Newsletter 24th July 2022

Mashambanzou BBQ to support HIV/AIDS Orphans in Harare

The BBQ last Sunday was attended by about 30 people and, with donations from many who could not come, we raised over £600. This is an excellent result and I would like to thank all those who came or made donations; provided salads and desserts, and contributed items for the raffle. Also a big thank you to those who helped to set up and clear away afterwards. The weather was not as hot as forecast, we had plenty of shade and a breeze which helped. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.

The money raised will be changed to US Dollars and sent to the Treasurer of Mashambanzou Care Trust in Zimbabwe via Western Union next week, so it’s not too late to make a donation: just put it through the door at 20 Post Street in the next few days. Robert Francis (01480 393392)

Jazz on the Island with Savoy Jazz Band – Saturday 6th August

The Friends of St. Mary’s Godmanchester present ‘Jazz on the Island’ with Savoy Jazz Band in aid of the Transformation Fund on Saturday 6th August at Island Hall. Entrance is from 6.30pm for 7pm through the Island Gate via Mill Yard car park. Bring your own picnic and chairs. There will also be a Primm’s Bar and Raffle during the event.

Tickets at £15 adults and £7 children are available through 01480 454154 / 07770 638193 and adrian for this popular highlight of the summer season. The Friends of St. Mary’s Godmanchester

Sidespersons

We are seeking two or more people to join our Sidespersons team from the beginning of September. We currently run with 14 people, meaning that with two on each Sunday morning at the 9.30am service you would be called upon for duty normally once every seven weeks.

As two people are standing down after many years’ service, we are keen to keep numbers up to strength; so please speak to Jean, Bob or me if you would be interested in joining the team.

Peter Morgan – Lead Sidesperson (01480 700755)

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.

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 24th July

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Sung Eucharist

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

14:00 Porch Museum (Queen Elizabeth School)

14:30 Talk – 1930’s Revolution in our Town (Queen Elizabeth School)

17:00 Songs of Praise (The Green, Hilton)

18:30 Evensong

Monday 25th July

11:00 Friday Planning (Zoom)

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

Tuesday 26th July

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 27th July

09:45 Holy Communion

11:30 Children’s Service (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

14:30 Joint Holy Communion (Zoom)

19:30 Bell Ringing Practice

Thursday 28th July

09:45 Holy Communion

Friday 29th July

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 30th July

Sunday 31st July

08:00 Holy Communion

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

09:30 Sung Eucharist

18:30 Evening Prayer

Newsletter 29th May 2022

Thrive Youth Work Huntingdon

Ruth Hunt, Project Lead for Thrive, will be with us today to tell us about what Thrive is doing to support the youth in Huntingdonshire. Thrive is a charity which St Mary’s supports, and we will have fresh coffee and croissants/pastries after today’s service to raise funds for Thrive. Suggested donation is £2.50. Please do stay after the service to support this very worthwhile local charity: thank you. Charities Committee

Island Hall Plant Sale & Open Gardens

Island Hall Plant Sale & Open Gardens is taking place today from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Admission to gardens is £5 with children free. We will once again be serving tea/coffee and cakes with all proceeds to the Church.

Union Flag

The Union Flag will be flown on Coronation Day, Thursday 2nd June, and for the rest of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend.

Quarter Peal

A quarter peal will be rung in honour of HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Thursday 2nd June, starting at 11am.

Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – Thursday 2nd June

Why not celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by listening to the ‘Come & Sing’ concert of Coronation Music on Thursday 2nd June in Godmanchester Church at 7.30pm.

We now have a full choir for the event, but audience tickets are still available to purchase for £5 at the doors which will open at 6.45 pm. There will be a wine bar and a retiring collection for the Ukraine Appeal.

More Jubilee celebrations

There will be a special Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration on Sunday 5th June in St Mary’s at 11 am (There will be no 9.30am service that day). This will be followed by a parish barbecue. At 3pm on the same day there will be an outdoor service with Godmanchester Baptist Church and the Quakers adjacent to the children’s play area over the Chinese Bridge, followed by refreshments. Offers of cakes and bakes for this will be gratefully received.

For the barbecue, please sign the list by the door if you intend to come, or let me know by phone (436400) or e-mail (dwbusk). Please also sign if you can offer either a salad or a dessert. The cost will be £5 per person, children under 16 free. Bring your own drinks. I’d be glad for some help on the day setting up and clearing up afterwards. Thank you. David

Plant Sale in Aid of St Mary’s Church

On Saturday 11th June from 10am to 3pm, Juris and Philippa Liepa will be selling plants on their drive at 15 Porch Close, Godmanchester in aid of our church.

