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...

Holy Baptism
We ask for God's continued blessing for all who have been baptized into God's family, the Church. This month we particularly pray for: Catherine Louise Stubbins baptized on 6th October at St. Andrew's Church, Northwold. "You are called and loved by God the Father and kept safe by Jesus His Son. May the Spirit who hovers over the creation of the world continually breathe His life into you. Amen."

Holy Matrimony
Congratulations and every blessing for the future to Shaun Richard Doughty and Julie Elizabeth Allen, who were joined in holy matrimony on Saturday 5th October at St. Andrew's Church, Northwold. "Heavenly Father, we thank you that in our earthly lives you speak to us of your eternal life; we pray that through their marriage they may know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."


Funerals
Please pray for the family and friends of those who have died recently.

St. Andrew's Northwold:

David Bell, aged 31, who was commended to God's keeping on 23rd September.
Reginald Francis Chapman, aged 81, who was commended to God's keeping on 26th September.

All Saints' Church,
Wretton with Stoke Ferry:

Julie Anne Pick, aged 41, who was commended to God's keeping on 2nd October.

Christ Church, Whittington:

Philip John Russell, aged 61, who was commended to God's keeping on 20th September.
"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."

Remembrance and hope are the two themes that seem to dominate this month. We begin with the feasts of All Saints' and All Souls in which we remember those who have died in Christ and we are reminded that our Christian hope is stronger even than death. It is important for us to be reminded at least once a year that Jesus has overcome even death so that all of us can have the sure hope of eternal life. Like it or not, death is one of the few certainties of life. Death is something we would all rather forget but at least some of the time it is good for us to face our fear. Of course we are afraid of death it is the test of all our faith the letting go of all earthly security. It is our fear that makes us embarrassed or angry when someone talks about death. It is our fear that has led us to make death rather than sex the new modern taboo subject. We Christians, like the rest of the world, may be afraid of death but as well as fear we should have hope and confidence in God. When our confidence fails we can look to the lives of great Christians, hence the feast of All Saints'. We can be encouraged by their prayers and by the example of their lives. If they can do it, with the help of God, so can we. It is with the encouragement of All Saints' that we move on to remembering our dead before God at All Souls.
At All Souls names are read out and we are sad because we miss the company of our friends and family that have been

separated from us by death. Here we face our own fears of death, our fears that dead friends are gone forever and that our deaths will the end of everything for us. We face our sadness and fear in order to master them. We master them through turning to our Christian hope. We remember that the Father created us, sustains us and loves us. We remember that Jesus lived, died and rose again to show us God's love. We remember that the Holy Spirit lives in each of us strengthening us and opening our eyes to see that God's love is indeed stronger than death or our fear of death. We look around and know that we are not alone, we are supported by Christians now and throughout the ages, we are supported by the holy angels all around us and we are supported by God himself.
In November we also remember and hope on Remembrance Sunday and Remembrance Day. Here it is particularly important that we remember
and hope. Remembrance without hope is a recipe for despair. Don't despair, remember the words from the Bible, "See, the home of God is with humanity. He will dwell with them; they will be his people and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the former things have passed away." Revelation 21:3-4. This November remember and hope.

God bless you, Nigel.

Rotas for Church
cleaning and flowers


Christ Church
Mrs. D. Eves and Penny Eves

All Saints'
Mrs. H. Durrance and Mrs. M. Elmer

St. Andrews - cleaning rota:
Nov 1st Mrs.B.Ayres, Mrs.V.Legg
Nov 8th Miss. W. Robinson, Miss. R. Sandercock
Nov 15th Mrs. J. Elliott, Miss. J. Luckman
Nov 22nd Mrs. B. Akers, Mrs. L. Bartrum
Nov 29th Mr/Mrs. K. Cundy, Mrs. C. Sharp

Thanks

Lyn would like to thank Family, friends and everyone for their support and kindness, and for all the cards and messages of sympathy after the sad loss of David. Donations in his memory totalled 1,790.78.
Lyn would also like to thank the Rev N. Tuffnell for the lovely service and Mr P. Bowers for excellent funeral arrangements.