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.

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Newsletter 6th 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.

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

Methodist Covenant Service

Ros Rutter is being welcomed into the Methodist Church at their Covenant Service held on Epiphany Sunday, 6th January. Traditionally Methodists make a distinctive resolution at this service. Ros says that she is still an Anglican and asks that we please pray for her.

Wives’ Group

The Wives’ Group starts 2019 with a Beetle Drive on Tuesday 8th January at 7.30pm in the church hall. Our ‘bring and buy’ theme will be recycled gifts. All ladies welcome. Olwyn Hurd (458700)

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.

A New Challenge for 2019?

Rather than a New Year’s resolution, why not take up a new challenge for 2019 and become one of the Newsletter compilers. Want to know more? Contact Jim Heeley.

Welcome tags/labels for a baptism.

Dear family in Christ. We had a baptism a couple of months back, for which we were unable do the usual welcome tags. As the baptism booked for this Sunday has been postponed, I would like to ask you to write your usual welcome/prayers on the labels we are distributing so we can go back to the family and hand them the box, as a sign of our love for every new member of this beloved family, which are all of us. Thank you.

Lucilia Azevedo

Taizé service on Feb. 24th

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

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Newsletter 6th 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.

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

Methodist Covenant Service

Ros Rutter is being welcomed into the Methodist Church at their Covenant Service held on Epiphany Sunday, 6th January. Traditionally Methodists make a distinctive resolution at this service. Ros says that she is still an Anglican and asks that we please pray for her.

Wives’ Group

The Wives’ Group starts 2019 with a Beetle Drive on Tuesday 8th January at 7.30pm in the church hall. Our ‘bring and buy’ theme will be recycled gifts. All ladies welcome. Olwyn Hurd (458700)

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.

A New Challenge For 2019?

Rather than a New Year’s resolution, why not take up a new challenge for 2019 and become one of the Newsletter compilers. Want to know more? Contact Jim Heeley.

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Newsletter 30th December 2018

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.

David Busk’s Break

Whilst David is away until New Year’s Day, any requests for visits or pastoral care should be referred to Jonathan on 453350. Canon Jonathan Young

Funeral of Derek Billings

The funeral of Derek Billings will be held in church on Thursday 3rd January at 2pm.

Men’s Breakfast

The next Churches Together Men’s Breakfast – the first of the New Year – will be at The Barley Mow, Hartford on Saturday 5th January 2019 meeting as usual at 8am with coffee/tea before the meal. The speaker this time will be Charlie Newcombe and his subject: "New Year’s Revolutions". (note the spelling). The cost now will be £8 but if you are two together, one of whom has not been before, the charge is just £10. So do bring someone new along! If you are coming please let Andrew Fawcett (01480 458383 or andrew.fawcett@talktalk.net) know for booking purposes by 2nd January.

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.

A New Challenge For 2019?

Rather than a New Year’s resolution, why not take up a new challenge for 2019 and become one of the Newsletter compilers. Want to know more? Contact Jim Heeley.

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

Newsletter 23rd December 2018

Welcome to St Mary’s

Monday 24th December 2018 Christmas Eve

16:00 Nativity Service & Lighting the Tree Separate Order of Service

18:00 Nine Lessons & Carols Separate Order of Service

20:30 Quiet Christmas Service Minister: David Busk

23:30 First Eucharist of Christmas President &Preacher: David Busk

Deacon: Jean Morgan

Reading Isaiah 52.7-10 (OT p709)

Gospel John 1.1-14 (NT p98)

Intercessions Jean Morgan

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

Communion35, 23, 28, 280

Tuesday 25th December 2018 Christmas Day

Holy Communion Minister: David Busk

Reading Isaiah 9.2-7 (OT p664)

Gospel Luke 2.1-20 (NT p62)

Sung Eucharist President &Preacher: David BuskDeacon: Gill Bathurst

Readings Isaiah 9.2-7 (OT p664)

Titus 2.11-14 (NT230)

Gospel Luke 2.1-20 (NT p62)

Intercessions Jim Heeley

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

Communion22, 32

Funeral of Derek Billings

The funeral of Derek Billings will be held in church on Thursday 3rd January at 2pm. In advance of his funeral Derek will be particularly remembered at the 9.30am Sung Eucharist next Sunday 30th December.

