Weekly News Sheet


Fenstanton Church News  

           5th November 2017

           All Saints. (4 before Advent)

Services today:
Next Sunday:
9:30 a.m. Holy Communion, Rev Jonathan Young
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer, led by Philip Blunt.
10:00 a.m. Remembrance Day, Revd Dr Catherine Ball.
11.00 a.m attendance at the war memorial.


Please pray for Christine Harris, Philomena Guillebaud, Laura Whitby, Amy White, Muriel Johns, Frances Parish, Sylvenna Halls, Linda Shaylor and William Southern.

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

FORTHCOMING BAPTISM: Isla Saunders, Sunday 10th December 10.00am.

THOSE LITTLE EXTRAS: Hannah Housego writes: “Most of us are lucky enough to have ‘those little extras’ at times like Christmas but, during a recent visit from Anna Heydon from Great Yarmouth Food Bank, I was made aware that not everyone is so fortunate. So, I will be leaving a box in Church from the beginning of November for any donations of small boxes of chocolates, chocolate bars, sweets etc, and towards the end of November I will take the box of donations to the Great Yarmouth Food Bank. The donations will be given out to people using the Food Bank in December as ‘A Little Extra’ for Christmas. Thank you.” (Many readers will recall the success of a similar initiative that Hannah organised locally in the run-up to Christmas last year.)

OPEN MEETING, 15th NOVEMBER: Please attend this important open meeting to discuss the future of the parish and its wider relationships, if you can. The first matter is our proposed joining with Fen Drayton, from where our new friends are invited to join us that evening. Your PCC has now asked the diocese to start the process of joining our two parishes together. We need your views on how we use and look after our two churches in future. Then there is the question of whether we pursue a wider link with the Hemingford parishes. There is a meeting to discuss that tomorrow evening (Monday). The outcome of these questions will help determine whether our next priest will be employed full- or part-time. Your thoughts are very important, so please come if you can. (That doesn’t mean that your opinion will not be considered if you can’t be at the meeting, but you may be interested to learn about progress.)

CHARITY FOR 2018: Julia writes: “It’s time to nominate a charity that you would like us, as a Church, to support during 2018. This time, it will be an overseas charity, so please see the form at the back and fill it in if you wish to nominate one. There is also a list of charities supported over the last few years as it was agreed not to repeat one within five years. The nomination form will be out for the next three weeks to give everyone time.”

MILK BOTTLE LIDS: Please save lids for a forthcoming children’s activity – they are needed later this month, so please give them to Katie or Gill, leave in church kitchen or post through Katie’s door if you are passing.

COFFEE: A new rota is at the back of church today, taking us right through to the end of February. Katie says: “Please do sign up to set up and serve coffee after church on a Sunday. Many thanks to everyone who regularly takes a turn and all those who wash up and clear away afterwards. It is always lovely to ‘catch up’ with everyone after the service and is an ideal time to make newcomers or returning friends welcome.”

OLDER PEOPLE’S COMMUNION AND LUNCH: Barrie Ashworth is once again organising a light lunch of soup, sandwiches and cake, this time on Friday 17th November, following a short service of worship, with communion and a blessing for those who wish it, at 11.30am in the Church Centre. You are welcome to come and bring a friend, if you wish. Please let Barrie know on 01954 231074. He is also arranging lifts for those who need transport.

BLESSING OF CRIBS: Sunday 3rd December – please bring crib sets from home to be blessed during the morning service. Children are invited to make one out of Lego or similar, and after the service we shall have a small stall of different styles of cribs to buy. Why not buy one for yourself, your family or grandchildren to have at home as a reminder in all the preparations and all the celebrations the reason why we celebrate Christmas

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE AND TEA: Sunday 3rd December at 5pm. Please keep the date and support the Children’s Work Team by joining us for this special service. Pick up an invitation from the back of the church to invite family and friends along to join us. More details to follow shortly.

TOY SERVICE and LUNCH: Sunday 10th December, 10am including baptism of Isla Saunders. Please bring a wrapped toy gift to be collected by the local Social Services team for children who won’t otherwise get much this Christmas. The Parish Church Christmas Lunch will follow.

MULLED WINE evening on Saturday 2nd December, 7.30pm at Fenstanton Manor (thank you for hosting us, Ian, Bron and Angie) Tickets are available from Ian H or Sylvia Shaylor. As in recent years we will be holding our popular bottle raffle. Donations of any bottles (in a bottle bag if possible) are very welcome. Please hand to Ian H. In the past, we’ve had everything from toilet cleaner, ketchup, bubble bath to Champagne and whisky!

ADVENT CALENDAR: Katie writes: “The Real Advent Calendar, from the Meaningful Chocolate Company, with a free Christmas story/activity book are available to order at £3.99 each but come in boxes of 18. Please sign up today on the sheet at the back of church or email me at ikhuck@virginmedia.com if you would like to order one. A great way to share the true meaning of Christmas with children, grandchildren, godchildren and friends. This year’s sales will help equip a clinic in Kenya. If enough people sign up, then I will order late next week. I have with me today a sample of the calendars and booklet to see and taste!”

ADVENT COURSE: The Revd Catherine Ball, URC Minister, will be leading an Advent Course at Fenstanton URC on Monday evenings from 27th November to 18th December at 7 pm. They are from York Courses entitled So what are you waiting for? She says people from the Parish Church will be very welcome.

POSADA: The travelling crib/Posada (from the Spanish for ‘inn’ in the Christmas story) will begin its journey around the village on Sunday 3rd December. Please sign up today if you would like to have the little knitted figures of Mary and Joseph and lots of sheep stay in your home this Advent.

(Email items for inclusion to ian@fenstanton.net or ring (01480) 389688. Same address if you would like to be added to the free weekly emailing.)