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Farewell to Revd Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani

On Sunday 18 February 2018 we said goodbye to our Team Rector, Revd Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani, his wife Rt Revd Guli Francis-Dehqani and their family Gabriel, Simeon and Eleanor as they move to Leicester, where Guli takes up her new post as Bishop of Loughborough. After a moving service attended by over 400 people, presentations…

Partnering to Help Homeless People

People in Oakham churches worry about how best to care for homeless people in Oakham, especially over this harsh winter. While Rutland County Council’s social services provide a range of services to care for and support people in difficulties, often in ways we are not aware of. A small group from the churches have been exploring how we can partner with RCC:…

Lent Groups

The Lent groups start this week, and you will know by now which group you are in. However, if you are not able to take part in a group, there is still an opportunity to join in the discussion online through a special forum which has been set up on the Churches Together website. Even if you are in a group, you…

Kairos Prison Mission

Kairos will be repeating last year’s very successful mission to Stocken Prison from 12-16 March 2018, and will be seeking help to bake biscuits, create a prayer chain, and to join the visiting team during the week itself. Cathy Dyson will be preaching at Oakham about the mission on Sunday 25 February. Kairos is a Christian Mission which goes into prisons to…

Farewell to Revd Canon Julie Hutchinson

On the Feast of Candlemas we said goodbye to Team Vicar, Revd Canon Julie Hutchinson, and her husband, Reader, Phillip, as she moves to a new house-for-duty post in the Leicester Diocese. A supper of baked potatoes and delicious fillings was followed by a reflective service led by Ann Blackett, including music from Taize and Iona.

Oakham Road Closures

You may have seen the signs, but please be aware that parts of Church Street will be closed for resurfacing works during the weeks beginning 12th and 19th February (Monday to Friday only). During the first week (12-16 February) the northern part will be closed, from a point halfway between the entrance and exit to the car park and Station Road (as…

Do you drive to church?

If so, could you offer a lift to someone who can’t get here otherwise? We have a handful of regular worshippers who are becoming unable to walk or drive themselves, and would much appreciate offers of help. Few of us could offer a lift every single week, but don’t let that hold you back – all help will be gratefully received. Please…

Palm Crosses

At the 10:30 Family Service at Oakham next Sunday, 11th February, we will be preparing for Ash Wednesday. Traditionally, we use ash from burning last year’s palm crosses. If you have kept a palm cross from last Easter, please would you bring it to church?

Baptism Visiting – Request for Help

We are privileged that dozens of people bring their children to All Saints Oakham every year for baptism. We keep in touch with these families after the baptism, and we need some more volunteers for this work. Could you join this team? The role is not onerous: you would be asked to take on perhaps half-a-dozen children – to send a card…

Foodbank Update

The Foodbank is currently short of the following items – sponge puddings, packets of smash, long life fruit juice, long life milk, deodorant, shower gel/soap, shaving foam/gel, washing-up liquid, washing powder/gel, large size nappies & toilet rolls. We have plenty of cereals and porridge, baked beans, tea, sanitary items, pasta and pasta sauces, fizzy drinks & cordials and most tinned goods at…

New Rural Dean

It has been announced that the new Rural Dean of Rutland, to succeed Lee, will be Revd Jane Baxter, Vicar of Lyddington.

Easter Chicks

If you can help with knitting chicks for Easter please can you contact Margaret Tyler (01572 724799 or margaret.tyler@oakhamteam.org.uk). Pattern available.

Collection

We are organising a collection Julie and Phillip Hutchinson as they leave us in a couple of weeks’ time. They have been involved with All Saints Oakham and the Oakham Team for some 40 years and this is the end of an era for them. All monies should go to Debbie Sowter or Hilary Knight, churchwardens at Langham, or can also be…

St John & St Anne

St John & St Anne is an Almshouse Charity providing quality homes for retired people in receipt of a state pension. If you can live independently, and are looking to downsize but cannot afford to buy property locally, please call for further information – 01572 756950 or visit our website www.stjohnstanne.co.uk.

