Newsletter 19th January 2020

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. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, a Churchwarden or sidesperson and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Parish Giving

Several members of our congregation have now joined the new ‘Parish Giving’ scheme which allows contributions to be collected by direct debit through a central C of E organisation and they are then credited as a block payment to our church together with the relevant Gift Aid. The scheme givers donors the option of increasing their payment annually with inflation should they so wish. I now have a further supply of the forms and guidance leaflet so if anyone wishes to change to the new scheme please contact me.

A common comment on the scheme is that people are embarrassed to pass on a collection plate without putting something in it. The Parish Giving organisation has therefore produced a token that can be collected from the back of the church before a service and placed in the collection plate to signify that the donor is using the Parish Giving scheme.

The other option is to use an empty regular donation envelope as I have plenty of spares and then write on the back ‘DD’ or ‘SO’ as appropriate.

Please contact me if you wish to join the Parish Giving scheme or have any questions about giving.

Colin Thirlwall Hon Treasurer

Events Stewards Needed

We are looking for people who will be willing to help set up, steward, and tidy up for events such as concerts booked by outside organisations such as choral societies or orchestras. At the moment much of the work falls on the same few people each time. This would only be a few times a year – the bigger the pool of people we can call on, the fewer times you will be required! Please spread the word outside the church too – all help gratefully received. Please let me know if you or anyone you know are willing to help. David (436400 dwbusk@hotmail.com)

Used Postage Stamps

The Hunts Society for the Blind would much appreciate receiving your used postage stamps. If you are not already collecting them for another charity, please pass any that you may have to Valerie Dyson, or Liz and Peter Irving.

Ladies’ Breakfast

The next Ladies’ breakfast will be held at the Barley Mow on Saturday 1st February at 8.30 am. The speaker is Sheena Glanville RN and she will speak about Parish Nursing Ministries in the UK. Bookings through Helen Dowzall – 01480 455115 preferably by Tuesday 28th January.

Plough Monday and the Curfew

Plough Monday (the first Monday after Epiphany) was last Monday (13th January). It was the day on which people returned to working on the land following the Christmas celebrations and for this reason it was also the day on which the ringing of the curfew bell was re-started after the Christmas break. We no longer ring the curfew every night, but we try and keep the tradition alive by ringing it occasionally throughout the seasons when it would have been rung in the past. We shall therefore attempt to ring the curfew on Thursdays from now on until the end of the curfew season on Lady Day.

‘Getting to Know You’ events

In a fairly large church like ours, with new people regularly joining us, not everyone knows everyone else. We will be holding a series of ‘Getting to Know You’ social events at the Vicarage, so that we can make new friends and acquaintances within the congregation. There will be an evening wine and cheese get-together on Friday 7th February at 7.00 pm, and a mid-morning coffee, cake and biscuit gathering on Wednesday 12th February at 10.30 am, both at the Vicarage. Anyone reading this or hearing about it is welcome. There is a list on the table by the south door of the church – please put your name down if you would like to come. Numbers are limited to thirty at each event, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. We will repeat this later on in the year, so don’t worry if you miss out this time.

David 436400

Bacon Butties

The Charities Committee will be holding Future Bacon Buttie Sundays on the 8th March and 10th May. Please come and support us and have a delicious bap.

For Sale

St Mary’s Choir are selling their piano that resides in the church hall as we now have an excellent piano in church and a keyboard for rehearsals. The piano case is showing its age but it is a perfectly good piano and certainly suitable for someone starting to play. It is available for viewing in the church hall and offers around £50 would be acceptable.

Contact Colin Thirlwall 457018.

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Newsletter 6th January 2020

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. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, a Churchwarden or sidesperson and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Bacon & Sausage Butties

The Charities Committee will be serving delicious Bacon and Sausage Butties following the 9.30am service today. Suggested donation £3 a bap. All proceeds to HAMA. Please come and join us. Jane Nicholls

Parish Giving

Several members of our congregation have now joined the new ‘Parish Giving’ scheme which allows contributions to be collected by direct debit through a central C of E organisation and they are then credited as a block payment to our church together with the relevant Gift Aid. The scheme givers donors the option of increasing their payment annually with inflation should they so wish. I now have a further supply of the forms and guidance leaflet so if anyone wishes to change to the new scheme please contact me.

