Weekly News Sheet

   News from the churches of

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

          8th September 2019

        Trinity 12



Fen Drayton

10:30 a.m. Worship for All
9:30 a.m. Holy Communion 
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
Next Sunday
9:30 a.m. Holy Communion 
9:30 a.m. Morning Praise
Thursday 19th
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
Sunday 22nd 10:30 a.m. Harvest Festival Family Communion
9:30 a.m. Holy Communion

Prayer list: We are currently updating our prayer list and those we pray for. This list is published in our weekly notice-sheet and also on our church website. Please contact Rev Rosie if you wish to be included on the new list for our prayers. If your request is for prayer for another person, then you should ask their permission. We can, of course, put only first name or initials for those who would prefer not to be identified with their name. (For example: this week we pray for S, GT, Mavis, John Smith … ). In the meantime, those on the intercessions’ rota should check with Rosie for the current list of names.

We think this week of the residents of Cranesbrook and Manor Drive, in Fenstanton, and Springhills Road, in Fen Drayton.

Teenage Christians (TC) will meet on Friday 20th September at 7.30pm in the Church Centre for young people in year 6 upwards.

Jaffa Club will meet for the first time in the autumn term on Thursday 19th September, at 3.20pm in Fenstanton Parish Church.

Emmaus will meet for the start of the autumn term this evening at Joy’s house, 11a Honey Hill, Fenstanton. Telephone 01480 301068. Do join us – 7.00 for 7.30pm, for reading, discussion and prayer.

The Wednesday house group will meet on 25th September at 11 Hilton Road, Fenstanton. All meetings will start at 7.45 pm. We shall continue with bible studies and prayers. Anyone and everyone is welcome. For further information contact Stephen Wilson on 01954 230055 or Philip Blunt on 01480 461751.

Pimm’s and Pâté: Please join us if you can for a delicious lunch and Pimm’s today. Ian H has tickets and all ages are welcome: come on your own, with friends or family.

Fenstanton Parish Church Harvest Festival will be on Sunday 22nd September, 10.30am Family Communion, and will be followed at 1pm by a Harvest Lunch in the Church Centre. Our gifts of non-perishable food will be donated to St Ives Foodbank. Please look out for an up-to-date wish-list from there next week. Harvest Lunch is a two-course meal followed by auction of produce in aid of our charity of the year, the Coroners’ Courts Support Service. Tickets available from Katie Hucklesby £9 adults and £4 children three-16 years. Fen Drayton’s Harvest Festival, with God’s Gang, will be a fortnight later, at 3.30pm on 6th October.

How we did it: Our young scouts, back from their summer adventures in the USA, hope you will be interested in hearing about the trips you helped to fund. Dan Stevens writes: “We are back from our adventure, and we would like to share with you how we spent our time and what we achieved. The event is free, and you will get a bit of cake and a cup of tea or coffee. There will be a presentation with video and photos from our trip on Sunday 29th September at 3pm at Fenstanton Church Centre.” RSVP by 22nd September to caroline@overroad.co.uk

New blooms: Carole Crocker, who took on responsibility earlier in the year for Fenstanton church flowers, is hoping new people will volunteer to help with arrangements. She writes: “You don’t need to be an expert, and the cost of flowers can be reimbursed. You can contact me at carole.crocker@btinternet.com, tel 01480 469710 or mobile 07709 032671.

Ride and Stride, September 14th: Julia Mitchell writes: “It would be great if a number of cyclists/walkers could take part in this annual fundraiser for Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust. You can choose your own route, long or short, to visit as many churches as you wish. To make fund-raising easier, there is a generic sponsor form at the back of the church that will cover everyone who takes part. Of course, if you want to raise funds from elsewhere, just ask me for a form or download from the CHCT website. This is the trust’s main fundraiser and many churches benefit. We also have half the amount raised returned to our Restoration Fund. Having an open and manned church makes a huge difference for visitors so, if you can spare an hour or so, please put your name on the other form to welcome visitors and I will make sure there is milk and biscuits to go with drinks in church. (I do realise this date is also the Fen Drayton Gift Day followed by the concert, which may make it a bit more difficult if you are helping there.)”

See for yourselves: Our new Bishop of Huntingdon, Bishop Dagmar, plans to walk the Fen Rivers Way from Cambridge to Kings Lynn on 12th to 14th September, and invites anyone from the diocese to join her for any part of the walk, and in the churches she will visit. She does not yet know the area or terrain, so timings are very approximate, please allow for this. Rev Rosie and Ian Mac have proposed details in case you wish to join her. If walking, please be prepared for a reasonably brisk pace (around 20 miles will need to be covered in the first two days) and as you require, bring your own snacks/refreshments, mindful of the need for water, especially if it’s hot. Bishop Dagmar says: “I very much look forward to meeting you along the Fen Rivers Way, in Godmanchester [see below] and over the next few months as I settle into the diocese.”

Welcome to Bishop Dagmar: The diocese will welcome our new bishop, the Rt Revd Dagmar Winter, at a service at St Mary’s, Godmanchester, at 3.00pm on Sunday 15th September. It will be led by the Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, and is, of course, a public service that anyone can attend. Parking close to the church is a bit limited, but there is quite good provision (free on Sundays) within about five minutes’ walk of the church.

Tea for charity: Christine Harris writes: “Many thanks to everyone who supported my Afternoon Tea on Sunday 18th August. We had a wonderful afternoon, which I hope you all enjoyed. I am thrilled to say we made a profit of £690, which I am giving to Breast Cancer Care and Maggie’s, Cambridge. Thank you all so much.”

Church birding group: On 5th October we go to Boston Quay for an RSPB boat trip on the Wash. Contact Joy on 01480 301068 if you are interested in joining us.

Fenstanton United Reformed Church’s hobbies, crafts and collections fair on Saturday 14th September from 10.00am until 4.00pm will include vintage and classic cars and tractors on show outside. In the church will be knitting, sewing, handmade crafts. handmade jewellery, homemade jams, antique dolls and pram, antique bottles, cards and paper crafts, as well as an opportunity to investigate family/local history. Refreshments on sale and lots more. Entrance £1.00 (children free).

The Fen Drayton village and church consultation highlighted concerts in St Mary’s as a great use of the building, so (Phil Christie writes) we’re delighted to announce an evening of early 20th century popular music presented by Skylark on Saturday 14th September, starting at 7:30pm. Tickets £10 (£5 for under 16s) to include interval refreshments, are available from Phil (01954 230536 or phil.christie@ntlworld.com), Ron Jacob’s Farm Shop or Ian Hucklesby. Phil says loos will be available!

Fen Drayton Church(yard) Tidy Day and Gift Day: Parish residents are warmly invited to help tidy the church or churchyard, according to weather, at any time between 10.00am and 3.00pm on Saturday 14th September. Phil adds: “This is also an opportunity to drop off the Gift Day envelope circulated with the last edition of Fen Drayton Focus. All donations, gift-aided if possible, are very welcome for the general upkeep of the church.”

Coming meetings: Wednesday 18th September, 7.30pm PCC in Church Centre; Thursday 19th September Fabric Committee in Fenstanton Parish Church at 7.30pm.

Parish Giving: If anyone would like more information about the Parish Giving scheme, please contact Christine, our treasurer on 01480 390065. She would happily go through the scheme with anyone who is interested to know more. If anyone has the forms completed, please pass them to her.


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