FORTHCOMING PARISH EVENTS/MEETINGS
ROYAL BRITISH LEGION BAND CONCERT Saturday 16th October Contact Mike Lovegrove
OUT AND ABOUT Mondays 18th October and November 15th. Contact Sarah Price
PARISH SAFEGUARDING OFFICER We are looking for a volunteer to become the Parish Safeguarding Officer to replace John Pascall who is planning to step down from the role. The post involves supporting the Priest-in-Charge (Revd. Hardy) in ensuring that procedures are in place to safeguard children and vulnerable adults in the church. Although largely administrative (maintaining records of those in the parish who have undergone safeguarding training etc.), the role also involves being one of the two primary contacts (together with Revd. Hardy) for people to approach with safeguarding concerns. A person undertaking the role will be required to have an enhanced DBS check and undertake training courses as required by the diocese. If you feel you would like to explore this post further, please talk to John Pascall or Revd. Hardy. Thank you.
BIBLE STUDY GROUP The group has resumed meeting every fortnight from Wednesday 6th October at 10 am. We will be continuing our studies of St John’s Gospel. As before meetings will be on-line by Zoom. I will automatically send the link to previous attendees, but if anyone else wishes to join us, please contact me to be sent the zoom link. ALL WELCOME. John Pascall
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
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.
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
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