Inside this issue:

The Parishes of St.Andrews, Northwold, All Saints, Wretton with Stoke Ferry & Christ Church, Whittington

Reader: Keith MacLeod, West Barn, Whindrove Farm, West Dereham, telephone 07766 766137, email: keith.macleod@virgin.net

Keith MacLeod's monthly report

Church Diary

August 2003

Sun 10th 8th after Trinity
9.30am Service of the Word at Christ Church
11am Matins at St Andrews

Sun 17th 10th after Trinity
8am Holy Communion at St Andrews
9.30am Communion by Extension at All Saints

Sun 24th 11th after Trinity
9.30am Benefice Holy Communion at St Andrews

Sun 31st 11th Sunday after Trinity
11am All Age Worship at Christ Church

A Parent's Thought for the Summer
The schools are breaking up and the children of the world are set free to make whatever mayhem they can. Was it really always thus?
There is a view that it all started in verse 27 of Chapter of the Book of Genesis. In fact, we all need to take comfort from the fact that after creating Heaven and Earth God created Adam & Eve and then uttered his first word to mankind-
God: "Don't!"
Adam: "Don't what?"
God: "Don't eat the forbidden fruit"
Adam: "Forbidden fruit?, We have forbidden fruit? Hey, Eve...we have forbidden fruit!!!"
Eve: "No way!"
Adam: "Yes way!"
God: "Do NOT eat the fruit!"
Adam: "Why?"
God: "Because I am your Father and I said so," (wondering why he had not stopped the Creation thing after making the elephants).
A few minutes later, God saw his children having an apple break and he was... ticked!
God: "Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit?"
Adam: "Uh huh"
God: "Then why did you?"
Eve: "I don't know"
Adam: "She started it!"
Eve: "Did not!"
Adam: "Did too!"
Eve: "DID NOT!"
Having had it with the both of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. And thus the pattern was set, which still obtains in Norfolk in summer 2003.
But you can gain some comfort from the story - if you have persistently and lovingly tried to give your children wisdom and they haven't taken it on board, don't be too hard on yourself.   If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it should be a piece of

cake for you?
Things to Think About!
1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk.   Then you spend the next sixteen years telling them to sit down and shut up.
2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.
3. Mothers of teenagers now know why some children eat their own young.
4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word everything you should not have said.
5. The main purpose of children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children far worse than yours.
6. We child proofed our homes, but they are still getting in.
Final Words of Advice:
Be nice to your children. They get to choose your nursing home.
If you suffer from tension, do what it says on the Aspirin bottle:

"Take two Aspirin and
Keep away from Children"

On the other hand, you may care to follow the advice in Proverbs 22.6 -

"Train up a child in the way he should go:  and when he is old, he will not depart from it." 

And remember some of the things Jesus had to say about children:-

"Suffer the little children to come unto me for of such is the Kingdom of God."
"Truly I say unto you, unless you become like this little one, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven."
"See that you do not despise one of these little one; for I tell you that in Heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in Heaven"

Keith MacLeod

Sunday School - All Welcome

There is a Sunday School during the main Sunday services at St. Andrew's Church, Northwold (except for Sunday's with All Age Worship).
This is open to any school age child living in the villages of Northwold, Wretton, Stoke Ferry, Whittington and Brookville. If you are not able to stay with your child please drop them off by 10.50 am and collect them by 12.15 pm

Church Rotas

Christ Church - cleaning & flowers
Aug.: Mrs Clark & Mrs G Duncan
Sept.: Mrs Achurch and Mrs Allen

All Saints' - cleaning & flowers

Aug.: Mrs E Russell & Mrs P Willis
Sept.: Mrs E Russell & Mrs P Willis

St. Andrew's - cleaning rota:
Aug 8th Mr/Mrs J. Booty
Aug 15th Mrs.M.Maynard, Mrs.J.Harris
Aug 22nd Mrs.J.Elliott, Mrs. Hutchby
Aug 29th Mrs.P.Coles, Mrs.B.Akers
Sep 5th Mrs.B.Ayres, Mrs.V.Legg
Sep 12th Miss.W.Robinson,

Road Accident

On Thursday, 10th July Mr and Mrs Ivan Jeffrey and Mrs Jeffrey's mother Connie Rome, were killed in a road accident. They were all former residents of Northwold and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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