Newsletter 31st March 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 at the church. Do make yourself known to the Vicar, one of the Churchwardens or sidespeople and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30 Parish Communion service this morning.


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.

Easter Lilies

Flower Guild invite donations for the purchase of Lilies for our Easter flower arrangements. As in previous years personal dedications may be made to loved ones in the remembrance book by the memorial altar. Please place your donation in an Easter Lily envelope and post in the box by the south door or hand to

Barbara Thirlwall.

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: 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 – April 4, 11.

Cyclone Idai Appeal

We are holding a retiring collection at the end of the service to contribute to the Disaster Emergency Committee’s (DEC) appeal to help the people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe affected by the worst cyclone ever to hit southern Africa. According to DEC, 750 people are known to have been killed, the total is likely to be much higher, and over 2.5 million made homeless.

Passover Supper – Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 7.30 pm For generations the uplifting 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

Dear Mr & Mrs Hurd

I am writing on behalf of the Centre and the manager to thank you for the many items of clothing, the super coat, hats and puzzles that you kindly brought to the Centre the other day.

We cannot stress enough how grateful we are for such items and how much they are appreciated by the seafarers.

This time last year after many years of volunteering for one of the national seafarer’s societies, I took on the role of Volunteer Welfare Ship Visitor for the Centre.

I also act as Ambassador for the Centre going out and giving short talks to promote the Centre.

We are always grateful for the support we receive from people such as yourselves, for without it as an independent standalone charity we would not be able to do the work we do.

With very best wishes

David Offord

Volunteer Ship Visitor and Ambassador

Felixstowe Seafarers’ Centre

Newsletter Compiler

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