St Andrew's Church, Isleham

A member of the Three Rivers Group of parishes 
Chippenham, Fordham, Isleham,  Kennett & Snailwell

The Diocese of Ely, The Church of England

  

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Foodbank

Please don't forget to bring your contributions to church or the local Co-op shops or to the Tuesday Coffee Morning. Your contributions are still very much needed and really valued. 

There is also a call for toiletries - soap, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste and so on.

Thanks to all who help with this from our churches.

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Epiphany Carols at St Andrew's Isleham on January 21 at 4pm 

No morning service.

Healing Eucharist - next on Sunday January 21

Healing Eucharist is on the 3rd Sunday of the month in the evening and is held at Fordham at 6.30pm. 

Thought for the week

Today’s reading with the water turning into wine is one of the most popular miracle stories. One thing to notice is that the wine is the very best that it can be. Something we should bear in mind when giving and in the care of the life of church, giving of our very best.

Baptism Visitors

The Church of England commissioned some research which found that baptism families were much more likely to join the worshipping life of a church if they met with people other than the clergy. 

It would be good if we had some people who were willing to engage with baptism families. It would involve meeting with the family during the booking process and perhaps going to see them afterwards. 

It would be good to have a small team from each church. If you are interested, please talk to one of the ministry team. Full training and ongoing support will be offered.

Confirmation

We have a couple of potential confirmation candidates around at the moment, if anyone else was interested now would be a good time to come forward.

Lent Groups

We hope to run several different courses during Lent. Possibilities are Bible Study, Lent Course, Quiet Prayer, Mindfulness, film nights, reading a book together. If you, and better still a group of friends have an idea we are willing to explore it. If you are interested in any or all of these please let one of the ministry team know.

Ely Cursillo

An opportunity to spend a weekend deepening your faith with other Christians, starting the evening of Thursday 5th April until the afternoon of Sunday 8th April. www.elycursillo.co.uk

Is God calling you to something?

There are a few things around which it might be good for our churches to be involved with. During Advent David is happy to set aside some time to talk to anyone who would like to take a more active part in prayer, reading the bible, working with young people, thinking about church growth, visiting baptism families, thinking about our faith, and many other things. Please contact David if this is something God might be nudging you towards.

Tuesday mornings - opportunities to meet!

  • Fordham church cafe 
    As usual on August 8 onwards.
    From 9am onwards. Refreshments and play area for children.

  • St Andrew's Isleham Coffee morning 
    Tea, coffee, cake and bacon rolls, from 9am- 12noon. 

Mel Takac - Pioneer Partner

On November 21 we welcomed Mel Takac as our new “Pioneer Partner”.

Mel is coming to work full time across the group as part of her exploration of what God is calling her to do. Mel will be with us for between 12-21 months. Please do make her feel welcome.

More about Pioneer Ministr
y:
https://www.cofepioneer.org/

Three Rivers Mothers' Union - next on Monday January 22

Our first MU meeting of the year is a Craft, Coffee and Chat meeting at the home of Eileen Page, 2 Parkside, Chippenham on Monday January 22 at 10am – noon.

Wednesday February 14 at Isleham Social Centre. Speaker - Rev’d David Cleugh.

All welcome at any of our meetings or events.

Fordham Day Centre Lunch Club - next on January 24

Fordham Day Centre is a lunch club for older people and meets on the 1st and 4th Wednesday of each month from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

We meet at Withers’ Place community room for company, chat and food. Coffee and tea are provided on arrival, then lunch and a cup of tea before you leave.

We have a “mobility” taxi available, if needed, for transport to and from the meetings. The Day Centre is run by volunteers (not carers) who cook and look after the members.

If you are interested and would like to know more about the Day Centre please contact Judith Wood. Tel: 01638 720328.

The Thursday Prayer Group - next on January 25

We now meet on a weekly basis to pray together about current affairs and needs for approximately one hour, and would welcome any who would like to join us, whether you wish to pray aloud or in your heart. 

Note: On January 25 we shall meet at 1 West Street, Isleham (opposite the Coop).

Grave Talk - next Saturday February 3

Grave Talk is a café space where people can talk about death, dying and planning our own funeral services. 

