Newsletter 17th March 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 and pleasejoin us for refreshments after the 09.30am Eucharist service today.

Green for Godmanchester Community Meeting

Monday 18 March 2019 7.00 for 7.30 In the Church

We would like to welcome you to the first meeting celebrating the wonderful work & progress being made by the community to develop & support a greener Town.Short talks about Planters, Flower Arranging, Trees, Orchards, Town Show, Open Gardens, Schools, Causeway Dredging, new Country Park and so much more.

Mission to Seafarers

Bob and I will hopefully be visiting Felixstowe next Saturday 23 March. Grateful thanks to everyone who has given contributions for the seafarers and if anyone else has hats, gloves etc we shall be pleased to accept them. Please ring before you come, we would hate for you to have a wasted journey. Bob and Olwyn Hurd.(01480 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: March 20, 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 21, 28, April 4, 11.

Frugal lunch

There will be a frugal lunch in the church hall today at 12.00 noon. This is to support the Bishop’s Lent Appeal, which in conjunction with Christian Aid aims to give business opportunities through sustainable energy projects for women in rural Malawi, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Honduras. No charge, but donations are invited, and there will be a raffle for which prizes will be gratefully received.

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.

Passover Supper – Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 7.30 pm

For generations theuplifting 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​

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 Roll has to be drawn up thisyear 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

Newsletter Compiler

Bizz Thackray will be the Newsletter compiler for March Contributions by 8pm onThursday please to: 01480 457722 or bizzthackray.

Newsletter March 10th 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 and please join us for refreshments after the 09.30am Eucharist service today.

Wives’ Group

Our meeting on 12 March at 7.30pm in the church hall, will be a presentation by magmas. As we are sure this can be of interest to all, we invite all ladies – and gentlemen to come. We ask £2 admission which goes toward our chosen charity for 2019. Bring and buy theme is Easter. If you have any queries, please ring me on 01480 458700 or email me at olwyn.hurd@ntlworld.com. Hope to welcome you on Tuesday.

Olwyn Hurd (chairman)

Bellringers

On Saturday 16 March, we will be welcoming a visiting team of bellringers from the Post and Telecom Ringers Guild. You should be able to hear them ringing between 2.00pm and 2.45pm

Charles Looker

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: March 13, 20, 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 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11.

Thank you to everyone who donated their postage stamps for the Hunts Society for the Blind.

Further donations welcome throughout the year unless you are collecting for another charity.

Val Dyson, Peter & Liz Irving

Frugal lunch

There will be a frugal lunch in the church hall on Sunday March 17 at 12.00 noon. This is to support the Bishop’s Lent Appeal, which in conjunction with Christian Aid aims to give business opportunities through sustainable energy projects for women in rural Malawi, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Honduras. No charge, but donations are invited, and there will be a raffle for which prizes will be gratefully received.

Churchyard Grass Cutting

Spring is approaching, and we are starting to cut the churchyard grass again. We are several people short of our full complement, so several of us are looking after more than one plot.

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 Roll has 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@gmail.com.

Kate Robinson

Green for Godmanchester

Community Meeting

Monday 18 March 2019 7.00 for 7.30

In the Church

We would like to welcome you to the first meeting celebrating the wonderful work & progress being made by the community to develop & support a greener Town. Short talks about Planters, Flower Arranging, Trees, Orchards, Town Show, Open Gardens, Schools, Causeway Dredging, new Country Park and so much more.

Newsletter Compiler

Bizz Thackray will be the Newsletter compiler for March Contributions by 8pm on Thursday please to: 01480 457722 or bizzthackray@hotmail.com

Newsletter 3rd March 2019

Holy Baptism

Today we welcome Jamie, Luca and Reece Elderton into the family of Christ. Please support them, their parents and friends with your prayers and all present with them in church this morning.

A Glass of Something!!
Jean and Dai would like those who can to join us in a glass of fizz or something and some nibbles after church tonight to celebrate our Joint 80th birthday.
We need no gifts or cards, just your presence if you are able to come. We look forward to seeing you.

