Diary of forthcoming events

Dates for your diary for weeks beginning January 19th









Social Events & Planning Mtg

John East Centre, George Gibson Close, Exning




Happy to Chat with Revd Cheryl

Regency Cakes, Exning




Knit N Natter

John East Centre, George Gibson Close, Exning




Topical Teas

10 Croft Road, Newmarket




Rock Solid Youth Group

Exning Community Church Hall




Silent Prayer Group

Call to check venue

Judy: 07540888198

Cheryl: 07801499179





Exning Court



Thursday 20th January: Holocaust Memorial Day; All Saints Church, 7.30pm

Tuesday 11th February: Churches Together Prayer Evening; St P&E, 7.30pm

24th to 27th February: PULSE Schools Week at Newmarket Academy

Sunday 31st May: Confirmation Service; St Martin’s, time tbc

SOCIAL EVENTS WORKING GROUP MEETING  The John East Centre Gibson Close.  Monday 20th January; 7.45 pm. Please ring JENNY KING 578344 if you need a lift. 

HAPPY TO CHAT  Revd. Cheryl will be at Regency Cakes in Exning on Tuesday 21st January 9.15am to 11am. Come and have a coffee and chat, make arrangements for a pastoral visit or any other enquiry. Look forward to seeing you  REVD CHERYL

HAULOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY 2020 STAND TOGETHER  ‘Don’t be content in your life just to do no wrong, be prepared everyday to try and do some good’ – Sir Nicholas Winton - rescued 669 children from Nazi-occupied Europe.  30TH January 2020; All Saints Church; 7.30pm. For those of  any faith and those of none. Keeping the memorial flame alight.  AN OPPORTUNITY TO REMEMBER, REFLECT & RESPOND.   CHURCHES TOGETHER IN NEWMARKET

CONFIRMATION CLASSES  are continuing periodically at St P&E, ahead of a service planned for Pentecost Sunday, 31 May 2020 at Exning St Martin. Any additional enquirers are welcome. These classes are particularly suitable for any adult who might have been thinking for a while about becoming a communicant member of the Church of England, but would like a little assistance in thinking the matter through. All enquiries should be directed in the first instance to the  REVD JOHN HARDY.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL WHO ATTEND ST PHILIP & ST ETHELDREDA  As you are aware, ST P&E is to undergo re-decoration & re-carpeting. To facilitate this, the church will be completely CLOSED THROUGHOUT JANUARY. The normal patterns of service will resume on 16th February.  CLIVE HOOK & JOHN PASCALL

LIFTS DURING ST PHILIPS & ST ETHELDREDA CLOSURE  As St Philips & St Etheldreda is closed throughout January, Clive Hook is trying to arrange lifts for people to come to St Martin's instead. If you are either able to offer lifts to people or would like a lift, please talk to   CLIVE

PLEASE NOTE  that due to the continuing refurbishment of St Philip’s Church SONGS OF PRAISE will NOT take place in February but will resume again on MONDAY 2ND  MARCH when Richard Bye will be leading our first service of 2020.  PAM MORTER


PULSE  I, Sarah, would like to ask for your favour for this exciting project.

‘Newmarket and District Youth For Christ are excited to tell you about how with other Church partners from Feb 24th to 27th, we will hold our first schools week at Newmarket Academy. A Gig on the evening of the 27th and holding ‘Follow up group’s during March. This will be a 5-7 year plan seeing all our schools. Goals: A) See as many youngsters in school as possible. B) Hold a Gig open to all youngsters across our area with a clear gospel message. C) Hold Follow up groups in the following month. We have booked the Youth for Christ band The Sense whose leaders Joy and Andy have worked with bands in schools over the past 20 years. At present we have 9 Churches on board with the project. Over the coming weeks you may hear more about this project at you Church with much more info of how you could join us on the Journey! Together we will need to raise £4,500 each year to make this happen, as well as have people, Praying, Hosting, and Helping at the Gig and Follow Up Groups. If you would like to find out a bit more about the band, follow this link (https://yfc.co.uk/the sense).’ I would like us at St. Martin’s and St. Philips, to be able to raise £450, if possible before February 2020. Now, that could be 9 people x £50, or, 22 people £20, but anything would help. I realise this is a time when people have many demands on their money, but could you spend a little more with this project? SARAH PRICE 07762282103

ST PHILIPS AND ST ETHEDREDA CLOSURE  For those who are unable to attend St Martin’s during the period of closure for St P&E redecoration, the timetable for services at St Mary’s & St Agnes’ is as per website www.stmarysandstagnesnewmarket.org.uk

St Mary’s:- Sundays:

8:00am Holy Communion

9:45am Sung Mass (1st, 2nd, 4th Sundays); or All Age Eucharist (3rd Sunday only)

10.00am Joint Benefices Eucharist (5th Sunday only; venue as advertised)

6:30pm Evensong or (alternate 3rd Sundays)

St Mary’s:- Weekdays:

Monday: 6:30pm said Mass

Tuesday: 10:15am Cafe Church (4th Tuesday only; in the Stable)

