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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.

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) deodorant, shampoo, razors, shaving foam/gel, washing powder/gel & toilet rolls. We have plenty of cereals and porridge, baked beans, tea, pasta and pasta sauces, fizzy drinks and cordials, most tinned goods, tootpaste & brushes and shower gel…

Oakham APCM Reports

The Annual Report and Accounts and Reports from Church Organisations have been published, and will be presented at the APCM on Sunday 22 April.

Team Rector Vacancy

We seek an able, experienced and collaborative priest to lead the Oakham Team Ministry, serving the county town of Rutland and nine surrounding villages. The team comprises two Team Vicars (one in post, one to be appointed, who have pastoral responsibility for the villages), two curates and nine licensed lay minsters, supported by a number…

Publications for Sale

Now that there is a secure donation box on the wall by the West Door the Church Publications have been reinstated on The Friends stand near the North Door. That includes the attractive cards of All Saints’ Church painted by Alan Oliver. (Large size £2. Pack of 4 notelets £4) All proceeds are used for the benefit of the church.

Youth Group Programme

The summer programme for ASK/ASH is now available here, and Charlotte is looking for volunteers to help lead various sessions! So please have a look if you feel you could help on a given Sunday morning, either to lead a session or to be there as a safeguarding adult. There is loads of material which can be used, on a variety of…

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 very much hope that a number of you will feel able to make the journey to Peterborough Cathedral that morning for our ordination as priests. It is a spectacular service, full of the…

Teigh and Market Overton Service Times

Most morning services at Teigh and Market Overton will take place at 9:15am rather than 9:00am with immediate effect. The change will enable clergy who are taking an 8:00am service beforehand at Oakham or Brooke a little more time to get there, as well as bringing the timings in line with Hambleton and Egleton, who made a similar change some while ago…

Oakham PCC

The PCC meeting of 21 March had much to cover. Do see full minutes on the noticeboard for all the reports and full details. To summarise: the vacancy arrangements were going well, and a good benefice meeting had been held with the Archdeacon and Rural Dean to finalise the Parish Profile, Person Specification, advertising of vacancy, interview dates and the panel involved.…

Oakham APCM Reports

For the APCM on Sunday 22 April, reports from church organisations and groups will be produced in advance as usual – please submit these by Sunday 8 April to notices@oakhamteam.org.uk, so that they can be available on 15 April. At the meeting, there will be vacancies for three new PCC members – please consider whether you might be called to service in…

Jesus Christ is risen today… and every day!

Jesus Christ is risen today! …and tomorrow…and tomorrow…and every day! Alleluia! Resurrection means rebirth, a coming back to life after death, and it’s not just confined to Easter Sunday as I witnessed for myself 10 days ago in Stocken Prison. On Monday 12th March a team of 25 of us went into Stocken Prison to lead a Christian Mission called Kairos. Kairos…

Help Needed

Help is needed to look after the Church. Can you? We are now short of help to look after the Church and cleaners are required. We share the duties and an area is allocated for you to look after. If you can help please contact David Kirtland (01572 724103).

Recruitment

At the meeting for the Benefice churchwardens and PCC members on 15 March, Archdeacon Gordon outlined the role of a Team Council in the appointment of the Team Rector and Vicar of Oakham. The Team Council was part of the Scheme when the Team was set up, but has not been properly constituted; this meeting had been called so that (a) representatives…

Festivals and Camping

Calling parents and carers of young people in our parishes… We invite you to a discussion of options for Christian festivals and/or a parish camping trip. Joining big crowds of Christians, including different kinds of people, can be a major faith-builder for young people. We know some of you are already planning to join Iain at Greenbelt (August bank holiday), and we…

Teigh and Market Overton Service Times

The morning services at Teigh and Market Overton will take place at 9:15am rather than 9:00am with immediate effect. The change will enable clergy who are taking an 8:00am service beforehand at Oakham or Brooke a little more time to get there, as well as bringing the timings in line with Hambleton and Egleton, who made a similar change some while ago…

Bishop’s Office Secretary

Bishop DonaId is looking to recruit a secretary to join his office, who will act as secretary to his Chaplain and PA, as well as maintain the accounts of both bishops and provide catering for meetings and events. More details can be found on the diocesan website. Closing date is 3 April 2018.

Homeless & Rough Sleeping in Oakham Meeting

Oakham has seen a noticeable increase in numbers of homeless rough sleepers this winter and the particularly cold weather has caused much alarm for the well-being of these men. Local residents from our churches and wider community have expressed concern and actively helped in various ways. There will be a meeting on Thursday 22nd March (postponed from 1st March), 10:30 am for…

Oakham PCC

At the meeting on Sunday 4 March, our Parish Profile – document to be sent to candidates for our Rector, telling them about Oakham and the villages – was agreed and is ready for scrutiny by Benefice representatives at a joint meeting on 15 March. The Person Specification is now in draft, and will accompany the profile as and when requested. Our…

Palm Sunday – Sunday 25 March

On Palm Sunday we recall Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding a donkey, and this year we will be doing this as a Team, with a Procession of Palms starting in the Burley Road Car Park, and crossing Cutts Close to All Saints Oakham. Please therefore, if you can, assemble at the car park for a 10:30am start, ready to follow Jesus…

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.

