also do be praying for all of those involved in working with young people, teachers and lecturers, school staff, youth workers and more for all the work they do. Pray for our own Energize team and for Get Closer our midweek youth meeting, it’s been so good to see our young people get together again after all of the disruption from COVID. Please do also be praying for the Gen2 team who help lead work with children and young people across the diocese. Many of you will of course know Pete White, who heads up the Gen2 team, as he was here at St Columba with Nat, his wife, who was the curate here at St Columba only a few years ago. Massive congratulations to Pete on becoming Doctor Pete White having recently completed his Phd.

SUNDAY SERVICES
This Sunday’s 10:30AM service is an All Age Worship service and if you can come in person please do as it’s a hands-on service and although we will be live streaming the service it’s one to experience in person if possible. Speaking of the live stream you can see it here: https://youtu.be/5LXVRn2nD_4

We also have a 5PM Holy Communion Service this Sunday, a slightly quieter service, so do come along to that and enjoy meeting with God through the Eucharist, straight after will be our 6pm HIA Prayer Meeting as normal.

PRAYER
Mentioning COVID as I have I would be remiss if I didn’t ask you all to keep praying for those who have COVID, quite a few members of the church have had it recently, happily most seem to be well on the road to recovery but it does show us that COVID is still around and amongst us.

The operation on Maria, Sheila’s daughter is this week – the 27th so do be praying for that as well, in Sheila’s own words: “Please pray for Maria as she faces her quite serious operation on 27th July. Pray that all will go well, and that she will get at least some of her movement back. On top of that, she has just been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in her good arm.”

If you have any prayer requests do let us know, we can pray for them as a small group or as the wider church depending on your own preference, but it would be good to hold in prayer anything you want to bring before God.

I’m including the updates on next Sunday and New Wine below as they were from last week’s email, do keep praying for Ian and Miriam as they will be at New Wine at the start of next week as well.

MISSION PARTNERS
As mentioned last week we are looking forward to welcoming our CMS mission partners on 31st July. This will be their first visit to St Columba’s and due to sensitivities about where they work we only know them as M and H, although we look forward to learning their names when we meet! In the service on 31st M will be preaching and H leading a special session of ENERGIZE so that our children and young people can learn more about their work.
After the service we will have a BRING & SHARE LUNCH with M & H so do please put 31st July in your diary and plan to join us for the service and lunch.

NEW WINE
Many of you will be familiar with the New Wine Summer Gatherings. These are taking pace at the East of England Showground in Peterborough, and there are two identical ” weeks”: A from 23 to 28 July and B from 29 July to 3 August. It is possible to engage with New Wine either as a Day Visitor or online and details of these options are shown below:

Day Tickets (best not to go on the first or last day of each “week” when there is not a full programme) cost £45 per person and can be booked via this link:
https://new-wine.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e89eafa09abea41a8dd8bbdd5&id=9c271fdff9&e=9790575aae

Online Tickets only give access to early morning Bible Teaching and the main Morning & Evening Celebrations each day including the first evening and last morning. PLEASE NOTE there is a 24 hour delay on these broadcasts so the dates are: Week A from 24 to 29 July and Week B from 30 July to 4 August and the broadcasts are only available for 48 hours. These cost £40 per household for either Week A or Week B and can be booked via this link:
https://new-wine.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e89eafa09abea41a8dd8bbdd5&id=a00b09c347&e=9790575aae

You can enjoy getting lost in a few puzzles as we have another great update from Steve, in the form of Puzzles and other Stuff 80.

If any of you were reading carefully last week you may have noticed that when I mentioned tomorrow’s all-age service I said it would be great to see you there as we explore worshipping God together through song, prayer, scripture and prayer. If you read that carefully you may have noticed I mentioned prayer twice! That’s because our All-Age service tomorrow is focussed on prayer, we’ll be looking at the beginning of Luke 11 where Jesus taught the disciple’s how to pray using what we now know as The Lord’s Prayer. It would be great to see you there as we explore prayer together.