Do come and buy some tomato plants (red, yellow and black varieties) as well as some annuals and indoor plants. We look forward to seeing you!

Church Fête

The church fête will take place on Saturday 25th June and as usual we will be hoping for your support. We need cakes for the cake stall and teas, bottles for the bottle stall, gifts and also if you can form a group and provide a hamper that would be wonderful. We have found that hampers make a really good display for the grand draw and it is too difficult at this time to ask shops for donations. If you have any ideas for something new for the fête or want to have a stall please let one of the committee know. We shall also need people to help on the day, so if you feel you are able to be involved please let us know. Thank you. David Busk, Colin Thirlwall, Bob Hurd, Jean Morgan & Lucilia Azevedo

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 29th May

08:00 Holy Communion

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

09:30 Sung Eucharist

10:30 Plant Sale & Gardens Open [until 16:30] (Island Hall)

18:30 Evening Prayer

Monday 30th May

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

Tuesday 31st May

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 1st June

11:00 Holy Communion (The Chestnuts)

14:30 Holy Communion (Zoom)

Thursday 2nd June

09:45 Holy Communion

19:30 Come & Sing Platinum Jubilee Concert

21:30 Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting (Huntingdon Castle Gardens)

Friday 3rd June

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

19:30 Race Night [Community Association] (Comrades Club)

Saturday 4th June

15:00 Outdoor Cinema, Mary Poppins Returns (Recreation Ground)

19:00 Outdoor Cinema, Cruella (Recreation Ground)

Sunday 5th June

08:00 BCP Holy Communion

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

11:00 Platinum Jubilee Service followed by BBQ

15:00 Open Air Jubilee Worship (Queens Walk)

18:30 Evening Prayer

Newsletter 1st May 2022

Somersham Town Band – Saturday 7th May

The Friends are hosting a wonderful evening of band music courtesy of our old friends ‘The Somersham Town Band’ on Saturday 7th May at 7.30pm in the Church. Funds raised will go to the Church Transformation Project. Tickets are £10 for adults & £5 for under 12s. Tickets available after church or contact Adrian or Colin to reserve your tickets on 01480 454154 or 01480 457018 or adrian

We hope you can join us!

Ely Choirs Festival – Saturday 14th May

As they have done for very many years, our choir is taking part in the annual festival of choirs in Ely Cathedral on Saturday 14th May, 5pm – 6pm. To support them and the many other choirs taking part, it is hoped that some members of our congregation may wish to attend. If so, you are asked to be seated no later than 4.45pm.

Island Hall Open Gardens – Sunday 29th May

Island Hall Open Gardens is taking place on Sunday 29th May. We will once again be serving tea/coffee and cakes with all proceeds to the Church. There are opportunities to help in several ways:

* baking cakes or tray-bakes

* washing up

* serving drinks and cakes

* taking money from customers

If you are able to volunteer your help in any of these ways, please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you. Ruth Ekblom 01480 374809

Date for your Diaries

Calling all Garden lovers – come and enjoy the GMCIBlooms 5th Open Garden Weekend with family and friends. Gardens, The Church, Community Nursery, Teas – much to see. June 11 & 12 – Further details to follow. JCT

DIARY

Sunday 1st May

08:00 Holy Communion

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

09:30 Sung Eucharist with Healing

11:15 Annual Parochial Church Meeting (Church Hall)

18:30 Evening Prayer

Monday 2nd May

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

Tuesday 3rd May

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 4th May

11:00 Holy Communion (The Chestnuts)

14:30 Joint Holy Communion (Zoom)

Thursday 5th May

09:45 Holy Communion

Friday 6th May

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

17:15 Friday at 5.15 (Church Hall)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 7th May

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

Sunday 8th May

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Sung Eucharist

11:15 United Service (Methodist Church, Hilton)

18:30 Evening Prayer

Newsletter 24th April 2022

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.

Somersham Town Band

The Friends are hosting a wonderful evening of band music courtesy of our old friends ‘The SomershamTown Band’ on Saturday 7th May at 7.30pm in the Church. Funds raised will go to the Church Transformation Project. Tickets are £10 for adults & £5 for under 12s. Tickets available after church or contact Adrian or Colin to reserve your tickets on 01480 454154 or 01480 457018 or adrian@sington.co.uk

We hope you can join us!