Ash Wednesday

Lent begins this Wednesday, March 6, and as usual we will mark it by holding a Sung Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes (a mark made on the forehead with ash as a symbol of penitence) at 7.30pm in church. Please come!

Frugal lunch

There will be a frugal lunch in the church hall on Sunday March 17 at 12.00 noon. This is to support the Bishop’s Lent Appeal, which in conjunction with Christian Aid aims to give business opportunities through sustainable energy projects for women in rural Malawi, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Honduras. No charge, but donations are invited, and there will be a raffle for which prizes will be gratefully received.

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: March 13, 20, 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 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11.

Churchyard Grass Cutting

Spring is approaching, and we are starting to cut the churchyard grass again. We are several people short of our full complement, so several of us are looking after more than one plot.

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

Thank you to everyone who donated their postage stamps for the Hunts Society for the Blind.

Further donations welcome throughout the year unless you are collecting foranother charity.

Val Dyson, Peter & Liz Irving

Electoral Roll

A reminder that a completely new Church Electoral Roll has to be drawn up thisyear 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 or klrobinson80.

Kate Robinson

Green for Godmanchester

Community Meeting

Monday 18 March 2019 7.00 for 7.30

In the Church

We would like to welcome you to the first meeting celebrating the wonderful work & progress being made by the community to develop & support a greener Town.Short talks about Planters, Flower Arranging, Trees, Orchards, Town Show, Open Gardens, Schools, Causeway Dredging, new Country Park and so much more.

Mens’ Breakfast

There will be a Churches Together Mens Breakfast on Saturday 9 March (next Saturday) beginning at 8:00 am. On this occasion the breakfast will be in our church hall on Chadley Lane – not the Barley Mow – and to mark Lent the meal will be relatively simple (but ample) – no cooked food. The speaker will be Natasha Clarke who is Secondary Schools Coordinator for Ely Diocese. She is involved in the work with schools and clubs outside schools. There will be no charge for the breakfast but an opportunity for donations to the work of ‘Thrive’.

These breakfasts are enjoyable occasions and all men will be very welcome. Andrew Fawcett would much appreciate help in setting up in the church hall from 7:30 am on the Saturday.

Newsletter Compiler

Bizz Thackray will be the Newsletter compiler for March Contributions by 8pm onThursday please to: 01480 457722 or bizzthackray.

Newsletter 24 February 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 and please join us for refreshments after the 09.30am Eucharist servicetoday.

Taizé Service this evening

There will be a service in the style of the ecumenical Taizé community tonight at the usual Evensong time of 6.30pm. Please come, and spread the word.

A Glass of Something!!
Jean and Dai would like those who can to join us in a glass of fizz or something and some nibbles after church on Sunday 3 March to celebrate our Joint 80th birthday.
We need no gifts or cards, just your presence if you are able to come. We look forward to seeing you.

Mission to Seafarers

We hope to make a visit to the Felixstowe base sometime in March and are appealing for hats, gloves and jigsaws to take with us. In the past everyone hasbeen very supportive of our appeals and we hope you will be able to help again. Any queries please ring us on 01480 458700 or email at Olwyn.hurd. Robert and Olwyn Hurd

Newsletter Team

The Weekly Newsletter compilers are keen to recruit some new members to the team. We each cover a two-month period in rotation compiling the Newsletter on a PC at home. Help will be available for anyone who would like cover individuals during a holiday or other break. If you are willing to help and would like to know more then please speak with any current member of the team(Jim Heeley, Dai Morgan, Bizz Thackray & Katie Keightly) at church on Sunday or contact Jim Heeley on 412264 or jskc.

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.

Churchyard Grass Cutting

Spring is approaching, and we are starting to cut the churchyard grass again. We are several people short of our full complement, so several of us are looking after more than one plot.

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

Spring is in the air!!!

Have you seen the snowdrops, provided by the Town Council, coming through on the far side of the Recreation Ground – planted by the cubs and brownies with others last year.

GMCIBloom

Save the date!!

