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Happy New Year to You All

Another year has just disappeared, so quickly that one wonders if we missed a couple of months, but apparently not so, apparently it is all about age. There is a legend of ‘The Three Wise Men’ that I rather like and thought I would retell it here as Epiphany happens early in January. This one says that the three Wise men were…

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,…

Generation to Generation

Inspired by the Church of England’s recent report, Rooted in the Church and after working alongside parishes over the past couple of years, the Diocesan Missioners for Youth and Children’s Ministry have been moving towards developing intergenerational ways of being church. So the Gen2 Team has been formed to encourage parishes in mission and ministry…

New Dean for Peterborough Cathedral

Downing Street announced on Wednesday 1st November that The Queen has approved the appointment of the Very Revd Chris Dalliston as Dean of Peterborough. Chris Dalliston is currently Dean of Newcastle, a post he has held since 2003. During his time at Newcastle he has overseen significant improvements in the Cathedral’s facilities for visitors and…

Give Advent a Chance

Most of December is in the Advent season. The Christmas season begins on Christmas Eve and runs for twelve days, or forty if you count up to the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, as I like to do. Of course, there are preparations to be made, and many (too many?) carol services, in the…

Langham News – December 2017

On Friday December 15th there will be a Village Christmas evening with lots of carols to sing, a brass band, choir, solo items, instruments, spoken interludes, and, of course, mulled wine and mince pies. Adults £5.00. We look forward a to a festive time for all. On December 3rd there will be a Posada service in church, starting at 9:00am, to include…

Hambleton News – December 2017

On Remembrance Sunday, November 12th, approximately 21 villagers came together to remember British Servicemen and Women who had lost their lives fighting for their country. Revd Charlotte Osborn took the service and spoke of her Great Uncle Will from the Norfolk Regiment who was blinded in the First World War. Miranda Hall and Jeremy Orme were the readers. The collection raised £132…

Brooke News – December 2017

A PCC meeting was held at Rose Cottage, Brooke on Monday 23rd October when we were very pleased to welcome Julie back to chair the meeting which she opened and closed with a prayer. Items under discussion were yet again our parish share, fund raising suggestions for 2018, possible new members for the PCC and preparations for the Christmas Coffee morning. The…

Remembrance

Some of the older Braunston residents may remember the Hinman family. Maurice Hinman died in August this year aged 90. He was the son of Robert and Caroline Hinman who lived at 11, Cedar Street, Braunston. When Maurice married he was working for Philip Walker, he and his wife Evelyn lived at Church Farm Cottage, Brooke where their eldest daughter was born.…

Practical Compassion for Destitute Children

We welcomed Jill Cannings from Uppingham Mothers’ Union as our speaker in November. She told us of her involvement with the PCDC. This stands for “Practical Compassion for Destitute Children”. Her talk was punctuated by Biblical quotations, the first being “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God” The PCDC was set up, in Palestine, 20 years…

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.

Staffing News

Revd Canon Julie Hutchinson. We are pleased to announce that Julie has been appointed to a house-for-duty post at Harston in the High Framland Benefice, a rural benefice between Grantham and Melton Mowbray. She and Phillip will be moving at the end of January – details will be advised soon. Revd Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani. Lee, Guli and family will be moving to…

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.

Langham News – November 2017

The clock on the church spire is at very long last looking like a clock again. The hands are back on and the mechanism in place. No further problems? Of course there are – that clock has a jinx on it. The fuses blew, the rewinding mechanism repaired and now just one more thing. It did work beautifully for about 8 hours.…

Hambleton News – November 2017

On Saturday 7th October, there was a double celebration for the Griffin family when two of Richard Griffin‘s grandchildren were baptised at St Andrew’s by Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani; Thomas Tristan Taylor, son of Richard and Joanna and Barnaby Samuel Griffin, son of Thomas and Josephine. On Sunday 8th October, Wilberforce and Huckleberry Young, sons of Andrew and Pippa were also baptised by…

Egleton News – November 2017

Greetings will be received and sent in mid-November between several of the Parishes, spread across England, all dedicated to ST EDMUND KING & MARTYR, and all brought face to face in the course of the EDMUND Festivals held in the Cathedral of St EDMUNDsbury, Suffolk, in 2001 and 2010! Both festivals were acclaimed, by each of the Thirty Eight parishes who participated…

Brooke News – November 2017

A day of mixed weather conditions saw a good number of ‘Riders and Striders’ reach our little village of Brooke while our own intrepid cyclist Joan visited twelve churches on her journey; she sends thanks to her generous sponsors for helping her to raise an impressive total of £425. The Harvest Festival at St Peter was celebrated at evensong on 17th September…