Music at Lunchtime – To a Wild Rose

In addition to the regular Wednesday concerts, there will be a short series of four Friday concerts this winter, in which John Dobson will play Edward Macdowell’s four piano sonatas, which symmetrically surround the set of Woodland Sketches that give Edward Macdowell the Fur Elise moment – the ever popular and beautifully simple To a Wild Rose. Each of the sonatas will…

Treasurer Wanted

The Friends of All Saints Church is a social group, which conducts events and outings throughout the year for all members of the church community and also helps to raise money for a chosen charity each year. The committee are still looking for someone, who could act as Treasurer, to join their small and friendly group. This would not be an onerous…

Foodbank Update

The Foodbank is currently short of the following items – sponge puddings, packets of smash, long life fruit juice, long life milk, deodorant, shower gel/soap, shampoo, razors & shaving foam, toothbrushes & toothpaste, washing-up liquid, washing powder/gel, nappies & toilet rolls. We have plenty of cereals and porridge, baked beans, tea, sanitary items, pasta and pasta sauces, fizzy drinks and cordials at…

Foodbank Donations

We never cease to be amazed at the generously of people in this area in helping those who, for whatever reason, have need of the Foodbank in Rutland. A special mention to those who did reverse advent calendars and those who sponsored a hamper. Many, many thanks to you all – it means so much to people less fortunate. Rutland Foodbank.

Appointment of Team Vicar

We are delighted to announce that, following interview and with the agreement of representatives of the Oakham Team Ministry (North) Parishes, Bishop Donald and Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani have invited the Reverend Deborah Marsh, currently Assistant Curate in the Living Brook Benefice, to become a Team Vicar within the Oakham Team Ministry, with responsibility for the…

Traidcraft Christmas Sales

An amazing amount of £1066 is the total for sales from last year’s Christmas catalogue, thank you SO much to everyone who made a purchase, it really does make a difference.

Traidcraft Stall Pattern

The stall will be in Oakham Church after the 10:30 service on the following dates – 7th January, 21st January, 4th February, 11th February. Thank you for your continued support. Denise (722729).

Christmas Meeting

Our eagerly awaited Christmas meeting was not a disappointment! In fact, it was a wonderful occasion: a Holy Communion Service, provided by our newly consecrated Bishop of Loughborough. The week before, a goodly number of people had made the pilgrimage to Canterbury to witness Guli’s Consecration. Now 32 of us were privileged to be given communion by Guli, assisted by Robin Robson.…

Happy New Year to You All

Another year has just disappeared, so quickly that one wonders if we missed a couple of months, but apparently not so, apparently it is all about age. There is a legend of ‘The Three Wise Men’ that I rather like and thought I would retell it here as Epiphany happens early in January. This one says that the three Wise men were…

Braunston Bat Update

The Heritage Lottery funded Bats in Churches Project has confirmed that it will provide funding in 2018 to implement temporary blocking of the bats’ access routes from the south aisle ceiling space into the church and the subsequent surveys in 2018 to confirm there is no impact on the bats. The 2017 surveys concluded that the bats did not need to go…

Coffee & Tea

The team that provide coffee and tea after the 10:30 service at Oakham could do with a few more members – if you feel that you could help, please contact Jill Welsh (01572 722123 or jill.welsh@oakhamteam.org.uk)

Lay Bereavement Support Service

After two workshops, we are pleased to report we have group of volunteer visitors. We plan to continue to meet monthly to learn from each other, pray and support each other. The next meeting will be 7:00pm on Tuesday 9th January in the Church Hall. If you have any questions, please ask Susan Osborne (07926 833684), Sian Cheverton (01572 755286) or Madeleine…

Foodbank Update

The Foodbank is currently short of the following items – sponge puddings, packets of smash, tinned tomatoes, tinned potatoes, tinned meat, tinned carrots and peas, jam, long life fruit juice, long life milk, deodorant, shower gel/soap, shampoo, razors & shaving foam, toothbrushes & toothpaste, washing-up liquid, washing powder/gel, nappies & toilet rolls. We have plenty of cereals and porridge, baked beans, tea,…

Generation to Generation

Inspired by the Church of England’s recent report, Rooted in the Church and after working alongside parishes over the past couple of years, the Diocesan Missioners for Youth and Children’s Ministry have been moving towards developing intergenerational ways of being church. So the Gen2 Team has been formed to encourage parishes in mission and ministry…

New Dean for Peterborough Cathedral

Downing Street announced on Wednesday 1st November that The Queen has approved the appointment of the Very Revd Chris Dalliston as Dean of Peterborough. Chris Dalliston is currently Dean of Newcastle, a post he has held since 2003. During his time at Newcastle he has overseen significant improvements in the Cathedral’s facilities for visitors and…

