Newsletter 6th October 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 sidespersons and 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

Wives’ Group

We will meet on Tuesday 9th October at 7.30pm in the church hall to have our A.G.M. The Bring and Buy theme will be anything! Olwyn Hurd (Chairman)

Vicarage Home Group

We meet again on Wednesday 16th at 10.45 am 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!

Harvest Bring-and-Share Lunch

It’s not too late to come to the bring-and-share lunch in the church hall from 12.30 pm today. As in previous years, please bring food as follows: surnames beginning A-H, desserts; I-Q, savoury; R-Z salads. Bring your own drinks. This is not a fund-raising event, so no money needed.

Vestry prayer

All 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.

Churchyard Ivy Clearance

A big thank you to the 2nd Godmanchester Brownies, organised by Ruth Ekblom, to clear ivy off gravestones in the churchyard. We had 15 Brownies and six adults who concentrated mainly on the area to the north of the church, removing a lot of material. Their work has made a big difference, and the churchyard is looking even smarter than it was.

Robert Francis

Quiet Day at Little Gidding

Our Quiet Day is on Wednesday 9th October. There is still time to sign up – simply put your name on the list by the south door. The cost is £21.00 per person, which includes a simple lunch and other refreshments. Please bring either cash or a cheque on the day. The day begins at 10.00 am, so please arrive at least 15 minutes before then, when coffee will be available. We will end the Quiet Day with afternoon tea at 3.00 and then evening prayer at 3.30 pm, which will last about 20 minutes. In addition to bible study, prayer, reflection and quiet, we will also spend some time in conversation about the mission of our church, so please come armed with any ideas or questions you may have about how we can share the Good News with others. Little Gidding is signed off the Hamerton to Great Gidding road. Go to the end of the track and turn left into the car park. Ferrar House, where we meet, is the building to your right as you face the church from the car park. If you need a lift, please put ‘L’ next to your name on the list. If you can offer one, please put ‘O’.

Barn Dance

The Charities Committee would love you to join us for a fun 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

Choral Music by Candlelight

The Hunts Phil will be singing the Fauré Requiem and Dupré De Profundis on Saturday 2 November in our church at 7 for 7.30 pm. Tickets at £15 (Students £5) are available at or on the door. As this concert is likely to be very popular I have obtained a few tickets in rows F, G and H for sale to members of our congregation for cash or cheque payable to Huntingdonshire Philharmonic. Colin Thirlwall 457018

Film Night. Mama Mia, Here We Go Again. The Abba musical.

Presented in the Church Hall, Chadley Lane, 7pm for 7.30pm

Come to our delightful film night on October 19 and enjoy a wonderful evening of romance, Abba’s great music, friendship and delicious food. It’s a star studded film with Meryl Streep, Lily James, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and comedienne Christine Baranski from the American hit series The Good Wife and The Good Fight. And then there’s Cher as the magnificent grandmother.

The music will carry you along and lift your heart with Abba’s sunny and joyful world famous hits. The romantic comedy of course takes place in Greece. In the interval there is a light Greek flavoured supper of delicious Moussaka, baklava and Turkish delight, included in the bargain ticket price of £10. There will also be a bar and a raffle. From the Friends of St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester.

Newsletter Compiler

Katie Keightley is the Newsletter compiler for October. Contributions by 8pmonThursday please to: 01480 380950 or