Newsletter 10th March 2024

Lent Course Meeting

There will be a Lent Course meeting at the Vicarage at 2.30 pm on five Wednesdays of Lent: Feb. 21st & 28th, and March 6th, 13th & 20th. All are welcome, and the course material, entitled ‘Watch and Pray’, will be provided. There will be no Zoom communion on those days.

Quiz Night – Saturday 6th April

The charities committee are hosting a quiz night on Saturday 6th April, 7pm in aid of Thrive. Please come and support. There will be cottage pie provided and you are invited to brink your own drinks. £12.50 for each person with teams of 6-8. You are welcome to come as a team or we can assemble the teams, so no worries if you are on your own. There will be a raffle (of course!) and any contributions to this are welcome. Please see Deb, Jane, Kate or Dilys after church for tickets. Or phone Deb on 07804095921.

Devotional organ recitals for Lent and Easter

John Dillistone will be giving half-hour organ recitals on five Thursdays, 1.15-1.45 pm. The dates are March 21st, March 28th, April 4th, April 11th, and April 18th. The aim is devotional and meditative. All welcome.

PCC Minutes

A copy of the Minutes of the PCC meeting will be displayed on the Noticeboard by the font after they have been agreed and signed at the following meeting – which is usually, but not always, held the following month. A copy will also be available on the church website.

John Dillistone: CDs of Bay Area Recitals 1998

At last year’s Ride and Stride Day, John Dillistone, former organist of St Mary’s performed a sponsored concert in church and kindly provided CDs of his recitals in San Francisco and New Berkeley to be sold to support our fund-raising for Ride and Stride. He has now given me a further 10 CDs to be sold to raise funds for our current projects. These are of his performances of organ music from the Baroque to the C20th. They are £10 per CD. The CD is 70 minutes long and contains the wonderful music of, amongst others, JS Bach, and S Wesley.

I am loath to leave these on display when the church is open but if anyone might be interested, please contact me on a.leighsmith@btinternet.com or 433467.

Nicholas Leigh Smith

Taize worship

In place of Evening Prayer, on Sunday April 14th at 6.30 pm there will be a service of worship in the style of the Taize Community. This involves simple musical chants that all can sing, reflection on scripture, prayer and silence. There will be refreshments afterwards. Do come.

DIARY

Sunday 10th March – Mothering Sunday

08:00​Holy Communion

09:30​Parish Communion – Mothering Sunday

11:15​United Service (Methodist Church, Hilton)

18:30​Evening Prayer

Monday 11th March

18:15​Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevado@hotmail.co.uk for access)

Tuesday 12th March

10:30​Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

19:30​Bell Ringing Practice

Wednesday 13th March

14:30​Lent Course Meeting (The Vicarage)

Thursday 14th March

09:45​Holy Communion

19:30​Hunts Phil rehearsal

Friday 15th March

10:00​Bible Study (Zoom)

19:30​Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 16th March

19:30​​Concert: ‘The Armed Man – a Mass for Peace’

Sunday 17th March – Fifth Sunday of Lent

08:00​Holy Communion

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

09:30​Sung Eucharist

18:30​Evening Prayer

Refreshments are served after the 9:30am service. All are welcome.

Newsletter 3rd March 2024

Lent Course Meeting

There will be a Lent Course meeting at the Vicarage at 2.30 pm on five Wednesdays of Lent: Feb. 21st & 28th, and March 6th, 13th & 20th. All are welcome, and the course material, entitled ‘Watch and Pray’, will be provided. There will be no Zoom communion on those days.

Quiz Night – Saturday 6th April

The charities committee are hosting a quiz night on Saturday 6th April, 7pm in aid of Thrive. Please come and support. There will be cottage pie provided and you are invited to brink your own drinks. £12.50 for each person with teams of 6-8. You are welcome to come as a team or we can assemble the teams, so no worries if you are on your own. There will be a raffle (of course!) and any contributions to this are welcome. Please see Deb, Jane, Kate or Dilys after church for tickets. Or phone Deb on 07804095921.

Sponsorship Cambridge half marathon

https://www.justgiving.com/page/kate-barkshire-1706823466523?utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=page%2Fkate-barkshire-1706823466523&utm_source=copyLink&utm_campaign=pfp-share

I am running the Cambridge half marathon on March 3rd in aid of Alzheimer’s research. The original plan was to run the London marathon in April but Ian and I have succumbed to older age wear and tear and have had to postpone the longer event, hoping we might be fit enough next year! If anybody in the church community would lie to sponsor me I would be most grateful. Many thanks, Kate Barkshire.

