Newsletter 26th May 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

New to the Parish Church?

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door at the church. Do makeyourself known to the Vicar, one of theChurchwardens.

ANNUAL PLANT SALE

This will take place at Island Hall today Sunday 26thMay from 11.00am – 5.00pm. Admission is free for the plant sale. The gardens will be open as part of the National Garden Scheme and admission costs £4 with accompanied children free; the money raised for this will be donated to National and local cancer charities. Teas will be served in a marquee on the Island and donations of cakes would be very welcome. Proceeds from the plant sale and the teas will go to Church funds. Please do support this popular event.

CHURCH FETE

The Wives Group have been asked to do the teas at the Fete on Saturday 15th June. As we are such a small group , please may we appeal for donations of cakes ? We will be in the Church hall from midmorning on 15th June, but please ring me for alternative arrangements. Our grateful thanks in anticipation, Olwyn Hurd (chairman) 458700.

MORE CURCH FETE

As is usual we need donations of all sorts of things to make the event a success. There is a box on the font waiting for bottles for the bottle stall. We need cakes for the cake stall, books, gifts for the gift stall and raffle prizes for the Grand Draw. You have all been very generous in the past so we are hoping that you can help again this year. Thank you all for your support.

Jean Morgan

Godmanchester’s Midsummer Evening History Talks

On Saturday June 22nd at 7pm in St Mary’s Churchthere will be an illustrated talk by author and historian Ken Sneath at the launch of his new book on the history of the Parish Church. Also Kate Hadley will introduce us to our Roman forebears with a talk on Godmanchester’s secret Roman treasures illustrated by pictures and some wonderful artifacts. Delicious food and wine will be available and there will be the opportunity to win a Roman coin and a signed copy of The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin in the raffle. Tickets for the event at £10 are available from

450686/411242(01480) 454154 or

Adrian.

Entry for children is free. Please do support this event which promises to be very interesting. The event is presented by The Friends of St Mary’s and all profits will go to the Transformation Project. Signed books willbe available to buy.

Ascension Day is next Thursday (30th)

Ascension Day is one of the four great festivals of the Christian year (with Christmas, Easter and Pentecost). As in recent years, we will be holding our Ascension Day Eucharist at the regular Thursday time of 9.45 am on Thursday 30th, but it will be a full Sung Eucharist with choir and a sermon, and will take place in the chancel of the church. Please come, even if you do not regularly attend the Thursday morning service. The Ascension of Christ is an essential element of Christian belief – come and hear why, and celebrate together.

Q & A sermon June 9th

The sermon at the 9.30 am Eucharist on Sunday June 9th will take the form of a question and answer session (on matters of faith, not Brexit, Donald Trump, Britain’s Got Talent or any other headline!) There will be question slips available in church on Sunday June 2nd for those who would like to take one home and write a question – these can be brought to church on the morning of the 9th. You are also welcome to contactme in any way you like between now and the 9th with a question – obviously, if I receive a lot it won’t be possible to address all of them, so they will be selected at random on the day. If time permits, I hope to invite comments from the congregation on the 9th, not just questions, but we may find time does not permit!

David 436400 / 0778636041 dwbusk

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Newsletter 19th May 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

New to the Parish Church?

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door at the church. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, one of the Churchwardens.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Dick Taplin and Sue Worthington on their election at this week’s Town Council meeting as our new Mayor and his Deputy. We wish them every success for the forthcoming year.

ANNUAL PLANT SALE

This will take place at Island Hall on Sunday 26th May from 11.00am – 5.00pm. Admission is free for the plant sale. The gardens will be open as part of the National Garden Scheme and admission costs £4 with accompanied children free; the money raised for this will be donated to National and local cancer charities. Teas will be served in a marquee on the Island and donations of cakes would be very welcome. Proceeds from the plant sale and the teas will go to Church funds. Please do support this popular event.

Calling all Sidespersons

There will be a meeting today, in church, after the 9.30 service, for all sidespersons and anyone else who may be interested in becoming a sidesperson. We do need more people to help with this important job. We want to be a welcoming church and those giving out books are in a prime position to notice and welcome newcomers and to let the churchwardens and vicar know of anyone needing contact before or after the service. The job is not arduous and the more people we have on the rota the less often the duty comes up. All sidespersons do not have to do a duty at the 8 o’clock service in case that is putting anyone off!! Do come to the meeting anyway and see what it is all about. There will be a glass of Pro Secco to encourage you.

