Newsletter 7th April 2024

Vicar’s Holiday

David will be away from 8th to 14th April; please join me to wish him and Anja a very restful break. There will be no Joint HC on zoom on Wednesday or Bible Study on Friday this week. In his absence, Jonathan Young will be responsible for the flock and Church Matters. Also, we are having morning prayer in Church, starting at 9, while David is away. Please join us if you can. Jonathan’s contact is 01480 453350.

Devotional organ recitals for Lent and Easter

John Dillistone will be giving half-hour organ recitals on five Thursdays, 1.15-1.45 pm. The dates are March 21st, March 28th, April 4th, April 11th, and April 18th. The aim is devotional and meditative. All welcome.

St Mary’s Church, Big Jumble Sale

Dear all, the Jumble Sale started yesterday and will carry on until Saturday 13th.

I will be here all the time and I am asking if anyone want to give a bit of their available time to come and have a coffee, a chat, a prayer, etc. You are very welcome. Also, you can surf around the racks and tables. Who knows you find something suitable. Please check the diary on the newsletter to see function times. Thank you. Lucilia

Funeral of Christopher Leffler 15th April 11.30, St Marys Church

The family hope you will join them to commemorate his life in this occasion. 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 Queen Elizabeth School. 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.

Taizé worship

In place of Evening Prayer, on Sunday April 14th 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.

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 fountain for consultation. 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

Prayer List

Should you wish to add a name to the list, or have one removed, then please contact either David Busk or Jim Heeley who will oversee the list at this time.

Newsletter Compiler

Lucilia Azevedo will be taking over Newsletter duties for April and May. Please send any contributions that you may have to Lucilia by 8pm on the Thursday by email luciliazevedo or call 07786 234571.

DIARY

Sunday 7th April – Easter 2

0800 BCP Holy Communion St Mary Magdalene, Hilton

0800 Holy Communion

0930 Sung Eucharist with Healing

1130 Baptism – Bonnie Strong

12.30 Big Jumble Sale Until 4 pm

1830 Evening Prayer

Monday 8th April

0900 Morning Prayer

0930 Big Jumble Sale Until 5 pm

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

Tuesday 9th April

0900 Morning Prayer

0930 Big Jumble Sale Until 5 pm

1030 Tuesday Treat Baptist Church

Wednesday 10th April

0900 Morning Prayer

0930 Big Jumble Sale Until 5 pm

Thursday 11th April

0900 Morning Prayer

0945 Holy Communion

1030 Big Jumble Sale Until 5 pm

1315 Devotional Organ Recital including preludes by Lionel Roget and Percy Whitlock; Karg-Elert and Buxtehude

Friday12th April

0900 Morning Prayer

0930 Big Jumble Sale Until 5 pm

1930 Choir Practice Church Hall

Saturday 13th April

0900 Morning Prayer

0930 Big Jumble Sale Packing Day

Sunday 14th April

0800 Holy Communion

0930 Sung Eucharist

1115 United Service St Mary Magdalen, Hilton

1815 Evening Prayer