Date for your Diaries

Calling all Garden lovers – come and enjoy the GMCIBlooms 5th Open Garden Weekend with family and friends. Gardens, The Church, Community Nursery, Teas – much to see. June 11 & 12 – Further details to follow. JCT

2021 Financial Statements

The financial statements for 2021 are on the noticeboard near the font as required in preparation for the Annual Parish Meeting.

Colin Thirlwall. Hon Treasurer

Electoral Roll

In order to be able to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (which this year will be held on Sunday 1st May), you need to be on the Church Electoral Roll. If you are 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 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@gmail.com

DIARY

Sunday 24th April

08:00​Holy Communion

09:30​Sung Eucharist

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

18:30​Evensong

Monday 25th April

13:30​Worship Group (Zoom)

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

19:30​PCC Meeting (Church Hall)

Tuesday 26th April

10:30​Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 27th April

09:45​Holy Communion (McCartney House)

14:30​Holy Communion (Zoom)

Thursday 28th April

09:45​Holy Communion

Friday 29th April

19:30​Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 30th April

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

Sunday 1st May

08:00​Holy Communion

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

09:30​Sung Eucharist with Healing

11:15​Annual Parochial Church Meeting (Church Hall)

18:30​Evening Prayer

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.

Newsletter 24th April 2022

 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.

Somersham Town Band

The Friends are hosting a wonderful evening of band music courtesy of our old friends ‘The SomershamTown Band’ on Saturday 7th May at 7.30pm in the Church. Funds raised will go to the Church Transformation Project. Tickets are £10 for adults & £5 for under 12s. Tickets available after church or contact Adrian or Colin to reserve your tickets on 01480 454154 or 01480 457018 or adrian@sington.co.uk

We hope you can join us!

Date for your Diaries

Calling all Garden lovers – come and enjoy the GMCIBlooms 5th Open Garden Weekend with family and friends. Gardens, The Church, Community Nursery, Teas – much to see. June 11 & 12 – Further details to follow. JCT

2021 Financial Statements

The financial statements for 2021 are on the noticeboard near the font as required in preparation for the Annual Parish Meeting.

Colin Thirlwall. Hon Treasurer

Electoral Roll

In order to be able to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (which this year will be held on Sunday 1st May), you need to be on the Church Electoral Roll. If you are 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 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@gmail.com

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 24th April

08:00​Holy Communion

09:30​Sung Eucharist

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

18:30​Evensong

Monday 25th April

13:30​Worship Group (Zoom)

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

19:30​PCC Meeting (Church Hall)

Tuesday 26th April

10:30​Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 27th April

09:45​Holy Communion (McCartney House)

14:30​Holy Communion (Zoom)

Thursday 28th April

09:45​Holy Communion

Friday 29th April

19:30​Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 30th April

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

Sunday 1st May

08:00​Holy Communion

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

09:30​Sung Eucharist with Healing

11:15​Annual Parochial Church Meeting (Church Hall)

18:30​Evening Prayer

Newsletter 17th April 2022



Flags

As is customary the Church Flag will be flown from Easter Sunday to Easter I inclusive. However, this year HM The Queen’s 96th birthday occurs during that period, so on Thursday 21st April we will change the Church Flag for the Union Flag. St George’s Day also occurs next week, but we usually fly the Church Flag for that day, so it will be flying for two purposes on Saturday.

Charity Quiz Night

The charity committee are holding another of their highly entertaining quizzes on Saturday 23rd April at 7pm in the church hall. This time the quiz is in aid of Maya Parish Uganda who are still in need of funds for the school building.

Tickets are £12.50 for adults & £5 for under 12s and include a meal of cottage pie (vegetarian option available) & peas followed by dessert. Please bring your own drinks. Teams of 6 (8 max), but you do not need to be in a team to come as these can be organised on the night.

Tickets available after church or contact Deb Watts to reserve your tickets on 07804095921 or Debwatts1

We hope you can join us!

Date for your diaries

Calling all Garden lovers – come and enjoy the GMCIBlooms 5th Open Garden Weekend with family and friends. Gardens, The Church, Community Nursery, Teas – much to see. June 11 & 12 – Further details to follow. JCT

2021 Financial Statements

The financial statements for 2021 are on the noticeboard near the font as required in preparation for the Annual Parish Meeting.

