Newsletter 27th February 2022

 DIARY

Sunday 27th February – Next Before Lent

08:00​Holy Communion

09:30​Sung Eucharist

11:15​Holy Communion (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

14:00​Memorial Thanksgiving & Eucharist – Robert Caroe

Monday 28th February

18:30​Compline [Monday-Saturday inclusive at same time] (Zoom)

Tuesday 1st March – Shrove Tuesday

10:30​Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 2nd March – Ash Wednesday

10:30​Funeral of Margaret “Peggy” Young

11:00​Holy Communion (The Chestnuts)

14:30​Holy Communion (Zoom)

19:30​Ash Wednesday Eucharist

Thursday 3rd March

09:45​Holy Communion

Friday 4th March

10:00​Lent Course (Zoom)

19:30​Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 5th March

18:30​Compline [Monday-Saturday inclusive at same time] (Zoom)

Sunday 6th March – Lent 1

08:00​Holy Communion

08:00​BCP Holy Communion (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

09:30​Sung Eucharist with Healing

11:30​Baptism of Albert Wilson and Maria Shreeve

18:30​Evening Prayer

Refreshments are served after the 09:30am service. All are welcome.

Coffee and Pastries

Deb Watts is kindly organising coffee and pastries in the parish room after the 9.30am Sung Eucharisttoday as agreed at the Charity Committee meeting. We believe that all proceeds are going to THRIVE and a donation of £2 is suggested. Come along to indulge your taste buds whilst meeting with friends.

Prayer Desks Refurbished

Heartfelt thanks to Paul Wells, who has refurbished the two prayer desks used at the St Anne’s Chapel and on the nave platform, which had become somewhat stained and damaged. They were given by him about 20 years ago in memory of his parents George and Lily Wells, and they will be re-dedicated this morning at 9.30am. Thank you again, Paul!

Robert Caroe

There will be a memorial service for Robert Caroe in church today, Sunday 27th February at 2pm, to which everyone is very welcome. The service will take the form of a thanksgiving Sung Eucharist, at Robert’s request, and there will be refreshments in the church hall afterwards. This service will replace the Sung Evensong which would have taken place at 6.30pm on the same day.

Ash Wednesday

Lent begins this Wednesday, 2nd March. As usual, we will hold a Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at 7.30 pm. For those who don’t know what this is, all who wish to are invited to receive the mark of the cross on their foreheads in ash (made from the ashes of last year’s palm crosses mixed with olive oil and water) as a sign of repentance and a desire to follow Christ. The service is otherwise more or less a normal Sung Eucharist, with the choir, hymns, and a sermon. It is a good way to start Lent – please come!

Lent Course

As in previous years, we will offer a Lent Course. This year’s is called ‘Baggage and Treasures’, and is written by Clifford Owen, a retired priest who lives in Hartford, and who often helps out here and in other local churches. The idea behind this course is to explore what gifts and ministries the local church has; its strengths and weaknesses in growth and mission. The course will be online only, at the time of the weekly Bible study on Fridays at 10.00 am.There are six sessions, beginning on Friday 4thMarch. The link details are:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85790786358 or ID 857 9078 6358. I can send these by email to anyone who wants them, along with the course material if you want it. However, the material will be shown during the sessions, so there is no need to have it in advance if you don’t feel you want it. As always, anyone is welcome to any or all of the sessions, and there is no need to book in advance, or offer apologies for any missed sessions. Please e-mail me at dwbusk@hotmail.com or call 436400 if you need further information or help.