Grace and Peace

Kevin
Curate, St Columba
07512 822422

17th July 2022

17th July 2022

By Justin Dyche in Sunday Service on 23 July 2022

Dear Church Family

I hope you are enjoying the sunshine we are having, being Irish I have been taking precautions, they normally say in Ireland that the only difference between Summer and Winter is that in the Summer the rain is warmer but even Belfast seems to be getting some sunshine. I jokingly said to someone that if I went out in the sort of heat they’re predicting for the next few days I might simply burst into flames! I’m sure we will all be taking precautions for ourselves (Factor 50 sun-cream and plenty of water in my case) but for those of us with vulnerable or elderly neighbours perhaps a quick check on them over the next few days to make sure they’re ok would be a good way of showing God’s love in action.

Hopefully St Columba’s will prove a little coolness for our Sunday service tomorrow at 10:30am with Rosie leading our Morning Worship and a certain curate preaching, so do come along and enjoy coming together as the church to worship God and spend some time together. For those who aren’t able to make it we will be live-streaming the service as normal and you can watch it live or catch-up later using this link: https://youtu.be/gx0fc5ym2oo

Tomorrow morning will be the last ENERGIZE meeting of the summer but we will be having some children’s activities over the summer and an All-Age Worship service on the 24th July and on the 21st August.

In terms of young people it’s been a good week for us as we had all of Year 6 from Woodnewton school come to visit the church on Thursday morning, we’ve now had every year group with us over the last few weeks and hopefully they all enjoyed getting to know a little about who and what we are as church. A few of our teenagers also went to RE-IGNITE on Friday night, a youth event aimed at gathering young people from across Corby, Kettering and the surrounding area. It was hosted at Church of Christ the King, Kettering and was a great evening of fun, games, BBQ, worship and a great message from one of the CTK team on being called and anointed by God. I understand the next event will be in Corby in the Autumn so do keep an eye out for that in future news.

I know there are a number of people with prayer requests and I’ve listed some below, can I also encourage you if you are in need of prayer do come along to the HIA prayer meeting on Sunday at 6pm. Last week we spent some time praying for Hope into Action, for the world and for people’s prayer needs, it was a great time of prayer and well worth coming to.

PRAYER REQUESTS
Sheila has passed on a prayer request for Maria her daughter; “Please pray for Maria as she faces her quite serious operation on 27th July. Pray that all will go well,  and that she will get at least some of her movement back. On top of that, she has just been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in her good arm.” Do please be praying for Maria and indeed for Sheila and the family as they support her.

There have been a number of people in the St Columba family with Covid recently, so please be praying for all of those who are ill at this time, for mildness of symptoms, for healing and a swift recovery.

Do also continue to pray for Ian and Miriam as they enjoy their holiday, that they come back relaxed and refreshed for this next season.

DEREK GREY
I have been passed news from Steve Scholes regarding Derek Grey, the son of Jim and Pat Grey who I understand were much-loved members of St Columba at one time. Sadly Derek, who lived in Wales, died on Thursday, apparently as the result of a severe asthma attack. Please do pray for all who knew and loved him at this time.

MISSION PARTNERS
As mentioned last week we are looking forward to welcoming our CMS mission partners on 31st July. This will be their first visit to St Columba’s and due to sensitivities about where they work we only know them as M and H, although we look forward to learning their names when we meet! In the service on 31st M will be preaching and H leading a special session of ENERGIZE so that our children and young people can learn more about their work.
After the service we will have a BRING & SHARE LUNCH with M & H so do please put 31st July in your diary and plan to join us for the service and lunch.

