Weekly News Sheet

   News from the churches of

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

          9th February 2020

      3 before Lent



Fen Drayton

10:30 a.m. Worship for All
9:30 a.m. Baptism
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
Next Sunday
9:30 a.m. Holy Communion
6:00 p.m. Sung Evensong 
 9:30 a.m. Morning Praise

Please pray for Charlie Jenner, Bishop Stephen, Jackie Tevlin, Ian and Bron Taylor, Tony Astley, Roger Robinson, Jackie Few, Mark Richardson, RLB, and Ben. Also for Josie in Malawi.

RIP: Paule Armstrong, who has been in our prayers in recent weeks, died last Sunday, aged 90.

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

Future service pattern: We have been reviewing the times of Sunday morning services at both churches in the parish, as Rosie cannot easily travel between the two in the current time frame. The PCC has also been involved in the review. So far, possible suggestions have been put forward to the St Mary’s church family and friends including a change of service times, to an earlier time slot of 9am, or later to 11am. The Fenstanton service times would remain the same as the current pattern, alternating between 9.30am and 10.30am. Fifth Sunday services would retain the current pattern of a joint service in one church or other, beginning at 9.30am. If you wish to contribute any thoughts about possible changes to service times, then please do speak to Rosie or the churchwardens as soon as possible. A decision will be made in the next few weeks, with a view to beginning a new service time at Fen Drayton from Easter Sunday onwards.

Huntingdon Deanery Chapter (ordained priests in the deanery area) will be meeting in Fenstanton church from 8.30am to 11am this coming Tuesday, so the church will not be available for public use until after 11am.

Looking towards Easter: Katie writes: “Last week saw us ‘turn’ from Christmas towards the cross at Easter and I’m on the case! I will be placing an order for Fair-trade Easter eggs from the Real Easter Egg company by 10th March – the only Fair-trade Easter egg on the market that shares the Easter story. Each £3.99 milk chocolate egg also contains a small story/activity book (also free from palm oil and plastic) Other dark and special edition eggs also available. Please sign up on the order form at the back of Fenstanton church asap or email ikhuck@virginmedia.com to order yours.”

Parish charity 2020: Julia writes: “This year’s abroad charity will be the Mission to Seafarers. I will put the voting results at the back of Fenstanton Church and send a copy to Phil for Fen Drayton. I will also put some initial information on the board until I get info direct from the charity.”

Coming meetings: Finance committee on Monday 10th February, 7.30pm at Christine’s; Churches Together Tuesday 11th February, 2.30pm at Joy’s; PCC on Wednesday 12th February, 7.30pm, Saunders Room.

Emmaus meets again on 23rd February at 7.00 for 7.30pm at Joy’s, 11a Honey Hill. All are welcome, just come along! We enjoy discussion, reading, prayer and fellowship.

Wednesday House Group: Philip Blunt writes: “The fourth Wednesday of February (26th February) when we would normally meet happens to be Ash Wednesday and we hope house group members will make a special effort to attend the Holy Communion service in the parish church at 7.30pm that evening. The next actual ‘house’ meeting will therefore be on 25th March at 9 Vermuyden Way, Fen Drayton”. For further details please contact Stephen Wilson (01954 230055) or Philip Blunt (01480 461751).

Ding dong: With Lent approaching why not try your hand at something new? The Children and Families Group invites you to try hand-bell ringing with practices throughout Lent (perhaps after church on Sunday mornings) with the aim of playing during our Fenstanton service on Easter morning. Please speak to Gill Henderson or contact Katie on (ikhuck@virginmedia.com or 465211) if you are interested in joining in – all ages welcome. Katie adds: “The bells were last rung during the school Christmas service and the joyful sound would be a fabulous way to celebrate on Easter morning too.”

It’s an ill wind … : Those who have been following the saga of future celebrations of Holy Matrimony at St Mary’s, Fen Drayton, will be relieved to know that a solution is nigh. The upshot is that Rev Rosie is to be ‘collated and inducted’ as Vicar of our parish – she is currently priest-in-charge – by the Archdeacon, the Ven Hugh McCurdy, on Sunday 15th March at a joint service at 9.30am in our parish church in Fenstanton. Notwithstanding that this will be the third Sunday of Lent, it is possible that there will be a modest libation on offer after the service. (There will, therefore, be no service in Fen Drayton because we shall all be in Fenstanton: please speak to the usual suspects if you need a lift.) It is not yet clear what the implications are for the scheduled choral Evensong in Fenstanton on that day.

Music for Mary: St Mary’s is delighted to announce a concert of International Meanderings and Fen Shanty Music, in a double-billed programme from the Bader International Study Centre Choir and Fen Shanty Folk. The concert will take place in St Mary’s Church, Fen Drayton, from 7:30pm on Saturday 29th February. A portaloo will be available. Tickets £10 (£5 under 16) to include interval refreshments, from Ian Hucklesby (01480 465211 or ikhuck@virginmedia.com) or Phil Christie (01954 230536 or phil.christie@ntlworld.com). Proceeds to St Mary’s Restoration Fund.

Parish dates for your diary: Sunday 8th March Pancake Party (bring and share); Sunday 29th March Lent Lunch. Both events are for the whole parish and will be held in Fenstanton Church Centre. Tickets for the Lent lunch will become available nearer the time.

Community Café in Fenstanton – what do you think? Rev Rosie writes: “As part of my pioneering ministry in the parish and having spoken to a few people in the village, I am exploring the idea of a monthly/quarterly community café to be hopefully held in the Church Centre or another venue. The café will not only offer tea and coffee but also a listening ear plus a prayer corner for those who might want to put a prayer request into a prayer box or need a quiet space for a moment. There is more about this in the February edition of Spectrum – do have a read and let me know if you would like to be involved.”

Anyone for sand and sea? Katie Hucklesby writes: “Several people have asked if we are running a coach trip to Southwold this year and if so when it will be. To find out if we have enough interest to book a coach please sign up on the sheet at the back of either church for your preferred date. I am offering either Saturday 18th July, Wednesday 22nd July or Thursday 23rd July (to allow for end-of-term training days), leaving Fenstanton at 9am and then leaving Southwold at 6pm, hoping to be back in Fenstanton by 8.30pm. Cost per seat on the coach from near the HDC car park corner of Church Street/Church Leys, Fenstanton, will be approximately £11- £11.50. Open to all, spend the day in Southwold as you choose. For any further info please speak to me.”

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