Newsletter 7th April 2019

Welcome to St Mary’s

Holy Baptism

This morning at 11.30 we welcome Amelia Francis and Matthew Frankiewicz into the family of Christ. Please pray for Amelia, Matthew, their families and friends.

Antarctic Talk

Come to our ANTARCTIC EXPLOITS TALK by Rod Arnold, who is a member of the British Antarctic Survey. He will examine how the scientists and pilots live in challenging temperatures, how polar science can help us support the wildlife, including the king penguin and orca so beloved by the world; explain the science and examine sustainability.

Saturday April 27, 7.30pm, Church Hall, Chadley Lane £8 per ticket. Children Free and suitable for 8 years plus. Home made savoury snacks. Free Choc Ices. Wine bar.Another fascinating evening from the Friends of St Mary’s Church, Godmanchester

Wives Group

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 9th April at 7.30pm in the church hall. This will be an evening of “in house entertainment ” Our bring and buy theme will be general. All ladies welcome.

Olwyn Hurd 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: 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 St.

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.

Cyclone Idai Appeal

We are holding a retiring collection at the end of the service to contribute to the DisasterEmergency 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 over2.5 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 14April. 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 telephonedetails so that we can contact you.

Gill Bathurst​

Christian Aid

Christian Aid week begins on May 12 with a sung Evensong in Church. I am looking for people who would be happy to deliver envelopes in a street or two. I know collecting is an issue but we could overcome this for houses or streets that are difficult by giving them a location for dropping off their envelopes. If you feel you could help please let me know on 417502. Thank you.

Jean Morgan

Ivy Clearing in Churchyard

A big thank you to the 2nd Godmanchester Brownies for coming on Wednesday afternoon to clear ivy from lots of gravestones in the churchyard. About 15 Brownies with a number of parents worked hard to remove ivy and take it to the compost bin. It has made a big difference, and they said that they would like to come again later in the year to do some more. Thanks also to Ruth Ekblom for arranging it.

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