Newsletter 25th January 2020

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 or sidesperson and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Parish Giving

Several members of our congregation have now joined the new ‘Parish Giving’ scheme which allows contributions to be collected by direct debit through a central C of E organisation and they are then credited as a block payment to our church together with the relevant Gift Aid. The scheme givers donors the option of increasing their payment annually with inflation should they so wish. I now have a further supply of the forms and guidance leaflet so if anyone wishes to change to the new scheme please contact me.

Colin Thirlwall Hon Treasurer

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@hotmail.com)

Used Postage Stamps

The Hunts Society for the Blindwould 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.

Ladies’ Breakfast

The next Ladies’ breakfast will be held at the Barley Mow on Saturday 1st February at 8.30 am. The speaker is Sheena Glanville RN and she will speak about Parish Nursing Ministries in the UK. Bookings through Helen Dowzall – 01480 455115 preferably by Tuesday 28th January.

‘Getting to Know You’ events

In a fairly large church like ours, with new people regularly joining us, not everyone knows everyone else. We will be holding a series of ‘Getting to Know You’ social events at the Vicarage, so that we can make new friends and acquaintances within the congregation. There will be an evening wine and cheese get-together on Friday 7th February at 7.00 pm, and a mid-morning coffee, cake and biscuit gathering on Wednesday 12th February at 10.30 am, both at the Vicarage. Anyone reading this or hearing about it is welcome. There is a list on the table by the south door of the church – please put your name down if you would like to come. Numbers are limited to thirty at each event, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. We will repeat this later on in the year, so don’t worry if you miss out this time.

David 436400

Bacon Butties

The Charities Committee will be holding Future Bacon Buttie Sundays on the 8th March and 10th May. Please come and support us and have a delicious bap.

Result of Quiz Night

We raised £664 at last Saturday’s Quiz Night. With Gift Aid being applied to some of the donations we received, the total is a little over £700. The money will go to the Maya Parish in North Kigezi, Uganda, to help pay for a clinic. About 40 people attended, and it was a very enjoyable event. Thanks to all who contributed, from those who attended, made donations, helped with setting up and clearing away, the sound system, arranged the food, and of course the quiz itself.

Charities Committee

Vivaldi’s Gloria and Haydn’s Nelson Mass are coming to Godmanchester

St Ives Choral Society presents a double bill of Vivaldi’s Gloria and Haydn’s Nelson Mass at St Mary the Virgin Church, Godmanchester. The two pieces, largely considered to be masterworks, showcase the composers at the very height of their powers. The concert will feature a line-up of world-class soloists, a professional orchestra and members of St Ives Choral Society, led by Charne Rochford. This will prove to be an unmissable event.

Save the date, Saturday March 21st at 7.30pm for what promises to be a memorable evening.

Tickets (£12, £10 concessions) are available online from ticketsource.co.uk/st-ives-choral-societyand on the door on the night depending on availability.

Newsletter Compiler

Jean Morgan will is the Newsletter compiler during January & February. Contributions please by 8pmonThursday to: 417502 or morgan_01339