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Organ Recital

My thanks to those who came to the organ recital that I gave on 17 March. I was quite humbled by the number that came to support it and even more grateful for the magnificent amount collected – £721.36 – which has been sent to the appropriate charities. I must also thank Kevin Slingsby for giving such an interesting and informative talk…

Summer Fayre

We are delighted to announce that there will be a Summer Fayre on Saturday 13 July in the grounds of the All Saints Oakham this year. The steering group responsible for the Autumn Fayre is planning this smaller fund-raising event with refreshments and stalls. In anticipation of this we would be grateful for any extra planting that can then be donated to…

Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs

The next YHLB course starts on Monday 29 April at 5.15pm at All Saints’ Church Hall. This specialised evidenced-based, 12 week course is designed to give those with chronic or recurring low back pain a toolkit to improve and maintain a healthy back for life. It is gentle, effective, enjoyable, beginner-friendly, with small group classes (6-12 people maximum) and individualised support. It…

Any Questions? in Stamford

Stamford Methodist Church, Barn Hill, will be hosting the popular BBC Radio 4 programme, Any Questions?, on Friday 12 April 2019. We hope to attract a large audience – you need to arrive from 6.45pm and take your seat by 7.15pm The warm-up begins at 7.30pm and Any Questions? is broadcast LIVE on BBC Radio 4 at 8.02pm. We need questions from…

Easter Lilies

Donations for Easter Lilies are invited, and should be put in an envelope marked ‘Easter Lilies’ and given to any member of the flower guild, the verger or the churchwardens. Lilies cost approx £2.00 each. Further information from Jackie Vecqueray.

Easter Chicks

Mothers Union Easter Chicks will be on sale after the 10.30 Sunday services at Oakham leading up until Easter at £1 each.

Oakham Planned Giving

Please could anyone who is signed up to the blue envelope scheme for regular donations to the church, please pick up their envelopes from Richard Plummer, this Sunday 24 or next Sunday 31 March. He will be standing at the back of the church both before and after the service. For any additional information please call Richard on 01572 720506.

Mothers’ Union March Meeting

The Mothers’ Union meeting on 14 March was well attended and started with communion taken by Charlotte Osborn as Iain was sadly indisposed. Charlotte gave us a most thought provoking talk to consider on our journey through Lent. The next meeting is in Oakham Church Hall on Thursday 11 April.

Thanks

Iain thanks everyone who has been so supportive through his recent spell of illness. After a few weeks off sick he is quite a lot better now – although still not 100%, so he is working to a reduced pattern for the time being. Please do continue to pray for him and Susan.

Tea Party – The Way Forward

The Tea Party has been running now for the last 4/5 years, with numbers attending now 45/55 – this is made up of both attendees from All Saints and other people from the town. It is run roughly 5/6 times a year for 2/3 hours on a Sunday afternoon in the Church Hall. Pam Wells has been doing a grand job organising…

Jenny Mallett

Jenny has decided that it’s time to retire from verger duties – we shall be sad to see her go as she was part of the verger team preparing the church for services once a month for many years. So Brenda, and the rest of the team want to thank her for all the time she has given to All Saints and…

Come and Chat

The Come and Chat Bereavement Support Group will be re-launched for a trial three month period, beginning Friday 26 April. The group will meet from 10.30am to 12 noon at the Church Hall on the last Friday of each month. All who feel they might benefit are welcome, from the recently bereaved, to those who experienced a significant loss long ago. We…

Friends Shrovetide Party

As the Church enters the Lenten period of contemplation and self-denial, the Friends of All Saints held their annual evening together on Shrove Tuesday to symbolically ‘clear cupboards’ and eat up all the tempting goodies! To start the meal with a reminder of its symbolism, Canon Michael Wilson wrote, and read, a Grace in couplet form, especially for the evening. Wonderful sweetmeats,…

Service Pattern Change

From April there will be some changes to the Sunday service pattern in the northern villages: Whissendine (all 11am): 1st/3rd Sun – Holy Communion; 2nd Sun – Morning Praise (informal service); 4th Sun – Morning Worship (CW); Teigh: 1st Sun – no service; 2nd Sun – 9am BCP Communion (said); 3rd Sun – 6pm BCP Evensong; 4th Sun – 9am BCP Matins;…

Oakham APCM Reports

If you are the person responsible for reporting for your activity/group, could you please submit your report to the usual ‘notices’ email address by Sunday 24 March, so that we can have the published reports booklet available in church on Sunday 31 March.

Stations of the Cross

In this year of churches in Oakham working together where possible to put on a Festival of Faith after the summer, we are sharing Stations of the Cross on alternate Fridays in Lent with St Joseph’s. On Fridays 8, 22 March & 5 April the service will be at 11.30am at All Saints as usual, and then on Fridays 15, 29 March…

Friends AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of All Saints will take place directly after the 10.30am service on Sunday 31 March. This is also Mothering Sunday, so we will aim to be concluded by 12.30pm at the very latest and probably earlier. I shall look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible. Liz Plummer (01572 720506).