Prayers requested for:

David

Joyce

Pauline

Simon

Cissy Adamou

Julie Anderson

Susan Armitage

Lisa Attryde

Mo Attryde

Pat Bellass

Alastair Blackett

The BrinkhurstFamily

Keith Broom

Leah Brown

Nelle Findlay

Helen Fyall

Maureen Gamson

Paige Gamson

Barry Gregory

Bob Hodge

Malcolm Hubbard

Rosemary Janezich

Clive Jewel

Sandra Judd

Angie Leonard

Daphne Meats

Jenny Milns

Richard Mowat

Sarah Murray

Sandra Nicoll

Nancy Raby

Anna Scudamore

Paul Sibley

Rosemary Smith

Robert Verrell

Genevieve West

Paula Williams

Sophie Williams

Terry Young

Departed

Carol HubbardPeggy Young

Bunty Walsh

Julie & Keith Anderson

I have received a card (which I have put on the south door table) from Julie and Keith, to let us know that they have decided to worship in Brampton, where they live, since services are live broadcast there, making it easier for Julie, with her hearing loss, to take part. Julie writes: ‘We have very much enjoyed worshipping with everyone at Godmanchester. . . We will never forge

Newsletter 20th February 2022

Robert Caroe

There will be a memorial service for Robert Caroe in church next Sunday 27th February at 2pm, to which everyone is very welcome. The service will take the form of a thanksgiving Sung Eucharist, at Robert’s request, and there will be refreshments in the church hall afterwards. This service will replace the Sung Evensong which would have taken place at 6.30pm on the same day.

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for Afghanistan

DEC has issued an appeal to support the millions of people suffering from a lack of food and shelter in Afghanistan this winter. Afghanistan is on the brink of a catastrophe. People are starving. One million children under five are at risk of dying with severe malnutrition over the next three months. We encourage you to donate directly to DEC rather than the Church holding a collection because, if you are a taxpayer, your donation can be Gift Aided, which adds 25% to its value. The UK Government will match the first £10 million raised by DEC’s appeal, so your donation would be doubled.

Please donate by phoning 0370 60 60 610 or visit DEC.ORG.UK

Covid Precautions

Almost all compulsory Covid precautions have been removed. In the church, the Standing Committee has agreed that we will revert to our practice before Plan B came into effect. This means face masks are no longer required, but of course anyone should feel comfortable wearing one if they wish. Hand sanitiser continues to be available. We will keep to giving communion in one kind only, the consecrated bread, without the use of wine for now. All of this will be kept under review by the PCC.

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Please send any contributions that you may have to Jim Heeley by 8pm on the Thursday by email jskc or call 01480 412264.

DIARY

Sunday 20th February – 2 Before Lent

08:00​Holy Communion

08:00​Holy Communion (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

09:30​Parish Communion

11:30​Holy Baptism of Rosie Sreeves

18:30​Evening Prayer

Monday 21st February

18:30​Compline [Monday-Saturday inclusive at same time] (Zoom)

19:30​PCC (Church Hall)

Tuesday 22nd February

10:30​Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 23rd February

09:45​Holy Communion (McCartney House)

14:30​Holy Communion (Zoom)

Thursday 24th February

09:45​Holy Communion

Friday 25th February

10:00​Bible Study (Zoom)

19:30​Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 26th February

18:30​Compline [Monday-Saturday inclusive at same time] (Zoom)

Sunday 27th February – Next Before Lent

08:00​Holy Communion

09:30​Sung Eucharist

11:15​Holy Communion (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

14:00​Memorial Thanksgiving & Eucharist – Robert Caroe

Refreshments are served after the 09:30am service. All are welcome.

Newsletter 13th February 2022

Robert Caroe

There will be a memorial service for Robert Caroe in church on Sunday 27th February at 2pm, to which everyone is very welcome. The service will take the form of a thanksgiving Sung Eucharist, at Robert’s request, and there will be refreshments in the church hall afterwards. This service will replace the Sung Evensong which would have taken place at 6.30 pm on the same day.

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for Afghanistan

DEC has issued an appeal to support the millions of people suffering from a lack of food and shelter in Afghanistan this winter. Afghanistan is on the brink of a catastrophe. People are starving. One million children under five are at risk of dying with severe malnutrition over the next three months. We encourage you to donate directly to DEC rather than the Church holding a collection because, if you are a taxpayer, your donation can be Gift Aided, which adds 25% to its value. The UK Government will match the first £10 million raised by DEC’s appeal, so your donation would be doubled.