NEW WINE
Many of you will be familiar with the New Wine Summer Gatherings. These are taking pace at the East of England Showground in Peterborough, and there are two identical ” weeks”: A from 23 to 28 July and B from 29 July to 3 August. It is possible to engage with New Wine either as a Day Visitor or online and details of these options are shown below:Day Tickets (best not to go on the first or last day of each “week” when there is not a full programme) cost £45 per person and can be booked via this link:
https://new-wine.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e89eafa09abea41a8dd8bbdd5&id=9c271fdff9&e=9790575aae

Online Tickets only give access to early morning Bible Teaching and the main Morning & Evening Celebrations each day including the first evening and last morning. PLEASE NOTE there is a 24 hour delay on these broadcasts so the dates are: Week A from 24 to 29 July and Week B from 30 July to 4 August and the broadcasts are only available for 48 hours. These cost £40 per household for either Week A or Week B and can be booked via this link:
https://new-wine.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e89eafa09abea41a8dd8bbdd5&id=a00b09c347&e=9790575aae

SUNDAY 24th JULY
As mentioned above we have our all-age service, it would be great to see you there as we explore worshipping God together through song, prayer, scripture and prayer.

Last and very much not least, I’m grateful to Steve Scholes for producing another in his series of Mini-SCaNS as usual packed with good things – it’s attached to this email, do have a read and enjoy!

May God’s peace be with you all this week

Kevin
Curate, St Columba and the Northern Saints
Mobile: 07512 822422

10th July 2022

10th July 2022

By Justin Dyche in Sunday Service on 16 July 2022

Hello again everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed last weekend with Bishop John. I think the whole weekend went really well and huge thanks to everyone who helped in any way.

A couple of things you may like to know are that the Ladies Afternoon Tea was such a success that it will be happening again, and the next date is Friday 9th September, so do book that in your diary and pass it on to those who came to hear the Bishop last week. I know a highlight for many people was Eileen’s testimony in the morning service at St Columba’s and if you missed that it is still possible to watch via the following link (which is for the whole service, but if you just want Eileen’s testimony then scroll forward to 7:50): https://youtu.be/DeEwov9S3bY

At PCC on Wednesday we were talking about how to follow up the weekend. We will certainly be starting a new ALPHA course for those who want to find out more about the Christian faith, so if that is you, or someone you know, do reply to this email to make sure you are invited. For those who have been following the Lord a little longer then we are definitely going to be starting FELLOWSHIP GROUPS again, so watch this space for details of them. We also wanted to have more SOCIAL GATHERINGS, and there is one opportunity for us to gather together at the end of this month when we welcome our CMS mission partners to St Columba’s on 31st July (see below for more details).

SUNDAY SERVICES
This week we have a COMMUNION SERVICE at St Columba’s at 10.30am, with Energize groups for children and young people, and also a FAMILY SERVICE at Rockingham at 3pm. For those who can’t make it to church it is possible to watch the St Columba’s service via the following livestream link from 10.30am on 10th July or afterwards: https://youtu.be/sbHGq2uZmFg

We also have our HIA PRAYER MEETING at 6pm tomorrow evening at St Columba’s.

MICHAEL CAIN
Michael’s funeral is taking place at Kettering Crematorium at 10am on Thursday 14th July. This will be followed by refreshments in the CHURCH HALL from about 11.15am. Everyone is welcome at either or both, although I should say that the service is being conducted by a civil celebrant at the request of Michael’s son. We are hoping to arrange a THANKSGIVING SERVICE in church at a later date.

MISSION PARTNERS
Last month we enjoyed a visit from Tim & Carol Derbyshire. They are now safely back in Australia and their latest news is “Snippets from the Shires”. Please open this and have a read, and pray, or alternatively look at the copy at the back of church.

As mentioned above we are looking forward to welcoming our CMS mission partners on 31st July. This will be their first visit to St Columba’s and due to sensitivities about where they work we only know them as M and H, although we look forward to learning their names when we meet! In the service on 31st M will be preaching and H leading a special session of Energize so that our children and young people can learn more about their work.
After the service we will have a BRING & SHARE LUNCH with M & H so do please put 31st July in your diary and plan to join us for the service and lunch.

