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Jenni Duffy

Our best wishes and prayers go with Jenni as she begins a new and exciting phase in her life. She will be much missed by the congregations of All Saints Oakham and St Mary Ashwell and the wider benefice. Over the years Jenni has been an active member of these congregations. She started and ran the successful Monday Pram Service for Pre-school…

Confirmation Service 2019

Confirmation is an important milestone in the Christian journey. It is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate God’s call to follow him, and to pray for the Holy Spirit to guide and direct our lives. This year Bishop John Holbrook, the Bishop of Brixworth, will be joining us at our confirmation service on Sunday 17 November at 6pm at All Saints…

Oakham Church Hall

Have you thought of hiring the Church hall for a ‘one-off’ party or event? The hall is available for hire for both one-off events and regular weekly/monthly events. Please contact Janine at the Church office to discuss.

Summer Concert at Brooke

On the evening of the hottest day of the year, St Peter Brooke was the coolest place to be and where a full church was entertained by the Tudor Choir of Leicester, who performed a varied programme of wonderful music and song, including an amusing monologue entitled ‘How To Give the Cat a Pill.’ Afterwards we all enjoyed a superb selection of…

The Summer Fayre – 13 July 10am–12noon

Is this Saturday! Items for sale can be handed in to Janine in office hours. No books, CDs, DVDs or bric-a-brac this time but there will be tower climbs. Cakes and plants would be best on Friday morning, or Saturday before 10am. We thank you for your generous support with donations and look forward to seeing you all on the day. Outside…

Traidcraft Sales

Are truly amazing for the first 6 months of the year, the total being £1359.77. This averages out at just over £226 per month which is fantastic, so a HUGE thank you to all of you who have carried on or joined in to help Traidcraft in their ongoing commitment to Fairtrade. Denise.

Traidcraft Stall Dates

The stall will be in Oakham Church after the 10.30 service on Sunday 7 July, then at the Summer Fayre on 13 July and finally for July after the 10.30 service on Sunday 21 July. If you haven’t had chance to see what Traidcraft fairly traded goods are on offer please do have a look. Many thanks for everyone’s ongoing support. Denise.

New Wine 2019

New Wine is a Christian organisation whose aim is to support local churches to change nations. Their annual summer conference weeks have been growing since 1989 and this year they are moving to a showground near here! New Wine will be at Peterborough Showground for 2 weeks – 27 July–10 August and although many go for a whole week it is possible…

Mothers’ Union Diocesan President Prayer Pilgrimage

Jill Cannings, our new MU Diocesan President, has committed to walk around as much of the Diocese as she can this month. She is coming to our area on Tuesday 9 July, and all are welcome to join us for all/part of the walk and/or to pray at the different churches en route. Jill would love to meet as many people as…

Team Vicar Appointment Update

At the beginning of the year we advertised the currently vacant Team Vicar post in the national church press, but received no applications. Since then the advert has remained on the Peterborough Diocese website but has not generated any applications. We did get one expression of interest, but this did not lead to an interview. The Team Council has considered various ways…

Stewardship Volunteer

All Saints Oakham PCC is looking for someone to join the stewardship team at this critical time as we address our giving and prepare for the changes to the current giving scheme managed by Peterborough Diocese. It is important that all members of the church are able to contribute in a way and to a level that best suits them and All…

Quiet Day

A Day of Quiet Reflection at Launde Abbey on Tuesday 20 August 10am-4pm. Launde Abbey is a wonderful retreat house. We are so blessed to have it nearby. If you would like to share in a day of quiet reflection please sign up on the list by the south door. We will be led by Reader Emeritus Michael Ellard and will be…

Ordination of Jenni Duffy

On 7 July at 10.30am at All Saints Oakham we will be praying for Jenni Duffy as she prepares for her ordination. We will be presenting a gift to Jenni at that service. If you would like to contribute to that gift please put cash or a cheque payable to All Saints Oakham PCC in an envelope marked ‘Jenni Duffy ordination’ and…

Friends Coffee Morning

We held a very successful Coffee Morning last week, at which local photographer, Richard Adams, showed a selection of his extensive work. The illustrated talk was entitled ‘Multum in Parvo and more’ and what a treat was in store for us, as he gave us a visual tour of much of our local area and all set to appropriate music. Other areas…

Barnabas Fund – Aid for the Persecuted Church

The morning (10.45am) and evening (6pm) services at Oakham Methodist Church on Sunday 16 June will both be on the theme of The Persecuted Church and will include an address by Sally Raynham, a volunteer with Barnabas Fund, an aid agency for the persecuted church. Members of other churches are warmly invited to join the Methodist Church for these services.

Alpha Course – September 2019

Oakham Baptist Church is running the Alpha Course this autumn, beginning on Monday 23 September 7.15–9.15pm. All the churches in Oakham are being invited to join in. You might like to attend and make a fresh commitment to Jesus Christ. You might like to recommend the course to a friend, and you could attend with them. If you’d like to book a…

Friends Trip to Hull Minster and The Deep

The Friends coach trip on Saturday 25 May to Hull had an early start but the journey went like clockwork and the traffic flowed freely on our scenic route. The weather was perfect and our first stop was The Deep, a world renowned aquarium with over 3000 species of fish, including magnificent sharks and rays. It is housed in a dramatic building…

10 year Celebration of the Drop-In Centre

After over 18 months of planning and preparation the Drop-In Centre opened its door for the first time on Wednesday 3 June 2009. Since then, due to the amazing commitment of the many volunteers, it has been open almost every week providing a place of welcome, friendship, and of course freshly cooked nutritious meals, for all who come through the door. To…

Deputy Churchwarden

Mark Nicholls has kindly agreed to be a deputy churchwarden for the 8am service at Oakham. He will be speaking for the 8am congregation at PCC and coordinating the volunteers for that service.

