Weekly News Sheet

   News from the churches of

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

         8th  July 2018

      Trinity 6

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
6:00 p.m. Choral Evensong
9:30 a.m. Holy Communion

9:30 a.m. Morning Praise

Please pray for Muriel Johns, Frances Parish, Sylvenna Halls, Carol Gurry, little Ben (see below), 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.

RIP: John Hart, former owner of Knight’s garage, the site on which Pitfield Close now stands, whose funeral will be conducted by Harvey Marshall in church at 11.45am on Monday 23rd July, followed by cremation at 1.00pm at Cambridge Crematorium.

KAYLEIGH WARD: Kayleigh would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome she was given last Sunday for her Baptism. Christine Harris adds: “She was overwhelmed with the love and fellowship in our Church. She is very keen to bring her family soon to join us in Worship. Many thanks.”

FORTHCOMING BAPTISM: Thomas Hattle (at Fen Drayton) on 22nd July.

FORTHCOMING MARRIAGES: Andrew Heath and Sara Graylen, of Greenfields, Fenstanton, who are to be married on 28th July at Holy Trinity Church, Elsworth; Toby Chapman and Lucy Tinkler, of 6 Tythe Piece, Fenstanton, who are to be married in St Mary’s Church, Hardwick, on 18th August, and whose banns are being read today and next Sunday; and Daniel Jonathan McGreal and Patricia Louise Sadler, of 9 Arbury Road, Cambridge, who are to be married on 8th September in Fenstanton, and whose banns will be read today and for the two following Sundays.

LITTLE BEN: Penny Leigh-Brown writes: “Thank you so much for all the prayers for little Ben! His whole family has been uplifted and kept afloat as a result! He has now just completed his final, lengthy course of chemo (started in January) and has apparently been cheerful and good natured through the whole process! He is home for a while and we are all praying now for continuing strength and good humour for the family (mother Claire and father Mark both gave up work to be with him all the time, and older sister Ellie was with her grandmother) and eventually for complete healing for little Ben!”

SPORTS DAY (yesterday): Many thanks to the folks who helped set up on Thursday evening for the village Sports Day. It was much appreciated by the Sports Day Committee.👍

TC will meet next on Friday (13th July).

VOLUNTEERS TO HOST US VISITORS, 13th AUGUST: Cy Grant, from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, has written to say: “I am working with Bob Anderson and Jenna LaRiviere at the New England Historic Genealogical Society on the Pilgrim Roots of the Great Migration tour this August. Both Bob and I will be accompanying the group of 31 tour participants. I would like to reconfirm our visit to Fenstanton Parish Church on Monday, 13th August at 10.00am. We expect to depart at about 11a.m.” As you probably know, John Howland, from Fenstanton, sailed with the Pilgrim Fathers on The Mayflower, and was ancestor to several US Presidents (not including Trump!) If you can spare an hour or so to serve refreshments in Fenstanton church on that Monday morning and to show off our church, please contact Ian Mac, who is co-ordinating the preparations but cannot be present on the day.

EVERY DAY A SCHOOL DAY: Jane, Claire and Katie are heading into school on Friday to run a fun session about Jesus, water and boats! Katie adds: “We will make and float boats with the children, too. A final planning meeting for visiting school on Friday will take place on Tuesday 10th July at Claire’s, at 9:15am.”

COACH TRIP TO SOUTHWOLD: Katie asks that those yet to pay for Southwold coach trip would do so as soon as possible

EMMAUS meets again a week today (15th July) at Joy’s house, at 7.30pm. All are welcome. She adds: “We are an informal group who worship in different churches, and enjoy meeting together for coffee, reflection, discussion and prayer.”

BIRDING FOR BOYS: Joy Saunders writes: “Many, many thanks for all your help in raising funds to send Owen and Daniel to the Scout Jamboree next year. Barrie, Margaret and I had a good time, finding 60 different species of bird, including the rare stone curlews. A bittern flew past our noses! Thank you, Barrie, for the idea, and thank you again to everyone who supported the venture. Each boy will shortly be receiving a cheque of £175 towards their visit to the USA.” She adds: “The Fenstanton Church Bird group is planning another boat trip with the RSPB. We will try to get tickets for 2nd or 16th October – a good time for waders and seals. The boat leaves Boston at 9.15am, and we shall be out most of the day. Let me know if you are interested in joining us and, if so, which days you could manage. We have done this twice and had a marvellous day out.”

NEXT WEEK’S MEETINGS include: Huntingdon Deanery Synod, St Barnabas, Huntingdon, on Tuesday 10th July, 7.00 for 7.30pm; Fabric Committee on Wednesday 11th July, at 7.45pm in church.

FENSTANTON HOUSE-TO-HOUSE COLLECTION 2018: Julia Mitchell writes: “This year, the collection runs from 2nd to 15th September and raises money for the Restoration Fund. I shall be away for a lot of August, which is why I am trying to get the roads covered this month. We have quite a few new houses in the village now, and it would be lovely to get all the roads covered, as we have done in the past. If you could spare some time during the two-week period, do please put your name against a road (or roads) on the list at the back of Fenstanton church. The more collectors we have, the fewer roads per person!”

RELATED DATES TO NOTE: The Church Centre Committee has invited the Bishop of Huntingdon, the Rt Revd David Thomson, and his charming wife Jean to join us for a farewell occasion on Saturday 1st September, before their retirement to Herefordshire later in the month. They have agreed to join us at the Pimms & Pâté event at 4.00pm on that day. (Tickets will be available nearer the time.) Also, the Farewell Service for Bishop David and Jean is being held on Sunday 23rd September at 4pm in Ely Cathedral. Everyone is welcome, but it would be helpful to the cathedral to have a rough idea of numbers planning to attend. If you plan to go, please let Canon Brian, one of the churchwardens or Ian Mac know in the next few weeks.

GOD’S GANG: More thanks to Joy for hosting a swim last weekend for God’s Gang, parents and its leaders – a fun swim, splash and play was had in a lovely warm pool on a gloriously sunny day.🌞 The group 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. After the summer break, the next meeting will be on 2nd September; then 7th October, 4th November, 2nd December.

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