The Charities Committee will be holding a Palm Sunday Brunch on 14 April following the 9.45 service. There will be more details about this nearer the time.

Newsletter Compiler

Bizz Thackray will be the Newsletter compiler for March. Contributions by 8pm on Thursday please to: 01480 457722 or bizzthackray.

Newsletter 17th February 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 and please join us for refreshments after the 09.30am Eucharist service today.

Calling All Lesson Readers

Over the coming year, I would like to meet with all the groups which play a part in the life of our church, to show my gratitude to each group separately, to share some ideas, and discuss any concerns or relevant matters of interest.

The first group being invited to a meeting is the lesson readers. If you usually read lessons at our church, regardless of the service or frequency, you are invited to attend a meeting on this morning at 11.15am (coffee time) in the church. Please do come if you can. A glass of Prosecco or juice and biscuits will be served. David Busk

Barbara Fisher

Her funeral will be in the church on Monday 18 February at 1.45pm.

May she rest in peace and rise in glory

Taizé Service on 24 February

There will be a service in the style of the ecumenical Taizé community on Sunday 24 February at the usual Evensong time of 6.30pm. Please come, and spread the word.

A Glass of Something!!
Jean and Dai would like those who can to join us in a glass of fizz or something and some nibbles after church on Sunday 3 March to celebrate our Joint 80th birthday.
We need no gifts or cards, just your presence if you are able to come. We look forward to seeing you.

Mission to Seafarers

We hope to make a visit to the Felixstowe base sometime in March and are appealing for hats, gloves and jigsaws to take with us. In the past everyone hasbeen very supportive of our appeals and we hope you will be able to help again. Any queries please ring us on 01480 458700 or email at Olwyn.hurd. Robert and Olwyn Hurd

Newsletter Team

The Weekly Newsletter compilers are keen to recruit some new members to the team. We each cover a two-month period in rotation compiling the Newsletter on a PC at home. Help will be available for anyone who would like to cover individuals during a holiday or other break. If you are willing to help and would like to know more thenplease speak with any current member of the team(Jim Heeley, Dai Morgan, Bizz Thackray & Katie Keightly) at church on Sunday or contact Jim Heeley on 412264 or jskc.

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.

Save the date!!

The Charities Committee will be holding a Palm Sunday Brunch on 14 April following the 9.45 service.

There will be more details about this nearer the time.

Spring is in the air!!!

Have you seen the snowdrops, provided by the Town Council, coming through on the far side of the Recreation Ground – planted by the cubs and brownies with others last year.

GMCIBloom

Newsletter Compiler

Bizz Thackray will be the Newsletter compiler for February and March. Contributions by 8pm onThursday please to: 01480 457722 orbizzthackray.

Newsletter 10th February 2019

Barbara Fisher

Her funeral will be in the church on Monday 18 February at 1.45pm.

May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Wives’ Group

Following his success at a 2018 meeting, Alan Butler is making a return visit to us and his topic is "what’s in a name?" Our meeting is on Tuesday 12 February at 7.30pm in the church hall. Our bring and buy theme is -something from a cupboard. All ladies welcome.

Olwyn Hurd (458700).

Romantic Movie of the Year

Come to a lovely Valentine’s Day celebration, Saturday 16 February at 7pm. Join the Friends of St Mary’s Godmanchester for their Romantic Movie of the Year film show, ‘The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society’ starring Lily James, Sir Tom Courtenay and Dame Penelope Wilton. Enjoy home-made shepherd’s pie and a delicious pudding, plus free Valentine’s Day chocolates. Raffle – Red Roses. Tickets £10 to include food. Wine £2.50 per glass.

Calling All Lesson Readers

Over the coming year, I would like to meet with all the groups which play a part in the life of our church, to show my gratitude to each group separately, to share some ideas, and discuss any concerns or relevant matters of interest.

