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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.

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…

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…

Oakham Stewardship Campaign

Members of the Oakham congregation should have received this week an invitation from Lee to the stewardship presentation next week. If you haven’t received one, and feel that you should have, please let the office know. Also, if you received it by post, but would be happy to receive such communication by email in future please let us know.

Celebration of Lay Ministry

On Saturday 23 September Peterborough Diocese held its first Celebration of Lay Ministry. From 9am until 4pm about 120 lay ministers gathered at the Bishop’s Palace, then the Cathedral, for fellowship, teaching, workshops and lunch. In the afternoon the numbers grew to over 350 for the licensing and admission of new lay ministers and readers,…

Better than Hallowe’en

This event has unfortunately been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. ‘Better than Hallowe’en’ will be an event for 5-10 year olds, in the Church Hall on Saturday 28th October from 4-5pm. If you feel able to help at this in any way, please do come to a meeting in the Mayhew Room this Thursday September 28th from 7:30-8:30pm to help plan and…

Fairtrade Steering Group

As we all return from our Summer break, the Rutland Fairtrade Steering Group is looking forward to its Autumn meeting on Tuesday 10th October at 7:30 pm in the Oakham Methodist Church in Northgate. Our Group works to ensure a fair deal for farmers and craftspeople from the most vulnerable countries around the world, and we are always grateful for the support…

Open the Book in Primary Schools

Can you help us please? A small team from Oakham Methodist Church have been taking Bible stories into Assemblies at Brooke Hill, Catmose, Brooke Priory and English Martyrs Primary Schools over the past seven years. The visits are popular with the pupils and are at the invitation of the Heads. We use the national Open the Book scheme now used in over…

Confirmation and Christian Basics

Would you like to join a confirmation preparation class, to prepare for confirmation next year? Or would you like to join in the course (with people of your own age) as a ‘refresher’ of Christian basics? We will confirm dates and details depending on how many candidates we have and their needs – at this stage we are just looking for expressions…

Guli’s Consecration

Revd Canon Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani is to be consecrated as Bishop of Loughborough on Thursday 30 November at Canterbury Cathedral. The coach is now fully booked, and payment of £22 should be made by cheque to Janine in the office or online. The coach will collect from All Saints Oakham at 6:30am, then from the Co-op store in Oakham afterwards. The ceremony…

Ride and Stride

Thank you all the recorders who helped to make this a successful day, as well as all the riders, striders and drivers. A total of 72 people visited All Saints Oakham – more details will be available in due course.

Greenbelt 2017

Did you go to Greenbelt this year? If not, you might to have a look at a short video to give you a flavour of what went on, and to put next year’s dates in your diary (24-27 August 2018). Buy Tickets

Egleton’s New Organ

On Tuesday 12 September, a new digital organ was dedicated at Egleton, and the opening recital given by Robert Gower. Click here for more information.

Thank You

Thank you to all who came and helped MSF on 26 August, both those from the Church family and others. August was not a good month, but we nevertheless raised £108.25. Special thanks to Bishop’s Lodge and the Church of the Resurrection Leicester for all the raffle prizes etc that were donated.

Foodbank Update

14 teenagers were on National Citizenship Service during their holidays and agreed to support our food bank for the fund raising part. What an incredible success that was – they donated £600 worth of food and toiletries plus around £400 cash which is an amazing feat. Full marks and a huge thank you to them all. Also thanks to the families who…

Charity Skydive!

Caroline MacKinnon is 78 years old this year and lives in the village of Belton-in-Rutland. In memory of her late husband Alistair, who sadly passed away in 2013, she will be participating in a tandem skydive from 13,000ft at Netheravon airfield, Wiltshire on 17th September 2017. The jump is in aid of Rutland Sailability, a…

Foodbank Update

The Foodbank is currently short of the following items – sponge puddings, packets of smash, small coffee, custard, instant savoury meals e.g. pasta, couscous, rice etc in packets, ham/spam/corned beef, tinned spaghetti, tinned carrots peas or mixed veg, tinned potatoes, sweets and chocolate bars, meat in sauce e.g. stew, curry, etc, small sugar, jam, long life fruit juice, long like milk, tinned…

Guli’s Consecration as Bishop

Revd Canon Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani is to be consecrated as Bishop of Loughborough on Thursday 30 November at Canterbury Cathedral. We have been making enquiries from coach companies for cost and would like to hear from anyone who would like to take advantage of this. The cost will be approximately £22. The coach would collect from All Saints Oakham at 6:30am, then…

Decorators Needed

Have you any spare time? Are you any good with a paint brush? The Mayhew Room and toilet need painting, very badly – it’s never been done since installation 20 years ago! If you can help please contact Pat Munro on 01572 723464 or Janine in the office. Thank you.

