|St Andrew's Church, Isleham|
Please don't forget to bring your contributions to the local Co-op shops in Fordham and Isleham. Your contributions are still very much needed and really valued.
There is also always a need for toiletries - soap, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste and so on - and pet food.
Alternatively you may prefer to donate money rather than food at the moment.
You can donate either by cheque
made payable to:
Or if you prefer to donate online: https://localgiving.org/charity/elyfoodbank/
Services in the Three Rivers Group
* Coronavirus epidemic updates for the Three Rivers Group *
All services are cancelled until further notice because of the coronavirus epidemic and our churches will remain locked.
Worship in Church
- an update June 26
However we have an order of Service for Trinity 3 Sunday June 28, that you may wish to follow at home
You may download and view, and optionally print, the service sheet from the link below:
The ministry team will be praying it at 10am, and it would be good if you could join us at the same time or at another time more convenient to you.
Links to the suggested hymns are included, together with a link to the sermon
(also available here), some voluntaries, and a number of notices with details of other events happening during next week.
Donald Brown (Isleham)
on Thursday June 25at 1.30pm at West Suffolk Crematorium.
For lovers of the Anglican choral tradition and Isaiah 6: John Stainer, ‘I saw the Lord’
Part of the current wave of recorded musical Blessings providing comfort and inspiration from different perspectives, here’s one from Ireland, using an ancient text very apt for Trinity Sunday:
Early music fans with time on their hands may like to revel in the glorious sound of John Taverner’s ‘Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas’:
And another chance to hear our very own David Poulter playing J.S. Bach’s ‘Fugue’ in C major (BWV 545)
Virtual coffee gatherings will happen at 11am
ending at 11.40am on Sunday as in previous weeks. Here are the details to join in via Zoom (if you join by phone you'll need to make a note of the Meeting ID and password where there is one):
Meeting ID: 514 703 4674 Password: 2806
Meeting ID: 845 9693 7798 (No Password)
Meeting ID: 731 4168 3892 Password: 5h3a7y
This free national phoneline was launched last Sunday, will be available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.
Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury before being able to choose from a range of options, including Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer updated daily, from Common Worship, and a recording of the Church of England’s weekly national online service.
A section called Hymn Line will also offer callers a small selection of hymns, updated daily. An option entitled ‘Hymns We Love’, provides a hymn and reflection and is based on an initiative by Connections.
Virtual Coffee Morning
- on Tuesdays during lockdown on Zoom
Meeting ID: 514 703 4674 Password: 2806
on Zoom at 7pm
Meeting ID: 839 7034 6065 Password: 003793
Mothers’ Union – Praying together by phone - Thursday July 2 at 2pm
For those MU Branch members and friends who would like to join together to pray while our usual meetings are suspended, we’ll be hosting another brief time of prayer by telephone at 11am on Thursday 2nd July. You don’t need a computer or any other fancy equipment to take part in this, just yourself and a regular telephone.
Here’s what to do:
If you have any trouble connecting, or would like to know more, please contact Revd Anna on 07751 032166.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) - Postponed indefinitely
The APCM has been postponed until further notice. Those of you who would usually write a report might like to do so to keep you amused during the lockdown, but will be chased once a new date is found.
Please start thinking about who might be good people to serve on the PCC or as Churchwardens and encourage them to be nominated.
For those of you who enjoy apps have you tried "Everyday Faith" or "Daily Prayer" both available from the Church of England wherever you get your apps.
If books are more your thing, getting ready for Lent with some recommendations. "The Heart's Time" a poem a day for Lent/Easter by Janet Morley. The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent book is "Saying yes to life" by Ruth Valerio. Rowan Williams books "meeting God in Mark", "meeting God in Paul".
If bible is your thing, Tom Wright's series (fill in book of the Bible) for Everyone are reliable or for Old Testament John
Goldingay. Or you could head over to Soham Books if you prefer to browse.
We have just added a new events page to the Three Rivers website. If you have not visited before take a look.
Godly Play - 4th Sunday of the month at Fordham - suspended until further notice
Carol Taylor is going to start offering Godly Play sessions on the 4th Sunday of the month at the 11am Eucharist at Fordham. Children from 3 upwards welcome. The children will rejoin us to receive communion or a blessing. www.godlyplay.uk
Bridget has decided to resign from her lead role at Isleham on the Eco-Church. She has taken up a new position with Cambridge Christian Climate Action. She would like to thank all the people who have given so much help and joined in with events. If anyone is interested in taking on this role please let us know.
Evening Prayer - 5pm on Mondays at Isleham and Tuesdays at Fordham - suspended until further notice
David will be praying on Mondays at 5pm at Isleham and on Tuesdays at 5pm at Fordham, All are welcome to join him.
The Monday Prayer Group - suspended until further notice
The prayer group meets at 1.30pm on Mondays for an hour of prayer. We meet at 1 West Street, Isleham.
Tuesday mornings - suspended until further notice
Fordham Day Centre Lunch Club - suspended until further notice
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.
Mums+ - suspended until further notice
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 - Meet at Scotsdales in Fordham at the Sunflower Café 9.15-10.45am
New website for the Three Rivers Group
The Three Rivers Group has a new web site here's a link http://www.threeriversgroup.co.uk/
Andrew Stephens has 'retired' from looking after the website for the Three Rivers Group, but plans to continue to maintain the website for St Andrew's Isleham.
We have just added a new section to our website on Genealogy. At present we are only offering assistance in looking through records at Isleham. If anyone would like to volunteer for the other churches please let David know.
Bridget has decided to resign from her lead role at St.Andrew’s for the Eco-Church. She has taken up a new position with Cambridge Christian Climate Action. She would like to thank all the people who have given so much help and joined in with events. If anyone is interested in taking on this role please let us know.
Dementia Friendly Village - Fordham
Fordham is working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Village.
Laura Cox-Watson has agreed to be our Dementia Friends Champion. and Has atteneded some training in Cambridge. and has held two sessions to share with the community what she has learned and discuss how Fordham can move forward with this. Laura is also very keen to gain insight from families who have direct experience of living with Dementia.
If anyone would like to contact Laura direct then please do so on either
Thank You from Mel
I would like to thank everyone for my wonderful and deeply moving send off at each of the churches and a particular thank you to all those who contributed to my incredibly generous leaving gift.
I hope to buy my first cassock from this and remember you all each time I wear it. It has been a truly wonderful two years at the Three Rivers Group, thank you so much for having me and encouraging me, and may God bless you all as you continue to follow God into His promised future for you. He who calls is faithful.
Having previously asked if there were people who were interested in helping us welcome the families of children being baptised by becoming baptism visitors, we'll mention it again in case anyone wants to come forward.
We are also considering offering prayers for healing at some of our Sunday services. If anyone is interested in learning some more, please speak to David or Sue.
Take up for the Way of Life courses has not been as strong as we would have liked. If our churches are to flourish they need to be places where we can all talk about our faith.
What would help you to talk about your faith more confidently? Bible study? Alpha course? Christian Basics? Prayer Group?
If we don't speak about faith how will new people share it? Please speak to David or Sue.
Festival of Light at St Andrews Isleham
Saturday 30th November, Sunday 1st, Saturday 7th, Sunday 8th December from 3 - 6pm.
Incorporating: Community Carols on Sunday 8th at 4pm.
Contact Kathy Carver 01638-781116 for more information
Training Day ‘Caring for God’s Earth’
Thanks to Bridget Newns-Copper. Click to download PDF (280Kb)
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.
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.
At Isleham we welcome donations of food at the Co-op, 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 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.
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 June 27, 2020