The first group being invited to a meeting is the lesson readers. If you usually read lessons at our church, regardless of the service or frequency, you are invited to attend a meeting on Sunday 17 February at 11.15am (coffee time) in the church. Please do come if you can. A glass of Prosecco or juice and biscuits will be served. David Busk

Taizé Service on 24 February

There will be a service in the style of the ecumenical Taizé community on Sunday 24 February at the usual Evensong time of 6.30pm. Please come, and spread the word.

Mission to Seafarers

We hope to make a visit to the Felixstowe base sometime in March and are appealing for hats, gloves and jigsaws to take with us. In the past everyone has been very supportive of our appeals and we hope you will be able to help again. Any queries please ring us on 01480 458700 or email at Olwyn.hurd@ntlworld.com. Robert and Olwyn Hurd

Newsletter Team

The Weekly Newsletter compilers are keen to recruit some new members to the team. We each cover a two-month period in rotation compiling the Newsletter on a PC at home. Help will be available for anyone who would like

cover individuals during a holiday or other break. If you are willing to help and would like to know more then please speak with any current member of the team (Jim Heeley, Dai Morgan, Bizz Thackray & Katie Keightly) at church on Sunday or contact Jim Heeley on 412264 or jskc.

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.

Save the date!!

The Charities Committee will be holding a Palm Sunday Brunch on 14 April following the 9.45 service.

There will be more details about this nearer the time.

Newsletter 3rd February 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 and please join us for refreshments after the 10.30am Parish Praise service today.

Bacon & Sausage Butties

The charities committee will be selling delicious bacon and sausage butties this morning after the 9.45 am service Suggested donation for each butties is £3. All proceeds will go towards HAMA. We hope to see you there!

Save the Date: The committee will also be holding a Palm Sunday Brunch on Sunday 14 April following the 9.45am service. More details to follow nearer the time.

Romantic Movie of the Year

Come to a lovely Valentine’s Day celebration, Saturday 16 February at 7pm. Join the Friends of St Mary’s Godmanchester for their Romantic Movie of the Year film show, ‘The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society’ starring Lily James, Sir Tom Courtenay and Dame Penelope Wilton. Enjoy home-made shepherd’s pie and a delicious pudding, plus free Valentine’s Day chocolates. Raffle – Red Roses. Tickets £10 to include food. Wine £2.50 per glass.

Calling All Lesson Readers

Over the coming year, I would like to meet with all the groups which play a part in the life of our church, to show my gratitude to each group separately, to share some ideas, and discuss any concerns or relevant matters of interest.

The first group being invited to a meeting is the lesson readers. If you usually read lessons at our church, regardless of the service or frequency, you are invited to attend a meeting on Sunday 17 February at 11.15am (coffee time) in the church. Please do come if you can. A glass of Prosecco or juice and biscuits will be served. David Busk

Taizé Service on 24 February

There will be a service in the style of the ecumenical Taizé community on Sunday 24 February at the usual Evensong time of 6.30pm. Please come, and spread the word.

Mission to Seafarers

We hope to make a visit to the Felixstowe base sometime in March and are appealing for hats, gloves and jigsaws to take with us. In the past everyone has been very supportive of our appeals and we hope you will be able to help again. Any queries please ring us on 01480 458700 or email at Olwyn.hurd@ntlworld.com. Robert and Olwyn Hurd

Newsletter Team

The Weekly Newsletter compilers are keen to recruit some new members to the team. We each cover a two-month period in rotation compiling the Newsletter on a PC at home. Help will be available for anyone who would like

cover individuals during a holiday or other break. If you are willing to help and would like to know more then please speak with any current member of the team (Jim Heeley, Dai Morgan, Bizz Thackray & Katie Keightly) at church on Sunday or contact Jim Heeley on 412264 or jskc.

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.

Barbara Fisher

Her funeral will be in the church on Monday 18 February at 1.45pm.

May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Newsletter 27th January 2019

St Mary’s Church

PARISH PRAISE

Sunday January 27th 10.30 AM

at ST ANNE’S SCHOOL, London Rd,Godmanchester

A short and friendly service for all. Refreshments afterwards.

