Worship, Events & News Sheet (WEN)

 

Parish of Exning with Landwade

St Martin, Exning, St Philip w St Etheldreda, Newmarket, St Nicholas, Landwade

http://exningparishchurch.net

 

Church Services in Exning and North Newmarket (SMENN)

 18th April  – Third Sunday of Easter

 

9.30am

Family Service

St Philip’s w St Etheldreda

 

9.45am

Holy Communion

St Mary, Newmarket

 

10.00am

Livestream Eucharist

Online

 

11.00am

Communion

St Martin

 

Wednesday 21st April 2021

 

10.00am

Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Newmarket

 

6.30pm

Livestream

Online

 

25th April – Fourth Sunday of Easter

 

9.30am

Communion

St Philip’s w St Etheldreda

 

9.30am

Family Service

St Martin

 

9.45am

Holy Communion (livestreamed)

St Mary, Newmarket

 

10.00am

Livestream Eucharist

Online

 

11.00am

NO SERVICE

St Martin

 

3.00pm

Evening Prayer

St Nicholas, Landwade

 

         
 

Our Special Prayers

Ill or in need of comfort: David Pugh, Nicole Sparrow, Avril Cooper, Sue Howlett, Ann Quelch, Vera Browning, Richard Clarkson, Sarah B

Recently departed:  Freda Lamb

Recently baptised: Jasmine & Darryl Huff

Residents of Saxon Close, Exning & Heasman Close, Newmarket

The Royal Family, as they mourn the death of The Duke of Edinburgh

The family & friends of Daunte Wright

Continuing battle with COVID-19 around the globe one year on & all vaccination programmes

Environmental Issues: Last week, churches across the UK demonstrated their support for the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill by taking part in a nationwide banner drop and twitter storm; brightly coloured banners were dropped from church buildings. Drafted by scientists, legal experts, ecological economists and environmentalists, the Bill is designed to reverse climate and ecological breakdown. It asks the UK Government to take responsibility for our fair share of greenhouse gas emissions, to actively restore biodiverse habitats in the UK and to reduce damage to the environment caused by the production, transportation and disposal of the goods we consume.

Prayer for Creation for April: Loving God, we do not understand why nature sometimes seems so cruel and harsh, and why people suffer from floods, earthquakes and man-made disasters. Help us to trust in your promises and to rest in the certainty that not even the smallest sparrow lies outside your loving care. Help us to do all in our power to relieve suffering and make us willing and eager to share the good things you have given us, for the benefit of all.  Amen

Lectionary Readings: Acts 3:12-19, 1 John 3:1-7, Luke 24:36b-48

Dates for your diary for week beginning April 18th

Day

Date

Time

Event

Location

Wednesday

21st

10.00am

Bible Study Group

Online – contact J Pascall

Wednesday

21st

8.00pm

MBC Singing for Fun

Online – contact J Saville

Thursday

22nd

10.30am – 11.30am

Virtual Coffee Morning

Online – via Zoom or via telephone – contact J Pascall

Thursday

22nd

7.30pm

Rock Solid

Online – contact S Price

LIVE STREAMING OF SERVICES ON YOUTUBE can also be accessed via telephone by dialling 03300 945 940, using room number 24456910 & PIN 7760  Service sheets plus YouTube link at https://www.stmarysandstagnesnewmarket.org.uk/service-times/

MBC Singing for Fun  April 21st at 8pm via Zoom. “Songs about Travel – Part 2”.  During the two April sessions (7th and 21st) we’re singing “Songs about Travel” from slow to very fast as we journey “From Captain Tom to Major Tom”. On the 21st we go from about 20 to 25,000 mph with songs by the Beatles, Michael Buble, David Bowie, Elton John, Hollies, Kinks, Monkees, Peter, Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, and Snow Patrol. Join at 8pm via Zoom using https://zoom.us/j/7968912046?pwd=WkpVZ0lQdmNFZTZxVmNMMlZ0QjBndz09   or Meeting ID: 796 891 2046 Password is MBCSFF. More info from John Saville 07968-912046

PARISH VOICE AND EVENTS PLANNING  The first meeting following the lifting of Covid restrictions will be held on Monday 28th June, 7.45pm at St P&E.  Everyone welcome. If you are not already on my Parish email address list, should you wish to receive an online copy of Voice and Events Planning meetings, please send your email address to patandjenking@btinternet.com and I shall send a BCC copy.  The first list of plans for the remainder of this year has been circulated recently. There will also be hard copies available in future, as per usual. With thanks, Jenny King