David Busk, Jean Morgan and Bob Hurd.

GEO GROUP

There will be a meeting of the Geo Group at 11.00am on Wednesday 22nd May at the vicarage. This group is concerned with outreach into the community and we would welcome new ideas. New members are very welcome as we need to make ourselves known as a really welcoming and open community church. Please do think about it as fresh ideas are important.

David Busk, Jean Morgan, Catheryn Turrell, Liz Irving and Andrew Fawcett

Where God Ain’t

He was just a little lad
And on the week’s first day
He was wandering home from Sunday School
And dawdling on the way.

He scuffed his shoes into the grass
He found a caterpillar
He found a fluffy milkweek pot
And blew out all the "filler."

A bird’s nest in a tree o’er head
So wisely placed on high
Was just another wonder
That caught his eager eye.

A neighbor watched his zigzag course
And hailed him from the lawn
Asked him where he’d been that day
And what was going on.

"I’ve been to Sunday School," he said
And turned a piece of sod
He picked up a wiggly worm and said,
"I’ve learned a lot of God."

"M’m, a very fine way," the neighbor said
"for a boy to spend his time.
If you’ll tell me where God is,
I’ll give you a brand new dime."

Quick as a flash his answer came
Nor were his accents faint
"I’ll give you a dollar, Mister
If you’ll tell me where God ain’t!"

God Knows

When you are tired and discouraged from fruitless effort, God knows how hard you have tried.

When you’ve cried so long your heart is in anguish, God has counted your tears.

If you feel that your life is on hold and time has passed you by, God is waiting for you.

When nothing makes sense and you are confused or frustrated, God has the answer.

If suddenly your outlook is brighter and you find traces of hope, God has whispered to you.

When things are going well and you have much to be thankful for, God has blessed you.

When something joyful happens and you are filled with awe, God has smiled on you.

Remember that wherever you are or whatever you are feeling, God knows.

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Newsletter 12th May 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

New to the Parish Church?

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door at the church. Do makeyourself known to the Vicar, one of theChurchwardens.

Christian Aid

Christian Aid week begins today Sunday 12 May. As we did last year we shall be holding a ‘Songs of Praise Service’ for Christian Aid at 6.30pm this evening instead of the usual Sung Evensong. It was a most enjoyable service last year so we are hoping that many of you will come. There will be refreshments after the service.

I also would like to extend very many thanks to those people who have offered to do street collections this year. Thank you.

Jean Morgan

Revd George Thomas

You will be saddened to hear that the Revd George Thomas has died. During the interregnum following Neil Follet’s departure George was a familiar face, and a great friend, to us all for many weeks. A former headteacher at St Peter’s School, he lived in Bluntisham and will be greatly missed by his friends and family. His funeral will take place at Holywell Church on Thursday 9th May at 2.00pm with a reception afterwards at The White Hart in Godmanchester.

THE MAGIC OF MOZART

The Hunts Phil choir with a small chamber orchestra and organ will be singing a selection of Mozart’s well-known choral music including ‘Ave verum Corpus’ and his ‘Coronation Mass’ in our church on Saturday 18 May at 7.30pm. Tickets are available on line from www.huntsphil.org.uk or from Colin Thirlwall 457018.

Wives Group

Our May meeting will be on Tuesday 14th May at 7.30pm. This will take place at a members home. Please ring me for more details if you would like to come. Our Bring and Buy theme -books. Olwyn Hurd (458700 ).

Mischievous Brothers

Two little boys, ages 8 and 10, are excessively mischievous. They are always getting into trouble and their parents know all about it. If any mischief occurs in their town, the two boys are probably involved.
The boys’ mother heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys. The clergyman agreed, but he asked to see them individually. So the mother sent the 8 year old first, in the morning, with the older boy to see the clergyman in the afternoon. The clergyman, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, “Do you know where God is, son?” The boy’s mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there wide-eyed with his mouth hanging open. So the clergyman repeated the question in an even sterner tone, “Where is God?!” Again, the boy made no attempt to answer. The preacher raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy’s face and bellowed, “Where is God?!” The boy screamed and bolted from the room, ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him. When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, “what happened?” The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, “We are in BIG trouble this time dude. GOD is missing, and they think we did it!

