|St Andrew's Church, Isleham|
Please don't forget to bring your contributions to church or the local Co-op shops. 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.
Snailwell Flower Festival of Hymn-themed Floral displays - May 26-27
There will be a Flower Festival in the church at Snailwell on May 26 and Sunday May The Hymn-themed floral arrangements will be on display from 10.30am–6pm and refreshments will be available. The festival ends with Songs of Praise on Sunday at 4pm.
Pioneering in the Group with Mel
We are very fortunate to have Mel working with us as a group. It would be good to establish a small team around her that were interested in helping the church reach out beyond our walls. If you are interested please talk to one of the ministry team.
Midweek Communion and Coffee
We’re thinking of starting a midweek 10am communion service followed by coffee/tea. Is anyone interested?
Confirmations at Ely Cathedral on Sunday May 20
Thanks to all who joined us s for the Pentecost Praise service and the confirmations of Stefanie Reginold from Fordham and Cara Guest from Isleham at Ely Cathedral.
Way of Life Study Course - continues on Wednesday May 30
We are going to be running the diocesan study course “The Way of Life” over the next few years. The hope is that everyone who worships regularly with us will complete it at some point.
The first course will run on Wednesday 1.30pm from the May 9 for 6 weeks meeting in the undercroft at Fordham church. Each session will last about an hour.
The second course will meet on Wednesdays at 7.30pm from July 11 for 6 weeks.
There is a lot of information about the Way of Life study course on the Ely diocese web site:
Mothers’ Union meeting - on Thursday May 31
We shall meet for coffee at Simpsons cafe in Fordham at 10.30am.
Advance Notice – Mother’s Union
trip to Wisbech Rose Fair
A coach has been booked to go to Wisbech Rose Fair on Thursday
Green Christian Day Conference - Saturday June 2 11am - 4.30pm
Green Christian Day Conference will be held on Saturday June 2 from 11am - 4.30pm at St Barnabas Church, Mill Road, CB1 2BD. An opportunity to explore green issues together with other Christians.
For more information see their website www.greenchristian.org.uk
The Monday (was Thursday) Prayer Group - next on June 4
The prayer group which formerly met on Thursdays is now meeting at 1.30pm on Mondays for an hour of prayer.
We shall not be meeting on Bank Holiday Monday May 28.
Fordham Day Centre Lunch Club - next on June 6
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.
Safeguarding Training - Saturday June 9
Open to anyone who is interested, C1 compulsory for Churchwardens and C" compulsory for those who lead activities in the church.
Training to take place at Fordham School
on Saturday June 9 from 9.30am - 1.30pm
Messy Church - next on Sunday June 10
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.
Mums+ - next on Friday June 15
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 -
Intercessions Training - Saturday June 16
Rearranged after the cancellation last time. Saturday 16th June 16 from 10-11am Fordham Undercroft. An opportunity for new and old intercessors to meet, share resources and learn from each other, fortified by tea and cake.
Healing Eucharist - next on Sunday June 17 at Fordham
Healing Eucharist is on the 3rd Sunday of the month in the evening and is held at Fordham at 6.30pm.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting - Reports for download
The ACPM held on Tuesday April 24 at Fordham School. A speaker from the Diocesan Stewardship Department made a presnetaion at the start of the meeting.
Reports (in PDF format) from the Group and the parishes can be downloaded from the links below:
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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."
St Andrew's church, Isleham & MediaVets 2002-18
Last updated May 26, 2018