Oakham PCC

At its meeting on Tuesday 18 July received the annual Safeguarding Report from Ruth Bray, and the meeting re-adopted the Diocesan Safeguarding policy. Safeguarding is an important issue, which is taken very seriously in all our Team churches, and more details can be found on the website, and a statement to that effect will appear regularly in the pewsheet. A Finance Report…

Safeguarding

Oakham PCC this week has re-adopted its Safeguarding policy. Safeguarding is an important issue, which is taken very seriously in all our Team churches, and more details can be found here.

Dean of Peterborough Cathedral

It was announced on Tuesday 18 July that Reverend Canon Tim Sledge has been appointed as Dean of Peterborough Cathedral. Tim is currently Vicar of Romsey and Area Dean in the Diocese of Winchester. From 2003 to 2008 he was Diocesan Missioner Enabler in the Diocese of Peterborough. Tim is married to Caroline, and has two stepchildren, Grace (20) and Matt (18).…

Oakham Stewardship

The PCC are beginning to plan for the Stewardship Campaign in the autumn – if you missed the presentation from Paul Adams at the last meeting, please have a look at the summary on the website, and pass any thoughts to a PCC member.

Paul Phillips RIP

We are sorry to have to convey the sad news that Paul Phillips died on Monday morning, 17 July. Paul was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer only a few weeks ago, and his health had deteriorated rapidly since then. Paul was a very long-standing and active member of Whissendine Church, as tower captain and choir member among other roles, and he will be…

Greenbelt 2017

Greenbelt is a festival for people who want to mix things up: art and music, poetry and politics, activism and spirituality, faith and justice. Iain and Charlotte, our new curates, both love it – does anyone want to join them for a day trip, on Sunday 27th August? The venue is close, about 45 minutes drive, at Boughton House near Kettering. The…

Fairtrade Sales and Stalls

It is very pleasing to report that sales for the last three months have amounted to a massive £640.48. My thanks to everyone who supports the stall. The next few dates are all after the 10:30 service at Oakham, the first being today then again on 23rd and 30th July. August dates are 6th, 13th and 27th. Thank you again for your…

Foodbank Update

The Foodbank is currently short of the following items – small coffee, dog and cat food, sponge puddings…urgent!, custard, instant savoury meals i.e pasta, cous cous, rice etc: in packets, ham/spam/corned beef, tinned spaghetti, tinned carrots or mixed veg, tinned potatoes, sweets and chocolate bars, meat in sauce e.g. stew, curry, etc:, cream crackers, crisps etc. We have plenty of cereals, baked…

Reception for Charlotte and Iain

A huge thank you to all involved in producing nibbles and drinks for the reception after evensong last Sunday. Tis always said “The Lord will provide” and He did in abundance with your help and with almost no waste! Perfect! A date for your diaries: 1 October – Harvest Lunch – in Church after 10:30…

Summer Concerts

As usual, the All Saints Concert Society are organising the Wednesday lunchtime concerts during the summer holiday, and there is a leaflet available detailing all of these – please pick up a copy, or indeed a few if you can distribute them anywhere. We also have an evening concert on Saturday 22 July given by Gabriel Francis-Dehqani, so please put that in…

RSCM Dean’s Award

Congratulations to five of our choir members in passing the RSCM Dean’s Award – Margaret Foot, Jan Williamson, Ann Blackett, Trish Mobbs and Lin Ryder – which they achieved not only by singing, but also demonstrating their musical and church knowledge. The awards will be presented at the Peterborough Diocesan Choral Festival on Saturday 14 October at 5:30pm at Peterborough Cathedral.

Handicraft group

The first meeting of the group to begin preparations for the stall at the Autumn Fayre will be held at 10:00 am on Friday 14 July at 8 Peterborough Avenue. We will be sharing patterns, ideas, wool and fabric, contributions of which would be gratefully received. More details from Sally Corton (01572 722272).

