Newsletter 21st July 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, one of the Churchwardens or sidespersonsand please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Bacon Butties

There will be bacon / sausage butties along with coffee after church today and Sunday 8 September. The plan is that it will become a regular bi monthly event in aid of charity.

Kate Berkshire

Parish Praise next Sunday

Parish Praise will take place next Sunday (28th) at 1.30 am in St Anne’s School. Please come. There will of course be no 9.30 am Eucharist that day.

Mashambanzou BBQ – £550 Raised

We raised total of £550 at our recent BBQ. The weather was fine, and nearly 40 adults and children attended. Thanks to all those who came, contributed raffle prizes, salads and desserts, or made donations. Thanks also to those who helped set up, and clear up at the end

Robert Francis

GMiB Flower Awards

This year our informal competition for the best front garden, window box container, hanging baskets will take place during week commencing 29 July

JCT

Dates for your Diary

Party in the Pews With HUM Swing Band

Doors open at 7 pm, Saturday 7 September at St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester

£25 per ticket, to include hot food at 8pm

Pay bar, Raffle, Dancing until 12.30am

1940s dress optional, sit & listen or dance the night away…………

BOOK NOW!

In aid of the transformation fund for St Mary’s – to make the parish church a space fit for the Community in the 21st century

To reserve your ticket,

Please call 01480 437090

or email partyinthepews

Newsletter 14th July 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, one of the Churchwardens or sidespersons and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Beatrice Moore

Late of Rectory Farm Cottages, Godmanchester. Her funeral will be on Thursday July 18 at 1.00pm in the church.

May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Jazz in the Vicarage Garden, Saturday 20 July

Yes, it’s nearly time for what has become a favourite annual event in the Godmanchester calendar: wonderful jazz from Barry Palser’s Savoy Jazz Band in the Vicarage Garden. A lovely evening for everyone with the opportunity to sample one of Christopher Vane Percy’s legendary Pimms cocktails and enjoy a complimentary strawberry and cream tart. Bring your own picnic, something to drink and something to sit on. Organised by the Friends of St Mary the Virgin, proceeds to the Transformation Fund.

Gates open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start, entrance via Post Street. If wet, will be held in the church.

Tickets £10, from 01480 411242 or 07757 804747 children under 14 FREE

Vicarage home group

The Vicarage home group will meet again on Wednesday July 17 at 10.45 am. All are welcome – no need to say if you’re coming. We spend about an hour and a half in prayer, bible study and wherever conversation leads us, with coffee. Do give it a try.

David 436400

Bacon Butties

There will be bacon / sausage butties along with coffee after church on Sunday 21 July and Sunday 8 September. The plan is that it will become a regular bi monthly event in aid of charity.

Kate Berkshire

Mashambanzou BBQ – £550 Raised

We raised total of £550 at last Sunday’s BBQ. The weather was fine, and nearly 40 adults and children attended. Thanks to all those who came, contributed raffle prizes, salads and desserts, or made donations. Thanks also to those who helped set up, and clear up at the end.

Robert Francis

New Fish Pass

At the suggestion of HDC who are the owners of the Mill Steps, a new town community group meets next week to assist with the restoration of the steps area and the installation of a Fish Pass. Godmanchester is the only settlement on the Great Ouse not to have a fish pass. This will allow fish and eels to swim to and from their spawning grounds. The main funding is in place and all being well once the design etc. is finalised it is hoped work will start in the spring of 2020.

GMiB Flower Awards

This year our informal competition for the best front garden, window box container, hanging baskets will take place during week commencing 29 July.

JCT

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Newsletter – 23rd June 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.

Gala Day

Gala Day is close at hand and this year falls on Saturday July 6th. This year we are able to man a tea tent. With that in mind we need strong volunteers to help erect the tents. The Baptists are bringing theirs and we have a brand new one too. We aim to start setting up at 10.30 am and we really do need helpers for this.

We also need volunteers who would be willing to spend an hour selling tea and cakes, and of course, lots of cakes as this is usually a very popular place to have tea. Donations of cakes can be given to me or brought on the day. Everyone is usually very generous so we are relying on your generosity again this year. If you can help please Inform me, Lucilia or Andrew Fawcett.

Jean Morgan 417502 or 07913 203134 or Lucilia Azevedo 381311 or 07786234571 Andrew Fawcett 458383.

Mens Breakfast

The next Churches Together Mens breakfast will be held at the Barley Mow, Hartford on Saturday 6th July 2019 beginning at the usual time of 8:00 am. The speaker will be Michael Trend, a Conservative MP who found himself at the centre of an expenses scandal in 2002. From the corridors of power to sudden disgrace, hear him share how a period of such difficulty was the beginning of a return to faith in Jesus. The breakfast cost will be £8. All men welcome; for catering purposes please let Andrew Fawcett (andrew.fawcett) know by Tuesday 2 July if you will be coming. We plan to finish by 9:30 am.

Mashambanzou BBQ, Sunday 7 July

The Charities Committee is holding a BBQ in the Vicarage Garden/Church Hall at 12.30 on Sunday 7 July to raise funds for Mashambanzou Care Trust (MCT) in Zimbabwe. Established in 1989, MCT provides support to children orphaned as the result of HIV/AIDS, runs preventative educational programmes and looks after HIV/AIDS sufferers. Last year MCT provided care, treatment and support to over 250 HIV/AIDS sufferers. I visited MCT in 2000, and my son Edward, who is a director of a UK based youth charity working in many African countries, also visited in 2017. He was impressed by MCT, and wrote a report on their activities which was very complimentary. Copies of Edward’s report and MCT’s 2018 Annual Report are at the back of the church.

