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

Inside this issue:

Rector: Revd. Nigel Tuffnell, The Vicarage, Low Road, Wretton - Telephone: 01366 501075 - Email: tuffnell@aol.com

T

he Rector's Letter

Dear friends...

Funerals
Please pray for the family and friends of those who have died recently.
St. Andrew's, Northwold:
Constance Myhill aged 71, who was commended to God's keeping on 17th December 2002.
Christ Church, Whittington:
Gerald Charles Brighton aged 88, who was commended to God's keeping on 3rd January 2003
All Saints' Church,
Wretton with Stoke Ferry:

Arthur David Charlesworth, aged 69, who was commended to God's keeping on 11th December 2002.
James Johnson, aged 67, who was commended to God's keeping on 13th January 2003.

"Lord Jesus, you comforted Mary and Martha in their hour of sorrow. Give comfort and support to those who mourn today that they may find peace and hope in you, the Resurrection and the Life. For your tender mercies sake. Amen."

Like everyone, we Christians need our heroes. We have Jesus, God and human being, tempted yet perfect. Above all others, for us, Jesus has to be our hero, our role model and our goal. But when the Christian life gets hard or we feel down, the example of Jesus (if not his love and support) can seem distant and beyond our reach. That is why the Church has always remembered Christians whose life or death are an inspiration; ordinary people like ourselves who show us that even in difficult times the Christian life is the best of lives and that a Christian life can be lived.
Looking through the list of such people, remembered by the Church of England this month, two in particular made me think. The first is George Herbert the Priest and Poet who was born in 1593 and died just before his 40th birthday in 1633 and is now remembered on 27th  February. George Herbert is well known for his inspirational hymns such as King of Glory, King of Peace, Let all the world in every corner sing, Teach me my God and king, and The God of love my shepherd is. These have lifted many of us and helped us rededicate our lives to the service of Christ. But for me it is his poetry that has not been set to music that inspires me far more. The simplicity and profound depths of poems such as The Collar and Love (III) never cease to move me. Herbert's works are made all the more inspirational when we realise that they are the fruit of a simple life dedicated wholly to God.
The second person that made me think is Janani Luwum the Archbishop of Uganda martyred for his faith in 1977 and remembered on 17th February. During Amin's reign of terror in Uganda, the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches increasingly worked together with the Muslims of Uganda to speak out against the horrors happening in their country. On 12 February 1976 Luwum delivered a protest to Amin against all acts of violence. Church leaders were summoned to Kampala and then ordered to leave, one by one. Luwum turned to Bishop Festo Kivengere and said, 'They are going to kill me. I am not afraid'. Finally alone, he was taken away and murdered. Later his body was buried near St Paul's Church, Mucwini. Don't worry if you had never heard of Archbishop Luwum; I hadn't

until I came across him this year. What struck me about his inclusion in the Church's calendar, is that people today are still being transformed by the power of  Jesus of Nazareth and still finding in Jesus a reason for living that is stronger even than physical death.

God bless, Nigel

LOVE (III) by George Herbert
Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lack'd anything.

"A guest," I answer'd, "worthy to be here";
Love said, "You shall be he."
"I, the unkind, the ungrateful? ah my dear, I cannot look on thee."
Love took my hand and smiling did reply, "Who made the eyes but I?"

"Truth, Lord, but I have marr'd them; let my shame go where it doth deserve."
"And know you not," says Love, "who bore the blame?"
"My dear, then I will serve."
"You must sit down," says Love, "and taste my meat."
So I did sit and eat.

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Sunday School - All Welcome
There is a Sunday School during the main service every Sunday 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 and collect them by 12.15.
Children's Society and
Christingle in Whittington Church

A big "thank you" to all who supported the Children's Society either at our Christingle service or through donations to the work of the society. In total 40 was raised. A special thank you to the children and parents of Stoke Ferry School for their donation of 9.15.
Recycling for Charity
Please save your used household batteries (AAA, AA etc.), stamps and printer ink cartridges to support Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and Dr. Barnado's. Collection bags for these can be found in the porches of All Saints', Wretton with Stoke Ferry; Christ Church, Whittington and St. Andrew's, Northwold.

Church Diary


February 2003

Sun 2nd Fifth before Lent
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)
9.30am Holy Communion at All Saints'
11am Holy Communion at St. Andrew's

Sun 9th Forth before Lent
9.30am Service of the Word at Christ Church
11am Matins at St. Andrew's

Fri 14th 
7.30pm Meditation Group at 16, Church Lane, Whittington

Sun  16th  Third before Lent
9.30am Holy Communion at All Saints'
11am Holy Communion at St. Andrew's

Sun 23rd Second before Lent
10.30am All Age Worship at St. Andrew's

Fri 28th 
7.30pm Meditation Group at 16, Church Lane, Whittington

Sun 2nd Next before Lent
9.30am Holy Communion at Christ Church
11am Holy Communion at St. Andrew's

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