God’s Invisible Breath

The man whispered, “God, speak to me.”
And a meadowlark sang.
But the man did not hear.

So the man yelled, “God, speak to me!”
And the thunder rolled across the sky.
But the man did not listen.

The man looked around and said, “God, let me see you.”
And a star shone brightly.
But the man did not notice.

And the man shouted, “God, show me a miracle!”
And a life was born.
But the man did not know.

So, the man cried out in despair.
“Touch me God, and let me know that you are here!”
Whereupon God reached down and touched the man.
But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.

MORAL: Don’t miss out on a blessing because it isn’t packaged the way you expect.

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Newsletter 5th May 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

New to the Parish Church?

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door at the church. Do makeyourself known to the Vicar, one of theChurchwardens.

Christian Aid

Christian Aid week begins on Sunday 12 May. Aswe did last year we shall be holding a ‘Songs of Praise Service’ for Christian Aid at 6.30pm next Sunday instead of the usual Sung Evensong. It was a most enjoyable service last year so we are hoping that many of you will come.

I also would like to extend very many thanks to those people who have offered to do street collections this year. Thank you.

Jean Morgan

Revd George Thomas

You will be saddened to hear that the Revd George Thomas has died. During the interregnum following Neil Follet’s departure George was a familiar face, and a great friend, to us all for many weeks. A former headteacher at St Peter’s School, he lived in Bluntisham and will be greatly missed by his friends and family. His funeral will take place at Holywell Church on Thursday 9th May at 2.00pm with a reception afterwards at The White Hart in Godmanchester.

Bacon Butties

There will be tasty bacon butties after church TODAY. These will be sold to raise money for HAMA so even if you have had a full English breakfast please come and enjoy some coffee and give a donation to a very worthy cause. We look forward to seeing you.

Charities Committee

Mary Ann Weems

The celebration anniversary of the death of Mary Ann Weems will take place in the churchyard 0n WEDESDAY 8TH MAY not on Tuesday as written in the magazine. It seems that the date on the tombstone is incorrect.

THE MAGIC OF MOZART

The Hunts Phil choir with a small chamber orchestra and organ will be singing a selection of Mozart’s well-known choral music including ‘Ave verum Corpus’ and his ‘Coronation Mass’ in our church on Saturday 18 May at 7.30pm. Tickets are available on line from www.huntsphil.org.uk or from Colin Thirlwall 457018.

I was shocked, confused, bewildered
As I entered Heaven’s door,
Not by the beauty of it all,
Nor the lights or its decor.

But it was the folks in Heaven
Who made me sputter and gasp–

The thieves, the liars, the sinners,
The alcoholics and the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade
Who swiped my lunch money! Twice.
Next to him was my old neighbour
Who never said anything nice.

Herb, who I always thought
Was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine,
Looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus, ‘What’s the deal?
Would love to hear Your take.
How’d all these sinners get up here?
God must’ve made a mistake.

‘And why’s everyone so quiet,
So somber – give me a clue.’
‘Hush, child,’ He said, ‘they’re all in shock.
No one thought they’d be seeing you.’

JUDGE NOT.

Remember…Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian
Any more than…Standing in your garage makes you a car.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine” (Prov. 17:22)

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Newsletter 28th November 2019

New to the Parish Church?

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door at the church. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, or one of the Churchwardens.

Baptism

Today we welcome Oscar Crisp into our family through baptism. Please pray for Oscar and his parents and godparents.

Antarctic Talk

Come to our ANTARCTIC EXPLOITS TALK by Rod Arnold, who is a member of the British Antarctic Survey. He will examine how the scientists and pilots live in challenging temperatures, how polar science can help us support the wildlife, the king penguin and orca so beloved by the world; explain the science and examine sustainability.

Saturday April 27, 7.30pm, Church Hall, Chadley Lane £8 per ticket. Children Freeand suitable for 8 years plus. Homemade savoury snacks. Free Choc Ices. Wine bar. Another fascinating evening from the Friends of St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester. Tickets available from Adrian 01480 454154 or adrian

Christian Aid

Christian Aid week begins on Sunday 12 May with a sung Evensong in Church. I am looking for people who would be happy to deliver envelopes in a street or two. I know collecting is an issue but we could overcome this for houses or streets that are difficult by giving them a location for dropping off their envelopes. If you feel you could help please let me know on 417502. Thank you.