A common comment on the scheme is that people are embarrassed to pass on a collection plate without putting something in it. The Parish Giving organisation has therefore produced a token that can be collected from the back of the church before a service and placed in the collection plate to signify that the donor is using the Parish Giving scheme.

The other option is to use an empty regular donation envelope as I have plenty of spares and then write on the back ‘DD’ or ‘SO’ as appropriate.

Please contact me if you wish to join the Parish Giving scheme or have any questions about giving.

Colin Thirlwall Hon Treasurer

Events Stewards Needed

We are looking for people who will be willing to help set up, steward, and tidy up for events such as concerts booked by outside organisations such as choral societies or orchestras. At the moment much of the work falls on the same few people each time. This would only be a few times a year – the bigger the pool of people we can call on, the fewer times you will be required! Please spread the word outside the church too – all help gratefully received. Please let me know if you or anyone you know are willing to help. David (436400 dwbusk@hotmail.com)

This CartoonChurch.com cartoon by Dave Walker originally appeared in the Church Times.

Newsletter 29th December 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. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, a Churchwarden orsidesperson and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Men’s Breakfast

The first Churches Together Men’s Breakfast of the New Year will be at The Barley Mow, Hartford on Saturday 4th January beginning at the usual time of 8am. The speaker is Paul Hamilton and his subject: ‘Unlikely Heroes’. All men are very welcome; the charge for the breakfast will be £8. If you are going please let Andrew Fawcett know as soon as possible (andrew.fawcett).

Bacon & Sausage Butties

The Charities Committee will be serving delicious Bacon and Sausage Butties following the 9.45am service on Sunday 5th January. Suggested donation £3 a bap. All proceeds to HAMA. Please come and join us. Jane Nicholls

Parish Giving

Several members of our congregation have now joined the new ‘Parish Giving’ scheme which allows contributions to be collected by direct debit through a central C of E organisation and they are then credited as a block payment to our church together with the relevant Gift Aid. The scheme givers donors the option of increasing their payment annually with inflation should they so wish. I now have a further supply of the forms and guidance leaflet so if anyone wishes to change to the new scheme please contact me.

A common comment on the scheme is that people are embarrassed to pass on a collection plate without putting something in it. The Parish Giving organisation has therefore produced a token that can be collected from the back of the church before a service and placed in the collection plate to signify that the donor is using the Parish Giving scheme.

The other option is to use an empty regular donation envelope as I have plenty of spares and then write on the back ‘DD’ or ‘SO’ as appropriate.

Please contact me if you wish to join the Parish Giving scheme or have any questions about giving.

Colin Thirlwall Hon Treasurer

Used Postage Stamps


The Hunts Society for the Blind would very much appreciate receiving your used postage stamps. If you are not already collecting them for another charity, please pass any that you may have to Valerie Dyson, or Liz and Peter Irving.

Events Stewards Needed

We are looking for people who will be willing to help set up, steward, and tidy up for events such as concerts booked by outside organisations such as choral societies or orchestras. At the moment much of the work falls on the same few people each time. This would only be a few times a year – the bigger the pool of people we can call on, the fewer times you will be required! Please spread the word outside the church too – all help gratefully received. Please let me know if you or anyone you know are willing to help. David (436400 dwbusk)

This CartoonChurch.com cartoon by Dave Walker originally appeared in the Church Times.

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Jim Heeley will be the Newsletter compiler during early January. Contributions please by 8pm on Thursday to: jskc or 412264.

Newsletter 22nd December 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. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, a Churchwarden orsidesperson and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Men’s Breakfast

The first Churches Together Men’s Breakfast of the New Year will be at The Barley Mow, Hartford on Saturday 4th January beginning at the usual time of 8am. The speaker is Paul Hamilton and his subject: ‘Unlikely Heroes’. All men are very welcome; the charge for the breakfast will be £8. If you are going please let Andrew Fawcett know as soon as possible (andrew.fawcett).

