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Barnabas Fund – Aid for the Persecuted Church

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

Alpha Course – September 2019

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

Friends Trip to Hull Minster and The Deep

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

10 year Celebration of the Drop-In Centre

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

Deputy Churchwarden

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

Volunteer Roles

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

Alan & Gail Rudge

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

French Exchange Visit

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

Peter Townsend

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

Alpha Course – September 2019

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

Housing the Homeless

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

Staff Appointment Update

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

Mosque Visit

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

The LINK

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

Brooke Treasurer

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

Churches Together Update

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

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

Thank You

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

Sidesmen needed

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

Ministry Experience for Iain and Charlotte

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

Team Vicar Appointment Process

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

Come And See

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

Friends Visit to Newark

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

Come and Chat

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

Summer Fayre Diary Date

Saturday 13 July 10am. Pop this date into your diary. We are well underway with plans for the Summer Fayre in the grounds of the church. We are hoping for a fun day with stalls and activities including a Tower Climb. The Steering Committee would be grateful for contributions to our gardening stall so extra planting now would be useful. Additionally, the…

Help Needed!

The Oakham Memorial Institute is a charitable trust set up in 1923 which offers grants to needy individuals and organisations in Oakham and the surrounding area. The charity is looking for somebody to take over the role of Secretary and Treasurer for which a small honorarium is paid. Details of the trust, which meets three…

Healthwatch Rutland

Ever wanted a say in the NHS? Now is your chance! Help Healthwatch Rutland to help us all. The government is giving extra money to the National Health Service to improve healthcare and are devising a 10 year plan to begin in 2020. Healthwatch is already a national voice for people on all aspects of health and social care and so have…

Wanted for Forgotten Feet

Forgotten Feet is a registered charity (forgottenfeet.uk) whose aim is to create a free regular chiropody/podiatry service for those most in need & least likely to be able to access it, such as the homeless & socially isolated, at locations where they can easily access the service. We are collecting plasters, bandages, powders, ointment, Dr Scholls powders, instruments, insoles, corn pads –…

Oakham APCM – 7 April 2019

The new Electoral Roll stands at 214 – 73 less than the previous roll, but including 34 new names, and there are a number of forms which have come in after the meeting and will be added at the next PCC meeting. After over 50 years, Richard Davies retires as Electoral Roll Officer and a volunteer is urgently needed. New to the…

Mothers’ Union April Meeting

After prayers and notices The Revd Helen Newman gave a talk on the local charity hospice LOROS. This organisation cares for some 2,500 people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Whilst talking about a difficult subject, The Revd Newman nevertheless inspired the group with the wonderful help given both to patients, families and carers. The meeting ended with a blessing.

Foodbank Project Manager

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

Peter Townsend RIP

We are sad to announce the death of The Revd Peter Townsend on 31 March, following a short spell in hospital. His funeral will be on Thursday 9 May at 1.30pm.

VAR Transport

VAR operates an extensive, affordable door-to-door transport service for frail, elderly, disabled or vulnerable people in Rutland who have difficulty travelling independently around the wide area covered by the scheme, including out-of-county. It currently has over 3,000 registered users. Volunteer drivers use their own cars to pick up clients and return them to their own…

A Taste of Faith – Islam

Would you like to know more about how Muslims think, pray and live? Many of us felt huge sympathy for the people shot recently while praying in their mosques in Christchurch, and learning more about Islam seems like a practical response we can all make. So we have invited the St Philip’s Centre to run a short introductory session on Thursday 2…

Bishop’s School Supporters

This September the diocese is launching a training programme for any who would like to provide some voluntary support for their local school and would appreciate some training to help them in this. There will be a training day at Bouverie Court on 17 September, encompassing how to share your faith story and respond to pupils’ questions sensitively in RE lessons, how…