Newsletter 8th December 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, a Churchwarden or sidesperson and please join us in the church hall for refreshments after the 9.30am service today.

Connie Andrews: Thanksgiving

A Service of Thanksgiving for Connie Andrews will take place at Godmanchester Baptist Church, East Chadley Lane, at 2pm on Monday 9th December. This will be preceded by a cremation service at Cambridge Crematorium, West Chapel, earlier the same day at 11am. All are welcome to come to these services.

Wives’ Group

The Wives’ Group are celebrating the festive season with a shared meal at a member’s home on Tuesday 10th December at the earlier time of 7pm. Please ring me for details. Olwyn Hurd (chairman) 01480 458700.

The Sleeping Beauty

Come to see our wonderful film production of Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ ballet on Saturday 14th December at 6pm in church; in aid of the Transformation Fund. We welcome all children and those under 14 can come free. Babies also welcome. There is plenty of room in church and crying babies are somehow not noticed. Children will be able to choose free sweets and all-comers will be offered free mince pies. There will be mulled wine and a raffle. Tickets £10. The Friends of St Mary’s

Vicarage Home Group

We meet again on Wednesday 18th December at 10.45am 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! If you can’t come this time, it’s always on the third Wednesday of the month.

Parish Giving

Several members of our congregation have now joined the new ‘Parish Giving’ scheme which allows contributions to be collected by direct debit through a central C of E organisation and they are then credited as a block payment to our church together with the relevant Gift Aid. The scheme givers donors the option of increasing their payment annually with inflation should they so wish. I now have a further supply of the forms and guidance leaflet so if anyone wishes to change to the new scheme please contact me.

A common comment on the scheme is that people are embarrassed to pass on a collection plate without putting something in it. The Parish Giving organisation has therefore produced a token that can be collected from the back of the church before a service and placed in the collection plate to signify that the donor is using the Parish Giving scheme.

The other option is to use an empty regular donation envelope as I have plenty of spares and then write on the back ‘DD’ or ‘SO’ as appropriate.

Please contact me if you wish to join the Parish Giving scheme or have any questions about giving.

Colin Thirlwall Hon Treasurer

Events Stewards Needed

We are looking for people who will be willing to help set up, steward, and tidy up for events such as concerts booked by outside organisations such as choral societies or orchestras. At the moment much of the work falls on the same few people each time. This would only be a few times a year – the bigger the pool of people we can call on, the fewer times you will be required! Please spread the word outside the church too – all help gratefully received. Please let me know if you or anyone you know are willing to help. David (436400

Thank you

We are so grateful for all the expressions of good wishes on our marriage, and for the excessively generous cheque. Thank you all very much indeed.

With our love, Anja and David

Christmas Bazaar

The total income for church funds from the Christmas Bazaar was £1,530, an increase of £250 over 2018 so many thanks to everyone that contributed to the success of the event.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!

Many thanks to everyone who helped during the bazaar. It was a very enjoyable afternoon and all your efforts were greatly appreciated. Thank you to the members of the wives group who provided delicious cakes and cups of tea all afternoon.

The Bazaar Committee.

Thank you

The Wives’ Group would like to send a huge "thank you" to everyone who contributed to the teas for the Bazaar. We were so grateful and all our customers remarked on the wonderful display of goodies on offer. Again, many thanks. Olwyn Hurd (chairman).

Newsletter Compiler

Jim Heeley is the Newsletter compiler during December. Contributions please by 8pmonThursday to: jskc or 412264.