Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul – December 2020

Nether Heyford Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

Dear Friends,

One of my Christmas highlights for many years has been reading the prologue to St John’s Gospel at carol services and services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1,14).

Inevitably, our Christmas celebrations will be different this year. We’re assuming that our church buildings will be open again, but restrictions around capacity, social distancing, facemask’s, singing and so on will still be in place. We won’t be able to host big carol services this year, but we are planning a ‘drive-in carol service’ on Saturday 19th December at 3:00PM on the Brodie Lodge Playing Fields in Flore. That service, as with many of the services we’ve planned, are subject to change,  depending on how we emerge from the lockdown, in just under two weeks (as I write). Please watch church and village Facebook pages and village websites for updates as we make our way through December.

Of course, I’m sure it’s not just the church planning for a ‘different’ Christmas. At this stage, we’re all unsure of what the rules will be in five week’s time. I guess we’ll have to be flexible as things develop in the coming weeks. That might mean we don’t spend quite so much in creating the ‘perfect’ Christmas, but we’re happy instead to muddle through a bit. After all, the first Christmas was far from perfect; a teenage mum-to-be, political interference (the census), a long, difficult journey, Mary and Joseph far from home, no family support, nowhere to stay, their baby born in a stable. As Bishop John put it recently, if only Joseph had booked ahead, the angels found some higher status witnesses than shepherds, and the wise men had followed sat nav rather than a star, and brought some more practical gifts – like nappies!!

Making do with what they had was what the first Christmas was all about, and maybe that’s what our Christmas will be like this year. Mary and Joseph had to cope with the unexpected, and so will we, as the pandemic continues to shape our lives on so many different levels. But the good news is the ‘the Word became flesh and lived among us’. In Jesus, God took on our human flesh and lived as one of us. Jesus came, not on Zoom, but in the flesh, and he asks us to follow him, not on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, but in person. Christmas reminds us that God is not distant, he longs to share our lives; the tough, challenging bits as well as the light, joyful ones; the trials and troubles as well as the triumphs.

So I pray that whatever things look like come December 25th, you will know God’s comfort and joy this Christmas, and in the year ahead.

With every prayer and blessing,

Stephen 01327 344436 Mobile: 07511 544375 Email: s_p_burrow@yahoo.co.uk

Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul – Services – December 2020 & January 20201

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Services for December 2020

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Midweek Service: Morning Prayer at 9:00AM every Friday via Zoom (not 25th December). Please contact the Rector for an invitation – all welcome.

As we re-open our church buildings for public worship, we follow all Church and Government Guidelines regarding capacities, social distancing, face coverings, no singing, the administration of Holy Communion etc. to ensure we keep people as safe as possible.

The Benefice Facebook Page can be found at www.facebook.com/HS9FB

Prayer During December we shall be praying for people living in Winston Close, Roberts Field and Ridgeway Furlong in Heyford, Nether Lane and Thornton Close in Flore, The Green in Church Stowe and The Old Rectory, Rose Cottage and Western Cottage in Brockhall.

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** Carol Sheets for ‘Carols on the Doorstep’ are available from bbc.co.uk/radionorthampton 

Services for January 2021

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Midweek Service: Morning Prayer at 9:00AM every Friday via Zoom (not 1st January). Please contact the Rector for an invitation – all welcome.

As we re-open our church buildings for public worship, we follow all Church and Government Guidelines regarding capacities, social distancing, face coverings, no singing, the administration of Holy Communion etc. to ensure we keep people as safe as possible.

The Benefice Facebook Page can be found at www.facebook.com/HS9FB

Prayer During January for people living in Church Lane and Weedon Rd in Heyford, Spring Lane and Russell Rise in Flore, Francis Row in Upper Stowe and the Stables and Coach House in Brockhall.

