24 October 2021
21st Sunday after Trinity

9.30am            All Age Service
10.30am          Coffee in the Hall (Recovery House)
11.15am          Morning Prayer
Our sermon series on the Fruit of the Spirit continues, this week looking at KINDNESS

NEXT WEEK: 31 October 2021
British Summertime ends — Clocks ‘fall back’ one hour
20th Sunday after Trinity
9.30am            All Age Parade Service
10.30am          Coffee in the Hall (Recovery House)
11.15am          Morning Prayer        


EVENTS THIS WEEK   25—30 October 2021
Half Term—No children’s activities this week.
Thursday 21        10-12noon             T & C  at St Mary’s
Thursday 21        10.30am                 Holy Communion
Friday 22              7.45 pm                  Bellringing Practice          ___________________________________


  • More Computer Operators are needed for the Sunday 9.30 service. If you think you could help, please contact Sue Prior (07952721419)
  • Someone with admin skills and time to volunteer on Thursday mornings in the Church Office from 10am-12, please stop into the Church Office Tuesday to Thursday 10-12noon. 
  • Is there someone with ability at designing or updating websites? If so, please contact Sue (07952 721419)

Peter Chamberlain’s latest Quiz is now available. Each answer contains the word BUS, CAR or VAN. Cost £1 for Mission funds. If you do not see Peter in church, then the Quiz is available by ringing 01933 386826 Or emailing

‘This England’ Quiz is now available at £1 from Committee Members, Pam Bailey 01933 313195 and Joy Holloway 01933 318415

The Church Office will be open Tuesday – Thursday this week from 10-12.   Notices for next week’s notice sheet, should be sent to the Church Office by 10am on Wednesday by placing in the letter box outside the office, phoning: 412235 or emailing:

St Mary’s has a number of small groups which meet during the week for Bible Study, prayer and fellowship.  If you are not part of a group, we would recommend that you try one out.  There is a new group forming, which anyone is welcome to join—please ring Carolyn on 07480 850620. The list of our current groups, with contact details, is on the notice board in the church porch. 


The monthly craft group is the first Tuesday of the month. Each month a new craft will be demonstrated and available to make. You may bring crafts from home to work on or purchase a craft to do on the day. For more information,  contact Lynne on 353655 or

Fabula Arts present the Snow Goose in St Mary’s Church. Tickets £3 from or pay at the  door.  Proceeds for the Poppy Appeal.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CRAFT DAY, SATURDAY 27 November 9.30-3.30  More details contact Helen Smedley on 07495 3004974 or

Please pray:

For those who are Ill:  Linda Wilson, Sheila Tansley, Colin Plunket, Anne Riley, Anne Barfoot, Bob Wheatley, Alma Walters, Viv Striblehill, Ann Beal, Michelle Smith, James Guildford, Glenis Burton, Iris Gilbert, Mel Britchford, John Tye, the Whiteman Family and Ruby Willmer.

For our Partners in Mission:   The Church Army
Pray for the Research Unit of the Church Army, juggling research projects, responding to needs and demands, and providing reflective and inspirational support for those committed to sharing God’s love. May they have wisdom to discern where God is working and enable better understanding about how churches’ may participate in mission.

For Mission in our Local Community:   Prison Chaplains and visitors
At this end of Prison’s Week, we pray for all prisoners and those who visit, support, and work with them.  We pray especially for  the preparations being made for the re-opening of Wellingborough Prison.


Covid Restrictions

as per Rushden St Mary’s Risk Assessment March 2021

Preparation of the Church Building

  • All soft furnishings have been removed from the pews.
  • All pew bibles have been removed.
  • No books are distributed at the back of church.
  • No papers are to be distributed.

Entering and Exiting Church Building

  • The North Door is open as the entrance to the church building.
  • Tapes mark 2 metre intervals on the floor of the porch and the path outside to enable social distancing. 
  • Signs asking everyone to wear face masks are visible.
  • Signs asking everyone to sanitize their hands upon entrance are visible.
  • Signs asking everyone to maintain social distancing are visible.
  • Bottles of sanitizing gel are available at tables just inside the door.
  • Masks are available if needed. 
  • Lists of those attending each service are made by a Church Warden or another appointed person.
  • Church Wardens and Sides People point out the requirements. 
  • No books are distributed.
  • Every other pew is taped off to provide 2 metre space between rows.
  • Pews are marked with signs where individuals/family groups are to be seated.
  • Signs are ‘green’ when a space is available.  Once people have sat in that seat, they are requested to turn the sign over to ‘red’ for that space to be cleaned before being used again.
  • The back of the church is blocked off by a bench.
  • Any offerings are placed in an offering plate at the back of their church, available either upon entrance or exit of the building.
  • Church Wardens and Sides People point out how the congregation are to go to their seats. 
  • The congregation is encouraged to make their way to their seats by going towards the front of the church down the north aisle, across the front and towards the back by either the central or south aisle.
  • The West Door is opened as the exit to the church building.
  • Church Wardens and Sides People point out the flow of people after the service to the West Door.
  • Doors are kept ajar as much as possible to ensure ventilation in the building.

During the Church Service

  • Clergy and those reading stand behind a Plexiglas guard
  • Those speaking or reading may remove their masks for the time that they are speaking.
  • There is no singing during the service
  • There are no greetings by touching or shaking hands
  • Words of liturgy, etc. are projected on the large overhead screen
  • When prayer books are used, they are placed out before the service by sanitized hands and then left in the pews for collection afterwards. 
  • During communion services, the celebrant will sanitize his hands before distribution; wafers alone will be used, the celebrant placing the wafer into the communicant’s hand.

In between church services

  • If the church is closed 72 hours between services, no cleaning is necessary.
  • In between services where there is not a 72 hour window, all surfaces are sanitized, following the cards which have been turned over to ‘red’ for the purpose of showing where seats have been used.