John Dillistone: CDs of Bay Area Recitals 1998

At last year’s Ride and Stride Day, John Dillistone, former organist of St Mary’s performed a sponsored concert in church and kindly provided CDs of his recitals in San Francisco and New Berkeley to be sold to support our fund-raising for Ride and Stride. He has now given me a further 10 CDs to be sold to raise funds for our current projects. These are of his performances of organ music from the Baroque to the C20th. They are £10 per CD. The CD is 70 minutes long and contains the wonderful music of, amongst others, JS Bach, and S Wesley.

I am loath to leave these on display when the church is open but if anyone might be interested, please contact me on a.leighsmith or 433467.

Nicholas Leigh Smith

Lent Frugal Lunch

As in previous years, we are having a frugal lunch in Lent, which will be on Sunday 3rd March, starting at 12pm. The lunch will comprise soup, bread & butter, cheese and fruit. A list is now on the table at the south door where people can add their names, choice of soup or suggestion and special dietary requirements. Please do not forget to add the date in your diaries. Thank you. Donation on the day going towards our transformation project. Lucilia

DIARY

Sunday 3rd March – Third Sunday of Lent

08:00 Holy Communion

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

09:30 Sung Eucharist with Healing

18:30 Evening Prayer

Monday 4th March

18:15 Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevado for access)

Tuesday 5th March

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 6th March

14:30 Lent Course Meeting (The Vicarage)

Thursday 7th March

09:45 Holy Communion

Friday 8th March

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 9th March

Sunday 10th March – Mothering Sunday

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Parish Communion – Mothering Sunday

11:15 United Service (Methodist Church, Hilton)

18:30 Evening Prayer

Refreshments are served after the 9:30am service. All are welcome.

Newsletter 25th February 2024

Friday

Our next event will be on Friday the 1st of March. As it is St David’s day and he is the Patron of Wales, our team agreed we could use it for the theme of our event. For food we will have Cawl and Pwdin Eva (hopefully 🙂). Anyone speak Welsh? You are welcome to come and teach us some words. Thank you. Lucilia

Lent Course Meeting

There will be a Lent Course meeting at the Vicarage at 2.30 pm on five Wednesdays of Lent: Feb. 21st & 28th, and March 6th, 13th & 20th. All are welcome, and the course material, entitled ‘Watch and Pray’, will be provided. There will be no Zoom communion on those days.

SERVICE CHARITIES 2023

We have received (rather belated) letters of thanks from the following charities which we supported over the Remembrance Day period last November.

• RAF Benevolent Fund – £100

• The Seafarers’ Society – £100

The letters are posted on the Charities Noticeboard in the South Porch. Robert.

Churches Together Men’s Breakfast

The next Churches Together Men’s Breakfast is on Saturday March 2nd at 8am. It’s the annual "Frugal" breakfast this time, so no cooked breakfast but cereal, croissants and drinks instead. It will take place at All Saints Church Hartford. The speaker is Junior McDougald who was brought up in Huntingdon and became a professional footballer and a Christian. He will talk about the "Sports Connections Foundation Children’s Charity" (SCF), which he co-founded in 2010 with the aim of developing positive futures for disadvantaged children through involvement in sport. The breakfast charge is £10, with any surplus going to SCF. Parking is limited, but we can use the Barley Mow car park across the road. A Ladies Breakfast follows at 10am, so we’ll finish by 9.30am. All men very welcome but to enable catering please let Brian Pawlett (brianpawlett2) know in advance by February 27th .

Churches Together Ladies’ Breakfast

CT Ladies breakfast is on Saturday the 2nd of March at All Saints Church, Hartford, starting at 10 am. The menu will consist of Cakes and drinks: hot and cold. God willing, I will be attending together with Stella Howard. However, my car still has 5 more seats available. Please let me know if you want to go and need a lift. My contacts are: 07786234571 or luciliazevedo.

Sponsorship Cambridge half marathon

https://www.justgiving.com/page/kate-barkshire-1706823466523?utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=page%2Fkate-barkshire-1706823466523&utm_source=copyLink&utm_campaign=pfp-share

I am running the Cambridge half marathon on March 3rd in aid of Alzheimer’s research. The original plan was to run the London marathon in April but Ian and I have succumbed to older age wear and tear and have had to postpone the longer event, hoping we might be fit enough next year! If anybody in the church community would lie to sponsor me I would be most grateful. Many thanks, Kate Barkshire.

World Day of Payer

A service for World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday the 1st of March 2024 at St Botolph’s Church in Peterborough, starting at 7.30pm. This is a global ecumenical movement of informed prayer and prayerful action. Unfortunately, it is on the same day as our Friday at 5.15, so I can’t go and offer lifts. The full address is: Saint Botolph’s Church, 315 Thorp Road, Longthorpe. Peterborough PE3 6LU. If you need any other information, please ask me or refer to the leaflet I will attach to one of the boards in the South Porch. Lucilia.

