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Newsletter 6th March 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, one of the Churchwardens or sidespersons and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Bishop’s Half Marathon

Today, Sunday 8 March, Bishop Dagmar is running a half marathon in aid of a Cambridge charity, Romsey Mill. She is looking for sponsorship in order to raise £4000 to celebrate Romsey Mill’s 40 anniversary. She has set up a Just Giving page for sponsorship: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bishopdagmarromseymill.

It is not too late to support her in this venture if you have not yet done so.

Romsey Mill is a Christian charity which works with local young people from birth to aged 25, providing them with sustained support over a whole range of issues including those arising from dysfunctional family life, economic and social isolation, engagement in anti-social and risky behaviours, low aspirations and inhibited opportunities.

Lent Groups

Once again there are Lent Groups meeting for study, discussion, prayer and fellowship on Wednesdays in Lent. We are using material from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland written by Clare Amos, an Anglican theologian. The title is ‘Opening the Scriptures – setting our hearts on fire’, and it is intended to help us discover how our hearts can indeed be kindled by scripture. There is reflection on art, music and poetry, as well as opportunities to share passages that particularly speak to us. All are welcome, and while it is ideal if you can commit to all five sessions, please feel free to come to any number if you cannot make them all. There will be groups meeting in the Vicarage at 1.30pm, and at Jean and Dai Morgan’s house, 2a Earning Street, at 7.30pm, using the same material. Please come to whichever suits you best – no need to book, just turn up. The remaining dates are Wednesday 11, 18 & 25 March and 1April. David

Wives Group

The Wives Group will meet on Tuesday 10 March at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. We hope to put our thinking caps on with a quiz Bring and Buy theme is "Spring ".

Olwyn Hurd (458700)

15 March, Frugal Lunch in the Hall

Please save this date.

More info next week

Croissants & Coffee last Sunday

We raised £70 for HAMA event last Sunday. Thanks to all who supported us. Charities Committee

St Ives Choral Society Presents

On Saturday 21 March, at 7.30pm, 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.

Tickets priced £12, or £10 for concessions, are available online from ticketsource.co.uk/st-ives-choral-society and on the door on the night depending on availability.

Sharing the Peace

For the time being, I suggest we do not shake hands when we share the Peace at the Eucharist. We can simply put our hands together, or bow, or adopt any posture we feel is appropriate as we give each other words of God’s peace. I am very happy to shake hands as you leave the church, but will wait until you proffer your hand. If you do not wish to shake hands, don’t put your hand out as you leave!

The Communion Cup

Advice from the Archbishops is to carry on administering the cup as usual for now. The combination of alcohol in the wine, the use of base metal (silver) and the wipe with a clean part of the linen cloth together prove surprisingly effective against viruses and bacteria (and I believe this has been scientifically tested). Please note: intinction (dipping the wafer in the wine) is strongly discouraged. Many people (including myself until recently) instinctively feel that intinction is more hygienic, but apparently that instinct is wrong! If you are not comfortable with drinking from the common cup, please remember that the church has always taught that to receive communion in one kind (i.e. the consecrated bread only) is still full communion. You can if you wish consume the wafer, then when the cup comes take it and simply raise it towards your mouth without drinking.

David

Electoral Roll

In order to be able to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting

(which this year will be held on 26 April), you need to be on the Church Electoral Roll. A completely new roll was drawn up last year, but if you are a member of the congregation and are not on the electoral roll, please complete an electoral roll form and return it to me as the Electoral Roll Officer.

Copies of the form are on the table by the south door; the form is also on the church website. Look under Electoral Roll Applications – there is a copy of the entire leaflet and also a separate copy of just the application form. You can download the form and scan and email the signed form back to me at the email address below if you prefer.

Please remember that each person needs to complete their own form – and please check that it has been signed and dated before submission. Thank you

Kate Robinson (455421) or klrobinson80@gmail.com

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Newsletter 1st March 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 learn 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. After church today, we are serving a cup of cafetiere coffee with a delicious warm croissant for £2. All proceeds will go to St Mary’s Charity Funds.

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 havehad 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 onlyfor 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

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 amemorable 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.