Church Spring Clean

The annual Spring Clean will be on Saturday 24 June, in two sessions from 10am-12 noon, and 2-4pm. Our dedicated team of volunteer church cleaners look after the church and keep it looking lovely during the year, but the Spring Clean gives us a chance to reach the places which need a bit more attention and/or effort. Please come along for either…

Sunday School Progression

There is to be a Bring and Share Supper at the Vicarage on Friday 30 June at 7.30pm to discuss the progression of our Sunday School. The present leaders of the older groups would like to stand down but we do not have anyone to take their places. We are not asking you to lead but we may ask you to do…

Oakham PCC

The meeting of the PCC on 22 May was open to all members of the church for a presentation on stewardship from Paul Adams (Diocesan Stewardship Adviser), who talked about the four key tasks of an effective Stewardship Scheme – teaching, annual renewal, link with mission and thanking givers, and this was followed by a useful discussion. Other matters included annual spring…

Revd James McDonald

Parishioners will want to congratulate Revd James McDonald on his appointment as Associate Minister in the York City Centre Churches with special responsibility for St Lawrence York. James grew up in the parish of Oakham and pursued his vocation here before being ordained in 2014 and has served his curacy in Brackley within our Diocese. James will be presiding and preaching at…

Lent Lunches Support Christian Aid

Dear Friends Thank you very much for the generous donation of £790.51 towards the work of Christian Aid from the series of 5 Lent lunches held by Churches Together in Oakham and District. Please accept this letter as receipt of your donation with our grateful thanks for your support. Christian Aid believes in strengthening people…

Thank You

A huge thank you from Dominic, Frances and James Coad for the many lovely cards and gifts we have received since James’s birth was announced. We felt a wonderful wave of affection from the Oakham Team up here in the Newcastle and it was very much appreciated. Thank you very much.

Oakham Stewardship

At the Open Meeting of the PCC on Monday 22 May, we had a very stimulating presentation from Paul Adams (Diocesan Stewardship Adviser). If you missed it, a summary is available here.

Oakham Boiler Update

As you know, over the past month we have asked a number of specialist firms to tender for the new boiler system and its associated works. Only three of the firms submitted tenders, and they were all very much higher than we were expecting – in the region of £180,000 excluding VAT. Although we knew there would be some extra costs caused…

Readers and Intercessors Rota

Anne Venning produces the rota for Readers & Intercessors at Oakham, and this is distributed regularly to all those involved – however, there have been some occasions when those on the rota have not fulfilled their duty. We are looking at how we can improve the communication of the rota, but meanwhile, if you are on the rota and know that you…

A Baby Boy!

Dominic Coad (our former curate) and his wife Frances are so happy and proud to welcome to the world James William Coad, born in Newcastle on Monday 8th May at 9:57 am, weighing 7lbs 1¼ ozs. Mum and baby are both well.

Foodbank Update

The Foodbank is currently short of the following items – packets of Smash, 500g sugar, small coffee jars, jam, dog and cat food, rice, rice pudding, custard. We have plenty of porridge oats, cereals, baked beans, sweetcorn, biscuits, pasta & tea at the moment. The food bank operates entirely with volunteers – if you feel you could spare a few hours a…

Raise Funds for Fairtrade

If any one else would like to take part in this worthwhile scheme please do get in touch. It just involves the recycling of jewellery and so far has raised over £30,000. April’s sales from the both the regular stall, the last Lent Lunch and Easter eggs amounted to £279.39 – thank you to everyone who contributed to this figure. Denise (01572…

General Election Meeting

Churches Together in Oakham are holding a General Election Meeting at Oakham Parish Church on Tuesday 23rd May at 7.30pm. The candidates have all been invited and questions can be submitted by email to election@oakham.church. Please plan to attend as this will be one of very few public meetings in this election campaign. In a pastoral letter to the parishes and chaplaincies…

New Curates

Both Iain (Osborne) and Charlotte (Osborn) are looking forward very much to joining the Oakham Team in June, and as they try to meet all the necessary deadlines, take exams and move house (in Iain’s case) as well as prepare their hearts and souls for ordination, they would appreciate your prayers. There will be a limited number of the attached ember cards…

Thank You from Janet

Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to last Sunday week’s service at Whissendine – it was a lovely farewell, which I shall long remember. Special thanks for my gifts of the bench and willow arch, which will find a good home in my new garden, and the cheque, earmarked for a holiday to Norway and the Northern lights in…

Christian Aid Week: 14th to 20th May

So many people have amazing stories of Christian Aid week here is one story of Theodor Davidovic. Theodor is 91 now and a dedicated Christian Aid week volunteer. Orphaned aged eight he was a teenager during the Second World War and fought in the resistance movement in Serbia against Germany. But in the political chaos after the end of the war he…