Used Postage Stamps


The Hunts Society for the Blind would very much appreciate receiving your used postage stamps. If you are not already collecting them for another charity, please pass any that you may have to Valerie Dyson, or Liz and Peter Irving.

Parish Giving

Several members of our congregation have now joined the new ‘Parish Giving’ scheme which allows contributions to be collected by direct debit through a central C of E organisation and they are then credited as a block payment to our church together with the relevant Gift Aid. The scheme givers donors the option of increasing their payment annually with inflation should they so wish. I now have a further supply of the forms and guidance leaflet so if anyone wishes to change to the new scheme please contact me.

A common comment on the scheme is that people are embarrassed to pass on a collection plate without putting something in it. The Parish Giving organisation has therefore produced a token that can be collected from the back of the church before a service and placed in the collection plate to signify that the donor is using the Parish Giving scheme.

The other option is to use an empty regular donation envelope as I have plenty of spares and then write on the back ‘DD’ or ‘SO’ as appropriate.

Please contact me if you wish to join the Parish Giving scheme or have any questions about giving.

Colin Thirlwall Hon Treasurer

This CartoonChurch.com cartoon by Dave Walker originally appeared in the Church Times.

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Jim Heeley is the Newsletter compiler during December. Contributions please by 8pm on Thursday to: jskc or 412264.

Tuesday 24th December – Christmas Eve

Nativity Service​Separate order of service

Service of Nine​Separate order of service

Lessons & Carols​

Quiet Christmas Separate order of service

Midnight Mass​President & Preacher: David Busk​Deacon: Jean Morgan

Reading​Isaiah 52.7-10 (OT p709)

Gospel​John 1.1-14 (NT p98)

Hymns​26, 29, 32, 30 (vs 1,2,5,6,7)​​Please omit * verses

Communion​35, 21, 40, 280

Collect

Eternal God,
in the stillness of this night you sent your almighty Word
to pierce the world’s darkness with the light of salvation:
give to the earth the peace that we long for
and fill our hearts with the joy of heaven
through our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Wednesday 25th December – Christmas Day

Holy Communion​Minister: David Busk

Readings​Isaiah 9.2-7 (OT p664)

​Luke 2.1-20 (NT p62)

Sung Eucharist​President & Preacher: David Busk​Deacon: Jean Morgan

Readings​Isaiah 9.2-7 (OT p664)

​Titus 2.11-14 (NT p230)

Gospel​Luke 2.1-20 (NT p62)

Intercessions​Jean Morgan

Hymns​30 (vs 1,2,5,6,7), 24, 42, 26​Please omit * verses

Communion​ 22, 32

Collect

Lord Jesus Christ,
your birth at Bethlehem
draws us to kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth:
accept our heartfelt praise
as we worship you,
our Saviour and our eternal God.

Newsletter 15th December 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. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, a Churchwarden or sidesperson and pleasejoin us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Vicarage Home Group

We meet again on Wednesday 18th December at 10.45am in the Vicarage, for prayer, bible study, chat and coffee. All are welcome, and there is no need to let me know you’re coming or to come each time. Give it a go! If you can’t come this time, it’s always on the third Wednesday of the month.

Parish Giving

Several members of our congregation have now joined the new ‘Parish Giving’ scheme which allows contributions to be collected by direct debit through a central C of E organisation and they are then credited as a block payment to our church together with the relevant Gift Aid. The scheme givers donors the option of increasing their payment annually with inflation should they so wish. I now have a further supply of the forms and guidance leaflet so if anyone wishes to change to the new scheme please contact me.

A common comment on the scheme is that people are embarrassed to pass on a collection plate without putting something in it. The Parish Giving organisation has therefore produced a token that can be collected from the back of the church before a service and placed in the collection plate to signify that the donor is using the Parish Giving scheme.

The other option is to use an empty regular donation envelope as I have plenty of spares and then write on the back ‘DD’ or ‘SO’ as appropriate.

Please contact me if you wish to join the Parish Giving scheme or have any questions about giving.