Antiques Road Trip?

Well, not quite! Charles Hanson and Leslie Smith will be at Peterborough Cathedral on 4 May to receive donated jewellery and small antiques for sale at their future auctions. Any item chosen for auction will have its resulting sales value split 50:50 between the Cathedral and the parish chosen by the donor. Auction commissions are waived. If you are interested, please read…

Team Vicar Post

Sadly the recent advertisement for Team Vicar post has not brought any applicants, but please continue to pray for those involved in the appointment process and for those whom God might be calling to the post. The Prayer Safari on 16 March is a good opportunity to do that, whether you join us in person or in prayer on that day.

Team Rector

Revd Stephen Griffiths, Team Rector, will be having a cataract operation on Saturday 2 March, and will be taking a few days off afterwards. Please hold him in your prayers.

Cashless Giving

Following a PCC recommendation All Saints Oakham are this week introducing the option of card payments for donations. This is the first stage of a wider rollout to other areas including the office, Autumn sale, friends, music and Traidcraft. The card reader is with the sidesmen near the main entrance. No personal information is stored by the machine and it is operated…

Home Start Horizons

Home-Start Horizons is a registered charity which supports families with children under the age of 5 years old, recruiting and training volunteers who have parenting experience and who visit families in their own homes, offering practical help and emotional support. We also run a peer support stay and play group in Oakham every week in term time. We support families in Leicestershire…

Teigh Service Pattern Change

The service pattern at Teigh is changing slightly from March – Matins will take place on the fourth Sunday rather than the first Sunday, with no service on the first Sunday (so there will be no service next Sunday, 3 March).

Unihoc

As you can see from the team photo, we had great fun on Sunday afternoon playing against teams from Morcott, eventually emerging as victors by a three goal margin. Thanks to our vocal spectators and to Sue Willetts for tea and cakes and a special thank you to Paul Willetts for umpiring. We are hoping for an invitation to a rounders tournament…

Pilgrim Journey for Lent

Across the Oakham Team this Lent we shall be using the individual Pilgrim Journey booklets produced by the Church of England to be a daily companion over the 40 days. These are now available in each church at a cost of £3, and offer 40 short Bible reflections, prayers and suggestions for how we might respond in our own lives to the…

Christ the King – Icon of Love

For many centuries Christians have found the symbol of the cross to be a source of inspiration. Reflections in this book by Raymond Tomkinson explore the less well-known cross which depicts Christ reigning as king of heaven and earth. Known as the Christus Rex, this depiction is rich in symbolism and tells much more of the story of Jesus’ life, suffering, death,…

Partnerships Manager Required

Are you called to Mission? Brighter Future International Trust is a Christian charity based in Bourne, Lincolnshire which is passionate about making a difference to the lives of people living with disease and poverty in India. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to take on a newly-created role that is focussed on raising much needed funds for the work of Brighter…

Sermons on the Website

We have started to make some of our sermons available on the website – currently Iain’s from the teaching Eucharist last week and Wednesday’s Everyday Faith are available.

A New Day Dawns – Festival of Faith 2019/20

Churches Together invites Oakham’s churches to make the next year a season of mission to our town and the villages around. This means showing Christ’s love, proclaiming his rule, and honouring his prayer that we might all be one. The Festival will run May 2019 to May 2020. Please save the dates: Saturday 18 May (Barn Dance) and Sunday 1 September (Songs…

Voluntary Action Rutland (VAR) Trustees

Can you help to drive VAR’s strategy and to oversee its governance and operations as a member of the Board? This is a responsible position in which you can use your skills and experience to make a difference to the voluntary and community sector in Rutland. Please see VAR’s website (varutland.org.uk) for further information, and if you are interested contact VAR’s Chief…

Oakham Kneelers

We are looking for someone to take on the occasional maintenance and/or repair of the kneelers in church. If you are able to help, please let Gill Bruce (01572 756656) or one of the churchwardens know.

Thank You

Joan Cooper would like to thank all who have supported her by messages, cards and prayers in her recent loss. Your caring has been much appreciated.

Electoral Roll

Every six years all churches are required to compile a new Electoral Roll from scratch, and 2019 is the year! Names from the existing roll will not automatically be carried forward. We are taking the opportunity to seek consent at the same time under the new GDPR regulations for contact details to be stored for other purposes such as the occasional sending…

Oakham PCC

Finance: A scheme to introduce Cashless Giving was explained by Richard Plummer, who is progressing this venture with the PCC’s full support. The draft budget is nearing completion, to be published at the March meeting, and the latest accounts were presented. Neil Lowther has been examiner of the accounts for several years, but wishes to stand down – a volunteer to take…

Braunston Churchyard

The hedge on the south side of the west churchyard (beyond the Church) has now been laid and looks wonderfully neat and tidy. Our thanks to Chris Lovelock who took the initiative to lead the work and to everyone who helped out, especially Jim, Janet and Clare.