Lent Groups

Once again there will be Lent Groups meeting for study, discussion, prayer and fellowship on five Wednesdays in Lent. We will be using material from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland written by Clare Amos, an Anglican theologian. The title is ‘Opening the Scriptures – setting our hearts on fire’, and it is intended to help us discover how our hearts can indeed be kindled by scripture. There is reflection on art, music and poetry, as well as opportunities to share passages that particularly speak to us. All are welcome, and while it is ideal if you can commit to all five sessions, please feel free to come to any number if you cannot make them all. There will be groups meeting in the Vicarage at 1.30 pm, and at Jean and Dai Morgan’s house, 2a Earning Street, at 7.30 pm, using the same material. Please come to whichever suits you best – no need to book, just turn up. The dates are Wednesday March 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th, and April 1st. David

Bishop’s Half Marathon

Bishop Dagmar is running a half marathon on 8th March in aid of a Cambridge charity, Romsey Mill. She is looking for sponsorship in order to raise £4000 to celebrate Romsey Mill’s 40th anniversary. She has set up a Just Giving page for sponsorship: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bishopdagmarromseymill.

Romsey Mill is a Christian charity which works with local young people from birth to aged 25, providing them with sustained support over a whole range of issues including those arising from dysfunctional family life, economic and social isolation, engagement in anti-social and risky behaviours, low aspirations and inhibited opportunities. In its 40th year, Romsey Mill is facing uncertainty with regard to a lot of the funding it needs to be able to continue the effective work it does to create opportunities and inspire hope and transformation in the lives of disadvantaged local young people children and families, and their communities. Please give generously to support Bishop Dagmar in her endeavours.

Electoral Roll

In order to be able to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (which this year will be held on 26 April), you need to be on the Church Electoral Roll. A completely new roll was drawn up last year, but if you are member of the congregation and arenot on the electoral roll, please complete an electoral roll form and return it to me as the Electoral Roll Officer.

Copies of the form are on the table by the south door; the form is also on the church website. Look under Church Electoral Roll Applications – there is a copy of the entire leaflet and also a separate copy of just the application form. You can download the form and scan and email the signed form back to me at the email address below if you prefer. Please remember that each person needs to complete their own form – and please check that it has been signed and dated before submission. Thank you.

Kate Robinson (455421) or klrobinson80

Newsletter Compiler

Bizz Tachray is the newsletter compiler during March and April. Contributions please by 8pm onThursday to: 457722 or

bizzthackray

Newsletter 22nd February 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 learn more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door. Do make yourself known tothe Vicar, a Churchwarden or sidesperson and pleasejoin us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

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

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.

Lent Groups

Once again there will be Lent Groups meeting for study, discussion, prayer and fellowship on five Wednesdays in Lent. We will be using material from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland written by Clare Amos, an Anglican theologian. The title is ‘Opening the Scriptures – setting our hearts on fire’, and it is intended to help us discover how our hearts can indeed be kindled by scripture. There is reflection on art, music and poetry, as well as opportunities to share passages that particularly speak to us. All are welcome, and while it is ideal if you can commit to all five sessions, please feel free to come to any number if you cannot make them all. There will be groups meeting in the Vicarage at 1.30 pm, and at Jean and Dai Morgan’s house, 2a Earning Street, at 7.30 pm, using the same material. Please come to whichever suits you best – no need to book, just turn up. The dates are Wednesday March 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th, and April 1st.

Vicarage home group

I am unable to host the home group on the regular third Wednesday of this month, so it will now be on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26th, at 10.30 am. Please come for prayer, reflection, coffee and talk – all welcome, no need to book.

Ash Wednesday

Lent begins this year on February 26th, Ash Wednesday. We will hold our usual Eucharist at 7.30 pm, with the Imposition of Ashes. Please come and begin Lent with us.

David

Bishop’s Half Marathon

Bishop Dagmar is running a half marathon on 8th March in aid of a Cambridge charity, Romsey Mill. She is looking for sponsorship in order to raise £4000 to celebrate Romsey Mill’s 40th anniversary. She has set up a Just Giving page for sponsorship: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bishopdagmarromseymill.

