Fenstanton United Reformed Church

For details of worship and other events see the back page of the Free Church magazine, Inspire.

A brief history

In the year 1874 the foundation stone was laid for the new Congregational Church building in Fenstanton, (prior to that date the Congregationalists and the Baptists had shared a building), and it was officially opened in 1875. It's life as a Congregational Church continued until 1972 when, with other Congregational Churches in England and Wales, it joined the Presbyterian Church of England to form the United Reformed Church.

In 1983 the Church started a new chapter in its life when it joined with the Free Church in St. Ives and the then Houghton Chapel Retreat to form the St. Ives Group of Churches. In 1998 it was discovered that the Church floor, and in particular the joists under the floor, had wet rot.
The cost of repairing and maintaining both the Church building and the former manse, next door, was now beyond our means. This was a devastating blow.
In the weeks and months that followed much time was spent in thinking, discussion and prayer as we tried to discover what our vision for the Church was and how God was leading us.

 

Throughout this time we held onto our convictions that we would deal with the problems and continue our witness in the village.

 

The sale of the former manse helped towards the cost of an exciting redevelopment project which has resulted in a welcoming and versatile building, which is not only used for Christian worship, but also provides space and facilities for various community groups.

Worship

We meet together at 09.30am every Sunday and Holy Communion is celebrated on the second Sunday in the month.

In addition, on various occasionsthroughout the year we also hold special services to which folk from around the village are specifically invited.

Activities

Coffee and Chat

Drop in to 'Coffee and Chat' on alternate Tuesday mornings from 10.00am.
Anyone is welcome to drop in for a cuppa and a friendly chat.
This gives people a chance to get together, whatever their age; to meet new people, and to make new friends.

 

Fenstanton Knitters and Natters.

We started this group in November 2007, with just 9 people, we now have 28 people plus at least 12 people that knit for us at home.

We meet fortnightly on a Tuesday at 10-00-11-30am, and knit garments and blankets for charity.

Our charities are: Bonnie Babies, Hinchingbrooke Special Care Unit (premature babies),  Sailors Society Woolie Hats, Kosovo- blankets and jumpers and cardigans etc., Age Concern- Bobble hats,- for sale in Sainsburys on their Innocents drinks in November. We joined WWKIP (World Wide Knit in Public Day) in June at St Ives Library, and also met up with a knitting group in Bar Hill.

If you would like to join us just come along to our next meeting, where you will be made welcome.

 Contact us

The Minister

Church Secretary

Rev. Catherine Ball
Tel: 01480 352058

minister@stivesfreechurch.org

Geoff Hawkins

Tel: 01480 462001
FenstantonURC@stivesfreechurch.org
or

geoffrey.hawkins@virgin.net

OTHER COMMUNITITY ACTIVITES

Group

Day and time

Contact

Slimming World 

Tuesday  5.30pm  and  7.30pm

Kathie 07772868472

Pilates

Wednesday   10.30am -11.30am

Jennifer 01480 465117

Friendship Club

every other Wednesday

Marie 01480 350677

Tai Chi 

Wednesday 7.00pm

Dorothy  01480 498221

Sewing Bee

Thursday

Jackie 01480 469712