Jean Morgan

Coffee Morning

There will be a coffee morning for Christian Aid next Saturday May 4th from 10.00 am –12.00 at the Vicarage. Please support it if you can. There will be a raffle and prizeswould be welcome.

Men’s Breakfast

The next Churches Together Men’s Breakfast will be held at The Barley Mow Hartford on Saturday 4th May beginning at 8:00 am. The speaker, Martin Brooke, will talk on “The Black Dog and the Good Shepherd”, discussing from a Christian perspective the strugglethat many with mental health problems face. Martin is a PR consultant and is on the leadership of Hope Church in Teversham. Please let Andrew Fawcett know by 30th April if you are coming.Cost of the breakfast cost will be £8.

Many may be aware that David Soldan, who has been organising the Breakfasts since they were started a number of years ago, and his wife Mary are leaving the area for Devon. We give thanks for all they have done in the area and wish them every happiness in their move. Future breakfasts will be guided by Charlie Newcombe and Colin Hardy of Christ Church, Huntingdon. An interesting program of speakers over the next few months is proposed. Details will appear in our Newsletter and Church Magazine.

Election of

Churchwardens and Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

The formal “Notice of Annual Parochial Church Meeting” is on the main notice board in the South Porch. The election of churchwardens and APCM will be held in the Church Hall this Sunday 28 April 2019 starting at 11:15. The meeting includes the election of 2 Churchwardens, 2members of the PCC and 1 Representative to Deanery Synod, who automatically become members of the PCC.

Anybody registered on the local government electoral roll is entitled to vote for the election of the churchwardens, but only persons whose names are entered upon the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the APCM.

Kate Robinson (455421) or klrobinson80@gmail.com

Confirmation Celebration

We rejoice with Kevin Parks, who was confirmed by the Bishop of Ely in the cathedral on Easter Eve, and we welcome him into full fellowship of the Christian faith.

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Newsletter 21st April 2019

New to the Parish Church?

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door at the church. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, one of the Churchwardens.

Antarctic Talk

Come to our ANTARCTIC EXPLOITS TALK by Rod Arnold, who is a member of the British Antarctic Survey. He will examine how the scientists and pilots live in challenging temperatures, how polar science can help us support the wildlife, the king penguin and orca so beloved by the world; explain the science and examinesustainability.

Saturday April 27, 7.30pm, Church Hall, Chadley Lane £8 per ticket. Children Free and suitable for 8 years plus. Home made savoury snacks. Free Choc Ices. Wine bar.Another fascinating evening from the Friends of St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester

Easter Lilies

Flower Guild invite donations for the purchase of Lilies for our Easter flower arrangements. As in previous years personal dedications may be made to loved ones in the remembrance book by the memorial altar. Please place your donation in an Easter Lily envelope and post in the box by the south door or hand to Barbara Thirlwall.

Cyclone Idai Appeal

We are holding a retiring collection at the end of theservice to contribute to the Disaster Emergency Committee’s (DEC) appeal to help the people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe affected by the worst cyclone ever to hit southern Africa. According to DEC, 750 people are known to have been killed, the total islikely to be much higher, and over 2.5 million made homeless.

Christian Aid

Christian Aid week begins on May 12 with a sung Evensong in Church. I am looking for people who would be happy to deliver envelopes in a street or two.I know collecting is an issue but we could overcome this for houses or streets that are difficult by giving them a location for dropping off their envelopes. If you feel you could help please let me know on 417502. Thank you.

Jean Morgan

Mens Breakfast

The next Churches Together Men’s Breakfast will be held at The Barley Mow Hartford on Saturday 4th May beginning at 8:00 am. The speaker, Martin Brooke, will talk on “The Black Dog and the Good Shepherd”, discussing from a Christian perspective the struggle that many with mental health problems face. Martin is a PR consultant and is on the leadership of Hope Church in Teversham. Please let Andrew Fawcett know by 30th April if you are coming. The breakfast cost will be £8.

Many may be aware that David Soldan, who has been organising the Breakfasts since they were started a number of years ago, and his wife Mary are leaving the area for Devon. We give thanks for all they have done in the area and wish them every happiness in their move.Future breakfasts will be guided by Charlie Newcombe and Colin Hardy of Christ Church, Huntingdon. An interesting program of speakers over the next few months is proposed. Details will appear in our Newsletter and Church Magazine.

