Newsletter 15th September 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, one of the Churchwardens or sidespersonsand please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

David and Anja’s wedding

We will be marrying at St Mary’s, Albury, Anja’s parish church, on Saturday November 16th at 4.00 pm. All Godmanchester (and Hilton) friends are warmly invited to attend both the service and the very simple ‘do’ in the pub afterwards – please accept this as your invitation, and feel free to pass it on to anyone you think might be interested! There is no need to let us know if you are coming to the service only, although there may be standing room only as it is a small church. If you would like to come to the ‘do’, to which you are most welcome, please let us know for catering purposes. Directions to the nearby pub will be given out at the service. St Mary’s Albury is near Bishop’s Stortford, about an hour’s drive from here, at Church End, Albury, Ware, Herts. SG11 2JQ. Please, no presents, just your presence. With love.

Anja and David

Vestry prayer

Al those who have a ministering role in the 9.30 Eucharist – lesson readers, intercessors, chalice assistants, pianists and those who pray at the healing service – are invited, indeed warmly encouraged, to join the altar party in the vestry for prayer just before the service starts. Please come boldly into the vestry at about 9.25, and please take it as read that this is a permanent invitation for all concerned, even when this notice no longer appears in the newsletter.

Brownie Churchyard Clear Up

2nd Godmanchester Brownies are doing community service on 25th September, and helping to clear up the churchyard, especially to take ivy off gravestones. If any member of the congregation is able to help, we will be there from 5.30pm until 6.30pm. Many thanks, Ruth Ekblom. Tel: 374809

Thank you!

A huge thank you from the Seafarers Centre at Felixstowe who were overwhelmed by all the jigsaws(approx. 90) and the bag of wonderful hats and gloves which we delivered last week. The hats and gloves and all new jigsaws will be put aside for the Christmas gifts given to the Seafarers. More in the article in the October parish magazine.

Robert and Olwyn Hurd

Vicarage home group

The Vicarage home group meets on Wednesday 18th at 10.45. We study the bible, pray, chat and have coffee. All are welcome, and there’s no need to let me know you’re coming or to commit to coming each time. Just turn up and give it a try!

Barn Dance

The Charities Committee would love you to join us for afun evening of barn dancing at the Harvest Hoedown. It is being held on Saturday 12th October at St Anne’s School, starting at 7pm. Ock ‘n dough will be entertaining us and leading all the dancing, and a delicious ploughman’s is included in your ticket price.

Prices are £15 per adult, £5 per child and a family ticket is £35. All proceeds will be split between St Anne’s School and Uganda Orphanage.

For tickets please contact Jane Nicholls on 07941119630 or Dilys Ward on 07515854025 or Kate Barkshire on 07982245298

Quiet Day at Little Gidding

There will be a parish Quiet Day at Ferrar House, Little Gidding, on Wednesday October 9, between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm. This will be a time of reflection, prayer, discussion, and as the name implies, quiet, and is of course open to all. The cost will be £21 per person, to include lunch and other refreshments. Please indicate on the sheet by the south door if you would like to come – a name is sufficient at the moment.

Welcome service for the Bishop of HuntingdonTODAY

The new Bishop of Huntingdon, Rt Revd Dagmar Winter, will be welcomed to the Diocese of Ely in a special service of Festal Evensong here at St Mary’s TODAY at 3.00 pm. This is a service for the whole of the diocese, not just for Godmanchester, and seating will be limited. Other parishes are being asked to send just one representative each, but since this is in our own church all should feel welcome to attend, on the understanding that there may be standing room only. There will be no 6.30 pm Evensong that day. David Busk

Newsletter Compiler

Katie Keightley is the Newsletter compiler for September & October. Contributions by 8pm onThursday please to: 01480 380950 orthefool1981