This is a known charity working effectively on the front line with very vulnerable people in a poverty stricken country. Please support us by coming! Tickets on sale today: £12 for adults, £6 for children. Food and soft drinks provided. BYOB. If you can’t come, please consider making a donation.

Robert Francis Tel: 393 392

Thank you

The Wives Group would like to thank everyone who provided cakes, helped with the teas and of course-came to sample our wares ! We made a fantastic profit of £305, our best ever. Again many thanks, Olwyn Hurd (chairman)

Thank you again.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the fete last week a success. Thanks to your efforts we made 1.190 pounds.

The fete committee

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Newsletter 16th June 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.

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.

Christian Aid

The grand total raised for Christian Aid which includes the Coffee Morning and Songs of Praise was 1,416pounds. (Sorry, but the pound button gives me a hash at the moment.) So tank you again to everyone who helped.

Jean Morgan

Gala Day

Gala Day is close at hand and this year falls on Saturday July 6th. This year we are able to man a tea tent. With that in mind we need strong volunteers to help erect the tents. The Baptists are bringing theirsand we have a brand new one too. We aim to start setting up at 10.30 am and we really do need helpers for this,

We also need volunteers who would be willing to spend an hour selling tea and cakes, and of course, lots of cakes as this is usually a very popular place to have tea. Donations of cakes can be given to me or brought on the day . Everyone is usually very generous so we are relying on your generosity again this year. If you can hel please let me or Lucilia know.

Jean Morgan 417502 or 07913 203134 or LuciliaAzevedo 381311 or 07786234571

A Topical thought!!

“The oldest computer in the world was owned by Adam and Eve. It was an Apple with very limited memory just 1 Byte and everything crashed!!”

Some more Hymn ideas to make you smile.

Hymns for People Over 50

Give Me the Old Timers Religion

Precious Lord, Take My Hand, And Help Me Up

Just a Slower Walk with Thee

Go Tell It on the Mountain, But Speak Up

Nobody Knows the Trouble I Have Seeing

Guide Me O Thou Great Lord God, I’ve Forgotten Where I’ve Parked The Car

Count Your Many Birthdays, Count Them One By One

Blessed Insurance

It Is Well With My Soul, But My Knees Hurt

How to Get Into Heaven

A man dies and meets St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. Peter says to the man, “Here’s how it works. You need to have one hundred points to get into heaven. You tell me about all the good things you’ve done. They are all worth a certain number of points. If your total is one hundred or more, you can come in.”

“Well,” says the man. “I was happily married to the same woman for 52 years. I never looked at another woman. I was attentive and loved her dearly.”

“That’s great,” says St. Peter. “That’ll be two points.”

“Hmmm,” says the man. “This is going to be harder than I thought. Well, I attended church regularly, volunteered my time and tithed faithfully.”

“Wonderful,” says St. Peter, “That’s worth another point” One point!” says the man. “Okay, okay. I was involved with a prison ministry for twenty-five years. I went into the prison, at least monthly, and shared Jesus with them.”

“Wow!” says St. Peter. “That’s another two points!”

“Only two points!” says the man. “At this rate, it’ll be only by the grace of God that’ll I’ll ever get into this place.”

“Bingo!” says St. Peter. “That’s one hundred points! Come on in.”

Life After Death

A boss asked one of his employees, “Do you believe in life after death?”

“Yes, sir,” replied the new employee.

“I thought you would,” said the boss. “Yesterday after you left to go to your grandmother’s funeral, she stopped in to see you!”

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Newsletter 9th June 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 theChurchwardens.

WIVES GROUP

There will be NO meeting this month as some members are going to see a live screening of Romeo and Juliet. We are doing teas at the fete and ask for kind donations of cakes etc to sell. We shall be at the church hall from midmorning on Saturday 15th June. Looking forward to seeing all ladies who are able to spare a while to help, and of course to welcoming everyone to our cake bonanza Olwyn Hurd (458700 ).

CHURCH 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. Please could you look on the table by the font as there may be some raffle tickets there for you to buy or sell. Thank you all for your support.

Jean Morgan

Godmanchester’s Midsummer Evening History Talks

On Saturday June 22nd at 7pm in St Mary’s Church there 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 will be available to buy.

Q & A sermon June 9th

The sermon at the 9.30 am Eucharist today 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 are question slips available in church which need to be given to me before the service. Obviously, if I receive a lot it won’t be possible to address all of them, so they will be selected at random this morning. If time permits, I hope to invite comments from the congregation, not just questions, but we may find time does not permit!

David 436400 / 0778636041 dwbusk

Christian Aid

Thank you to everyone who helped by attending events or by doing house to house collections. Thanks to the efforts of collectors we raised £1265.35 which is an excellent result.

Jean Morgan

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Newsletter 2nd June 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.

Baptism

Please Pray for Theo Jacklin who is to be baptised today and for his parents and godparents.

ANNUAL PLANT SALE

This was a great success last week end. Thank you to all who came and bought so generously and thank you so much to all the helpers selling the plants and teas for their hard work and invaluable contribution. The sale of plants made £752 and the sale of teas made £1116 which makes a grand total of £1868 for the church. The visitors to the garden made £1563 for local cancer charities via the National Garden Scheme. What wonderful results for all concerned.

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 ChURCH 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. Please could you look on the table by the font as there may be some raffle tickets there for you to buy or sell. Thank you all for your support.

Jean Morgan

Godmanchester’s Midsummer Evening History Talks

On Saturday June 22nd at 7pm in St Mary’s Church there 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 will be available to buy.

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 contact me 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 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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