This project, launched through the Church of England is taking place in Fordham church on the first Saturday of the month (except August), from 10am – 11.30 ish. Good coffee and cake provided. All welcome. 

Contact Carol Taylor for more details.

Mums+ - next on Friday February 9

Mums+ is a monthly coffee morning for fun, conversation and sharing our questions of life, faith and parenthood – all ages welcome. For more details contact Laura Cox-Watson 01638 724839.

Upcoming dates -

  • Friday  February 9, at Scotsdales

  • Friday March 16, at Scotsdales.

Messy Church - next on Sunday February 11

For families - Crafts, story/song session and a simple meal at Fordham church from 3.30-5.30pm on the second Sunday of the month.

If you know anyone who would like to take part, or you would like to help in any way please do speak to one of the Ministry Team.  

Ash Wednesday - February 14

8.15am BCP Fordham
7.30pm Chippenham Eucharist and Ashing

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Advice and guidance on security for places of worship

"The news from France and the random, cold blooded murder of the Roman Catholic priest Father Jacques Hamel has been a shock to many of us. It is also very unsettling as it is a Priest doing what so many of us do, simply going about our normal ministry. However, that doesn't mean we should be fearful or overly concerned. We do need to be careful. "

The Ven Hugh McCurdy, Archdeacon of Huntingdon & Wisbech and The Ven Dr Alex Hughes, Archdeacon of Cambridge write: 

"The police have been working with church leaders in the UK to establish a communication network through which reassurance and guidance to the Christian community can be passed. Last week’s murder of a priest in France is a terrible tragedy, but we must use it to test our ability to communicate to this wider network and I want to offer the following advice. 

Church leaders and their congregations should remain alert not alarmed.
There is no current intelligence to suggest any attack planning of this nature in this country. However it makes sense for all church leaders to review their security plans and to encourage their flock to be vigilant. Any suspicious behaviour should be reported immediately through 999."

Church Schools

Our Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust (DEMAT) is growing fast.  When schools become Academies, Church Schools have to go into a Church Trust.  So far in our Diocesan Schools’ family (83 Primaries and 1 Secondary), some 20 plus primaries are part of the Trust.  Canon Peter Maxwell is the Chair of the Trust and Mike is a Director.  The two schools in our Parish are considering Academy Status.

There will be a Government White Paper in a couple of months time and we expect it to propose that all schools become Academies very shortly.  If you would like to know more about Church Schools then do ask David or Peter.

Bishop of Ely's statement on Syrian refugee crisis

Thank you to everyone who focused their prayer last week on the refugee and migrant crisis. Please continue to pray for a sane and just solution.  

Suggestions of what we can do as individuals and as churches are included in the Bishop of Ely’s statement on the crisis.

Speaking about the Syrian refugee crisis, the Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway said: ‘The Bible tells us to love our neighbour, but many more times to love the stranger. The Syrian refugees, whether they have made it as far as Europe or not, are our sisters and brothers. We need to offer a Biblical welcome. The refugees’ burden of fear, loss and deprivation is our burden. We must find a language of welcome, not suspicion.

‘We should be proud of Britain’s ongoing commitment to overseas aid and humanitarian relief. We must support people in refugee camps in and around Syria. And we also have a responsibility within Europe to share the burden of countries like Greece and Italy, among the first entry points. 

‘Britain must participate fully in a European welcome for those who are vulnerable and fleeing violence and oppression. We must welcome all – Muslim and Christians equally; but we should remember that many refugees are Christians from villages which have lived the faith since Apostolic times.

‘I invite us all to continue to pray and to consider what other help we may provide, for example supporting one of the charities at work on the ground.’

A number of charities and non-governmental organisations have opened appeals specifically aimed at helping the plight of refugees. 

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Foodbank 

 

The Foodbank in Soham is open on Thursday mornings from 9.30-11am at the Salvation Army hall in Chapel Lane.

 

If you would like to find out more about the Foodbank operation in this area just drop in and introduce yourself to Howard Laver or one of the helpers who'll be pleased to tell you all about it.