Colin Thirlwall Hon Treasurer

Events Stewards Needed

We are looking for people who will be willing to help set up, steward, and tidy up for events such as concerts booked by outside organisations such as choral societies or orchestras. At the moment much of the work falls on the same few people each time. This would only be a few times a year – the bigger the pool of people we can call on, the fewer times you will be required! Please spread the word outside the church too – all help gratefully received. Please let me know if you or anyone you know are willing to help. David (436400 dwbusk@hotmail.com)

This CartoonChurch.com cartoon by Dave Walker originally appeared in the Church Times.

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Jim Heeley is the Newsletter compiler duringDecember. Contributions please by 8pm on Thursday to: jskc or 412264.

Newsletter 8th December 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. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, a Churchwarden or sidesperson and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Connie Andrews: Thanksgiving

A Service of Thanksgiving for Connie Andrews will take place at Godmanchester Baptist Church, East Chadley Lane, at 2pm on Monday 9th December. This will be preceded by a cremation service at Cambridge Crematorium, West Chapel, earlier the same day at 11am. All are welcome to come to these services.

Wives’ Group

The Wives’ Group are celebrating the festive season with a shared meal at a member’s home on Tuesday 10th December at the earlier time of 7pm. Please ring me for details. Olwyn Hurd (chairman) 01480 458700.

The Sleeping Beauty

Come to see our wonderful film production of Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ ballet on Saturday 14th December at 6pm in church; in aid of the Transformation Fund. We welcome all children and those under 14 can come free. Babies also welcome. There is plenty of room in church and crying babies are somehow not noticed. Children will be able to choose free sweets and all-comers will be offered free mince pies. There will be mulled wine and a raffle. Tickets £10. The Friends of St Mary’s

Vicarage Home Group

We meet again on Wednesday 18th December at 10.45am in the Vicarage, for prayer, bible study, chat and coffee. All are welcome, and there is no need to let me know you’re coming or to come each time. Give it a go! If you can’t come this time, it’s always on the third Wednesday of the month.

Parish Giving

Several members of our congregation have now joined the new ‘Parish Giving’ scheme which allows contributions to be collected by direct debit through a central C of E organisation and they are then credited as a block payment to our church together with the relevant Gift Aid. The scheme givers donors the option of increasing their payment annually with inflation should they so wish. I now have a further supply of the forms and guidance leaflet so if anyone wishes to change to the new scheme please contact me.

A common comment on the scheme is that people are embarrassed to pass on a collection plate without putting something in it. The Parish Giving organisation has therefore produced a token that can be collected from the back of the church before a service and placed in the collection plate to signify that the donor is using the Parish Giving scheme.

The other option is to use an empty regular donation envelope as I have plenty of spares and then write on the back ‘DD’ or ‘SO’ as appropriate.

Please contact me if you wish to join the Parish Giving scheme or have any questions about giving.

Colin Thirlwall Hon Treasurer

Events Stewards Needed

We are looking for people who will be willing to help set up, steward, and tidy up for events such as concerts booked by outside organisations such as choral societies or orchestras. At the moment much of the work falls on the same few people each time. This would only be a few times a year – the bigger the pool of people we can call on, the fewer times you will be required! Please spread the word outside the church too – all help gratefully received. Please let me know if you or anyone you know are willing to help. David (436400 dwbusk@hotmail.com)

Thank you

We are so grateful for all the expressions of good wishes on our marriage, and for the excessively generous cheque. Thank you all very much indeed.

With our love, Anja and David

Christmas Bazaar

The total income for church funds from the Christmas Bazaar was £1,530, an increase of £250 over 2018 so many thanks to everyone that contributed to the success of the event.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!

Many thanks to everyone who helped during the bazaar. It was a very enjoyable afternoon and all your efforts were greatly appreciated. Thank you to the members of the wives group who provided delicious cakes and cups of tea all afternoon.

The Bazaar Committee.

Thank you

The Wives’ Group would like to send a huge "thank you" to everyone who contributed to the teas for the Bazaar. We were so grateful and all our customers remarked on the wonderful display of goodies on offer. Again, many thanks. Olwyn Hurd (chairman).