Colin Thirlwall. Hon Treasurer

Electoral Roll

In order to be able to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (which this year will be held on Sunday 1st May), you need to be on the Church Electoral Roll. If you are 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 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@gmail.com

Election of Churchwardens and Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

The Election of Churchwardens and APCM will be held on Sunday, 1st May 2022, starting at 11.15am. The meeting includes the election of 2 Churchwardens, 1 member of the PCC and 1 Representative(s) to Deanery Synod, who automatically become members of the PCC.

Nomination forms for churchwardens and PCC members are available from Kate Robinson (PCC Secretary) – klrobinson80@gmail.com.

If you would like to be nominated, please complete a form and return it by Friday, 15th April 2022.

Regulations on eligibility to be a churchwarden or a member of the PCC are on the back of the appropriate nomination forms.

Anybody registered on the local government electoral roll is entitled to vote for the election of the churchwardens, but only persons whose names are entered upon the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the APCM.

If you are member of the congregation, but are not on the electoral roll, please complete an electoral roll form and return it to me as I also act as the Electoral Roll Officer.

A copy of the Church Electoral Roll Form is on the church website. You can download the form and scan and email the signed form back to me at the email address below if you prefer.

Members of the congregation wishing to raise any item under Any Other Business are asked to give notice of the item to me, via email (klrobinson80@gmail.com) by Friday, 15th April 2022, please. Thank you. Kate Robinson

DIARY

Sunday 17th April – Easter Day

06:00​Sunrise Worship (Castle Hill or ConeygearPark)

08:00​Holy Communion

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

09:30​Sung Eucharist

18:30​Evening Prayer

Monday 18th April

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

19:30​PCC Meeting (Church Hall)

Tuesday 19th April

10:30​Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 20th April

14:30​Holy Communion (Zoom)

Thursday 21st April

09:45​Holy Communion

19:00​Town Council Meeting (Queen Elizabeth School)

Friday 22nd April

19:30​Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 23rd April

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

19:00​Museum Talks (Queen Elizabeth School)

19:30​Quiz Night for Maya Parish, Uganda (Church Hall)

Sunday 24th April

08:00​Holy Communion

09:30​Sung Eucharist

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

18:30​Evensong

Newsletter 10th April 2022

Easter Lilies

Flower Guild invite donations for the purchase of lilies in memory of loved ones to be used in our flower arrangements for Easter.

You are also invited to make a personal dedication in the Remembrance Book which is placed by the memorial altar in the north aisle of the Church.

If you would like to take part please place your contribution in a lily donation envelope and place in the donation box by the church door.

Charity Quiz Night

The charity committee are holding another of their highly entertaining quizzes on Saturday 23rd April at 7pm in the church hall. This time the quiz is in aid of Maya Parish Uganda who are still in need of funds for the school building.

Tickets are £12.50 for adults & £5 for under 12s and include a meal of cottage pie (vegetarian option available) & peas followed by dessert. Please bring your own drinks. Teams of 6 (8 max), but you do not need to be in a team to come as these can be organised on the night.

Tickets available after church or contact Deb Watts to reserve your tickets on 07804095921 or Debwatts1

We hope you can join us!

2021 Financial Statements

The financial statements for 2021 are on the noticeboard near the font as required in preparation for the Annual Parish Meeting.

Colin Thirlwall. Hon Treasurer

Electoral Roll

In order to be able to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (which this year will be held on Sunday 1st May), you need to be on the Church Electoral Roll. If you are 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 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@gmail.com

Election of Churchwardens and Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

The Election of Churchwardens and APCM will be held on Sunday, 1st May 2022, starting at 11.15am. The meeting includes the election of 2 Churchwardens, 1 member of the PCC and 1 Representative(s) to Deanery Synod, who automatically become members of the PCC.

Nomination forms for churchwardens and PCC members are available from Kate Robinson (PCC Secretary) – klrobinson80@gmail.com.

If you would like to be nominated, please complete a form and return it by Friday, 15th April 2022.

Regulations on eligibility to be a churchwarden or a member of the PCC are on the back of the appropriate nomination forms.

Anybody registered on the local government electoral roll is entitled to vote for the election of the churchwardens, but only persons whose names are entered upon the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the APCM.

If you are member of the congregation, but are not on the electoral roll, please complete an electoral roll form and return it to me as I also act as the Electoral Roll Officer.

A copy of the Church Electoral Roll Form is on the church website. You can download the form and scan and email the signed form back to me at the email address below if you prefer.

