Dates for your diary for week beginning May 2ndand 9th

Day

Date

Time

Event

Location

Wednesday

5th

10.00am

Bible Study Group

Online – contact J Pascall

Thursday

6th

10.30am – 11.30am

Virtual Coffee Morning

Online – via Zoom or via telephone – contact J Pascall

Thursday

6th

7.30pm

Rock Solid

Online – contact S Price

Wednesday

12th

10.00am

Topical Teas

Online – contact S Pascall

Thursday

13th

10.30am – 11.30am

Virtual Coffee Morning

Online – via Zoom or via telephone – contact J Pascall

Thursday

13th

7.30pm

Rock Solid

Online – contact S Price

 

 

 

 

FORTHCOMING PARISH EVENTS AND NEWS

 

THE DISCOVERY  What is the point of the Church? Answer….to create a space in which people can find that that they have been found by God. The Church – in whatever form we know it – is called to create this space (a community) in which people can discover that they have already been found by the God in whose image they are made, in whose love they are sustained, and by whose grace they are held.

The Gospels tell of people who met Jesus and found their lives challenged or changed as a result, and St Augustine’s famous dictum that ‘our hearts are restless until they find their rest in God’ perhaps rings in our experience, but Augustine goes on to say that God had already found him, and his life changed. Rather than seeking to fulfil his own desires and reach some kind of sensory self-fulfilment, he turned his life towards exploring what it means to live a life in response to God’s love and mercy.

Perhaps Eastertide has been a moment for you when some of this has happened? and you feel a new threshold has been crossed on your own journey; a shaft of insight, or even inspiration has broken into your own life-long quest.

Next Thursday, 13th May is Ascension Day, the end of Eastertide, and the nine days (novena) that follow take us up to the eve of Pentecost (or what in England has always been called Whitsun). The two archbishops, as they did last year, are calling us to offer daily prayer, over and above what we normally do, ‘Thy Kingdom come’ …noting that this is also ecumenical……please look out for further details about this in next week’s WEN.

Perhaps the fall-out after the recent debacle over the formation of the European Football Super-League has taught us what the spirit of a club, its team and its supporters are about? As we approach Pentecost, the gifting of the Holy Spirit on the Church, may we learn that lesson of knowing at our very core, what and who we are about, such that we, like those supporters, might persuade others of the ‘reason for the season’, even Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen   Mark

 

ON THE MOVE  Fr Mark Haworth. Mark’s last official Sunday as Associate Priest at Exning (AKA Fourth Assistant Curate with SMENN) is Whitsunday (Pentecost), 23 May. On Monday 24 May, he’ll be licensed in the evening (by ZOOM) as the interim priest-in-charge of Claydon benefice (comprising the parish of Claydon and Barham, the parish of Great Blakenham and the parish of Henley). HOWEVER, he will be celebrating the Holy Communion on Sunday 30 May at the Old Hospital Chapel, then at St Martin’s, after which he will be enjoy a glass of wine in the churchyard and be sent on his way to the Gipping Valley deanery and his new appointment.   John Hardy

 

SERVICES AT ST PHILIP'S and ST ETHELDREDA'S CHURCH Because of its small capacity, booking is required for attendance. Please contact Jennie Oakman 01638 668176 or 07949692180. God's Blessings x

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK & ROGATIONTIDE

This year’s Christian Aid Week begins on Sunday May 9th, and helpfully the house-to-house collection is being handled differently this year. Instead of both delivering and collecting the red envelope, it will be delivery only, with collection points arranged for the return of donations. We are hoping people can join us from the SMENN churches, delivering locally while on their daily walks. Please do get in touch with Jan Lovegrove if you would like to help with this.

Rogation Sunday falls on the eve of CA Week, and is when we pray for everything that happens within the parish boundary, be it crops growing towards the harvest, industry, businesses, civic and community life, and our homes and families. While our worship on May 9th will reflect that, we are also keeping it later in the week, Saturday 15th May, with a Beating of the Bounds, the traditional walking around the parish boundary. We are doing this with St Mary’s and St Agnes, the other two SMENN parishes, making possible a 15 mile walk around our two united benefices. Parishioners will be encouraged to walk, run, cycle or ride, just like the SHCT Ride & Stride on the 2nd Saturday in September, and on this occasion are being encouraged to be sponsored for Christian Aid. Let’s make this a bumper year! Clearly not everyone will want to tackle the whole distance, but some will. Maps, sponsor forms, and an itinerary that identifies 8 timed stages will be issued to all participants……’stations’ where people can begin and end their beating of the bounds, park their car, meet support vehicles, and so on. Please mark your diaries now for this very important week, and be in touch with Jan Lovegrove (07471 942 696) or Mark (tel. 07932 160 009) to find out more.

