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Welcome to the website of The Lambfold Benefice -
a group of five Anglican rural parishes
in the geographical centre of England

17.05.2020 UPDATE ON USE OF CHURCHES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
 
Clergy and licensed lay ministers may now enter church for the purpose of private prayer or for the streaming of services, so at 12 noon, seven days a week, Reader David Cockshott will ring the bell at Maidford and then say the Morning Office. If anyone from the Benefice would like him to offer specific prayers on their behalf, please contact him on either (01327) 860119
or e-mail: dcockshott@btinternet.com.

The Lambfold Benefice is now in interregnum until a new Rector is appointed. For information please contact your Church warden or email Sarah Rudkin, Benefice Administrator, at admin@lambfold.org.uk

JUNE 2020

The Readers Write:

"Be joyful, keep the faith, and do the little things that you have heard and seen me do".
These words were spoken by Saint David to his followers in the sixth century and were
used by Father Tim in his final sermon before retiring as our Rector.

It is now 8 weeks since "lockdown" was imposed. I am lucky enough to have a garden
and am pleased to announce that it is looking pretty good, though the odd weed still has
the temerity to rear its ugly head. What I have found surprising is how quickly time
seems to have gone by and been consumed by "doing things". I have probably spent a
lot more time addressing, indeed enjoying, the many little things I have been doing. The
few people I have spoken to recently seem to find the same.

As the pace of our life has clearly slowed down, rather than rushing headlong to the next
challenge, we can indeed take time over the little things; achieve small victories day by
day and take time to reflect and enjoy what we have done.

A world where we felt in control, where we could obtain anything we wanted pretty much
instantly and where money and material things frequently dominated our thoughts has,
at the very least, been put on hold. Instead we find many people enjoying simple things
like cooking, growing vegetables, exercising and even stopping to hear the bird song
and so on. At the same time, it is only when we cannot visit them do we begin to really
understand the value of good friends and
family. Or, to quote Brian Ferry; "you never
miss your water till the well runs dry"

The bigger picture is clouded in mist and the
future is so uncertain that focussing on what
used to be for many of us the big issues;
holidays, jobs, new cars (motorbikes in my
case) and so on can only lead to a good
deal of frustration. To some extent we have
to keep faith, in the authorities and (if you
will) God, to work things out and eventually
get us back to some sense of normality. We
have to, as someone once said to me, "Let
tomorrow come to you".

In the meantime, each day we can be joyful
at those little things we achieve and have
faith that the sun will shine on us all again
and the clouds will go away. Though I really
would like to dash off to the motorcycle
dealer and test ride the latest shiny "big
boy's toy"!

With all good wishes to you and all who you hold dear.

Reader Paul

 





LIVE STREAMED SERVICES!

Please click on this link to access the website of 'The Nene Crossings Benefice' in Irthlingborough, where Fr John Hall will be conducting live-streamed services on Tuesdays at 12 noon, Thursdays at 9.30am, and Sundays at 10.30am.

Below are useful links to some other live-streamed and pre-recorded services and prayer resources which you may like to use during the COVID-19 restrictions:

Information from Peterborough Diocese on online services

Morning Prayer

Evening Prayer

Night Prayer

Links to Useful Information:

Getting Married in Church

Questions about Baptism

Click here to email the Benefice Safeguarding Officer

Click here to access Diocese of Peterborough Safeguarding Web Pages