April 2018 Activity Dates
1st Easter Sunday worship (see below for details)
2nd Monday Bank Holiday
(see below for details)
9th 10:00am Prayer Support Group
9th 2:00-4:00 The Parish Pantry
- The Dale
12th 10am12pm - Mustard Seed Coffee Shop
13th 7:30pm- Sing
for Joy - Longstanton Village Institute
15th Sunday-Worship (see below for details)
16th 2:00-4:00 The Parish
Pantry - The Dale
17th School Summer Term Starts
18th 10:30am- Bible Study
Group at Over
19th 10am12pm - Mustard Seed Coffee Shop
19th 7:30pm - All Saints Church PCC AGM
19th 3:00pm - Open the book at Hatton Park School
Saints Church - Fund Raising event Longstanton
22nd Sunday-Worship (see below for details)
23rd 2:00-4:00 The
Parish Pantry - The Dale
24th 10:30am - Mini-jaffas at All Saints'
25th 10:30am - Bible Study Group at Over
26th 10am12pm - Mustard Seed Coffee Shop
26th 8:00pm Bible
Study Group at Longstanton
26th 3:00pm - Open the book at Hatton Park School
27th 7:30pm- Sing for Joy - Longstanton Village Institute
29th Sunday - Worship (see below for details)
APRIL 2018 - SUNDAY WORSHIP
Sunday 1st April (Easter Sunday )
- All Saints Longstanton - Holy Communion
Acts 10: 34-43 & John 20: 1-18.
No Evening Service
Sunday 8th April (Second Sunday of Easter)
9.30am - All Saints Longstanton -
All Age Service
Acts 4: 32-35 & John 20: 19 to end
15th April (Third Sunday of Easter)
9:30am - All Saints Longstanton - Holy Communion
Acts 3: 12-19 & Luke 24: 36b-48
No Evening Service
Sunday 22nd April (Forth Sunday of Easter)
9:30am - All Saints Longstanton Morning Worship
Act 4: 5-12 &
John 10: 11-18
No Evening Service
Sunday 29th April (Fifth Sunday of Easter)
- St Mary's Over Joint Holy Communion Service
Act 8: 26-end & John 15: 1-8
No Evening Service
Sunday Worship Styles
The all age service at All Saints Church Longstanton
has moved to the 2nd Sunday in the month. This will mean that there is an all age service available somewhere
in the team every week so if you want to have fun with the family in church every week you can.
8.00am - A Traditional Holy Communion Service without hymns from the Book
of Common Prayer. This is a quiet, meditative service which lasts about 40 minutes.
9.30am - A more modern service taken from Common Worship and includes singing and
hearing more about God's word to us today and how it is still relevant. Our children's Sunday school happens during
the service in the rectory at the side of the church and all school aged children are welcome to join in.
The clergy are never too busy to visit you or to discuss pastoral
and/or spiritual matters just give them a call.
For any matters
relating to our churches please contact one of the churchwardens.
Gamon - 01954-782371
Roger Valentine -
For contact details visit our contacts page
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER.
2012 was the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book
of Common Prayer, made mandatory by the Act of Uniformity dated 24th August 1662. The BCP is still used on a regular basis in our churches, and if there is sufficient demand we could
use it even more - Lets us know what you would like!
House of Prayer
What is it all about? Read on ...
It is true in my own lives (and possibly yours too) that prayer is not given
the priority it deserves. We know prayer is important; We know God hears and answers prayer - but finding the time is not
always easy, though that is a rather feeble excuse!
So we are inviting
anyone - church member or not - to join with us once a month to pray for the needs of the world, our nation, our community,
our church and ourselves. You are invited to come for as long or as little as you wish. There will be formal prayers at 10
a.m. and 10.40 a.m. (lasting about 15 minutes) but there will also be space to offer your own prayers and
ask for prayers for yourself or others.
Does prayer work? Come and
find out for yourself. It could be the most important thing you do in your life this year!
Prayer Support Group
The next meeting of the Prayer Support Group are on Monday
9th April at 10:00am
Open the Book - Hatton Park School.
Open the Book at Hatton Park School is on the following dates:
19th & 26th April at 3:00pm:
is "OPEN THE BOOK" Open Book is a project which offers primary school children an opportunity to
hear the major stories of the Bible, presented chronologically, during the school year.
Messy Church is now at the Octagon Willingham
Messy Church group takes place
on Saturday 12th May at 3:30pm in the Octagon, Willingham Church. All Children and Parents are very welcome to join in for an informal time of singing, games,
teaching, craft and food. For more information please contact Heather Mellows on 01954-210063
or email: email@example.com
This is for you...are you able to help?
Are you able to help? More people are needed to prepare crafts for MESSY
CHURCH. We offer six different craft activities and we will provide all materials and instructions well in
advance so that you have plenty of time to prepare. You will need to make a sample and, if necessary, do some advance preparation
for children to make the craft.