John Dillistone: CDs of Bay Area Recitals 1998

At last year’s Ride and Stride Day, John Dillistone, former organist of St Mary’s performed a sponsored concert in church and kindly provided CDs of his recitals in San Francisco and New Berkeley to be sold to support our fund-raising for Ride and Stride. He has now given me a further 10 CDs to be sold to raise funds for our current projects. These are of his performances of organ music from the Baroque to the C20th. They are £10 per CD. The CD is 70 minutes long and contains the wonderful music of, amongst others, JS Bach, and S Wesley.

I am loath to leave these on display when the church is open but if anyone might be interested, please contact me on a.leighsmith or 433467.

Nicholas Leigh Smith

Lent Frugal Lunch

As in previous years, we are having a frugal lunch in Lent, which will be on Sunday 3rd March, starting at 12pm. The lunch will comprise soup, bread & butter, cheese and fruit. A list is now on the table at the south door where people can add their names, choice of soup or suggestion and special dietary requirements. Please do not forget to add the date in your diaries. Thank you. Donation on the day going towards our transformation project. Lucilia

Newsletter Compiler

Adrian Sington will be taking over Newsletter duties for February and March. Please send any contributions that you may have to Adrian by 8pm on the Thursday by email adrian or call 07770 638193.

DIARY

Sunday 25th February – Second Sunday of Lent

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Sung Eucharist

11:15 Coffee, Cake & Church (Village Hall, Hilton)

18:30 Sung Evensong

Monday 26th February

18:15 Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevado for access)

Tuesday 27th February – Shrove Tuesday

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 28th February – Ash Wednesday

14:30 Lent Course Meeting (The Vicarage)

Thursday 29th February

09:45 Holy Communion

Friday 1st March

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

17:15 Friday at 5.15

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 2nd March

Sunday 3rd March – Third Sunday of Lent

08:00 Holy Communion

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

09:30 Sung Eucharist with Healing

18:30 Evening Prayer

Refreshments are served after the 9:30am service. All are welcome.

Newsletter 18th February

Lent Course Meeting

There will be a Lent Course meeting at the Vicarage at 2.30 pm on five Wednesdays of Lent: Feb. 21st & 28th, and March 6th, 13th & 20th. All are welcome, and the course material, entitled ‘Watch and Pray’, will be provided. There will be no Zoom communion on those days.

Sponsorship Cambridge half marathon

https://www.justgiving.com/page/kate-barkshire-1706823466523?utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=page%2Fkate-barkshire-1706823466523&utm_source=copyLink&utm_campaign=pfp-share

I am running the Cambridge half marathon on March 3rd in aid of Allzeimer’s research. The original plan was to run the London marathon in April but Ian and I have succumbed to older age wear and tear and have had to postpone the longer event, hoping we might be fit enough next year! If anybody in the church community would lie to sponsor me I would be most grateful. Many thanks, Kate.

John Dillistone: CDs of Bay Area Recitals 1998

At last year’s Ride and Stride Day, John Dillistone, former organist of St Mary’s performed a sponsored concert in church and kindly provided CDs of his recitals in San Francisco and New Berkeley to be sold to support our fund-raising for Ride and Stride. He has now given me a further 10 CDs to be sold to raise funds for our current projects. These are of his performances of organ music from the Baroque to the C20th. They are £10 per CD. The CD is 70 minutes long and contains the wonderful music of, amongst others, JS Bach, and S Wesley.

I am loath to leave these on display when the church is open but if anyone might be interested, please contact me on a.leighsmith or 433467.

Nicholas Leigh Smith

Lent Frugal Lunch

As in previous years, we are having a frugal lunch in Lent, which will be on Sunday 3rd March, starting at 12pm. The lunch will comprise soup, bread & butter, cheese and fruit. A list is now on the table at the south door where people can add their names, choice of soup or suggestion and special dietary requirements. Please do not forget to add the date in your diaries. Thank you. Donation on the day going towards our transformation project. Lucilia

Newsletter Compiler

Adrian Sington will be taking over Newsletter duties for February and March. Please send any contributions that you may have to Adrian by 8pm on the Thursday by email adrian or call 07770 638193.

DIARY

Sunday 18th February – First Sunday of Lent

08:00 Holy Communion

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

09:30 Parish Communion

18:30 Evening Prayer

Monday 19th February

18:15 Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevado for access)

19:30 PCC Meeting (Church Hall)

Tuesday 20th February – Shrove Tuesday

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 21st February – Ash Wednesday

14:30 Lent Course Meeting (The Vicarage)

Thursday 22nd February

09:45 Holy Communion

Friday 23rd February

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

14:00 Funeral of Sandy Ferrelly

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 24th February

Sunday 25th February – Second Sunday of Lent

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Parish Communion

11:15 Coffee, Cake & Church (Village Hall, Hilton)

18:30 Sung Evensong

Refreshments are served after the 9:30am service. All are welcome.