Please donate by phoning 0370 60 60 610 or visit DEC.ORG.UK

Covid Precautions

Almost all compulsory Covid precautions have been removed. In the church, the Standing Committee has agreed that we will revert to our practice before Plan B came into effect. This means face masks are no longer required, but of course anyone should feel comfortable wearing one if they wish. Hand sanitiser continues to be available. We will keep to giving communion in one kind only, the consecrated bread, without the use of wine for now. All of this will be kept under review by the PCC.

Newsletter Compiler

Please send any contributions that you may have to Jim Heeley by 8pm on the Thursday by email jskc or call 01480 412264.

DIARY

Sunday 13th February – 3 Before Lent

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Sung Eucharist

11:15 United Service (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

18:30 Evening Prayer

Monday 14th February

18:30 Compline [Monday-Saturday inclusive at same time] (Zoom)

19:00 Gardening Club (Church Hall)

Tuesday 15th February

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

19:30 Wives’ Group (Church Hall)

Wednesday 16th February

14:30 Holy Communion (Zoom)

Thursday 17th February

09:45 Holy Communion

13:30 Worship Group (Zoom)

19:00 Town Council Meeting (Queen Elizabeth School)

Friday 18th February

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 19th February

18:30 Compline [Monday-Saturday inclusive at same time] (Zoom)

Sunday 20th February – 2 Before Lent

08:00 Holy Communion

08:00 Holy Communion (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

09:30 Parish Communion

11:30 Holy Baptism of Rosie Sreeves

18:30 Evening Prayer

Refreshments are served after the 09:30am service. All are welcome.

Newsletter 6th February 2022

Union Flag

The Union Flag will be flying from the church tower today (6th February) to mark the 70th anniversary of HM The Queen’s accession to the throne.

Holy Baptism

This morning at 11.30am we shall welcome Sylvia Grace Heeley-Nall into the family of Christ. Please keep Sylvia, her family & friends in your prayers and support them if possible.

Valentine’s Day Supper & Film Night

The Friends are showing the classic hit film ‘Singing in the Rain’ next Saturday 12th February at 7pm in St Mary’s Church Godmanchester. We will be serving homemade Shepherd’s Pie and Sticky Toffee Pudding included within the ticket price of £12.50 and there will be a licensed bar. Numbered Tickets available at adrian

Robert Caroe

There will be a memorial service for Robert Caroe in church on Sunday 27th February at 2pm, to which everyone is very welcome. The service will take the form of a thanksgiving Sung Eucharist, at Robert’s request, and there will be refreshments in the church hall afterwards. This service will replace the Sung Evensong which would have taken place at 6.30 pm on the same day.

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for Afghanistan

DEC has issued an appeal to support the millions of people suffering from a lack of food and shelter in Afghanistan this winter. Afghanistan is on the brink of a catastrophe. People are starving. One million children under five are at risk of dying with severe malnutrition over the next three months. We encourage you to donate directly to DEC rather than the Church holding a collection because, if you are a taxpayer, your donation can be Gift Aided, which adds 25% to its value. The UK Government will match the first £10 million raised by DEC’s appeal, so your donation would be doubled.

Please donate by phoning 0370 60 60 610 or visit DEC.ORG.UK

Covid Precautions

Almost all compulsory Covid precautions have been removed. In the church, the Standing Committee has agreed that we will revert to our practice before Plan B came into effect. This means face masks are no longer required, but of course anyone should feel comfortable wearing one if they wish. Hand sanitiser continues to be available. We will keep to giving communion in one kind only, the consecrated bread, without the use of wine for now. All of this will be kept under review by the PCC.