ST PHILIP’S REOPENING  It was lovely to see at last P & E open after a whole year. Hope all enjoyed the service. We will be open on Sundays now. We are still only allowed 12 people unfortunately, so booking has to be made early via me. Even if you came last week, it doesn't mean you are automatically on the list for the following Sunday , you have to book every week .Jennie Oakman 01638 668176 or 07949692180. God's Blessings x

Annual Meeting of Parishioners (APM) and Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)  The APM (to elect churchwardens) and the APCM (to receive an account of the church's activities in 2020 and to elect various church officials) will take place on Tuesday 27th April 2021 at 7.30 pm. Unfortunately, owing to COVID restrictions, the PCC has decided that the meeting will need to be on-line via Zoom. It will be possible for a limited number of people to attend by telephone if they do not have computer access. If you wish to attend either on-line or by telephone, please tell me so that I can send you the required information for connection (telephone 01638 578372 email john.pascall@outlook.com ) plus a copy of the agenda and the annual report. Thank you, John Pascall

Charitable giving by the church in 2021  Because of the complication of organising a paper vote for the charities to be support this year, we will be holding a vote at the APCM. Only four charities were nominated this year from which we have to choose three: The Voluntary Network; The Newmarket Day Centre; The Newmarket Food Bank; The Bishop's Appeal for Kagera. If you cannot attend the APCM, you can send your preferences to me before the meeting (selecting up to three charities). Thank you. John Pascall.

WHAT LIFE HAVE YOU, IF NOT LIVED IN COMMUNITY? (TS Eliot)

We know in this parish that ‘music builds community’; we understand and laud its intention, thanking God for musicianship and the gift of sharing in it.

For some of us it seemed remarkable that last Sunday saw no increase in church-attendance despite the national days of mourning following the news just two days earlier of the death of HRH the Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

We might understand that people are unaware that we are, and have been, open for regular worship right though the pandemic (apart from the enforced closure periods), and yes, many will still be nervous for shielding reasons, but the pervading sense that few if any were asking or enquiring, let alone turning up, tells us that sadly the CofE is not in a great place at the present time, despite the rhetoric of a parish church being there for the whole community.

It was a joy to be part of the crowd of folk at The White Horse yesterday teatime, seeing people’s sense of reunion and friendship being re-kindled, but the contrast with last weekend’s Church was, for me at least, poignant. So, what do we do about this state of affairs, nationally and locally?

We misunderstand mission if we think it is a matter of persuading people to accept ideas.

The truth of any ideas or doctrines is something that becomes apparent in the light of the sort of life that those ideas make possible. To see a common life of unconditional; mutual generosity, sustained by the sanctification of each part of the day, in God’s honour, is to grasp that the defensive and self-referential habits of the world at large can be decisively overcome by grace, the ‘promise’ of Christian teaching, the hope of heaven, becomes credible when earthly life is transformed. Perhaps this is where we should begin in thinking about mission?.....what does a ‘promising’ life look like?

A life that values every dimension of experience, including the routine, the repetitive, the prosaic, one that assumes mutual need and invites generosity (given and received) at the same time as offering it in hospitality, this is a life that is not merely apostolic but Christlike and that illustrates the freshness of what the Gospel makes possible.

We mustn’t overlook the converting power of such apostolic life. It is not just that people are attracted by lives of virtue and service, true as that undoubtedly is (as we see in the Duke of Edinburgh’s distinguished record), but of poverty and vulnerability, of silence and praise, of labour and fidelity….the praying community shows how people can be bound together in work and contemplation, and it seems clear to me that our mission must include a seriousness about worship in community. It must convey something of why it might be desirable to hope for heaven as the context where our vocation to praise and contemplate will be fulfilled, authentic to the community itself, demonstrating that we have fallen in love with God, and not because we have been told it is part of a strategy for evangelisation, but because of the intimacy of our community living, nothing more or less. In this we all clearly have our role to play.

The rule of St Benedict, bedrock of all intentional communities, mirrored in the life of any parish church, includes ‘your way of acting should be different from the world’s way’, ‘the love of Christ must come before all else’ and ‘let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ’ ….it is the only place from which a fully transforming mission can begin, so the enduring question will always be, are we ready and able to do that?    Mark

HOLIDAYS! I felt you might like to know that my 3 -bedroom cottage in Swaledale is available to rent on a daily basis from Monday 12th April. The address is Raisbeck House, Healaugh, Richmond, North Yorkshire  DL11 6UH, and there is internet provision. Further details available if you would like to be in touch with me. All good wishes, Mark