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From Revd Stephen Griffiths

Dear friends, In a few weeks we will be moving from north Oxfordshire to Oakham. We are already very excited and looking forward to joining you. There are four of us: Stephen (currently Team Rector of the Cherwell Valley Benefice in Oxfordshire and Rural Dean of Bicester & Islip Deanery), Cally (at home full time…

Appointment of Team Rector

We are delighted to announce that, following interview and with the unanimous approval of the Oakham Patronage Board, the Reverend Stephen Griffiths has accepted Bishop Donald’s invitation to be Team Rector of Oakham. Subject to the normal Church of England legal and administrative procedures, Stephen will be Instituted and Inducted by the Bishop of Peterborough…

Thank You from The Curates

Charlotte and Iain want to express our thanks for the huge support we have received from so many people: in preparation for our ordination as priests, on the day, and since. We were overwhelmed at how many people came to the cathedral service and to the first services where we presided at the Eucharist. We…

Thank You from Araminta

A very big thank you firstly to Jill, Della and Sally, part of our very small but positive catering committee, as well as everyone else who helped and so kindly brought their contributions on Sunday to celebrate alone side Charlotte and Iain. Thinking ahead to the appointment of our new Rector, if anyone would like to join our small but positive catering…

Thank You from Peter

I am pleased to say that the knee operation seems to have gone well. I am now doing the exercises (with a Physio in the family life would not be worth living if I didn’t). I would like to thank all of you who have asked about me, sent cards, and best wishes. It will be some time before I am up…

Traidcraft Sales and Stall

Sales for the first half of this year have amounted to a wonderful £1298.49 which averages out at £216.41 a month, an amazing figure and my thanks go to everyone who has made this possible. The next dates for the stall are after today’s 10:30 service and again on Sundays 15th and 29th July. Denise.

Foodbank Update

The Foodbank is currently short of the following items – sponge puddings, packets of smash, long life fruit juice, long life milk, small sugar (500g), tinned custard, jam, dog food, deodorant, shampoo, shower gel, razors, shaving foam/gel, washing powder/gel & toilet rolls. We have plenty of cereals, baked beans, tea and pasta at the moment. Thanks as ever for your ongoing support.

Ordination of Priests

Our two curates, Revd Iain Osborne and Revd Charlotte Osborn were ordained as priests on Sunday 24 June in Peterborough Cathedral. We wish them every blessing in their priestly ministry. Iain celebrated his first Mass the same evening at Oakham, when he and Charlotte were welcomed and given gifts from t he Team, and Charlotte…

Oakham PCC

The PCC meeting on 17 May was long but productive evening. Finance continues to be upmost in our considerations, with some promised income from the Stewardship Campaign not yet materialising. Fabric is in reasonable order, but the report of the Quinquennial inspection (16 May) was not yet available. Repairs to windows, some stonework and downpipes were necessary, and the Electrical Inspection (9/10…

Friends Outing to Sheffield

David and I have been again to Sheffield to check all is in order for the visit to Kelham Island Museum and the Cathedral on 28th June. The Cathedral is a delight. Sheffield’s oldest building recently refurbished and renewed in a most interesting and sympathetic way with visitors made most welcome. We enjoyed the liturgy and music of the 10:30am Eucharist and…

Thank You

Many of you will know that during the winter I was seriously ill with pneumonia and septic shock. Despite the fact that I knew how ill I was I felt calm and peaceful throughout which I’m sure was because so many people were praying for me. I can’t tell you how much it meant and will be forever grateful to you. The…

Iris May RIP

It is with regret that we record that Iris May sadly passed away on 6 June. Her funeral will be in Oakham Church on Tuesday 26 June at 2:00pm.

MU Coffee Morning

Many thanks to everybody who came to the Coffee Morning on 1st June. It seemed a happy occasion and it was a great success. A total of £186.40 was banked and will be sent to help MU work in this country and abroad. Thank you if you brought cakes or bought them to take home. Meg and David also sold plenty of…

Revd Canon Sue Pinnington OBE

Sue will be installed as the first Archdeacon of the Gwent Valleys and the Diocesan Director of Mission in the Diocese of Monmouth on 7th July. Sue was Curate at Oakham with Michael Covington from 1997-2000, and is currently rector of Houghton le Spring in the Durham Diocese.

Rutland Foodbank AGM

This will be held in All Saints Church Hall, Oakham on Monday 18th June from 5:00-6:00pm. Tea and cakes will be served and the Annual Report will be available in booklet form. All are welcome… do come along to hear about the work which the Foodbank have done this past year and to ask any questions.

How To Help The Homeless

Council / Church Briefing. Building on the introductory meeting in March, a briefing meeting for church members and the general public will be held on Thursday 7th June, 7:00-8:30pm at Oakham Baptist Church, Melton Rd, Oakham, LE15 6AY. This will advise on the statutory and community services available to support people vulnerable to homelessness. The briefing is arranged by Churches Together in…

Church Cleaning

Our cleaning team at Oakham are complete heroes – a small band, they keep the main part of the church sparkling right through the year, but if you look up at the roof you’ll see the spiders have been busy and the muck is building up again. It’s time for the Church Big Clean again! This year it’s happening on Saturdays 9…

Jam Jars Not Needed

For the time being Pamela has enough jam jars for future use. Thanks to everyone who has given some. Look out for a future request when all are used up!