NEW WINE
Many of you will be familiar with the New Wine Summer Gatherings. These are taking pace at the East of England Showground in Peterborough, and there are two identical ” weeks”: A from 23 to 28 July and B from 29 July to 3 August. It is possible to engage with New Wine either as a Day Visitor or online and details of these options are shown below:

Day Tickets (best not to go on the first or last day of each “week” when there is not a full programme) cost £45 per person and can be booked via this link:
https://new-wine.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e89eafa09abea41a8dd8bbdd5&id=9c271fdff9&e=9790575aae

Online Tickets only give access to early morning Bible Teaching and the main Morning & Evening Celebrations each day including the first evening and last morning. PLEASE NOTE there is a 24 hour delay on these broadcasts so the dates are: Week A from 24 to 29 July and Week B from 30 July to 4 August and the broadcasts are only available for 48 hours. These cost £40 per household for either Week A or Week B and can be booked via this link:
https://new-wine.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e89eafa09abea41a8dd8bbdd5&id=a00b09c347&e=9790575aae

SUNDAY 17th JULY
Next Sunday we have a service of MORNING WORSHIP at St Columba’s at 10.30am. This will be the last regular ENERGIZE meeting until September, but we look forward to some special All Age services and children’s activities during the rest of July and August.

And finally just to say that I will be away for a fortnight after tomorrow, but Kevin will be around and I have included his number below in case you have any questions.

God bless you all,

Ian

Kevin’s No 07512 822422

3rd July 2022

3rd July 2022

By Justin Dyche in Sunday Service on 9 July 2022

Hello everyone,

Sorry about ab incredibly late email this week. With Bishop John’s Weekend in full swing I have not had a chance to sit down and write until now.

There will be more information about how the weekend has gone next week, but it has been an encouraging couple of days and we still have our services on Sunday to look forward to. At St Columba’s Bishop John will be preaching in the service at 10.30am and there is a link below to watch this service via livestream from 10.30 on Sunday or afterwards here:  https://youtu.be/DeEwov9S3bY

Rockingham church has a service, also with Bishop John, at 3pm on Sunday afternoon to which everyone is welcome.

We also have our HIA Prayer Meeting at 6pm on Sunday evening.

Next Sunday we have a Communion Service at St Columba’s at 10.30am and Family Service at Rockingham at 3pm.

Best wishes,

Ian

01536 400225
07903 644609

26th June 2022

26th June 2022

By Justin Dyche in Sunday Service on 4 July 2022

Hello again everyone,

Exciting time are ahead for us at St Columba’s, especially with the visit of Bishop John to be with us next weekend.

BISHOP JOHN’S WEEKEND
We have a varied programme of events (see below) lined up when Bishop John visits next weekend but in order to make them successful we do need your support. There are three things you can all do to support the weekend:

  1. PRAY – you can do this at home (do make use of the Prayer for the Weekend ) but you can also join with us at church, tomorrow after the Healing Service at about 6pm, on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm, or on Friday morning at 8.45am with the Bishop.
  2. INVITE – it is not too late to invite your friends, family, neighbours, colleagues, whoever to join us at one or other of the events. We have a variety so there will be something for (almost) everyone and they all promise to be enjoyable events in their own right, but with the added bonus of having an opportunity to hear the Bishop speak and ask him questions if you would like.
  3. JOIN IN – while some events are targeted (Mens’ Breakfast, Ladies Afternoon Tea – at the request of the ladies) most are open to anyone. The murder mystery evening, for example, needs people to come along to make it work so please do SIGN UP either on the sheets in church or by replying to this message and book your place.

The full programme is as follows:
FRIDAY 1st JULY
9.30    Meet with Year 5 from Woodnewton School in church
12.30  Meet Lodge Park Academy students & staff over lunch
3.00    Ladies Afternoon Tea at St Columba’s *
Bishop John will speak before sandwiches, cakes & tea are shared along with conversation with Bishop John & one another.
7.00    BBQ at The Vicarage *
ALL welcome if you bring a guest who doesn’t yet come to church. Bishop John will speak and there will be lots of conversation.