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

David Busk’s Break

While David is away after Christmas Day until New Year’s Day, requests for visits or pastoral care should be referred to Jonathan on 453350. Canon Jonathan Young

Men’s Breakfast

The next Churches Together Men’s Breakfast – the first of the New Year – will be at The Barley Mow, Hartford on Saturday 5th January 2019 meeting as usual at 8am with coffee/tea before the meal. The speaker this time will be Charlie Newcombe and his subject: "New Year’s Revolutions". (note the spelling). The cost now will be £8 but if you are two together, one of whom has not been before, the charge is just £10. So do bring someone new along! If you are coming please let Andrew Fawcett (01480 458383 or andrew.fawcett@talktalk.net) know for booking purposes by 2nd January.

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 December and January. Contributions by 8pmonThursday please to: jskc or 412264.

Newsletter 16th December 2018

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.

Christingle

We hold our annual Christingle service today, Sunday 16th December, at 3pm. All are invited, of any age, to join in this beautiful and simple service with carols. All proceeds are donated to The Children’s Society.

Do please come! David Busk

Christingle 50

This is a very special year for Christingle, as it marks 50 years since the first Christingle service for The Children’s Society was held in this country, at Lincoln Cathedral on 7 December 1968.

But Christingles themselves actually date back even earlier, and began in the Moravian Church in Germany.  

At a children’s service in Marienborn in 1747, Bishop Johannes de Watteville looked for a simple way to explain the happiness that had come to people through Jesus. He decided to give the children a symbol to do this. This was a lighted candle wrapped in a red ribbon.

At the end of the service, whilst the children held their candles, the bishop said the prayer, ‘Lord Jesus, kindle a flame in these children’s hearts that theirs like thine become.’

In 1968, John Pensom of The Children’s Society, known as ‘Mr Christingle’, brought Christingle to this country and introduced it to the Church of England. This involved children decorating an orange with a red ribbon, dried fruits, sweets and a candle to create a new visual representation of Christ, the light of the world, celebrated by the lighting of the Christingle candles.

The event is now celebrated in hundreds of churches, cathedrals, schools and communities up and down the country.

1968 – First Christingle service for The Children’s Society at Lincoln Cathedral 

1970 – 20 churches hold Christingle services 

1974 – The Children’s Society works with 4,500 children 

1980 – First Christingle in Westminster Abbey 

1986 – ‘Christingle’ appears in the Oxford English Dictionary 

1990 – The Children’s Society works with 11,000 children 

1995 – 5,400 Christingles held across the country 

2003 – 1 million people attend Christingle services 

2010 – The Children’s Society works with 48,500 children 

2018 – Celebrate 50 years of Christingle

Writing Cards

Dear friends. We have lots of writing cards left over from our last Christmas bazaar. Many of them have been handmade for the purpose of raising money for our church. Please, have a look at the back of the church to see if any of them catches your eye. Donations for our church transformation project are welcome. Please use the envelopes provided. Thank you. Lucilia Azevedo

Sidespersons

I am preparing the rota for January to June 2019 – If you have any holiday or other dates you would wish me to avoid, please advise as soon as possible. Contact Peter Hartwell on 01480 453336 or E-mail peter.hartwell@btinternet.com Thank you.

Upgrading the Website

We are completing an upgrade of the website. Please could those responsible for particular areas of our church life advise Adrian Sington adrian@sington.co.uk of any additions, deletions or changes needed as well as any events for the church calendar.

Web Design

Barnaby Smith has re-designed the Godmanchester church website, at barnaby.smith1

Newsletter Compiler

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

Newsletter 8th December 2018

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.

Christingle, Sunday 16th, 3pm

All are invited, of any age, to join in this beautiful and simple service; in aid of the Children’s Society. Do please come! David Busk

Thank You

My thanks for last Sunday’s lovely farewell occasion after the service. I’m very touched by all the messages in the card you gave me and I’m greatly enjoying the beautiful flowers and painting of Godmanchester.

Thank you. I shall miss you all very much and feel privileged to have shared in the life of the parish over the last twenty years or so. I have many happy memories to take with me on the next stage of my journey.

Pat Saunders

Writing Cards

Dear friends. We have lots of writing cards left over from our last Christmas bazaar. Many of them have been handmade for the purpose of raising money for our church. Please, have a look at the back of the church to see if any of them catches your eye. Donations for our church transformation project are welcome. Please use the envelopes provided. Thank you. Lucilia Azevedo

A Thank You From Oxfam

You cannot have failed to notice that the bookstalls at our Summer Fetes and Christmas Bazaars do not quite sell out! But that’s not a problem. For a number of years we have taken unsold items to the Oxfam Bookshop in Huntingdon High Street where the books are sold on. And because we sign up to Oxfam’s Tag Your Bag scheme we are able to claim another 25% through Gift Aid. This week we heard that in the current tax year, 2018/19, Oxfam has already sold items from St Marys to the value of £505.93, and with the additional £126.48 Gift Aid we have been able to donate £632.41 to the charity, enough to ensure that a family in Ethiopia has water to grow crops and rear cattle, and to harvest and store clean rain water for those periods in the year when there are water shortages.