Quiet Morning at Ketton

Deanery Meeting – 11th October at St Mary the Virgin Church Ketton Some of the MU Oakham members went to Ketton to join other Deanery members in a quiet morning. The day started with refreshments and an informal chat with other members. This was followed by a hymn: Be still, for the presence of the Lord. Psalm 46 was also touched upon:…

Take the Advent Sleepout Challenge

Church Urban Fund is inviting churches and communities to take part in the Advent Sleepout Challenge to help people struggling with homelessness and marginalisation. Groups across the country are being encouraged to give up a night’s comfort to support the Advent Sleepout Challenge 2017, a national sponsored event taking place for the third time to…

New Canon Missioner appointment announced

It was announced on 1st October that Bishop Donald has appointed the Revd Canon Sarah Brown as Canon Missioner, a full time residentiary post at the Cathedral which she will take up in January 2018. Sarah is currently Team Vicar of Daventry with special responsibility for Braunston, Welton and Ashby St Ledgers and Rural Dean…

Remember

How’s your memory? When I want to be sure that I remember something, I write it on my hand. Then later on I glance at my hand and see the word “John”. John who? What about John? Where am I meeting John (whoever he is)? When am I meeting John … and why? It’s not…

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…

Ride and Stride

Ride and Stride plays a vital part in the preservation of our many churches. Since both riding and striding is well beyond Meg and I we sat in the seats of welcome and refreshment at All Saints. The door was open in welcome, but certainly produced conditions that got progressively colder. Rain played a part in ensuring that many got quite wet…

Memories

Memories, Sunday 22nd October at 4:00pm at All Saints Braunston will be a service of quietness and reflection in memory of those we have known and loved and for peace in our world. Please come and share this time with us, everyone is welcome.

My Journey to Ordination

Charlotte Osborn entitled her talk My journey to Ordination, with the subtitle From Pew to Pulpit. She suggested that we consider each of our decades, i.e. until we reach the three-score-years-and-ten, as days of the week. Sunday would be the first decade, 0-10 years, Monday 10-20 years, Tuesday 20-30 years, and so on. Since childhood, Charlotte has been aware of how God…

News about the Dean of Peterborough appointment

Article from Peterborough Cathedral “I am very sorry to report that Canon Tim Sledge has withdrawn from the post of Dean of Peterborough for personal health reasons. I hope that you will join me in wishing him well. The selection panel will reconvene in the next few weeks and a further update will have been…

Peterborough Diocesan Holy Land Pilgrimage 2018

26 April – 4 May 2018 Following in the footsteps of Jesus Several years ago I went to a seminar at Lambeth Palace held to encourage pilgrimages to the Holy Land. The then Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, was asked ‘what is a pilgrimage to the Holy Land?’ His answer has stayed with me and…

Peterborough Diocese at Greenbelt Festival

By Becky Wills Over the Bank Holiday weekend, an intergenerational group representing the Diocese of Peterborough enjoyed a sun-baked time at Boughton House near Kettering for the annual Greenbelt Festival of Faith, Arts and Activism. Greenbelt Festival is a unique melting pot, where discussion, thinking, creativity, listening and openness are celebrated. The Children and Youth…

God’s work and ours

This autumn, as many return to work or education having enjoyed at least a few weeks’ summer break, I am reminded of this famous and beautifully crafted prayer; Jesus, Master Carpenter of Nazareth, who on the cross through wood and nails did work our whole salvation, wield well your tools in this your workshop, that…

Langham News – October 2017

The clock on the church spire is at very long last looking like a clock again. Whilst waiting for repairs to be done last year the very high winds brought the clock face dangerously down into the churchyard. Now the insurance and funds are in order, the hands are back on and the mechanism in place. It just remains to see it…

Hambleton News – October 2017

On Sunday 10th September, St Andrew’s reopened its doors to a large congregation of nearly 100 people. They were all there to celebrate the completion of the church’s major roof restoration which had been going on since the beginning of the year. It had taken 10 years of planning and fundraising for the Roof Repair Fund to get to this stage. A…

Egleton News – October 2017

Riders and Striders were in evidence in plenty during the hours of Saturday’s estimable event on behalf of the Historic Churches Trust. This biennial expedition attracts walkers, cyclists and motorists all, who rise to the appeal to visit as many as possible of Rutland’s sixty four Churches and Chapels in the course of Saturday’s prescribed eight hours. With sponsors, equally willing to…

Brooke News – October 2017

The latest St Peter’s PCC meeting was held at Abbey Barn, Brooke on Monday 14th August, courtesy of Gill and Terry Greer, and was attended for the first time by new curate Iain Osborne who opened and closed the meeting with a prayer. Hopefully our discussions etc have not put him off and he will join us many more times in the…

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…