New Service Pattern

Following the retirement of Revd Janet Tebby, the northern villages will have a revised service pattern with immediate effect. At Whissendine, the 8:00am BCP Communion on the second Sunday will no longer take place, but there will be a service every week at 11:00am – Holy Communion (CW) on the first & third Sundays & Family Service on the second Sunday continue as…

Ashwell House

We have had a request from a prospective purchaser of Ashwell House, which is adjacent to St Mary’s Church. The property has an extension which they would like to redevelop more in keeping with the rest of the building, and are trying to locate old photographs of the property or find anyone who may remember what was originally at the rear of…

Organ Recitals

We enjoyed a splendid recital on Monday from two young aspiring performers, Paul Greally and Nicholas Edwards, who were prize winners at the first London Organ Competition last December. We have booked a slot next May for next December’s winners! The next recital is on Spring Bank Holiday Monday, 29 May, when we will welcome…

Easter and Knitting!

Thanks to all who donated Easter eggs to the Foodbank this year – it was an amazing result. We had several large families in crisis over that period so many children benefited from then who otherwise may have gone without. During quiet time at the food bank a number of volunteers knit squares and recently…

Mothers’ Union News

There is no usual monthly meeting on Thursday 11 May. Instead, on Tuesday 16 May is the MU Deanery Festival at Uppingham Church commencing at 10:00am with a service in Church, followed by a lunch (pay for this on the day – £5). Please contact Pamela Woods asap to confirm numbers and also transport requirements (01572 755371). On Thursday 29 June there…

Foodbank Update

The Foodbank is currently short of the following items – long-life fruit juice, packets of Smash, sponge puddings, long-life milk, washing-up liquid, toilet rolls, tinned spaghetti, tinned carrots, tinned peas, small coffee jars, dog food. We have plenty of porridge oats, cereals and baked beans at the moment. The food bank operates entirely with volunteers – if you feel you could spare…

Team Vicar Vacancy

Following the retirement of Revd Janet Tebby on 30 April, we are now advertising for a new Team Vicar to look after the northern parishes. Details are available here.

Midweek Communion Services

Please note that there will NOT be services of Holy Communion at Oakham on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday this week (18th, 20th, 21st April), but the Wednesday service at the Chapel of St John & St Anne will take place as usual.

Oakham APCM

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting takes place today, 9 April, at 11:00am, after the 10:00am service. The Annual Reports booklet can be downloaded here.

The Real Easter Egg and Traidcraft Sales

Many thanks to everyone who has bought one of the three types of egg this year, which has helped contribute to the total sales for March being a massive £556.90 – a huge amount for this time of the year. The stall is in Church today for the combined service and will be at the 10:30 service on 23 April. Denise.

Oakham PCC

At the PCC meeting on 28 March, business included the following items: (1) Finance – draft end-of-year accounts had been prepared, but due to delays in finalising these they may have to be presented to the APCM in draft format; (2) Mission giving of £9180 for 2016 was approved; (3) 2017 Stewardship campaign – pre-campaign open meeting with Diocesan Stewardship Adviser on…

Christian Aid Week – 14 to 21 May

Nowadays there is much in the news which takes our attention; the Brexit situation, demands for the NHS, the effects of taxation. This often means that news across the world is not always in our media. The most desperate of these issues concern West Africa and the Middle East. I am referring to the worst drought suffered for at least 60 years.…

Ring Your Bell

A recruitment drive is currently underway for new bellringers at Braunston. Taster sessions are being held on Saturday 8th April and Saturday 15th April starting at 10:00. If you’re interested just, head to the Church or call Richard Beadman beforehand on 723382.

Revd Janet Tebby

As you know Janet is retiring after five years as Team Vicar. There will be a leaving service on Sunday 30th April at 11am at Whissendine, followed by a shared lunch. Parishioners who wish to contribute to a leaving gift should send their donation to the Churchwardens at their local church.

Pram & Toddler Service

It is with sadness that as from the end of this term we are resting the Pram Service for a while. After some soul searching and prayer we have concluded that a pause is what is needed so that we can see a way forward. Since Jenni finished last summer, to take up a place at Theological College, we have been without…

Foodbank Update

The Foodbank is currently short of the following items – long-life fruit juice, packets of Smash, sponge puddings, long-life milk, washing-up liquid, jam, toothbrushes, toothpaste, small chocolate bars or sweets, small sugar (500g), small coffee jars, tinned carrots & potatoes, dog & cat food. We have plenty of porridge oats, cereals and baked beans at the moment. The food bank operates entirely…