Weekly News Sheet

   News from the churches of

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

          10th November 2019

        3rd before Advent



Fen Drayton

10:00 a.m. Remembrance Sunday
Service, Rev. Catherine Ball
10:50 a.m. Act of Remembrance 
at the War Memorial
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 
led by Niki Whitby




Please pray for Nick Blount and his wife Sue: Nick is making good progress but still has a long way to go. Please also pray for Charlie Jenner, Heather and Ben, that he will get the secured accommodation he desperately needs.

Prayer list: To remind you – if the request is for yourself, then we can include full name/initials, as preferred. If the request is for a third party, we put only initials unless their permission is sought.

We think this week of the residents of High Street and Elizabeth Court, in Fenstanton, and High Street, in Fen Drayton.

Emmaus meets again this evening. All are welcome – 7.00 for 7.30pm at 11a Honey Hill – for reading, prayer and informal discussion. We are studying the book of Ruth in the light of Brexit this term. Ring Joy on 301068 if you are interested in joining this ecumenical group.

Confirmation service, 23rd November 2019 at Ely Cathedral: The final preparation date is 17th November, also at 10:50am. There will be a follow-up gathering What happens Next on 1st December. Any adults who do not currently receive Holy Communion and would like a conversation to find out more are asked to speak to Rosie. You are never too old, and it is never too late to be confirmed.

The URC’s November Fayre will take place on Saturday (16th November), starting at 2.00pm. There will be handicrafts, cakes, books, jigsaws and other stalls. More details from Jean Ding.

Advent: Looking ahead to Sunday 1st December, at 5.00pm. Everyone will be very welcome to our annual Christingle and tea in aid of The Children’s Society. For the past few years (thanks Phil and Sonia), we have enjoyed a feature Christingle Cake … if anyone would like to bake one this year, please speak to Katie.

Food of love: A short service with Communion or a blessing for older people in our two villages will take place on Thursday 21st November, starting at 11.30am in Fenstanton Church Centre. Please contact Katie on 01480 465211 or email ikhuck@virginmedia.com if you can come – and tell your friends.

Mulled Wine evening, Saturday 30th November: Please put the date in your diary. Tickets are now available from Ian Hucklesby. If you have any bottles for our popular bottle raffle, now’s the time to look them out. Gill Henderson is co-ordinating offers of food for the extensive buffet – both she and Ian would love to hear from you!

Room at the inn? Phil Christie writes: “Following meetings of the PCC and Restoration Committee, St Mary’s Fen Drayton is planning to host a choral event on 29th February 2020 in collaboration with the Bader International Study Centre, part of the Queen’s University of Canada based at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex. They are offering to provide a choral concert in church if we can provide overnight accommodation for up to 20 female non-smoking students on 29th February. If anyone feels they might be able to support the project, please drop an email to phil.christie@ntlworld.com. Many thanks to those who have already responded, but we would really appreciate more offers of accommodation to make the event fly!” Update: Phil says he has accommodation offers for nearly half the students but is, of course, appealing for more.

TC dates for this half-term will be 15th November and 13th December.

Coming meetings: Pastoral Care Group on Monday 11th November, 1.30pm at Anne Groome’s; Fabric committee on Wednesday 13th November, 7.30pm in Fenstanton Church; Children’s Work Group on Thursday 14th November at 7.30pm at Kate T’s; PCC on Wednesday 20th November, 7.30pm Saunders Room.

Help for Hinchingbrooke: Volunteer helpers are needed to enable the Sunday Eucharist at Hinchingbrooke hospital to continue. A few helpers were needed each Sunday to transport patients (usually in wheelchairs) between their wards and the chapel. Individuals or groups from parishes were equally welcome, typically taking a turn about three times a year. Further information from Canon Jonathan Young 01480 453350 or email jonathan.young@ely.anglican.org.

Keeping in touch/pastoral care forms: If you haven’t already filled in one of these, then please do. The form allows us literally to “keep in touch”, so we can let you know what’s happening. If you would appreciate a pastoral visit, prayer etc, then do also let us know. Also, Parents and carers are urged to complete consent forms for the coming year for children attending our activities and to give permission to include them in prayers for baptism anniversaries and birthdays etc. One form per family makes it a little easier. Forms are at the back of both churches: please return them to Katie or a member of CWG team.


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