So well done St Mary’s! As you will see, the £75 raised for our church at last month’s Bazaar, good though it is, is only the start of a much bigger picture. Peter Irving

Thank You!

A big thank you to everyone who helped make the bazaar a success: There were plenty of people to look after the stalls and there were some really beautiful handmade items for sale. The teas and cakes were excellent as usual and thanks go to the Wives’ Group for that. The hampers for the draw were wonderful and they made an excellent display. Thank you all for your generosity in giving both items for sale and your time. The bazaar committee.

The Wives’ Group

The Wives’ group would like to say thank you to everyone who gave cakes, helped or bought from the teas at the Christmas Bazaar. As usual we had a magnificent array of goodies which were much appreciated! On a personal note, may I especially thank the wonderful team of ladies -and one gent- who worked so hard behind the scenes and at the cutting(!) edge. Sheila, Carole, Diane, Vorrey, Sandra, Claire and Robert; the "Carry on Serving " team. Olwyn Hurd (chairman)

Upgrading the Website

We are completing an upgrade of the website. Please could those responsible for particular areas of our church life advise Adrian Sington adrian@sington.co.uk of any additions, deletions or changes needed as well as any events for the church calendar.

Web Design

Barnaby Smith has re-designed the Godmanchester church website, at barnaby.smith1

Sidespersons

I am preparing the rota for January to June 2019 – If you have any holiday or other dates you would wish me to avoid, please advise as soon as possible. Contact Peter Hartwell on 01480 453336 or E-mail peter.hartwell@btinternet.com Thank you.

Newsletter Compiler

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

Newsletter 1st December 2018

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.

Farewell

As many of you know I am preparing to move to Kent this month to be nearer to my daughter and her family. It’s not been an easy decision to make and I shall very much miss you all. Thank you for the love and support I have been given over the last twenty or so years of worshipping at St Mary’s. The friendship of the congregation here has meant a lot to me. My last ministerial day will be today, Sunday 2nd December, when I am taking Morning Prayer at 8am and preaching at the 9.30am service. Afterwards there will be light refreshments in the church hall. I do hope you can join me. Pat Saunders

Holy Baptism

Today we welcome Thatcher and Gage Woolf into the family of Christ through holy baptism at 11.30am. Please keep both of them, their family and friends in your prayers. If possible stay and support them in person.

Advent Carol Service

Our traditional Advent Carol Service will be held tonight, Sunday 2nd December, at 6.30pm in place of the normal Evensong. This service is always one of the highlights in the year for our church. We begin in candlelight and, based on a theme of hopeful looking and longing, the choir has worked hard to produce a rich programme of music that is bound to stir the spirit. Please come, especially if you haven’t been before, and spread the word. After the service all are invited to share wine and mince pies provided by the choir in the church hall.

The Nutcracker

Come and see the Royal Ballet’s magical Nutcracker in St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester next Saturday 8th December at 6pm.

Brought to you by the Friends of St Mary’s Godmanchester, Tchaikovsky’s music will enchant the ancient stones of this wonderful building, awakening lifelong memories.

Watch as on Christmas Eve young Clara travels with her Nutcracker soldier to the Land of Sweets ruled over by the Sugar Plum Fairy.

There will be mulled wine, FREE SWEETS for children, a raffle with walking balloons, good children’s books and good things for grownups.

Tickets £7, CHILDREN FREE. Buy them from adrian or Kate Hadley 01480 454154

Directed by Peter Wright and designed by Julia Trevelyan Oman

Christingle

The Christingle service this year will take place at 3pm on Sunday 16th December. This is a lovely service with lots of carols so please do try to come if you can. Jean Morgan

Thank You!

A big thank you to everyone who helped make the bazaar a success: There were plenty of people to look after the stalls and there were some really beautiful handmade items for sale. The teas and cakes were excellent as usual and thanks go to the Wives’ Group for that. The hampers for the draw were wonderful and they made an excellent display. Thank you all for your generosity in giving both items for sale and your time. The bazaar committee.

