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

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Message from Reverend Chris Peck, rector of the Uplands Group of Parishes

Rev Dr Linnet Smith retires from her work in the Uplands at the end of October. Linnet’s final service will be the Group Service at St Andrews, Spratton on October 29th at 10.00am at which she will preach. Refreshments and a presentation will follow; do join us to say ‘Thank you’ and ‘Good bye’ to Linnet.

    Linnet has given of herself unstintingly in her time with us; inspiring, encouraging and challenging us into action. We will greatly miss her. It seems only right to invite her to write the rest of this piece, so Linnet – over to you.

    The countryside is beautiful!  The people are friendly!  Spratton is a lovely village to live in!

And there’s lots of work to be done in the Uplands parishes!

    I have enjoyed my time serving in the Uplands Group of Churches and have especially enjoyed working with a group of very committed, very hard-working, very visionary group of people. They have worked hard to develop our work among families and children – Open the Book  (a way of introducing children to the wonderful world of Bible Stories) now runs in all four schools in the Uplands area; Brunch@11 happens once a month at Guilsborough in the Village Hall; Prayer Spaces (an opportunity for

our churches and bimonthly in another.  And several of our churches have a children’s area with activities available for young children during services. Do make the most of these opportunities to bring the good news of God’s love to young families and children in the Uplands area, and do pray for the team as they continue to develop this work.

    As you read this another Alpha course will be getting underway.  During my time in the Uplands I have led three Alpha course and, as a result, seen people growing in their faith and learning that Christianity is not about a set of rules but about a living relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Don’t miss the opportunity to deepen your faith through the current course (see the flyer below).

    So thank you for your welcome.  May God bless you – and don’t forget, there is a welcome awaiting you in the churches of the Uplands Group, and above all in the heart of our loving God and Saviour.

 schools, regular worship, Remembrance, harvest and carol services, christenings, weddings and funerals and be there when people want them, we need to be able to cover the cost of our clergy and the everyday expenses including heating and lighting, Without clergy and a committed worshipping community able to meet its costs, our churches will become museums. I don’t believe that is what any of us want.

children to learn different approaches to prayer) happen regularly in our schools; Worship for All (informal worship for the whole family) takes place once a month in three of our churches and bimonthly in another.  And several of our churches have a children’s area with activities available for young children during services. Do make the most of these opportunities to bring the good news of God’s love to young families and children in the Uplands area, and do pray for the team as they continue to develop this work.

    As you read this another Alpha course will be getting underway.  During my time in the Uplands I have led three Alpha course and, as a result, seen people growing in their faith and learning that Christianity is not about a set of rules but about a living relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Don’t miss the opportunity to deepen your faith through the current course (see the flyer below).

    So thank you for your welcome.  May God bless you – and don’t forget, there is a welcome awaiting you in the churches of the Uplands Group, and above all in the heart of our loving God and Saviour.

 schools, regular worship, Remembrance, harvest and carol services, christenings, weddings and funerals and be there when people want them, we need to be able to cover the cost of our clergy and the everyday expenses including heating and lighting, Without clergy and a committed worshipping community able to meet its costs, our churches will become museums. I don’t believe that is what any of us want.


Here for you this Autumn

An opportunity to explore the Christian faith for the first time or afresh. Plenty of time to ask questions and discuss. Open to all.

Starts with a meal at 7pm, ends by 9pm.

At Café Doris, back of St Andrew’s Church in Spratton.

Dates: Wednesdays Oct 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, Nov 1st, 8th.

Away day—Nov 25th.

To book your place telephone Chris Peck on 01604 743734 or Uplands Group Office on 01604 743444

Email: revchrispeck@hotmail.co.uk or
uplandsgroup@btinternet.com


TRAVELLING CRIB

This year, Advent Sunday is 3rd December, so the Travelling Crib sets will be blessed at one of our Uplands Services and start on their travels around the Parishes finishing again at our Crib Service at Spratton on Christmas Eve. If you wish to be part of this and have Mary & Joseph, then please contact Pauline Jacobs 01604 743792.  

Hosting a crib? Reminder for November……..

 …...contact Pauline!


CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL

December 8th, 9th & 10th—Guilsborough Church

More details in the next Village Link

Get planning your organisation’s tree!


SHOE BOXES—REMINDER

We need completed boxes  for Blythswood by  the end of October.

There will be a collection box in Church for toiletry items people are happy to donate, such as; Soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, comb, flannels, warm gloves, scarves & hats. Also much appreciated would be stationery items such as; notebooks, pencils, crayons etc.

We will also put a box out at MMM for donations.

Any spare Christmas wrapping paper would also be useful.

Please contact Janet: 01604 740640.

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

Last updated Monday, October 2, 2017

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Wednesday 1st November 2017

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