Weekly News Sheet

   News from the churches of

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

              9 December 2018

          Advent 2



Fen Drayton


10:30 a.m. Toy Service
12:30 p.m. Christmas Lunch 
9:30 a.m. Holy Communion,
led by Canon Brian Atling.
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
led by Philip Blunt 
Next Sunday :
9:30 a.m. Holy Communion,
led by Revd Clifford Owen
5:00 p.m. Carol Service
9:30 a.m. Morning Praise,
led by Niki Whitby.



Please pray for Gareth Harris, Christine’s son, who is scheduled to undergo major back surgery tomorrow (Monday), Ian Taylor, who is recovering in hospital after successful major surgery, Bob Henderson, Sue Fuller, who has had cataract surgery, Laura Whitby, who is now struggling to walk, Carol Gurry, little Ben, Colin Saunderson, the Garnell family; Christina and Steve Sheppard, and their daughter, Sarah, Jessica Johnson, and Mandy Woods.

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

SUNDAY LUNCH: Our Church Family Christmas lunch follows our services today, 12:30 for 1pm in the Fenstanton Church Centre. Please speak to Katie if you would like to join us. (In aid of our charity, Mercy Ships.)

ANNE GROOME, who is recovering at home from her hip replacement surgery, thanks the parish for its prayers thus: “With the help of prayers, cards and flowers, also listening to the reassuring and comforting sound of the church bells, I am recovering well. I am so very grateful for all of these.”

RIP: The funeral of Peter West is to be on Tuesday 11th December at 12noon at Cambridge Crematorium.

EMMAUS is meeting this Sunday at 11a Honey Hill for its last meeting of the autumn. Joy writes: “We are a friendly ecumenical group, meet at 7.00pm for 7.30pm for coffee, and then spend an hour reading, discussing, and praying together. Jackie Tevlin will lead us this week in a reflection on the parable of the Prodigal son. All are welcome – just turn up.”

PERSONAL CHRISTMAS CARDS: For several years, instead of sending each other Christmas cards, members of the congregation in Fenstanton have put up a single card at the back of church and given the money saved to charity. There is now a board at the back of church for your cards, if you wish to do that. You may wish to include the congregations of both churches in the parish in your season’s greetings (or put separate cards in each church, if you prefer).

MORE SIDESMEN NEEDED: Joy writes: “We are going to be a bit short of sidesmen in the New Year. Please would anyone like to volunteer to join the willing band? There is a list of things to do, which I can send you, and the job is not onerous. The main tasks are welcoming people at the door, taking the collection, and helping clear up afterwards. It is a lovely way to get to know our friendly congregation better.” Please contact Joy on 01480 301068.

ADVENT EVENTS: Thank you to everyone who helped or supported our various events last weekend, beginning Advent in some style! The Mulled Wine evening was a lovely social time, and thanks to our hosts Chris and Nicky Behagg. Thanks to everyone’s generosity, the Mulled Wine evening raised a fabulous £779.80 for the Church Restoration Fund at Fenstanton. Our Christingle on Sunday was well supported, with 140 children and adults from Fen Drayton and Fenstanton enjoying an informal service and delicious tea afterwards. As well as our young (and not so young!) musicians, we welcomed some of the choir from Fen Drayton school who sang Christmas songs for us. The amount donated at the service was £330.29, which will enable The Children’s Society to support and work with the most vulnerable children in need. A special thank you to Sonia Garnell for making so many lovely mini-Christingle cakes (see photo) to help us celebrate Christingle’s 50th anniversary. Thank you to everyone who donated the tea or helped to serve and wash up afterwards. Any late donations still welcome! Our travelling crib figures have already made visits to Pre-School and School this week, and the children at school enjoyed making props and crafts ready for their end-of-term Christmas service.

CHERRY-PICKIN’: Thank you to all the men who helped with Fenstanton church repairs and the very high dusting earlier in the week when the ‘cherry picker' was hired in. Thank you also to those people who came on Saturday to clean the church and clear up the fallen cobwebs, dust and debris. Many hands helped to restore the church in time for Christmas.