SATURDAY 2nd JULY
9.00    Men’s Breakfast in St Columba’s Hall *
All men are invited and encouraged to bring a guest to hear and chat with Bishop John and enjoy a Full English (or Irish or Scottish or indeed a Vegetarian or Continental alternative)
11.00  Prayer on the Streets
Join us in church before we head out onto our local streets with Bishop John to ask people what we can pray for them and invite them to the special service at church on Sunday.
2.30    Rockingham Castle Event
This is for the people of Rockingham village but we need volunteers to help with catering and everyone to pray.
7.00    Murder Mystery Evening in St Columba’s Hall *
An evening of mystery & intrigue as well as fine food & conversation. Open to all for a donation, guests are especially welcome. This Grand Dinner is set on the eve of the Queen’s Coronation and is an event on its own, so well worth inviting people to. We have included an opportunity for Bishop John to speak and chat with all the guests.SUNDAY 3rd JULY
10.30  Morning Worship at St Columba’s
A special Invitation Service for family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, etc with Bishop John speaking.
3.00    Worship at St Leonard’s, Rockingham
Another invitation service with Bishop John speaking and for you to pray for, go to and invite people to.

SUNDAY SERVICES
Before all of the above we have services tomorrow (Sunday 26th June) as follows:
9am Holy Communion at St Leonard’s Rockingham
10.30 Holy Communion at St Columba’s with ENERGIZE groups for children and young people.
If you are not able to be at church tomorrow this service will be available as a livestream from 10.30 on Sunday, or it can be watched later, via this link:
https://youtu.be/-uxLqGIqvNM
5pm Healing Service at St Columba’s – do come along if you or someone you know needs prayer for healing of body, mind or spirit.
followed by HIA PRAYER MEETING at about 6pm including prayer for Bishop John’s Weekend
 
PRAYER NEWS
Please pray for Isobel Wasson whose brother died this week and also for Michael Cain who is in hospital but unfortunately not able to receive visitors because of Covid on the ward.

AND FINALLY
Please find the latest Puzzles and Other Stuff from Steve. It comes complete with a moving story, some wonderful testimonies of faith under persecution from Open Doors and plenty of quizzes and puzzles to keep you busy.

May God bless you all in this coming week and us, as a church, over next weekend.

Ian

01536 400225
07903 644609

19th June 2022

19th June 2022

By Justin Dyche in Sunday Service on 24 June 2022

Dear Friends,

Welcome to this week’s email with information about BISHOP JOHN’S WEEKEND in just two weeks time. Do have a read, think and pray about what you might come to, and who among your family & friends, neighbours & colleagues, you may invite to join you. We will be praying for the weekend in our
PRAYER MEETING tomorrow evening at 6pm so please do join us if you are able. We will also have an extra Prayer Meeting on Wednesday 29th June at 7.30pm to pray for the Weekend, and on Friday 1st July we will welcome Bishop John to Corby with a time of prayer at 8.45am. And please do pray every day at home, using the Prayer for the Weekend which has been written by Patience Tafuma.

Before that we have our FATHER’S DAY SERVICE tomorrow morning at 10.30am. This will be an ALL AGE service and children of all ages are especially welcome. If you are not able to join us in church there will be a livestream available to watch from 10.30am tomorrow or afterwards. You need to go to the following link: https://youtu.be/1iMjr2_7xHI

FUNERALS THIS WEEK
Tracy Ward’s funeral will be at Kettering Crematorium on Monday 20th June at 3.30pm. Everyone is welcome and Chris asks people not to wear black.
Sheila O’Shea’s funeral will be at St Columba’s on Tuesday 21st June at 12 noon, followed by Committal at Shire Lodge. Again everyone is welcome and people are asked to wear bright colours.
Please do keep Chris and Michael in your prayers, and also Rosemary McSherry as her sister Bridget’s funeral is next week.

NEXT SUNDAY
On 26th June we have COMMUNION SERVICES at Rockingham at 9am and St Columba’s at 10.30am and also a HEALING SERVICE at St Columba’s at 5pm. Please do come along to the Healing Service if you or someone you know needs prayer for healing of body, mind or spirit, or if you want to give thanks for healing received.

BISHOP JOHN’S WEEKEND
There is lots going on so do take note of all the following, for your prayers but also so that you can think what would be suitable for you to invite people to.
This information will also be given out to people in church tomorrow. For the events marked * it will be helpful to have an indication of numbers so please sign up at the back of church – and don’t forget to include your guests! Those in bold are open to all, those in normal type are either for schools or exclusively for Rockingham.