Rev Stephen Burrow (Tel. 01327 344436)

Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul – Services – November 2020

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Services for November 2020

Sunday 1st

10:00 am Holy Communion Service via the Facebook Page

Sunday 8th

10:30 am Service for Remembrance Sunday via the Facebook Page

Sunday 15th

10:00 am Holy Communion Service via the Facebook Page

Sunday 22nd

10:00 am Holy Communion Service via the Facebook Page

Sunday 29th

10:00 am Holy Communion Service via the Facebook Page

Midweek Service: Morning Prayer at 9:00 am every Friday via Zoom. Please contact the Rector for an invitation – all welcome.

The Benefice Facebook Page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/HS9FB

During November we shall be praying for people living in Church Street and Manor Walk in Heyford, Kings Lane and The Orchard in Flore, Main Street in Upper Stowe and the Apartments in Brockhall Hall.

Rev Stephen Burrow (Tel. 01327 344436)

Remembrance Day – Sunday 8th November 2020

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Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 8th November 2020

Nether Heyford War Memorial

10:40 am Arrival of Major Thorneycroft MBE and those wishing to share the ceremony of remembrance.

10:45 am British Legion Wreath laid. Any other parties wreath laying may proceed, one group at a time, maintaining social distancing.

10:55 am Major Thorneycroft MBE reading names of the fallen “We will remember them……”

11:00 am Two minute silence

The opportunity to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of the heroes of our village, to Remember and honour the fallen, is slightly different this year.

Please ensure that when you attend you observe social distancing guidelines

  • Personal moments of reflection and/or to leave a memory or flowers around the memorial are welcome throughout the day.
  • British Legion in attendance (within household group)
  • Cubs and Scouts in attendance in uniform (within household group)
  • The short road closure should be in place as usual.
  • There is no parade and military band this year.
  • There are no Church or Chapel services this year.
  • A virtual online Church service and blessing by Rev Stephen Burrow is at 10:30 am on the Benefice Facebook Page

Photo credit – Tony Boutle – November 2020

Photo Gallery Credit – Liam Reeve – November 2020

Watch the 2020 video:

https://www.facebook.com/100000778523714/videos/3474165669286016

Video credit – Liam Reeve – November 2020

Roll of Honour:

The Heyford and Stowe Roll of Honour details the lives of the 28 men on Heyford and Stowe village war memorials.

First published in 1993 by Celia and Brian Caucutt – Updated with new photographs and recently released census family information in 2018 by Jez Wilson

Heyford and Stowe – Roll of Honour – 1993

Heyford and Stowe – Roll of Honour – 2018

All the new research and new photographs discovered during the centenary 2018 project were sent to the Imperial War Museum and the men of Heyford and Stowe are now documented in the museums digital online archive “Lives of the First World War”

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HEYFORD AND STOWE – ROLL OF HONOURA tribute to the servicemen commemorated on the Nether Heyford and Stowe Memorials  https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/community/7649

Nether Heyford War Memorial: https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/15084

Church Stowe War Memorial: https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/14897

WW2: https://heyfordprattler.org/category/ww1-ww2-roll-of-honour/

Photo credit – Mick Parker – November 2019

Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul – November 2020

Nether Heyford Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

Dear Friends,

The Church is coming into a busy time of year. Our harvest celebrations are behind us, and we look forward to All Souls, then Remembrance Sunday, and shortly after that we begin Advent, and the preparations for Christmas. Obviously, things will be very different this year; social distancing, the rule of six, hygiene regulations, facemask’s and guidelines as to who we can meet and where will inevitably shape the way we mark these days and seasons.

As we enter November and the season of remembrance, we remember loved ones we have lost, and we remember Jesus, the resurrection and the life, our hope and future. With that hope in our hearts, we come to Remembrance Sunday.

