Newsletter 6th 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 and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Bishop’s Half Marathon

Today, Sunday 8 March, Bishop Dagmar is running a half marathon in aid of a Cambridge charity, Romsey Mill. She is looking for sponsorship in order to raise £4000 to celebrate Romsey Mill’s 40 anniversary. She has set up a Just Giving page for sponsorship:

It is not too late to support her in this venture if you have not yet done so.

Romsey Mill is a Christian charity which works with local young people from birth to aged 25, providing them with sustained support over a whole range of issues including those arising from dysfunctional family life, economic and social isolation, engagement in anti-social and risky behaviours, low aspirations and inhibited opportunities.

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 11, 18 & 25 March and 1April. David

Wives Group

The Wives Group will meet on Tuesday 10 March at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. We hope to put our thinking caps on with a quiz Bring and Buy theme is "Spring ".

Olwyn Hurd (458700)

15 March, Frugal Lunch in the Hall

Please save this date.

More info next week

Croissants & Coffee last Sunday

We raised £70 for HAMA event last Sunday. Thanks to all who supported us. Charities Committee

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, I suggest we do 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 am very happy to shake hands as you leave the church, but will wait until you proffer your hand. If you do not wish to shake hands, don’t put your hand out as you leave!

The Communion Cup

Advice from the Archbishops is to carry on administering the cup as usual for now. The combination of alcohol in the wine, the use of base metal (silver) and the wipe with a clean part of the linen cloth together prove surprisingly effective against viruses and bacteria (and I believe this has been scientifically tested). Please note: intinction (dipping the wafer in the wine) is strongly discouraged. Many people (including myself until recently) instinctively feel that intinction is more hygienic, but apparently that instinct is wrong! If you are not comfortable with drinking from the common cup, please remember that the church has always taught that to receive communion in one kind (i.e. the consecrated bread only) is still full communion. You can if you wish consume the wafer, then when the cup comes take it and simply raise it towards your mouth without drinking.


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

Newsletter Compiler

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