FRIDAY 1st JULY
8.45    Prayer for the Weekend at St Columba’s
9.30    Meet with Year 5 from Woodnewton School in church
12.30  Meet Lodge Park Academy students & staff over lunch
3.00    Ladies Afternoon Tea at St Columba’s *
Bishop John will speak before sandwiches, cakes & tea are shared along with conversation with Bishop John & one another.
7.00    BBQ at The Vicarage *
ALL welcome if you bring a guest who doesn’t yet come to church. Bishop John will speak and there will be lots of conversation.

SATURDAY 2nd JULY
9.00    Men’s Breakfast in St Columba’s Hall *
All men are invited and encouraged to bring a guest to hear and chat with Bishop John and enjoy a Full English!
11.00  Prayer on the Streets
Join us in church before we head out onto our local streets with Bishop John to ask people what we can pray for them and invite them to the special service at church on Sunday.
2.30    Rockingham Castle Event
This is for the people of Rockingham village but we need volunteers to help with catering and everyone to pray.
7.00    Murder Mystery Evening in St Columba’s Hall *
An evening of mystery & intrigue as well as fine food & conversation. Open to all for a donation, guests are especially welcome. This Grand Dinner is set on the eve of the Queen’s Coronation and is an event on its own, so well worth inviting people to. We have included an opportunity for Bishop John to speak and chat with all the guests.

SUNDAY 3rd JULY
10.30  Morning Worship at St Columba’s
A special Invitation Service for family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, etc with Bishop John speaking.
3.00    Worship at St Leonard’s, Rockingham
Another invitation service with Bishop John speaking and for you to pray for, go to and invite people to.

This promises to be an exciting weekend, and it will be made even more exciting if we join in the various events and invite those people we know to come along too. There is nothing quite so uplifting as being part of the process of introducing someone you know to Jesus, a process that usually involves many people. The teams putting on these events will be ready, Bishop John is ready, but we all need to invite people. Remember the response to your invitation does not depend on you, AND the most unlikely people (remember Saul who became Paul) may be the ones who say Yes!

AND FINALLY

It was good to hear from Tim & Carol Derbyshire and about their work with Hope From Above in Australia last Sunday. If anyone would like a copy of their newsletter please do ask. Here is the latest HFA UPDATE including details of one of the unreached people groups that Tim & Carol were speaking about.

May God bless you all.

Ian

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12th June 2022

12th June 2022

By Justin Dyche in Sunday Service on 18 June 2022

Hello again everyone,

First of all can I thank everyone who supported our Jubilee Celebration last Sunday in any way. It was a wonderful occasion in spite of the weather! While the church has mostly been returned to normal the Art Exhibition of pictures by students at Lodge Park Academy is still on display at the back of church so do have a look tomorrow. In fact it will be possible to look at the artwork while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee after the service! Thank you to the people who have volunteered to help with refreshments, but we could still do with a few more so, if you enjoy a drink tomorrow, have a think if you can help.

We look forward to welcoming Tim and Carol Derbyshire to our service tomorrow where they will be sharing about the work they are doing with Hope From Above in Australia. This is a once in three year opportunity to hear from them at first hand, so do come along and find out more about what they do and how you can support their work.

Also in the service tomorrow will be an Act of Remembrance for the end of the Falklands War 40 years ago, in which we will be hearing from Susan Fleming about her brother Alex, and how God has been with Susan, especially in recent years.

The service will include Holy Communion and the children and young people will be preparing for next Sunday’s Fathers Day Service. If you can’t be in church tomorrow you will be able to watch a live stream of the service, either from 10.30 tomorrow or later in the day, by going to the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCBGB8BmhLY

Also tomorrow there is a Family Service at Rockingham church at 3pm, also with Tim & Carol and our regular Hope Into Action Prayer Meeting will be happening again at 6pm at St Columba’s.

