Hinxton Caribbean lunch on 30th July 2017

Come and celebrate Caribbean style to raise funds for Hinxton church.

Sunday, 30 July, we are having a Caribbean Lunch at the
Village Hall & Recreation Ground.  The steel band will play from 12.00 – 2.00 p.m, then there will be pirate games for children (and adults!).  Come dressed as a pirate or in your favourite Caribbean shirt!

Tickets are £10 for Adults, £5 for Children (under 5’s free) which includes lunch and one drink.


Welcome to our recent newsletter subscribers

In the last couple of weeks we have had an increase in uptake for the weekly email newsletter. So new subscribers please read on to find out how these work.

As a subscriber to the newsletter you will receive an email summary of the latest posts to the website. The email is sent automatically every Friday afternoon. Authors from the different churches ‘post’ their latest news regularly on the website. The hope is that this gives a good insight into the life of each church community. As we no longer have pew sheets the newsletter may also be the best source of information about what’s going on. Information about services can be found on the calendar page. Unfortunately, the calendar information doesn’t make it into the email newsletter so you’ll have to visit the site to check services and locations.


The aim of sending newsletters from the website was to reduce admin burden on the vicar. All emails are generated automatically from updates to the website so reducing the manual activity. It also puts the subscriber in control of what they want to receive and if they want taken off the list.

Finding things

There are a number of tools on the website that let you find things easily. One I use a lot is the ‘quick links’ section which is on the right of the screen below ‘recent posts’. By clicking on a ‘quick link’ you’ll be taken to a list of all items related to that topic.

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It would be great to get feedback from users about the email newsletter and the website. For example does it arrive in a timely fashion and can you find what you are looking for easily? Such feedback helps us adjust what we do to match your needs. Please send any comments or observations to Keena.


Final pew sheet for week beginning 2 July 2017

This is the final pew sheet published in this format as after the end of July we will no longer have an administrator to create these documents. Thanks to Glynis for generating these and delivering them to all the churches and everything else she has done behind the scenes as our administrator. She’ll be missed!

You can find all the information on forthcoming services by visiting the calendar.

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Sermon by Judith Sutcliff on Luke 14

I found drawing up the wedding guest list quite a challenge. It was very difficult to know how and where to cut off. Limited by numbers but not wanting to upset anybody and leave them out. We are both blessed with many wonderful friends. I had a reserve list and filled in places made vacant. Simon rumbled me and I got told off for not sticking to the list. It worked though!! The seating plan was even more fun to deal with as who was going to sit with who, where did we place our families and friends who are of equal value to us, to try and fathom out who wasn’t talking to who. In fact we nearly weren’t talking to each other afterwards!

Our readings today are about humility, especially for those in high places. There’s a key phrase which ties in with the gospel reading ‘everyone who exalts themselves will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted. Jesus criticises who push themselves forward and try to engineer their way to the top table as that’s not the way to gain honour in God’s kingdom as God confers honour on the humble. It is also about the most amazing invitation from God.

Those first invited referred to the Jewish leaders. They deemed themselves to be privileged, superior to other Jews. They knew the scriptures and the words of the prophets predicting the coming of the messiah. But, when he came, they did not see him; they were too busy caught up in their own laws. God then sent his messenger, John the Baptist to call them to the banquet, but they were too busy to answer the invitation. They didn’t hear or see. Luke lists the excuses issued, bought new oxen, just married. They were too tied up in their own worlds and in them selves

The invitation was widened; there was more room at the masters table. The servant was told to invite all, outcast prostitute’s tax collectors the blind lame the poor and marginalised. They all came and accepted the invitation, though many could have offered feeble excuses too.

The imagery of the parable is amazing. Jesus has been going around Galilee summoning people to God’s great supper. The messiah had come but they knew him not and would not taste the banquet with Christ, but the disadvantage the humble and meek would celebrate the banquet with Christ. The expected guests are Jews, waiting and waiting for the Kingdom, only to find that when it arrived, more pressing matters occupy them. And instead, the Master sent for all kinds of unexpected people to join the party – not just Gentiles, but people with every kind of moral and immoral background, different in culture, social status, race and ethics.  Jesus’ invitation is to all and sundry. It transcends the social, economic, ethnic and ethical barriers that the world considers acceptable and comfortable. As Gentiles who have been invited to the Great Banquet, we are expected to become party hosts in return.

