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

Inside this issue:

Reader: Keith MacLeod, 4 Rubens Way, Downham Market, Norfolk PE38 9LB, telephone 01366 386103, email: keith.macleod@virgin.net

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 and collect them by 12.15.

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.

Keith MacLeod's monthly report

Most of our readers will be familiar with that beautiful sketch of hands at prayer by Durer.   You may be less familiar with the story behind the drawing, which has been an inspiration for me for many years and I hope will be to you also:
When Albrecht Durer was a poor struggling artist, a friend of his who also aspired to be an artist, made an agreement with him that he would do manual labour to earn their living, while Durer studied and painted.
Later, it was planned, he should have his turn to paint.   When success came to Durer, his friend's hands had become so twisted and stiff that he could no longer paint.
One day, seeing his friend's work-worn hands in prayer, Durer thought, "I can never give back the lost skill of those hands, but I can show my feelings of love and gratitude by painting his hands as they are now, folded in prayer, to show my appreciation of a noble and unselfish character."
In John's first Letter he says:
Any one who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light . . .   God is love . . .   We love because he first loved us.   If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother is a liar.   For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. . .    Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
A child's prayer at this time of explosive growth in our gardens and farms:
Dear God in Paradise,
Look upon our sowing:
Bless the little gardens
And the green things growing.

Keith MacLeod
(Reader)

It is important that I comment on the Fete at Wretton on 17th May 2003. The day was blustery and showery - not very pleasant.   Less stalls and Car Boots were evident than expected - no doubt the weather played its part. However, thanks almost entirely to the sterling preparatory work of our Churchwarden, Trish (Skinhead) Willis, we raised more than 1,100 towards Church Funds. Given the programme of work needed to protect, let alone to beautify, the fabric of the Church, this was such a welcome gift. Especial thanks are due to the folk of Stoke Ferry who came to give their time and all that they raised on the day. Even more special thanks to Trish again, for raising over 132 in sponsorship of her head shave in the Church at 3.00pm.
We are also very pleased to be able to report that the Churches are alive and well as we go into our Interregnum.   Two experimental services on Sunday 18th May were a resounding success.  12 people turned up to an intimate and moving Holy Communion Service at St Andrew's at 8.00 am. For those for whom Sunday is a busy enough day without trying to fit a visit to Church in, this monthly service may be the answer.   Later in the morning (at 9.30am in St Andrew's) we held a Communion Service by Extension, where some of the bread and wine, consecrated at the 8.00am service was used for an extension of that service with 7 or 8 further communicants. This was a service, very familiar in all its parts, but a little unfamiliar in some of its choreography
- especially to the minister!   Those who attended did not feel cheated of the important elements of the Communion Service and it seems that this will also now be a regular part of our monthly worship.   All are welcome, even if only out of curiosity!

Church Rotas


Christ Church - cleaning & flowers
June: Mrs Pat Voutt and Angie
July: Mrs I Eves and Mrs J Ducklin


All Saints' - cleaning & flowers
June: Mrs E Russell & Mrs P Willis
July: Mrs E Russell & Mrs P Willis


St. Andrew's - cleaning rota:
June 6th Mrs. S. Waller
Mrs. R. Nichols
June 13th Mrs. P. Coles
Mrs. B. Akers
June 20th Mrs. B. Ayres
Mrs. V. Legg
June 27th Miss. W. Robinson
Miss. R. Sandercock
July 4th Mrs. J. Elliott
Miss. J. Luckman
July 11th Mrs. B. Akers
Mrs. L. Bartrum


St. Andrew's - Sidemen:
June 1st Miss Robinson
Mrs Gains
June 8th Dr Norris
Mrs Norris
June 22nd Mrs Sharp
Mrs MacMullen
July 6th Mrs. C. Collins
Mrs. Dent

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