Julie & Phillip Hutchinson

Julie & Phillip’s new address is: High Framland Rectory, 5 Croxton Lane, Harston, Grantham, NG32 1PP. Tel: 01476 870083. Julie’s licensing at Croxton Kerrial will be on Tuesday 6 March at 7:30pm,

Student Cross Pilgrimage

The Midland leg of the Student Cross Pilgrimage, an annual event will be walking from Leicester to Walsingham during Holy Week stopping at various churches along the way. On Saturday 24 March they will be walking through Braunston and will stop for Vespers in All Saints at 4:00pm. Anyone wishing to join them will be more than welcome. See www.studentcross.org.uk for more…

From The Francis-Dehqanis

Dear All, we are just overwhelmed by all the effort that went into last week’s service and the very generous gifts to all of us. Things are very unsettled in our new home so we will write more fully later in Lent. But in the meantime – THANK YOU and we wanted you to have our new address which is: Bishop’s House,…

Traidcraft and Lent Lunches

There will be a stall each week at the Christian Aid Lent Lunches – if any one would like to order from the wide selection of fairly traded Easter eggs I will be taking orders both there and at the regular Sunday stall here at All Saints. Please do speak to me if you would like more information on the Easter Eggs…

Thanks from Araminta

I would just like to thank everyone for their contribution last Sunday. After five years of Lee banging on about community, I felt on Sunday, I really get it. Life is difficult in so many ways, give me ten people and they will tell me in ten different ways how challenging life can be, but when we all put our challenges aside…

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).

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,…

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,…

Oakham Autumn Sale

We are pleased to inform you that the Autumn Sale this year raised £2,315.22. Thank you to all who helped in any way whatsoever. It was a most enjoyable event which brought in the local community and put All Saints at the heart of a lovely Saturday in town. Elaine and Graham Peel. Thank you also to Elaine & Graham for organising…

FoodBank Trustee Secretary

Rutland Foodbank are looking for a Trustees meeting Secretary. This is someone who can come six times a year, presently on Wednesdays, to take Minutes and write them up promptly. The person should have some experience of this, see confidentiality as paramount, would not have to be part of decision taking, and see our work as very important! Please contact Helen Baggott…

Welcome Leaflet Distributors

Thank you to those who have volunteered to help with the delivery of the Welcome and Christmas Leaflets. Patrick Wilson will be giving out the leaflets and street lists to you after the 10:30am service today.

Toilet

We are pleased to be able to tell you that the toilet in the Mayhew Room in Oakham Church has now been replaced. Apologies for the inconvenience of it not being available over the last couple of weeks.

Mothers’ Union Presentation

Congratulations to Joyce Halliday, who on Wednesday last week at the Rutland Care Village communion service was presented with a certificate to commemorate 60 years membership of the Mothers’ Union by the Peterborough President, Barbara Haynes. pictured here with them is her son David, and some of our Oakham branch members.

Oakham Nativity Tableau

The practise for the Nativity Tableau is on Saturday 16 December 2017 at 2:00pm in the Church. All children wanting to take part should be there. Megan Davis is in charge. Please let her know if you are coming though it is alright to turn up on that day. The Tableau will be performed during the 10:30am service on 17 December.

Oakham Christmas Post

Oakham All Saints Scout Group is back running the local Oakham only Christmas Post scheme this year. For a small donation for each card (20-30p is our suggested donation but we are flexible and appreciate all the donations we receive) we will hand deliver your cards to addresses in Oakham. We will be in church morning services to collect cards on the…

Revd Brian Nicholls RIP

We are sorry to report that Brain Nicholls sadly passed away on Saturday 25 November following a time of illness. Brian was well known to many of us as he was a regular celebrant at many of our Team Churches, and he will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Liz and rest of his family at this time. Brian’s…

Late Night Shopping

Oakham Late Night Shopping will be on Monday 11th December, and All Saints will be open as an oasis of calm amid the bustle of the rest of the town. If you are able to help serving mulled wine and mince pies, or can just be in church to meet people, please speak to Araminta Mathias. Meanwhile, at the Buttercross, Oakham Baptist…

Posada – Travelling Nativity

Today, Advent Sunday, the travelling nativities start their journey from Oakham and Langham, and last night from Whissendine, going from house to house. If they are to visit you, you will know, but this year everyone can join in by following their journeys on the special blog page on the website. If you are hosting the Holy Family, you will find an…

Oakham PCC

At the meeting on 20 November Gordon reported the results of the stewardship campaign (see separate post) – there would be a letter of thanks from Lee to all givers; alms box – we now have agreement for a new one, which will be installed as soon as possible; church toilet – this would be completely refurbished soon, thanks to funding from…

Oakham Stewardship

We want to say thank you to God, and to all parishioners involved, for the response to the recent stewardship campaign. The highlights are: 75% of those who responded have increased their giving. The total annual giving by gift aid, (which is an important figure to track, as it represents our regular committed income), should increase from what we expect to be…

Lead Theft

St Peter’s Brooke has recently had about 20ft of lead guttering stolen, so please be aware and vigilant with regard to lead theft – it’s obviously still happening.

Oakham Mission Giving

The annual meeting to determine how this year’s Mission Giving from All Saints Oakham will be allocated takes place on Wednesday 13 December, and you are invited to let us know if you have a charity that you would like to be considered. Please speak to Lee, the churchwardens or Peter Hill, or directly to Michael Wilson (01572 720853 or michael.wilson@oakhamteam.org.uk) or…