THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Dates for your diary for weeks beginning February 17thand 24th

Day

Date

Time

Event

Location

Wednesday

20th

10.00am

Bible Study Group

6 Queen’s View, Exning

Wednesday

20th

7.30pm

for

8.00pm

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! Sing-a-Long with MBC Singing for Fun

ECCH

Sunday

24th

11-2.30pm

Snowdrop Sponsored Walk

Landwade Hall, Exning

Sunday

24th

12-3pm

Lazy Sunday Indoor Car Boot Sale

ECCH

Monday

25th

11.00am

Communion

Kingfisher House

Wednesday

27th

10.00am

Topical Teas

6 Queen’s View, Exning

Wednesday

27th

3.15pm

Drop In After School Club

St P&E

Thursday

28th

7.30pm

Rock Solid

ECCH

Friday

1st

11.00am

Communion

Exning Court

Friday

1st

12noon

World Day of Prayer

Followed by Soup & Rolls Lunch

St Martin’s

ECCH

Saturday

2nd

12-2pm

Pat’s Pancakes

ECCH

Sunday

3rd

11.00am

Kagera Talk

St Martin

Sunday

3rd

3-4.30pm

Tea Party for Vera Browning

ECCH

 

 

FUTURE EVENTS

FORTHCOMING PARISH EVENTS

Wednesday 27th February: Deanery Synod Meeting/Licensing of Rural Dean All Saints Church, Newmarket, 7pm 

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

Sunday 3rd March: Vera Browning’s 90th Birthday afternoon tea party; 3pm-4.30pm ECCH

Wednesday 6th March: Ash Wednesday Service; St Martin, 7.30pm

Friday 8th March: Exning Village Cinema; 7pm for 7.30pm, ECCH

Wednesday 13th March: Start of Lent Course; St P&E, 7pm-8.30pm  – five Wednesdays

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

Wednesday 8th May: Social Committee Meeting; St P&E, 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’s & ECCH

 

MBC SINGING FOR FUN DOES MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN!  Come along to Exning Community Church Hall & get your Abba on! We all know the songs.  Film showing as a sing-a-long.  At ECCH – Wednesday 20th February, 7.30pm for 8pm start of film. Public showings of films require a license fee to be paid and so we will have to make a charge for entry. This will be by ticket at the door and will cost £4 for an adult, £3 for under 15 or £12 for a family of 2 adults and 2 under 15. As the date is in half term, we hope this will be attractive to families. Refreshments will be available.  JOHN SAVILLE

LAZY SUNDAY INDOOR CARBOOT SALE  Sunday 24th February at ECCH.  Book your tables now to secure a space.  £5 per table payable in advance.  Set up from 11am.  Selling starts at 12noon until 3pm.  Bacon sandwiches, cake & hot drinks will be available.  Spread the word.  Tables went very quickly last time once advertised in the village & on social media.  Contact CATHY to book. 577461

HELP  END  POLIO  ACROSS  THE  WORLD - SPONSORED  SNOWDROP  WALK  SUNDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2019   11.00am to 2.30pm. Start at Gate to Landwade Hall, Exning. 3 mile – buggy friendly Walk –sorry no dogs. it takes about 1.5 hrs. Refreshments at end of Walk in Landwade Chapel. Parking along verge of Cotton End Road. £5 per family to partake & raise as much Sponsorship as you can to support the eradication of Polio. Organised by Newmarket Rotary Club. By kind Permission of Simon Gibson & the Landwade Estates. Sponsorship forms & maps available from Colin McCarty. Email: test_and_eval@btinternet.com  or Tel: 01638 669400. For map use Google at www.google.co.uk/maps@52.2848492.0.3739528.15z   COLIN McCARTY

DEANERY SYNOD MEETING & LICENSING OF REVD ROSEMARY RYCRAFT AS RURAL DEAN  The next Deanery Synod meeting is being held at All Saints Church, Newmarket, on Wednesday 27th February at 7 for 7.30pm. An invitation is extended to all Church members.  This meeting will host the licensing of The Revd Rosemary Rycraft as our Rural Dean.  Beginning at 8.15 pm there will be an open forum for people to tell the wider Church about some of the exciting things happening in our parishes.  If you would like to join your Synod Reps (Sarah Price & Jenny King) to share what you, or your group, is doing, please get in touch.  Also, you are welcome if you wish to just see what goes on at Synod.  A warm welcome awaits anyone who would like to join us.  SARAH PRICE & JENNY KING

