Newsletter October 31st 2021

Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Godmanchester


Sunday 31st October 2021 All Saints 4th Before Advent

Holy Communion Minister: John Wilson

Reading Wisdom 3.1-9 (Apocrypha)

Gospel John 11.32-44 (NT 112)

Sung Eucharist Minister & Preacher: David Busk

Readings Wisdom 3.1-9 (Apocrypha)

Revelation 21.1-6a (NT 280)

Gospel John 11.32-44 (NT 112)

Intercessions Christina Sheppard

Hymns 197, 389, 205, 418 Please omit * verses

Communion 274, 275

All Souls Minister: David Busk


Separate order of service


God of holiness,

your glory is proclaimed in every age:

as we rejoice in the faith of your saints,

inspire us to follow their example

with boldness and joy;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Street Prayer Mission: Lancaster Way, Fox Grove, Rectory Gardens

& Grove Court with Sparrow Way, 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.


Sunday 31st October – All Saints 4th Before Advent

08:00 Holy Communion

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

09:30 Sung Eucharist

18:30 All Souls Commemoration

Monday 1st November

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Tuesday 2nd November

10:30 Tuesday Treat (Baptist Church)

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Wednesday 3rd November

11:00 Holy Communion (The Chestnuts)

14:30 Holy Communion (Zoom)

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Thursday 4th November

09:45 Holy Communion

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

Friday 5th November

10:00 Bible Study (Zoom)

18:00 Fireworks Extravaganza (Godmanchester Rovers Football Club)

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

19:30 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Saturday 6th November

18:30 Compline (Zoom)

19:00 Choir Practice (Church Hall)

Sunday 7th November – 3rd Before Advent

08:00 Holy Communion

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

09:30 Sung Eucharist

11:30 Baptism of Maggie Thornton

18:30 Compline

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


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.

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