THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Dates for your diary for week beginning December 2nd and 9th

Day

Date

Time

Event

Location

Monday

3rd

2.30pm

Songs of Praise

St P&E

Tuesday

4th

1.30pm

Advent Story

St Martin

Tuesday

4th

2-4pm

Knit ‘n’ Natter

Phone 669400 for venue

Wednesday

5th

7.30pm

Bible Study Group

6 Queen’s View, Exning

Thursday

6th

1.30pm

Advent Story

St Martin

Thursday

6th

7.30pm

Rock Solid

ECCH

Friday

7th

9.15am

Silent Prayer Group

Call Judy or Cheryl 07540888198 / 07801499179 to check venue

Friday

7th

10am – 4pm

Setting up of trees for Festival

St Martin

Friday

7th

3.00pm

Drop In After School Club

St P&E

Friday

7th

7pm for 7.30pm

Village Cinema : The Greatest Showman

ECCH

Saturday

8th

11am – 6pm

Exning’s 4th Christmas Tree Festival

St Martin

Saturday

8th

1pm – 4pm

Family Entertainment & Christmas Craft

ECCH

Sunday

9th

9.30am

Joint Communion Svc

St P&E

Sunday

9th

3.00pm

Carol Service

Newmarket Hospital Foyer

Monday

10th

7.30pm

Open Prayer Group

6 Queen’s View, Exning

Tuesday

11th

2-4pm

Knit ‘n’ Natter

Phone 669400 for venue

Tuesday

11th

7.00pm

Wreath Making Workshop

ECCH

Wednesday

12th

10.00am

Topical Teas

6 Queen’s View, Exning

Thursday

13th

7.30pm

Rock Solid

ECCH

Friday

14th

9.15am

Silent Prayer Group

Call Judy or Cheryl 07540888198 / 07801499179 to check venue

Friday

14th

3.00pm

Drop In After School Club

St P&E

 

FUTURE EVENTS

FORTHCOMING PARISH EVENTS

 

Friday 7th December: Village Cinema; 7pm at ECCH-The Greatest Showman

Saturday 8th December: Visit to Windsor Castle to see Duchess of Sussex’s

      Wedding Dress; 9am from St Mary’s

Saturday 8th December: Christmas Tree Festival  in St Martin’s, 11am – 6pm

Sunday 9th December: Newmarket Community Hospital Carol Service; 3pm

Tuesday 11th December: Wreath Making at ECCH; 7pm – 9pm

Sunday 16th December: Community Carol Service; 6pm, St Martin’s

Wednesday 19th December: Ormiston Close Harmony Group Concert; 7pm, St

     Martin

Wednesday 19th  December: MBC Singing for Fun Christmas Special; 8pm,

      Tesco Community Room

Monday 24th December: Crib & Christingle Service; 3pm, St Martin’s

Monday 24th December: Midnight Holy Communion; 11.30pm, St Martin’s

Tuesday 25th December: Christmas Communion; St P&E, 9.00am

Tuesday 25th December: Christmas Day Service; 11am, St Martin’s

Sunday 30th December: Carols by Candlelight; 3pm, St Nicholas Landwade

Saturday 19th January: Murder Mystery in ECCH 7pm

Saturday 26th January: Marion Roberts’ 80th Birthday Tea Party; ECCH, 4-6pm

Sunday 24th February: Lazy Sunday Indoor Car Boot Sale; ECCH, 12-3pm

Saturday 2nd March: Pat’s Pancakes; ECCH, 12-2pm.  Proceeds to Christian Aid.

 

 

IMPORTANT - SERVICE PATTERN CHANGE  There will be no service at St Martin's on 9th December.  Instead, there will be a joint service at St Philip’s at 9.30am.  JOHN PASCALL

EXNING ADVENT WINDOWS  1st to 24th December.  We now have over 20 windows registered!  By this Sunday there will be at least nine lit and displayed and the standard is very good.  Take a look if you are around Exning – people have put a lot of thought into this and it’s looking lovely.  We currently have windows live at:  Oxford Street (the school and parish council noticeboard), Chapel Street (a house near the old post office), Ducks Lane (a house on the corner & also the old telephone kiosk which is now a book share library), Church Street (two houses opposite the church & West’s garage), Church Close (house at the end), the Parish Office window in the church hall, Regency Cakes on Burwell corner.  Over the next couple of weeks there will be more windows revealed – more houses on Church Street, Chapel Street, two on New Road, one on St Wendred’s Way, one on King George Avenue, one on Swan Grove, windows at St Martin’s Church. Enjoy!  CATHY

VILLAGE CINEMA  Starring:- Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Michelle Williams, Paul Sparks. Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. FRIDAY 7th December 2018. Rated. PG. EXNING COMMUNITY CHURCH HALL. Doors open at 7pm Performance starts 7.30pm. Adults £4. Children (under 15) £3. Family ticket £12 (2adults/2children). £12. Refreshments available.  MIKE LOVEGROVE

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 8th December St Martin’s.  The trees will be on display 11am to 6pm, with light lunches & afternoon teas served throughout.  In the Exning Community Church Hall from 1pm, there will be family magic shows with Wayne Goodman, adult & child Festive Craft activities, a Christmas Raffle.  Please come along – bring your families.  CATHY

 VISIT TO WINDSOR CASTLE  Saturday 8th December Coach from St Mary’s, Newmarket leaves at 9am to visit Windsor Castle to see the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress. Please book your place via JANET RAMSAY-HELIE on ramsayhelie@ntlworld.com  Tickets are £35.