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Jim Heeley is the Newsletter compiler during December. Contributions please by 8pmonThursday to: jskc or 412264.

Newsletter 1st December 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. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, a Churchwarden or sidesperson and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service.

Holy Baptism

Today we welcome Isaac and Seth Whapshott into the family of Christ with Holy Baptism at 11.30am. Please keep them, their family and supporters in your prayers and do come along to support if you can.

Advent Carol Service & Mince Pies

Our annual Advent Carol Service will be held in church today, Sunday 1st December, at 6:30pm. This service is a wonderful start to the season of Advent beginning in candlelight with an augmented choir leading the congregation. After the service wine & mince pies provided by the choir will be served in the Parish Room to all from the congregation. Do come along to this wonderful service.

Christmas Bazaar

The total income for church funds from the Christmas Bazaar was £1,530, an increase of £250 over 2018 so many thanks to everyone that contributed to the success of the event.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!

Many thanks to everyone who helped during the bazaar. It was a very enjoyable afternoon and all your efforts were greatly appreciated. Thank you to the members of the wives group who provided delicious cakes and cups of tea all afternoon.

The Bazaar Committee.

Thank you

The Wives Group would like to send a huge "thank you" to everyone who contributed to the teas for the Bazaar last Saturday. We were so grateful and all our customers remarked on the wonderful display of goodies on offer. Again, many thanks.

Olwyn Hurd (chairman).

Parish Giving

Several members of our congregation have now joined the new ‘Parish Giving’ scheme which allows contributions to be collected by direct debit through a central C of E organisation and they are then credited as a block payment to our church together with the relevant Gift Aid. The scheme givers donors the option of increasing their payment annually with inflation should they so wish. I now have a further supply of the forms and guidance leaflet so if anyone wishes to change to the new scheme please contact me.

A common comment on the scheme is that people are embarrassed to pass on a collection plate without putting something in it. The Parish Giving organisation has therefore produced a token that can be collected from the back of the church before a service and placed in the collection plate to signify that the donor is using the Parish Giving scheme.

The other option is to use an empty regular donation envelope as I have plenty of spares and then write on the back ‘DD’ or ‘SO’ as appropriate.

Please contact me if you wish to join the Parish Giving scheme or have any questions about giving.

Colin Thirlwall Hon Treasurer

Churches Together Hustings

As at previous general elections, Churches Together in Huntingdon, Godmanchester & St Neots have organised hustings at which the local parliamentary candidates will both present their views and be available for questioning. All are welcome to this, not just church members – it is organised by local churches on behalf of the whole community. The next takes place on Wednesday 4th December (7-9pm) in St Neots United Reformed Church and the final one on Sunday 8th December (3-4.30pm) in Brampton Parish Church. All candidates for the Huntingdon constituency election have been invited. Do spread the word.

Thank You

We are so grateful for all the expressions of good wishes on our marriage, and for the excessively generous cheque. Thank you all very much indeed. Our love, Anja & David

Leaves Task Force

Please join us on Saturday 7th December, for an hour or so, to help clear leaves from the area around the church. We’ll be there from 9.30am onwards. Bring rakes if you have them. Tea and coffee provided! Robert Francis 01480 393392

Nicholas Ferrar Day

Little Gidding is one of the ‘holy places’ of Huntingdonshire, particularly because of the Ferrar household who lived there as a religious community from 1625 to 1646. The annual commemoration of Nicholas Ferrar, leader of the community, will take place on Saturday 7th December. After the Eucharist at 10.30am in Little Gidding church the clergy of the parish (Mandy Flaherty and Fiona Brampton) will speak about their vision for the next chapter in the history of Little Gidding. For further information about Little Gidding, contact Robert Caroe or Jonathan Young.

Connie Andrews: Thanksgiving

A Service of Thanksgiving for Connie Andrews will take place at Godmanchester Baptist Church, East Chadley Lane, at 2pm on Monday 9th December. This will be preceded by a cremation service at Cambridge Crematorium, West Chapel, earlier the same day at 11am. All are welcome to both services.

