Weekly News Sheet


Fenstanton Church News  

           17th September 2017

                        Trinity 14

Services today:

Next Sunday :

9:30 a.m. Holy Communion with farewell to Robin
6:00 p.m. Sung Evensong
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer led by Philip Blunt
9:30 a.m. Family Communion (Harvest Festival), followed by Harvest Lunch.


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

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

RIP: A Thanksgiving service for the life of Keith Morgan, who died two weeks ago, will be held on Thursday 28th September, 2pm in church, with refreshments afterwards at the United Reformed Church. Bright colours (or dog walking clothes) are to be worn 😉. We continue to pray for Jackie, Claire and Howard and their families in their sad loss.

TODAY’S SERVICES AND THEIR THEMES: The Vicar writes: “In the morning, a Holy Communion service, starting at 9.30am, we shall be looking at forgiveness, following the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant in Matthew's gospel, chapter 18. We also start this year's Sunday Club for children, beginning in church and then moving to the nearby Church Centre.

“In the evening, we shall be looking at farewells, based on the reading set of St Paul saying goodbye, Acts chapter 20. This will be at the more reflective service of Evensong, starting at 6pm. You are most welcome!”

ROBIN’S FAREWELL MESSAGE: “I leave the church here in good health, and in the hands of most capable lay leaders. I ask you to continue to support them at this time. I have been your vicar for the last 10 years, and it has been a privilege to serve you. Thank you for your care, support, and prayers over the years. This coming week we move to St Ives, and then to our new family home in Somersham towards the end of the year. I continue with my work at the Cambridge Judge Business School, and have been fortunate in picking up equivalent work for my remaining working hours at Nottingham University Business School. This means that I shall be taking a break from ministry for the moment: who knows where I may be called in due course? Whatever happens, we will look back in gratitude. The Vicarage here has been a wonderful home for our family, sitting in such a delightful community and village. We shall miss you, and wish you every blessing for the future.”

EMMAUS: The Emmaus group will be convening again this evening, 17th September, and then (provisionally) every fortnight. We meet at 7.00pm for a light supper, followed by Bible reading, discussion and prayer. This term we are going to be studying ‘Women in the Bible’. All are welcome. Meetings are usually at Joy’s house (11a Honey Hill), telephone 01480 301068.

SHOEBOX TIME: Harry Hucklesby writes: “It’s Love in a Shoebox time again. I shall be holding stalls in church on Sundays, 1st and 8th October. Items will be on sale for you either to make up your own shoebox or to contribute to our church boxes. Proceeds will go to our charities, Love in a Box and Church Urban Fund. Please support me and my friends.”

UPDATE: HARVEST SERVICE AND LUNCH: Katie writes: “We shall be celebrating Harvest and thanking God for his many gifts to us next Sunday, 24th September. Our service will be followed by Harvest Lunch. This year we shall be raising money for our chosen charity, the Church Urban Fund, which will be involved on the day. Yvonne will be selling tickets after the service today. Anyone who can offer to make a crumble (to feed eight) please add your name to that list with Yvonne too. Tickets are £9 for adults (main course, dessert, glass of wine and tea or coffee afterwards) tickets for children aged 3-16 £4. This lunch is a great opportunity to bring friends and neighbours along for a chance to eat and get to know each other better as well as raise funds for CUF too. We will auction the donated fresh produce and hold a raffle ... donation of prizes welcome!” Any queries to Katie on 465211 or email ikhuck@virginmedia.com

HARVEST FOOD BANK COLLECTION: Julia Mitchell writes: “All the non-perishable gifts will be going to the Food Bank in Gt Yarmouth, part of a Church Urban Fund-supported project that we visited on the cycle ride earlier on this year, learning more about the huge amount of deprivation in this coastal area. Please see the extensive list at the back of church for items needed. As usual, money raised from the lunch and the auction of fresh produce will also be going to this year’s charity, CUF. The theme of their Harvest fundraising is the Mustard Seed Appeal, and there is more information on this at the back of the church as well. We are hoping to have visitors from the Church Urban Fund on the day as the central organisation is very interested in how we came to choose to support the charity this year and in the various fund-raising events we are doing. There will probably be filming and interviews as they are keen to include our efforts in their publicity, which will certainly highlight part of what we do, as a Church, here in Fenstanton.” CUF research shows that shows that one in 50 British adults used a food bank in 2016. It also shows that five per cent of British adults missed meals last year because they could not afford to eat.

