Newsletter October 23rd 2021

Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Godmanchester


Sunday 24th October 2021 (Bible Sunday) Last after Trinity

Holy Communion Minister & Preacher: David Busk

Reading Isaiah 55.1-11 (OT 712)

Gospel John 5.36b-end (NT 104)

Sung Eucharist Minister & Preacher: David Busk

Deacon: Ruth Ekblom

Readings Isaiah 55.1-11 (OT 712)

2 Timothy 3.14-4.5 (228)

Gospel John 5.36b-end (NT 104)

Intercessions Jane Leffler

Hymns 310, 463, 378, 7 Please omit * verses

Communion 294, 295

Evensong Minister: David Busk

Readings 2 Kings 22 (OT 381)

Colossians 3. 12-17 (NT 216)

Hymns 244, 248, 246 Please omit * verses


Merciful God,
teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty,
that trusting in your word
and obeying your will
we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Street Prayer Mission: Post Street, Church Place, Chadley Lane

& The Causeway with Potton Road, 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.


The Curfew was traditionally rung every night in Godmanchester during the darker half of the year, falling between the church festivals of Michaelmas and Lady Day with a break for the Christmas festivities between Christmas Eve and Plough Monday. This tradition has been continued in various ways and we are now attempting to do this weekly on Thursday evenings leading up to 8pm.

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.

If you think this is something you could help with, it would be hugely appreciated as it would be a great pity if this were to have to come to an end.

Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information (no pressure if you decide it is not for you). Thank you in anticipation.

Christina Sheppard Cvsheppard3

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 on 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

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 24th October – (Bible Sunday) Last after Trinity

08:00 Holy Communion

09:30 Sung Eucharist

11:15 Parish Praise (St Mary Magdalene, Hilton)

18:30 Evensong

Monday 25th October

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Tuesday 26th October

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Wednesday 27th October

09:45 Holy Communion (McCartney House)

14:30 Holy Communion (Zoom)

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Thursday 28th October

09:45 Holy Communion

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Friday 29th October

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Saturday 30th October

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

19:30 Godmanchester At War – Talk by Roger Leivers (Church)

Sunday 31st October – 4th Before Advent

08:00 Holy Communion

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

09:30 Sung Eucharist

18:30 All Souls Commemoration

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