T H E   C O N N E C T I O N



February 2014










News & Events






The Sign of the Fish




In the very early days of Christianity it could be very dangerous to admit that you were a follower of Jesus.  You could be arrested, imprisoned and killed, simply for your beliefs.  Christians had to meet in secret – but what if a stranger came?  How could you tell if they were Christian or not?  Who could you trust?


To recognise one another, Christians used secret signs.  One of these was the sign of the fish that could easily be scratched on a wall or drawn in the dust of the road.  If the other person wasn’t a Christian they’d just think someone had been doodling.


The fish was used as a sign because, in Greek, the first letters of the words “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Saviour” spell the Greek word for fish - ichthus.


Today, real Christians are still difficult to recognise.  How do you show other people that you are a Christian?


https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS3-oOjHbZJeiQB9gI9aiFd3PVz-qMJBzsjAgOrdcYqxxzCSWS6_QWell, if you have a happy smile, helping hands and are friendly and pleasant, then it will be a start.

By the way, what’s the best way to communicate with a fish?  Drop it a line!


All blessings









A big "Thank You" from Derek and Colleen Lockstone to all the generous people who provided Christmas Boxes for children in Romania.  They will have made a big difference!


All Saints’ Church , Castle Camps


Christmas Clean: Many thanks to all those who helped with the in-depth clean  of the church in preparation for Christmas. I am sure those that came agree that the church looked beautiful for our Christmas morning service.


Future events


·       Plant Sale - Saturday 10th May at "Woodside", Bartlow  Road.

·       Open Gardens  - Sunday 22nd June, 12 noon to 6pm.

·       Tea Party - Sunday 6th July to be held in the Schoolings’ garden

·       Flower Festival - over August Bank Holiday weekend


P.S. Please let me have your church diary entries and we will amend the websiteLK


All Saints’ Church , Horseheath


Thanks to your generosity, we were able to help two charities over the Christmas period.  £500 was donated from our Christmas Eve collection to The J’s Hospice -  a charitable organization transforming the lives of young adults with life-limiting conditions.  From the Christingle Service collection we were able to send £60.00 to the Children’s Society.


Our December Coffee Morning raised £220-00 for Church Upkeep.


Tea & Chat:  Alan & Audrie Bishop will host the next ones at 5 Cornish Close on 5th February & 5th March.  April’s Tea & Chat will return to the Church.


Valentine Brunch will be held on the 15th February in Church.  Come and taste our homemade soup!  There will be a raffle and Tombola.


Sunday Club for children of all ages (at 10am on the 4th Sunday of each month) continues to flourish.  We would love to see you.


Very soon work will start on our Bells Restoration Project. I am happy to say that we are now in a position to add a 5th Bell and so bring our ring back to the way it was pre-1825!  Fund raising continues.  PS


St Mary’s Church, Shudy Camps


The repairs to the Church from the last architects inspection are now complete. This has been made possible by donations:


Fundraising Appeal to Village


Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust Grant


National Historic Churches Trust Grant


Headley Trust Grant


South Cambridgeshire District Council Grant


Shudy Camps Parish Council s106 Grant


PCC's own funds





To pay for work costing £5197.53


We want to thank all those who gave generously so that all this work could be carried out  The appearance of the Chancel has been much improved by replastering and redecoration, only now possible after repairs to the East Chancel wall. This and other repairs to the stone and brickwork and drainage will keep the walls and windows dry. The Tower storage platform is now safe to use.


Our thanks  to Yvonne Howard, Peter O’Connor, Mary Morley & Angela Doughty for Shudy’s Seasonal Celebration on Sunday 8th  December, which was much enjoyed & raised £560 towards Church funds.  The Carol Service on 22 December raised £137.25 each for the  Haverhill Food Bank & Tearfund.  RM


Mill Green House


Villages Home Group - at Mill Green House on Tuesdays 8:30 - 9:30pm - all welcome:


Tues 4th Feb

Sarah Williams - Mary Magdalene

Tue 11th Feb

Sue Walker - Meditation in the Christian Tradition

Tue 25th Feb

Dr Chris Morse - St Thomas


Julian Meeting - 30 minutes of quiet meditation, 7.30pm Wednesday 26th February 2014.  GW


Lent Lunches – Advance Notice


Every Wednesday during Lent: a simple lunch of bread and home-made soup followed by coffee, held in various houses in Linton between 12:00 and 2:00 pm. First lunch on March 5th at 8 The Furrells – home of Rosie and Richard Read.  All welcome.  Collection to raise funds for the Cambridge charity “Emmaus”.  Full details of other Lent Lunches next time.






Please advise future events for the diary as soon as possible, so that clashes can be avoided to lindi.allen@pan-global.co.uk  LK









February 2




Shudy Camps

10:00  Holy Eucharist



February 9

4 before Lent




09:30  Holy Eucharist



Shudy Camps

10:00  Holy Communion by Extn



Castle Camps

11:00  Holy Communion (BCP)



February 16

3 before Lent




10:00  Holy Eucharist



February 23

2 before Lent



Shudy Camps

09:30  Holy Eucharist



Castle Camps

10:00  Holy Communion by Extn




11:00  Family Eucharist



March 2

Sunday before Lent



Castle Camps

10:00  Holy Eucharist







Holy Eucharist

Weekly on Wednesdays at 09:30

All Saints’ Church, Castle Camps: Half an hour of peace.











Team Vicar

Linton Team Rector Licensed Lay Minister

Revd Graham Ridgwell

Revd Dr Steve Griffiths

Mr Graeme Walker

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Shudy Camps


Mrs Lindi Kent

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Mr David Neal

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Mrs Pat Smith

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Mrs Judith Jolley

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Mr Colin Brown

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Mr Robert Manning

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