Newsletter 10th Feabruary 2024

Children’s Church Sponsored Move

Thank you so much to all the families at Children’s Church as well as other members of the congregation that helped us work towards our total of moving the 9,909km from Godmanchester to the Bucence Children’s Centre in Uganda. It might have taken 6 months but we have completed our challenge; in fact we surpassed it, getting to 12,056.57km!

If you have very kindly sponsored us then we are now collecting that money in; If you haven’t sponsored us already but would like to then that would be amazing, thank you. Please see Paula after church or contact her on 01480 411470. Thank you.

Lent Course meeting

There will be a Lent Course meeting at the Vicarage at 2.30 pm on five Wednesdays of Lent: Feb. 21st & 28th, and March 6th, 12th & 19th. All are welcome, and the course material, entitled ‘Watch and Pray’, will be provided. There will be no Zoom communion on those days.

John Dillistone: CDs of Bay Area Recitals 1998

At last year’s Ride and Stride Day, John Dillistone, former organist of St Mary’s performed a sponsored concert in church and kindly provided CDs of his recitals in San Francisco and New Berkeley to be sold to support our fund-raising for Ride and Stride. He has now given me a further 10 CDs to be sold to raise funds for our current projects. These are of his performances of organ music from the Baroque to the C20th. They are £10 per CD. The CD is 70 minutes long and contains the wonderful music of, amongst others, JS Bach, and S Wesley.

I am loath to leave these on display when the church is open but if anyone might be interested, please contact me on a.leighsmith or 433467.

Nicholas Leigh Smith

Lent Frugal Lunch

As in previous years, we are having a frugal lunch in Lent, which will be on Sunday 3rd March, starting at 12pm. The lunch will comprise soup, bread & butter, cheese and fruit. A list is now on the table at the south door where people can add their names, choice of soup or suggestion and special dietary requirements. Please do not forget to add the date in your diaries. Thank you. Donation on the day going towards our transformation project. Lucilia

Newsletter Compiler

Adrian Sington will be taking over Newsletter duties for February and March. Please send any contributions that you may have to Adrian by 8pm on the Thursday by email adrian or call 07770 638193.

Prayer List

Should you wish to add a name to the list, or have one removed, then please contact either David Busk or Jim Heeley who will oversee the list at this time.

DIARY

Sunday 11th February – Next Before Lent

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Sung Eucharist

11:15 United Service (Methodist Church, Hilton)

18:30 Evening Prayer

Monday 12th February

18:15 Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevado for access)

Tuesday 13th February – Shrove Tuesday

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

19:30 Bell Ringing Practice

Wednesday 14th February – Ash Wednesday

14:30 Joint Holy Communion (Zoom)

19:30 Holy Communion with Ashes

Thursday 15th February

09:45 Holy Communion

19:00 Town Council Meeting

Friday 16th February

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 17th February

Sunday 18th February – First Sunday of Lent

08:00 Holy Communion

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

09:30 Parish Communion

18:30 Evening Prayer

Refreshments are served after the 9:30am service. All are welcome.

Newsletter17th December 2023

Nativity Set Festival

Our 2023 Nativity Set Festival is in church today, Sunday 17th December. The sets are on display through the Christingle service this morning, and afterwards as well. The main festival will run from 1.30pm to 4pm today, with mulled wine and mince pies on sale. Do stay and view the Nativity sets after the Christingle service and come back this afternoon to support the festival whilst enjoying refreshments.

Thank You

The Wives Group would like to thank everyone who gave cakes, came to eat/ drink and my personal thanks to Carole, Sheila, Ann, Vorrey, Rita, Sandra, Elizabeth, Barbara and our "money lady" Rosemary.

Our final time of providing teas was a wonderful day, and we wish whoever takes over, much success.

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Olwyn Hurd (Chairman)

Parish News Subscriptions

This is a reminder that the £9 subscription for the Parish News is now due. Please give your subscription to whomever delivers your magazine. Payment may be made in cash, or by cheque payable to ‘St Mary the Virgin Godmanchester PCC’.

Thank you for your continued support.

Any queries please contact me at this correct number (there is an error in one of the numbers in Parish Mag) 01480 393392 Anne Francis

Thrive Youth Café Godmanchester

Thrive is planning to open a Youth Café in Godmanchester in January 2024. It will be open on Tuesday afternoons for 2.5 hours, located in GMC Baptist Church. Thrive, which is a C of E youth charity that St Mary’s supports, is looking for volunteers to help at the café. In addition to the usual setting up and tidying away, volunteers will be there to engage with the young people who come by listening to them and providing advice and mentoring if appropriate. There will be a ‘Volunteer Info Evening’ at All Saints Church in Huntingdon on 12th December, where you can find out more. Appropriate training will be provided. If this is of interest, please email Ruth Hunt of Thrive: ruth. Alternatively, speak to me Robert Francis 01480 393392.