 

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

 

THE DUCK RACES on the village stream will be held on SATURDAY 17 JULY

 

THE SALE TRAIL will be held on SATURDAY 14 AUGUST. Contact for both events: Jan Lovegrove 577292

 

A Message from Bishop Martin  Dear Brothers and Sisters, I want to thank everyone across the Diocese for your incredible generosity, hard work and prayer, and we thank God that all our efforts have been blessed and our prayers answered. Last October we asked individuals and parishes to give generously and sacrificially, and make all possible efforts to overcome the projected deficit we were facing of £1.9m. The Church Commissioners had generously made a grant of £600,000, but that still left a £1.3m projected shortfall.  Above all we asked every parish to pray, and particularly to pray throughout the month of October to All Saints Day for us to give as we have received, abundantly, generously and joyfully. Everyone’s hard work, generosity and prayer has resulted in a near break-even end-of-year result, almost eliminating the deficit, a truly miraculous outcome! We are delighted that more than 60% of parishes met their full contribution and more than 30 parishes paid over their Share allocation to support those unable to meet their commitments.  Everyone’s effort, creativity, determination and sacrifice, undergirded and strengthened by persistent prayer, has enabled us to reach this goal. Once again, thank you for your continued and generous support for the mission, ministry and work with which we are together engaged.  Our prayers are with you for all that you are continuing to do as we support one another through these times of unprecedented uncertainty. With every blessing, Bishop Martin.

 

Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride  will take place on Saturday 11th September. I am looking, if possible, for someone to take over from me as the local organiser for this parish. Thank you John Pascall

 

Virtual coffee mornings  As the coffee mornings seem to be popular, we will be continuing them for the foreseeable future. Although we will be continuing to use zoom there is no need to have zoom installed on your device as there will simply be a web address to click on. If you have no facility for accessing the internet, there are also five telephone numbers that people can ring in on but obviously there will be no video by that method of access. If you wish to join us please email me or text me , so that I can send you the link or a telephone number – email john.pascall@outlook.com; text 07985791524.   John and Sally Pascall

 

LIGHT A CANDLE  By lighting a virtual candle, you're making space to pray.  You can light a candle online to pray for yourself, for a loved one or for a situation on the Church of England website https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/light-candle

 

PRAYER WALL  St Edmundsbury Cathedral offers an online Prayer Wall where you can choose to light an online candle.  Each day one of the Cathedral Clergy will pray these prayers.  For details please visit https://stedscathedral.org/prayer-wall/

 

OFFERINGS TO THE CHURCH VIA STANDING ORDER . Here are the details if you would like to set up a regular payment through your bank to the parish. If you wish to gift aid your payments, please let me know & I will send a gift aid statement to you if you haven’t already done one.

Account Number: 44358318

Sort Code: 60-15-47

Account Name: Exning PCC

Please put your name as reference

Cathy

 

Environmental Issues: The sale of several single-use plastic items including plates and cutlery could be banned in Northern Ireland – but not in the rest of the UK – from 1 January 2022 or sooner. This is because under the Northern Ireland Protocol, Northern Ireland must transpose “certain articles” of the Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Directive relating to placing single-use plastic goods on the market. But because the SUP Directive was not transposed into UK law before the end of the Brexit transitional period last year the government in Westminster is not required to implement the directive’s requirements. https://larac.org.uk/news/single-use-plastic-bans-could-differ-across-uk

 

Prayer for Creation for May: Loving God, You saw everything that you had made – and it was very good. We are awed by what we see that is still good but weep for what we have spoilt. Give us the heart and will in our living and praying to restore all creation to the very good. So we may show our love to you, the Lord of love. Revd. Linda Atkin Amen