St. Mary’s Sunday Link 9th. August 2020

Vicar:  Revd Richard Coles, The Vicarage, Church Hill, Finedon, NN9 5NR

Tel: 01 933 681 786          Mob:  07885 967 960


Revd Jane Burns,

Tel: 01536 524936


The Eucharist on Sunday will again be at 9.30am.
Please wear a mask and sit on a green tick or as a family group on a green tick 2 metres away from your neighbours.  Thank you.

The toilet is ready for use.  Thank you to Neil for installing safe sanitising features.  Please use the facilities provided to sanitise the toilet, hands, taps and door handles after use.  Thank you.



Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church: open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Old Testament Reading 1 Kings 19. 9 – 18

When Elijah reached Horeb, the mountain of God, he came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’  He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.’  He said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.’ Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake;  and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave Then there came a voice to him that said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’  He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.’ Then the LORD said to him, ‘Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place. Whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall kill; and whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall kill. Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him’.


Gospel  Matthew 14:22-33

Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking towards them on the lake. But when the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’ Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’ When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’


Post Communion Prayer

Holy Father, who gathered us here around the table of your Son to share this meal with the whole household of God: in that new world where  you reveal the fullness of your peace, gather people of every race and language to share in the eternal banquet of Jesus Christ our Lord.


In our cycle of Prayer this week we remember:-  The people of Beirut.   Justin our Archbishop of Canterbury, Donald, Bishop of Peterborough, John, Bishop of Brixworth and in our own Parish we pray for all those who live in Albert Road.


Please remember in your prayers all who are sick, especially: Janice Pinnock, Christopher Munns, Judy Barker, Hazel Ager, Dale and Dave Cheney, Margaret Butts, Jean Rochester, Robyn l’Anson, Bob Haseldine, Susan Knight, Catherine Ramsey, Sheila Lloyd, Ann Whitworth, Cynthia Foster, Natalie Freeman, Catherine Harding,  Fr Christopher Hopkins, Anton McArthy, Alan Palmer..


Floodlight Sponsorship

To celebrate their friend Carolyn Smiths’s 70th birthday – David and Mary Wilson.

To celebrate their family friend David Chinery’s  70th birthday – David and Mary Wilson.



Thank you corner

Paul and Karen for their kind donation towards the sanitizer.



Sadly our Archivist, Kaye McClelland, is moving away from the area and will no longer  be able to look after the records and books in the Monks Cell.  On behalf of the Vicar, Churchwardens and PCC , thank you Kaye for your care  of the Church records and ancient Books.  Thank you also for the time you gave singing in our Church choir.  We will miss you but we wish you much happiness in the next stage of your life.  Although you are still attending Church we wanted to say thank you before you disappeared to pastures new.

We welcome Barry Wadeson who will take over from Kaye.  Barry is a member of the Church of England Records Society and a volunteer with the Church Conservation Trust, a valued member of our Church choir amongst many other talents.  You can contact Barry on


The Revd Affleck vicar 1757- 1784.

I was asked a question re The Revd Affleck and Affleck bridge.  According to John Bailey the Bakehouse Brig became known as Affleck Bridge in about 1845 which is obviously after the Revd gentleman had died. John does not give a reason for that name coming into use, but Carolyn Smith  wonders  if the Affleck family owned property in that area, perhaps including the bakehouse. They certainly continued to have connections with Finedon after 1784 as in 1825 an Affleck was a subscriber towards the cost of the recasting of the church bells. The Afflecks had a strong Finedon connection as the vicar’s mother was a Dolben. Off course it is a Bridge because at that time it would have been a bridge over the open Town Brook that now runs in a culver under the town from Banks Park through to Stocks Hill. The Affleck vault is in the churchyard “the entrance to which is marked by a rather inconspicuous horizontal inscribed slab a few yards north of the vestry”

Thank you Carolyn for the information above and Happy 70th Birthday.

Jane Read