Newsletter 24th November 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, a Churchwarden orsidesperson and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Churches Together Hustings

As at previous general elections, Churches Together in Huntingdon,Godmanchester & St Neots have organised hustings at which the local parliamentary candidates will both present their views and be available for questioning. All are welcome to this, not just church members – it is organised by local churches on behalf of the whole community. The first takes place today at the Medway Centre in Medway Road (off Coneygear Road), Huntingdon, from 7pm to 10pm. The second is on Wednesday 4th December (7-9pm) in St Neots United Reformed Church and the third on Sunday 8th December (3-4.30 pm) in Brampton Parish Church. All candidates for the Huntingdon constituency election have been invited. Do spread the word.

Thank you

We are so grateful for all the expressions of good wishes on our marriage, and for the excessively generous cheque. Thank you all very much indeed.

With our love, Anja and David

Advent Carol Service & Mince Pies

Our annual Advent Carol Service will be held in church on Sunday 1st December at 6:30pm. This service is a wonderful start to the season of Advent beginning in candlelight with an augmented choir leading the congregation. After the service wine & mince pies provided by the choir will be served in the Parish Room to all from the congregation. Do come along to this wonderful service.

Events Stewards needed

We are looking for people who will be willing to help set up, steward, and tidy up for events such as concerts booked by outside organisations such as choral societies or orchestras. At the moment much of the work falls on the same few people each time. This would only be a few times a year – the bigger the pool of people we can call on, the fewer times you will be required! Please spread the word outside the church too – all help gratefully received. Please let me know if you or anyone you know are willing to help. David (436400 dwbusk)

Leaves Task Force

Please join us on Saturday 7th December, for an hour or so, to help clear leaves from the area around the church. We’ll be there from 9.30am onwards. Bring rakes if you have them. Tea and coffee provided! Robert Francis 01480 393392

Nicholas Ferrar Day

Little Gidding is one of the ‘holy places’ of Huntingdonshire, particularly because of the Ferrar household who lived there as a religious community from 1625 to 1646. The annual commemoration of Nicholas Ferrar, leader of the community, will take place on Saturday 7th December. After the Eucharist at 10.30am in Little Gidding church the clergy of the parish (Mandy Flaherty and Fiona Brampton) will speak about their vision for the next chapter in the history of Little Gidding. For further information about Little Gidding, contact Robert Caroe or Jonathan Young.

Sidespersons

I am currently preparing the rota for the Christmas period and would welcome offers to assist at the following December services:

Sunday 22nd – Christingle at 3pm

Tuesday 24th Christmas Eve –

Family Carols / Crib Service at 4pm

Nine Lessons & Carols 6pm

Midnight Eucharist 11.30pm

Wednesday 25th Christmas Day –

Holy Communion 8am

Sung Eucharist 9.30am

All other services for 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th as the issued rota.

I shall also be preparing the rota for January to June 2020; if you know of any dates you wish me to avoid please advise. Thank you.

Peter Hartwell 01480 453336 or peter.hartwell

Christmas Food for our Ugandan Friends

Last year we joined in with the Christmas Food Distribution Programme of the Friends of North Kigezi Diocese, our link with Maaya in Uganda. We helped three of the poorest families in our area with food for a month. It’s still only £40 per family – can we do the same again? Please give generously to the retiring collection after services between now and the end of the month.

Newsletter Compiler

Jim Heeley is the Newsletter compiler during December. Contributions please by 8pm on Thursday to: jskc or 412264.