Events Stewards Needed

We are looking for people who will be willing to help set up, steward, and tidy up for events such as concerts booked by outside organisations such as choral societies or orchestras. At the moment much of the work falls on the same few people each time. This would only be a few times a year – the bigger the pool of people we can call on, the fewer times you will be required! Please let me know if you or anyone you know are willing to help. David (436400 dwbusk@hotmail.com)

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Jim Heeley is the Newsletter compiler during December. Contributions please by 8pmonThursday to: jskc or 412264.

Newsletter 24th November 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. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, a Churchwarden orsidesperson and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Churches Together Hustings

As at previous general elections, Churches Together in Huntingdon,Godmanchester & St Neots have organised hustings at which the local parliamentary candidates will both present their views and be available for questioning. All are welcome to this, not just church members – it is organised by local churches on behalf of the whole community. The first takes place today at the Medway Centre in Medway Road (off Coneygear Road), Huntingdon, from 7pm to 10pm. The second is on Wednesday 4th December (7-9pm) in St Neots United Reformed Church and the third on Sunday 8th December (3-4.30 pm) in Brampton Parish Church. All candidates for the Huntingdon constituency election have been invited. Do spread the word.

Thank you

We are so grateful for all the expressions of good wishes on our marriage, and for the excessively generous cheque. Thank you all very much indeed.

With our love, Anja and David

Advent Carol Service & Mince Pies

Our annual Advent Carol Service will be held in church on Sunday 1st December at 6:30pm. This service is a wonderful start to the season of Advent beginning in candlelight with an augmented choir leading the congregation. After the service wine & mince pies provided by the choir will be served in the Parish Room to all from the congregation. Do come along to this wonderful service.

Events Stewards needed

We are looking for people who will be willing to help set up, steward, and tidy up for events such as concerts booked by outside organisations such as choral societies or orchestras. At the moment much of the work falls on the same few people each time. This would only be a few times a year – the bigger the pool of people we can call on, the fewer times you will be required! Please spread the word outside the church too – all help gratefully received. Please let me know if you or anyone you know are willing to help. David (436400 dwbusk)

Leaves Task Force

Please join us on Saturday 7th December, for an hour or so, to help clear leaves from the area around the church. We’ll be there from 9.30am onwards. Bring rakes if you have them. Tea and coffee provided! Robert Francis 01480 393392

Nicholas Ferrar Day

Little Gidding is one of the ‘holy places’ of Huntingdonshire, particularly because of the Ferrar household who lived there as a religious community from 1625 to 1646. The annual commemoration of Nicholas Ferrar, leader of the community, will take place on Saturday 7th December. After the Eucharist at 10.30am in Little Gidding church the clergy of the parish (Mandy Flaherty and Fiona Brampton) will speak about their vision for the next chapter in the history of Little Gidding. For further information about Little Gidding, contact Robert Caroe or Jonathan Young.

Sidespersons

I am currently preparing the rota for the Christmas period and would welcome offers to assist at the following December services:

Sunday 22nd – Christingle at 3pm

Tuesday 24th Christmas Eve –

Family Carols / Crib Service at 4pm

Nine Lessons & Carols 6pm

Midnight Eucharist 11.30pm

Wednesday 25th Christmas Day –

Holy Communion 8am

Sung Eucharist 9.30am

All other services for 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th as the issued rota.

I shall also be preparing the rota for January to June 2020; if you know of any dates you wish me to avoid please advise. Thank you.

Peter Hartwell 01480 453336 or peter.hartwell

Christmas Food for our Ugandan Friends

Last year we joined in with the Christmas Food Distribution Programme of the Friends of North Kigezi Diocese, our link with Maaya in Uganda. We helped three of the poorest families in our area with food for a month. It’s still only £40 per family – can we do the same again? Please give generously to the retiring collection after services between now and the end of the month.

Newsletter Compiler

Jim Heeley is the Newsletter compiler during December. Contributions please by 8pm on Thursday to: jskc or 412264.

