Weekly News Sheet

   News from the churches of

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

            7th July2019

       Trinity 3



Fen Drayton


9:30 a.m. Holy Communion
led by Revd Clifford Owen

4:00 p.m. God's Gang, 11a Honey Hill
Fenstanton (pool)
Monday 6:30 p.m Rehearsal for Wednesday  
Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Licensing of the Revd Rosie Tallowin as priest-in-charge of Fen Drayton with Fenstanton  
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
led by Philip Blunt. 
Next Sunday

10:30 a.m. Worship for All

9:30 a.m. Holy Communion


Pray for the Revd Rosie Tallowin, who will become our new vicar on Wednesday, and her husband Vic.

Also for the sick: Rob Howard, Stuart Thomas, Nick Blount, Margaret’s brother who is still in hospital in Coventry, and his wife, Sue; Bob Henderson, Angela Everitt, the Sheppard family, Jessica Johnson, 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, and the Garnell family.

We also think this week of the residents of Sallows and Tythe Piece, in Fenstanton, and Mill Road, in Fen Drayton.

Forthcoming marriage: Martin Larry Locke and Suzanne Louise Freer, of Honey Hill, Fen Drayton, who are to be married in Trumpington on 23rd August. Their banns will be read in the parish church today for the third time.

Emmaus meets for its final session of the summer on 14th July, 7.00-7.30pm, at Joy’s, 11a Honey Hill, Fenstanton. All are welcome for a time of study, reflection and prayer.

The Wednesday house group will meet on 24th July at 11 Hilton Road, Fenstanton, and on 28th August at 9 Vermuyden Way, Fen Drayton. 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.

The Revd Clifford Owen writes: “This will be my last Sunday at Fenstanton during the interregnum. I will bring along a few copies of my book Chaplain’s Chat. For sale at £12 each (cost price) the book is a compendium of 40 of the articles that I wrote for the Corfu island magazine: The Corfiot, between 2002 and 2008. The book is my first venture into online publishing and I simply order enough copies for those who would like one. (My previous books on Baptism are now 30 years old and out of print, but they sold 2,000 copies in their day! I have a few copies to show folk but they are not on line and won’t be reprinted.)”

After this morning’s service all children at Fenstanton (and any adults who wish) are invited to decorate a figure to add to the growing display in the children and families’ corner to help welcome Rosie as our new priest.

Onwards and upwards: Gill, Jane and Kate are leading a session with the Year 6 leavers at Fenstanton and Hilton Primary School on Tuesday morning to help them think and prepare for the move to secondary school. Each child will be presented with a book published by Scripture Union that includes helpful tips, advice and references to bible teachings in simple, easy-to-read, attractive format. Please pray for all the children, especially those who are very anxious about the term ahead and all the changes they may face.

The Revd Rosie Tallowin will become our new priest-in-charge on Wednesday 10th July, when her licensing at 7.00pm will be conducted by the Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, and she will be installed in the parish by the Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech, the Venerable Hugh McCurdy. She will be welcomed by civic leaders including Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire, Mrs Julie Spence, by her ministry team and by other representatives of the parish. Please join us then to make her arrival a very special occasion for her. In preparation for which …

Church cleaning 1: Philip Blunt writes: “We are hoping to give Fenstanton church a spring clean ahead of Rosie’s licensing service on Wednesday 10th July at 7.00 pm. Available times for doing this were limited because the work going on in the church continued until Friday and, in fact, will have to be completed after the licensing service. With the village Sports Day yesterday, this has left little opportunity for a weekend cleaning party. We are therefore hoping to do some of the high-level de-cobwebbing work after the morning service today and then follow up with sweeping, vacuum cleaning, polishing and general tidying up on Monday morning 8th July from 10.00am to 1.00pm and possibly on Tuesday morning if necessary. If anyone who does not have to go out and earn a living is available to lend a hand during that time it would be really great to see you in church then or at any time between now and Wednesday evening. If you could let me know (tel 01480 461751) if you are available to help, that would be a bonus.” Thanks also to those who helped find and edge the path to church, removed weeds and generally tidied up on the south side of church.

Rosie’s first Sunday service will be at St Mary’s, Fen Drayton, on 14th July, when we shall welcome her with great joy – (church cleaning 2!). Phil Christie writes: “If you would like to help clean and prepare St Mary’s for our new incumbent, the church will be open on both 11th and 12th July, and any support with vacuuming, dusting, polishing and flower arranging will be most welcome. Alternatively (or even additionally), a small contribution of cake or other enhanced refreshments after the service on the Sunday would also be appreciated.”

And afterwards: Katie writes: “Next Sunday we are hosting a bring-and-share lunch to welcome Rosie and Vic Tallowin to the parish. Everyone from St Mary’s and St Peter and St Paul is very welcome to join us at 12.30pm in Fenstanton Church Centre. As a thank-you for all their help taking services for the past 22 months, we have also extended invitations to Jonathan Young and Clifford Owen (and Sue and Avis). Following last Sunday’s lovely lunch after Paul’s ordination we propose a similar menu of quiche, salads, crusty bread and butter – with the added bonus of a glass of bubbly! (thank you, Harvey and Eve). Please let me know if you hope to join us and any food you are able to offer. We also need help to set up the tables and chairs before the Sunday Service and any help at 9am on the 14th would be much appreciated.”

TC, our youth group, will be holding a barbecue at Church Centre on Friday 12th July from 6.00pm until 8.00pm.

By the sea: Our Summer Coach Trip to Southwold is on Saturday 20th July. Katie adds: “£11.20 a seat, leaving Fenstanton at 9.00am and then leaving Southwold at 6.00pm. To book a seat(s) on the coach, please pick up and complete a booking form from the back of church asap and return with payment to Katie.

A 65-mile sponsored cycle ride in aid of this year’s charity, the Coroners’ Courts Support Service, will take place on Thursday 18th July with Julia, Keith and anyone else who fancies it in the saddle. Julia explains: “We’ll be cycling from here to the courts in both Huntingdon and Peterborough before cycling back through the Fens. There will be people to meet us in both places, including Gill and Mike Henderson, who have a strong association with the charity. All we need now is plenty of sponsorship (form at the back of the church) – and some decent weather! Would anybody like to join in and cycle to Huntingdon?”

Confirmation: A number of people in the parish have expressed interest in becoming confirmed in their faith. If you are thinking about this, whether as an adult or young person, please talk to one of our Lay Readers, Katie or any other member of the PCC or Children’s Work Group to find out what might be involved. Otherwise, speak to Revd Rosie after Wednesday.

Barn dance: Jane Blunt writes: “The Church Restoration Committee and Fenstanton Village Hall Trust are pleased to announce that the Barn Dance, held a fortnight ago, made a total of £1,610.10, which means that each organisation receives £805.05 to add to its coffers. Many thanks to Chris Behagg for allowing us to use his barn and to everyone who helped to prepare the barn and prepare the food and who helped clear up afterwards.”

The church birding/walking group will have its next jaunt on 16th July. Contact Joy or Barrie if you are interested in joining us. Venue undecided – a bit weather-dependent.

Welcome Pack: Please would anyone noticing newcomers moving into property in the parish notify Julia Mitchell (for Fenstanton) or Niki Whitby (for Fen Drayton), so that we can welcome them to our community and parish.


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