DIARY

Sunday 17th December – Advent 3 (Christingle)

08:00 Holy Communion

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

09:30 Parish Communion & Christingle

13:30 Nativity Set Festival until 4pm

18:30 Evening Prayer

Monday 18th December

11:00 Worship Group (The Vicarage)

18:15 Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevado for access)

19:30 PCC Meeting (Church Hall)

Tuesday 19th December

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 20th December

10:00 Holy Communion (McCartney House)

14:30 Joint Holy Communion (Zoom)

Thursday 21st December

09:45 Holy Communion

Friday 22nd December

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 23rd December

Sunday 24th December – Christmas Eve

08:00 Holy Communion

16:00 Nativity Service (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

16:00 Nativity Service

18:00 Nine Lessons & Carols

20:30 Quiet Christmas

23:30 Midnight Mass

Newsletter 10th December 2023

Several years ago, we held a successful Nativity Set Festival in church. We are holding another next Sunday 17th December. If you have a Nativity set (or sets) that you are willing to share with other people for a few hours on that day, we would really like you to join us. We will be setting up on Saturday 16th December between 3.30pm and 5pm. We hope that many of the sets will be accompanied by a brief story of how or why you acquired the set.

The sets will be on display through the Christingle service in the morning, and afterwards as well. The main festival will run from 1.30pm to 4pm on the Sunday, with mulled wine and mince pies on sale.

At the same time, we are hoping that children from Godmanchester will take part in a colouring competition showing scenes from the Nativity story with the entries to be displayed around the church. There will be four age groups for this. Further details will be given nearer the time.

Any donations of mince pies and mulled wine will be greatly received, please leave with Deb, Kate or Ruth.

In the meantime, if you can lend a set, or help on the day with the various tasks that make an event run smoothly, please let me know. 01480 374809 or ruthekblom Ruth Ekblom

Parish News Subscriptions

This is a reminder that the £9 subscription for the Parish News is now due. Please give your subscription to whomever delivers your magazine. Payment may be made in cash, or by cheque payable to ‘St Mary the Virgin Godmanchester PCC’.

Thank you for your continued support.

Any queries please contact me at this correct number (there is an error in one of the numbers in Parish Mag) 01480 393392 Anne Francis

Food Hampers for Maaya

Once again, we are asking for donations to make up food hampers to feed a family for a month in and around our link parish of Maaya in Uganda. Each hamper costs £40, but of course any contribution is welcome. Please place donations on the special plate in church on Sundays, or through the doors of the Vicarage or 20 Post Street.

Also, we are still collecting ink cartridges, used or new, for our Uganda link. Please place the cartridges on the green box, which is on top of the hymn books cabinet near the south door.

If you are interested to know more about our brethren in our Lord Jesus Christ in Uganda, the most recent edition of Friends of North Kigezi Diocese’s newsletter is at the table near the south door. Robert Francis

Thrive Youth Café Godmanchester

Thrive is planning to open a Youth Café in Godmanchester in January 2024. It will be open on Tuesday afternoons for 2.5 hours, located in GMC Baptist Church. Thrive, which is a C of E youth charity that St Mary’s supports, is looking for volunteers to help at the café. In addition to the usual setting up and tidying away, volunteers will be there to engage with the young people who come by listening to them and providing advice and mentoring if appropriate. There will be a ‘Volunteer Info Evening’ at All Saints Church in Huntingdon on 12th December, where you can find out more. Appropriate training will be provided. If this is of interest, please email Ruth Hunt of Thrive: ruth. Alternatively, speak to me Robert Francis 01480 393392

DIARY

Sunday 10th December – Advent 2

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Sung Eucharist

11:15 United Service (Methodist Church, Hilton)

18:30 Evening Prayer

Monday 11th December

18:15 Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevado for access)

Tuesday 12th December

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

19:30 Bell Ringing Practice

Wednesday 13th December

14:30 Joint Holy Communion (Zoom)

Thursday 14th December

09:45 Holy Communion

Friday 15th December

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 16th December

15:30 Nativity Set Festival

Sunday 17th December – Advent 3

08:00 Holy Communion

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

09:30 Parish Communion & Christingle

18:30 Evening Prayer

Newsletter 3rd December 2023

Advent Carol Service & Mince Pies

Our annual Advent Carol Service will be held in church this evening, Sunday 3rd December, at 6.30pm. This is a wonderful start to the season of Advent, beginning in candlelight with an augmented choir leading the congregation.

After the service there will be mince pies & wine (or soft drinks) provided by the choir and served in the Church to all from the congregation. Do come if you can and prepare yourselves for Christmas.

