THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Dates for your diary for weeks beginning March 24th & 31st

Day

Date

Time

Event

Location

Wednesday

27th

10.00am

Topical Teas

10 Croft Road Newmarket

Wednesday

27th

3.15pm

Drop In After School Club

St Philip & St Etheldreda

Wednesday

27th

7-8.30pm

Lent Course

St Philip & St Etheldreda

Thursday

28th

7.30pm

Rock Solid

Exning Community Church Hall

Saturday

30th

9-10am

Lent Prayer

St Martin

Saturday

30th

10-12noon

Open House at Andrew Rycraft’s

19 Cardigan Street, Newmarket

Saturday

30th

10am – 2pm

Women’s Art Workshop

Contact Maryan Piano to book a place

Sunday

31st

10.00am

Joint Benefice Service

St Mary’s Church, Newmarket

Monday

1st

2.30pm

Songs of Praise

St Philip & St Etheldreda

Wednesday

3rd

10.00am

Bible Study Group

6 Queen’s View, Exning

Wednesday

3rd

3.15pm

Drop In After School Club

St Philip & St Etheldreda

Wednesday

3rd

7.30pm

Lent Course

St Philip & St Etheldreda

Thursday

4th

7.30pm

Rock Solid

Exning Community Church Hall

Friday

5th

10.00am

Exning School  Service

St Martin

Saturday

6th

9-10am

Lent Prayer

St Martin

 

FUTURE EVENTS

FORTHCOMING PARISH EVENTS

Monday 8th April: Parish Events & Voice Meeting; St Philip and St Etheldreda, 7.30pm

Tuesday 9th April: Churches Together Prayer Evening; OLISE Church, 7.30pm

Friday 12th April: Village Cinema; Exning Community Church Hall, 7pm

Sunday 28th April: Evensong at St Nicholas, Landwade, 3pm

Monday 29th April: Annual Meeting of Parishioners & AGM; St Philip & St Etheldreda, 7.30pm

Tuesday 7th May: Licensing of Church Wardens from within the Mildenhall Deanery by the Archdeacon; St Martin, 7pm

Wednesday 8th May: Social Committee Meeting; St Philip & St Etheldreda, 7.30pm

Sunday 12th May: Christian Aid Week begins

Saturday 22nd June: Exning Duck Races; Churchyard & Stream, from 12noon

Saturday 2nd November: Exning Christmas Fayre; St Martin & Exning Community Church Hall

 

LENT COURSE  This year, the course is called ‘Christ in the Wilderness: reflecting on the paintings by Stanley Spencer’. We are using five paintings from a series depicting scenes from the Gospels to explore themes suitable for Lent. These are very accessible works of art which we hope might appeal to all. Wednesday evenings at St P&E. UPDATE TO TIMINGS: 7pm start; finish by 8.30pm with compline.  In case you want to take a look at them in advance, the titles of the paintings are: 1. Rising from Sleep, 2. Consider the Lilies, 3. The Scorpion, 4. Foxes have Holes, 5. The Hen.  MAX DRINKWATER

OPEN HOUSE  Saturday 30th March (10am – 12 noon) Andrew and Rosemary would like to invite you for 'Coffee and Cake' at their new house at 19, Cardigan Street, Newmarket CB8 8HZ. There are a couple of spaces in the car port, but otherwise parking in Cardigan Street or nearby roads. Everyone welcome.  ANDREW

JOINT BENEFICE SERVICE  The next Joint Benefice Service will be on Mothering Sunday (31st March): a Sung Eucharist at St Mary's Newmarket at 10am (the normal time for our joint benefice services). All are welcome at this traditional celebration of mothers, motherhood and family life – a major date in the church calendar.  JOHN HARDY

EASTER EGG HUNT STEWARDS  We are planning to hold the Easter Story and Egg hunt at St Martin's again this year.  If you are able to help by being a steward to keep the children safe, please contact: JENNY KING 578344  Thank you.

REQUEST FOR EASTER EGGS  We welcome gifts of INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED SMALL EGGS for the egg hunt.  A container will be placed at the back of St Martin's for their collection.  Thank you for your kind generosity.  JENNY KING 578344

ELECTORAL ROLL 2019  This is the BIG year when everyone has to re-register (a bit like that Census in Bethlehem!) and the forms are now out.  Completed forms to go on the new Roll should be returned to me by 7th April please.  Many Thanks, PATSY EDWARDS, Electoral Roll Officer 01638 665343.

CHARITABLE GIVING  Each year a 5% of the parish’s core giving, comprising collections, gift aid and freewill offerings, is given to charity and for 2018 these were The Red Lodge Pastoral Worker / Mission Church; The East Anglian Air Ambulance and Project Hope, Zambia.  At the AGM in April we will be able to vote for the three charities to benefit from money raised in 2019.  At the 2014 AGM it was agreed that at least one of the charities would be local and at least one would be Christian.  If you would like to nominate a charity, please do so in writing with a brief statement about your choice to help voters make a choice.  You can either e-mail your suggestion to Vanessa at dvhooley@talktalk.net or leave them at the back of either church for collection by 31st March, please.  VANESSA HOOLEY

EASTER SUNDAY STORY AND EGG HUNT  9.30am at St Martin's.  We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Easter Story, followed by an egg hunt in the churchyard.  Each child must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  For information please contact:  JENNY KING 578344.

