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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

21.06.20 Update on Covid-19 pandemic arrangements: 

Please note that each Church in the Benefice is carrying out a Risk Assessment to enable the building to be opened for private prayer, taking into account government guidelines for social distancing and sanitising. Notices will be placed on each church board with the details for that church.

 If you need any more information or guidance,

please contact your Churchwarden or representative.

APPOINTMENT OF NEW RECTOR

The Churchwardens of the Lambfold Benefice are pleased to announce that Revd Sue Stanley, currently Assistant Curate of the South Cleley Benefice has accepted the position of Rector of the Lambfold Benefice. Her Institution and Induction date will be announced in due course.

Please pray for Sue as she completes her ministry in the South Cleley Benefice and prepares for her new ministry in the Lambfold Benefice.
 
In the meantime the Lambfold Benefice is in interregnum. For information please contact your Church warden or email Sarah Rudkin, Benefice Administrator, at admin@lambfold.org.uk

JULY 2020

The Readers Write:

What a topsy-turvey, ‘Alice in Wonderland' sort of world we are living in today! We are beset about with Covid-19, 40 odd thousand people have lost their lives, our churches have been closed and we have been ‘locked-down.' The streets and open spaces remained empty.

Lock-down is now being eased somewhat and the sensible thing would seem to be to tread warily, maintain a safe (British) distance from each other and be considerate to others.

What happens - riots! Mobs tearing down statues; mobs trying to defend statues and yet more mobs fighting the police. Behaviour that is more or less guaranteed to bring about a second peak of Covid-19.

In May 1940, with the country on the brink of defeat, King George VI called for a National Day of Prayer - and millions of people across the nation flocked to cathedrals and churches. Less than a month later there was a National Day of Thanksgiving!

What happened? The power of prayer?

Of course, we do not need church buildings in order to pray. But they are a great incentive to pray and a great aid to prayer. Yet when we were faced with a national emergency of our own the churches were quick to close. Given the chance, would we have flocked to our churches to pray for God's protection? I wonder.

In the Book of Deuteronomy when referring to a corrupt and immoral nation (in those days it wasn't us!) God said; "I will forsake them .... and many evils and troubles will befall them so that they will say at that time .... ‘Have not these disasters come upon us because God is no longer protecting us?'"

Lock-down is now slowly easing and the churches, even more slowly, are beginning to re-open; but only for private prayer and even then for only two, four or six people at any one time

But open they will, and hopefully soon; and for more than the odd two or four supplicants. And to add to this glimmer of hope there is some good news.

When we started lock-down it appeared that we were beginning yet another interregnum. Now that we are coming out of lock-down we are greeted with the good news that the Rev Sue Stanley is now our Rector-designate.

Thanks be to God.

Yours in Christ
Reader David

 




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