23 April 2020
There is a lot to pack into this week's newsletter, so I keep the intro short, sharing with you this commendable advice from Caroline:
Pick a morning this coming week, and set your alarm for 4.45am. Then open your window and listen…
| A message from Rev Paula
This is not how I thought I would be addressing you for the first time! However, these are times such as we have never known before and despite the restrictions we face, it is good to be here in the town with you and to have been licenced, via Zoom, as your Vicar. I will do my very best to serve you as your priest over the coming years.
I thought it might be helpful if I tell you a little about me and where I have come from to be here. I am married to Chris and we have two daughters, Eleanor (who lives in Wellingborough with her partner Luke) and Eve who is, or was, studying for her A levels and is planning to go to Northampton Uni in September to study Psychology. We have three dogs, two rescue whippets and one who is a mix of several breeds and looks like a collie with very short legs! Chris works for a groundcare manufacturer and is currently furloughed. Perhaps more frustratingly for him the cricket season is cancelled – he plays for Great Oakley in the Northants County Cricket League and for Northants Over 50s.
Before being ordained in 2012 I had worked for Nationwide Building Society as Senior Business Analyst in their Change Management Division. During my time at Nationwide I relocated to their head office in Swindon for 3 years but apart from this I have lived in Northamptonshire all my life. Until March I was Rector for the parishes of Yardley Hastings, Grendon, Castle Ashby, Denton and Whiston. Prior to ordination I was churchwarden of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Kettering, a role which gave me invaluable experience of the joys, and challenges, of being involved in the nuts and bolts of running a church day to day.
I have visited the Holy Land several times, latterly I organised Bishop Donald’s pilgrimage there in 2017. I have a passion for the plight of Palestinian Christians in that most troubled of lands. I am avid reader – any genre or author. I am also studying for an MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission with Durham University.
For those of you with a good memory, I did a placement here with Father Tony during my curacy at All Saints, Earls Barton – which is one of the reasons I was so pleased to explore coming here as your Vicar.
I am so grateful to Revd Christine, as I know you are, for all that she has done during the interregnum and for her generous encouragement as I prepared to come here. I am looking forward to working with her, and all of you, over the coming weeks, months and years.
Finally, this enforced lockdown has given me more time to read, reflect and pray. One of the things I have come across which touched me deeply is a reworking of the beatitudes, an attempt to articulate these great teachings of Jesus into this current situation. I offer these to you to pray and reflect on over the coming week.
May God bless you,
|Wendy's magical coach
|The Little Loo-Roll Fairy
Did the Loo-Roll Fairy take pity on us, after the sad tale of our water-logged loo-rolls? It brought smiles to our faces – and, admittedly, some puzzlement, when we found a pack of sof toilet rolls on our front doorstep on Sunday morning. Another version of the Sunday service? Thank you, Fairy Loo!
(or a morning, or an afternoon) at the theatre
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is streaming full recordings of their best plays on Youtube, free of charge, on rotation every two weeks. They have Romeo & Juliet on the programme until 3 May. The Two Noble Kinsmen will premiere on 4 May, followed by The Winter's Tale, then The Merry Wives of Windsor, and finally A Midsummer Night's Dream. On the theatre's website there is an option to donate and to pay for their on-demand service, however if you only want to see the above plays, click here to visit the Globe's Youtube channel to watch the videos completely free.
The National Theatre also started streaming recordings of their past productions, but their rota is shorter: each play is available for a week only, before they replace it by a new one. They also accept donations on their website, but here is a link to their Youtube channel which is free to watch. They are showing Treasure Island until 23 April, followed by Twelfth Night, then One Man, Two Guvnors, and Jane Eyre.
Ballet or opera fans are welcome to visit the Royal Opera House's Youtube channel, to find free full recordings of Peter and the Wolf, Acis and Galatea, Così fan tutte, and The Metamorphosis. Gloriana will be added to the collection at 7pm on 24 April, and The Winter's Tale on 1 May. These videos are not rotated, once published they remain on the channel.
|Online church resources
For good mental health
For worship at home
List of services you can attend online
A vast selection of further resources from Peterborough Diocese
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