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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, the Uplands Group of Churches

Uplands Group of Parishes Office (Answerphone): 01604 743444                                

   Finally volunteering gives opportunities to nurture new and existing relationships. It increases social interaction and helps build a support system based on common interests. One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to participate in a shared activity.

   There are a wide variety of opportunities to volunteer in every community, whether you are interested in youth, environmental, health, religious or community causes.am privileged to sit on a variety of local community and charitable committees, and I am glad to contribute to the villages in this way. Yet I notice that very often there is a great overlap between the group of people that serve in this way – which means that a lot of work is being done by the same smaller group of people. I am sure that all our village groups would welcome new volunteers to help them – in fact at a recent meeting I was at, the search for new volunteers was likened to that for the Holy Grail!

   With that in mind…if you could help your village church in any way perhaps by offering to clean, to garden, to flower arrange or fund raise, we would be very grateful of the help! This may not be for you but there are many other opportunities to be had in your village. Each of us has talents and gifts that could be used to help others and make our villages an even more wonderful place to live.

   And if not you- then who?

   With prayers for you all,


   Reverend Allison

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 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another (1 Peter 4:11)

   I want to start today by saying thank you. Thank you to all those who work quietly in the background to make the villages of the Uplands Group of Churches a great place to live. If I tried to make a list I am sure that I would cause offence by missing a group or organisation but you only have to flick through the pages of this magazine to see that there are many groups in our lovely villages where groups of volunteers work to provide activities and services to others.

   The churches are part of this and the church would not run without its group of volunteers – I am so grateful for all that they do. Then there are the Parish Councillors, The Rec Committees, Village Hall Committees, Scouting and Guiding groups, Sports Clubs, Gardening Club, MMM, MU, WI, PTAs and those that put this magazine together to name but a few - all led by volunteers.

Volunteers make an immeasurable difference in people's lives and serve with the intention of helping others. Did you know that volunteering can benefit your health, as well?

   Firstly it improves physical and mental health. Volunteer activities keep people moving and thinking at the same time. Research has found that volunteering provides benefits to physical and mental health, with volunteers reporting better physical health than do non-volunteers. Research also shows that volunteering leads to lower rates of depression and anxiety.

Volunteering reduces stress and increases relaxed and positive feelings by releasing dopamine. By spending time in service to others, volunteers report feeling a sense of meaning and appreciation, both given and received, which can have a stress-reducing effect.

   

Secondly, volunteering provides a sense of purpose and can teach valuable skills. The work that volunteers provide gives them a sense of purpose, especially when volunteering in the areas they find meaningful. Volunteers experience greater increases in life satisfaction and self-esteem.

   Finally volunteering gives opportunities to nurture new and existing relationships. It increases social interaction and helps build a support system based on common interests. One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to participate in a shared activity.

   There are a wide variety of opportunities to volunteer in every community, whether you are interested in youth, environmental, health, religious or community causes.am privileged to sit on a variety of local community and charitable committees, and I am glad to contribute to the villages in this way. Yet I notice that very often there is a great overlap between the group of people that serve in this way – which means that a lot of work is being done by the same smaller group of people. I am sure that all our village groups would welcome new volunteers to help them – in fact at a recent meeting I was at, the search for new volunteers was likened to that for the Holy Grail!

   With that in mind…if you could help your village church in any way perhaps by offering to clean, to garden, to flower arrange or fund raise, we would be very grateful of the help! This may not be for you but there are many other opportunities to be had in your village. Each of us has talents and gifts that could be used to help others and make our villages an even more wonderful place to live.

   And if not you- then who?

   With prayers for you all,


   Reverend Allison

FOOD BANK—GUILSBOROUGH

   Our Church has been involved with Foodbank Daventry for approximately 10 years now. We began by donating all the produce from our Harvest Festival each year. This gradually progressed to having baskets for donations, initially in the church and then at the village shop. This week we have also installed a donation basket in the porch of the church!All The donations are taken to Daventry approximately every four to six weeks depending on quantities.

   Foodbank Daventry has been operating since 2010 via Vineyard Community Church and is run almost entirely by volunteers. The aim was to provide essential food supplies to residents of Daventry District and since then thousands of families/individuals have been helped having found themselves in a place where they had nothing to feed themselves or their children.
   Access to the Foodbank is by referral from many different agencies. I.e. housing associations, DACT, all schools/nurseries, DDC, social services and many more.
   Statistics: 2021 - 1054 referrals received which equates to 39,240 meals. In total 1304 children/dependents benefitted from the provision. Almost £35,000 of food donations and £7,000 of toiletries were given out. Donations are received from major supermarkets - particularly in Daventry, churches such as ours, various individuals plus many other organisations.In these very difficult times I am sure the need will become even greater so we will continue to do what we can to support their cause.



EASTER SERVICES


GOOD FRIDAY:  

Guilsborough 2pm Stations of the Cross with hymns


EASTER DAY:

Cold Ashby; 9.30 am BCP Communion

Cottesbrooke; 11.00 am BCP Communion

Creaton; 9.30 am CW Communion

Guilsborough; 9.30 am CW Communion

Hollowell; 6.00 pm Evening Service

Thornby; 9.30 am BCP Communion


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

Last updated Friday, April 1, 2022

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Tuesday 3rd May 2022


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