Nativity Set Festival

Several years ago, we held a successful Nativity Set Festival in church. We are holding another on Sunday 17th December. If you have a Nativity set (or sets) that you are willing to share with other people for a few hours on that day, we would really like you to join us. We will be setting up on Saturday 16th December between 3.30pm and 5pm. We hope that many of the sets will be accompanied by a brief story of how or why you acquired the set.

The sets will be on display through the Christingle service in the morning, and afterwards as well. The main festival will run from 1.30pm to 4pm on the Sunday, with mulled wine and mince pies on sale. At the same time, we are hoping that children from Godmanchester will take part in a colouring competition showing scenes from the Nativity story with the entries to be displayed around the church. There will be four age groups for this. Further details will be given nearer the time. In the meantime, if you can lend a set, or help on the day with the various tasks that make an event run smoothly, please let me know. 01480 374809 or ruthekblom Ruth Ekblom

Parish News Subscriptions

This is a reminder that the £9 subscription for the Parish News is now due. Please give your subscription to whomever delivers your magazine. Payment may be made in cash, or by cheque payable to ‘St Mary the Virgin Godmanchester PCC’.

Thank you for your continued support.

Any queries please contact me at this correct number (there is an error in one of the numbers in Parish Mag) 01480 393392 Anne Francis

Food Hampers for Maaya

Once again, we are asking for donations to make up food hampers to feed a family for a month in and around our link parish of Maaya in Uganda. Each hamper costs £40, but of course any contribution is welcome. Please place donations on the special plate in church on Sundays, or through the doors of the Vicarage or 20 Post Street.

Also, we are still collecting ink cartridges, used or new, for our Uganda link. Please place the cartridges on the green box, which is on top of the hymn books cabinet near the south door.

If you are interested to know more about our brethren in our Lord Jesus Christ in Uganda, the most recent edition of Friends of North Kigezi Diocese’s newsletter is at the table near the south door. Robert Francis

Thrive Youth Café Godmanchester

Thrive is planning to open a Youth Café in Godmanchester in January 2024. It will be open on Tuesday afternoons for 2.5 hours, located in GMC Baptist Church. Thrive, which is a C of E youth charity that St Mary’s supports, is looking for volunteers to help at the café. In addition to the usual setting up and tidying away, volunteers will be there to engage with the young people who come by listening to them and providing advice and mentoring if appropriate. There will be a ‘Volunteer Info Evening’ at All Saints Church in Huntingdon on 12th December, where you can find out more. Appropriate training will be provided. If this is of interest, please email Ruth Hunt of Thrive: ruth. Alternatively, speak to me Robert Francis 01480 393392.

DIARY

Sunday 3rd December – Advent Sunday

08:00 Holy Communion

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

09:30 Sung Eucharist with Healing

18:30 Advent Carols

Monday 4th December

18:15 Evening Prayer [Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom] (please email luciliazevado for access)

Tuesday 5th December

Wednesday 6th December

07:30 Prayer Group

11:00 Holy Communion (The Chestnuts)

14:30 Joint Holy Communion (Zoom)

Thursday 7th December

09:45 Holy Communion

Friday 8th December

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 9th December

Sunday 10th December – Advent 2

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Sung Eucharist

11:15 United Service (Methodist Church, Hilton)

18:30 Evening Prayer

Newsletter 26th November 2023

Baptism 3.00 this afternoon

Today later we welcome into our Church’s Family Aubree Abbott, Great Granddaughter of the late Mary Abbott from this congregation. Please pray for her Parents and Godparents.

Daphne Meats’ Memorial

Tuesday 28th November at 2.15pm we are celebrating the life of our sister in Christ, Daphne Meats, who has been called to the Father earlier this month. The cremation will be at 1.30 at Huntingdon Crematorium.

Christmas Bazaar

Our Christmas Bazaar will be held inside St. Mary’s during the afternoon of Saturday 2nd December. As well as all the usual stalls there will be the Grand Draw for our Christmas Raffle. Anne Francis has kindly helped by inserting in the November issue of our Parish News an envelope containing Raffle Tickets. If you don’t receive the Parish News there may well be an envelope for you at the rear of our Church. Please support our Church by selling the Raffle Tickets in advance of the Christmas Bazaar. Counterfoils with money should be handed to Bill, Ruth, Colin or me; alternatively placed through the letter box at the Vicarage. Peter Morgan

Christmas Bazaar Stalls

As in previous years, we are having stalls for which we will need your kind donations. So, we need drinks of any kind for the bottles stall, books, multimedia, puzzles, gifts and most of all, hampers for the Grand Draw. If there is anyone wanting to do a Christmas cake for the guess the weight game, you would be more than welcome. Thank you and God bless.