Newsletter 17th November 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. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, a Churchwarden or sidesperson and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Thank You

On behalf of myself and all my family I would like to offer our sincere thanks to all my friends from St Mary’s congregation who have been so supportive to my late mother and particularly to me during the very stressful and difficult time prior to her death and for the presence of so many of her friends at her funeral.

Many thanks for all who sent cards, letters and messages of condolence; to David and Jean for their love and prayers and to Colin, Ken and all the choir for the beautiful hymns, anthem and perfect rendition of the "Clare Benediction" (with very little time to rehearse the music!) Catheryn Turrell

Sidespersons

I am currently preparing the rota for the Christmas period and would welcome offers to assist at the following December services:

Sunday 22nd – Christingle at 3pm

Tuesday 24th Christmas Eve

Family Carols / Crib Service at 4pm

Nine Lessons & Carols 6pm

Midnight Eucharist 11.30pm

Wednesday 25th Christmas Day

Holy Communion 8am

Sung Eucharist 9.30am

All other services for 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th as the issued rota.

I shall also be preparing the rota for January to June 2020; if you know of any dates you wish me to avoid please advise. Thank you.

Peter Hartwell 01480 453336 or peter.hartwell@btinternet.com

Vicarage Home Group

We meet again on Wednesday 20th at 10.45am in the Vicarage, for prayer, bible study, chat and coffee. All are welcome, and there is no need to let me know you’re coming or to come each time. Give it a go!

Christmas Food for our Ugandan Friends

Last year we joined in with the Christmas Food Distribution Programme of the Friends of North Kigezi Diocese, our link with Maaya in Uganda. We helped three of the poorest families in our area with food for a month. It’s still only £40 per family – can we do the same again? Please give generously to the retiring collection after services between now and the end of the month.

Christmas Bazaar – 23rd November

The Christmas Bazaar will take place in the Church & Church Hall from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 23rd November.

Father Christmas is hoping to see as many children as possible.

Those listed below have kindly offered to be responsible for the various stalls:

GRAND DRAW Peter and Jennie Morgan 700755
REFRESHMENTS Wives’ Group
CAKES Pam Ayres
NEW GIFTS Lucilia Azevedo 381311
KNITWEAR Phillipa Leipa 413657
TOMBOLA Janet Ranger and Pauline Molyneaux 412161

454916

BOOKS Liz and Peter Irving 382144
BOTTLE STALL David Bowers 07757804747
BRAN TUB Gill Bathurst 493901
CHRISTMASMFLORAL DECORATIONS Flower Guild
GAMES Helena Azevedo.
CHRISTMAS CARDS Paula Williams 411470

Stalls will be ready for preparation by 10.30am. Items such as Grand Draw prizes, new gifts, produce, cakes, toys and unopened bottles would be very welcome. Please contact individual stallholders or bring items to the Church or Church Hall by 1pm on the day.

If you would like to help in any way, eg run the Games or help with the Gift Stall please contact Jean Morgan on 417502 or morgan_01339@msn.com

Christmas Bazaar Books

We still have room for some more books on the Christmas Bazaar bookstall. Any donations can be left at the back of the church throughout the week, dropped off at 26 Post Street or brought along to us at the stall on the day from 10.30am onwards.

Peter & Liz Irving

Christmas Bazaar Teas

The Wives’ Group have been asked to provide teas at the Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 23rd November. Once again, may I ask for contributions as we are a small group. We shall be at the church hall from 10.30am on the day to receive your "goodies" or please ring me for alternative arrangements. Thanking you all in anticipation. Olwyn Hurd (458700)

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Newsletter 10th November 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. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, a Churchwarden or sidesperson and join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Thank You

On behalf of myself and all my family I would like to offer our sincere thanks to all my friends from St Mary’s congregation who have been so supportive to my late mother and particularly to me during the very stressful and difficult time prior to her death and for the presence of so many of her friends at her funeral.