Members of the congregation wishing to raise any item under Any Other Business are asked to give notice of the item to me, via email (klrobinson80@gmail.com) by Friday, 15th April 2022, please. Thank you. Kate Robinson

DIARY

Sunday 10th April – Palm Sunday

08:00​Holy Communion

09:30​Sung Eucharist

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

18:30​Evening Prayer

Monday 11th April

09:45​Holy Communion [No Worship Group]

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

19:00​Gardening Club (Church Hall)

Tuesday 12th April

09:45​Holy Communion

10:30​Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 13th April

09:45​Holy Communion

Thursday 14th April – Maundy Thursday

​No Morning Communion service

19:30​Eucharist of Last Supper followed by Vigil

Friday 15th April – Good Friday

10:30​Liturgy of Good Friday (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

13:30​Liturgy of Good Friday, Children’s workshop

Saturday 16th April

11:00​Easter Egg Hunt (Island Hall)

19:30​Easter Vigil

Sunday 17th April – Easter Day

06:00​Sunrise Worship (Castle Hill or Coneygear Park)

08:00​Holy Communion

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

09:30​Sung Eucharist

18:30​Evening Prayer

Newsletter 3rd April 2022

Easter Lilies

Flower Guild invite donations for the purchase of lilies in memory of loved ones to be used in our flower arrangements for Easter.

You are also invited to make a personal dedication in the Remembrance Book which is placed by the memorial altar in the north aisle of the Church.

If you would like to take part please place your contribution in a lily donation envelope and place in the donation box by the church door.

Church Spring Clean

Saturday 9th April at 10am.

Volunteers needed to make the church sparkle in time for Easter.

Dusters and polish will be provided; and coffee and cake!!

It will be fun and, as the old saying goes, many hands make light work.

Please come and join us. The Cleaning Team

Electoral Roll

In order to be able to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (which this year will be held on Sunday 1st May), you need to be on the Church Electoral Roll. If you are 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 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

Election of Churchwardens and Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

The Election of Churchwardens and APCM will be held on Sunday, 1st May 2022, starting at 11.15am. The meeting includes the election of 2 Churchwardens, 1 member of the PCC and1 Representative(s) to Deanery Synod, who automatically become members of the PCC.

Nomination forms for churchwardens and PCC members are available from Kate Robinson (PCC Secretary) – klrobinson80.

If you would like to be nominated, please complete a form and return it by Friday, 15th April 2022.

Regulations on eligibility to be a churchwarden or a member of the PCC are on the back of the appropriate nomination forms.

Anybody registered on the local government electoral roll is entitled to vote for the election of the churchwardens, but only persons whose names are entered upon the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the APCM.

If you are member of the congregation, but are not on the electoral roll, please complete an electoral roll form and return it to me as I also act as the Electoral Roll Officer.

A copy of the Church Electoral Roll Form is on the church website. You can download the form and scan and email the signed form back to me at the email address below if you prefer.

Members of the congregation wishing to raise any item under Any Other Business are asked to give notice of the item to me, via email (klrobinson80) by Friday, 15th April 2022, please. Thank you. Kate Robinson

Prayer List

Following a discussion at the PCC, it was suggested that the method of managing the prayer list should be altered to prevent people staying on long after it is meaningful. From now on we propose letting it be known that names will be kept on the list for a month, and then removed unless the person who asked for the name to go on the list requests an extension; which can of course be granted indefinitely.

We have now brought this plan into effect and you will notice the list of names is greatly reduced. 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 3rd April – Lent 5 (Passiontide Begins)

08:00 Holy Communion

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

09:30 Sung Eucharist with Healing

18:30 Evening Prayer

Monday 4th April

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

Tuesday 5th April

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 6th April

11:00 Holy Communion (The Chestnuts)

14:30 Holy Communion (Zoom)

Thursday 7th April

09:45 Holy Communion

19:30 Community Association AGM (Comrades Club)

Friday 8th April

10:00 Lent Course (Zoom)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 9th April

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

Sunday 10th April – Palm Sunday

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 Sunday 27th March 2022

Concert for Ukraine – Sunday 27th March

A concert for Ukraine with The Amici Singers and The Ensemble of Friends will be held today (Sunday 27th March) from 3pm to 4.30pm at the Gamlingay Eco Hub, Stocks Lane, Gamlingay, SG19 3JR.

Entry is free and there will be a retiring collection in aid of the ‘Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal’ organised by the Disasters Emergency Committee.

Thinking of Hosting Ukrainian Refugees?

