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.