Newsletter 7th November 2021

Africa Appeal

Thank you to all who have already made donations to our appeal to support the Mashambanzou Care Trust in Zimbabwe and Maya Parish in Uganda. It’s not too late to donate, if you haven’t already done so, envelopes are available at the back of the church, and can be given to Colin Thirlwall, myself, or left on the donation plate on Sunday. Robert Francis


The bazaar is planned for Saturday 4th December. We shall be needing bottles for the bottle stall, cakes for the teas and the cake stall, books, gifts and hampers for the Grand Draw. We shall also need people to help man the stalls. The fete in the summer was a great success and we are hoping the bazaar will be too. You have all been so very generous in the past and we are asking for your generosity once again. Please contact me if you think you can help. Jean Morgan

The Shoebox Appeal

Our Church will once again be supporting The Samaritan’s Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’ otherwise known as The Shoebox appeal. Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide project that involves covering a show box in wrapping paper and packing it with toys, hygiene items (no toothpaste), pens, pencils, school items, accessories and a personal note for a child living in poverty. The shoe box gifts bring huge amounts of joy all around the world and maybe the only present that some children ever receive.

It would be really fantastic if as a church we could collect 50 boxes. Please take a leaflet from the back of the church and bring your box back next Sunday 14th November, or they can be left at 14 Corpus Christi Lane in the covered porch area and I will ensure they get delivered to Church. Jane Nicholls

Talking Newspaper – Help Needed!

Many of you will know about the Talking Newspaper, but for those who do not, it is a service whereby a recording is made of the Hunts and St Neots Post newspapers each week, for distribution to the blind and partially sighted.

We are now very short of people to prepare the material for recording. It is not an onerous task (that’s what they all say) and requires about an hour and a half of preparation time. Newspapers need to be collected from the Hunts Post office in Huntingdon, from Wednesday morning onwards, and the prepared boards need to be in the recording studio no later than lunchtime on Thursday; so it is flexible as to when you wish to do the task.

If we can gather a few helpers then it will only require participating every 7 or 8 weeks. At the moment, there are just 3 of us left.

Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information. Thank you in anticipation. Christina Sheppard Cvsheppard3

Newsletter Compiler

Please send any contributions that you may have to Jim Heeley by 8pm on the Thursday by email jskc or call 01480 412264.


Sunday 7th November – 3rd Before Advent

08:00 Holy Communion

08:00 Holy Communion [BCP] (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

09:30 Sung Eucharist

11:30 Baptism of Maggie Thornton

18:30 Evening Prayer

Monday 8th November

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

19:00 Garden Club (Church Hall)

Tuesday 9th November

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Wednesday 10th November

14:30 Holy Communion (Zoom)

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Thursday 11th November

09:45 Holy Communion

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Friday 12th November

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

13:00 Funeral of Anne Malone

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 13th November

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Sunday 14th November – Remembrance Sunday – 2nd Before Advent

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Sung Eucharist

10:55 Town Remembrance Service

11:15 Holy Communion (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

18:30 Remembrance Service

Refreshments are served after the 09:30am service. All are welcome.

Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Godmanchester


Sunday 7th November 2021 3rd Before Advent

Holy Communion Minister & Preacher: Christopher Leffler

Reading Jonah 3.1-5,10 (OT 897)

Gospel Mark 1.14-20 (NT 37)

Sung Eucharist Minister & Preacher: David Busk

With Healing Deacon: Ruth Ekblom

Reading Jonah 3.1-5,10 (OT 897)

Gospel Mark 1.14-20 (NT 37)

Hymns 420, Orange 14, 431, Orange 8 Please omit * verses

Communion 285, 471

Evening Prayer Minister: David Busk

Reading Isaiah 10.33–11.9 (OT 667)

Gospel John 14. 1-29 (NT 116)


Heavenly Lord,
you long for the world’s salvation:
stir us from apathy,
restrain us from excess
and revive in us new hope
that all creation will one day be healed
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Street Prayer Mission: West Street, Pinfold Lane, Granary Close, The Maltings

& Oakleigh Crescent with Flackdale, Hilton

Holy Communion:All are welcome at the altar rail. If you are a communicant member of your own Church, you are welcome to receive the Sacrament here, or if you would like to receive a blessing, please come forward with a hymn book, kneel at the rail and bow your head.