Newsletter 15th 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 after the 9.30am service today.

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 18 & 25 March and 1April.


Funeral of Sylvia Peacock

will be in church on March 20 at 11.00am. May she rest in peace and rise in glory

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 and on the door on the night depending on availability.

Sharing the Peace

For the time being, we will 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 will not shake your hand when you leave the church, either!

The collection plate

This will no longer be passed round. Please place your offering on the plate as you come in. Feel free to do this during the service at any time up to the third hymn if you didn’t do so earlier!

The Communion Cup

The Archbishops have now said that the use of the communion cup, in all its forms, should be suspended until further notice. We will all receive only the consecrated bread, although wine in the cup will still be consecrated symbolically, and will be consumed by the priest. The priest will clean his or her hands before handling the bread. The bread should be received in the hands, not directly onto the tongue. Please remember that the Church has always taught that receiving in one kind (i.e. the bread only) is still full communion. Please receive communion standing up, to avoid many hands touching the altar rail.

Prayer for blessing, laying on of hands, and anointing

There will be no physical contact during any of these forms of prayer.

Coffee after church

There will be no church catering of any kind.

Above all…

Trust in God, pray, and where we can let us look out for those who are isolated and who need either supplies or a friendly phone call or both.

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

Parish Directory

The last time this was updated was in 2016 and I am in the process of updating it gain. It gives the name, address and telephone number of those who wish to have their names included. Some people also give their email address and or mobile number. The completed booklet is then either sent electronically to a member of the congregation who wishes to have it or a hard copy is made and given to the person. The booklet is not put on display in the church. There are a number of new people in the church who may wish to be included. If you so desire please could you give me the written information or send it by email and I will include you. If you know you are in the booklet and no longer wish to be included please let me know.

Jean Morgan (417502) or morgan_01339

Newsletter Compiler

Bizz Thackray is the Newsletter compiler for March and April. Contributions by 8pmonThursday please to: 01480 457722 orbizzthackray.