Weekly News Sheet


Fenstanton Church News  

           15th October 2017

                        Trinity 18

Services today:

Next Sunday :
9:30 a.m. Holy Communion, led by Rev J Young
6:00 p.m. Choral Evensong, led by Richard Hough
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer, led by Philip Blunt.
9:30 a.m. Holy Communion by extension


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

THE WEDNESDAY HOUSE GROUP IS DEAD: Long live the Monday House Group! We are holding the House Group on Mondays now, because of scheduling difficulties. The next one will be 7.45pm on Monday 30th October at 9 Vermuyden Way, Fen Drayton. Stephen adds: “We also need more members, so please come along and try us.”

CHORAL EVENSONG today will be led by Richard Hough, licensed lay minister in Huntingdon. As Keith Page points out, it would be good to give him a good welcome by joining in the service if you are available.

JAFFA CLUB will meet on Thursday 19th October, 3.20pm, in church, to learn about another Bible Superhero.

TC will meet, with Kate and Paul, in the Church Centre on Friday 20th October, 7.30-8.45pm. Further meetings are scheduled for 3rd November, 17th November and 8th December.

FOR THE TIME BEING: During this time when services are being led by visiting clergy, would parents please, whenever possible, go to the altar rail with their children to avoid confusion over who is to receive communion or a blessing.

EMMAUS meets this Sunday at 7.15 (not 7.00pm). We shall be looking at Mary and Martha instead of Eve. She is postponed for a fortnight! Light supper, Bible study, prayer and informal discussion. All are welcome, contact Joy on 01480301068.

PRAYER FOR HEALING: Niki and Claire write: Because of half-term this month, we’re unable to offer the Prayer for Healing on 22nd October as published in Spectrum, though Niki is very happy to offer prayers on Sunday 29th October as an alternative. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We will continue to offer Prayer for Healing on the fourth Sunday each month, the next dates being 26th November and at the Family Communion on the 24th December (not the Crib Service!). If you wish to have prayers at other times we are very happy to offer them.”

COMING MEETINGS: Wednesday 18th October; informal meeting with Fen Drayton PCC members, White Swan, Conington,7.00pm; (provisional) Wednesday 25th October, 12.30pm Standing Committee, Shoemaker Cottage; Wednesday 1st November, 7.30pm, PCC, Church Centre.

OPEN MEETING, 15th NOVEMBER: Please block space in your diary to attend an important open meeting to discuss the future of the parish and its wider relationships. The first is our proposed joining with Fen Drayton, from where some of our new friends will join us that evening. 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. The outcome of these questions will determine whether our next priest will be full- or part-time. Your thoughts are very important, so please come if you can. (That doesn’t mean that your voice will not be heard if you can’t be at the meeting, but you may be interested to learn about progress.)

LOVE IN A BOX: Harry Hucklesby writes: “Thank you to everyone who supported the 'Love in a box' stalls held on the last two Sunday mornings. We raised a total of £121.20 to be shared between our charity, CUF, and 'Love in a box'. As well as the boxes sent from people and families in the church family, we were able to make up (and send) five boxes to Moldova. We had lots of fun selling everything, and a special thank you to Gill for all the help shopping and pricing the items.”

OLDER PEOPLE’S COMMUNION AND LUNCH: Barry 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.

OTHER DIARY DATES: Friday and Saturday 17th and 18th November, Christmas Gift and Food Fair at Ely Cathedral (entrance £4, under-16s free); Mulled Wine evening, Saturday 2nd December at Fenstanton Manor; Parish Church Christmas Lunch will follow the 10am Toy Service on Sunday 10th December; for next year’s diary: Ely Cathedral flower festival, 21-24 June 2018.

HINCHINGBROOKE HOSPITAL – LAST CALL: As previously reported here, Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon is making marked changes to the arrangements for helping patients attend Sunday worship in the hospital chapel. Whereas we used to be able simply to turn up and help twice a year, the chaplains are now asking for greater commitment, formal safeguarding checks and an advance training session lasting for two-and-a-half-hours. In effect, it is changing from a parish rota to a more frequent personal commitment. The chaplaincy team needs to know urgently (ie this coming week) if you would consider attending the initial volunteer training session (date not yet fixed). Ian Mac and Vanessa Turner have details or contact the lead chaplain, Revd Helen Fyall, by email at helen.fyall@nhs.net or phone 01480 847474.

FENSTANTON CHURCH BIRDING GROUP went on a boat trip on the Wash on Thursday. Despite a 6.15 start, we had a marvellous day – the sun shone, the bacon and sausage butties were superb, no-one was seasick, the birds were present in vast numbers, and we had thrilling views of swirling knot and many other waders. We will give early warning of our next trip. Joy adds: “Come and join us!”

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