Dates for your diary for week beginning July 25th

Day

Date

Time

Event

Location

Monday

26th

2-4pm

Out and About

Exning Community Church Hall

Wednesday

28th

10.00am

Topical Teas

Via Zoom; contact S Pascall

 

FORTHCOMING PARISH EVENTS

THE SALE TRAIL SATURDAY 14 AUGUST. Contact  Jan Lovegrove 577292

Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride SATURDAY 11 SEPTember

 

NEWS

ON-LINE Service arrangements going forward  Please note that from July, as Covid-19 restrictions are (hopefully) lifted further, the clergy team will be live-streaming Sunday services twice a month only (until further notice): one Sunday a month from St Agnes’, one Sunday a month from St Mary’s (generally the third Sunday). Partly, this is to encourage personal attendance of church services; partly, it’s to free up the Revd Cheryl Belding a little, she being, at present, our only ‘driver of the bus’ (clergy shorthand for ‘manager of the livestream service’). Parishes around the deanery are making their own local decisions about what is best for their own particular circumstances. Which reminds me: if there is anyone out there who thinks they might be prepared to commit to learning about becoming a ‘Sunday bus driver’ in the future, please have a word with Cheryl or Fr John. Meanwhile, our renewed thanks go to Cheryl for delivering the online Sunday service so dependably, week in and week out over the past 18 months. She would like it to be known that the Wednesday evening online Chat Time and Compline (6.30-7.30 pm) will continue on a weekly basis from July.  John Hardy

 

INFORMAL STUDY SESSION  On Saturday 24 July, 10 am - 12 noon at St Martin's, the Revd John Hardy is hosting an informal study session for those who are already involved in leading worship and prayers around the parish - at Sunday services at St Martin's or St Philip's & Etheldreda's, at Songs of Praise, Soundbites, and also in more intimate settings (including fellowship or house groups, for instance). The theme is 'Prayer in Worship', and my idea is for us, quite informally, to look at different ways of .leading intercessions - such a rich, diverse aspect of our corporate worship (indeed, our corporate life). This is, I know, something that Exning folks have done before 'back in the day'; but as our church services begin to open up again after the pandemic, it seems the right time to take stock and share some learning on an interesting and important subject. If you have resources that you habitually turn to when preparing to lead worship or intercessions (a favourite collection of prayers, say), it would be good if you could bring them along as examples of resources that are 'out there' - and I'll try to do the same. Canon Mark says he might look in or provide me with some advance input if he gets a moment. (It was his idea in the first place to hold something like this.) No booking required: just turn up at St Martin's on 24 July if you think you're someone for whom this event is intended. Many thanks, John

 

SERVICES AT ST PHILIP'S and ST ETHELDREDA'S CHURCH Because of its small capacity, booking is required for attendance. Please contact Jennie Oakman 01638 668176 or 07949692180. God's Blessings x

 

BOOK STALL  St Martins is offering space in the church porch to Sam Street, who runs the Book Kiosk at the corner of Chapel Street and Laceys Lane, which she does in a voluntary capacity. During the months the church is open this summer, free books will be on offer for people to browse and take away. Sam Street will curate the books and advertise it on her website as an extension of the Book Kiosk. The books will be Ex library stock or donated second-hand books on a wide variety of subjects. If you have been reviewing your books and have some you would like to pass on, please contact Jan Lovegrove 577292.

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE ON PARISH COMMUNICATIONS As you will be aware, Cathy’s last WEN will be produced for Sunday 1st August. After that, we are going to need to change the system somewhat. Any information to be circulated/people requesting prayer etc after 27th July should be sent to me at john.pascall@outlook.com. I will then place those items on to the front page of the parish website (www.exningparishchurch.net) together with the services for the next two weeks. The contents of that page will be printed each week by Jenny King so that it is also available in church for people who do not have internet access. After 1-2 weeks, information will be moved to a tab on the website titled current/future events where it will remain until it has obviously expired. In parallel with this, in a new development Jenny King and Christine Pearce will be producing a monthly newletter. This will be available in the churches and, hopefully, in local businesses and will also be sent by email to anyone who would like to receive it, could you please email Jenny King (patandjenking@btinternet.com). Please be patient with us as we work out develop this new system of communication. Thank you. John Pascall

 

ST MARTINS CHURCH OPENING - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED We will be opening the church every day starting on July 19th throughout the summer between 10am and 5pm (subject to any services taking place). I am looking for volunteers to help with this please. Thank you. John Pascall.

WEN  After a lot of thought I have come to the conclusion that I need to give up something as my work commitments increase. l will still be Treasurer to the PCC. After 8 years I feel it is time to pass on this job now to someone who can give it the time & attention it deserves. My last WEN will be for the 1st August; being prepared on Tuesday 27th July.  This is a call to those who may wish to pick up the gauntlet & run with it!  The task involves receiving emails through the week and preparing, printing & distributing the WEN to the churches.  Should you have any questions, please do get in touch with me or John Pascall.  Many thanks.  Cathy

 

THEATRE TRIPS  I am pleased to announce the theatre trips are starting again and I have two shows booked at the moment.

Romeo and Juliet  30th September

Prince of Egypt  20th January

Both shows are matinee performances and we leave St Mary's Church at 9.00am returning from London approx. 5.30pm. Tickets are  £50 including coach and selling quickly.If you are interested please  contact me 01638 603489 email ramsayhelie@ntlworld.com Janet Ramsay-Helie

 

LIGHT A CANDLE  By lighting a virtual candle, you're making space to pray.  You can light a candle online to pray for yourself, for a loved one or for a situation on the Church of England website https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/light-candle

 

PRAYER WALL  St Edmundsbury Cathedral offers an online Prayer Wall where you can choose to light an online candle.  Each day one of the Cathedral Clergy will pray these prayers.  For details please visit https://stedscathedral.org/prayer-wall/

 

OFFERINGS TO THE CHURCH VIA STANDING ORDER . Here are the details if you would like to set up a regular payment through your bank to the parish. If you wish to gift aid your payments, please let me know & I will send a gift aid statement to you if you haven’t already done one.

Account Number: 44358318

Sort Code: 60-15-47

Account Name: Exning PCC

Please put your name as reference

Cathy

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​​​​​Environmental Issues: Arctic countries have pledged to fight global warming, which is happening three times faster in the northern reaches of the earth than elsewhere and to preserve peace in the region as its geopolitical importance increases. Accelerated global warming, untapped resources, new maritime routes opened up by retreating sea ice, and the future of local populations all topped the agenda … The warming climate has opened up the Arctic for shipping, fishing, drilling and mining, and China, an observer to the Council, has made no secret of its interest in the vast territory rich in natural resources and where retreating sea ice has opened up new maritime routes. Meanwhile, Russia has beefed up its military presence in the Arctic – reopening and modernising bases abandoned since the Soviet Union collapsed – and the United States has stepped up naval exercises.

Prayer for Creation for July: Merciful God, we believe that you uphold and sustain all that you have made, while also lovingly giving us the freedom to live in relationship with the rest of creation. We ask your forgiveness for the ways we have abused that freedom, through what we have done and what we have left undone. We bring our lament and our longing for a renewed earth to you now: (prayer from Christian Climate Action’s prayer for climate grief) Amen