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Autumn Sale

Many thanks to all who in any way supported yesterday’s sale. A great deal of help was readily given and was much appreciated. We shall be able to give details of the total amount raised after Saturday’s market stall sale. Elaine and Graham Peel

Mapping Advent

An invitation to reflect on Advent themes through art, poetry and music as well as Scripture, using the popular Mapping Advent material. There will be both an afternoon and an evening group, meeting on alternate Tuesday and Wednesdays from Tuesday 28 November to Wednesday 20 December. More details.  

Remembrance Day Service

Just a short note to thank all those people who help set up chairs, moved pews and helped before, during and after the service. The Church was full with in excess of 600 people attending. The arrangements would not have gone so well without your help. Kind regards, Peter Kinal

Christingle

Christingle at Oakham this year is on Sunday 10 December at 4:00pm, it is a wonderful occasion and I hope you will all come and bring neighbours and friends to join us at this celebration. We make the Christingles the day before, on 9 December at 2:00pm, in the Mayhew Room in the Church. It really is fun and the more people…

Pantomime

On 6 January 2018, we are going to the RATS (Rutland Arts Theatre Company). They are putting on Snow White, at Brooke Priory School Theatre, in Station Road, Oakham, starting at 2:30pm. Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for children, the Church will pay £5 towards Sunday School, ASH or ASK pupils. Afterwards we shall have fish and chips together. Please…

Hopes and Vision

As you know, Lee and his family will be leaving us early in 2018, and we should be thinking about the next stage in the life of All Saints. On Saturday 25 November from 2:00-4:30pm, there will be a gathering in the Church Hall to look at our hopes and vision for the next few years. This will feed into the Parish…

Oakham Travelling Nativity

I am starting to compile the lists for the Nativity – if you would like to give shelter to the Holy Family for one night during Advent please do get in touch. Equally if the idea is new to you and you would like more information about our wonderful Mothers Union annual project please do speak to me or any member of…

Fairtrade Advent Calendars

I have a good choice of Advent Calendars available to order, and there are ones for grown-ups as well as children and even one without chocolate in! Please do get in touch if you would like to order one. Denise (01572 722729, 07981 639649 or fairtrade@oakhamteam.org.uk)

Oakham Parish Profile

The Oakham churchwardens met with the Archdeacon of Northampton last week, since Archdeacon Gordon is on sabbatical, to discuss how we should proceed with the Parish profile. The meeting was very useful and he gave us some helpful advice. The profile is now in progress with a hope to be ready to advertise when it becomes possible. As part of the profile…

Foodbank Harvest Donations

This harvest must be a record breaker for the Foodbank. We had 1.77 tons of food donated from 26 different churches, schools and nurseries which will help our clients for a good two months. Amazing, so a huge thanks to all concerned.

St Nicholas Day – Welcome Morning and Holy Communion

St Nicholas Day – Welcome Morning and Holy Communion – 10:00am 5th December Every Wednesday at 10:00am there is a celebration of Holy Communion in the chapel of the St John and St Anne’s almshouse charity, in St Anne’s Close, Oakham. This offers a warm, simple celebration of the Eucharist: short, with no hymns or sermon, and the chapel has toilet facilities.…

Pilgrim Course

This is a series in Christian discipleship produced by the Church of England, commended in The Times as a skillful blend of ancient and modern. There will be an introductory presentation in the church hall on the evening of Tuesday 21st November at 7:30pm, which will then be repeated on Wednesday morning, 22nd November at 10:00am, in the church. Each presentation will…

Congratulations!

The original date was postponed, but Caroline MacKinnon has now completed her skydive – she undertook the tandem skydive from 13,000ft in memory of her late husband Alistair, and has raised over £4,000 for Rutland Sailability, a very special local Charity enabling adults and children suffering physical and emotional impairments to gain self-confidence and pleasure…

Oakham Stewardship

Please let Gordon have your response to the Stewardship Campaign by Sunday 5 November if you have not done so already. Thank you to all those who have responded positively so far.