How ready are we to accept this invitation from Christ? We are called in humble service to Christ and to each other. God wants his house filled; there is food for everyone who will accept. Jesus told this story to show God’s desire to have a right relationship with all people. The supper means a place in God’s kingdom. He sent the prophets to invite his people to come in. But very many of them would not accept that invitation. Now in Jesus, there is the invitation for all to come in. He sends Christians to bring in people from all nations. They must bring all types of people. No person is beyond the reach of God. The good news of Jesus is for all people. God will receive all who come to him. But when people refuse God’s invitation, that invitation may not remain open to them.

May we be part of the Christian feast, and may we continually invite others to join in this feast with us. Amen

Pew sheet week beginning 25th June 2017

This is the final pew sheet published in this format as after the end of July we will no longer have an administrator to create these documents. Thanks to Glynis for generating these and delivering them to all the churches and everything else she has done behind the scenes as administrator.

You can find all the information on forthcoming services by visiting the calendar.

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Ickleton wall painting preservation activity

The historic wall paintings in Ickleton church are of local and national importance, so their preservation is a preoccupation of the local church. A recent survey of the paintings assessed their state and established actions needed to maintain them into the future.

Good and bad news

The paintings are in a reasonably good state, although the surveyors were concerned about their future preservation, because of the poor state of the windows and roof above them. The windows are leaking, so rain is running onto the paintings on the north wall. These painting include the images of the Last Supper and Crucifixion. The roof of the chancel arch, above the Doom painting, is also leaking so putting this unique 14th century artwork at risk.

Preservation plans afoot

The Parochial Parish Council (PCC) are reviewing the survey and starting to scope repair work. We hope repairs will be covered by a grant, so our current focus is to find appropriate grants to apply for. We have been told that demonstrating the heritage value of the building and paintings to the community can support grant applications, that is why we are launching a consultation to get the views of locals.

Consultation survey

Our consultation survey aims to gather the attitudes of local people to the church, as a worship centre and for its heritage. We also want to find out how people want to engage and support the church. To find out we have created a short questionnaire available on line or in hard copy from Keena McKillen.

If you would like to take part in consultation you can complete the short 5-minute questionnaire which you can access from here. You can also talk to Keena about this at the Ickleton fete which is being held on Saturday 24th June 1-5pm in the village hall and rec.

Become an Extreme Domestic Activities Quad-athlete

About a week to go until Ickleton fete on 24th June and planning is going well. We have a big bouncy castle on order, a coconut shy and the stack of Pimms and beer is building along with preparations for all the other activities.


Extreme Domestic Activities

The highlight of the whole event will be our competition to find the Extreme Domestic Activities Quad-athlete – we have 4 fab round of this competition occurring throughout the afternoon with individual prizes for each round and a grand prize for top athlete across all 4. Extreme domestic activities include:

  • Duvet wrestling
  • Peg wrangling
  • Creative napkin folding
  • Sock sorting

“This is not for the faint hearted!”

Help still needed

We are still looking for helpers and donations. We need donations for the following stalls:

  • cake and produce
  • bottle
  • toys and puzzles
  • books
  • plants
  • bric-a-brac

Please feel free to bring donations on the day or contact Keena.

Whittlesford Community Gospel Choir in concert at Ickleton

Come and hear the wonderful Whittlesford Community Gospel choir in Ickleton Village Hall on Saturday 1st July from 7.30pm.

The choir sing a range of lively gospel songs and spirituals which raise  the roof and the soul. The ineffable Tina Brooks conducts the choir with great vigour and fun so it will be a very happy and tuneful evening. All proceeds from the concert are being donated to good causes – Ickleton church, Ickleton playground and William Westley Primary School.

You’re guaranteed to leave this event feeling positive and uplifted – so it’s a great tonic for the soul. If you want to get a taste of previous events just click here.

Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for concessions (OAPs and under 12s) and can be obtained from Costcutter in Ickleton or from the online ticket site.

Ickleton fete 24th June – all the usual with a cherry on top!

The joy of a traditional fete, like Ickleton’s on 24th June, is that we have a huge range of stalls run by local people. The aim of the fete is to raise funds for the church, but equally important is having a wonderful family day out together. You can get the latest on the fete line up here.

We’ve therefore got lots of free activities – like the Cambridge University Ceilidh band – where you can come to enjoy the music or have a dance. We have a massive nearly new clothes stall where you can grab a designer bargain. Our huge range of game stalls will keep you and the children enthralled but not break the bank.

The home cooked food we offer is legendary, so whether it’s a burger and beer or tea and cake you know you’ll get something delicious.

We try to ensure that we have priced all the events and activities to be affordable while making a small profit. Please join us for a wonderful family day out while supporting the local church.