 

Your contributions are still very much needed and really valued.

 

In Isleham we have been collecting an average of over 50 items a week - and one week we had over 100 items - thank you.

 

Do pick up a bookmark about the Foodbank with a list of what’s wanted in church.  

Stocks are currently relatively low in the central store at Ely that supplies the Soham Foodbank distribution centre which serves Soham, Fordham, Isleham, Chippenham and the surrounding villages, which receive more food than they contribute.

At the moment the Foodbank particularly needs long-life fruit juice, jam, sugar and Smash instant potato- but not beans, pasta or soup.

At Isleham we welcome donations of food at our Sunday service and at our Coffee mornings at the Social Centre on Tuesday mornings; we can also accept donation of cash.

In Fordham and Isleham, we also have collection boxes in the Co-op stores, so you can also donate there.  

If you can’t see the box in the Co-op then please ask the staff, it is there, and it would be good to make sure that they are used as much as possible.

Mike Banyard is a voucher holder for the Three Rivers Group; and in Isleham Foodbank vouchers are also available from the Revd Christopher Goodwins, 102 The Causeway, or call 01638-780284. Please leave a message if you get the answering machine.

Reading the Bible

The website http://3rivers-bible.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-three-rivers.html

The missing weeks, with commentary, are now up, and further weeks will be added as we come to them.  Remember - it'll be over by Christmas!  Well done if you're still with it - I'm a bit behind, but gradually catching up, so I too can say 'I read the whole Bible this year!' 

Children and Holy Communion

All five PCC’s have now agreed that our church family younger children (aged 7 and above) may be admitted to Holy Communion after appropriate instruction. 

Muriel Hood and Ruth Ogden have agreed to instruct our young people. If there are young people in your family who would like to receive communion, then please do speak with Mike.

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Fairtrade at Isleham

Fairtrade has always played an important part of Isleham's shopping experience!  Our own Co-op in Isleham has an excellent range of Fairtrade goods.  

Keyboard Lessons

Geoff Symon, professional organist and teacher, is keen to encourage church musicians living in the parishes.  He is happy to teach keyboard players in their own homes.  Beginners and all grades are welcome.  All styles of music are encouraged.  Give him a call on 0785 259 6351.

Pewsheet

 

If you have items for inclusion in the pewsheet then do speak to any of the Ministry Team, or ring Carol Noble (Group administrator) on Wednesday mornings, when, usually, it is compiled on 01638-721616.

Bell ringing

Our bells are rung from just after 9am each Sunday to call people to worship at 9.30am, and again on Friday practice nights from 7.30pm for an hour or so (but always stopping by 9pm).

We also ring for weddings and other special occasions. 

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Thefts from our churches

Both Kennett and Chippenham have had substantial amounts of lead stolen from their roofs. A section of Fordham's lightning conductor was also taken, making the building unsafe and unprotected.  Do please keep an eye out for any illegal behaviour around our churches and report it speedily both to the Police and to Churchwardens. Vigilance is essential these days I am afraid.

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Regular Giving envelopes

if you would like Regular Giving envelope please see Robert Savage. If you are UK tax payer we can reclaim tax if you complete a Gift Aid form (also available from Robert).

St Andrew's is a member of The Three Rivers Group

The Three Rivers Group, a United Benefice, comprises the parishes of:

  • Chippenham - St Margaret
  • Fordham - St Peter & St Mary Magdelene
  • Kennett - St Nicholas
  • Isleham - St Andrew
  • Snailwell - St Peter

Each parish has its own Parochial Church Council (PCC), looks after its own finances and has its own style of worship.

The ministry team comprises:

  • The Revd David Cleugh, Rector Designate.
  • The Revd Sue Potts, Associate Priest.
  • Mrs Carol Taylor (Licensed Lay Minister).

  • Mark Liversidge is Authorised Lay Minister (Music) at Isleham.

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Isleham history on-line

Read about the history of Isleham on the British History Online web site.

A visitor's view of our church

"St Andrew's is a wonderful church – a beautiful building filled with an array of treasures" .

"St Andrew's has the grandest clerestory we’ve encountered in Cambridgeshire."

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