Our Advent Sleepover Challenge

By Kim Sewell:

The Children arrived at 6pm, with sleeping bags, layers of clothes and a
Bowl/cup/ spoon and as much cardboard as they could physically carry.

After a while of den building: in which the girls were very organised and
the boys sleeping areas kept falling apart and having to be redesigned, it
was game time.

We then had a guest speaker from NewWay (East Ham , London), Jonny is
originally from our church and has been working down in London for three
years so was keen to share this with the children. His video presentation of
running a sleeping shelter was very powerful.

After more games and Hot Chocolate our Vicar Mary came with a team game and
pompom making while chatting about Advent. It was a good application for the
children, while absorbed in craft and having seen Jonny’s video and in a
hall of cardboard boxes.

After that it was 10pm and we had arranged for my wife and friends to appear
in our motor home with hot soup as if a soup Kitchen! All had to get
dressed in hats, gloves and scarfs to go out into the dark and damp for soup
served from the van window, some were surprised you drank soup from a mug.

The next hour or so was “trying” to encourage to bed. It was the boys in
their make shift dens that struggled the most. The girls had gone for
comfort and the boys elaborate roofs etc did not provide that.

It was a great evening and in the morning it was shock tactics as they were
woken up by the “street cleaners” shaking them out if bed and telling them
to pack up and leave. Porridge or a slice of bread was available for
breakfast.

All of us were all effected and challenged in a variety of ways. Because we
are a community that already do a great deal of fundraising, we also chose
the option to collect for a local food bank. The response for this has been
overwhelming, and although the Church Urban Fund will not benefit from the
food collection we are confident you would support this idea.

Christmas 2015 At Alconbury

Nativity

The season of advent is soon approaching and the first advent candle will be lit on Sunday 29th November and then another every Sunday with the final candle being lit on Christmas Day.

The school’s Christingle service will be held on Thursday 17th December at 18:30 where the children will parade round church with a candle stuck in an orange, chomping on the jelly tots to the smell of singed hair.

The following day it’s Project 21 Choir’s first public outing at the Carols Round The Tree event on Maypole square.

For those who prefer to enjoy their carols in the warmth ;) of the church the Carol service is on Sunday 20th at 19:00.

Christmas Eve will have two services. A crib service at 15:00 and Midnight Mass (or communion) at 23:30.

Christmas Day will host a family service at 09:30 and this will be followed by a brief communion.

Pilgrim Course

This autumn Mary is planning to start an evening ‘Pilgrim Course’.

The Pilgrim course has been created by the Church of England and is for those who want the chance to think about the Christian faith, those who have recently started coming to Church, and for those who have been Christians for many years and want to visit the roots of their faith again.

Mary has used the materials before and there is lots of room for discussion and she has had some really positive feedback from those who have attended before. If you would like to have a look at what the course offers have a look at the website or get in touch with Mary for a chat (mary@alconbury.church or 01480 890284).

This autumn we will be using the first section of the course which discusses what Christians believe and is entitled “Turning to Christ”.

At the moment it is intended that we will meet at the vicarage but that is very much dependent on numbers.

Course sessions will take place on the following Thursdays: 24 September, 1 October, 8 October, 15 October, 22 October, and 5 November @ 8 pm.

(Incidentally Richard Scott also runs a Tuesday lunchtime group using the same material)

If you are planning on joining please let me know so that I can order the course booklets. The course booklets cost £5.99 and I would appreciate a donation, if you are able, to cover the cost at the first meeting.

Yours
Mary

p.s. Please pass this email on to anyone you think might be interested.

Project 21 Choir

James has been busy, busy, busy setting up the Project 21 Choir and is pleased to announce that the inaugural choir ‘workshop’ will be held on Tuesday 14th July at St Peter & St Paul’s Church in Alconbury, starting at 7:30pm. Keep an eye out on Their Facebook Page for more details.

ChoirIt will officially last for a couple of hours and may be followed up with vocal chord lubrication and debriefing in a local hostelry.

James and Lucy are really looking forward to seeing lots of you there to give it a go.

Day of Prayer For Project 21

SATURDAY JULY 4th

A short ten minute prayer service will be said hourly and there will be a Communion service at 12 noon followed by a simple Ploughman’s lunch.

Timings of the day
9.00 am – Iona Morning Prayer
10.00 am – hourly led prayers
11.00 am – hourly led prayers
12.00 noon – Communion followed by Ploughman’s lunch
2.00 pm – hourly led prayers
3.00 pm – hourly led prayers
4.00 pm – Evening Prayer to close the day.

Please join at any time in the day as we meet together to pray for the successful completion of and funds for Project 21.

Pet Service – 17th May

Pet Service

Coming soon is the Pet Service. This will be held at 3pm on Sunday 17th May 2015.

All pets and their owners are welcome. Bring your pet to have a blessing in this special service at St Peter and St Paul’s Alconbury.

St George’s Day Parade 2015

St Georges Flag

The Saint Georges Day Parade Service will be held this Sunday, the 26th April. It will begin with a parade of uniformed organisations from the Memorial Hall to the Church and culminate with the parade service at the Church at 09:30.

This is a popular service so be sure to get there early to ensure you get a seat!

Project 21 Funding From Woolley Wind Farm

Woolley Wind Farm Grant

Project 21 have received a very generous grant from Cambridgeshire Community Foundation which is fed funding from Woolley Hill Wind Farm.

The wind farm became fully operational on 9th March 2015 which opened the way for the CCF to begin considering applications for grants for community projects.

RES (Renewable Energy Systems) is the company responsible for a new four turbine wind farm at Woolley Hill, between the villages of Woolley and Ellington. The wind farm will supply enough energy for approximately 8,000 homes and they voluntarily offer community benefits including a £20,000 contribution to CCF.

Year 4 pupils at Alconbury Church of England School took up the challenge of designing the Fund logo and submitted 17 different entries. The winning entry came from Mia, who is nine years old, and can be seen above.

Well done Mia and thank you to RES & CCF.

Project 21 – Claire’s Day – April 4th 2015

This year the AWFUL Crew – the Alconbury Weston Lifeboat Crew – decided that the worthy causes for their Easter 2015 Challenge should be Project 21 and Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, 2 causes very close to Claire’s heart.

The aim this year was for 215 people to cover the 3.5 mile circuit to Upton and back for a total of 2015 miles between 5am and 5pm.

Many people turned out during the day and also for the fund raising events at the mini beer festival over the entire weekend.

More details to follow…