Weekly Notices |29 November 2020

Through November ONLINE only 

10.00am  Online Service
With special music for Advent

 OUR SUNDAY SERVICES can be found on the


we will again be allowed to worship in our church buildings (with restrictions, as previously, of masks, social distancing, etc.)  Therefore the services in church will be:
Thursday 3 December  Holy Communion at 10.30 am 
Sunday – Advent 2 – 6 December   
9.30 am   All Age Holy Communion 
11.15 am   Morning Prayer

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

Children’s Activities:  Thank you, Helen, for the excellent Craft Day yesterday (which will still be available on Facebook if you missed it).  If you have children, please do check the Facebook site for the ongoing services and activities that are available there for your children:
Bumps & Babes:  are on Facebook on Monday mornings at 10.00am.

Sunday Club
is now available online each week – look for it on Facebook and Youtube.

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.


Coffee Time:  I am happy to announce that beginning next Sunday, there will be a Zoom Coffee Time from 11 – 11.30 a.m. each week. Watch this space next week for more details of how to see one another at this online social event.

Food Bank:  We have heard that Rushden Food Bank would appreciate things for a Christmas food parcel like tins of ham;  for day-to-day, things short of are:  washing powder and anti-bacterial cleaners.

Doorstep Carols:  Amazingly, on Wednesday 16 December at 6pm there will be a national event on local radios of singing Christmas carols (yes, those songs that celebrate Jesus’s birthday!!) right on our doorsteps.  Radio Northampton 104.2 FM, 103.6 FM or online, will be playing carols.  Click here Doorstep Carol Sheet for a pdf of the Carol Sheet.  Here’s our chance to sing again – each on our own doorstep – so sing out!

BIRTHDAY CONGRATULATIONS to Anne Barfoot who has recently celebrated being  80 years young   and to Steve Prior who turned 65 (which is sadly no longer the aged of retirement) on 24 November.

DECEMBER GRAPEVINE: is now available online and through distributors. 

IDEAS FOR MY FUNERAL SERVICE:  Linnet Smith has made a booklet available for recording ideas for family members to know your wishes regarding funeral arrangements (songs, etc).  These will be available on Thursday 29 October or can be downloaded here: Ideas for my funeral service or sent to you by post if you contact Sue Prior 01933 312554 or email susaneprior@hotmail.co.uk

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).

Please pray for Mobi and Terese
as their appeal goes forward in mid December.

For those who are Ill:   Glyn Ackerley, Ann Beal, Viv Striblehill, Michelle Smith, Jennie Bone, Glenis Burton, Iris Gilbert, Baby Alice, Alan Palmer, Avril Bird, Mark Butcher, Mel Britchford, John Tye, the Whiteman Family and Ruby Willmer.

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

Pray for our mission partners – James Hawksworth (Church Army); Tearfund; Brian and Val Hodgkin (Wycliffe Bible Translators); Derek and Jane Waller (CMS – now back in the UK from Madagascar); The Church Pastoral Aid Society; and Langham Partnership UK & Ireland.

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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

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