ANNUAL MEETING OF PARISHIONERS & AGM  We hope that you will be able to join us on Monday 29th April for the parish’s annual Meeting of Parishioners to elect our church wardens for 2019/20.  This will be held at 7.30pm., followed by the church’s A.G.M., when reports relating to 2018 will be presented and election to the P.C.C. will be held.  If you are interested in any of these positions, please speak with John Pascall or Clive Hook and complete the appropriate nomination form which are be available in both churches.  VANESSA HOOLEY

KNIT and NATTER  We meet each week on Tuesdays 2-4pm; please come and join us. Phone 669400 for venue.  JUDITH McCARTY

THE BISHOP’S LENT APPEAL FOR KAGERA  There are various ideas to support this fundraising for the diocese’s link Diocese of Kagera in Tanzania, which can be seen in the literature at the back of the church.  One idea is a personal Kagera Lent Challenge which comes in the form a booklet with daily challenges.  With suggestions such as on Saturday 9th March ‘Give 2p per year of education for everyone in your household’, or on 22nd March ‘Give 5p for each tap in your house’.  These booklets are free and I can order more if required.  VANESSA HOOLEY

EASTER FLOWERS at ST MARTIN  I will be happy to organise and purchase flowers for St Martin at Easter if so wished. Donations would be appreciated and, as in previous years, Easter Lilies may be purchased in memory of a loved one.  A list for these lilies with the cost shown will be in BOTH churches at the beginning of Lent. They must be paid for with the order, please.  GILL NICHOLSON

ROTA FOR ST MARTIN’S CHURCH OPENING  Volunteers to unlock St Martin's in the morning and lock it again late afternoon from April to September are needed. Please speak to me if you can help. Thank you. JOHN PASCALL

CHRISTIAN AID  If you are concerned about climate change and are not sure how you could help, there is an opportunity on March 28th. On that afternoon members of the Exning Committee for Christian Aid are presenting a letter to HSBC Newmarket, for onward delivery to the Chief Executive, asking the bank to stop investing in coal extraction enterprises in the Far East. Simon Snell the Regional Organiser will be cycling to a number of HSBC branches in the Eastern Region to meet with local groups, to raise awareness of this global issue. Christian Aid campaigns as much as fund raises and would welcome as many people as possible to join Simon when he arrives between 3.30 and 4.15pm outside the bank at 53 High Street. Our letter will ask the bank to stop funding climate change. Please get in touch with Jan Lovegrove for further information, to express your interest, or just turn up if you can. Thank you.  JAN LOVEGROVE

ADVANCE NOTICE:  PREACHERS AT ST NICHOLAS, LANDWADE, EVENSONG 2019 

The preachers are as follows:

Sunday 28 April: The Revd. Dave Butcher Diocesan Safeguarding Officer

Sunday 26 May (Rogation Sunday): The Very Revd Joe Hawes, Dean of St Edmundsbury

Sunday 30 June (Trinity 2): The Revd Canon Tim Alban-Jones, Chaplain to the Bishop of Peterborough

Sunday 28 July (Trinity 6): The Revd Andrew Rycraft

Sunday 25 August (Trinity 10): Canon Roy Tricker, Suffolk church historian

Sunday 29 September (Harvest): The Revd Canon Sally Gaze, Dean of Rural Mission Consultancy, St Edmundsbury and Ipswich   REVD JOHN HARDY

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREACHER FOR EVENSONG AT LANDWADE – SUNDAY 28th APRIL, 3PM

My name is David Butcher, I live in Mildenhall together with my wife Caroline, where we have been since 1991. Having previously been a Reader, I was ordained Deacon in June 2018 and now serve as Assistant Curate to the Lark and Lee group of parishes, under the guidance and supervision of Revd Canon Sandie Barton, covering the four parish churches of St Marys, Barton Mills. St Andrews, Freckenham. All Saints, Worlington and St Peters, West Row. My ministry role is part-time and self-supporting; as I have a busy and involved ‘day job’ in which I am the Safeguarding Adviser to the Diocese, with responsibility and oversight for all aspects of Safeguarding, from Training, Safer Recruitment, DBS applications, advice to parishes, handling of referrals, risk management, casework and investigation as well as partnership working with the various professional safeguarding agencies and partners. It is a fascinating, challenging and varied role. My interest in this particular area of work came through 30+ years of experience as a Police Officer including considerable service under the remit of Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult investigations and the area of Domestic Abuse. I am completely passionate about ensuring that the most vulnerable members of our church communities are as well protected and as safe as they can possibly be. I think Safeguarding the vulnerable, whether they be children or adults is completely in line with God’s purposes for us as ‘church’ in Mission and Ministry to all of our communities. It also fits neatly into our Diocesan strategy of “Growing in God”, where we are seeking to nurture flourishing congregations making a difference, that are growing in depth, influence, number and younger. If we get safeguarding wrong we will certainly not grow in any of those areas, it would be very harmful. Finally, I am very excited and looking forward immensely to Saturday 29th June this year at the Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds, where (with the Bishop’s consent!) my wife Caroline will be ordained Deacon in the morning and I shall be ordained Priest in the afternoon. We can look forward to a combined ministry serving our local communities, what a privilege! Revd David Butcher, Curate, Lark and Lee Parishes