DIARY

Sunday 6th February – 4 Before Lent

08:00 Holy Communion

08:00 Holy Communion BCP (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

09:30 Sung Eucharist with Healing

11:30 Holy Baptism of Sylvia Grace Heeley-Nall

18:30 Evening Prayer

Monday 7th February

18:30 Compline [Monday-Saturday inclusive at same time] (Zoom)

Tuesday 8th February

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

19:30 Wives’ Group (Church Hall)

Wednesday 9th February

14:30 Holy Communion (Zoom)

Thursday 10th February

09:45 Holy Communion

13:30 Worship Group (Zoom)

Friday 11th February

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 12th February

18:30 Compline [Monday-Saturday inclusive at same time] (Zoom)

19:00 Valentine’s Film Night – ‘Singing in the Rain’ (Church)

Sunday 13th February – 3 Before Lent

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Sung Eucharist

11:15 United Service (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

18:30 Evening Prayer

Refreshments are served after the 09:30am service. All are welcome.

Newsletter 30th January 2022

Valentine’s Day Supper & Film Night

The Friends are showing the classic hit film ‘Singing in the Rain’ on Saturday 12th February at 7pm in St Mary’s Church Godmanchester. We will be serving homemade Shepherd’s Pie and Sticky Toffee Pudding included in the ticket price of £12.50 and there will be a licensed bar. Numbered Tickets available at adrian

Bunty Walsh

Sadly Bunty Walsh passed away this week after a battle with cancer. Bunty was a member of the Godmanchester ‘Fellowship of Healing’ group and will be sadly missed by the other three members and those who have benefitted from her service to the community. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Christmas Charities

Proceeds from our services over Christmas were sent to the following charities:

East Anglian Children’s Hospices (EACH) £250

Cruse Bereavement Case £200

The Children’s Society £200

Thanks to all who contributed.

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for Afghanistan

DEC has issued an appeal to support the millions of people suffering from a lack of food and shelter in Afghanistan this winter. Afghanistan is on the brink of a catastrophe. People are starving. One million children under five are at risk of dying with severe malnutrition over the next three months. We encourage you to donate directly to DEC rather than the Church holding a collection because, if you are a taxpayer, your donation can be Gift Aided, which adds 25% to its value. The UK Government will match the first £10 million raised by DEC’s appeal, so your donation would be doubled.

Please donate by phoning 0370 60 60 610 or visit DEC.ORG.UK

Newsletter Compiler

Please send any contributions that you may have to Jim Heeley by 8pm on the Thursday by email jskc or call 01480 412264.

DIARY

Sunday 30th January – Epiphany 4 (Candlemas)

08:00 Holy Communion

08:00 Holy Communion (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

09:30 Sung Eucharist

18:30 Evening Prayer

Monday 31st January

18:30 Compline [Monday-Saturday inclusive at same time] (Zoom)

19:00 St Anne’s Governor’s Meeting (Zoom)

Tuesday 1st February

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 2nd February

11:00 Holy Communion (The Chestnuts)

14:30 Holy Communion (Zoom)

Thursday 3rd February

09:45 Holy Communion

Friday 4th February

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

15:30 Funeral of Ruby Edwards (Cambridge Crematorium)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 5th February

18:30 Compline [Monday-Saturday inclusive at same time] (Zoom)

Sunday 6th February – 4 Before Lent

08:00 Holy Communion

08:00 Holy Communion BCP (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

09:30 Sung Eucharist with Healing

11:30 Holy Baptism of Sylvia Grace Heeley-Nall

18:30 Evening Prayer

Refreshments are served after the 09:30am service. All are welcome.