Election of Churchwardens and Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

The formal “Notice of Annual Parochial Church Meeting” is on the main notice board in the South Porch. The election of churchwardens and APCM will be held in the Church Hall on Sunday 28 April 2019 starting at 11:15. The meeting includes the election of 2 Churchwardens, 2 members of the PCC and1 Representative to Deanery Synod, who automatically become members of the PCC.

Nomination forms for churchwardens and PCC members are available on the table by the south door of the church, or from Kate Robinson (PCC Secretary) or klrobinson80@gmail.com.

If you would like to be nominated, please complete a form and return it to me by Friday 26 April.

Regulations on eligibility to be a churchwarden or a member of the PCC are on the back of the appropriate nomination forms.

Anybody registered on the local government electoral roll is entitled to vote for the election of the churchwardens, but only persons whose names are entered upon the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the APCM.

If you are member of the congregation, but are not on the electoral roll, please complete an electoral roll form and return it to me as I also act as the Electoral Roll Officer. Please note that a new Electoral Roll is being compiled and if you do not complete a form and return it to me by Friday, 12 April, you will be unable to vote at the APCM.

Copies of the form are on the table by the south door; they are also on the church website. You can download the form and scan and email the signed form back to me at the email address below if you prefer.

Members of the congregation wishing to raise any item under “Any other business” are asked to give notice of the item to me by Friday 26 April.

Kate Robinson (455421) or klrobinson80@gmail.com

As requested by the Archbishops, our bells were rung for 7 minutes at 7pm on Thursday as a mark of solidarity following the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. We thought it appropriate that we should ring our bells in continental style, i.e. not full-circle and therefore no change-ringing.

Confirmation celebration

We rejoice with Kevin Parks, who was confirmed by the Bishop of Ely in the cathedral on Easter Eve, and we welcome him into full fellowship of the Christian faith.

Wedding of Felicity White and Gordon Wai

Some of you may remember Felicity, who was a very active member of the church throughout her teenage years; she sang in the choir; played the organ, and she was a member of the youth group and the church orchestra. She left Godmanchester to go to Merton College, Oxford, and it was there that she met her husband-to-be, Gordon. After studying history and then law she moved to Guernsey to continue her career in law. She moved back to the UK in December and she and Gordon are setting up home in Orpington. You are all welcome to join the family for the wedding service on Saturday 27th April at 2.00 pm.

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Newsletter 14th April

New to the Parish Church?

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door at the church. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, one of the Churchwardens.

Pastoral Care.

In case of pastoral need on Monday Tuesday or Wednesday of this week please contact Jonathan Young on 453350.

Antarctic Talk

Come to our ANTARCTIC EXPLOITS TALK by Rod Arnold, who is a member of the British Antarctic Survey. He will examine how the scientists and pilots live in challenging temperatures, how polar science can help us support the wildlife, the king penguin and orca so beloved by the world; explain the science and examinesustainability.

Saturday April 27, 7.30pm, Church Hall, Chadley Lane £8 per ticket. Children Free and suitable for 8 years plus. Home made savoury snacks. Free Choc Ices. Wine bar.Another fascinating evening from the Friends of St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester

Easter Lilies

Flower Guild invite donations for the purchase of Lilies for our Easter flower arrangements. As in previous years personal dedications may be made to loved ones in the remembrance book by the memorial altar. Please place your donation in an Easter Lily envelope and post in the box by the south door or hand to Barbara Thirlwall.

Cyclone Idai Appeal

We are holding a retiring collection at the end of theservice to contribute to the Disaster Emergency Committee’s (DEC) appeal to help the people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe affected by the worst cyclone ever to hit southern Africa. According to DEC, 750 people are known to have been killed, the total islikely to be much higher, and over 2.5 million made homeless.

Passover Supper – Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 7.30 pm

For generations the uplifting experience of the Passover meal has been celebrated and is seen in the context of God’s saving love, stretching from creation over the whole course of human history. Celebrating this meal together is a wonderful opportunity to discover a fresh way of telling the story of God’s love, through tastes, textures, prayers readings and songs. This traditional order, or Seder, ofthis special evening will take place in the St Mary the Virgin Church Hall in Chadley Lane, Godmanchester PE29 2AL. There is a charge of £4.00 for adults but nocharge for children, as children are the key to this celebration. Tickets will be available after the 09.30 am service on 31 March, 7 and 14 April. Tickets can also be reserved on 01480 493 901. If leaving a message, please advise how many adults and children wish to attend and leave your name and telephone details so that we can contact you.

