Weekly News Sheet

   News from the churches of

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

             17 March 2019

           Lent 2



Fen Drayton

9:30 a.m. Holy Communion 
led by Canon Jonathan Young 
6:00 p.m. Choral Evensong
led by Geoff Dodgson
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

Next Sunday
10:30 a.m. Family Communion
led by Canon Brian Atling
9:30 a.m. Morning Praise
led by Niki Whitby



Please pray for the victims and families of the massacres in Christchurch, NZ.

Also for the sick: Carol Gurry, 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, Colin Saunderson, and the Garnell family.

We also think of the residents of Church Leys and Scorney, in Fenstanton, and of The Rosary, in Fen Drayton.

The Bishop of Ely has asked us to keep in our prayers the appointment process for a new Bishop of Huntingdon on 28th and 29th March. He hopes the successful candidate will be consecrated, possibly at St Paul’s Cathedral, on 3rd July.

SERMON SLOT: We have been able to relieve Canon Jonathan of the burden of preparing to teach in Fenstanton this morning. Instead, Samantha Shaw, Midlands co-ordinator for the Coroners’ Court Support Service, will be explaining the work of our chosen charity for 2019. Last month, she and Huntingdon volunteers supported families and witnesses at the re-opened inquests into the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974.

LENT CHORAL EVENSONG this evening will be based on The Cross of Christ, an RSCM publication designed specifically for Lent. Keith Page adds: “It would be good if members of the congregation could include this as part of their Lent devotion.”

EMMAUS meets next Sunday, 24th March. Do join us if you can for informal discussion, reading and prayer. Contact Joy on 301068.

LENT COURSE: The ecumenical Lent Course, entitled Baggage and Treasures, which is running for five consecutive Monday evenings (7.30-9.00pm) resumes at the URC in Fenstanton tomorrow, 18th March. All are very welcome.

SERVICE, PLEASE: Ian Hucklesby is about to train four new young people as servers for our main Sunday services at Fenstanton. If this is something you would like to do, please speak to him today or email ikhuck@virginmedia.com

APPOINTMENT OF OUR NEW PRIEST: Two candidates, one male and one female, will be interviewed on 27th March for the vacant position of our parish priest, a rôle that will be combined with pioneer ministry in the new housing areas in this and adjacent parishes. Please pray for the candidates and for sound judgment by those involved in the appointment process. With a fair wind, we shall have a decision in time to include details of our prospective incumbent in the notices on 6th April.

THY KINGDOM COME: Now in its fourth year, the interdenominational season of prayer for evangelism, from Ascension Day until Pentecost, will run from 30th May until 9 June this year.

PARISH LENT LUNCH will be held next Sunday, 24th March, 12.30pm in the Church Centre. A simple lunch of home-made soup, bread and cheese, tea and coffee will be served. Tickets are now available from Katie (£5 for adults, £3 for children 3-12 years, free for under threes. If anyone would like to help set up the centre from 4.30pm on Saturday, please let Katie know.

LENT LUNCHES – FAST FRIDAYS: Penny and John Leigh-Brown write: “As usual, we shall be holding our Soup Lunches during Lent. Please note the change of day this year! We continue on Friday 22nd March between 12noon and 3pm, and then every week until and including Friday 12th April, at 56 Church Leys, Fenstanton PE28 9QD (opposite Fenstanton church car park) tel: 01480 464672. Everyone is welcome to come and share a simple, sociable snack and a chat! Please feel free to join us if you can for a bowl of soup and a roll any or every week. We ask only for a donation to cover the cost of a normal meal. The proceeds this year will go to support refugee families from Syria, currently being settled in Cambridgeshire.”

MOTHERING SUNDAY this year falls on Sunday 31st March, when our service of Family Communion will start at 10.30am. (Please note that this is also the start of British Summer Time, when the clocks ‘go forward’ by an hour, so don’t be ambushed). This service (as all our services are) is open to everyone and is an ideal occasion to invite a friend or someone newly-baptised or new to our village to join us. Fliers and posters are available at the back of church: please do pick them up and think who you could make welcome. As well as an occasion to thank God for all who love, care and nurture us, there will be an opportunity to light a candle for any mothers who are no longer alive or to pray for any difficult relationships. Fen Drayton’s Mothering Sunday service is at 3.30pm in St Mary’s Church and will incorporate God’s Gang. There will be crafts etc, and the service will be followed by a tea and other refreshments. This replaces the God’s Gang meeting scheduled for 7th April.

WOMEN’S DAY: Canon Brian commends a one-day course, entitled Freedom, at All Saints’ Church, Milton, on Saturday 27th April (£20 or £15 concessions). Speakers will be Nadine Parkinson, from Tearfund, and Kathy English, from All Saints’. Book online at www.allsaintsmilton.org.uk or ring 01223 441007.

AFTERNOON TEA: Owen Hucklesby and Daniel Stevens will be hosting an Afternoon Tea in Fenstanton Church Centre on Saturday 6th April at 4pm to raise funds to enable them to attend the World Scout Jamboree in July. They must each raise £3,500 for the three-week trip to the USA, meeting Scouts from all over the world. Tickets cost £5 and for under-16s are £2.50. Tickets are still available from Owen (you can email owenwsj@outlook.com) or from Daniel or you can buy them at Ron’s Farm Shop. They thank everyone for all their support.

FOUNDLING: Joy recently found a little chain and an amethyst pendant in the flower bed by her drive. Was it lost by anyone reading this? If so, she still has it.

JOHN HOWLAND SOCIETY: Ray Whitby writes: “I know we are looking for someone to take over from Becky as our Howland representative and I hope that we soon get a volunteer, but just as important as this is the fact that next year is the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. Joy and I met in church with a couple of people last year who are involved with getting the celebrations of this event off the ground, and they have informed us that they will be visiting the village today and hope to attend church in Fenstanton. They have been asking if we have any plans to celebrate and if we have someone in place to co-ordinate with them. I have informed them that I am still getting over the Capability Brown celebrations and therefore must decline but would try to get some other capable parishioner to step up. Anybody interested can get details from me or I can introduce you this morning.”

CHRISTIAN AID has put together its Count your Blessings resources through Lent. Copies of the booklet for adults and an attractive poster for younger people are available at the back of church – an ideal way to reflect on our blessings as we journey to Easter and broaden our knowledge of those less fortunate.

COMING MEETINGS include: Lent course, 7.30pm on Monday 18th March at URC; PCC at 7.30pm on Tuesday 19th March in the Saunders Room, when the annual report and accounts will be approved and the budget set for 2019; Church Centre Committee at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th March in the Saunders Room.

PARISH BIRDING GROUP: Joy writes: “The birding group dressed up for the Arctic and sallied forth into the fen. We saw a few lovely skeins of geese, including a large number of Brent geese. Other birds lurked in the reeds. We faced the winds, but eventually scuttled for shelter to a heated (shhhh) hide in Welney. We had an interesting talk, and saw the swans and pochard ducks being fed – the end of the winter season for them, as they will soon be heading home. We will soon fix another date – better weather should, we hope, bring along the warblers.”

BUS TO PAUL GARNELL’S ORDINATION: Please sign the sheet at the back of church if you would like a seat on a bus being organised to Ely Cathedral on Sunday 30th June to support Paul Garnell at his service of ordination as deacon, at 10:30am. The cost is likely to be between £6.50 and £7.30 a seat. If you have any questions, please speak to Katie.



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