Weekly News Sheet

   News from the churches of

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

              12 Aug 2018

        Trinity 11

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
10:00 a.m. Holy Communion with
Revd Clifford Owen 
6:00 p.m. Sung Evensong with
Geoff Dodgson 
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, Colin Saunderson, the Garnell family; Christina and Steve Sheppard, and their daughter, Sarah, Angela Everitt (Christine’s Mum) and Margaret Kemaite and Mary Kanza-Ziwa, who were involved in a motor accident recently. Also, Margaret Walker, her sister Rosemary and their families, following the tragic death of Rosemary’s granddaughter, Jessica, at the age of 26, leaving her husband and 18-month-old son.

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.

OUR US VISITORS TOMORROW: A party of 33 visitors from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, on the Pilgrim Roots of the Great Migration tour, will be visiting Fenstanton Parish Church on Monday, 13th August between 10.00am and about 11.00am. 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!). Thanks to Philip, Jane and the others who have volunteered to show them round and look after ‘the cousins’.

FORTHCOMING MARRIAGES: Toby Chapman and Lucy Tinkler, of 6 Tythe Piece, Fenstanton, who are to be married in St Mary’s Church, Hardwick, next Saturday (18th August); and Daniel Jonathan McGreal and Patricia Louise Sadler, of 9 Arbury Road, Cambridge, who are to be married on 8th September in Fenstanton.

WEDNESDAY HOUSE GROUP: There will be a meeting of the Wednesday House Group this coming Wednesday (15th August) at 11 Hilton Road, Fenstanton, starting at 7.45 pm. Everyone is welcome. For further information contact Stephen Wilson on 01954 230055 or Philip Blunt on 01480 461751.

FOURTH SUNDAYS AT FENSTANTON: An emerging option (favoured by the PCC at its meeting last month) is to move both ‘all-age’ services (Worship for All on second Sundays of the month and Family Communion on fourth Sundays) to a 10.30am start time to give families with young children more time to get ready, as well as enabling a priest to conduct communion services at both our churches on the same morning. Another option is to start all our Sunday morning services at the same time, 10.30am. Your thoughts on these ideas will be welcome. Please speak to or email Canon Brian, a churchwarden or any member of the PCC. We expect the PCC to make a decision at its next meeting, in September.

GOODBYE AND THANK YOU: We are delighted that Bishop David and his wife Jean will be joining us for Pimm’s and Pâté on Saturday 1st September. Bishop David is retiring at the end of September, and this is our opportunity to say thank you to him for all his support of our parish over the years, thinking more recently of his officially opening our newly-renovated Church Centre, and leading the service and dedication of the plaque outside the church during our Capability Brown celebrations. We do hope as many of you as possible can come along to show Bishop David the gratitude, respect and love he has fostered in our parish – the event starts at 4pm at Buntings, Talls Lane, Fenstanton. Adults £12.50, children 6-16 years £5, under 6 years free. Tickets available now from Gill Henderson at Fenstanton Church, by ringing 01480 466101 or by emailing henderson_michael@sky.com. 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.

TEENAGE CHRISTIANS: TC starts back on 21st September.”

ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE, FENSTANTON: Katie writes: “Our regular activities for children and young people, TC, Jaffa Club and Sunday Club, take a break over the summer, but there will be an activity sheet and, of course, families are welcome to use the toys and books in the back corner during the summer services. The Activities and Worship for Families leaflet is now available for start-back dates and the autumn term – do help yourself from the back of church.”

ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE, ELY: The Summer Holiday Drop-Ins at Ely Cathedral will, as last year, be themed to make them even more exciting for youngsters. These events are open to all ages free of charge and run from 10.00am until noon: 13th and 15th August – Fenland Safari (with Ely Museum); 20th and 22nd August – Rock, Paper, Scissors; 29th August – Medieval Pageant. Activities include story-telling, brass-rubbing, arts and crafts, puzzles and games. For further details telephone the Education department on 01353 660332 or email education@elycathedral.org. The Stained Glass Museum also has activities on offer for children and adults throughout the summer (charges apply): why not have a go at a glass-fusing workshop? Check out the website: http://stainedglassmuseum.com/holidayactivities.html

SUMMA CUM LAUDE: Not a Latin forecast of our recent weather but a reminder that we are approaching examination results season for GCSE and A-level students. Please pray for those young people in our community who are awaiting their grades and looking, with God’s grace, to plot the course of their future lives.

MEETINGS NEXT WEEK: Church Restoration committee will meet on Wednesday 15th August, 8pm in Saunders Room, Church Centre.

OTHER DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: Harvest Festival in Fenstanton on 23rd September, followed by lunch, and (possibly) in Fen Drayton on 7th October, at 3.30pm, followed by tea. Niki Whitby’s licensing as a Lay Minister at Ely Cathedral at 4pm on Saturday 27th October, followed by a joint service at Fenstanton on the Sunday. Communion and lunch for older folk in the parish at midday on Friday 16th November.

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