Gill Bathurst​

Christian Aid

Christian Aid week begins on May 12 with a sung Evensong in Church. I am looking for people who would be happy to deliver envelopes in a street or two.I know collecting is an issue but we could overcome this for houses or streets that are difficult by giving them a location for dropping off their envelopes. If you feel you could help please let me know on 417502. Thank you.

Jean Morgan

Maundy Thursday Eucharist of the Last Supper on 18 April at 7.30pm

As in previous years, we will be performing the ritual of foot washing, for which we require 12 volunteers from the congregation. This is of course a re-enactment of what Jesus did for his disciples at the last Supper. If you would like to have your feet washed as a way of entering more deeply into the meaning of Maundy Thursday, please put your name on the list by the south door of the church.

We will be keeping the usual watch at the St Anne’s Altar from the end of the Eucharist of the Last Supper until midnight. If you would like to participate by keeping watch during one or more of the half-hour slots, please put your name on the list at the back of the church.

Jean Morgan (417502)

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Election of Churchwardens and Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

The formal “Notice of Annual Parochial Church Meeting” is on the main notice board in the South Porch. The election of churchwardens and APCM will be held in the Church Hall on Sunday 28 April 2019 starting at 11:15. The meeting includes the election of 2 Churchwardens, 2 members of the PCC and1 Representative to Deanery Synod, who automatically become members of the PCC.

Nomination forms for churchwardens and PCC members are available on the table by the south door of the church, or from Kate Robinson (PCC Secretary) or klrobinson80@gmail.com.

If you would like to be nominated, please complete a form and return it to me by Friday 26 April.

Regulations on eligibility to be a churchwarden or a member of the PCC are on the back of the appropriate nomination forms.

Anybody registered on the local government electoral roll is entitled to vote for the election of the churchwardens, but only persons whose names are entered upon the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the APCM.

If you are member of the congregation, but are not on the electoral roll, please complete an electoral roll form and return it to me as I also act as the Electoral Roll Officer. Please note that a new Electoral Roll is being compiled and if you do not complete a form and return it to me by Friday, 12 April, you will be unable to vote at the APCM.

Copies of the form are on the table by the south door; they are also on the church website. You can download the form and scan and email the signed form back to me at the email address below if you prefer.

Members of the congregation wishing to raise any item under “Any other business” are asked to give notice of the item to me by Friday 26 April.

Kate Robinson (455421) or klrobinson80@gmail.com

Newsletter 7th April 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

Holy Baptism

This morning at 11.30 we welcome Amelia Francis and Matthew Frankiewicz into the family of Christ. Please pray for Amelia, Matthew, their families and friends.

Antarctic Talk

Come to our ANTARCTIC EXPLOITS TALK by Rod Arnold, who is a member of the British Antarctic Survey. He will examine how the scientists and pilots live in challenging temperatures, how polar science can help us support the wildlife, including the king penguin and orca so beloved by the world; explain the science and examine sustainability.

Saturday April 27, 7.30pm, Church Hall, Chadley Lane £8 per ticket. Children Free and suitable for 8 years plus. Home made savoury snacks. Free Choc Ices. Wine bar.Another fascinating evening from the Friends of St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester

Wives Group

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 9th April at 7.30pm in the church hall. This will be an evening of “in house entertainment ” Our bring and buy theme will be general. All ladies welcome.

Olwyn Hurd 458700

Lent Groups

This year as usual there will be groups meeting during Lent to explore together how we can grow in faith and live in it more fully. We will be using Your Call, a set of resources for Lent groups created by the Revd Canon Dr Jessica Martin at Ely Cathedral. All are welcome to these groups, those new to faith or even not sure about faith at all, as well as those who have practised the Christian faith for many years.

One group will meet in the Vicarage at 10.45 am on Wednesdays during Lent: April 10. (Please note: there will be no meeting on April 3 – this is a change from the details published in the magazine.) There will be another group meeting at 7.30 pm on Thursday evenings at Jean and Dai Morgan’s house, 2A Earning St.

