Weekly News Sheet


Fenstanton Church News  

           21st January 2018

                         Epiphany 3

Services today:
Next Sunday:

9:30 a.m. Ecumenical Service at URC, Rev Dr Catherine Ball
6:00 p.m. Sung Evensong, led by Geoff Dodgson. 
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer, led by Philip Blunt.
9:30 a.m. Family Communion by extension, Harvey Marshall



Please pray for Marie Hall, Christine Harris, Laura Whitby, Amy White, Muriel Johns, Frances Parish, Sylvenna Halls, Pat Cole, Kate Williams, Chris Saunders, Carol Gurry, and Ben, who is in hospital in Newcastle with leukaemia.

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

RIP: The funeral of Philomena Guillebaud, who died on Christmas Eve, will be held in church at 11.00am on Monday 12th February, followed by cremation at Cambridge at 1.00pm.

WEDNESDAY HOUSE GROUP: Meetings will resume this coming week, hopefully on a monthly basis, starting on 24th January. This first meeting of the year will be at 11 Hilton Road (the Blunts’) starting at 7.45 pm. Typically, we start with some music, continue with a bible study and finish with some prayers. Everyone is welcome. For further information contact Philip on 01480 461751 or Stephen on 01954 230055.

CAPABILITY BROWN MEMORIAL RESTORATION: Philip Blunt writes: “Having dismantled the monument, the contractor was able to see more clearly what needed to be done to carry out an effective restoration. There was a brief pause in the work last week while some slight changes to the original proposals were authorised, but it’s all systems go again, and work should resume on Monday.”

OPEN GARDENS: Spring is just around the corner, and it will soon be time to think about our gardens. Our Open Gardens Weekend this year will be 23rd and 24th June. If you feel you could open your garden, please contact Sylvia on 01480 465295 or Julia on 01480 301252. We shall also be having a book stall and a plant stall, so now is the time to think about those unwanted books and plants you will have to spare.

MEETINGS NEXT WEEK include: Children’s Work Group on Monday 22nd January, 7.30pm at Kate Tuplin’s house; Restoration Committee on Wednesday 24th January, 8pm in Saunders Room.

ARCHBISHOP JUSTIN RE-TWEETS FENSTANTON FILM: Julia writes: “As you are aware, the Church Urban Fund [our 2017 charity] did some filming during our Harvest Festival day, which resulted in a film for us, a film for CUF to use in their publicity and one specifically linked to the Mustard Seed Appeal. If you haven't already seen it, our film is on our FaceBook page (or I can send it to you via email) and the others can be found via the CUF website. The Twitter connection is that Trudy, from CUF, put their film about us on Twitter, and it was re-tweeted by Justin Welby, no less ... really has gone global!” At least Lambeth Palace is paying attention!

POSADA PAST: Please return any travelling crib posters that could be used again to Katie. If anyone has the brown fabric bag that the box of figures travel in, she would be grateful for its return too.

EMMAUS: Joy is starting to feel better, so the group will resume its Sunday evening meetings next week (28th January). She adds: “We meet at 7.00pm for a light supper, followed by open discussion on a range of themes, Bible study and prayer. The next provisional date is 11th February. Then we shall meet, until Easter, to follow a Lent course every Sunday at 8.00pm, without supper, but with coffee and cake. We are an ecumenical group and are happy to include those who belong to other faith groups or to none. Ring Joy on 01480 301068 if you are interested – or just come along for a taster.”

PALM CROSSES REMINDER: Please return last year’s palm crosses, if you still have them, to church over the coming few weeks (by 11th February at latest). Harvey will incinerate them so that the ash can be used during the 7.30pm service of Holy Communion on Ash Wednesday, at which Canon Brian Atling will preside.

AQUAID LIFELINE: Josie Charter writes: “I have left a pile of the latest AquAid Lifeline newsletters at the back of the church – please take one to read about all the great work going on in Malawi. I’m very much looking forward to showing you photos and videos of my latest trip during the service on 28th January.”

TEENAGE CHRISTIANS: This term, TC will meet on the following dates: 26th January, 9th and 23rd February, 9th and 23rd March. Kate writes: “We are going to be looking at some passages in Matthew's gospel. There will be the usual mix of games, challenges and bible time. All meetings will be in the Church Centre from 7.30pm to 8.45pm.”

WILD WEST MURDER MYSTERY (with supper): Please book the date, Saturday 24th February 2018 – Ray Whitby writes: “An evening of wild west high jinks with cowboys, cowgirls, native Americans, outlaws, in-laws, saloon girls, lawmen and everyone and thing that goes to make up the frontier town of Gravestone, Arizona, in the late 1800s. We are looking for around eight people, preferably four of each gender, who are willing to take on the parts of various characters. No learning of lines is necessary, just people willing to immerse themselves in a character and be able to answer questions about them and their fellow characters (the answers will be provided). Both churchwardens are already on board, so that leaves six more of you; this is your chance to volunteer before we force you at gunpoint. If you don’t know who to talk to, it’s the churchwarden with the beard. This is your last chance to volunteer peacefully; I am oiling my six-gun ready for Sunday morning!” Tickets and more details will be available in the New Year.” Tickets are now available for this fun evening from Sylvia or Ian H.

CHARITY FOR 2018: Look out for information on Mercy Ships on the usual board at the back of the Church.”

MARGARET BLOUNT sends greetings from South Africa, promising tales of wild animals, the Garden Route and Cape Town on her return shortly.

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