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This is where you will be able to find our plans for re-opening our church buildings as the country slowly eases out of lockdown. This could well be a difficult and slow process to negotiate, but we have people's health and safety as top priority. Please follow our protocols to keep yourself and others safe.

Late September...

The latest restrictions responding to the increased rate of infections do not seem to affect church services. So we will continue, for the time being, with our current practice and schedule - which has been extended to include October below.

Please note that our joint Harvest service is at Exton at 10.30am on Sunday 4th October. As usual we are collecting for Rutland Foodbank - any non-perishable food items can be brought as thanksgiving gifts to the service or left in any of the church porches if there's no other way of passing them on.

As the numbers for our face-to-face services remain high, can you please let us know if you plan coming to any particular service to help us better manage seating and distancing - see below how to do this. 

 

Sunday 30th August

We are announcing that we are taking the first steps towards regular meetings together in person. From the 6th Sept there will be one Sunday service happening each week in the Benefice. At the moment these will alternate between Cottesmore and Greetham churches, but they will be open for everyone in the Benefice to attend. In order to make this safe and compliant with COVID guidelines, numbers will be restricted, social distancing will be in place and masks will have to be worn at all times. To enable track and trace we will also be recording the details of everyone who comes. Because of the COVID restrictions, numbers allowed at the services are limited, so initially, you will need to prebook your place. Using the telephone number below or by email. Please do not just turn up as we don't want you to have a wasted journey if we have reached capacity.

We will continue to produce a weekly online service, hopefully taken in large part from recordings of the live services, so no-one will miss out.

Sunday Services in September onwards

Sunday 27th September - Greetham Church

Sunday 4th October - Harvest Service at Exton Church - 10.30

Sunday 11th October - Cottesmore Church 

Sunday 18th October - Greetham Church

Sunday 25th October - Cottesmore Church 

Unless otherwise indicated, all these services will start at 9.30am. Please bring and wear suitable facial covering.

To tell us you are coming either

Tel: 497003 or

Email: CottesmoreBenefice.Office@gmail.com or

Text: 07434 664316 

 

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You might be thinking about taking the chance to read the Bible more or regularly. Here are some links to places that provide daily readings that you can use.

 
Daily CoE Readings The Church of England uses the Common Lectionary for its daily Bible readings. This link takes you to today's readings - for other days' use the previous or next buttons towards the top of the page. It's just the bare words with no notes or prayers added. For extras like the words for daily Prayer go here: CoE Daily Prayer.
 
Lectio 365  The 24/7 prayer movement, headed up by Pete Greig, have a very good daily bible reading with brief notes and a prayer that can provide the basis for an excellent time with the Bible. It's only available through an app, this link takes you to the place to get it.
 
Word Live  Perhaps the master of all online Bible-reading helps. It's by Scripture Union so it has a fine pedigree behind it that you can trust and enjoy. The link takes you to just the Word Live bit, but have a look around their site for loads of helpful and interesting Bible stuff.
 
BibleGateway What did we do before...that's what this web site makes me think quite often. Not only does it provide instant free access to the Bible in multiple languages and translations, it also offers lots of different reading plans. Find them here: Reading Plans. It also offers devotionals - like Word Live or Daily Prayer - but don't think we are recommending them all!
 

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Unite714: Join with the world in Prayer


Unite714 is a global prayer movement, called to pray against the Coronavirus and for a spiritual awakening amongst all people.
To find out more click on the link and hear Pete and Sammy Greig explaining how it all came about.
https://www.24-7prayer.com/unite714
This is an exciting opportunity to join our voices with our fellow Christians across the world and to do exactly what God asks us to do if we are to claim His promises to us.
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

God bless
Cathy

Regular Reflection 

 

Dear friends

As we try to navigate shifting guidelines and what is being called 'the new normal', we can be reassured by the unchanging nature of God described by James (1:17):

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."

Life around us may be full of 'shifting shadows' but God, our Father, never changes in His deep love for each one of us and in His faithfulness. May we all rest in that love and faithfulness today.

Love Cathy


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Dear friends,

Don't forget to join us in prayer together each Thursday. Eight o'clock prayer - if you can't make it at 8am then go for 8pm. Of course you could always pray twice!

We also have an online Prayer Watch that happens every Tuesday at Noon via Zoom. You are very welcome to join us - to do so contact us at CottesmoreBenefice.Office@gmail.com to receive the link.

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Urgent Prayer Need

 and also a chance to take action...

This is a request from the Tearfund humanitarian team for the people of Yemen.
For details, click Yemen. For a possible letter to your MP click Letter.

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A prayer found in the church
Click CVprayer2
 
Benefice Prayer Calendar

Click to open our most recent PrayerCal 2020a.
(pdf file, ready to print onto A4)

 

 

 
Safeguarding:

In our Benefice we take safeguarding children and vulnerable adults very seriously.
Click to view our Safeguarding Policy and who you can Contact.


Facebook CofESmall TKC


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Our Sunday Service for 20th September.

Also - did you know you can listen to our weekly service on the phone? Tel: (01572) 497000  



An excerpt from the Communion Service if you'd like to celebrate the Lord's Supper.

 
Many of the larger churches in the UK have recorded a song of blessing - here it is:
 
 
 
Did you like these? Then take a look our YouTube Channel where you will find our previous services and other videos. 

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Links to the Charities mentioned in this week's service

 

Christian Aid Coronavirus Emergency Appeal 

 

Christians Against Poverty and their special Kick Start project

 

The Lodge Trust and Tel: 767234

 

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The Prayer Room

Rev Rhona Knight from Oakham, whom some of you will know, is producing some thoughtful and creative prayer activities that she's sharing with us. To take a look at all the activities there are - click on the picture and choose a day.

We are currently on A Journey with Jesus. 

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A Superb Online Game for Children!

 

The Guardians of Ancora is a game developed by Scripture Union and is both Biblically based as well as safe for children to play.

SU Game 

You can play it through the web or via a number of different apps available for phones and other mobile devices. Just search online for it and have fun! 

Ancora scenes