Newsletter 29th December 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.

Men’s Breakfast

The first Churches Together Men’s Breakfast of the New Year will be at The Barley Mow, Hartford on Saturday 4th January beginning at the usual time of 8am. The speaker is Paul Hamilton and his subject: ‘Unlikely Heroes’. All men are very welcome; the charge for the breakfast will be £8. If you are going please let Andrew Fawcett know as soon as possible (andrew.fawcett).

Bacon & Sausage Butties

The Charities Committee will be serving delicious Bacon and Sausage Butties following the 9.45am service on Sunday 5th January. Suggested donation £3 a bap. All proceeds to HAMA. Please come and join us. Jane Nicholls

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.

A common comment on the scheme is that people are embarrassed to pass on a collection plate without putting something in it. The Parish Giving organisation has therefore produced a token that can be collected from the back of the church before a service and placed in the collection plate to signify that the donor is using the Parish Giving scheme.

The other option is to use an empty regular donation envelope as I have plenty of spares and then write on the back ‘DD’ or ‘SO’ as appropriate.

Please contact me if you wish to join the Parish Giving scheme or have any questions about giving.

Colin Thirlwall Hon Treasurer

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.

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)

This CartoonChurch.com cartoon by Dave Walker originally appeared in the Church Times.

Newsletter Compiler

Jim Heeley will be the Newsletter compiler during early January. Contributions please by 8pm on Thursday to: jskc or 412264.