Weekly News Sheet

   News from the churches of

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

            12 May 2019

       Easter 4



Fen Drayton

10:30 p.m. Worship for All
 (joint service with URC)
9:30 a.m. Holy Communion.
Led by Canon Brian Atling. 
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
led by Philip Blunt.
3:20 p.m. JAFFA Club. 
Next Sunday
9:30 p.m. Joint service with URC
6:00 p.m. Choral Evensong
9:30 a.m. Holy Communion.
Led by Canon Brian Atling.


Please pray for Christian Aid week; for a generous response to others in need and for God’s blessing on all the conversations and encounters as we collect door to door. Also for the sick: the Sheppard family, Jessica Johnson, Mandy Woods, Jo Hitchins and Lesley Travis.

We continue to pray for the Tevlin family, Kath Rolph, Charlie Darling, Mark Richardson, Dick Lingham, Kate Williams, Sylvenna Halls, Marie Hall, Amy White, Sue Fuller, Laura Whitby, little Ben, and the Garnell family.

We also think this week of the residents of School Lane and Hilton Road, in Fenstanton, and St Mary’s Court, in Fen Drayton.

FORTHCOMING MARRIAGE: Thomas David Clare and Elizabeth Annabel Wright, both of this parish, are to be married on 25th May 2019 at The Holy Cross Church, Yelling.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK STARTS TODAY – PLEASE HELP: Katie writes: “12th-18th May is Christian Aid Week, and I have been organising a house-to-house envelope collection in Fenstanton. Some people are going to be away this year, so please sign up to collect from more than one street, if you can. There are still 12 streets to be covered: your help is needed more than ever. Please speak to me if you would like to know what is involved. We have invited the URC to join us at our Worship for All this morning, when we shall watch a short film about healthcare and education in Sierra Leone. The Revd Catherine Ball will speak too, and we shall have activities as usual for younger members of our congregation.”

BIG BREKKIE: This morning, there will be an opportunity to enjoy breakfast in church (from 8.30am) before the Worship for All service, which starts at 10.30am, or indeed afterwards when our Big Brekkie event will continue serving bacon rolls and healthy food to all those looking for bargains at the Village Hall garage sale. Breakfast of cereal, toast, pain-au-chocolat, orange juice, fresh coffee, tea and bacon rolls will be served inside the church from 8.30am and will continue outside after 10.30am. No tickets required, donations invited to Christian Aid. All donations on the day to Christian Aid. Please do support us or speak to Katie if you would like to help in any way.

THE REVD ROSIE TALLOWIN will be our new priest-in-charge from the summer. Her licensing service is now confirmed for 7.00pm on 10th July, when she and her husband, Vic, will move from the Diocese of Chelmsford. She is currently Team Vicar at Harwich Peninsula, in Essex. We look forward to welcoming them both to the parish. The PCC is planning refreshments after the service and a bring-and-share luncheon in the Church Centre on the first Sunday of her incumbency (14th July), so that we can all get to know them informally. More details in due course.

WHOSE CHURCH IS IT? Please remind those of your friends and neighbours in the community whom we don’t see very often that our churches are their churches, and that, as residents, they have an absolute right (subject to public order, of course) to join us in welcoming Rosie as their vicar, whatever their faith, if any.

EMMAUS meets next Sunday, 19th May, at 7.00pm for 7.30, and provisionally fortnightly after that – 2nd, 9th, 23rd June. Do join us for Bible study, reading, prayer and fellowship. We meet at 11a Honey Hill. Telephone Joy on 01480 301068.

THE WEDNESDAY HOUSE GROUP will meet on: 15th May at 11 Hilton Road, Fenstanton; 26th June at 9 Vermuyden Way, Fen Drayton; 24th July at 11 Hilton Road, Fenstanton. All meetings will start at 7.45 pm. We will continue with bible studies and prayers. Anyone and everyone is welcome. For further information contact Stephen Wilson on 01954 230055 or Philip Blunt on 01480 461751.

UPDATE ON PAUL GARNELL’S ORDINATION as deacon: Please pay Katie for your coach tickets if you have not already done so. She writes: “After Paul’s Ordination on 30th June the coach will return to Fenstanton (approx 1-1.30pm) and all the church family is invited to Fenstanton Church Centre for a simple lunch and a chance to celebrate with Paul, Sonia, Owen and their wider family. A simple meal of homemade quiche, (or pizza for smaller people) salad and fresh bread is planned. Please do speak to Sonia or Katie if you are able to help by making a quiche or salad.”

RIDE THE NIGHT: Julia Mitchell writes: “Two years after my diagnosis, and I am so thankful that I am well. To raise funds for Breast Cancer Care, I am taking part in the Women against Cancer – Ride the Night 100km cycle through London on 25th May and it would be fantastic if anyone felt able to sponsor me. I do have a form, or this is the link to the JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kirstenjuliamitchell110 Kirsten was to have done this with me but a knee injury (courtesy of Cambridge half marathon) has prevented her! She is coming down to see me out and in plus somewhere in the middle.”

SIDESMEN: We would welcome new volunteers to help as sidesmen (a term that also embraces women, of course!) at services, particularly in Fenstanton but also in Fen Drayton. The duties are not onerous – welcoming parishioners and visitors, giving out hymn books and service sheets, taking the collection and putting the hymn books away afterwards. Please talk to Joy (who devises the rota) if you are willing to help from time to time.

FEN DRAYTON SURVEY: Phil Christie writes: “You may have seen the card from the Parish Council inviting you to complete an online questionnaire about the future of the village. There are a number of questions related to St Mary’s church, which will help us and our new Vicar to plan for its development over the coming years, so please do take the time to think about what you would like from your local church. The online version of the questionnaire can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FenDraytonSurvey2019 The survey is anonymous, and should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete. If you prefer a printed version of the questionnaire, these will be available from 10:15am at the Community Café on 11th May in the Village Hall, or from me. If you are not a Fen Drayton resident, but you do attend St Mary’s church, then please skip the questions on Fen Drayton village and simply go to those in Part 3 of the survey.”

DATE FOR THE DIARY: Saturday 22nd June Barn Dance at Manor Farm, Low Road, Fenstanton (a joint fundraising event with Fenstanton Village Hall Trust).


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