Weekly News Sheet


Fenstanton Church News  

           18th March 2018

                  Lent 5  Passiontide

Services today:


Next Sunday:
9:30 a.m. Holy Communion, Rev Clifford Owen
3:00 p.m. Baptism 
6:00 p.m. Sung Evensong.  Geoff Dodgson
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer, led by Philip Blunt.
3:20 p.m. JAFFA.
9:30 a.m. Family Communion Palm Sunday. Ven Hugh McCurdy

Please pray for Marie Hall, Christine Harris, Amy White, Muriel Johns, Frances Parish, Sylvenna Halls, Chris Saunders, Carol Gurry, little Ben, Colin Saunderson Chris Jablonski, Gill Henderson and Joan Longden.

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

RIP: Ann Brown of Chequer Street died on Thursday last week. Her funeral will take place in church at 1.00pm on Wednesday 4th April followed by committal at the Crematorium West Chapel at 2.15pm.

MERCY SHIPS: Veronica Weatherhead will be speaking to us about the work of Mercy Ships, our charity for 2018, in the sermon ‘slot’ today. Clifford Owen who will be taking the service also has a connection with Mercy Ships in a member of his church in Oostende, Belgium, now working for the charity!  She is Yvonne Ferrari, and sent this email when Clifford told her about our connection with the organisation: “Dear Clifford and Philip [Blunt], How wonderful to hear this news that you have chosen Mercy Ships as your latest charity. It has become a home from home for me. I feel surrounded by friendship joy and love. The work the doctors do is amazing. Today I visited the patients in the wards here on the ship, holding their hands and giving a hug. The children are so beautiful and always smiling even when they are bandaged all over or constricted in plaster of Paris after a long operation to straighten bones and deformities …” Philip has the full text if you would like to read it.

THE LENT LUNCH is being held today. Please speak to Katie if you would like to join us for a simple lunch of homemade soup, 🍵 bread 🍞and cheese. This is our first fund-raiser of 2018 for our charity, Mercy Ships (adults £5, children £3, under-threes free).

FORTHCOMING BAPTISMS: Sophia Abigail Cotton, 3.00pm, today. Also, Nia, Owain and Harri Brown, 11.30am on 15th April; Frankie and Freya Denston, 11.30am on 22nd April; and Mabel Rose Wolfenden, 11.30am on 6th May.

FORTHCOMING MARRIAGE: David Ian Anderson and Clare Rachel Davies, whose wedding will take place on 7th April at 12.30pm.

INTERMENT OF CREMATED REMAINS: The ashes of Thelma Gant, a long-standing member of our congregation, will be buried in the Area of Cremated Remains at noon today, in a ceremony conducted by Harvey Marshall. Thelma died in Nottingham at the end of October last year. Her remains will be buried with those of her late husband, Bert.

PALM SUNDAY: Please do bring along any donkeys🐴 (playmobil, china, cuddly ones) you may have at home to join our procession next Sunday. Those who are able to are invited to gather outside Ron’s Farm Shop at 9.15am to process 👣 to church for our 9.30am Family Communion Service. (Don’t forget the clocks go forward 1 hour at 1am🕐)

MOTHERING SUNDAY: Thank you for all the flowers given and to those who helped put the posies together for Mothering Sunday. Katie adds: “The posies delivered after the service to those on our prayer list were much appreciated🌷”

LENT COURSE: The Lent course will take place at Penny and John Leigh-Brown’s house (56 Church Leys) again today (Sunday), at 7.30 for coffee and cake.

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER: Details of all our services and events during this week are now available on a flier at the back of church, do pick one up and join us when you are able to.

A GOOD FRIDAY WORKSHOP of story, craft and activities is being planned for 10-12midday at church. This free session will be filled with fun activities including baking, 🐰story, crafts and a chocolate hunt and is open to all children. Please do pick up the grey-and-pink flier at the back of church with all the details, share with friends and neighbours and come along. Then some of us will drive to Fen Drayton, ready to walk back with the cross to Fenstanton. We shall picnic en route (bring a packed lunch) and be back in Fenstanton in time for the service in church at 2.45pm (which Michael Ingham will lead).

COMING MEETINGS: Wednesday 21st March, PCC at 7.30pm, Church Centre.

PEACE SOUP: Everyone is invited to a simple soup lunch on Thursdays in Lent, noon-2pm at Penny and John Leigh-Brown’s, 56 Church Leys, Fenstanton, with donations welcome to support the work of Christian Aid. The last date this year is next Thursday, 22nd March.

CHANCEL REGAINED: Ray Whitby writes: “A big thank you to everyone who turned up on the Monday afternoon [ before the confirmation service on 6th March] to clean up the church. It looks fabulous, and isn’t it nice to have the chancel and sanctuary back?” Katie added the thanks of the confirmation candidates. Owen’s pictures of the occasion are at the back of church. Our Vicar and Rural Dean, Canon Brian Atling, wrote thus the following morning: “My thanks to you all for what everyone seemed to agree was a wonderful family event. Bishop Stephen has written to me to say how much he enjoyed his visit and how impressed he was by our candidates and the Fens family. It was wonderful to have the use of the sanctuary, and our choir did us real credit. I thank you all for all the hard work and for making it such an enjoyable occasion.”

EASTER EGGS have arrived. Please see Katie to pay for and collect them. Original eggs are £3.99; dark chocolate £5.50.

PILGRIMS’ PROGRESS: Becky Cumbers writes: “Due to our imminent move out of Fenstanton, I would like to find a willing volunteer to take over my rôle as the John Howland Society’s contact here in the village. The commitment is minimal and, like me, you do not have to have any family connection to John Howland. The rôle includes writing a short article about life in the village four times a year for the society’s quarterly magazine, as well as being a contact to arrange meeting groups visiting, mainly from USA and Canada. It is a great rôle that I have thoroughly enjoyed doing and a great opportunity to meet some lovely people, who really appreciate our taking the time to make them feel welcome. Please contact me on 01480 496335 to chat in further detail if you are interested.”

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND: Bishop Stephen will be leading a diocesan pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Palestine in February next year, and is inviting company. If the idea appeals, follow this link: http://www.elydiocese.org//event?id=7527 or see his letter, a copy of which is at the back of church or available from Ian Mac.

CONCERT FOR LADYBIRD: Margaret Blount reminds that the Huntingdon Male Voice Choir is putting on a concert to raise money for the Ladybird boat for disabled and disadvantaged folk, at the Free Church in St Ives next (Palm) Sunday, 25th March, at 2.30pm. Tickets are £12, £8 for concessions and free for carers from Hugh on 07941 440370.

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