Newsletter 5th December 2021

Coffee and Mince Pie

Please come for an informal Christmas Cup of Coffee and Mince Pie on Wednesday 8th December from 10.30am -12.00pm at 14 Corpus Christi Lane, Godmanchester. Please ring Jane on 07941119630 if you require a lift. Looking forward to seeing you. Jane Nicholls

Parish Communion with Christingle

On Sunday 19th December we will combine our Parish Communion at 9.30am with Christingle. A wonderful event for all ages to join in this is a beautiful and simple service with carols. It includes decorating an orange with a red ribbon, dried fruits, sweets and a candle to create a new visual representation of Christ, the light of the world, celebrated by the lighting of the Christingle candles. Donations to The Children’s Society can be made at the service through Gift Aid envelopes. Do please come!

Jumpers 4 Jimmy’s

The Charities Committee have launched the Jumpers 4 Jimmy’s Christmas appeal in support of Jimmy’s homeless shelter in Cambridge.

Please donate new or nearly new ladies and men’s jumpers to the box at the back of the church, or bring them along to our stall at the Christmas Bazaar.

We will also be accepting sleeping bags, toiletries and long life luxury Christmas food items. Thank you. Jane Nicholls

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Please send any contributions that you may have to Jim Heeley by 8pm on the Thursday by email jskc@btinternet.com or call 01480 412264.

DIARY

Sunday 5th December – Advent 2

08:00 Holy Communion

08:00 Holy Communion (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

09:30 Sung Eucharist

18:30 Evening Prayer

Monday 6th December

18:30 Compline [Monday-Saturday inclusive at same time] (Zoom)

Tuesday 7th December

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 8th December

14:30 Holy Communion (Zoom)

Thursday 9th December

09:45 Holy Communion

19:00 Town Council Meeting (Queen Elizabeth School)

Friday 10th December

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

17:00 Christmas Market (School Hill)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 11th December

18:30 Compline [Monday-Saturday inclusive at same time] (Zoom)

Sunday 12th December – Advent 3

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Sung Eucharist

11:15 United Gift Service (Hilton Methodist Church)

18:30 Evening Prayer

Refreshments are served after the 09:30am service. All are welcome.

Newsletter 21st November 2021

Thank You

Thank you so much to everyone who donated a shoebox this year to the Samaritans’ Purse Shoe box appeal. As a Church we collected 30 boxes, and I know some members of the congregation donated an online box too. It’s really great to be part of such a special Christmas appeal, sending our love around the world.

The boxes from the UK are being sent to Belarus, Albania, refugee camps in the Middle East, Central Asia and Nigeria.

I hope you will all receive your own personal email once the boxes have been delivered. Thank you. Jane Nicholls

David Starkey Lecture – A Few Tickets Left

Queen Catherine Howard: Buckden’s Royal Teenage Bride 7pm-9.30pm 27th November with supper first included in the ticket price of £20.

The church will be looking especially festive with lovely decorations from Gillian Bathurst and Christopher Vane Percy. adrian Adrian Sington

Jumpers 4 Jimmy’s

The Charities Committee have launched the Jumpers 4 Jimmy’s Christmas appeal in support of Jimmy’s homeless shelter in Cambridge.

Please donate new or nearly new ladies and men’s jumpers to the box at the back of the church, or bring them along to our stall at the Christmas Bazaar.

We will also be accepting sleeping bags, toiletries and long life luxury Christmas food items. Thank you. Jane Nicholls

Christmas Bazaar – Saturday 4th December

We shall be needing bottles for the bottle stall, cakes for the teas and the cake stall, books, gifts and hampers for the Grand Draw. We shall also need people to help man the stalls. You have all been so very generous in the past and we are asking for your generosity once again. Please contact me if you think you can help. Jean Morgan

A Good Read

The bookstall at the Christmas Bazaar is looking for some stock! Donations may be left at the back of the church or delivered to 26 Post Street. Collections from your house are also possible if you give us enough time. Liz and Peter Irving (01480 382144) Peter.irving2

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Please send any contributions that you may have to Jim Heeley by 8pm on the Thursday by email jskc or call 01480 412264.

