Weekly News Sheet

   News from the churches of

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

         2nd August 2020

             Trinity 8



Fen Drayton


All services suspended till further notice. Church closed

All services suspended till further notice. Church closed

Staying Connected

your new weekly newsletter from the parish

Rev Rosie writes: Welcome to our newsletter so that we can “Stay Connected” with one another.

Thank you!! … but …

A big thank you to those who got in touch with their responses to the dates we advertised last week, regarding the opening of St P & P, Fenstanton, for individual private prayer.

And now you can almost feel the but coming on …

But … we have sufficient stewards for only two out of the eight sessions. This means that ,unless we have the other five sessions covered with a second steward and one session covered by two stewards, then we shall be unable to open the church on 5th August as planned, nor for the other planned opening times. It would not be the right thing to do, to open for the first two sessions and then to close again for the rest of August. Let’s be honest, we all need bit of a break and August is usually the time we do that, in more normal times. Most groups and activities stop for August. It doesn’t mean we stop praying though: it just means we won’t be using the church. We can pray everywhere else.

UNLESS – this is not to put pressure on anyone – unless we have sufficient stewards by Monday evening, 3rd August, then we shall not open on 5th August. I will, of course, contact all the offerers of help so far and let them know the outcome. Again, my thanks for your offers of help. They were much appreciated.

The Plan, Part Two: we are still planning to open St P&P on Sunday mornings for services, from September. More details will follow. It might involve the need to book places, a rethink of how we offer holy communion, and other such matters, but we are continuing to keep an eye on the guidance as we make our plans.


TO REMIND YOU – ZOOM gathering and meetings

You will find a list below of all the things you can join in with using the one meeting ID and password. All the church meetings have one meeting ID and password. Owen and I have those details, so do contact either of us. Email Owen ohucklesby@virginmedia.com  tel: 01480 465211, or Vicar Rosie at rosie.tallowin@btinternet.com  tel: 01480 467393.

Sunday morning chat, online fellowship, at 11am

Monday evening Compline (Night Prayer) at 8pm

Thursday Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Weekly Wednesday Community Café (5th and 12th August) at 2pm until 3pm: please note that the café is only open for the first two weeks of August and for a shorter time. It will then reopen on Wednesday 2nd September at 2pm, until 3pm., – you will need the community meeting ID and password for this meeting available from the Vicar.

We had a chatty time and a bit of a laugh, discovering if we were owls or larks, favourite ice cream flavour, and how we might describe ourselves in three words. Some of us found it was much easier to describe other people.

ADVANCE NOTICE: Please note that (in order that people can have well-earned holidays) Orders of Service and the weekly newsletter will be sent out or distributed as usual for the first two weeks of August. For the Sundays 16th, 23rd – and possibly 30th August – these will be available from 14th August. Therefore, any items for the newsletter will need to be with Ian M by Wednesday 12th August.

For our prayers this week:

Please pray for Jane Blunt, Steve & Liz Banks, Ian and Bron Taylor, Mark Richardson, RLB, Ben, Margaret Dwyer, Donna and Jessica. Please continue to pray for our St Ives foodbank.

RIP: Please pray for all those who are mourning the loss of a loved one at this time.

We think this week of the residents of Hall Green Lane, in Fenstanton, and High Street, in Fen Drayton.

Dagmar, Bishop of Huntingdon, is putting a short reflection on the Diocesan YouTube channel for each Sunday.

Bishop Stephen reminds us of the dial-in service to enable people to engage with worship. Here is the link: dial-in facility


News for this week:

Essential repairs to St Mary’s – grant application: Phil Christie writes: “I’m delighted to say that our Expression of Interest to the Historic England’s Covid-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund has been successful and we have been invited to tender a full application for funding to help repair St Mary’s church. While there is still no guarantee of acceptance, the odds are considerably better, so we will put our best efforts into creating the strongest possible case for funding. If we are successful in winning HE funding, the grant would be used for repairs to the south-west wall and the access to the bell-chamber, with the major part of the grant going towards preparation of detailed specifications and tender documentation for repair of the high-level rain goods and roof. The documentation would enable us to apply for a significant grant at a later stage. Thanks go to everyone who has been involved in getting us to this point and we will keep our fingers crossed for the next step in our project to restore St Mary’s.”

Nature notes: Joy writes: “The birds are no longer singing, apart from quarrelsome crows and gulls. The flowers too look sad, but campion, thistles and vetches still give some colour. Butterflies are in abundance in many places – small tortoiseshell, gatekeeper, meadow brown, red admiral, peacock – and if lucky you may see a comma. Insects abound. I find these difficult to identify, although the bumblebees are easy. Down the fen I saw a sandwich wrapping – horrid vandals – but inside were four very active marsh crickets. I had never seen them before. Dragon flies are everywhere, and a black-bodied skimmer was very smart. He is actually bright blue. I met a man who had seen a bittern. My theory that bitterns all emerge at 4.00pm was borne out, so we had a good laugh. I got there 30 minutes too late. All this keeps me busy. A bird trip planned for Wednesday – we hope to see cranes. Wish us luck. How blessed we are to have so much silence, peace and lovely countryside – lockdown has advantages.”

Annual meetings, 20th September: Your PCC has provisionally agreed to hold our annual parish meetings (Vestry Meeting to elect churchwardens and Annual Parochial Church Meeting for the rest of the stuff, including receiving the report and accounts for 2019, electing deanery synod and PCC members, revising the Electoral Roll etc) after morning service in the parish church on Sunday, 20th September, having been postponed from April because of ‘lockdown’. Please make a note of the date. The relevant documents will be available nearer the time. Please give some thought to joining the electoral roll, if not already on it, or to helping serve the parish in some other way. If in doubt, God will often guide you (if asked). If you are wondering about offering yourself as a candidate for election to the PCC – and we are always looking for new ideas – you might also find this link helpful: https://www.parishresources.org.uk/pccs/trusteeship/

Don’t forget to send us your pictures, comments etc so we can stay connected as the church family and friends during this time. Email: ian@fenstanton.net

With assurance of our prayers at this time

Don’t forget to Stay Connected this is your space too.

Rev Rosie Tallowin with additional help from Ian MacKellar