Volunteer Roles

As part of our commitment to faithful stewardship and promoting generous giving All Saints Oakham PCC is looking for two volunteers to help support the congregation in this area. If either role is of interest please speak to Stephen or Richard Plummer. Legacy Giving Coordinator – this role is about helping people to think about leaving a financial gift to All Saints…

Alan & Gail Rudge

From May to August, Alan and Gail Rudge will be taking a well-earned rest from their duties in the Oakham Team Ministry. Both of them give of themselves so willingly in the Lord’s service and their ministry is greatly appreciated across the whole team. They will be taking time for spiritual and physical refreshment over the coming weeks. Although we will still…

French Exchange Visit

Iain has been asked if he knows anyone who might want to do an exchange visit with a 13 year old French girl? She lives in the Loire valley (near Angers), in a nice Christian family. If you know anyone this might suit, Iain would be happy to put the two sides in touch.

Peter Townsend

Jerry Swift, Peter Townsend’s nephew who organised his funeral would like to pass on his thanks: Please express our gratitude to all those in the parish who visited Peter, supported him and ultimately showed their affection for him by attending his funeral: we all appreciated their prayers.

Alpha Course – September 2019

Oakham Baptist Church is running the Alpha Course this autumn, and all the churches in Oakham are welcome to participate. This is another way that we can express our unity as Churches Together in Oakham. The Alpha Course is a tried and tested way of introducing people to Jesus Christ in a friendly and non-judgemental way. Please look out for more information…

Housing the Homeless

Churches Together is raising money to establish supported housing for people who have experienced homelessness. The aim is not just to put a roof over a person’s head, but also to offer the personal support and Christian love they need, so as to re-establish the confidence and good habits they need to move back into independent tenancy. The project is not mainly…

Staff Appointment Update

The meeting last Sunday afternoon took a different turn following the late withdrawal of the application by Revd Dr Andrew Hartropp for the Team Vicar post, but was a very positive meeting in which Stephen, together with the Archdeacon and Rural Dean, outlined other possible ways forward in the future ministry of the Team, including the possibilities of appointing a ‘house for…

Mosque Visit

Would you like to visit a mosque? On 2 May nearly 40 people met in All Saints with speakers from the St Philip’s Centre in Leicester, for a ‘Taste of Faith’ about Islam: two Muslims answered a wide range of questions about their faith and lives. Given the lively response, Iain wonders if there would be interest in going to Leicester to…

The LINK

The Link is the new magazine for the Oakham Team Ministry, and the pilot edition is available in all Team churches from today. The Link does not aim to replicate the content of the pewsheet or the website, which already keep you up-to-date with news and events, but instead aims to provide articles on a range of subjects including local church events,…

Brooke Treasurer

At the end of this financial year, (April 2020) Terry Greer will have been treasurer of Brooke Church for 20 years and has decided to retire. Currently there is no-one lined up to take over – it is possible there may be someone who is used to book keeping and simple accounting and may be interested in joining the PCC and becoming…

Churches Together Update

The Drop-in Centre has had a former chef and another couple volunteer to cook, which is an answer to prayer. There will be a celebration of 10 years from opening on 5 June. Thy Kingdom Come, the global wave of prayer between Ascension and Penetcost will be marked in all the churches – more details to follow. The Sukkot Project is progressing…

A Project Manager is needed for Rutland Foodbank for 25-30 hours per month, to support the smooth running of the Foodbank, overseeing the operation and dealing with day-to-day issues, including liaising with the Trussell Trust, local agencies and volunteers. David Clark, who has been acting as Chairman and Project Manager, will continue in the former role, and the new role will initially…

Thank You

Sandra Needham and family would like to thank everyone who attended the funeral service of her late husband Douglas, and also a very special thank you to Stephen, Kevin and the choir for the lovely service.

Sidesmen needed

We are short of Sidespersons for the 10:30am services at All Saints Oakham. If you can commit to one Sunday a month please contact Andy Compton 01572 755734.

Ministry Experience for Iain and Charlotte

I am pleased to say that Iain and Charlotte have agreed to take on some additional responsibilities during their last year of their curacies. Iain is now ‘Curate in charge’ of Langham and Charlotte is now ‘Curate in charge’ of Hambleton and Egleton. This means they will be responsible for the day to day running of the parishes and be the main…

Team Vicar Appointment Process

On Sunday 12 May a group of representatives from the Team will be meeting The Revd Dr Andrew Hartropp and his wife Claire. Andrew has expressed an interest in the currently vacant Team Vicar post. Andrew will be preaching at Evensong on Sunday 12 May at 6pm. All are welcome to join in that service. Please pray for Andrew and Claire as…

Come And See

Between Easter and Pentecost, the Cathedral and the Diocese are working together on a joint mission to pray and equip every church in the Diocese for growth. Recognising that every church is different and that many are short of money, the mission is based on three things that anyone can do, and that ought already to be part of the DNA of…

Friends Visit to Newark

On Saturday 27 April, the Friends of All Saints had a trip to the National Civil War Centre, on what was forecast to be an extremely blustery and wet day. Luckily, although the wind was certainly keen, the rain never materialised and we even had some sunshine. The Museum visit was a terrific success with everyone and as it is only three…

Come and Chat

The next Come and Chat Bereavement Support Group will meet 10.30am–12noon at the Church Hall on Friday 31 May. All are welcome from the recently bereaved to those who feel they might benefit from this support no matter how long ago they experienced a significant loss. People are welcome to turn up on the day with no pre-booking required. For further information…