DIARY

Sunday 21st November – Christ the King – Next Before Advent

08:00 Holy Communion

08:00 Holy Communion (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

09:30 Parish Eucharist

11:30 Holy Baptism of Sophia Game

18:30 Evening Prayer

Monday 22nd November

18:30 Compline [Monday-Saturday inclusive at same time] (Zoom)

Tuesday 23rd November

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 24th November

09:45 Holy Communion (McCartney House)

14:30 Holy Communion (Zoom)

Thursday 25th November

09:45 Holy Communion

Friday 26th November

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 27th November

18:30 Compline [Monday-Saturday inclusive at same time] (Zoom)

Sunday 28th November – Advent Sunday

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Sung Eucharist

11:15 Holy Communion (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

18:30 Advent Carol Service

Refreshments are served after the 09:30am service. All are welcome.

Newsletter 14th November 2021

A Good Read

It’s that time of year again. As ever, the bookstall at the Christmas Bazaar (4th December) is looking for some stock! Donations may be left at the back of the church – a reminder that the church is open from 9 am to 4 pm ever day – or delivered to 26 Post Street. Collections from your house are also possible if you give us enough time. Donations in the past have always been most generous, so please support the bookstall again! Liz and Peter Irving (01480 382144) Peter.irving2

Jumpers 4 Jimmy’s

This week The Charities Committee are launching the Jumpers 4 Jimmy’s Christmas appeal in support of Jimmy’s homeless shelter in Cambridge.

Please donate new or nearly new ladies and men’s jumpers to the box at the back of the church or bring them along to our stall at the Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 4th December.

We will also be accepting sleeping bags, toiletries and long life luxury Christmas food items. Thank you. Jane Nicholls

Africa Charities

Thank you to all who made a contribution to our appeal for Mashambanzou Care Trust in Zimbabwe and Maya Parish in Uganda. We raised a total of £800, which is a splendid result. Robert Francis

Bacon Butties

We raised £90 from Bacon Butties last Sunday, and we also raised £75 from Coffee & Croissants last month. That gives a total of £165 which will go to Service Charities. Thank you for supporting this initiative. Robert Francis

Bazaar

The bazaar is planned for Saturday 4th December. We shall be needing bottles for the bottle stall, cakes for the teas and the cake stall, books, gifts and hampers for the Grand Draw. We shall also need people to help man the stalls. The fete in the summer was a great success and we are hoping the bazaar will be too. You have all been so very generous in the past and we are asking for your generosity once again. Please contact me if you think you can help. Jean Morgan

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Please send any contributions that you may have to Jim Heeley by 8pm on the Thursday by email jskc or call 01480 412264.

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Sunday 14th November – Remembrance Sunday – 2nd Before Advent

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Sung Eucharist

10:55 Town Remembrance Service

11:15 Holy Communion (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

18:30 Remembrance Service

Monday 15th November

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

19:30 PCC (Church Hall)

Tuesday 16th November

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

19:30 Wives Group (Church Hall)

Wednesday 17th November

14:30 Holy Communion (Zoom)

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Thursday 18th November

09:45 Holy Communion

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

19:30 Churches Together AGM

19:45 Hilton PCC

Friday 19th November

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

19:00 Town Council Meeting (Queen Elizabeth School)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 20th November

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Sunday 21st November – Christ the King – Next Before Advent

08:00 Holy Communion

08:00 Holy Communion (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

09:30 Sung Eucharist

11:30 Holy Baptism of Sophia Game

18:30 Evening Prayer

Newsletter 7th November 2021

Africa Appeal

Thank you to all who have already made donations to our appeal to support the Mashambanzou Care Trust in Zimbabwe and Maya Parish in Uganda. It’s not too late to donate, if you haven’t already done so, envelopes are available at the back of the church, and can be given to Colin Thirlwall, myself, or left on the donation plate on Sunday. Robert Francis

