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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…