The Wives’ Group

The Wives’ group would like to say thank you to everyone who gave cakes, helped or bought from the teas at Saturday’s Christmas Bazaar. As usual we had a magnificent array of goodies which were much appreciated! On a personal note, may I especially thank the wonderful team of ladies -and one gent- who worked so hard behind the scenes and at the cutting(!) edge. Sheila, Carole, Diane, Vorrey, Sandra, Claire and Robert; the "Carry on Serving " team. Olwyn Hurd (chairman)

Leaves Task Force

Once again we are planning to clear up the leaves in the churchyard. We’ll start at 9.30am on Saturday 8th December, but come whenever you can during that morning. A couple of spare rakes will be available, but bring your own if you have one. Coffee, tea and biscuits provided.

Robert Francis 393392

Upgrading the Website

We are completing an upgrade of the website. Please could those responsible for particular areas of our church life advise Adrian Sington adrian@sington.co.uk of any additions, deletions or changes needed as well as any events for the church calendar.

Web Design

Barnaby Smith has re-designed the Godmanchester church website, at barnaby.smith1

Sidespersons

I am preparing the rota for January to June 2019 – If you have any holiday or other dates you would wish me to avoid, please advise as soon as possible. Contact Peter Hartwell on 01480 453336 or E-mail peter.hartwell Thank you.

Newsletter Compiler

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

Newsletter

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.

Farewell

As many of you know I am preparing to move to Kent this month to be nearer to my daughter and her family. It’s not been an easy decision to make and I shall very much miss you all. Thank you for the love and support I have been given over the last twenty or so years of worshipping at St Mary’s. The friendship of the congregation here has meant a lot to me. My last ministerial day will be today, Sunday 2nd December, when I am taking Morning Prayer at 8am and preaching at the 9.30am service. Afterwards there will be light refreshments in the church hall. I do hope you can join me. Pat Saunders

Holy Baptism

Today we welcome Thatcher and Gage Woolf into the family of Christ through holy baptism at 11.30am. Please keep both of them, their family and friends in your prayers. If possible stay and support them in person.

Advent Carol Service

Our traditional Advent Carol Service will be held tonight, Sunday 2nd December, at 6.30pm in place of the normal Evensong. This service is always one of the highlights in the year for our church. We begin in candlelight and, based on a theme of hopeful looking and longing, the choir has worked hard to produce a rich programme of music that is bound to stir the spirit. Please come, especially if you haven’t been before, and spread the word. After the service all are invited to share wine and mince pies provided by the choir in the church hall.

The Nutcracker

Come and see the Royal Ballet’s magical Nutcracker in St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester next Saturday 8th December at 6pm.

Brought to you by the Friends of St Mary’s Godmanchester, Tchaikovsky’s music will enchant the ancient stones of this wonderful building, awakening lifelong memories.

Watch as on Christmas Eve young Clara travels with her Nutcracker soldier to the Land of Sweets ruled over by the Sugar Plum Fairy.

There will be mulled wine, FREE SWEETS for children, a raffle with walking balloons, good children’s books and good things for grownups.

Tickets £7, CHILDREN FREE. Buy them from adrian@sington.co.uk or Kate Hadley 01480 454154

Directed by Peter Wright and designed by Julia Trevelyan Oman

Christingle

The Christingle service this year will take place at 3pm on Sunday 16th December. This is a lovely service with lots of carols so please do try to come if you can. Jean Morgan

Thank You!

A big thank you to everyone who helped make the bazaar a success: There were plenty of people to look after the stalls and there were some really beautiful handmade items for sale. The teas and cakes were excellent as usual and thanks go to the Wives’ Group for that. The hampers for the draw were wonderful and they made an excellent display. Thank you all for your generosity in giving both items for sale and your time. The bazaar committee.

The Wives’ Group

The Wives’ group would like to say thank you to everyone who gave cakes, helped or bought from the teas at Saturday’s Christmas Bazaar. As usual we had a magnificent array of goodies which were much appreciated! On a personal note, may I especially thank the wonderful team of ladies -and one gent- who worked so hard behind the scenes and at the cutting(!) edge. Sheila, Carole, Diane, Vorrey, Sandra, Claire and Robert; the "Carry on Serving " team. Olwyn Hurd (chairman)

Leaves Task Force

Once again we are planning to clear up the leaves in the churchyard. We’ll start at 9.30am on Saturday 8th December, but come whenever you can during that morning. A couple of spare rakes will be available, but bring your own if you have one. Coffee, tea and biscuits provided.

