One of our exciting activities for 2017 is a new programme of events and activities for young people designed and lead by a part-time youth-worker. Having a dedicated, trained youth worker will ensure we can create coherent, exciting and relevant activities that will engage and stimulate our young people (aged 9 and over) and help them grow their personal faith with their peers.
Our youth worker Emma
Emma Perkins is a youth worker, currently helping out at St Paul’s church in Cambridge whilst her husband, Michael, trains to be a vicar. Before moving here she toured with a Christian theatre company as a performer and workshop leader then worked as a children, youth and families worker in York.
She was introduced to us by Youth For Christ (YFC) and is looking forward to meeting up with young people and their families to find out what they would like to do both within our parishes and beyond.
Who is the youth programme for?
Emma will be helping develop sessions aimed at young people aged 9 years and over, who are interested in finding our more about God, faith and Christianity and what it means to them in their lives.
We also want to engage with their families, running some parallel events that help parents to think about how to support the spiritual growth of their children.
Planned Youth In activities
We have a range of youth activities planned over the next three months which will evolve in line with feedback and requests from our young people:
- 29th January: family supper and discussion
- 26th February: preparation for Lent
- 19th March: preparation for Mothering Sunday
- 26th March: Mothering Sunday services in each church involving the young people
You can keep up to date with details of each event from our calendar.
This initiative has been made possible by funding from the Parochial Parish Council (PCC) of Ickleton and the Granta Deanery which has now been matched by mission funding from the Diocese of Ely.
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One of the activities we provided for the children in Ickleton on Christmas morning was a quiz about some popular carols – many of which we sang.
The blank quiz sheet is here and the answer sheet is further down…
Spoiler alert – answers are here…
Wanting to encourage your children to pray? Print out this fortune teller (cootie catcher) and use it over the Christmas holidays.
Lectionary references: John 1: 19 – 28; Psalm 11; 1 Kings 18:19-28
May I speak in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit Amen.
Our identity is very important to us, especially in these days where email accounts and sites such as face book can get hacked. There are people who steal our identity to gain money, access on line banking accounts etc. It can all be a bit scary. Knowing who we are, how we relate to the world around us to the people around us in central to our well being. Knowing our Lord as the true God relating to him in a close relationship to him is central to our spiritual well being.
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For the final youth group meeting of 2016 will be a film and snacks evening to be held after the Ickleton Christingle on December 11th at 5.30pm at Abbey Farm, Ickleton.
The Bishop of Ely is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev Petra Shakeshaft as Priest in Charge for Duxford, Hinxton and Ickleton with Whittlesford and Pampisford. Petra is currently Assistant Curate at St. John the Evangelist on Hills Road, Cambridge. Her licensing date will be announced in due course.
We are delighted that Petra wishes to join us and we look forward to her creativity, enthusiasm and energy in our parishes.
May I speak in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Amen
Advent Sunday heralds a season of great richness; it’s a time of preparation, anticipation, and expectation as we reflect on the first and second comings of Christ. Its moods embrace longing and hope. Somewhere beyond the frenetic activity which surrounds us at this time of year, creation holds its breath.
Continue reading “Sermon for Advent Sunday | Judith Sutcliffe”
Please come and join us at the church to share some coffee and cake, or if you pop in at lunchtime (12-2pm) you can warm up with some soup!
Gift day is an important day in the church year for us for two reasons – firstly, it gives us an opportunity to review and celebrate what we’ve done over the last 12 months and secondly, it raises a lot of money to support and maintain these activities for another year. So it’s a key part of our cycle of renewal because the church would not survive without individuals giving freely to it.
That free giving can take many forms – all of which we celebrate and give thanks for.
We have many people who giving their time and talents to help maintain the church; decorate for it wonderfully for festivals; clean it; fill it with coffee, cakes and community spirit; sing or play music in it – thank you all.
We have people who give money or goods to the church – regular Gift Aid donations; one-off donations; buying cards or second handbooks; giving to the foodbank; all of this is vital to us – thank you.
We receive no money from external organisation so our existence is completely dependent on gifts. Please read the enclosed leaflet for more information on our successes and means of giving and please join us on 19th November for some thanks giving.
Remembrance Sunday draws human beings together in a way that’s unique. Both young and old gather together across the nation, some with memories of wars in the past, some who are affected by current conflicts. But we can gather to reflect and remember allowing some aspect of the reality of war to touch us. Whatever the memories or knowledge of war is, in the silence of armistice day we can quietly, in our hearts and minds do justice to the cost of war its sacrifice and its shame.
Continue reading “Sermon for Remembrance Sunday | Judith Sutcliffe”
The next Youth Group session will be held on:
Sunday 13th November 5.30pm–7.00pm @ Hinxton Village Hall
Please come along as the theme will be advent and Christmas…
WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?
…and we hope to plan some contributions to services over Christmas so can you bring your diaries and maybe think about what your favourite carol is?
This will be a parent-free zone!