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.
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
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.
Unite714: Join with the world in Prayer
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
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.
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.
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.
Click to open our most recent PrayerCal 2020a.
(pdf file, ready to print onto A4)
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.
Links to the Charities mentioned in this week's service
The Lodge Trust and Tel: 767234
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.
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.
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!