UPCOMING FUNERALS
Sadly several members of our church family have been bereaved recently and details of the funerals are as follows:
Tracy Ward’s funeral will be at Kettering Crematorium on Monday 20th June at 3.30pm. Everyone is welcome but Chris asks people not to wear black.
Sheila O’Shea’s funeral will be at St Columba’s on Tuesday 21st June at 12 noon, followed by Committal at Shire Lodge. Again everyone is welcome and people are asked to wear bright colours.
Rosemary McSherry’s sister Bridget (Bridie – Bernadette’s mum) has her funeral at Our Lady’s on Tuesday 5th July at 10am and again everyone is welcome.
Please do pray for God to comfort Chris, Michael and Rosemary and for all the families and friends of Tracy, Sheila and Bridie.

MEN’S GROUP
Get your walking shoes on and join us for our upcoming Men’s meeting this Thursday evening at 7:30pm. James Ireland has kindly agreed to arrange a walking route for us. We’re meeting at James’ house, 7 Church Bank, Great Easton, LE16 8SN for a walk of about an hour before having a well-earned drink afterwards!
For those unable to do the walk you can still come and join us – either at 7:30pm and then enjoy some time together with others who may not be walking or pop along at about 8:30 to have a drink with us. The weather looks good at the moment so should be a great time for all. Any questions or if you need a lift then contact Riaan or Kevin Montgomery (07512 822422).

GOOD NEWS
Some of you will have heard that Pam Williams was admitted to Northampton Hospital last week after two mini strokes. I am pleased to say that her son phoned this morning to say that Pam is home safe and sound and to thank those people who had been praying. Please keep Pam in your prayers.

NEXT SUNDAY
As mentioned above it is Fathers Day on 19th June and we have a special ALL AGE SERVICE that morning at 10.30am. So children bring your Dad to church and enjoy some time with him and your heavenly Father.

STEVE’S PUZZLES AND OTHER STUFF
Please see the latest edition, which includes an interesting article about Kevin (but not our Kevin).

I hope you all have a good week.

Ian

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5th June 2022

5th June 2022

By Justin Dyche in Sunday Service on 10 June 2022

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all having a good weekend, celebrating both the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the Pole Fair. For me the best bit of the Fair were the people we bumped into while walking round, and the best bit of the Jubilee, so far, was the Archbishop of York’s sermon in the Thanksgiving Service on Friday. If you only saw that reported on the News I would recommend watching the full sermon on iPlayer, because while he did mention horses it was only as an illustration and most of the time he was talking about faith and Jesus!

I say the best bit of the Jubilee so far because our JUBILEE CELEBRATION is still to come tomorrow. It is a great shame that the weather forecast has changed from fine to heavy rain, but at least we know where we stand and will move everything INSIDE. However we do still want to put up a gazebo and some decorations outside to let people know there is something happening, so if you are on the set up team please do still come at 9am. We won’t need to close the whole car park, but if you are able to park further away and leave space for our guests that would be wonderful. Everyone needs to register for lunch, ideally before the service. If you are receiving this email direct you won’t need to complete a registration form as we already have your details, but you do need to register.

Just to remind you the programme is as follows:
10.45 Registration opens

11am Celebration Service

12 noon (approx) Lunch, with opportunity to register those people who arrived after the service started. This will be served in the Hall and includes a cold drink. Immediately after lunch the tea tent will be open serving hot drinks and cakes. We will start the games as soon as we have space to do so, and from about 1pm the displays will begin.

Please don’t forget to stay on at the end of the day, about 3pm, to pack away – this should be easier as we won’t have to move chairs inside.

FUNERALS

There is no date for Tracy Ward’s funeral as yet but please do keep Chris in your prayers. Shelia O’Shea’s funeral will be on Tuesday 21st June in church. It would be good if as many people as possible could come and support Mickey on that difficult occasion. And please do pray for Mickey as he adjusts to life without Sheila and as decisions are made about his ongoing care needs.

NEXT SUNDAY

We look forward to welcoming Tim & Carol Derbyshire from Hope From Above (HFA) in Australia to our HOLY COMMUNION service next Sunday morning, at 10.30am. They will be telling us more about their work and giving us lots to think and pray about. Our children and young people in Energize will be preparing for the Fathers Day Service the following week.

