Newsletter

22nd March 2024

Dear Godmanchester Church Family,

I apologise for sending another of these out so soon after the last one, but I am looking for people willing to read in the special services over Holy Week. I have already asked for readers for this Sunday, Palm Sunday, and would still be glad to hear from anyone willing to take part. Below are all the Holy Week services, with the need for readers in bold.

Palm Sunday (March 24th)

9.30 am: Sung Eucharist – readers

6.30 pm: Sung Evensong – readers

Monday 25th

9.45 am: Holy Communion – readers

Tuesday 26th

9.15 am: St Anne’s School Eucharist. All welcome.

Wednesday 27th

9.45 am: Holy Communion – readers

7.00 pm: Passover Supper with Compline (in the hall). £10 per person. Contact Lucilia Azevedo on 07786234571 or at luciliazevedo@hotmail.co.uk

Maundy Thursday (28th)

No 9.45 am service

7.30 pm: Eucharist of the Last Supper with vigil to midnight – readers. We also need people willing both to have their feet washed, and to wash the feet of the person next to them, and also those able to spend half an hour in church during the vigil, which is from the end of the service (about 8.30 pm) to midnight.

Good Friday (29th)

1.30 pm: Good Friday Liturgy – readers

There will be a Good Friday workshop in the hall for the Children’s Church at the same time.

Holy Saturday (30th)

7.30 pm: First Eucharist of Easter, with Holy Fire and Renewal of Baptism Vows – readers

Easter Sunday (31st). Remember the clocks go forward one hour during the night!

8.00 am: Holy Communion

9.30 am: Easter Eucharist

6.30 pm: Evening Prayer

 

With love

David

Revd David Busk

Vicar of Godmanchester & Hilton

The Vicarage

59 Post Street

Godmanchester

Huntingdon

PE29 2AQ

01480 436400 / 077 8636 1041

 

20th March 2024

Dear Godmanchester Church Family,

Many things!

  • Tomorrow, Thursday 21st, there will be the first of John Dillistone’s devotional organ recitals in church from 1.15 to 1.45 pm. This is not a fund-raiser and not a concert, but music intended to help devotion and contemplation, and of course it is free for all to attend. The programme of music will be available when you come, but it consists of pieces by Bach and Couperin. There will be recitals at the same time on the following four Thursdays: March 28th, and April 4th, 11th and 18th.
  • There is a church spring clean and tidy-up at 10.00 am this Saturday, the 23rd. Please come if you can to help get our church ready for Easter. Simple refreshments will be available.
  • This Sunday, the 24th, is Palm Sunday. As last year, please let me know asap if you are willing to take part in the reading of the Passion Gospel in the 9.30 am service. I will send you a script by email. Everyone, of all ages, is invited to collect their palm cross and service books from the church before 9.30 am and then join in the brief prayer and reading in the hall and the procession from there to the church. Of course, please feel free to go straight to the church as usual and wait there if you prefer.
  • This Sunday we also have our monthly service of Sung Evensong, with choir, hymns, an anthem, a sermon, and refreshments afterwards. Do come!

I think it is important to let you know that on Monday the PCC re-affirmed its commitment to the Transformation Project. There was one vote against, with everyone else present in favour (3 members had given their apologies and were not at the meeting). I know there is some disquiet about the project, mostly, I think, to do with the very large sum that needs to be raised (up to £2.4 million spread over three phases). I must emphasise three things:

  1.  This is money we are attempting to raise from multiple sources – if we can’t find the money, the work won’t happen. We will not be going into debt, and we will not be spending anything from our regular income. If you give regularly to the church (and thank you if you do), your giving will continue to support the regular costs of the church, as it always has done – not a penny of your regular giving will go towards the project. So we have nothing to lose by trying.
  2. The project has already received all the official approval it needs to go ahead, after very lengthy and detailed appraisal by the external officials appointed to give such permission. The PCC has simply re-stated its support for what has already been agreed.
  3. Please pray for the success of the project, for the transformation we hope it will bring about in the life of the church and the town, and above all, for our continued fellowship in the love of Christ, even and especially where opinions differ.

With love

David

Revd David Busk

Vicar of Godmanchester & Hilton

The Vicarage

59 Post Street

Godmanchester

Huntingdon

PE29 2AQ

01480 436400 / 077 8636 1041