Update 02/11/2020: The previously planned Remembrance Sunday service at the memorial is now cancelled

“Dear Friends. Due to the government’s announcement of a second national lockdown commencing on Thursday 5th November, the short services due to take place at the war memorials in Nether Heyford, Church Stowe and Flore on Remembrance Sunday have been cancelled. This decision has been taken after much prayer, thought and discussion, and with great disappointment. However, there will now be an online Service of Remembrance on the Benefice Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/HS9FB) beginning at 10:30am, when the village Rolls of Honour will be read out. This will be an opportunity to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of the heroes of our villages, albeit a very different one in these unprecedented and challenging times.If you are able, please visit the war memorials in the villages throughout the day as part of your daily exercise on either Sunday 8th or Wednesday 11th November. Remember and honour the fallen, lay wreaths and pay your respects in private. Please ensure that when you do this, you observe social distancing guidelines to ensure we can all pay our respects as safely as possible.” With every blessing, Rev Stephen

At the war memorial, we recall Jesus’ words from the beatitudes; “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God”. Peacemakers, people who put themselves at the heart of the issue, striving for a just solution, yearning for peace, for wholeness and wellbeing for all.

As we begin to look forward to Advent, we will have a series of gift services in aid of eve, a Northampton based charity working with the survivors of domestic violence and abuse. (eve is the working name of the Nene Valley Christian Family Refuge.) At this time of year, the charity gratefully accepts new books and toys for children, ladies’ toiletry sets and/or cosmetics, small personal gifts, or chocolate selection boxes and Christmas food items that can be passed on to the families in the refuge. Gifts should be unwrapped. If you would like to donate a small gift, please drop it in to the Rectory prior to 29th November or bring it along to one of the three parish gift services on the November service rota.

One certainty in these uncertain times is that Christmas will be here on 25th December. You won’t be surprised to know that the church is looking at ways to do Christmas a little differently this year. Building on the many community successes in Heyford since March (food boxes; teddies; Holiday at Home; Facebook services, scrubs etc) one suggestion is to light up our windows over Advent and turn our village into a giant Advent calendar. How would it work? At least 24 families, shops, pubs, school, village hall etc volunteer to put up a picture/display in their window and light it every evening from dusk. A picture will be posted on a specific Facebook site and children and adults can go around the village and spot the displays. There will be more details in the next Prattler but to get started we need 24 volunteers. If you are interested, e-mail or text Pamela Hutchison, so we can see if it’s a runner. (Pamela Hutchison; pahut@me.com / 07803 125005). If you want to see some examples of how it might work and the wide range of possible displays have a look at stoweninechurches.org.uk/AdventWindows or Helmdonhistory.com advent.

I believe one more certainty in these ever-changing times is God’s presence with us, through all that’s going on. One of my favourite contemporary Christian writers, John Ortberg, reminds us “The most frequent promise in the Bible is ‘I will be with you’.”

Please be assured of my prayers during these unprecedented times, and if there is anything the Church or I can do for you, please give me a ring.

With every blessing,

Stephen 01327 344436 Mobile: 07511 544375 Email: s_p_burrow@yahoo.co.uk

October 20th 2020

Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul – Services – October 2020

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Services for October 2020

Sunday 4th

10:00 am Holy Communion Service via the Facebook Page
11:00 am Harvest Service at Flore church
06:00 pm Harvest Service at Upper Stowe

Sunday 11th

10:00 am Holy Communion Service via the Facebook Page
11:00 am Holy Communion at Upper Stowe
06:00 pm Holy Communion at Heyford

Sunday 18th

10:00 am Holy Communion Service via the Facebook Page
10:00 am United Service at Flore (Venue TBC)
11:15 am Harvest Service at Brockhall
06:00 pm Evening Service at Heyford

Sunday 25th

10:00 am Holy Communion Service via the Facebook Page
11:00 am Holy Communion at Heyford
06:00 pm Evening Service at Flore

Midweek Service: Morning Prayer at 9:00AM every Friday via Zoom. Please contact the Rector for an invitation – all welcome.

As we re-open our church buildings for public worship, we follow all Church and Government Guidelines regarding social distancing, face coverings, no singing, the administration of Holy Communion etc. to ensure we keep people as safe as possible.

