Weekly Notices |5 July 2020



Thought for Thursday – Each Thursday at 10.30am on the church Facebook site  https://www.facebook.com/stmaryschurchrushden/

Bumps & Babes:  Sue Merrifield is broadcasting to Bumps & Babes on Facebook every Monday morning at 10.00am.

Crafty Crafts: Helen Smedley is broadcasting crafts that we can do together on Facebook – look out for this on Tuesday at 11.00am.

Our thanks to everyone who is helping to keep our church and community together.  Please contact Steve, the Rector,
if there are any needs or prayer requests (01933 312554).
If you want to know more about the Christian faith and the hope we have in Jesus, please ring Steve (01933 312554) or Phil (01933 356906)
who would be happy to talk with you.


OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER:   Currently, St Mary’s is open on Thursdays from 11am – 1.00pm and Sundays from 2-4pm.  We know that we can pray anywhere and anytime, but this is an opportunity to meet with God in the church building if that is important to you.  COVID 19 restrictions will be in place and there will be limited access.

 A WARM WISH for a very Happy 90th Birthday to Mary Hearn on 7 July!

July 2020 grapevine  –  Our July edition of grapevine is being distributed this week and is available here online.  Grapevine July 2020 lite

We would like to include some THANK YOU, FATHER GOD prayers, as well as prayers for the sick and needy.  If you have anything for which to give thanks to God that you would like to share, please write to me (sprior@toucansurf.com) and we can have this good news put up.   Of course, do let me know of any other needs as well.

GIFTS AND OFFERINGS:  If you have any questions about your giving, you are welcome to contact our Treasurer, Robert Bates to discuss options with him (telephone: 01933 358005 or email: robertbates1947@btinternet.com).  There are options for paying remotely (by direct debit, standing order, through the Parish Giving Scheme).  If you pay by envelope, you are welcome to hold on to these until the time we can meet again (Whoopee!).

Please pray:  We try to keep this list up to date, but would like to include some THANK YOU prayers as well.  If you have anything for which to give thanks to God that you would like to share, please write to Steve (sprior@toucansurf.com) and we will put up this good news as well.

For those who are Ill:  Baby Alice (Rita Nutter’s great-granddaughter seriously ill in hospital), Bob Trusler, Alan Palmer, Avril Bird, Mark Butcher, Mel Britchford, Glenis Burton, John Tye, the Whiteman Family and Ruby Willmer.

For our congregations, our communities, the local mission of ENCS (particularly The Food Bank and Recovery House) 

Pray for our mission partners – Derek and Jane Waller (CMS); Tarfund; Brian and Val Hodgkin (Wycliffe Bible Translators); The Church Pastoral Aid Society; Langham Partnership UK & Ireland; and the Church Army.

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Thank you, Father God

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Thank you, Father, for the rapid recovery of Colin’s brother Robert, taken to hospital suddenly ill last week with an infection, but now home and recovering.


Thank you, God, for the wonderful gift of sight. I was out this sunny afternoon when I came across a flock of sheep with their lambs lying sheltering in the shade below a group of hawthorns all thickly laden with blossom— a miraculously beautiful thing.     Richard

Thank you, Father God,
for the life of Ravi Zacharias (1946 – 2020) –
a wonderful Christian apologist – though that doesn’t seem quite the right word for such a positive present and defender of Christianity.           Richard Toosey

   “I came to Him because I did not know which way to turn.
I remained with Him because there is no other way I wish to turn.
I came to Him longing for something I did not have.
I remain with Him because I have something I will not trade.
I came to Him as a stranger.
I remain with Him in the most intimate of friendships.
I came to Him unsure about the future.
I remain with Him certain about my destiny.
I came amid the thunderous cries of a culture that has 330 million deities.
I remain with Him knowing that truth cannot be all-inclusive.”
Ravi Zacharias
Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message

The Big Quiz Night

St Mary’s will be hosting The Big Quiz Night raising money for the work of TearFund.

Saturday 16 November





St Mary’s Church Hall

 For one night only—groups up and down the country will be taking part in the biggest multi-venue, nationwide quiz ever.  We’d love you to join in!


Our Christmas Services

Special Services for the Christmas Season
at Rushden St Mary’s

Here is a link to follow the Star!!! 

1st December – 2.30pm – CHRSTINGLE Service

2nd December – 6.00pm – ADVENT PRAISE
a service of readings and carols for Advent

16th December – 9.30am – NATIVITY Service

23rd December – 6.00pm – NINE LESSONS & CAROLS
by candlelight

Christmas Eve
4.00pm – ALL AGE CHRISTMAS EVE Service

Christmas Day
10.30am – Joint HOLY COMMUNION

SUMMER CREAM TEAS WITH PIANO RECITALS – Enjoy Carol’s delicious Cream Teas for £4pp and free Piano Recitals by our own Rosemary Nayyar at 2.30 and 4.30pm.  Come along, no need to book, between 3-5pm on Sunday 21 May, 25 June, 23 July and 20 August.

Valentine’s Event | Saturday 13th February

logoWe are really pleased to announce a special event for married couples or for those thinking of marriage. It’s going to be a really fun, informing and encouraging day for those who want to invest some time their partnership.

The day will be full of helpful insights, observations and plenty to laugh about …

  • The event runs on Saturday 13th February from 10.00-3.30
  • Morning session begins with coffee/tea and pastries
  • Then we spend some time thinking and laughing about our lives together and how we can improve communication and other skills.
  • Lunch is a short walk to Pizza Venezia where we would like to treat you to a free lunch (drinks will need to be paid for)
  • In afternoon there is a further short session including a special encouraging exercise personal to you both.

Tickets are now available!

Please email us if you would like to secure your place on this valuable day

Life, death, heaven, resurrection & more | Sermon Series

For 4 weeks we thought about the question of heaven and what happens after we die. On this page we will put all four talks and will include any helpful links or videos.

Quick links for the talks …

1. Matt Taylor – For Heavens sake

2. Natasha Brady – Life, Death & Resurrection

3. Steve Prior – What happens when I die

4. Steve Prior – New Heaven and New Earth for New you

Questions & Answers Sessions


22 November — For Heaven’s sake


Here is talk 1: 

Matt Taylor – For Heavens sake

Duration 20:46

Helpful links:

Paula Gooder’s book ‘Heaven’

Tom Wright’s Book ‘Surprised by Hope’


Ancient Israel’s Cosmology

‘Proper interpretation of the Bible requires an understanding of the original context in which it was written. This is particularly true for the ot. God chose a specific time, place, and culture in which to inspire faithful persons to produce what we read in the ot: the ancient Mediterranean and the ancient Near East of the second and first centuries bc. Understanding their worldview leads to more faithful understandings on our part, as misreadings result from assuming the biblical writers thought, believed, and acted as we do.’

Barry, J. D., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Mangum, D., & Whitehead, M. M. (2012). Faithlife Study Bible. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Ancient Hebrew Conception of the Universe


29 November – Life, death & Resurrection


Here is talk 2: 

Natasha Brady – Life, Death & Resurrection new

Duration: 25:40

Helpful links:

Tom Wright on Life after, life after death

6 December – ‘What happens when I die?

Here is talk 3: 

Steve Prior – What happens when I die

Duration: 27:33

13 December – A New Heaven and a New Earth … for a new you!

4. Steve Prior – New Heaven and New Earth for New you

After the service there was an opportunity for Q&A’s with Steve, Matt & Natasha

Duration: 17:13

Questions & Answers Sessions

Duration: 22.31