The next date is March 24th

We’d love to see you there.

www.stmarysgodmanchester.org

01480 436400

Bacon & Sausage Butties

The charities committee will be selling delicious bacon and sausage butties after the 9.45 am service on Sunday 3rd February. Suggested donation for each butties is £3. All proceeds will go towards HAMA. We hope to see you there!

Save the Date: The committee will also be holding a Palm Sunday Brunch on Sunday 14th April following the 9.45am service. More details to follow nearer the time.

Romantic Movie of the Year

Come to a lovely Valentine’s Day celebration, Saturday 16th February at 7pm. Join the Friends of St Mary’s Godmanchester for their Romantic Movie of the Year film show, ‘The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society’ starring Lily James, Sir Tom Courtenay and Dame Penelope Wilton. Enjoy home-made shepherd’s pie and a delicious pud, plus free Valentine’s Day chocolates. Raffle – Red Roses. Tickets £10 to include food. Wine £2.50 per glass.

Calling All Lesson Readers

Over the coming year, I would like to meet with all the groups which play a part in the life of our church, to show my gratitude to each group separately, to share some ideas, and discuss any concerns or relevant matters of interest.

The first group being invited to a meeting is the lesson readers. If you usually read lessons at our church, regardless of the service or frequency, you are invited to attend a meeting on Sunday 17th February at 11.15am (coffee time) in the church. Please do come if you can. A glass of Prosecco or juice and biscuits will be served. David Busk

Taizé Service on 24th February

There will be a service in the style of the ecumenical Taizé community on Sunday 24th February at the usual Evensong time of 6.30pm. Please come, and spread the word.

Mission to Seafarers

We hope to make a visit to the Felixstowe base sometime in March and are appealing for hats, gloves and jigsaws to take with us. In the past everyone has been very supportive of our appeals and we hope you will be able to help again. Any queries please ring us on 01480 458700 or email at Olwyn.hurd@ntlworld.com. Robert and Olwyn Hurd

Newsletter Team

The Weekly Newsletter compilers are keen to recruit some new members to the team. We each cover a two-month period in rotation compiling the Newsletter on a PC at home. Help will be available for anyone who would like to join the team and we are able to cover individuals during a holiday or other break. If you are willing to help and would like to know more then please speak with any current member of the team (Jim Heeley, Dai Morgan, Bizz Thackray & Katie Keightly) at church on Sunday or contact Jim Heeley on 412264 or jskc.

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.

Newsletter Compiler

Bizz Thackray will be the Newsletter compiler for February and March. Contributions by 8pmonThursday please to: 01480 457722 orbizzthackray

Newsletter 20th January 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.

The GMC 20-20 Vision Project

Following this morning’s Sung Eucharist Roger Leivers will give a short presentation of this exciting project, which will benefit St Mary’s Transformation Project as well as other local causes, in the Church Hall at 11.15am (coffee time).Please come and find out what it’s all about – it won’t take more than a few minutes, and it really is very creative and intriguing; as well as requiring no extra effort from us at all!

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is from Sunday 20th to Sunday 27th January. On each of the weekdays (Monday 21st to Friday 25th), there will be a short time of prayer at Huntingdon Methodist Church in the lower High Street from 12.30pm to about 1pm. Please come if you can.

On Sunday 27th, two members of Huntingdon Methodist Church will be at Parish Praise to share news from their church with us and to ask us to pray with and for them. We hope that 2 people from St Mary’s will be at the Methodist Church at the same time.

Quiz Night on Friday 25th January

The Charles Hicks & Roman Gate Patients Forum will be holding a quiz night in the church hall at 7.30pm on Friday 25th January. Admission is £3 per person and teams can have up to six people. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Prize for the winners and there will also be a raffle. This event is to raise funds for examination couches.

Choir Practice

Please note that there will be no choir practice on Friday 25th January.

Parish Praise on 27th January

Parish Praise is on Sunday 27th January at 10.30am in St Anne’s School. There will be no 9.30am Eucharist that day, but there will be Communion from the Book of Common Prayer at 6.30pm in place of Evensong. Please come to Parish Praise if you can!

