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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…

Christmas is coming…

Oakham Late Night Shopping will be on Monday 11th December, and the church 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.

Ecclesiastical Insurance

Ecclesiastical, who insure the church, are celebrating their 130th anniversary by offering a donation of £130 to the church for every new home insurance policy taken out before December 2018. If you think it would be worth getting a quote for your own house insurance, please see the website for more details.

Leaving Presents

The Oakham churchwardens are organising leaving presents for Lee and Guli, and if you would like to make a contribution you can do so directly to them, or via the village churchwardens.

Churches Together in Oakham and District

Foodbank At the recent meeting, we were advised that the Rutland Foodbank needs more volunteers and contributions of both food and cash as the numbers of recipients increase following the changes to benefits. Welcome Leaflet The leaflets to welcome newcomers to Oakham with information about the churches, together with the Christmas Services leaflets and a small gift to hang on a Christmas…

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…