Newsletter 17th March 2019

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 at the church. Do make yourself known to the Vicar and pleasejoin us for refreshments after the 09.30am Eucharist service today.

Green for Godmanchester Community Meeting

Monday 18 March 2019 7.00 for 7.30 In the Church

We would like to welcome you to the first meeting celebrating the wonderful work & progress being made by the community to develop & support a greener Town.Short talks about Planters, Flower Arranging, Trees, Orchards, Town Show, Open Gardens, Schools, Causeway Dredging, new Country Park and so much more.

Mission to Seafarers

Bob and I will hopefully be visiting Felixstowe next Saturday 23 March. Grateful thanks to everyone who has given contributions for the seafarers and if anyone else has hats, gloves etc we shall be pleased to accept them. Please ring before you come, we would hate for you to have a wasted journey. Bob and Olwyn Hurd.(01480 458700 )

Lent Groups

This year as usual there will be groups meeting during Lent to explore together how we can grow in faith and live in it more fully. We will be using Your Call, a set of resources for Lent groups created by the Revd Canon Dr Jessica Martin at Ely Cathedral. All are welcome to these groups, those new to faith or even not sure about faith at all, as well as those who have practised the Christian faith for many years.

One group will meet in the Vicarage at 10.45 am on Wednesdays during Lent: March 20, 27, April 10. (Please note: there will be no meeting on April 3 – this is a change from the details published in the magazine.) There will be another group meeting at 7.30 pm on Thursday evenings at Jean and Dai Morgan’s house, 2A Earning Street, using the same material – March 21, 28, April 4, 11.

Frugal lunch

There will be a frugal lunch in the church hall today at 12.00 noon. This is to support the Bishop’s Lent Appeal, which in conjunction with Christian Aid aims to give business opportunities through sustainable energy projects for women in rural Malawi, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Honduras. No charge, but donations are invited, and there will be a raffle for which prizes will be gratefully received.


There will be a coffee morning on Friday 5 April at the home of Jean Morgan to raise money for two new wall boards advertising Mothering Sunday and the Taizé services. The event will run from 10.30 am until midday. We aim to have a bring and buy and a raffle. Please come and support this event and please also bring your friends to enjoy some cakes and scones.

Passover Supper – Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 7.30 pm

For generations theuplifting experience of the Passover meal has been celebrated and is seen in the context of God’s saving love, stretching from creation over the whole course of human history.Celebrating this meal together is a wonderful opportunity to discover a fresh way of telling the story of God’s love, through tastes, textures, prayers readings and songs. This traditional order, or Seder, of this special evening will take place in the St Mary the Virgin Church Hall in Chadley Lane, Godmanchester PE29 2AL. There is a charge of £4.00 for adults but no charge for children, as children are the key to this celebration. Tickets will be available after the 09.30 am service on 31 March, 7 and 14 April. Tickets can also be reserved on 01480 493 901. If leaving a message, please advise how many adults and children wish to attend and leave your name and telephone details so that we can contact you. Gill Bathurst​

Churchyard Grass Cutting

The churchyard is divided into 14 plots, so ideally we need 14 volunteers. Right now we have nine or ten, including three ladies. Each person has a plot which they cut as required, usually every one to two weeks depending on the weather. There are no fixed times – come when it suits you. Plots take about an hour to cut. Mowers and fuel are of course provided. Please contact me if you would like to know more, or if you think you can join us. We would certainly welcome some more volunteers. Robert Francis, 393 392

Electoral Roll

A reminder that a completely new Church Electoral Roll has to be drawn up thisyear and forms are on the table by the South Door. If you wish to be included on the Roll, which means you are qualified to attend the APCM in April and vote in elections to the PCC and Deanery Synod, please complete a form (one per person) and drop it in the box alongside. Even if you have been on the Roll for many years, you will still need to complete a new form this year and they should be returned by the end of March. Any queries, please contact me on 01480 455421 orklrobinson80.

Kate Robinson

Newsletter Compiler

Bizz Thackray will be the Newsletter compiler for March Contributions by 8pm onThursday please to: 01480 457722 or bizzthackray.