Weekly News Sheet

   News from the churches of

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

              16 Sept 2018

        Trinity 16

Services Fenstanton Fen Drayton


9:30 a.m. Holy Communion, 
led by Revd Sid Bridges  
6:00 p.m. Choral Evensong 
9:30 a.m Morning Praise,
led by Niki Whitby


8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
led by Philip Blunt
3:20 p.m. JAFFA Club
Next Sunday :
9:30 a.m. Harvest Holy Communion
led by the Revd Clifford Owen
9:30 p.m. Holy Communion 
led by Canon Brian Atling 

Please pray for Muriel Johns, Carol Gurry, little Ben, Colin Saunderson, the Garnell family; Christina and Steve Sheppard, and their daughter, Sarah, Angela Everitt, and Margaret Kemaite. Also, Marjorie Walker, her sister Rosemary and their families.

We continue to pray for Laura Whitby, the Tevlin family, Kath Rolph, Charlie Darling, Mark Richardson, Deryck Burton, Dick Lingham, Kate Williams, Sylvenna Halls, Marie Hall and Amy White.

EMMAUS today is at Penny and John’s at 56 Church Leys. Joy adds: “We will have coffee from 7.00pm and start our discussion at 7.30pm, so that we can aim at a slightly earlier finishing time. Everyone is welcome to join us. We are finishing off looking at the film The Way, and then discussing the ideas it evokes. After that we will be meeting probably once a fortnight to discuss some of the parables.” Provisional future dates are: 30th September, 14th and 28th October, 11th and 25th November, and 9th December.

JAFFA CLUB restarts on Thursday, 20th September, 3:20pm in FenstantonChurch for all school age children and their families.

TEENAGE CHRISTIANS resumes this coming Friday, 21st September. Kate Tuplin writes: “We look forward to welcoming our new year 6s. We will meet at the Church Centre from 7.30pm until 8.45pm. Paul and I are looking forward to another term and to catching up with all our TCers.”

WEDNESDAY HOUSE GROUP: The next meeting will be at 7.45pm on 19th September at 9 Vermuyden Way, Fen Drayton. Everyone is welcome. For further information contact Stephen Wilson on 01954 230055 or Philip Blunt on 01480 461751.

HOUSE-TO-HOUSE COLLECTION: Would collectors please bring their envelopes to Fenstanton church today. Julia Mitchell adds: “A big thank you to all those who put out and collected envelopes for our annual collection. I will let you know the total when Christine and I have counted the money.”

KERALA APPEAL: This is the last week to donate to the emergency Christian Aid appeal for many victims of the unprecedented flooding in Kerala, Southern India. Please use the red envelopes at the back of church if you are able to gift aid your donation. Many thanks to everyone for their generosity, Katie adds.

THIS WEEK’S MEETINGS: Tuesday 18th September, parish management committee, Shoemaker Cottage at 7pm; Thursday 20th September, PCC in the Church Centre at 7.30pm.

SHARING OUR HARVEST: As we leave August and the summer holidays behind, in church we look forward to Harvest next week, thanking God for his many blessings to us all. This year, donations of non-perishable harvest goods will be passed on to St Ives Food Bank to benefit those less fortunate than ourselves. Katie says the food bank is currently in most need of squash, cartons of juice, savoury biscuits, tinned custard, rice pudding, tinned potatoes, packet soup, tins of meat, jam, sugar and rice (500g or 1kg). Please consider adding these items to your shopping list in the coming weeks, she asks.

HARVEST LUNCH: Following our Harvest Festival Service at 9.30am next Sunday, 23rd September, our Harvest lunch will take place at 12 for 12.30pm in the Church Centre. Tickets for the lunch are on sale today after the service from Ian Hucklesby (Harry having been sacked for failing to sell any last week in Ian and Katie’s absence!). The menu will be jacket potatoes and casserole followed by fruit crumble and custard and then tea or coffee. Adult tickets are £9 and children £4 with under-threes free. Following the lunch, the donated fresh produce will be auctioned, and all proceeds will be for our charity of the year, Mercy Ships. Please add your name to the list at the back of church if you could make and donate a fruit crumble (ideally to serve eight or 10 people) or have a word with Katie Hucklesby if you would like to help in any way.

KNICKERS AND KICKERS UPDATE: Josie writes: “A huge thank you to all those who so generously contributed to the ‘knickers and kickers’ appeal for Malawi. I now have pledges for all the boots, as well as quite a few pairs of knickers! If any of you would still like to buy the ladies some underwear, I’m still a bit short of sizes 10 and 12. Please just pop them through my letterbox. Many thanks. So, that’s my four cases filled with goodies now – one with donated medical supplies from St Thomas’s Hospital, one with around 300 pairs of glasses, one with knickers and kickers and one with two laptops for students and treats for the children! Sorted! I’m truly grateful to be part of such a loving, giving congregation. I’ll be staying for just over five weeks this time, so your ongoing prayers would be much appreciated.”

PARISH TREASURER: The official handover to our new church treasurer, Christine Harris, has now taken place. All matters of finance, claiming church expenses etc now need to be directed to Christine. Thank you, Christine, for stepping forward with your financial background and offering your talents to help our church in this way. The Churchwardens and PCC would once again like to thank Janice Addison for all her time, energy and care spent over the past few years as church treasurer. Janice continues to look after all the financial aspects of the Church Centre.

CAMBRIDGE HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST RIDE AND STRIDE: Julia Mitchell writes: “Many thanks to Stephen, Keith and Margaret who cycled in the Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride last Saturday and thanks to those who manned the churches to welcome cyclists. I don’t have the final total from sponsorship, but half of the amount comes back to our church.”

DIARY DATES: Harvest Festival in Fenstanton on 23rd September, followed by lunch, and in Fen Drayton on 7th October, at 3.30pm, with God’s Gang. Niki Whitby’s licensing as a Lay Minister at Ely Cathedral at 2pm [note corrected timing] on Saturday 27th October, followed by a joint service at Fenstanton on the Sunday. Communion and lunch for older folk in the parish at midday on Friday 16th November.


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