Tea Room at Christmas Bazaar

Once again, the Wives Group are providing teas at the Bazaar on 2nd December. As we are such a small group, may I, again, ask if the bakers in our congregation would make us a cake or Christmas biscuits. As this is the last time we shall be in charge of teas, we would like our "swan song " to be extra special. Many thanks, Olwyn Hurd (Chairman)

Advent Carols

Next Sunday is our annual Advent Carols at 6.30 in the afternoon. A beautiful service starting at the candle lights that marks the beginning of our journey until Christmas. To crown this delightful event, mince pies and wine (or soft drinks) will be served at the back of the Church after the service. Provisions kindly supplied by our Marvellous Choir.

Nativity Set Festival 2023

Several years ago, we held a successful Nativity Set Festival in church. We are holding another on Sunday 17th December. If you have a Nativity set (or sets) that you are willing to share with other people for a few hours on that day, we would really like you to join us. We will be setting up on Saturday 16th December between 3.30pm and 5.00pm. We hope that many of the sets will be accompanied by a brief story of how or why you acquired the set. The sets will be on display through the Christingle service in the morning, and afterwards as well. The main festival will run from 1.30pm to 4.00pm on the Sunday, with mulled wine and mince pies on sale. At the same time, we are hoping that children from Godmanchester will take part in a colouring competition showing scenes from the Nativity story with the entries to be displayed around the church. There will be four age groups for this. Further details will be given nearer the time. In the meantime, if you can lend a set, or help on the day with the various tasks that make an event run smoothly, please let me know. Ruth. 01480 374809 or ruthekblom

Thrive Youth Café Godmanchester

Thrive is planning to open a Youth Café in Godmanchester in January 2024. It will be open on Tuesday afternoons for 2.5 hours, located in GMC Baptist Church. Thrive, which is a C of E youth charity which St Marys supports, is looking for volunteers to help at the café. In addition to the usual setting up and tidying away, volunteers will be there to engage with the young people who come by listening to them and providing advice and mentoring if appropriate. There will be a ‘Volunteer Info Evening’ at All Saints Church in Huntingdon on 12 December where you can find out more. Appropriate training will be provided. If this is of interest, please email Ruth Hunt of Thrive: ruth. Alternatively, speak to me. Robert Francis, 01480 393 392.

Wednesday’s Holy Communion on Zoom

As this issue was mentioned at the PCC meeting last Monday, this note is only to remind we still have HC on Zoom on Wednesdays 2.30pm, excepted when David is required to attend other business. Please contact David if you would like to receive a link to access this service.

Food Hampers for Maaya

Once again, we are asking for donations to make up food hampers to feed a family for a month in and around our link parish of Maaya in Uganda. Each hamper costs £40, but of course any contribution is welcome. Please place donations on the special plate in church on Sundays, or through the doors of the Vicarage or 20 Post Street. Also, we still collecting ink cartridges, used or new, for our Uganda link. Please place the cartridges on the green box, which is on the top of the hymn’s books cabinet near the south door. If you are interested to know more about our brethren in our Lord Jesus Christ in Uganda, the most recent edition of Friends of North Kigezi Diocese’s newsletter is at the table near the south door.

DIARY

Sunday 26th November Next Before Advent

0800 Holy Communion

0930 Sung Eucharist

1115 Coffee, Cake & Church at the Village Hall, Hilton

1500 Baptism

1830 Sung Evensong

Monday 27th November

1815 Evening Prayer (Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom) please email luciliazevedo@hotmail.co.uk to have access.

Tuesday 28th November

1030 Tuesday Treat at the Baptist Church

1415 Daphne Meats’ Memorial Service

Wednesday 29th November

0730 Prayer Group

1430 Joint Holy Communion Zoom

Thursday 30th November

0945 Holy Communion

Friday 1st December

1000 Bible Study The Vicarage

1700 Christmas Market School Hill

1930 Choir Practice Church Hall

Saturday 2nd December

1400 Christmas Bazaar

Sunday 3rd December Advent 1

0800 Holy Communion

0800 BCP Holy Communion at St Mary Magdalene, Hilton

0930 Sung Eucharist with Healing

1830 Advent Carols

Newsletter 5th November 2023

Children’s Church

Today David will be in the hall with our Children’s Church for their term Holy Communion.

Coffee and Croissants last Sunday

Thank you to everyone who supported the Coffee and Croissants last Sunday. We raised a further £127.00 which will be donated to the Service Charities. Jane x

Operation Christmas Boxes

Please look out for the Samaritans Purse Shoe Boxes, that will be at the back of the church. If you would like to fill a shoebox, please take a leaflet and use the boy/girl label which must be attached to your box. The dead line to return the boxes is Sunday the 19th November. Please bring it to the Church or leave your box in the porch of 14 Corpus Christi Lane. Alternatively, you can fill a box online by visiting the Samaritans Purse website. The shoe boxes are a great way to share God’s love and have a huge impact around the world. With love Jane x

Remembrance

Next Sunday we will be remembering those who lost their lives in battle. As usual, we will have our walk after Sung Eucharist to the War Memorial and a Remembrance Service at 6.30 in the evening. It is always a very moving Service. Please attend if you can.

