The Chellington Team Ministry
Eight churches have been brought together under the Chellington Team Ministry with two full-time stipendiary priests. These are: St.Peter’s Harrold & St.Mary’s Carlton with Harrold United Reform Chapel known as ‘Churches Together in Harrold & Carlton’, together with All Saints’ Odell, All Saints’ Turvey, St.Mary the Virgin Stevington, St.Lawrence Wymington, St.Mary the Virgin Podington (united benefice). Contacts for Churches Together in Harrold & Carlton, service times and the clergy letter are below.
MARCH 2022- CHELLINGTON TEAM MINISTRY – SUNDAY SERVICE ROTA
|6th March||13th March||20th March||27th March|
1st Sun of Lent
2nd Sun of Lent
3rd Sun of Lent
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
4th Sun of Lent
Consult Preacher for Readings
|Wymington St Lawrence||09.30 Euch||10.15 Share with Chapel||09.30 Euch||10.15 Share with Chapel|
|J Curtis||P Turnbull|
|Podington St Mary the V||11.00 M Prayer||11.00 Euch||18.00 EP||11.00 Euch|
|A Hodgkiss||P Turnbull||A Hodgkiss||J Curtis|
|11.00 Service||11.00 Euch||11.00 Service|
|J Curtis||Elder led||P Turnbull||Elder Led|
|Harrold St Peter||08.15 Euch||09.30 Euch||Share with Carlton||09.30 Euch|
|J Curtis||P Turnbull||J Curtis|
|Carlton St Mary||11.00 Euch||Share with Harrold||11.00 Euch||08.15 Euch|
|P Turnbull||J Curtis||P Turnbull|
|Odell All Saints||11.00 MP||11.00 Euch BCP||11.00 MP||11.00 Euch CW|
|J Weaver||J Curtis||J Weaver||P Turnbull|
|Stevington St Mary the V||09.30 Euch||09.30 MP||09.30 Euch||17.00 EP|
|P Turnbull||R Eadie||J Curtis||A Hodgkiss|
|Turvey All Saints||Share with Stevington||09.30 Euch||09.30 MP||09.30 Euch|
|J Curtis||L Hall||P Turnbull|
|Odell All Saints||11.00 MP||11.00 Euch CW||11.00 MP||11.00 Euch BCP|
|L Hall||J Weaver||L Hall||J Curtis|
|Stevington St Mary the V||09.30 Euch||Team Service||09.30 Euch||17.00 EP|
|J Curtis||Odell||P Turnbull||A Hodgkiss|
|Turvey All Saints||09.30 MP||Team Service||09.30 MP||09.30 Euch|
|C Woods||Odell||L Hall||J Curtis|
War, Suffering and Death versus Peace, Justice and Resurrection
As we write this letter, Russia has invaded the Ukraine and the world is experiencing a war in Europe with all the terror and suffering that armed conflict brings. Our Archbishops have asked Christians to pray for Peace and Pope Francis asked the whole Christian community to pray and fast for Peace on Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Holy season of Lent when Christians prepare themselves spiritually for the events of Holy Week. Often in Lent, Christians devote more time to prayer, make extra sacrifices to donate more to charity and study the scriptures as individuals and in groups. Lent speaks directly to the terrible situation we find the world in. The cross is a paradoxical religious symbol because it inverts the world’s value system with the news that hope comes by way of defeat, that suffering and death do not have the last word, that the last shall be first and the first last. So even in the fire of war, there is hope. God is right there in the suffering, transforming despair into hope and death into New Life.
Jesus died the death of a common criminal to show us that God’s Love is stronger than death. Jesus shared our human experience of death (as God and Human being) so that nothing is beyond God’s understanding and compassion.
Christians are the foolish ones who hold on to the idea that with Jesus there is always Hope, no matter what happens. We call it gospel; good news that our God died; because in dying, the seeds of Resurrection are sown. Easter Day reveals that Jesus is alive; is for us; is for the people of the Ukraine and that Jesus is here and now praying for us and reaching out to us with Love.
Easter is being lived out on the streets of the Ukraine. We rightly cry in sorrow for the injustice and the cost of human suffering. Our only consolation is that ultimately God is in charge and God wills Love not hatred and Peace not war. Please pray for peace. Please enter into the Holy season of Lent and when Easter Day arrives, acclaim with the whole church: Alleluia Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Peter, Jacqueline and Lindsay