Bazaar

The bazaar is planned for Saturday 4th December. We shall be needing bottles for the bottle stall, cakes for the teas and the cake stall, books, gifts and hampers for the Grand Draw. We shall also need people to help man the stalls. The fete in the summer was a great success and we are hoping the bazaar will be too. You have all been so very generous in the past and we are asking for your generosity once again. Please contact me if you think you can help. Jean Morgan

The Shoebox Appeal

Our Church will once again be supporting The Samaritan’s Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’ otherwise known as The Shoebox appeal. Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide project that involves covering a show box in wrapping paper and packing it with toys, hygiene items (no toothpaste), pens, pencils, school items, accessories and a personal note for a child living in poverty. The shoe box gifts bring huge amounts of joy all around the world and maybe the only present that some children ever receive.

It would be really fantastic if as a church we could collect 50 boxes. Please take a leaflet from the back of the church and bring your box back next Sunday 14th November, or they can be left at 14 Corpus Christi Lane in the covered porch area and I will ensure they get delivered to Church. Jane Nicholls

Talking Newspaper – Help Needed!

Many of you will know about the Talking Newspaper, but for those who do not, it is a service whereby a recording is made of the Hunts and St Neots Post newspapers each week, for distribution to the blind and partially sighted.

We are now very short of people to prepare the material for recording. It is not an onerous task (that’s what they all say) and requires about an hour and a half of preparation time. Newspapers need to be collected from the Hunts Post office in Huntingdon, from Wednesday morning onwards, and the prepared boards need to be in the recording studio no later than lunchtime on Thursday; so it is flexible as to when you wish to do the task.

If we can gather a few helpers then it will only require participating every 7 or 8 weeks. At the moment, there are just 3 of us left.

Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information. Thank you in anticipation. Christina Sheppard Cvsheppard3

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Please send any contributions that you may have to Jim Heeley by 8pm on the Thursday by email jskc or call 01480 412264.

DIARY

Sunday 7th November – 3rd Before Advent

08:00 Holy Communion

08:00 Holy Communion [BCP] (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

09:30 Sung Eucharist

11:30 Baptism of Maggie Thornton

18:30 Evening Prayer

Monday 8th November

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

19:00 Garden Club (Church Hall)

Tuesday 9th November

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Wednesday 10th November

14:30 Holy Communion (Zoom)

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Thursday 11th November

09:45 Holy Communion

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Friday 12th November

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

13:00 Funeral of Anne Malone

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 13th November

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Sunday 14th November – Remembrance Sunday – 2nd Before Advent

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Sung Eucharist

10:55 Town Remembrance Service

11:15 Holy Communion (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

18:30 Remembrance Service

Refreshments are served after the 09:30am service. All are welcome.

Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Godmanchester

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

Sunday 7th November 2021 3rd Before Advent

Holy Communion Minister & Preacher: Christopher Leffler

Reading Jonah 3.1-5,10 (OT 897)

Gospel Mark 1.14-20 (NT 37)

Sung Eucharist Minister & Preacher: David Busk

With Healing Deacon: Ruth Ekblom

Reading Jonah 3.1-5,10 (OT 897)

Gospel Mark 1.14-20 (NT 37)

Hymns 420, Orange 14, 431, Orange 8 Please omit * verses

Communion 285, 471

Evening Prayer Minister: David Busk

Reading Isaiah 10.33–11.9 (OT 667)

Gospel John 14. 1-29 (NT 116)

Collect

Heavenly Lord,
you long for the world’s salvation:
stir us from apathy,
restrain us from excess
and revive in us new hope
that all creation will one day be healed
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Street Prayer Mission: West Street, Pinfold Lane, Granary Close, The Maltings

& Oakleigh Crescent with Flackdale, Hilton

Holy Communion:All are welcome at the altar rail. If you are a communicant member of your own Church, you are welcome to receive the Sacrament here, or if you would like to receive a blessing, please come forward with a hymn book, kneel at the rail and bow your head.

