Newsletter 14th April 2024

Jumble Sale

I would like to thank anyone who did come during the days the jumble sale lasted and helped in any way. It was a lovely time that I would like to repeat on certain days in the future. Our so much-loved Church has been very alive with visitors and musicians alike. John on the Organ almost every day practicing for his Devotional concert and Jackie on the Piano a few times just animating the ambience. I had nice chats over a cup of coffee and meet new people. This is what our church needs to become a more visible church. At the time I am editing the newsletter I know not how much money was raised with the jumble sale. However, I will ask David to announce it before SE today. Love from Lucilia

Taizé worship

In place of Evening Prayer, tonight at 6.30 pm there will be a service of worship in the style of the Taizé Community. This involves simple musical chants that all can sing, reflection on scripture, prayer and silence. There will be refreshments afterwards. Do come.

Funeral of Christopher Leffler Tomorrow at 11.30, St Marys Church

The family hope you will join them to commemorate his life in this occasion. Also, they ask if attendees might like to wear blue or pink on their outfits. The service will be followed by a family only cremation. Members of the congregation are warmly invited to attend the wake, which will be held at the Comrades Club. Family will join soon after the Cremation. We hope, together, we can share stories about Christopher’s life while enjoying a buffet. For further information, please contact Ruth Ekblom.

A Springtime Concert, April 20th, 7.30 pm

The Ensemble of Friends: The choir is a mixed group of experienced and talented singers drawn from a wide area, who rehearse and perform a cappella under the direction of Douglas Coombes, MBE. The richly varied repertoire includes music from all traditions and ages, often in superb arrangements by the musical director. A most enjoyable evening is promised. Tickets £10 on the door.

Election of Churchwardens, Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and Church Electoral Roll

The Election of Churchwardens and APCM will be held on 19 May 2024, starting at 11.15am (after the 9.30am service). The meeting includes the election of two Churchwardens and two members of the PCC.

Nomination forms for churchwardens and PCC members are available from David Busk, as I am away for almost the whole of April. If you would like to be nominated, please complete a form and return it to David or me by Friday, 3 May 2024.

Regulations on eligibility to be a churchwarden or a member of the PCC are on the appropriate nomination forms.

Anybody registered on the Local Government Electoral Roll is entitled to vote in the Election of Churchwardens, but only persons whose names are entered upon the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the APCM.

If you are member of the congregation, but are not on the Church Electoral Roll and wish to vote at the APCM, please complete an electoral roll form and return it to me by Friday, 3 May 2024, as I also act as the Electoral Roll Officer. Copies of the form are available by the south door; the form is also on the church website. Look under Church Electoral Roll Applications – there is a copy of the entire leaflet as well as a separate copy of the application form. You can download the form, complete it and scan and email the signed form back to me at the email address below if you prefer.

Members of the congregation wishing to raise any item under Any Other Business at the APCM are asked to give notice of the item to me, via email (klrobinson80) by Friday, 3 May 2024, please. Thank you.

Kate Robinson

Annual Report & Accounts

If anyone wishes to look at these in advance of the APCM on 19th May they have been uploaded to the website. Also, copy of 2023 report and accounts can be found on notice board by the font for consultation only. Please do not remove. Thank you.

ADVANCE NOTICE – Ride and Stride

The annual Cambridge Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride Day will be on 14 September this year. I would ask that all groups and individuals within the church family consider what they could do to raise sponsorship for this worthwhile charity. Add to that, we get half of the money raised back and the Trust makes both loans and grants to churches which need funding for maintenance and improvement.

Last year we had sponsored cycling around the churches from Huntingdon to St Ives and out into the country side, a sponsored organ recital and two sponsored hymn singing events in church (which could be loosely described as Ancient and Modern!). We have, coincidentally, a visiting team of bell ringers in our tower from 11.30 to 12.15 that day. What activities could people devise this year? The more we raise the more we receive and the Treasurer will tell everyone that we need to build funds. Any questions or proposals, please come back to me at a.leighsmith. Thank you. Nicholas Leigh-Smith

DIARY

Sunday 14th April

0800 Holy Communion

0930 Sung Eucharist

1115 United Service St Mary Magdalen, Hilton

1830 Taizé Service

Monday 15th April

1130 Funeral of Christopher Leffler

1930 PCC Meeting Church Hall

1815 Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevedo for access)

Tuesday 16th April

1030 Tuesday Treat Baptist Church

1930 Bell Ringing Practice

Wednesday 17th April

???? Wedding of Paul Sibley and Karen Greenway

1430 Joint Holy Communion Zoom

0945 Holy Communion

Thursday 18th April

0945 Holy Communion

1315 Devotional Organ Recital

1900 Town Council Meeting Town Hall Council Chamber

Friday 19th April

1000 Bible Study Zoom

1930 Choir Practice Church Hall

Saturday 20th April

1930 Ensemble of Friends Concert

1815 Evening Prayer

Sunday 21th April

0800 Holy Communion

0800 Holy Communion St Mary Magdalene, Hilton

0930 Parish Communion

1830 Evening Prayer