Bacon & Sausage Butties

The charities committee will be selling delicious bacon and sausage butties after the 9.45 am service on Sunday 3rd February. Suggested donation for each butties is £3. All proceeds will go towards HAMA. We hope to see you there!

Save the Date: The committee will also be holding a Palm Sunday Brunch on Sunday 14th April following the 9.45am service. More details to follow nearer the time.

Mission to Seafarers

We hope to make a visit to the Felixstowe base sometime in March and are appealing for hats, gloves and jigsaws to take with us. In the past everyone has been very supportive of our appeals and we hope you will be able to help again. Any queries please ring us on 01480 458700 or email at Olwyn.hurd. Robert and Olwyn Hurd

Calling All Lesson Readers

Over the coming year, I would like to meet with all the groups which play a part in the life of our church, to show my gratitude to each group separately, to share some ideas, and discuss any concerns or relevant matters of interest.

The first group being invited to a meeting is the lesson readers. If you usually read lessons at our church, regardless of the service or frequency, you are invited to attend a meeting on Sunday 17th February at 11.15am (coffee time) in the church. Please do come if you can. A glass of Prosecco or juice and biscuits will be served. David Busk

Taizé Service on 24th February

There will be a service in the style of the ecumenical Taizé community on Sunday 24th February at the usual Evensong time of 6.30pm. Please come, and spread the word.

Newsletter Team

The Weekly Newsletter compilers are keen to recruit some new members to the team. We each cover a two-month period in rotation compiling the Newsletter on a PC at home. Help will be available for anyone who would like to join the team and we are able to cover individuals during a holiday or other break. If you are willing to help and would like to know more then please speak with any current member of the team (Jim Heeley, Dai Morgan, Bizz Thackray & Katie Keightly) at church on Sunday or contact Jim Heeley on 412264 or jskc.

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.

Newsletter Compiler

Jim Heeley is the Newsletter compiler during January. Contributions by 8pm onThursday please to: jskc or 412264.

Newsletter 13th January 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.

The GMC 20-20 Vision Project

On Sunday 20th January Roger Leivers will give a short presentation of this exciting project, which will benefit St Mary’s Transformation Project as well as other local causes, in the Church Hall at 11.15am (coffee time). Please come and find out what it’s all about – it won’t take more than a few minutes, and it really is very creative and intriguing; as well as requiring no extra effort from us at all!

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is from Sunday 20th to Sunday 27th January. On each of the weekdays (Monday 21st to Friday 25th), there will be a short time of prayer at Huntingdon Methodist Church in the lower High Street from 12.30pm to about 1pm. Please come if you can.

On Sunday 27th, two members of Huntingdon Methodist Church will be at Parish Praise to share news from their church with us and to ask us to pray with and for them. We hope that 2 people from St Mary’s will be at the Methodist Church at the same time.

Parish Praise on 27th January

Parish Praise is on Sunday 27th January at 10.30am in St Anne’s School. There will be no 9.30am Eucharist that day, but there will be Communion from the Book of Common Prayer at 6.30pm in place of Evensong. Please come to Parish Praise if you can!

Calling All Lesson Readers

Over the coming year, I would like to meet with all the groups which play a part in the life of our church, to show my gratitude to each group separately, to share some ideas, and discuss any concerns or relevant matters of interest.

The first group being invited to a meeting is the lesson readers. If you usually read lessons at our church, regardless of the service or frequency, you are invited to attend a meeting on Sunday 17th February at 11.15am (coffee time) in the church. Please do come if you can. A glass of Prosecco or juice and biscuits will be served. David Busk

Taizé Service on 24th February

There will be a service in the style of the ecumenical Taizé community on Sunday 24th February at the usual Evensong time of 6.30pm. Please come, and spread the word.

Free-will Envelopes

Please collect your Free-will Envelopes for 2019 from the table near the font. If you would like to join the envelope scheme or set up a standing order or direct debit please contact me on 457018 or candbjt.

Colin Thirlwall 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.

Newsletter Compiler

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