TC CONTINUES: Kate Tuplin writes: “Having co-led Teenage Christians with Robin for over a year, I have agreed to continue leading. In order to keep the group going we will organise a parent rota for this term. However, it would be great to have somebody co-lead with me. If you think this could be you, please come and have a chat or contact me (07866 424138) or Katie Hucklesby. TC will meet from 7.30pm to 8.45pm in the Church Centre. It will be a time for being together, playing games and exploring the bible. Dates for this term are: 22nd September, 6th October, 20th October, 3rd November, 17th November and 8th December.”

CONFIRMATION: The Vicar writes: “Over recent years I have had a number of conversations about faith and confirmation. If this is still on your mind, I encourage you to come forward. I have made Brian Atling aware of this potential need. Brian is Rural Dean, currently responsible for Fen Drayton, who will now assume responsibility for Fenstanton during the gap in priestly ministry here, called an interregnum. We have had a tradition here of going to the confirmation service at the Cathedral, which this year is on Saturday 24th November. I pray that God would continue to guide and speak to you on this matter.”

PIMM’S AND PÂTÉ: Katie writes: “Thank you to everyone who supported last week’s Pimm’s and Pâté lunch. Although it could have been a warmer day, we were lucky it stayed dry and everyone enjoyed the lovely garden and delicious food and drink on offer as well as time with friends. Thank you to the Riddoch family for sharing their home and garden and to everyone who made food or contributed in the many other ways to make the event a lovely occasion. I am pleased to say everyone’s generosity in giving and donating to the lunch means we have raised just over £850 for the church organ renovation project – fantastic.” Gill Henderson, who with husband Mike co-ordinated the food, adds: “Fenstanton Church has a wonderful team of very dedicated folk willing to help before and at events. We are very lucky, and I really did appreciate everyone pulling together for a wonderful occasion.”

CHURCH CENTRE AWARD: Bishop David of Huntingdon joined us for lunch last weekend after presenting an Engage Award in his rôle as chairman of the Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust for the contribution made by the refurbishment of the Church Centre to bringing the church closer to the village community. He said: “I have been really impressed by what has happened here. Each time I come there are more and more users. That’s building a community for this village. Bishop David continued by quoting the judge’s comment: ‘What a transformation! Not only has the PCC converted a rather dowdy church hall into something very special but it has offered its community a superb venue for a wide range of activities – some of which seemed to have started as a result of the refurbishment. This is an excellent example of the Church engaging with the community.’ It was, of course, Bishop David who officially opened the refurbished Centre last year, so it was encouraging to have a good turnout to welcome him back.

JAFFA CLUB restarts this week on Thursday 21st September at 3.20pm, in church with Gill and Katie. New families are welcome to join us for informal worship, story, games, craft, adults and children together.

WELCOME BACK TO CHURCH: Of course, anyone is welcome to attend any of our services, but we have two Sundays coming up that are dedicated ‘Back to Church’ Sundays, giving us all an opportunity to invite a friend, neighbour or family member along. Please do think who you could invite and take an invitation from the back of church today to them personally. Maybe you have had a conversation with them about faith, coming to church, maybe they used to come or have said they are unsure about stepping through the door. Everyone is welcome to join us for Sunday 1st October 9.30am Parish Communion with Sunday Club or Sunday 8th October 10am Worship for All.

DALIT: Caroline McKenzie writes: “Thank you for everyone that supported our plant, fruit and car boot sales at the football field and outside the Vicarage. We have raised £80 for the Dalit Freedom Network. The DFN is a Christian organisation that supports women of the Dalit caste (the lowest Indian caste) who are at risk of trafficking and exploitation. The website is https://dfn.org.uk/

CONSENT FORMS: September sees the start of the new academic year, and all children attending any of our children’s and young peoples’ activities need to have had a consent form completed by a parent or carer. Please take one from the back of church today and return ASAP to Katie Huck or Kate Tuplin (TC).

VOCATIONS: If you feel you may be called to give more of yourself to God or your church community, you may find some of the literature that Robin has put at the back of church to be helpful in developing your ideas.

FENSTANTON CHURCH BIRDING GROUP: Joy writes: “On 20th September, we are going to Rutland Water, and on the 12th October we shall be repeating our boat trip on the Wash, weather permitting. Other trips are planned for autumn. If you are interested in this quiet and peaceful (apart from the usual battles over bird identification) kind of outing, I can add you to the mailing list.”

COFFEE ROTA: Please sign up to serve coffee after church on a Sunday.

COMING MEETINGS: Fabric Committee in Church at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th September; PCC in the Church Centre on Wednesday 27th September (please note change of day and date).

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