Newsletter 21st April 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, one of the Churchwardens.

Antarctic Talk

Come to our ANTARCTIC EXPLOITS TALK by Rod Arnold, who is a member of the British Antarctic Survey. He will examine how the scientists and pilots live in challenging temperatures, how polar science can help us support the wildlife, the king penguin and orca so beloved by the world; explain the science and examinesustainability.

Saturday April 27, 7.30pm, Church Hall, Chadley Lane £8 per ticket. Children Free and suitable for 8 years plus. Home made savoury snacks. Free Choc Ices. Wine bar.Another fascinating evening from the Friends of St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester

Easter Lilies

Flower Guild invite donations for the purchase of Lilies for our Easter flower arrangements. As in previous years personal dedications may be made to loved ones in the remembrance book by the memorial altar. Please place your donation in an Easter Lily envelope and post in the box by the south door or hand to Barbara Thirlwall.

Cyclone Idai Appeal

We are holding a retiring collection at the end of theservice to contribute to the Disaster Emergency Committee’s (DEC) appeal to help the people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe affected by the worst cyclone ever to hit southern Africa. According to DEC, 750 people are known to have been killed, the total islikely to be much higher, and over 2.5 million made homeless.

Christian Aid

Christian Aid week begins on May 12 with a sung Evensong in Church. I am looking for people who would be happy to deliver envelopes in a street or two.I know collecting is an issue but we could overcome this for houses or streets that are difficult by giving them a location for dropping off their envelopes. If you feel you could help please let me know on 417502. Thank you.

Jean Morgan

Mens Breakfast

The next Churches Together Men’s Breakfast will be held at The Barley Mow Hartford on Saturday 4th May beginning at 8:00 am. The speaker, Martin Brooke, will talk on “The Black Dog and the Good Shepherd”, discussing from a Christian perspective the struggle that many with mental health problems face. Martin is a PR consultant and is on the leadership of Hope Church in Teversham. Please let Andrew Fawcett know by 30th April if you are coming. The breakfast cost will be £8.

Many may be aware that David Soldan, who has been organising the Breakfasts since they were started a number of years ago, and his wife Mary are leaving the area for Devon. We give thanks for all they have done in the area and wish them every happiness in their move.Future breakfasts will be guided by Charlie Newcombe and Colin Hardy of Christ Church, Huntingdon. An interesting program of speakers over the next few months is proposed. Details will appear in our Newsletter and Church Magazine.

Election of Churchwardens and Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

The formal “Notice of Annual Parochial Church Meeting” is on the main notice board in the South Porch. The election of churchwardens and APCM will be held in the Church Hall on Sunday 28 April 2019 starting at 11:15. The meeting includes the election of 2 Churchwardens, 2 members of the PCC and1 Representative to Deanery Synod, who automatically become members of the PCC.

Nomination forms for churchwardens and PCC members are available on the table by the south door of the church, or from Kate Robinson (PCC Secretary) or

If you would like to be nominated, please complete a form and return it to me by Friday 26 April.

Regulations on eligibility to be a churchwarden or a member of the PCC are on the back of the appropriate nomination forms.

Anybody registered on the local government electoral roll is entitled to vote for the election of the churchwardens, but only persons whose names are entered upon the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the APCM.

If you are member of the congregation, but are not on the electoral roll, please complete an electoral roll form and return it to me as I also act as the Electoral Roll Officer. Please note that a new Electoral Roll is being compiled and if you do not complete a form and return it to me by Friday, 12 April, you will be unable to vote at the APCM.

Copies of the form are on the table by the south door; they are also on the church website. You can download the form and scan and email the signed form back to me at the email address below if you prefer.

Members of the congregation wishing to raise any item under “Any other business” are asked to give notice of the item to me by Friday 26 April.

Kate Robinson (455421) or

As requested by the Archbishops, our bells were rung for 7 minutes at 7pm on Thursday as a mark of solidarity following the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. We thought it appropriate that we should ring our bells in continental style, i.e. not full-circle and therefore no change-ringing.

Confirmation celebration

We rejoice with Kevin Parks, who was confirmed by the Bishop of Ely in the cathedral on Easter Eve, and we welcome him into full fellowship of the Christian faith.

Wedding of Felicity White and Gordon Wai

Some of you may remember Felicity, who was a very active member of the church throughout her teenage years; she sang in the choir; played the organ, and she was a member of the youth group and the church orchestra. She left Godmanchester to go to Merton College, Oxford, and it was there that she met her husband-to-be, Gordon. After studying history and then law she moved to Guernsey to continue her career in law. She moved back to the UK in December and she and Gordon are setting up home in Orpington. You are all welcome to join the family for the wedding service on Saturday 27th April at 2.00 pm.

The Newsletter compiler for April & May is Dai Morgan

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