This week at Saint Lawrence

  • Services This Sunday
  • This week
  • This Week's Notices

Services for next Sunday 9th February
8.00 am Holy Communion St Lawrence
9.30 am Parish Communion with Sunday Shoots St Lawrence
9.30 am Parish Communion St Michael
11.00 am Family Praise with Greens Norton Primary School – Magpies and Herons classes St Bartholomew

Daily Prayer:
St Lawrence: 9am Monday to Saturday and 4pm Monday to Friday
St Bartholomew’s : Wednesday 3:30pm
Midweek Communion: St Lawrence: Tuesdays 8am and Wednesdays 10:15am
Bible Study Group: meets in the Chantry House on Tuesday at 7:30pm for details contact John Booth 01327 438905
Parent & Child Groups (Term Time Only):
St Lawrence: Little Sprouts Mondays 9:30am -11am at Towcester :
St Bartholomew’s: Tots Own Tea & Toast Wednesday 9am – 10:30am
Coffee Mornings: Chantry House: Fridays and Saturday 10am -12pm
St Bartholomew’s: Saturdays 10am -12pm at Greens Norton
Men at the Bull: 7.30 pm on the last Wednesday of the month

This Week
Wednesday 10.30 am Leeson Court
2 pm Norton Court
Saturday 2.15pm MU at St Bartholomew
12 noon Funeral at St Lawrence

Daily Readings
Mon. Psalm 1 Leviticus 19. 1 – 18, 30 - end 1Timothy 1. 1 – 17
Tues. Psalm 5 Leviticus 23. 1 – 22 1Timothy 1.8 - end of 2
Wed. Psalm 119. 1 – 32 Leviticus 23. 23 – end 1Timothy 3.
Thurs. Psalm 15 Leviticus 24. 1 – 9 1Timothy 4.
Fri. Psalm 19 Leviticus 25. 1 – 24 1Timothy 5. 1 – 16
Sat. Psalm 23 Numbers 6. 1 – 5, 21 – end 1Timothy 5. 17 – end
Sun. Isaiah 58. 1 – 9a [9b – 12 ] 1 Corinthians 2. 1 – 12 Matthew 5. 13 – 20

This Week's Notices

St Mary Easton Neston – There is now a security gate restricting vehicular (but not pedestrian) access to the estate and the church. It will be open for services, but if you need regular access at other times, please register your number plate via the Office. For an occasional visit, just ring the phone number you’ll see by the gate. Oliver Low - Churchwarden.

New News Slip design you will have noticed a new format for our weekly news sheets. These are the same throughout the Benefice. PLEASE if you have any news/information you wish to share then let the Benefice Office have it by 2.30 pm on a Wednesday. We can only publish the information we are given so let us know on 350459 or at

Advanced Notice Save the date 31st May Pentecost. This is a Fifth Sunday so we are planning to hire a coach and go to the “BIG” Pentecost Service at Peterborough Cathedral. More details to follow…. Office Hours Just to remind you that during Ruth’s absence Rona will be in the Office 9.30 am to 2.30 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s. Tuesday and Thursday 9.30 am to 12 noon will have voluntary cover. This continues until the middle of February.

Bishop’s Bible Day Saturday 14th March 9.30 am to 4 pm at Northampton High School. The theme is “The Bible and Prayer”. If you are interested you need to book for this event via or telephone 01604 887049 by Friday 6th March.

Tove Benefice Magazine if you wish to continue receiving the Benefice Magazine please pay £8 into the Benefice Office by cash or cheque made out to Towcester St Lawrence PCC please by the end of January. The annual cost covers printing costs only.

Churches Together 2020 Lent Course In preparation for the Benefice Lent course, “Reconciliation and Restoring Harmony”, which runs for 5 weeks in Lent starting the week of Monday 3rd March, please contact the Benefice Office if you are able to host a group and state your preferred day, time and venue, and indicate how many people can attend. Kindly let the Office know by Monday 3rd February so that we can advertise where and when the Lent courses will be held. All material will be provided. Any queries, please speak to Revd. Paula or Revd. Lulu Romania, May 2020

James Atwell (former Vicar) is leading a trip to Romania later this year. Two rooms have unexpectedly become available. If interested, contact

Annual Parish Council Meetings. Following the first PCC meetings of the year we are now looking ahead to annual church meetings (APCM) which will be happening across the Benefice; 15th March for Towcester and Greens Norton, 22nd March for Bradden and 4th April for Easton Neston(tbc). This year there are a number of roles that are becoming vacant and we need to find replacements. In addition to ONE Churchwarden at both Towcester and Greens Norton we also need to elect THREE PCC members for Towcester (all end of terms), an Electoral Roll Officer & Gift Aid Officer for Greens Norton, a Benefice Safeguarding Officer, and this year is the three yearly election of Deanery Synod representatives for each of the parishes. Please can I ask you prayer that we will be able to fill these roles and prayerfully consider if you would be able and willing to stand for election. Please speak with Revd Paula, Revd Lulu or your Churchwardens.


Regular Events

Join us at St Lawrence for daily prayers for the Benefice and the World 9.00am Monday, and Wednesday to Saturday 5.00pm

Following the recent Benefice Bible morning and the free sample booklet entitled “Bible Reading Notes” you may be considering the next step for you to take. If anyone would like to receive Bible Reading Fellowship notes regularly, they would be welcome to join the group that I coordinate. you pay the price of the notes only – postage is free as they are all delivered to my address and I pass them on. The notes are sent in good time and each edition contains four months of readings:‐ January – April; May – August: and September – December. I would be delighted to hear from you by telephone (350578) or e‐mail ( and give more details.
Ann Lawrence