Newsletter 17th 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 please 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


I am currently preparing the rota for the Christmas period and would welcome offers to assist at the following December services:

Sunday 22nd – Christingle at 3pm

Tuesday 24th Christmas Eve

Family Carols / Crib Service at 4pm

Nine Lessons & Carols 6pm

Midnight Eucharist 11.30pm

Wednesday 25th Christmas Day

Holy Communion 8am

Sung Eucharist 9.30am

All other services for 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th as the issued rota.

I shall also be preparing the rota for January to June 2020; if you know of any dates you wish me to avoid please advise. Thank you.

Peter Hartwell 01480 453336 or

Vicarage Home Group

We meet again on Wednesday 20th at 10.45am in the Vicarage, for prayer, bible study, chat and coffee. All are welcome, and there is no need to let me know you’re coming or to come each time. Give it a go!

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.

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 Books

We still have room for some more books on the Christmas Bazaar bookstall. Any donations can be left at the back of the church throughout the week, dropped off at 26 Post Street or brought along to us at the stall on the day from 10.30am onwards.

Peter & Liz Irving

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)

Newsletter Compiler

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