Romsey Mill is a Christian charity which works with local young people from birth to aged 25, providing them with sustained support over a whole range of issues including those arising from dysfunctional family life, economic and social isolation, engagement in anti-social and risky behaviours, low aspirations and inhibited opportunities. In its 40th year, Romsey Mill is facing uncertainty with regard to a lot of the funding it needs to be able to continue the effective work it does to create opportunities and inspire hope and transformation in the lives of disadvantaged local young people children and families, and their communities. Please give generously to support Bishop Dagmar in her endeavours.

Mrs Maria Dod – renewal of oblate promises

Maria Dod is an oblate of the Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage, which is an Anglican religious order of sisters. An oblate is someone who follows as far as possible the same way of life while living outside the convent; their promises have to be renewed each year, and we will do this for Maria at the start of the 9.30 Eucharist today. Let us pray for God’s blessing on her calling, and that of the sisters in Wantage.

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Newsletter 16th February 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 learn more about the St Mary’s community? Please collect a ‘Welcome’ flyer from the table by the entrance door. Do make yourself known tothe Vicar, a Churchwarden or sidesperson and pleasejoin us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

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

Quiz Night
The quilters group that meet in the Comrades Club support an orphanage in Kenya.
They have already made, and sent out seventy seven quilts for the children’s beds.
They are running a fund-raising quiz night at the Comrades Club on Saturday 22 February.
Teams of up to six people at £2.00 a head. Contact Helen on 01480 456505

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.

Lent Groups

Once again there will be Lent Groups meeting for study, discussion, prayer and fellowship on five Wednesdays in Lent. We will be using material from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland written by Clare Amos, an Anglican theologian. The title is ‘Opening the Scriptures – setting our hearts on fire’, and it is intended to help us discover how our hearts can indeed be kindled by scripture. There is reflection on art, music and poetry, as well as opportunities to share passages that particularly speak to us. All are welcome, and while it is ideal if you can commit to all five sessions, please feel free to come to any number if you cannot make them all. There will be groups meeting in the Vicarage at 1.30 pm, and at Jean and Dai Morgan’s house, 2a Earning Street, at 7.30 pm, using the same material. Please come to whichever suits you best – no need to book, just turn up. The dates are Wednesday March 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th, and April 1st.

Vicarage home group

I am unable to host the home group on the regular third Wednesday of this month, so it will now be on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26th, at 10.30 am. Please come for prayer, reflection, coffee and talk – all welcome, no need to book.

Ash Wednesday

Lent begins this year on February 26th, Ash Wednesday. We will hold our usual Eucharist at 7.30 pm, with the Imposition of Ashes. Please come and begin Lent with us.

David

Prayers for Silvia

Dear family in Christ. Thank you very much for your prayers towards my grand-daughter Silvia Sotto-Maior. She has been back to my home since the beginning of this year and has been admitted to Hinchingbrook School. As God is gracious, she was allowed to join the same form group as last year and is settling well. God bless you all. Love from Lucilia.”

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Newsletter 2nd February 2020

Welcome to St Mary’s

CANDLEMAS DISMISSAL

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.

Welcome

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.

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.

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.

Charities Committee

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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

Newsletter 19th 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.

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

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 Blind would 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.

Plough Monday and the Curfew

Plough Monday (the first Monday after Epiphany) was last Monday (13th January). It was the day on which people returned to working on the land following the Christmas celebrations and for this reason it was also the day on which the ringing of the curfew bell was re-started after the Christmas break. We no longer ring the curfew every night, but we try and keep the tradition alive by ringing it occasionally throughout the seasons when it would have been rung in the past. We shall therefore attempt to ring the curfew on Thursdays from now on until the end of the curfew season on Lady Day.

‘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.

For Sale

St Mary’s Choir are selling their piano that resides in the church hall as we now have an excellent piano in church and a keyboard for rehearsals. The piano case is showing its age but it is a perfectly good piano and certainly suitable for someone starting to play. It is available for viewing in the church hall and offers around £50 would be acceptable.

Contact Colin Thirlwall 457018.

Newsletter Compiler

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

Newsletter 6th 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.

Bacon & Sausage Butties

The Charities Committee will be serving delicious Bacon and Sausage Butties following the 9.30am service today. 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

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)

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