THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Dates for your diary for week beginning March 10thand March 17th

Day

Date

Time

Event

Location

Monday

11th

7.30 pm

Churches Together in Newmarket District Prayer Evening

Newmarket Community Church

Wednesday

13th

10.00am

Topical Teas

10 Croft Road, Newmarket

Wednesday

13th

3.15pm

Drop In After School Club

St Philip & St Etheldreda

Wednesday

13th

7-8.30pm

Lent Course

St Philip & St Etheldreda

Thursday

14th

7.30pm

Rock Solid

ECCH

Saturday

16th

9-10 am

Lent Prayer

St Martin

Wednesday

20th

10.00am

Bible Study Group

6 Queen’s View, Exning

Wednesday

20th

3.15pm

Drop In After School Club

St Philip & St Etheldreda

Wednesday

20th

7-8.30pm

Lent Course

St Philip & St Etheldreda

Wednesday

20th

8.00pm

MBC Singing for Fun

Tesco Community Room

Thursday

21st

7.30pm

Rock Solid

ECCH

Saturday

23rd

9-10am

Lent Prayer

St Martin

 

 

FUTURE EVENTS

FORTHCOMING PARISH EVENTS

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

Saturday 30th March: Open House at Andrew’s, 10am – 12noon

Monday 8th April: Parish Events & Voice Meeting; St P&E, 7.30pm

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

 

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

MBC SINGING FOR FUN  meets on Wednesday March 20th for a sing-a-long of early Beatles songs (1962 to 1965). Music played on acoustic guitars, words on a screen (if you need them!). We start at 8pm in Newmarket Tesco Community Room. It’s free, including refreshments.

For song list see: http://www.musicbuildscommunities.org/evening_fun_singing.html#session  JOHN SAVILLE

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

SECURE KEY CUPBOARD  On two occasions recently the tower door has been found unlocked with the key either in the lock or sitting on the font. Worse than that, on both occasions the key cabinet was left open. This must stop. Please be careful to put keys away after using them and lock the cabinet again.  JOHN PASCALL

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

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