Newsletter October 31st 2021

Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Godmanchester

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

Sunday 31st October 2021 All Saints 4th Before Advent

Holy Communion Minister: John Wilson

Reading Wisdom 3.1-9 (Apocrypha)

Gospel John 11.32-44 (NT 112)

Sung Eucharist Minister & Preacher: David Busk

Readings Wisdom 3.1-9 (Apocrypha)

Revelation 21.1-6a (NT 280)

Gospel John 11.32-44 (NT 112)

Intercessions Christina Sheppard

Hymns 197, 389, 205, 418 Please omit * verses

Communion 274, 275

All Souls Minister: David Busk

Commemoration

Separate order of service

Collect

God of holiness,

your glory is proclaimed in every age:

as we rejoice in the faith of your saints,

inspire us to follow their example

with boldness and joy;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Street Prayer Mission: Lancaster Way, Fox Grove, Rectory Gardens

& Grove Court with Sparrow Way, Hilton

Holy Communion:All are welcome at the altar rail. If you are a communicant member of your own Church, you are welcome to receive the Sacrament here, or if you would like to receive a blessing, please come forward with a hymn book, kneel at the rail and bow your head.

DIARY

Sunday 31st October – All Saints 4th Before Advent

08:00 Holy Communion

08:00 Holy Communion (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

09:30 Sung Eucharist

18:30 All Souls Commemoration

Monday 1st November

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Tuesday 2nd November

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Wednesday 3rd November

11:00 Holy Communion (The Chestnuts)

14:30 Holy Communion (Zoom)

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Thursday 4th November

09:45 Holy Communion

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Friday 5th November

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

18:00 Fireworks Extravaganza (Godmanchester Rovers Football Club)

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 6th November

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

19:00 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Sunday 7th November – 3rd Before Advent

08:00 Holy Communion

08:00 Holy Communion (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

09:30 Sung Eucharist

11:30 Baptism of Maggie Thornton

18:30 Compline

Talking Newspaper – Help Needed!

Many of you will know about the Talking Newspaper, but for those who do not, it is a service whereby a recording is made of the Hunts and St Neots Post newspapers each week, for distribution to the blind and partially sighted.

We are now very short of people to prepare the material for recording. It is not an onerous task (that’s what they all say) and requires about an hour and a half of preparation time. Newspapers need to be collected from the Hunts Post office in Huntingdon, from Wednesday morning onwards, and the prepared boards need to be in the recording studio no later than lunchtime on Thursday; so it is flexible as to when you wish to do the task.

If we can gather a few helpers then it will only require participating every 7 or 8 weeks. At the moment, there are just 3 of us left.

If you think this is something you could help with, it would be hugely appreciated as it would be a great pity if this were to have to come to an end.

Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information (no pressure if you decide it is not for you). Thank you in anticipation.

Christina Sheppard Cvsheppard3

The Shoebox Appeal

Our Church will once again be supporting The Samaritan’s Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’ otherwise known as The Shoebox appeal. Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide project that involves covering a show box in wrapping paper and packing it with toys, hygiene items (no toothpaste), pens, pencils, school items, accessories and a personal note for a child living in poverty. The shoe box gifts bring huge amounts of joy all around the world and maybe the only present that some children ever receive.

It would be really fantastic if as a church we could collect 50 boxes. Please take a leaflet from the back of the church and bring your box back on Sunday 14th November, or they can be left at 14 Corpus Christi Lane in the covered porch area and I will ensure they get delivered to Church. Jane Nicholls

Curfew

The Curfew was traditionally rung every night in Godmanchester during the darker half of the year, falling between the church festivals of Michaelmas and Lady Day with a break for the Christmas festivities between Christmas Eve and Plough Monday. This tradition has been continued in various ways and we are now attempting to do this weekly on Thursday evenings leading up to 8pm.

Newsletter Compiler

Please send any contributions that you may have to Jim Heeley by 8pm on the Thursday by email jskc or call 01480 412264.