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 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.


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.


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.

Newsletter compiler during May and June is Dai Morgan

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