Weekly News Sheet


Fenstanton Church News  

           15th April 2018

                       Easter 3

Services today:

Next Sunday:

9:30 a.m. Holy Communion, Rev Cliffoed Owen 
11:30 a.m. Baptism 
6:00 p.m. Choral Evensong, led by Geoff Dodgson
9:30 a.m. Family Communion, Harvey Marshall
11:30 a.m. Baptism conducted by Canon Brian Atling

Please pray for Christine Harris, Muriel Johns, Frances Parish, Sylvenna Halls, Carol Gurry, little Ben, Colin Saunderson, Joan Longden, Barbara Wood, who is recovering from surgery, and Jack Wilderspin.

We continue to pray for the Laura Whitby, Tevlin family, Kath Rolph, Charlie Darling, Mark Richardson, Deryck Burton, Dick Lingham, Kate Williams, Marie Hall, Amy White and Gill Henderson

CONGRATULATIONS to Nia, Owain and Harri Brown on their baptisms later today – with love from all your little friends at Jaffa Club and from the wider church family.

CHRIS SAUNDERS: Joy thanks the Lord for the recovery of Chris Saunders, and thanks all who have been praying for him.

FORTHCOMING BAPTISMS: Nia, Owain and Harri Brown, 11.30am today; Frankie and Freya Denston, 11.30am on 22nd April; Mabel Rose Wolfenden and Sophie Erin Lee, 11.30am on 6th May.

EMMAUS: Emmaus meets next at Penny and John’s, 56 Church Leys, on 22nd April at 7.30pm, to watch the film The Way. Joy adds: “We shall be discussing it at our fortnightly meetings at my house, starting on 13th May. Do join us on one evening or all.”

WEDNESDAY HOUSE GROUP: There will be a meeting of the Wednesday House Group on 18 April at 11 Hilton Road, Fenstanton (the Blunts’) starting at 7.45. Everyone is welcome. For further information contact Stephen Wilson on 01954 230055 or Philip Blunt on 01480 461751.

OUR EXCITING NEW PARISH of Fen Drayton with Fenstanton could be created by the beginning of June 2018, something the two PCCs have been working towards for many months. Fenstanton’s will be the ‘parish church’ and Fen Drayton’s the ‘daughter church’. A new PCC will be elected for the new parish to manage the two buildings, oversee the pattern of worship and generally administer the parish. The latest (final) process is a formal consultation by the Church Commissioners – details of how to comment are on the blue sheet. If there are no objections, as there were not to the diocesan consultation earlier in the year, our parishes could be united as soon as 1st June. Full details of the ‘scheme’ are also at the back of church. (See also Dates, below.)

ANNUAL MEETINGS (Fenstanton): What we hope will be the final annual meeting of Fenstanton parish will take place in the Church Centre on Wednesday 25th April 2018. That is not in any way a statement of despair – but because we hope soon to replace our parish with a new parish of Fen Drayton with Fenstanton (see above). In the meantime, our AGM has to go ahead to elect churchwardens and a new church council to help us shape the future. We also have to receive the exciting annual report and accounts for 2017. Copies are available now from the secretary, Ian Mac, in electronic form or, if you don’t have access to a computer, on paper.

OTHER COMING MEETINGS: Monday 16th April, 2.30pm parish management meeting, Shoemaker Cottage; Wednesday 18th April, 8pm Restoration meeting in Saunders Room; Thursday 19th April, 3.20pm first Jaffa Club of summer term in church; and later at 7.30pm Children’s Work Group will meet at Kate Tuplin’s; Friday 20th April, 7.30-8.45pm TC (Teenage Christians) in the Church Centre.

SOUP FOR PEACE: Thank you to everyone who supported Penny and John’s Soup lunches during Lent. Each week we enjoyed a variety of delicious soups, as well as good company, and raised £470 raised for Christian Aid.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK is next month: Katie writes: “Once again, I am organising the house-to-house envelope collection in Fenstanton, and I am looking for volunteers to deliver and collect envelopes in a street or two between 13th and 19th May. At the Worship for All service we will hear about the people of Haiti, struggling after a hurricane struck. The Bible talks about God being a shelter in times of storm (Isaiah 25:4) This doesn't just mean the real storms, but it is about God promising to be with us during difficult times in our lives, something many of us are very aware of. As Christians, we are called to be God’s hands here on earth and to help those like the people of Haiti in need. Please do think about joining the team of volunteers and help us ‘Let thy will be done’ this Christian Aid week. For any further information about collecting please do be in touch, thank you (ikhuck@virginmedia.com or 465211)”.

CHORAL EVENSONG will take place this evening despite the news that woodworm has been found in the pedal organ area and needs to be treated correctly. Keith Page adds: “This has delayed the completion of the organ for which this Evensong was to celebrate! However, Colin Thirwell, from Godmanchester, is happy to let us borrow his single manual organ keyboard once again, and the choir are happy to sing too. I am sure you all agree that the woodworm problem should be correctly sorted while the instrument is in parts. Hope to see you on Sunday evening at 6 p.m.”

TC starts again on Friday – 20th April. Kate Tuplin writes: “We have now come to the end of our series on discipleship and we are going to be tackling a new topic - ‘Forgiven and accepted’. There will be games (on the green when the weather picks up), drama, challenges and of course the summer barbecue.” TC will meet again on 4th May, 18th May, 15th June, 29th June and 13th July.

SAVE THE DATES: An Older Persons’ Communion and Tea is to be held on Friday 11th May at 3pm in the Church Centre. Invitations will be delivered after Easter. If you know of anyone who would like to be added to the list, please speak to Barrie or Katie. Provisionally, the inaugural meeting of our new parish of Fen Drayton with Fenstanton is pencilled in for the evening of Wednesday 6th June.

BESIDE THE SEASIDE: Notwithstanding our recent weather, Katie, ever the optimist, writes: “While it doesn’t feel much like summer, ☀️it is on the distant horizon and so is the chance of a day at the seaside!🍦Cost will be approximately £11 per seat. If you would be interested in a day trip by coach 🚌 to Southwold on Wednesday 25th or Thursday 26th July, please sign the sheet at the back of church today or do let me know either by email to ikhuck@virginmedia.com or phone 01480 465211.”

MERCY SHIPS: A new charity for this year so another good reason to pedal! Julia Mitchell writes: “Keith and I are doing a sponsored ride to Mercy Ships HQ – no, NOT off the African coast but in Stevenage. The route is plotted, and we intend (barring incidents) to cycle there AND back, roughly 66 miles. We are going on Tuesday, 1st May, so please, please sponsor us to raise funds for Mercy Ships. The sheet is at the back of [Fenstanton] Church.”

(Email items for inclusion to ian@fenstanton.net or ring (01480) 389688. Same address if you would like to be added to the free weekly emailing.)