Rutland Foodbank Christmas Hampers

Once again, Rutland Foodbank will be giving Christmas Hampers to those in our county who may struggle to buy those small luxuries that make Christmas a celebration. The hampers will include mince pies, Christmas puddings, chocolates and even family games. We are seeking cash donations. £20 will sponsor one hamper but any amount is welcome – cheques made payable to ‘Rutland Foodbank’.…

Remembrance Service

We are expecting in excess of 600 people to attend the County Remembrance Service next Sunday at 2:30pm (armed forces personnel, public dignitaries & general public). To seat them all will involve moving pews and putting out chairs. If you can help for 10/15 minutes after the 10:30am service it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Peter Kinal.

Langham News – November 2017

The clock on the church spire is at very long last looking like a clock again. The hands are back on and the mechanism in place. No further problems? Of course there are – that clock has a jinx on it. The fuses blew, the rewinding mechanism repaired and now just one more thing. It did work beautifully for about 8 hours.…

Hambleton News – November 2017

On Saturday 7th October, there was a double celebration for the Griffin family when two of Richard Griffin‘s grandchildren were baptised at St Andrew’s by Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani; Thomas Tristan Taylor, son of Richard and Joanna and Barnaby Samuel Griffin, son of Thomas and Josephine. On Sunday 8th October, Wilberforce and Huckleberry Young, sons of Andrew and Pippa were also baptised by…

Egleton News – November 2017

Greetings will be received and sent in mid-November between several of the Parishes, spread across England, all dedicated to ST EDMUND KING & MARTYR, and all brought face to face in the course of the EDMUND Festivals held in the Cathedral of St EDMUNDsbury, Suffolk, in 2001 and 2010! Both festivals were acclaimed, by each of the Thirty Eight parishes who participated…

Brooke News – November 2017

A day of mixed weather conditions saw a good number of ‘Riders and Striders’ reach our little village of Brooke while our own intrepid cyclist Joan visited twelve churches on her journey; she sends thanks to her generous sponsors for helping her to raise an impressive total of £425. The Harvest Festival at St Peter was celebrated at evensong on 17th September…

Quiet Morning at Ketton

Deanery Meeting – 11th October at St Mary the Virgin Church Ketton Some of the MU Oakham members went to Ketton to join other Deanery members in a quiet morning. The day started with refreshments and an informal chat with other members. This was followed by a hymn: Be still, for the presence of the Lord. Psalm 46 was also touched upon:…

Take the Advent Sleepout Challenge

Church Urban Fund is inviting churches and communities to take part in the Advent Sleepout Challenge to help people struggling with homelessness and marginalisation. Groups across the country are being encouraged to give up a night’s comfort to support the Advent Sleepout Challenge 2017, a national sponsored event taking place for the third time to…

New Canon Missioner appointment announced

It was announced on 1st October that Bishop Donald has appointed the Revd Canon Sarah Brown as Canon Missioner, a full time residentiary post at the Cathedral which she will take up in January 2018. Sarah is currently Team Vicar of Daventry with special responsibility for Braunston, Welton and Ashby St Ledgers and Rural Dean…

Remember

How’s your memory? When I want to be sure that I remember something, I write it on my hand. Then later on I glance at my hand and see the word “John”. John who? What about John? Where am I meeting John (whoever he is)? When am I meeting John … and why? It’s not…

Confirmation Classes

This is a last-call notice for anyone else who wishes to prepare for confirmation. Bishop John is coming on Sunday 14th January, and we will be preparing candidates between now and Christmas. An adult group will meet on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm (beginning Wednesday 1st November and running to 13th December), with Lee and Iain. A young people’s group (secondary school ages)…