Come and Meet the Community Sponsorship Team, 8pm on Monday 28th March at the Baptist Church in East Chadley Lane. An open invitation for anyone thinking about helping Ukrainian refugees as they come to the UK, to come and meet the Community Sponsorship Team who successfully welcomed a refugee family to Godmanchester a few years ago. They have lots of experience and expertise to share and will be happy to answer any questions. Refreshments provided. Please contact the church office on 01480 458565 or office to indicate interest.

Prayer for Ukraine

There will be a time of prayer for Ukraine in church on Thursday 31st March (this coming Thursday), from 5pm to 7pm. Please spread the word.

Easter Lilies

Flower Guild invite donations for the purchase of lilies in memory of loved ones to be used in our flower arrangements for Easter.

You are also invited to make a personal dedication in the Remembrance Book which is placed by the memorial altar in the north aisle of the Church.

If you would like to take part please place your contribution in a lily donation envelope and place in the donation box by the church door.

Church Spring Clean

Saturday 9th April at 10am.

Volunteers needed to make the church sparkle in time for Easter.

Dusters and polish will be provided; and coffee and cake!!

It will be fun and, as the old saying goes, many hands make light work.

Please come and join us. The Cleaning Team

Lent Course

It is not too late to join the Lent Course. The course is online only, at the time of the weekly Bible study on Fridays at 10.00 am. There are six sessions and the first was on Friday 4th March, but if you missed it you can still join in for any of the future sessions. The link details are:

dwbusk or call 436400 if you need further information or help.

Prayer List

Following a discussion at the PCC, it was suggested that the method of managing the prayer list should be altered to prevent people staying on long after it is meaningful. From now on we propose letting it be known that names will be kept on the list for a month, and then removed unless the person who asked for the name to go on the list requests an extension; which can of course be granted indefinitely.

We have now brought this plan into effect and you will notice the list of names is greatly reduced. 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 27th March – Lent 4 (Mothering Sunday)

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Parish Communion

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

18:30 Evensong

Monday 28th March

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

20:00 Meet the Community Sponsorship Team (Baptist Church)

Tuesday 29th March

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 30th March

14:30 Holy Communion (Zoom)

Thursday 31st March

09:45 Holy Communion

17:00 Prayer for Ukraine [until 19:00]

Friday 1st April

10:00 Lent Course (Zoom)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 2nd April

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

Sunday 3rd April – Lent 5 (Passiontide Begins)

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Parish Communion

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

18:30 Evensong

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

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.

Newsletter 20th March 2022

Concert for Ukraine – Sunday 27th March

A concert for Ukraine with The Amici Singers and The Ensemble of Friends will be held from 3pm to 4.30pm on Sunday 27th March at the Gamlingay Eco Hub, Stocks Lane, Gamlingay, SG19 3JR.

Entry is free and there will be a retiring collection in aid of the ‘Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal’ organised by the Disasters Emergency Committee.

Ukraine Appeal

Your donations over the last two Sundays raised a total of £526, which has been sent to the Disasters Emergency Committee. Thank you for responding so generously. Robert Francis

Church Spring Clean

Saturday 9th April at 10am.

Volunteers needed to make the church sparkle in time for Easter.

Dusters and polish will be provided; and coffee and cake!!

It will be fun and, as the old saying goes, many hands make light work.

Please come and join us. The Cleaning Team

Lent Course

It is not too late to join the Lent Course. The course is online only, at the time of the weekly Bible study on Fridays at 10.00 am. There are six sessions and the first was on Friday 4th March, but if you missed it you can still join in for any of the future sessions. 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.

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.

Prayer List

Following a discussion at the PCC, it was suggested that the method of managing the prayer list should be altered to prevent people staying on long after it is meaningful. From now on we propose letting it be known that names will be kept on the list for a month, and then removed unless the person who asked for the name to go on the list requests an extension; which can of course be granted indefinitely.

We have now brought this plan into effect and you will notice the list of names is greatly reduced. 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 20th March – Lent 3

08:00​Holy Communion

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

09:30​Sung Eucharist

18:30​Evening Prayer

Monday 21st March

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

19:30​PCC (Church Hall)

Tuesday 22nd March

10:30​Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

Wednesday 23rd March

09:45​Holy Communion (McCartney House)

14:30​Holy Communion (Zoom)

Thursday 24th March

09:45​Holy Communion

19:00​Town Council Meeting (Queen Elizabeth School)

Friday 25th March

10:00​Lent Course (Zoom)

19:30​Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 26th March

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

Sunday 27th March – Lent 4 (Mothering Sunday)

08:00​Holy Communion

09:30​Parish Communion

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

18:30​Evensong

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