Robert Francis 393392

Upgrading the Website

We are completing an upgrade of the website. Please could those responsible for particular areas of our church life advise Adrian Sington adrian@sington.co.uk of any additions, deletions or changes needed as well as any events for the church calendar.

Web Design

Barnaby Smith has re-designed the Godmanchester church website, at barnaby.smith1

Sidespersons

I am preparing the rota for January to June 2019 – If you have any holiday or other dates you would wish me to avoid, please advise as soon as possible. Contact Peter Hartwell on 01480 453336 or E-mail peter.hartwell@btinternet.com Thank you.

Newsletter Compiler

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

Newsletter

Welcome to St Mary’s

Magazine Advertisements 2019

If you know of anyone who would be interested in advertising their business in “Godmanchester Parish News” throughout 2019, please put them in touch with me – I’m compiling the new set of advertisements now. We charge £53 for a quarter page, £85 for a half page and £140 for a full page, and community rates are also available to non-profit and charity organisations. Thank you, Victoria Richardson, tel 01480 431430, or email dirandvmr.

Catherine of Aragon, presented by David Starkey

On Saturday 17 November the Friends of St Mary’s hosted a fascinating talk by David Starkey, in which he illuminated many little-known facts about the life of “Huntingdonshire’s Queen”, Catherine of Aragon. The talk was followed by a buffet, and a film on Henry VIII by David Starkey and David Sington. More than 300 people filled the church for a very enjoyable evening, and the total income for the evening was £7520. The proceeds will be used to support the Restoration Project and the church fabric. The evening was a huge success, and thanks are due not only to the Davids Starkey and Sington who donated their talents, but also to The Co-op who donated wine and food, and especially to the many people who put enormous effort into organising the ticketing, the seating, the church decorations, the media systems, the tables of buffet food, the bar, and a raffle. Many attendees have given very enthusiastic feedback, including one comment of “totally amazing!”.

David Bowers

Safari Supper on 10 November

The Supper raised over £440 in aid of Cornerstone Pregnancy Advice Centre, a Huntingdon based charity. It was a very enjoyable evening: thanks to all who came.

Charities Committee

Farewell

As many of you know I am preparing to move to Kent next month to be nearer to my daughter and her family. It’s not been an easy decision to make and I shall very much miss you all. Thank you for the love and support I have been given over the last twenty or so years of worshipping at St Mary’s. The friendship of the congregation here has meant a lot to me. My last ministerial day will be Sunday 2 December when I am taking Morning Prayer at 8am and preaching at the 9.30 service. Afterwards there will be light refreshments in the church hall. I do hope you can join me on that day. Pat Saunders

Bacon Butties on 4 November

We raised a total of £120 at the Bacon & Sausage Butties event two weeks ago. Thanks to all who supported this event in aid of Service Charities.

Charities Committee

The Nutcracker

See the Royal Ballet’s magical Nutcracker in St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester on Saturday December 8th at 6pm.

Brought to you by the Friends of St Mary’s Godmanchester, Tchaikovsky’s music will enchant the ancient stones of this wonderful building, awakening lifelong memories.

Watch as on Christmas Eve young Clara travels with her Nutcracker soldier to the Land of Sweets ruled over by the Sugar Plum Fairy.

There will be mulled wine, FREE SWEETS for children, a raffle with walking balloons, good children’s books and good things for grownups.

Tickets £7, CHILDREN FREE. Buy them from adrian@sington.co.uk or Kate Hadley 01480 454154

Directed by Peter Wright and designed by Julia Trevelyan Oman

Leaves Task Force – Saturday 8 December

Once again we are planning to clear up the leaves in the churchyard. We’ll start at 9.30am on Saturday 8 December, but come whenever you can during that morning. A couple of spare rakes will be available, but bring your own if you have one. Coffee, tea and biscuits provided.

Robert Francis 393392

Sidespersons

I shall soon be compiling the duty rota for the Christmas period and would ask for offers to assist at the following services:-

Sunday 9th December

3.00pm – Christingle

Sunday 23rd December

as per the issued rota.

Monday 24th December

4.00 pm – Family Carols/Crib Service

6.00 pm – Nine lessons & Carols

11.30 pm – Midnight Eucharist

Tuesday 25th December

8.00 am Holy Communion

9.30 am Sung Eucharist

I shall also soon be preparing the rota for January to June 2019 – I know its a bit early but if you have any holiday or other dates you would wish me to avoid please advise as soon as possible.

Please contact me, Peter Hartwell, direct on 01480 453336 or E-mail peter.hartwell@btinternet.com Thank you.

Newsletter Compiler

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