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The Uplands Group of Parishes consists of Guilsborough, Hollowell, Thornby, Cold Ashby, Ravensthorpe, Cottesbrooke, Creaton and Spratton

Message from Reverend Allison Twigg, Associate Priest of the Uplands Group of Churches

      Tidiness guru Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying’ has sold 6 million books in 40 languages and earned her a place on Time Magazine’sMost Influential People 2016 list. Her recent Netflix television programme has brought her thinking to a new and wider audience. And this is not just because she’s brought to the world a new way to fold T-shirts. Marie Kondo hasright into our realisation that our stuff doesn’t make us happy, that it leaches time and energy, takes up head space as well as physical space, and traps memory and emotion.describes clutter as anything that does not match our life and the way we live it. It can be anything, from your mother’s table linen to a lump of nutmeg. Clutter can be the wrong stuff; things in the wrong place; too many of the same type of thing; damaged items; unfinished business; or even other people’s stuff that we hang onto for too long.


We allow a lot more things in to our homes than we ever get rid of. Our homes become fuller. We look at it, fall over it, feel responsible for it. This affects our energy and our positive outlook.


Lent, the church season we are in now, is a really nice time to declutter - it evokes simplicity and a break from material pleasures and is traditionally a time of getting your own personal house in order, whether that is your physical or your spiritual house. For generations Christians have taken the time during Lent as a time to fast, to pray and to give.


Lent is the period of 40 days before Easter in the Christian calendar; it is a time of reflection for many Christians as they prepare to remember the death and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The 40 days of Lent represent the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert at the start of his ministry. Jesus fasted, meaning he didn’t eat, during his time in the wilderness, and so Christians identify with his suffering by abstaining from

to others or to situations, meaning it is a time of dealing with our mental clutter too.


Yet this is also a time for prayer, time to be grateful for the good things in our lives and to pray for others who are not as fortunate as us. This is also a time to give to others, so if we choose to give up chocolate for lent, for 40 days we do without, but this should be done mindfully, each time we avoid that chocolate we should be grateful that we have alternatives to eat and remember that there are those in the world who hunger for the basics rather than life’s luxuries. And then we give… perhaps buying a bar of chocolate for everyday of Lent and then donating it all to a foodbank for Easter… or instead giving the money we would have spent on the luxury to a charity of our choice.


It would be the same if we took Lent as a time to declutter our homes, with each item or bag of things we remove we can be glad that we can see more clearly the things we treasure and be thankful for them. We can also use this clutter to benefit others, giving things to friends and families that need them or by donating them to appropriate charities for resale.


The story of Lent is one of sadness and joy; a story which is still celebrated in diverse ways throughout the world today. It is a time for decluttering our lives and reflecting on what truly matters to each one of us. Perhaps, as you embark on some spring cleaning or some Marie Kondo inspired decluttering you too could take this Lent as a time to pray, to fast and to give.

particular foods or trying to stop our negative habits or thoughts during this time. For some, Lent is a 40 day period of giving up chocolate, caffeine, sugar or something else after Pancake Day. For others it is a time to try and change the way they behave, or respond to others or to situations, meaning it is a time of dealing with our mental clutter too.


Yet this is also a time for prayer, time to be grateful for the good things in our lives and to pray for others who are not as fortunate as us. This is also a time to give to others, so if we choose to give up chocolate for lent, for 40 days we do without, but this should be done mindfully, each time we avoid that chocolate we should be grateful that we have alternatives to eat and remember that there are those in the world who hunger for the basics rather than life’s luxuries. And then we give… perhaps buying a bar of chocolate for everyday of Lent and then donating it all to a foodbank for Easter… or instead giving the money we would have spent on the luxury to a charity of our choice.


It would be the same if we took Lent as a time to declutter our homes, with each item or bag of things we remove we can be glad that we can see more clearly the things we treasure and be thankful for them. We can also use this clutter to benefit others, giving things to friends and families that need them or by donating them to appropriate charities for resale.


The story of Lent is one of sadness and joy; a story which is still celebrated in diverse ways throughout the world today. It is a time for decluttering our lives and reflecting on what truly matters to each one of us. Perhaps, as you embark on some spring cleaning or some Marie Kondo inspired decluttering you too could take this Lent as a time to pray, to fast and to give.

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Lent Lunch 2019








Saturday 6Th April

12 – 2pm

By kind permission

Col. & Mrs Evans

High Street

Guilsborough.

Offers of soup or cheese welcome.

Tickets £6

Available from Janet:

01604 740640


JOURNEY TO ANTARCTICA:

AN ILLUSTRATED TALK

In January, Reverends Chris and Judy Peck spent 3 weeks travelling to Antarctica


On April 4th in Spratton Church at 7.30pm


Chris and Judy will share some of their experiences and show some captivating photos as you enjoy a glass of wine.

Dolphins   Whales   Penguins   Seabirds   Scenery

ALL WELCOME

Donations in aid of Uplands Churches Mission and Ministry

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Local news from the Northamptonshire villages of Cold Ashby, Cottesbrooke, Creaton, Guilsborough, Hollowell & Teeton and Thornby.

Last updated Sunday, March 31, 2019

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Monday 6th May 2019