Welcome to St Mary’s
Here we finish our celebration of Christ’s birth:
As he lives in us, may we live in him.
We have rejoiced with faithful Simeon and Anna:
Help us, like them, to trust in your promises.
We have greeted the light of the world:
The light no darkness can quench.
Now we blow out our candles:
May the light of Christ still shine in our hearts.
[All extinguish their candles]
Here we stand at the place of baptism:
May we share for ever in his death and in his life.
Christmas is over; Lent is coming soon:
Help us to enter deeply into the Easter mystery.
Here we bless one another in your name:
Help us to shine as lights in the world.
Let us go in the peace of Christ:
Thanks be to God.
[All disperse quietly]
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.
Today we welcome Lincoln Delafeld into our church. Please pray for him and his parents and godparents.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
Parking (or rather, not parking) in Chadley Lane
This is a reminder that people coming to St Mary’s for regular services or for special events, are kindly asked not to park in Chadley Lane if at all possible. The residents have had to put up with a number of incidents of careless parking over the years (obviously, not all of them committed by St Mary’s folk), and have asked me to make this reminder from time to time. Of course, they understand that those with limited mobility need to park as close to the church as possible, but in any case, please take care not to park in front of a gate or entrance, on the yellow lines (unless you have a blue badge, and then only for 3 hours), or in such a way that other cars or emergency vehicles cannot pass. When the church hall is not in use, the paved area inside the gate is available for church parking. We want to be good neighbours! Thank you for your consideration. David
Result of Quiz Night
We raised £664 at the Quiz Night on 18 January: this amount includes £55 raised by the Coffee & Croissants event the previous Sunday. 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.
Jean Morgan is the Newsletter compiler during January & February. Contributions please by 8pm on Thursday to: 417502 or morgan_01339