Easter Lilies

Flower Guild invite donations for the purchase of Lilies for our Easter flower arrangements. As in previous years personal dedications may be made to loved ones in the remembrance book by the memorial altar. Please place your donation in an Easter Lily envelope and post in the box by the south door or hand to Barbara Thirlwall.

Cyclone Idai Appeal

We are holding a retiring collection at the end of the service to contribute to the DisasterEmergency Committee’s (DEC) appeal to help the people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe affected by the worst cyclone ever to hit southern Africa. According to DEC, 750 people are known to have been killed, the total is likely to be much higher, and over2.5 million made homeless.

Passover Supper – Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 7.30 pm

For generations the uplifting experience of the Passover meal has been celebrated and is seen in the context of God’s saving love, stretching from creation over the whole course of human history. Celebrating this meal together is a wonderful opportunity to discover a fresh way of telling the story of God’s love, through tastes, textures, prayers readings and songs. This traditional order, or Seder, of this special evening will take place in the St Mary the Virgin Church Hall in Chadley Lane, Godmanchester PE29 2AL. There is a charge of £4.00 for adults but no charge for children, as children are the key to this celebration. Tickets will be available after the 09.30 am service on 31 March, 7 and 14April. Tickets can also be reserved on 01480 493 901. If leaving a message, please advise how many adults and children wish to attend and leave your name and telephonedetails so that we can contact you.

Gill Bathurst​

Christian Aid

Christian Aid week begins on May 12 with a sung Evensong in Church. I am looking for people who would be happy to deliver envelopes in a street or two. I know collecting is an issue but we could overcome this for houses or streets that are difficult by giving them a location for dropping off their envelopes. If you feel you could help please let me know on 417502. Thank you.

Jean Morgan

Ivy Clearing in Churchyard

A big thank you to the 2nd Godmanchester Brownies for coming on Wednesday afternoon to clear ivy from lots of gravestones in the churchyard. About 15 Brownies with a number of parents worked hard to remove ivy and take it to the compost bin. It has made a big difference, and they said that they would like to come again later in the year to do some more. Thanks also to Ruth Ekblom for arranging it.

The Newsletter compiler for April & May is Dai Morgan

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Newsletter 31st March 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

New to the Parish Church?

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door at the church. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, one of the Churchwardens or sidespeople and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30 Parish Communion service this morning.

Coffee

There will be a coffee morning on Friday 5 April at the home of Jean Morgan to raise money for two new wall boards advertising Mothering Sunday and the Taizé services. The event will run from 10.30 am until midday. We aim to have a bring and buy and a raffle. Please come and support this event and please also bring your friends to enjoy some cakes and scones.

Easter Lilies

Flower Guild invite donations for the purchase of Lilies for our Easter flower arrangements. As in previous years personal dedications may be made to loved ones in the remembrance book by the memorial altar. Please place your donation in an Easter Lily envelope and post in the box by the south door or hand to

Barbara Thirlwall.

Lent Groups

This year as usual there will be groups meeting during Lent to explore together how we can grow in faith and live in it more fully. We will be using Your Call, a set of resources for Lent groups created by the Revd Canon Dr Jessica Martin at Ely Cathedral. All are welcome to these groups, those new to faith or even not sure about faith at all, as well as those who have practised the Christian faith for many years.

One group will meet in the Vicarage at 10.45 am on Wednesdays during Lent: April 10. (Please note: there will be no meeting on April 3 – this is a change from the details published in the magazine.) There will be another group meeting at 7.30 pm on Thursday evenings at Jean and Dai Morgan’s house, 2A Earning Street, using the same material – April 4, 11.

Cyclone Idai Appeal

We are holding a retiring collection at the end of the service to contribute to the Disaster Emergency Committee’s (DEC) appeal to help the people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe affected by the worst cyclone ever to hit southern Africa. According to DEC, 750 people are known to have been killed, the total is likely to be much higher, and over 2.5 million made homeless.

Passover Supper – Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 7.30 pm For generations the uplifting experience of the Passover meal has been celebrated and is seen in the context of God’s saving love, stretching from creation over the whole course of human history. Celebrating this meal together is a wonderful opportunity to discover a fresh way of telling the story of God’s love, through tastes, textures, prayers readings and songs. This traditional order, or Seder, of this special evening will take place in the St Mary the Virgin Church Hall in Chadley Lane, Godmanchester PE29 2AL. There is a charge of £4.00 for adults but no charge for children, as children are the key to this celebration.Tickets will be available after the 09.30 am service on 31 March, 7 and 14 April. Tickets can also be reserved on 01480 493 901. If leaving a message, please advise how many adults and children wish to attend and leave your name and telephone details so that we can contact you. Gill Bathurst

Dear Mr & Mrs Hurd

I am writing on behalf of the Centre and the manager to thank you for the many items of clothing, the super coat, hats and puzzles that you kindly brought to the Centre the other day.