CAROLS AT FENSTANTON: The Carol Service at 5.00pm next Sunday includes readings for the Christmas season (not all from the bible) with well-known Carols for all to sing. In addition, there are four choir carols arranged by 20th century composers, which Keith Page says will add some contrast and, he hopes, some enjoyment. It is open for all ages so please come along. There will be light refreshments and drinks afterwards.

CRIB SERVICE – HELP NEEDED: Any young people or children who would like to take part in our Crib service this year (4pm on Christmas Eve) and are available to practise at 11am on Sunday 16th December and 11:30am on 23rd December are asked to speak to or email Katie or Joy as soon as possible, please.

CAROLS AT ST MARY’S: Phil Christie is co-ordinating a pop-up choir for St Mary’s Carol Service on 24th December at 6:00pm. He writes: “We will sing a couple of carols selected by Jeremy Thurlow, who will also rehearse the choir.” If you are interested, please contact Phil (phil.christie@ntlworld.com).

COMING MEETINGS: Children’s Work Group will meet on Monday 10th December, 7.30pm at Kate’s, and TC hope to sing carols around the village on Friday 14th December. If you would like them to call at your door (and you live within reasonable walking distance of the Church Centre) please let Kate Tuplin or Katie know. Anyone who would like to join in and support our young people will be very welcome.

CHARITY RIDE: Julia has received this message from Nick Pallister, treasurer of the Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust, following Keith Page’s, Margaret Blount’s and Stephen Wilson’s bike ride in September: “Thank you so much for your participation in this year’s Ride, Drive and Stride event. A transfer of £213.83 will be made to your nominated bank account on 30th November representing 50 per cent of the proceeds, which is a donation to your named church funds. The Trustees and Executive Committee wish to thank all the organisers, helpers, sponsors, walkers and riders for all their efforts which are much appreciated. Please convey this appreciation to all concerned.”

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS: Lots of other events are coming up at Fenstanton during Advent suitable for all ages. Please support us and help us share with others who may join us less frequently or may be new to church. They include:

POSADA (travelling crib): Make sure you have signed the sheet to have our little knitted Mary and Joseph figures to stay overnight this Advent. Keep a sheep from the box and bring it to the Crib Service on 24th December at 4pm; and

CHRISTMAS CRUNCH: Thursday 20th December, 11am-2pm. Come and help us decorate the BIG church Christmas Tree in church and then move to the Church Centre for crafts, activities and lunch together. Parents are welcome to join us for a simple lunch from 1.15pm. Please sign the list to book a space to help with preparation and catering. Please speak to Katie if you would like to help on the day or if you need any further information.

WEEKLY ENVELOPE SCHEME, FENSTANTON: Next year’s weekly envelope boxes are at the back of Fenstanton church.

ELECTORAL ROLL: This is advance notice that everyone on the parish electoral roll will be asked to fill in a new form next February. So don’t be surprised if you hear from Anne Groome, our Electoral Roll Officer, in the New Year. We have to produce a new roll every few years because some parishes are not as careful as we are in keeping the list up to date. Although the only ‘benefit’ is being able to vote at the annual meeting, the list also determines how many church council members we can elect and how many representatives we have on Huntingdon Deanery Synod. There are no obvious ‘downsides’ to being on the list. New members are always welcome: the only qualifications are being aged 16 or over, a member of the Church of England resident in the parish or, if you live outside the parish, a ‘regular’ [not defined] worshipper at either or both of our churches.

BIRDING: Joy writes: “The Fen church birding group sallied forth once more to go to Welney reserve. Much mirth, many birds, pleasant lunch, a heated hide (wow!), and birds galore. Six marsh harriers, some rare tree sparrows, and a ringed teal (a cheat this, as it was an escapee from somewhere). Don’t ask about the fish-and-chip van! But just join us in January. Dates to be announced.” Talk to Barrie or Joy.

 (Email items for inclusion to ian@fenstanton.net )