Give Advent a Chance

Most of December is in the Advent season. The Christmas season begins on Christmas Eve and runs for twelve days, or forty if you count up to the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, as I like to do. Of course, there are preparations to be made, and many (too many?) carol services, in the…

Langham News – December 2017

On Friday December 15th there will be a Village Christmas evening with lots of carols to sing, a brass band, choir, solo items, instruments, spoken interludes, and, of course, mulled wine and mince pies. Adults £5.00. We look forward a to a festive time for all. On December 3rd there will be a Posada service in church, starting at 9:00am, to include…

Hambleton News – December 2017

On Remembrance Sunday, November 12th, approximately 21 villagers came together to remember British Servicemen and Women who had lost their lives fighting for their country. Revd Charlotte Osborn took the service and spoke of her Great Uncle Will from the Norfolk Regiment who was blinded in the First World War. Miranda Hall and Jeremy Orme were the readers. The collection raised £132…

Egleton News – December 2017

The telephone was the bearer of GOOD NEWS whilst breaking into the preparation of this report. Canon Julie announced her return to St Edmund’s on the admirable occasion of Patronal Festival 2017 which falls around NOVEMBER 20th, the calendar’s Feast Day of EDMUND, saintly KING and Martyr. So then it behoves his regiment of Parishioners,in every parish dedicated to his Name, to…

Brooke News – December 2017

A PCC meeting was held at Rose Cottage, Brooke on Monday 23rd October when we were very pleased to welcome Julie back to chair the meeting which she opened and closed with a prayer. Items under discussion were yet again our parish share, fund raising suggestions for 2018, possible new members for the PCC and preparations for the Christmas Coffee morning. The…

Remembrance

Some of the older Braunston residents may remember the Hinman family. Maurice Hinman died in August this year aged 90. He was the son of Robert and Caroline Hinman who lived at 11, Cedar Street, Braunston. When Maurice married he was working for Philip Walker, he and his wife Evelyn lived at Church Farm Cottage, Brooke where their eldest daughter was born.…

Practical Compassion for Destitute Children

We welcomed Jill Cannings from Uppingham Mothers’ Union as our speaker in November. She told us of her involvement with the PCDC. This stands for “Practical Compassion for Destitute Children”. Her talk was punctuated by Biblical quotations, the first being “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God” The PCDC was set up, in Palestine, 20 years…

Traidcraft Christmas Sales

Thank you to everyone who has so far placed orders from the catalogue as well as buying at the various stalls. Sales are looking healthy and I will advise a total figure in the New Year. The last date for the stall before Christmas will be after 10:30 service at Oakham on 17th December. Denise.

Kairos Prison Mission

Kairos will be repeating last year’s very successful mission to Stocken Prison from 12-16 March 2018, and will be seeking help to bake biscuits, create a prayer chain, and to join the visiting team during the week itself. Cathy Dyson will be preaching at Oakham about the mission on Sunday 25 February. Watch this space for more information…

Gift Bags for Homeless

The Foodbank have been thinking about how they might provide for homeless people, and this is a list that Heather has compiled from suggestions and looking at websites. The main concern is how much they can carry and keep dry. Socks, gloves, scarves, hats, t-shirts (as vests), boxer shorts; Kendal mint cake, energy bars, chocolate, chewing gum (mouth refresher), food vouchers e.g.…

Plea for mince pies…

On Thursday 21 December we join with the town for our Carol Service and offer mince pies and a bevvy afterwards. Can you help? If so, please bring your offerings before the 7:30pm service (or earlier if you are unable to come to it). We never know how many to do, but it always seems to work out well. Thank you in…

Oakham PCC Vacancies

Following many years of service as PCC Secretary, Derek Ufton will be retiring at the end of year. We are therefore seeking a new person to take up the post, which is not an onerous one – if you feel you might be the person, please have a word with the clergy, churchwardens or with Derek. We are also seeking someone to…

Hopes and Vision

We had a good gathering at the meeting last Saturday to start the process of focussing on our hopes for the future and our vision of where we feel the church should be heading under the leadership of a new Team Rector. Under the astute and encouraging leadership of Revd David Newman, Warden of Launde Abbey, we looked at our strengths, weaknesses,…