Many thanks for all who sent cards, letters and messages of condolence; to David and Jean for their love and prayers and to Colin, Ken and all the choir for the beautiful hymns, anthem and perfect rendition of the "Clare Benediction" (with very little time to rehearse the music!) Catheryn Turrell

Christmas Food for our Ugandan Friends

Last year we joined in with the Christmas Food Distribution Programme of the Friends of North Kigezi Diocese, our link with Maaya in Uganda. We helped three of the poorest families in our area with food for a month. It’s still only £40 per family – can we do the same again? Please give generously to the retiring collection after services between now and the end of the month.

Wives’ Group

Our next meeting on Tuesday 12th November will be a film showing at a member’s home. Bring & Buy theme will be – Christmas! – and please will members bring their hamper contributions with them (if possible). We have been asked to provide teas at the Church Bazaar on Saturday 23rd November, so plans for that will be discussed at our meeting, as will the menu for our Christmas party. Olwyn Hurd (458700).

David and Anja’s Wedding

We are marrying at St Mary’s, Albury, Anja’s parish church next Saturday 16th November at 4pm. All Godmanchester (and Hilton) friends are warmly invited to attend both the service and very simple ‘do’ in the pub afterwards. No need to let us know if you are coming to the service only. If you wish to come to the ‘do’, please let us know for catering purposes. St Mary’s Albury is near Bishop’s Stortford at Church End, Albury, Ware, Herts. SG11 2JQ. Please, no presents, just your presence. With love. Anja and David

Handel’s Messiah – 16th November

St Ives Choral Society will be performing what is probably the best known and loved oratorio of all. Messiah will be SICS first outing to Godmanchester church, where we look forward to performing by candlelight in the lovely acoustic there. We are delighted to be joined by young singers from Hinchingbrooke School, singing the duet version of ‘How Beautiful are the Feet’.

Tickets (£12, £10 conc) are available online from ticketsource.co.uk/st-ives-choral-society and at the door on the night; depending on availability.

Christmas Bazaar – 23rd November

The Christmas Bazaar will take place in the Church & Church Hall from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 23rd November.

Father Christmas is hoping to see as many children as possible.

Those listed below have kindly offered to be responsible for the various stalls:

GRAND DRAW Peter and Jennie Morgan 700755
REFRESHMENTS Wives’ Group
CAKES Pam Ayres
NEW GIFTS Lucilia Azevedo 381311
KNITWEAR Phillipa Leipa 413657
TOMBOLA Janet Ranger and Pauline Molyneaux 412161

454916

BOOKS Liz and Peter Irving 382144
BOTTLE STALL David Bowers 07757804747
BRAN TUB Gill Bathurst 493901
CHRISTMASMFLORAL DECORATIONS Flower Guild
GAMES Helena Azevedo.
CHRISTMAS CARDS Paula Williams 411470

Stalls will be ready for preparation by 10.30am. Items such as Grand Draw prizes, new gifts, produce, cakes, toys and unopened bottles would be very welcome. Please contact individual stallholders or bring items to the Church or Church Hall by 1pm on the day.

If you would like to help in any way, eg run the Games or help with the Gift Stall please contact Jean Morgan on 417502 or morgan_01339@msn.com

Christmas Bazaar Teas

The Wives’ Group have been asked to provide teas at the Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 23rd November. Once again, may I ask for contributions as we are a small group. We shall be at the church hall from 10.30am on the day to receive your "goodies" or please ring me for alternative arrangements. Thanking you all in anticipation. Olwyn Hurd (458700)

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Volunteers from Godmanchester church used to help occasionally with Sunday Eucharist at Hinchingbrooke hospital. A group from Hilton still does so. Volunteers bring patients – usually in wheelchairs – to and from the chapel, where patients and helpers worship together, with one of the chaplains presiding. The chaplaincy team would be grateful for more volunteers, so that the Eucharist can be celebrated with patients more regularly on Sundays throughout the year. Volunteers from parishes typically take a turn about twice a year. NHS rules require certain formalities to be observed in relation to appointment as a chaplaincy volunteer. For more information please contact Jonathan Young 453350 or Peter & Liz Irving 382144.

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Jim Heeley is the Newsletter compiler during November and December. Contributions please by 8pmonThursday to: jskc or 412264.