Wednesday: 10:00am said Mass

St Agnes’:- Sunday

9:00am Communion (3rd Sunday of the Month)

11:15am Holy Communion (1st Sunday only) or Matins (2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays)

KNIT N NATTER  Fortnightly group held in John East Centre, George Gibson Close, Exning; 2-4pm. Knit or crochet own projects or just come to natter. Coffee or tea and biscuits 50p. Tel JUDITH 669400

BELL RINGERS UPDATE  There have been bells in St Martin`s Church since 1623 when the 4 (now middle bells) were installed: In 1845 a tenor bell(the largest was installed. At that time the bells were rung from the ground floor. In 1962 when the organ was moved to the back of the church the ringing room was move further up the tower. In 1982 the treble bell (the smallest) was installed so now we have a complete ring of 6 bells. From that date until now routine checking & maintenance including replacing ropes & stays occasional bit of oil were the only works required. In the last year we have found our bells have become harder to ring. To this end we called in the professionals to carry out a survey & give us a report on their findings. They have identified the moving parts inside the bells have become very worn, & the leather packings between the clappers & the head of the bell have disintegrated/also on some the bolts that pass through the bell the threads on the nuts are badly worn. To carry out the necessary works all the clappers & moving parts have to be removed & taken to the bell foundry for cleaning, checking & fitting new parts, then returned for re—installing. The removal & re-fitting works will be carried out by a qualified bell hanger with some local labour to assist, this will help to keep some of the cost down. The cost of these works are circa £3200-00 & we hope to have the works completed in time for ringing at Easter.2020. So if you love to hear the sound of our bells & want to continue to do so, ,I ask you to please consider making a donation towards the costs of these works. Thank you.  ALAN BALCOMB Tower Captain 01638 669695

FREE-WILL OFFERING ENVELOPES FOR 2020  are now available in both churches for collection. If you are expecting one but can't find it, or would like to join the scheme please contact me. JOHN PASCALL

MESSAGE FROM BISHOP MARTIN  I am delighted to announce that I have appointed The Revd Jeanette Gosney to be the next Archdeacon of Suffolk. Her appointment follows a national search process led by Bishop Mike, and four candidates were interviewed out of a strong field of applicants. The interview panel nominated Jeanette and I have been very pleased to accept their nomination. Jeanette will be collated as Archdeacon on Saturday 18 January at 3.00pm at St Michael’s Framlingham, and installed at the Cathedral on Candlemas, Sunday 2 February at 3.30pm. Jeanette has been serving as Acting Archdeacon of Suffolk since May 2019 during Archdeacon Ian’s illness, and we feel the joy of her appointment alongside our grief at Ian’s death, and continue to hold Tracey and the family in our prayers. Jeanette has served as Bishops’ Ministry Officer since May 2017 and prior to that was Parish Development Officer in the Diocese of St Albans, after periods as parish priest, theological college tutor and university chaplain. She was ordained in this diocese in 1995 and was curate at St Margaret’s Ipswich. The Rt Revd Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

Thank you  to all those who attended the concert by the Ormiston Sudbury Academy.  The grand total raised was £272.10.  CHRISTINE SHAND

FOODBANK NEEDS  At present we are pretty well off for food - thanks to some very generous harvest donations - thanks to you all. We are short of small bags of ordinary granulated sugar, and jams (not marmalade). You may have noticed that Tesco now have a separate trolley for cosmetics and toiletries which go to another charity so our supplies of things like shaving cream, deodorants, aftershave, shampoos, face cream and similar cosmetics are running very low. At Christmas we make up little 'goody-bags' for families and like to include toiletries so if you could remember this when buying items for us we would be very grateful. Every blessing. TONY WHITE

ECO CHURCH NEWS   ‘Joy in Enough’ is a campaign for a fair and sustainable economy, led by Green Christian and supported by partner organisations. It is a challenge to Christians to imagine and work towards an economy that supports human flourishing within the planetary boundaries. Check out www.joyinenough.org

LANDWADE EVENSONGS 2020  Dear Colleagues, A 'heads-up' regarding the preachers for summer evensongs, 3pm, at Landwade chapel of ease:

April 26: The Ven. James Ridge, Chaplain General/Head of Faith Services, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service

May 31 (Whitsun): Revd Canon Sandie Barton, priest-in-charge of the Lark and Lee benefice. nr Mildenhall

June 28: Revd David Everett, retired parish priest, formerly an incumbent in the east riding of Yorkshire, now living in Mildenhall

July 26: Revd Canon Mark Oakley, dean of chapel, St John's College, Cambridge

August 30: Mr Phillip Allison, licensed reader, Exning with Landwade

September 27 (Harvest Sunday): Mr David Ball, licensed reader from the Lark and Lee benefice.

On everyone's behalf, may I say a big Thankyou to Shelagh and her team from Landwade Hall for decorating St Nicholas's so beautifully for the Carol Service on 29 December just gone. The occasion was much appreciated, and attended by over 70 people. All the best for the year ahead.  JOHN HARDY