Weekly News Sheet

   News from the churches of

           St Peter & Paul, Fenstanton, and 
                     St Mary, Fen Drayton

        10th June 2018

                       Trinity 2

Services Fenstanton Fen Drayton
Services today:

Next Sunday :

10:00 a.m. Worship for All
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer, led by Philip Blunt
9:30 a.m. Holy Communion, Canon Jonathan Young 
6:00 p.m. Sung Evensong, Michael Ingham
9:30a.m. Holy Communion

9:30a.m. Holy Communion

Please pray for Christine Harris, Muriel Johns, Frances Parish, Sylvenna Halls, Carol Gurry, little Ben, Colin Saunderson, the Garnell family; Christina and Steve Sheppard, and their daughter, Sarah, who is very unwell.

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

FORTHCOMING MARRIAGE: Andrew Heath and Sara Graylen, of Greenfields, Fenstanton, who are to be married on 28th July at the Holy Trinity Church, Elsworth, and whose banns are read in Fenstanton today.

FORTHCOMING BAPTISMS: Kayleigh Ward on 1st July (at Fenstanton) and Thomas Hattle (at Fen Drayton) on 22nd July.

THE PARISH PICNIC at Grafham at lunchtime today (12.30pm) is a very informal gathering, at which everyone of all ages, on his or her own or as a family, is very welcome to join us for as long as they like or are able to.

JAFFA: Katie writes: “We had a lovely Jaffa Club last Thursday. It perhaps should have been renamed ‘food feast!’ Our topic this term has been The Lord’'s Prayer, and we looked at ‘Give us today our daily bread’. The rain meant no picnic outside but we sat inside on a picnic rug, heard the story of the feeding of the 5,000 and tasted lots of different sorts of bread that Gill had bought. We made and baked our own bread rolls (the smell in church was lovely) and after singing ‘Happy 9th Birthday’ to George we shared a chocolate birthday cake and fruit. It was lovely to have two new little girls join us too. Jaffa Club will meet again on Thursday 21st June, 3.20pm in church.”

PAUL GARNELL sends advance notice of his ‘deaconing’ – usually at the Petertide before ordination to the priesthood – on Sunday 30th June 2019 at Ely Cathedral. He will be away on the retreat they organise from the previous Thursday to Sunday at nearby Bishop Woodford House. Paul adds this caution: “Please note the small print: this is the date for those being made Deacons. However, this is dependent on my being accepted for a curacy, which I don’t find out about until the end of July (or I get a letter from the Bishop saying he is releasing me to seek a curacy outside of the diocese). There are 12 ordinands for five curacies! Your and everyone else’s prayers during this time would be very, very much appreciated.”

EMMAUS has altered the dates of our meetings, because there are so many things on in the village at the moment. The future dates are: 17th June, 1st, 15th, 29th July. All are welcome for coffee, discussion and prayer at 11a Honey Hill at 7.30pm. We are continuing with our discussions on the film The Way.

OUR OPEN GARDENS WEEKEND (23rd and 24th June): Please help with advertising this weekend. Posters are available for anyone to display in a window or on your garden gate at home and do come and help or bring friends along to view the gardens. We are very grateful to all who have worked hard on their gardens and open them for others to look round and enjoy.  On both Saturday and Sunday, we shall be serving refreshments in the Church Centre. If you are able to bake a cake to be enjoyed by those who will visit the gardens, please sign up on the list at the back of church or speak to Gill Henderson or Sylvia Shaylor. We shall also need ticket sellers to sit and sell the tickets in the church for an hour on either Saturday or Sunday ... please sign up on the sheet at the back of church today.

IN ANTICIPATION OF WHICH: Can you help to ensure our lovely church and churchyard look their very best for Open Gardens? There will be a working party on Thursday 14th June from 6pm to undertake a few extra tasks such as edging and sweeping the church path, removing cobwebs from high in the porch, weeding around the tombstones etc. Please bring brushes and any tools that may be useful and have a word with Ian Huck if you can come. Anyone fancy fish and chips afterwards?

EASYFUNDRAISING: Julia writes: “If you still have holidays or other trips away to book this year, why not book via easyfundraising and raise money for our church. You can book flights, accommodation, packages etc through lots of well-known companies such as Expedia, Booking.com and many others. It’s very easy to use and costs you no more than going direct. If you’re new to EasyFundraising, use the link to register https://easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/2P9PEA/1W1CKH/ otherwise, use link https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/fenstantonpcrf.” (Magically, some of the commission that would have gone elsewhere comes to your church.) Ask Julia to explain how it works.

PILGRIM GREAT-GREAT-(etc)-GRANDSON: Paul Garnell has been contacted by someone called Sean Patchin, a descendant of our own John Howland, who plans to visit Fenstanton Church on Monday morning, 25th June. If anyone can be available to welcome him and show him round, it would be much appreciated. Paul hopes for further and better particulars in due course.

MEETINGS THIS WEEK include: Parish meeting with the Revd Peter Cunliffe to consider a proposed link with the Hemingfords parishes, Monday 11th June, Church Centre (all are welcome and encouraged to attend); Parish Management Committee on Wednesday 13th in Saunders Room at 9.30am; PCC in the Saunders Room at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th June.

TC will meet again on 15th June, 29th June and 13th July.

GOD’S GANG meets in Fen Drayton village hall from 4pm for roughly an hour of fun, faith, food and fellowship for children aged up to 12, usually on the first Sunday of each month. The dates for the next few months are: 1st July (swim party at Joy’s), 2nd September, 7th October, 4th November, 2nd December. If you would like to know more, please speak to Harry Hucklesby, Hannah Housego, Owen Garnell or Emily Martin, who have been before.

ELY CATHEDRAL: A reminder that your cathedral’s spectacular Flower Festival will take place from 21st to 24th June. The event, which takes place every five years, is forecast to be bigger and better than ever. Also, there are copies of the Cathedral’s Annual Review 2017 and the latest Octagon at the back of church.

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