Weekly News Sheet

   News from the churches of

           St Peter & Paul, Fenstanton, and 
                     St Mary, Fen Drayton   16/23/30 August 2020




Fen Drayton


All services suspended till further notice. Church closed

All services suspended till further notice. Church closed

Staying Connected

your new weekly newsletter from the parish

Rev Rosie writes: Welcome to our newsletter so that we can “Stay Connected” with one another.

This newsletter will be the last one for a couple of weeks as various people take a break.

This week you will receive at least two, if not three, orders of service and one newsletter covering the next couple of weeks. Monday Night Prayer (compline) and Thursday Morning Prayer continue as usual, with our thanks to Geoff, who will oversee both while I am on leave. The meeting ID and password remain the same. The Sunday chat at 11am will be hosted by Caroline. Thank you, Caroline. The Community Café has shut its virtual doors but does have a WhatsApp group. The stewards will be stewarding when the church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays 3-5pm and Sundays 1-3pm in August.

Sunday services: On Wednesday 2nd September, all being well, the government guidance and the CofE, our seat booking system should be open for Sunday 6th September. I explained last week how it should work. You will be able to go to fenchurchbooking.org.uk to book your places for Sunday 6th September or Wednesday 9th September.

The Sunday services will begin at 10am for the time being. While we are opening only one church, we shall have services at 10am. You will be able to arrive from 9.30am to allow for a staggered arrival. You are required to wear a face covering, to sanitise your hands on arrival, and are requested go straight to your seats. Families with children need to be aware that there will not be a children’s area available, but pew activities can be requested at the time of booking seats.

On the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays there will be said services of Holy Communion (wafer only), received in your seat. The 2nd Sunday will be Worship for All (of a kind?!) without Holy Communion.

Leaving the church: you will be asked to leave pew-by-pew to enable a staggered exit and to sanitise your hands at the door.

Wednesdays in September, said service of Holy Communion at 7pm: The church will be open from 6.45pm for a 7pm service start time. I respectfully ask that, if you have booked for a Sunday service, you do NOT attend on Wednesday as well. It will be exactly the same service, including a short sermon, and is intended to help provide an additional service if we reach capacity for the previous Sunday morning service. Some people may prefer the quieter, more reflective space on a Wednesday evening.

For both Sunday and Wednesday services an order of service will be on your seat, one per booking. If you require more, then please either print them at home or let Rosie or Katie know in advance.

Stewards needed – a big thank you to all those who have welcomed and made sure the church was ready for private prayer during August. We will need stewards for Sunday and Wednesday services during September. This is not the same as being a sideman (person?). We probably need three people for a Sunday and one/two people for a Wednesday. If you have been stewarding during August and would be willing to do at least one Sunday during September, this would help hugely, as you will know how it all works. Then two people will have one experienced steward with them.  Please let Rosie or Katie know if you would like to be considered for the rôle of Sunday or Wednesday steward.

We are hoping to open the church after a Sunday service for private prayer during September if we can find stewards to cover those sessions. Can you help?


TO REMIND YOU – ZOOM gathering and meetings

You will find a list below of all the things you can join in with using the one meeting ID and password. All the church meetings have one meeting ID and password. Owen and I have those details, so do contact either of us. Email Owen ohucklesby@virginmedia.com  tel: 01480 465211, or Vicar Rosie at rosie.tallowin@btinternet.com  tel: 01480 467393.

Sunday morning chat, online fellowship, at 11am

Monday evening Compline (Night Prayer) at 8pm

Thursday Morning Prayer at 8.30am


For our prayers this week:


Please pray for Michael Ingham, Brenda Cooke, Jane Blunt, Steve & Liz Banks, Ian and Bron Taylor, Mark Richardson, RLB, Ben, Margaret Dwyer, Donna and Jessica. Please continue to pray for our St Ives foodbank.

RIP: Please pray for all those who are mourning the loss of a loved one at this time. We remember, in our prayers, the family of Shiona (Jeanetta) Guite, mother of the Rev Malcolm, formerly of this parish. Her funeral will take place at Fenstanton Church.

We think this week of the residents of Lancelot Way, Fenstanton, and The Orchard, Fen Drayton; next week of those living in Bell Lane, Fenstanton, and The Plantation, Fen Drayton; and the following week those who dwell in Cedar Close, Fenstanton, and Larke Cottages, Fen Drayton.

Dagmar, Bishop of Huntingdon, is putting a short reflection on the Diocesan YouTube channel for each Sunday.

Bishop Stephen reminds us of the dial-in service to enable people to engage with worship. Here is the link: dial-in facility


News for this week:

Babes and sucklings: As a member of the Mothers’ Union, Yvonne Hill has been invited to knit small hats and cardigans for babies up to the age of one year. The garments will be given to the Ely Baby Bank to share in the local community. If anyone who can knit would like to give in this way, they would be very welcome.

Cardigans and hats, any colour and style, for children up to the age of one, please.


APCM and Electoral Roll: Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place on Sunday 20th September. Nomination forms for Churchwardens and PCC members will be available in September. There are a couple of vacancies so please pray for those to be filled with the people God is calling to serve in that role. Could it be you?

If you are not on the Electoral Roll, forms will be available soon.


Don’t forget to send us your pictures, comments etc so we can stay connected as the church family and friends during this time. Email: ian@fenstanton.net

With assurance of our prayers at this time

Don’t forget to Stay Connected this is your space too.

Rev Rosie Tallowin with additional help from Ian MacKellar