The Benefice Facebook Page can be found at www.facebook.com/HS9FB

During October we shall be praying for people living in The Green in Nether Heyford, for the Bliss Charity Primary School, for the shops, and for all the activities in the Village Hall and the Baptist Church Rooms. In Flore, we pray for people living on Hillside Road and Flore Hill. We pray for the Main Street and School Rooms in Church Stowe, and for Manor Farm, the Old Coach House and Manor Cottage in Brockhall.

Rev Stephen Burrow (Tel. 01327 344436)

Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul – October 2020

Nether Heyford Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

Dear Friends,

I am fairly confident that 2020 has not turned out the way any of us planned! In recent months, our lives have been shaped by the coronavirus outbreak and its effects on us, our communities, our nation and the world. Plans have been changed, weddings and family get-togethers postponed, sports events have been cancelled, or played in empty stadia. We’ve been locked down, we’ve emerged from lockdown, we’ve eaten out to help out. And now we face a tightening of the rules as fears of a second peak in the outbreak rise. In England, we all have to stick to the ‘rule of six’ yet some areas face even tougher restrictions. In the Church, we’ve managed to reopen some of our buildings for public worship and private prayer. It’s great to see people again, but things are still a long way from ‘normal’; no singing, masks worn, socially distanced and so on. We’ve also begun to think about Remembrance Sunday and Christmas, for with no relaxation of the rules in sight, those events and celebrations are likely to look very different this year! Wherever we look, the landscape has changed, yet all around us are the familiar signs of how things were just a few months ago, of how we’d like them to be again. As this crisis continues into the Autumn and Winter, with shorter, darker days and colder weather to come, perhaps it’s easy to feel despondent.

In the seventh century before Christ, God sent the prophet Jeremiah to the people of Israel. He was sent to speak to those who were in exile in Babylon – away from all that they loved and cherished. He was speaking to those who were longing for familiarity and normality.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

That is a wonderful promise, one I have reflected on many times in recent years. One I’ve taken joy in, as I’ve looked back at how God has been at work in my life, and in the life of the communities we’ve lived in. Maybe we are frustrated with the way things are, maybe we are looking back to the way things were, but whatever is going on in the present, whatever has gone on in the past, God plans to give us hope and a future.

As these challenging times continue, please be assured of my prayers. If there is anything the Church or I can do to help, support and encourage you, please give me a call.

May God bless you as we look forward with hope and expectation.

Stephen 01327 344436 Mobile: 07511 544375 Email: s_p_burrow@yahoo.co.uk

Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul – Services – September 2020

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Services for September 2020

Sunday 6th

10:00 am Holy Communion Service via the Facebook Page
11:00 am Holy Communion at Upper Stowe
06:00 pm Holy Communion at Heyford

Sunday 13th

10:00 am Holy Communion Service via the Facebook Page
11:00 am Holy Communion at Flore
06:00 pm Evening Prayer at Upper Stowe

Sunday 20th

10:00 am Holy Communion Service via the Facebook Page
10:00 am Partnership Service at Flore Chapel (TBC)
11:00 am Holy Communion at Upper Stowe
06:00 pm Evening Prayer at Heyford

Sunday 27th

10:00 am Holy Communion Service via the Facebook Page
11:00 am Holy Communion at Heyford
06:00pm Evening Prayer at Flore

As we re-open our church buildings for public worship, we follow all Church and Government Guidelines regarding social distancing, face coverings, no singing, the administration of Holy Communion etc. to ensure we keep people as safe as possible.

The Benefice Facebook Page can be found at www.facebook.com/HS9FB

During September we shall be praying for people living in Furnace Lane here in Heyford, the High Street, including the shops, the garage and the Millennium Hall in Flore, The Old Dairy Farm in Upper Stowe and the outlying farms around Stowe and the Mews Houses in Brockhall.

Rev Stephen Burrow (Tel. 01327 344436)