Abbey Advent Adventures

Launde Abbey is hosting a series of three advent themed evenings and everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the evenings, as follows: Thursday 30th November 6:15pm – Explore the themes of Compassion and Friendship with Revd Helen Newman (booking not required), with the option to enjoy one another’s company afterwards at the 7:30pm Launde Food Night with dishes from…

Oakham PCC

At the meeting on 26 September the following items were discussed: (1) New chalice assistants were approved; (2) Susan Osborne presented the plans for the new bereavement counselling scheme; (3) The financial report for September was presented, which showed an improvement in levels of income; (4) The budget for 2018 was approved; (5) The stewardship campaign details were confirmed, with presentations on…

USPG Literature

The new Pray with the World Church and the Transmission magazine for the USPG are by the South Door. Please collect them.

Diocesan Choral Festival

Message from Stephen Grahl Dear Diocesan Choral Festival Singers, I very much enjoyed today’s choral festival. As ever, your energy and commitment resulted in a most enjoyable service, and spoke of your ongoing ministry of music. My grateful thanks to the members of the working group, who have once again been tireless in their preparation and execution of the festival day. I…

Friends of All Saints Church

Following a recent Committee Meeting of The Friends it is reassuring to know that the official offices can be filled after election when Beryl Kirtland steps down in March 2018. HOWEVER, Committee Members are URGENTLY needed to help plan and organise events. If you consider you might like to do this please contact Beryl (beryl@oakhamteam.org.uk), Liz Plummer or Brenda Blandford.

Happy Birthday Lee!

Our Team Rector, Lee, celebrated his 50th birthday on 14 October, and was presented with a cake on Sunday morning (15 October) at Oakham. Congratulations!

Greenbelt 2018

This is advance notice that we will run a parish camping trip to Greenbelt 2018 – 24-27 August 2018 (Bank Holiday weekend) – or you can go for just one day. This is a Christian music/arts/politics/culture festival which runs just outside Kettering. See http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/ for a taste if you don’t know what it’s all about. A group of us went for a…

Pastoral Visiting

Are you involved in visiting the sick or frail, giving lifts, helping with shopping…? Or with taking communion to people in their home? Would you like to be? The parish’s pastoral forum has not been meeting recently, but we want to re-start so as to make sure we are giving pastoral care where it is needed, as well as provide a forum…

Fairtrade Sales

Sales for the last 3 months have amounted to £625.86, a very good figure and averaging out at nearly £70 for each time the stall was held at Oakham over that period. As always a VERY big thank you to everyone who has made a purchase. Please see the separate notice for details of future stall dates. Denise (722729).

Traidcraft Fairtrade Christmas Catalogue

The Autumn catalogue is now out with all the usual wonderful range of Christmas cards, foods and present ideas. If you would like a copy please do get in touch. I will be in Church running the stall after the 10:30 service on 15th October, at Langham for the Team service on 29th October and back in Oakham again on 5th November.…

Could you help the bereaved in our community?

What are we planning? We are launching a new bereavement support service in the Parish. The plan is to * offer visits to bereaved families who have funerals at All Saints; * provide support and a listening ear; * signpost to other resources. Why visit? Bereaved people can feel isolated. Sometimes we find it difficult to join organised activities or find a…

Oakham Harvest Lunch

84 people came for Sunday Lunch in the Church Hall last week, supplied by 11 main meal providers and 11 pudding experts! My grateful thanks for all the willing volunteers, and not forgetting my set-up and clear-away army of helpers. Your total donations of £200 go to The Oakham Food Bank. THANK YOU!! Marilyn. [A…

Foodbank Update

The Foodbank is currently short of the following items – sponge puddings, packets of smash, tinned tomatoes, tinned potatoes, instant savoury meals e.g. pasta, couscous, rice etc in packets, small sugar, jam, long life fruit juice, long life milk. We have plenty of cereals and porridge, baked beans, tea, toilet rolls and sanitary items, pasta and pasta sauces, fizzy drinks and cordials…

Ride and Stride

Ride and Stride plays a vital part in the preservation of our many churches. Since both riding and striding is well beyond Meg and I we sat in the seats of welcome and refreshment at All Saints. The door was open in welcome, but certainly produced conditions that got progressively colder. Rain played a part in ensuring that many got quite wet…

Memories

Memories, Sunday 22nd October at 4:00pm at All Saints Braunston will be a service of quietness and reflection in memory of those we have known and loved and for peace in our world. Please come and share this time with us, everyone is welcome.