St Mary’s Children’s Church Sponsored Move 2023

Children’s Church are still moving and creeping closer to their target of 9961 kilometres. A big thank you to all those who have been moving along with us.

Please can anyone who has been recording their kms or steps email me or catch me after church so I can update our running total. If you gave me your total back in September, please just tell me what you have done since. If you didn’t manage to tell me your total back then and have been counting since we started, the complete total would be brilliant. Thank you. Paula Williams. paulawilliams30@tiscali.co.uk

Godmanchester Town Heritage Project – St Mary’s Church Transformed

Following the Sung Eucharist service, we will be presenting a short 3 minutes video visualising a walkthrough of the church as it might look after the church has been transformed. There will be a chance to ask questions afterwards.

Evening with David Starkey Saturday November 18th at 7pm

Tickets £25 – delicious food included – at St Mary’s Church

Henry VIII is the King who changed most and changed England most as well. The King himself changed from the young, handsome and athletic “virtuous prince”, who was hailed by Thomas More as the liberator of his country, into the grotesquely bloated, brutal tyrant of his maturity, who judicially murdered More, two of his own wives, and hundreds of lesser fry. The change he forced on England was even greater as he broke the kingdom’s thousand-year-old allegiance to Rome, dissolved the monasteries and made himself “Supreme Head on Earth” of the schismatic national Church of England. Dr Starkey’s talk asks why Henry changed so much himself and how he got away with the revolutionary change he forced on England, and offers radically new and surprising answers. Tickets from Kate on 01480 454154 or from adrian@sington.co.uk

Christmas Bazaar

Our Christmas Bazaar will be held inside St. Mary’s during the afternoon of Saturday 2nd December. As well as all the usual stalls there will be the Grand Draw for our Christmas Raffle. Anne Francis has kindly helped by inserting in the November issue of our Parish News an envelope containing Raffle Tickets. If you don’t receive the Parish News there may well be an envelope for you at the rear of our Church. Please support our Church by selling the Raffle Tickets in advance of the Christmas Bazaar. Counterfoils with money should be handed to Bill, Ruth, Colin or me; alternatively placed through the letter box at the Vicarage. Peter Morgan

Christmas Bazaar Stalls

As in previous years, we are having stalls for which we will need your kind donations. So, we need drinks of any kind for the bottles stall, books, multimedia, puzzles, gifts and most of all, hampers for the Grand Draw. If there is anyone wanting to do a Christmas cake for the guess the weight game, you would be more than welcome. Also very important are the refreshments served in the Church Hall. Cake Ladies, please, could you be generous on your baking and once more sweeten our afternoon with your marvellous baked goods. Thank you and God bless.

Nativity Set Festival 2023

Several years ago, we held a successful Nativity Set Festival in church. We are holding another on Sunday 17th December. If you have a Nativity set (or sets) that you are willing to share with other people for a few hours on that day, we would really like you to join us. We will be setting up on Saturday 16th December between 3.30pm and 5.00pm. We hope that many of the sets will be accompanied by a brief story of how or why you acquired the set. The sets will be on display through the Christingle service in the morning, and afterwards as well. The main festival will run from 1.30pm to 4.00pm on the Sunday, with mulled wine and mince pies on sale. At the same time, we are hoping that children from Godmanchester will take part in a colouring competition showing scenes from the Nativity story with the entries to be displayed around the church. There will be four age groups for this. Further details will be given nearer the time. In the meantime, if you can lend a set, or help on the day with the various tasks that make an event run smoothly, please let me know. Ruth. 01480 374809 or ruthekblom

DIARY

Sunday 5th November 4 Before Advent

0800 Holy Communion

0800 BCP Holy Communion at St Mary Magdalene – Hilton

0930 Sung Eucharist with Healing

1800 Fireworks (at 1930) at Rovers Football Club

1830 Evening Prayer

Monday 6th November

1330 GMC Primary Year 1 Church Visit

1815 Evening Prayer (Monday – Saturday inclusive at same time on Zoom) please email luciliazevedo@hotmail.co.uk to have access.

Tuesday 7th November

1030 Tuesday Treat at the Baptist Church

Wednesday 8th November

0730 Prayer Group

1430 Joint Holy Communion on Zoom

Thursday 9th November

0945 Holy Communion

Friday 10th November

1000 Bible Study on Zoom

1930 Choir Practice in Church Hall

Saturday 11th November

1000 Walk through the Bible at Godmanchester Baptist Church

Sunday 12th November 3 Before Advent

0800 Holy Communion

0930 Sung Eucharist

1055 Remembrance at the War Memorial

1055 Remembrance at St Mary Magdalene – Hilton

1830 Remembrance