Welcome to the family of St Mary’s Godmanchester and St Mary Magdalene Hilton from Revd. David Busk
“We believe that the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Godmanchester, exists to build up the individual and corporate spiritual life of our Church and to spread the love of Christ through word and deed, by enabling those who live and work within our town to come into contact with God’s love and come to faith in Christ”.
IN-PERSON SERVICE IN BOTH CHURCHES WILL COMMENCE ON GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 2ND AT 1.30PM
Dear Godmanchester & Hilton Church Family,
Both PCCs have now met, and I am very pleased to say that in both parishes worship in church will resume from Good Friday, April 2nd. At Hilton, there will be a Good Friday liturgy in church at 10.00 am (a change from the usual 11.45 am), and at Godmanchester we will keep to our normal time of 1.30pm.
There will also be a Good Friday service on Zoom at 6.00 pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87850743457. This will replace the usual 6.30 Compline.
On Easter Sunday (April 4th), there will be services in church at Hilton (8.00 am) and Godmanchester (9.30 am), and we will then keep to that pattern for the following Sundays, until we are eventually, God willing, able to resume all normal services.
The Sunday Zoom service will go back to the time of 11.15 am, at the same link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86232431955?pwd=cEw2TUlGZWNBWE4zd0cxQnZ2U3IrZz09
Please note that masks will still be required in church, distancing must be observed (with particular care taken around the doors at the end of the service), and communion will still be in one kind only, the consecrated bread.
At Godmanchester, the Flower Guild will be decorating the church for Easter and the Lily Memorial Book is now in place at the Memorial altar for dedications. If you would like to donate a lily please use the lily donation envelopes available by the south door.
Unfortunately, the other big ‘set-piece’ Holy Week services at Godmanchester can’t take place under current circumstances.
The dates for the Annual Parish Church Meeting have been set for both churches – both will be by Zoom. Godmanchester is on Sunday May 16th at 11.15 am (I’m afraid that the APCM will replace the Zoom service that morning), and Hilton’s is on Sunday May 30th at 12.15 am. Links will be sent out later.
We hope to hold the annual Summer Fete at Godmanchester on Saturday June 26th. This will be not in the Vicarage garden, but in the bottom (east end) of the churchyard. It is an old custom to hold all kinds of festivities in the churchyard, so I hope no-one will be offended by this. Plans are underway at Hilton to keep Feast Week (July 25th to 31st) in some form.
The Zoom Communion service from now on will be at 11.15 am:
I have removed the necessity for me to let you in to the service. You should be able to join freely and chat without waiting for me to turn up – use the passcode ‘Sunday’ if necessary – but I don’t know how early you can get in!