THE WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER  You are warmly welcome to join the Deanery celebration of the World Day of Prayer (formerly the Women’s World Day of Prayer) at noon on Friday 1st March in St. Martin’s Church. This is offered by Churches Together & this year it is being hosted by our combined parishes (St. Mary’s, St. Agnes & us) & will be followed by a soup & rolls lunch in ECCH. If you are able to provide soup, please contact CHERYL BELDING on 07801499179 or at cherylbelding@gmail.com

'PAT'S PANCAKES’  ECCH Saturday 2nd March, 12 - 2.00pm.  A filled savoury or sweet pancake £2.00 to include a hot drink or squash.  There will be a Raffle & handmade card stall.  A warm welcome to everyone.    All proceeds to Christian Aid.  More information please contact JENNY KING 578344.'

TEA PARTY FOR VERA BROWNING  A tea party for Vera Browning’s 90th birthday will take place in ECCH on Sunday 3rd March.  It will be a simple afternoon tea from 3pm to 4.30pm. If you would like to attend please add your name by 24th February to the list which will be in both churches.  Vera specifically requests no presents nor flowers.  GILL NICHOLSON

LENT COURSE  This year, the course is called ‘Christ in the Wilderness: reflecting on the paintings by Stanley Spencer’. We use 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 DOOR SUPERSTORE & FOODBANK  It is with great regret that we learn of the death of John Durrant (the General Manager of Open Door). His input has been invaluable and he will be sorely missed. We are taking the opportunity to re-organise the superstore stock to increase turnover and reduce the amount of clutter in the warehouse.  In particular, a big effort needs to be made to reduce the amount of stuff stored but not turning over. We urgently need a few able-bodied volunteers who would be able and willing to help the staff on weekdays particularly to sort stock and help move it on for recycling or disposal. Examples are books which are not selling being sent for pulping; wire and cables for their metal content; rags and unsaleable clothes for pulping and paper making and general bric-a-brac sorted for its saleability. The commitment can be very flexible to largely suit your availability and can be for as short or long a time as you wish. Please consider this important opportunity to help with a much-needed local charity. If you are interested please contact Larry Nicholls (07548 661022 or lar.mar@ntlworld.com) who will be delighted to hear from you. Thank you. 

Items in short supply at the moment as follows.  Please consider helping.

Long life WHOLE milk

Sugar

Small jars of instant coffee

Disposable razors

Nappies for older babies (sizes 4-6)  SARAH PRICE

MBC “SINGING FOR FUN”  February session will be a showing of the sing-a-long version of the film "Mamma Mia! -- Here We Go Again" in ECCH. on February 20th.

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

TEA PARTY FOR VERA BROWNING  There will be an Afternoon Tea Party for Vera Browning’s 90th birthday on March 3rd. Further details in due course.  GILL NICHOLSON

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

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

NEWS FROM THE PIANOS  Maryan and Larry are spending some time in the Philippines doing mission work.  Here is a short update.  “Just wanted to thank you for praying for Larry and me. The first week was quite difficult as we were working in a very poor slum district. If the church is interested, I can put together a Powerpoint to show our time and to talk about the Philippines a little on our return.”  MARYAN PIANO

GOOD NEWS  Emily & Scott Medlyn had a little boy on 12th January; 8 weeks early, named Rhodes Tinsley. Within hours he developed a blocked intestine & had surgery. They took him home for the first time last Saturday! Those who worship at St Martin’s will remember them well. They send greetings from the USA...  SALLY PASCALL

FIVE MARKS OF MISSION  Those of you who were at the last Soundbites will know that over the next five months we will looking at the five marks of mission as described by the Church of England. For anyone who is interested in looking at this further & has computer access, more information can be found in two documents on this site https://ctbi.org.uk/mission-theology-advisory-group-resources/   (the last two documents on the page).  JOHN PASCALL

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