Newsletter 10th November 2019

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 join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Thank You

On behalf of myself and all my family I would like to offer our sincere thanks to all my friends from St Mary’s congregation who have been so supportive to my late mother and particularly to me during the very stressful and difficult time prior to her death and for the presence of so many of her friends at her funeral.

Many thanks for all who sent cards, letters and messages of condolence; to David and Jean for their love and prayers and to Colin, Ken and all the choir for the beautiful hymns, anthem and perfect rendition of the "Clare Benediction" (with very little time to rehearse the music!) Catheryn Turrell

Christmas Food for our Ugandan Friends

Last year we joined in with the Christmas Food Distribution Programme of the Friends of North Kigezi Diocese, our link with Maaya in Uganda. We helped three of the poorest families in our area with food for a month. It’s still only £40 per family – can we do the same again? Please give generously to the retiring collection after services between now and the end of the month.

Wives’ Group

Our next meeting on Tuesday 12th November will be a film showing at a member’s home. Bring & Buy theme will be – Christmas! – and please will members bring their hamper contributions with them (if possible). We have been asked to provide teas at the Church Bazaar on Saturday 23rd November, so plans for that will be discussed at our meeting, as will the menu for our Christmas party. Olwyn Hurd (458700).

David and Anja’s Wedding

We are marrying at St Mary’s, Albury, Anja’s parish church next Saturday 16th November at 4pm. All Godmanchester (and Hilton) friends are warmly invited to attend both the service and very simple ‘do’ in the pub afterwards. No need to let us know if you are coming to the service only. If you wish to come to the ‘do’, please let us know for catering purposes. St Mary’s Albury is near Bishop’s Stortford at Church End, Albury, Ware, Herts. SG11 2JQ. Please, no presents, just your presence. With love. Anja and David

Handel’s Messiah – 16th November

St Ives Choral Society will be performing what is probably the best known and loved oratorio of all. Messiah will be SICS first outing to Godmanchester church, where we look forward to performing by candlelight in the lovely acoustic there. We are delighted to be joined by young singers from Hinchingbrooke School, singing the duet version of ‘How Beautiful are the Feet’.

Tickets (£12, £10 conc) are available online from and at the door on the night; depending on availability.

Christmas Bazaar – 23rd November

The Christmas Bazaar will take place in the Church & Church Hall from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 23rd November.

Father Christmas is hoping to see as many children as possible.

Those listed below have kindly offered to be responsible for the various stalls:

GRAND DRAW Peter and Jennie Morgan 700755
CAKES Pam Ayres
NEW GIFTS Lucilia Azevedo 381311
KNITWEAR Phillipa Leipa 413657
TOMBOLA Janet Ranger and Pauline Molyneaux 412161


BOOKS Liz and Peter Irving 382144
BOTTLE STALL David Bowers 07757804747
BRAN TUB Gill Bathurst 493901
GAMES Helena Azevedo.
CHRISTMAS CARDS Paula Williams 411470

Stalls will be ready for preparation by 10.30am. Items such as Grand Draw prizes, new gifts, produce, cakes, toys and unopened bottles would be very welcome. Please contact individual stallholders or bring items to the Church or Church Hall by 1pm on the day.

If you would like to help in any way, eg run the Games or help with the Gift Stall please contact Jean Morgan on 417502 or

Christmas Bazaar Teas

The Wives’ Group have been asked to provide teas at the Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 23rd November. Once again, may I ask for contributions as we are a small group. We shall be at the church hall from 10.30am on the day to receive your "goodies" or please ring me for alternative arrangements. Thanking you all in anticipation. Olwyn Hurd (458700)

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Volunteers from Godmanchester church used to help occasionally with Sunday Eucharist at Hinchingbrooke hospital. A group from Hilton still does so. Volunteers bring patients – usually in wheelchairs – to and from the chapel, where patients and helpers worship together, with one of the chaplains presiding. The chaplaincy team would be grateful for more volunteers, so that the Eucharist can be celebrated with patients more regularly on Sundays throughout the year. Volunteers from parishes typically take a turn about twice a year. NHS rules require certain formalities to be observed in relation to appointment as a chaplaincy volunteer. For more information please contact Jonathan Young 453350 or Peter & Liz Irving 382144.

Newsletter Compiler

Jim Heeley is the Newsletter compiler during November and December. Contributions please by 8pmonThursday to: jskc or 412264.