My Journey to Ordination

Charlotte Osborn entitled her talk My journey to Ordination, with the subtitle From Pew to Pulpit. She suggested that we consider each of our decades, i.e. until we reach the three-score-years-and-ten, as days of the week. Sunday would be the first decade, 0-10 years, Monday 10-20 years, Tuesday 20-30 years, and so on. Since childhood, Charlotte has been aware of how God…

News about the Dean of Peterborough appointment

Article from Peterborough Cathedral “I am very sorry to report that Canon Tim Sledge has withdrawn from the post of Dean of Peterborough for personal health reasons. I hope that you will join me in wishing him well. The selection panel will reconvene in the next few weeks and a further update will have been…

Peterborough Diocesan Holy Land Pilgrimage 2018

26 April – 4 May 2018 Following in the footsteps of Jesus Several years ago I went to a seminar at Lambeth Palace held to encourage pilgrimages to the Holy Land. The then Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, was asked ‘what is a pilgrimage to the Holy Land?’ His answer has stayed with me and…

Peterborough Diocese at Greenbelt Festival

By Becky Wills Over the Bank Holiday weekend, an intergenerational group representing the Diocese of Peterborough enjoyed a sun-baked time at Boughton House near Kettering for the annual Greenbelt Festival of Faith, Arts and Activism. Greenbelt Festival is a unique melting pot, where discussion, thinking, creativity, listening and openness are celebrated. The Children and Youth…

God’s work and ours

This autumn, as many return to work or education having enjoyed at least a few weeks’ summer break, I am reminded of this famous and beautifully crafted prayer; Jesus, Master Carpenter of Nazareth, who on the cross through wood and nails did work our whole salvation, wield well your tools in this your workshop, that…

Langham News – October 2017

The clock on the church spire is at very long last looking like a clock again. Whilst waiting for repairs to be done last year the very high winds brought the clock face dangerously down into the churchyard. Now the insurance and funds are in order, the hands are back on and the mechanism in place. It just remains to see it…

Hambleton News – October 2017

On Sunday 10th September, St Andrew’s reopened its doors to a large congregation of nearly 100 people. They were all there to celebrate the completion of the church’s major roof restoration which had been going on since the beginning of the year. It had taken 10 years of planning and fundraising for the Roof Repair Fund to get to this stage. A…

Egleton News – October 2017

Riders and Striders were in evidence in plenty during the hours of Saturday’s estimable event on behalf of the Historic Churches Trust. This biennial expedition attracts walkers, cyclists and motorists all, who rise to the appeal to visit as many as possible of Rutland’s sixty four Churches and Chapels in the course of Saturday’s prescribed eight hours. With sponsors, equally willing to…

Brooke News – October 2017

The latest St Peter’s PCC meeting was held at Abbey Barn, Brooke on Monday 14th August, courtesy of Gill and Terry Greer, and was attended for the first time by new curate Iain Osborne who opened and closed the meeting with a prayer. Hopefully our discussions etc have not put him off and he will join us many more times in the…

Rutland Churches

The Friends’ Rutland Churches Excursion on Saturday 23 September was a delightful day. Andrew Swift shared his great knowledge of Market Overton, Greetham, Great Casterton and Ryhall churches pointing out intricacies of which the casual (or indeed regular) visitor would never be aware. Andrew’s book ‘The Complete Guide to Rutland Churches’ is available from him…