NEWMARKET COMMUNITY HOSPITAL CAROLS  3pm Sunday 9th December.  ALL WELCOME.  Service of Carols & Readings, with an address given by The Revd Ian Howells, Lead Chaplain.  Coffee/tea & mince pies served following the Service.  JENNY KING

WREATH MAKING  On the evening of December 11th Leone Stockdale will be coming to ECCH to run a workshop to help us create festive door wreaths. This is great fun to do, and last year’s evening was a great success. If you would like to book a place please register with Jan Lovegrove, 01628 577292. The cost of the workshop is £20 with materials provided, (rings, wire, natural decorations and ribbons) plus all instruction and guidance. Please just bring apron, secateurs and any fresh greenery you particularly want to use. The course runs from 7pm to 9pm with a finished wreath to carry home. Early booking is advised as places are limited. Money raised will be for the church flower fund.  JAN LOVEGROVE

CHRISTMAS CONCERT  The close harmony group of Ormiston, Sudbury have once again asked to come and do a Christmas concert in the church on Wednesday 19th December at 7pm.  Those of you who have been before know that this is always a very good concert and one that can get you in the true Christmas spirit. There will also be opportunity for you to join in with some Christmas carols.  Tickets will be £5 on the door to include light refreshments.  As well as people attending I could do with some volunteers to help with refreshments and also selling draw tickets.  Any prizes for the draw would also be great.  Many thanks. CHRISTINE SHAND  07740171688 or c.conwayjarrett@hotmail.co.uk

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOXES  The boxes are due for collection in December ready to be blessed in Church on Christmas Eve as usual.  I am due for surgery to my foot this month & will not be able to drive afterwards so can I please ask all box holders to take their boxes to either Church or contact me to collect them in the next 2 weeks.  Thank you.  JUDITH McCARTY

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

EXNING PRESENTS  A Murder Mystery, on Saturday January 19th at Exning Community Church Hall. The setting is a choir practice in church and the mystery to solve is the non-appearance of the choir master. If you enjoy a play and the challenge of solving  a crime in the company of friends while enjoying a meal, then do come and join in. Tickets available from JAN LOVEGROVE 01638 577292 and JENNY KING 578344 at £10 each. Doors open at 7.0pm and wine and soft drinks available. Event in support of ECCH.

WEN  Notice that I will be taking January off from the weekly WEN production.  During this time there will be a weekly Worship Sheet in church which I will produce in advance.  I will be sending out the last Events & News Sheet on 23rd December (cut-off date is Tuesday 18th December; 5pm).  Please send in any entries well in advance.  During January, I will send out any urgent notices via email.  CATHY

FREE-WILL OFFERING ENVELOPES  for 2019 are now in both churches. Any problems please contact me; particularly if you are currently using an envelope but there isn't one named for you - it means that I have lost you off my list. Thank you. JOHN PASCALL

WEN FORMAT  The new W.E.N. format whereby the week’s Bible readings are not printed in full, is due for review by the P.C.C. in January.  If you would like your comments (positive or negative) about this considered & have not previously written, please leave any note for me, as P.C.C.  Secretary, at either church, thank you.   VANESSA HOOLEY

ST MARTIN’S CHRISTMAS PRAYER TREE  There is a tree by the font at St Martin’s which is there for people to put up a prayer this Christmas time.  Although there will be tags available by the tree, please feel free to bring in a prayer tag of your own if you prefer.  CATHY

SONGS OF PRAISE  on Monday was led by Ann McMillian. Her title was Gentle Child of Gentle Mother. But her theme was The Strength of Mary and all Mothers. Ann drew our attention to the four Advent candles, representing, Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. She told stories from her own family. Stories of Mothers who had shown not only strength ,but also one or more of these qualities.  Our time of Prayer included those for whom Christmas would be a difficult time. The sad, the sick, and those who are alone.   Ann’s choice of hymns took us from the first week of Advent, "Hark the glad sound The Saviour comes" to Christmas Day " Joy to the world The Lord has come" .Ann closed the Service with the following prayer.   "However you celebrate Christmas, may the Love, Peace, Joy and Hope, that the birth of the Christ Child brings be always with you and all those you love. And Lord give us Mary's strength to do your will."    We enjoyed our usual time of Fellowship and of course mince pies.  JANET LANGHAM

THANK YOU  to everyone who, in any way, supported the Advent Coffee and Mince Pie Morning, run concurrently with the Charities Distribution.  We are delighted to report that the marvellous total of £212.55 is being sent to UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) to help bring relief from suffering.’  JENNY KING

AN UPDATE  The eagle eyed among you may have noticed that Rev Ryk Parkinson is no longer on the prayer list.  My sister Elizabeth and I would like to thank everyone for their prayers while Ryk (my brother-in-law) has been recovering after his sudden stroke back in March.  He is now well on the road back to full fitness and is back in post in his parishes, albeit in a reduced capacity.  Once again, many thanks to you all.  PATSY EDWARDS