Postcards Needed

Mission Aviation Fellowship, who do much good work in many countries where the terrain is difficult has given the church a box to collect postcards. They would like people to give used or unused ones as they can be sold to raise money for the charity. The box is on the table at the south door at Oakham.

Friends Committee Members Needed

The Friends of All Saints Church are looking for willing volunteers to join their small, friendly Committee to help plan social events. This is not an onerous position, as we only have committee meetings about half a dozen times a year and it would be an excellent way of meeting more people and making new friends. Contact Liz Plummer (01572 720506 or…

Oakham PCC

At the PCC meeting on 17 May the following matters were discussed: (1) Elections: Deputy Churchwardens – Peter Kinal & Robin Robson; Secretary – Marilyn Tomalin; Treasurer – Peter Hill; Standing Committee – Robin Robson & Carol Scothern; (2) Finance: Two legacies totalling £2,500 have been received recently, but in real terms we are £1,800 under budget for planned giving and £2,000…

Lest We Forget

During a recent trip to Holland and Belgium, Richard and Pauline Adams visited a number of war cemeteries and memorials to those who lost their lives in the two world wars. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, Richard has put together a short selection of photographs taken in the UK and on the holiday, which…

Sermon Discussion Group

For a trial period from Sunday 27th May, a group is going to meet during coffee-time after the Oakham 10:30 service, so as to discuss the sermon we have just heard. We hope this will not be a distraction from fellowship over coffee, so much as a way to develop closer personal ties by talking together and deepening what we have learned…

Lost Item

Our curate Iain has lost the stole in which he was ordained deacon. Please could the village churches take a look around to see if it might have been put away by accident? It is white silk, with gold embroidery (a cross, an image of the world, and one of the Holy Trinity). It has evident sentimental value, so he would be…

Time at Teigh

Did you know that there are three Time Capsules in Teigh Church? Come and have a look and read about their contents. They will be on view on Saturday and Sunday 26/27 May. The Church will be open from 9am-6pm and stewarded from 10am-4pm on both days.

Ordination of Priests

Sunday 24 June is a significant day, not just for Iain and Charlotte our curates, but also in the life of All Saints and the Oakham Team and we hope that as many of you as possible will be able to come to Peterborough Cathedral at 11:00am for their ordination as priests – it is a spectacular service, full of the best…

Oakham APCM

The minutes of the meetings on 22 April will not be available until the 2019 APCM, so to keep you informed of proceedings: Alison Long and Ann Blackett have agreed to serve as Churchwardens for 2018/19, and Peter Kinal will continue as a Deputy CW; an additional Deputy CW may be appointed by the PCC. The Electoral Roll stands at 295 at…

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come is a global wave of prayer taking place between Ascension Day and Pentecost (10-20 May 2018), and will be marked locally starting with the Ascension Day Communion at the Chapel of St John & St Anne (Thu 10 May at 7:30pm), then at the regular services of Evensong (Oakham, Sun 13 May 6:00pm), Morning Prayer (Oakham, Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri 14/15/16/18 May…

The Rutlanders Return

Calling all actors, directors, musicians, set builders, stage hands or anyone with an interest in being part of the community play The Rutlanders Return. Arts for Rutland has secured a £9,900 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to research and create a touring play and education resource about the return of military personnel to Rutland after the First World War, and the…

Revd Canon Lee Thomas Francis-Dehqani

The Bishop of Leicester is pleased to announce the appointment of The Revd Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani who holds Permission to Officiate in the diocese and who was formerly Team Rector of the Benefice of Oakham (All Saints, Ashwell, Braunston, Brooke, Egleton, Hambleton, Langham, Market Overton, Teigh and Whissendine and Rural Dean of Rutland in the Diocese of Peterborough, as Interim Team Rector…

Recruitment

The advertisement for new Team Rector is in the Church Times again this week, and is also on the Team and Diocesan websites. Interviews will take place on 21 June and if all goes well it is hoped that someone might be in post during September. Please keep praying for the people who are involved in the recruitment process, and for all…

Charlotte Cycles Coast to Coast

Charlotte, one of our curates, will be attempting to cycle the Coast to Coast route from Whitehaven to Tynemouth over 5/6 May with a team from the Snowdrop Project which provides long term community support for victims of human trafficking (www.snowdropproject.co.uk). If you would like to give to this cause, her fund-raising page is at www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/charlottec2c, or you can leave donations in…

Christian Aid Week

You may be surprised to know that this well-known charity effort is only a month away, from 13 to 19 May. We need help to visit a local area, inviting donations to Christian Aid, a charity supported by All Saints. If you are willing to join in this week, please contact me by phone asap, to arrange to visit a nearby street.…

Fairtrade Stall

The Fairtrade stall will be at the Team Service at Whissendine on 29th April – do come and support it if you can. Thanks, Denise.