It is one way in which we attempt to reach out into the wider community. It can
be exhausting, but those of us who have been involved believe that it is important. I hope that you are supporting Messy Church
through prayer. However, we would really appreciate more help. Would you be able to transport the crockery and cutlery to
and from the church and the village hall? Perhaps you wouldn't mind cutting out shapes for a craft activity while you're
watching TV? Or you might like to research craft activities on the internet for us? You could go shopping for craft resources?
Maybe you could supply a dozen cakes or bake a large lasagne or cottage pie. It takes time to set up the activities,
to do the washing up and to tidy up. We'd love you to join us at Messy Church, but even if you can't (or don't
want to) any of the above jobs are things you could help us with. It doesn't even have to be a monthly commitment. Maybe
you'd like to coordinate offers of help and make sure the jobs are covered.
I would love to hear how you can
support us. It would be an encouragement if you can let us know that you are praying. You can contact me (Susan Meah)
on 01954-781258 or firstname.lastname@example.org
See contacts page if you
want to get in touch or e-mail email@example.com
Bible Study Dates:
All Saints Longstanton: 26th April at 8:00pm
St Mary's Over: 18th & 25th April at
study is not for academic study, but an opportunity for us to grapple together with what the Bible says and
how we might apply it to our everyday lives. If we believe the Bible is God's word to us, surely we can set aside an hour
a week to look at it together?
will be taking the theme "EVERYDAY GOD". The word "ordinary" speaks of something not
particularly exciting or stimulating, yet in our daily lives there are lots of ordinary jobs that have to be done. It is the
same in church life: it is great to celebrate our special festivals, but what about those Sundays which are not particularly
special, like the 19th Sunday after Trinity?
is this - we spend much of our lives in ordinariness, and the challenge we face is this: how do we experience and appreciate
the gems and wonders of everyday existence? How do we encounter God in the ordinariness of daily life?
Join us and let's work this through together!
will meet on 17th & 24th April at 10:30am.
Mini-Jaffas is for parents with pre-school children. Mini-Jaffas meet
in the Longstanton Village Institute at 10.30am. for a short informal time of worship followed
by craft activities, related to the theme and refreshments.
This is an excellent way of introducing young children to worship, as well as being a good way of meeting other parents
within the local community. Those who have had their children baptised will find this a great way of keeping their baptismal
promises. Just turn up and you will be guaranteed a warm welcome at either venue.
What exactly is Mini JAFFA?
Did you know that Mini JAFFA has been running in Longstanton since September 2004?
The name was created to link it to JAFFA Club which ran weekly at Hatton Park School. So
what does JAFFA stand for? It is Jesus, A, Friend For All and we wanted to do a version for the pre-schoolers, hence Mini
All Saints' Church building was closed when we started so
we initially met in the Longstanton Village Institute. Since the church reopened we start by meeting in the church and then
walk down the High Street to the Village Institute for a snack and craft activity.
So what happens at Mini JAFFA? We meet in the space at the back of church near the organ where we sit in a circle
with children on the carpet in the middle. We have our own order of service which the children like to help hand out.
We sing praises to God (using nursery rhyme tunes) and accompanied by enthusiastic bell
ringing and maraca shaking. We say prayers together and the children respond with a phrase which the older ones are keen
to show that they remember each week.
We have a news time when the
children have the opportunity to share things that are important to them. We always pray for what has been shared. We have
a Bible story which try to get the children to help with, rather than just listening.
We like to celebrate birthdays and the children take it in turn to blow out the candle at the end. Before
we go to the Village Institute we have to tidy up, and for the children one of the highlights is rolling up the carpet!
I have a lovely team of people who help prepare refreshments for us. The children enjoy
breadsticks and apple, with either water or milk to drink. After eating we do a craft activity which is linked to the story.
Obviously as some children are still very little they are usually simple activities and sticking is always popular. We do
have a corner where babies can play with baby toys.
Mini JAFFA is a
really special group and I do hope that you will pray for the families who attend. It is a wonderful opportunity and a privilege
to share Bible stories with young children (often the first time they will hear them) and their parents/carers.
Do also pray for our Mini JAFFA picnic which will take place near the end of term where
we get together for a more informal get together and give each of the children an age appropriate book of a Bible story.
If you'd like to know more about Mini JAFFA then please speak to Susan Meah
- 01954-781258 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday - Between 10am & 12pm.
Mustard Seed is a coffee shop with a difference
and takes place in St Mary's Church Hall, Over on a Thursday morning (10 a.m. - 12 Noon). It is not a
church event but is open to everyone from baby to 100+. What we are seeking
to achieve is quite simple - a place where anyone can come and have a chat over coffee/tea (served in individual pots) + home-made
cake. And if you are lucky we may even have hot chocolate available.
on the week, we also:
• sell locally grown produce (as
• sell home-made crafts (usually the 1st Thursday of the month)
• have a selection of 2nd hand
books (donations always welcome)
• and there could be more!!
Families with young children are welcome, and we will make more "toys" etc. available
should demand increase.
Volunteer help is always welcome
- just come along and offer your services.