We cannot stress enough how grateful we are for such items and how much they are appreciated by the seafarers.

This time last year after many years of volunteering for one of the national seafarer’s societies, I took on the role of Volunteer Welfare Ship Visitor for the Centre.

I also act as Ambassador for the Centre going out and giving short talks to promote the Centre.

We are always grateful for the support we receive from people such as yourselves, for without it as an independent standalone charity we would not be able to do the work we do.

With very best wishes

David Offord

Volunteer Ship Visitor and Ambassador

Felixstowe Seafarers’ Centre

Newsletter Compiler

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Newsletter 24th March 2018

New to the Parish Church?

New to Godmanchester, or a visitor to the town, and you would like to know more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door at the church. Do make yourself known to the Vicar

John Kane

His funeral will be in the church on Monday 25 March at 11.00am

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Coffee

There will be a coffee morning on Friday 5 April at the home of Jean Morgan to raise money for two new wall boards advertising Mothering Sunday and the Taizé services. The event will run from 10.30 am until midday. We aim to have a bring and buy and a raffle. Please come and support this event and please also bring your friends to enjoy some cakes and scones.

Thanks

On behalf of the Lunn family and Sheila and Peter Hartwell. We would like to thank all those who have offered cards, messages and prayers for Alice.

Today, Thursday 21 March, Alice is still in critical care in Papworth Hospital but she may soon be transferred to Addenbrookes for further treatment.

Again thank you Sheila and Peter.

Lent Groups

This year as usual there will be groups meeting during Lent to explore together how we can grow in faith and live in it more fully. We will be using Your Call, a set of resources for Lent groups created by the Revd CanonDr Jessica Martin at Ely Cathedral. All are welcome to these groups, those new to faith or even not sure about faith at all, as well as those who have practised theChristian faith for many years.

One group will meet in the Vicarage at 10.45 am on Wednesdays during Lent: March 27, April 10. (Please note: there will be no meeting on April 3 – this is a change from the details published in the magazine.) There will be another group meeting at 7.30 pm on Thursday evenings at Jean and Dai Morgan’s house, 2A Earning Street, using the same material – March 28, April 4, 11.

Passover Supper – Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 7.30 pm For generations the uplifting experience of the Passover meal has been celebrated and is seen in the context of God’s saving love, stretching from creation over the whole course of human history. Celebrating this meal together is a wonderful opportunity todiscover a fresh way of telling the story of God’s love, through tastes, textures, prayers readings and songs. This traditional order, or Seder, of this special evening will take place in the St Mary the Virgin Church Hall in Chadley Lane, Godmanchester PE29 2AL. There is a charge of £4.00 for adults but no charge for children, as children are the key to this celebration. Tickets will be available after the 09.30 am service on 31 March, 7and 14 April. Tickets can also be reserved on 01480 493 901. If leaving a message, please advise how many adults and children wish to attend and leave your name and telephone details so that we can contact you. Gill Bathurst​

Churchyard Grass Cutting The churchyard is divided into 14 plots, so ideally we need 14 volunteers. Right now we have nine or ten, including three ladies. Each person has a plot which they cut as required, usually every one to two weeks depending on the weather. There are no fixed times – come when it suits you. Plots take about an hour to cut. Mowers and fuel are of course provided. Please contact me if you would like to know more, or if you think you can join us. We would certainly welcome some more volunteers. Robert Francis, 393 392

Electoral Roll

A reminder that a completely new Church Electoral Rollhas to be drawn up this year and forms are on the table by the South Door. If you wish to be included on the Roll, which means you are qualified to attend the APCM in April and vote in elections to the PCC and Deanery Synod, please complete a form (one per person) and drop it in the box alongside. Even if you have been on the Roll for many years, you will still need to complete a new form this year and they should be returned by the end of March. Any queries, please contact me on 01480 455421 orklrobinson80.

Kate Robinson

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