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The history books record Towcester as a significant battle site in 917, the Saxons defeating of the Vikings. The town is having a Saxon Fair based on the field north of the Northampton Road. The churches of the town are having a prayer tent and activities for people to join in all day, to discover the richness of the church with its Christian heritage that we know was thriving at that time. There are many Saxon saints who had a significant role in developing peace and the spread of education and the English language from that time. We are holding our 9.30 am service in the field, in the arena of the Fair. This will be simple, short, based on the Morning Prayer of the Northumbria Community with an informative illustration from Saxon Christian heritage. If wet, we will be in the prayer tent there. (If really wet we will be in church) It will finish by 10.00 am when the rest of the fair is planned to be open 10.00 am-5.00 pm.

There will be battle re-enactments, storytelling and much more. St Lawrence will have an 8.00 am Holy Communion service in church that day. I apologise to anyone this puts out, but it is important to move outside our comfortable walls on occasions and take opportunities as they arise. NB. There is also an evening Communion planned on Tuesday 25th July in St Lawrence. A small planning group from Churches Together in Towcester have planned to have a real presence throughout the fair story telling (a great Saxon Tradition) of the lives of the contemporary saints, the skill of art and calligraphy used by monks and nuns of the time, exploring earthy Celtic style traditions and crafts, and offering prayer to anyone who would like it. However, we could do with some help from our churches, with the preparations and on the day itself. We are having at least two tents - one for people to pray in and one for general displays and activities.

If you could give us an hour of your time on the Sunday, at the fair, that would be great. The help that we need is as follows: Help erecting the tent - Saturday evening; Hanging drapes, flags, banners, windsock etc.; 4 Mowing a labyrinth - on Saturday evening; If you are on your church's prayer team - could you spend some time praying with people who would like prayer on the day? Dancers and singers - to do a flash mob prayer dance and help with a Taize chant; (rehearsal Saturday 15th at 10.00 am in St Lawrence) Preparing children's craft activities; Running children's activities on the day; If anyone can do calligraphy, we would like to run demonstrations of this, that people can join in with; Hospitality - making tea for people wanting to stop for a chat or prayer. Offer of an extra tent/gazebo and plain cloth for hanging artwork on If you can help in any way, please can you let the Church offices know - or any one of the organisation team - Rev. Ben, Oliver Low, Arthur Hughes or Helen Castle. Thank you so much, in advance, for considering your involvement in this work of God in our town.

 

Sunday 23rd July. We remember the Year 917 and our Christian Heritage Change of service pattern and of place in Towcester