HOPE INTO ACTION (HIA)

There won’t be a Prayer Meeting tomorrow evening, but we will be meeting again next Sunday (12th June) at 6pm.

I look forward to seeing you at our Jubilee Celebration tomorrow.

Ian

29th May 2022

29th May 2022

By Justin Dyche in Sunday Service on 2 June 2022

Hello everyone,

Lots of news in this week’s email again, beginning with the sad news that Tracy Ward passed away last Sunday evening. Tracy had not been well for some time and had declined since Christmas but her passing was still sudden, although as Chris said: “she’s in a much better place now and I take some comfort that I was there for her in our safe place (home) and she didn’t suffer.” Please pray for Chris and their children and wider family and friends. There is no news as yet about when Tracy’s funeral will be.

A good time was had by all at the Jubilee Afternoon Tea at Lodge Park on Wednesday. Here is a photo of the day to get you in the mood for our

JUBILEE CELEBRATION next Sunday, 5th June. Thank you to all those who volunteered to help next Sunday, you will be contacted in the next couple of days with details of exactly what you will be asked to do, and when. If anyone else would like to help please do contact me.

Do remember that although our service, held outside weather permitting, won’t start until 11am you will need to register for lunch before that (although registration will open again after the service until we reach the 200 limit). Parking may be more difficult as the church car park will be closed, but there is space on a Sunday behind the vicarage in the Nursery Car Park. Don’t forget to come dressed up ready to have your photo taken with the Queen!

After the service Lunch will be served in the Hall. We encourage people to sit outside, but there will be a few tables and chairs in the Hall for those who will find that helpful. The Tea Tent will be open after lunch serving tea and cakes. We will begin our programme of entertainment from about 1pm until about 3.30pm.

THIS SUNDAY’S SERVICES

There will be Communion services at St Columba’s tomorrow, 29th May, at 10.30am and 5pm. There will be different sermons in the two services, so no reason not to come to both, and stay on for the HOPE INTO ACTION Prayer Meeting at 6pm. For those who are not able to be in church there will once again be a live stream of the 10.30 service available to watch at that time, or later in the day, via this link: https://youtu.be/EurDR7gTK6A

SPRING HARVEST 2023

I know we have only just come home from this year’s Spring Harvest but it is nearly time to book for next year. There is a short film about Spring Harvest for anyone who has not been before which we will show in church tomorrow or you can watch here: https://youtu.be/0zLPgMFkjlY

Next year we are planning to go to Skegness from Easter Monday 10th to Friday 14th April which is in most school holidays. We hope to be able to book apartment accommodation that costs £219 per person, where you will be sharing with others from the church family, but if you prefer just a room with bathroom then it will be £185 per person. If you want to be catered for in the church group it will cost about £10 per person extra, if you choose Butlin’s catering the costs per adult are £91 for Food Court or £119.80 for Premium. The bookings open on Wednesday 8th June so we need to know who would like to come by next Sunday 5th June and then to receive a deposit from everyone of £35 per adult and £20 per child aged between 2 – 14.

For any further details please speak to Miriam.

100 NOT OUT

Over the months since Covid started Steve has produced a magnificent 100 online publications (77 “Puzzles & Stuff” and 23 “mini SCANS”) for our instruction, entertainment, and, occasionally, frustration when we can’t solve the puzzles. This week’s offering includes background information on Philippi where our Bible readings last week and this are set, as well as puzzles and notices about upcoming events. Why not get in touch with Steve to congratulate him on his faithful service: scansmag@aol.com

SMALL ADS

We don’t usually have a small ads column in these emails, but my neighbour asked if I could advertise the following and, as I am hoping he will come to the Jubilee Celebration and to hear Bishop John, I said “Yes, of course”:

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Indesit 7kg white £140 o.n.o.

call 07496 037515

PCC
Following our APCM last Sunday the PCC will be meeting on Tuesday 31st May at 7.30pm. Here is a copy of the APCM minutes. There are printed copies of the accounts available in church.

With best wishes

Ian

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