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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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.


 Sunday services in the Three Rivers group

Group Service - a Mozart Mass on Sunday September 23 at Chippenham at 6.30pm

On Sunday September 23 at St Margaret’s Chippenham 6.30pm the combined choirs of the group led by singers from Chippenham will be singing a Mass setting by Mozart as part of a Communion service. An opportunity to hear some beautiful music in a liturgical setting, to come to church without a job to do, to meet people from the other churches in the group.

September 23 – Trinity 17 

  • Isleham – 9.30am Eucharist

  • Snailwell – 9.30am Eucharist 

  • Fordham – 11am Eucharist

  • Chippenham - 11am Eucharist

Midweek Communion and Coffee

We’re thinking of starting a midweek 10am communion service followed by coffee/tea. Is anyone interested?

Pioneer Partner Review

The diocese is reviewing the Pioneer Partner scheme, evaluating where it has been successful. David and Mel will be feeding in to this process but the diocese is keen that other Churchgoers voices should be heard. If you could write or few words or talk to Mel or David to pass on comments that would be appreciated.

Open Mission Shaped Ministry Course

Mel is now heading into the second and final year of her placement with us. There is an opportunity to join Mel on a 'Mission Shaped Ministry' course for anybody who is interested in finding out more about Fresh Expressions, mission and how to engage more with people currently outside of the church. 

Sessions will run on the first Thursday of each month, 9:30 - 1pm in Bishop Woodford House, Ely, starting on October 4. Please contact Mel if you are interested in attending.

The Monday  Prayer Group - next on September 24

The prayer group meets at 1.30pm on Mondays for an hour of prayer. We meet at 1 West Street, Isleham.

Tuesday mornings - opportunities to meet:

  • Fordham church cafe in the undercroft 
    From 9am onwards. Refreshments and play area for children.

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

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

The Way of Life Study Courses - two new courses at Isleham
Daytime - next on September 26 at 10.30am-noon

Evening - starting on October 8 at 7.30-9pm

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. 

Two new courses start soon at St Andrew's Social Centre in Isleham.

Wednesday mornings 10.30-noon starting on September 12 for six weeks. This will be a version which is designed for those who prefer a more visual and interactive experience. 

Monday evenings starting on Monday October 8 for 6 weeks.
This version is for those who enjoy engaging with words and study.

So, we know what materials to have on hand please can you let us know if you want to attend. 

There is a lot of information about the Way of Life study course on the Ely diocese web site:

Messy Church - next on October 14

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.

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:

Is God calling you to something?

There are a few things around which it might be good for our churches to be involved with. If anyone 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, then please contact David if this is something God might be nudging you towards.

Mid-week services 

Monday  9am Morning Prayer at Kennet.
We meet at 7 The Close, Kennett.
Tuesday 8.15am Morning Prayer at Isleham at St Andrew's Social Centre.
10.15am Collective Worship at Fordham School.
Wednesday 8.15am Morning Prayer at Chippenham.
7pm Compline at Snailwell.
Thursday 8.30am Holy Communion at Fordham.
9am Collective Worship at Isleham School.
10.15am Collective Worship at Kennett School.
Friday 8.15am Morning Prayer at Fordham.

Major Festivals: Easter, Christmas Day 8am Holy Communion BCP at Fordham.

Home Communions where requested.

All three schools attend church at Harvest, Christmas and Easter and at other times as they ask.

Please do ask others to join us all for worship either on Sundays or during the week.

Sunday Services in The Three Rivers Group



1st Sunday 11am Family Service.
2nd, 3rd & 5th Sundays  11am Sung Eucharist.
4th Sunday 6.30pm Evensong.


1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays 11am Sung Eucharist.
3rd Sunday 11am Family Service.
1st Sunday 6.30pm Eveninsong..
3rd Sunday Healing Eucharist at 6.30pm.


1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays 9.30am Holy Communion.
3rd Sunday 9.30am Family Eucharist.

Kennett We now have a monthly service on the third Sunday of the month at 3.30pm.

1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Sunday 9:30am Holy Communion.
2nd Sunday 9.30am Family Service.

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

September 23 – Trinity 17 

  • Isleham – 9.30am Eucharist

  • Snailwell – 9.30am Eucharist 

  • Fordham – 11am Eucharist

  • Chippenham - 11am Eucharist

September 30 – Trinity 18 

  • Isleham – 9.30am Harvest

  • Snailwell – 9.30am Eucharist

  • Fordham – 11am Eucharist

  • Chippenham - 11am Eucharist

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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Sunday September 23 at St Andrew's Isleham -Trinity 17

9.30am Eucharist 


Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you: pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself, and so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you. 

A reading from the book Solomon

But the ungodly by their words and deeds summoned death; considering him a friend, they pined away and made a covenant with him, because they are fit to belong to his company. For they reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves, ‘Short and sorrowful is our life, and there is no remedy when a life comes to its end, and no one has been known to return from Hades. ‘Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law and accuses us of sins against our training. He professes to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a child of the Lord. 

He became to us a reproof of our thoughts; the very sight of him is a burden to us, because his manner of life is unlike that of others, and his ways are strange. We are considered by him as something base, and he avoids our ways as unclean; he calls the last end of the righteous happy, and boasts that God is his father. Let us see if his words are true, and let us test what will happen at the end of his life; for if the righteous man is God’s child, he will help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries. Let us test him with insult and torture, so that we may find out how gentle he is, and make trial of his forbearance. Let us condemn him to a shameful death, for, according to what he says, he will be protected.’ Thus they reasoned, but they were led astray, for their wickedness blinded them, and they did not know the secret purposes of God, nor hoped for the wages of holiness, nor discerned the prize for blameless souls. 

Psalm 116

1 Save me, O God, by your name,
and vindicate me by your might. 
2 Hear my prayer, O God;
give ear to the words of my mouth. 
3 For the insolent have risen against me, the ruthless seek my life; they do not set God before them. Selah 
4 But surely, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life. 
5 H e will repay my enemies for their evil. In your faithfulness, put an end to them. 
6 With a freewill-offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good. 
7 For he has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

A reading from the book of James

Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark (Mark 9.30 - 37)

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you O Christ

Post Communion Prayer 

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


207 God of grace
306 Immortal, Invisible
19 All my hope
175 From heav’n you came
445 Meekness & Majesty

Duty rotas 

Sunday September 23 - Trinity 17
9.30am Eucharist
6.30pm - Group Service - a Mozart Mass at Chippenham at 6.30pm
Reader - Ruth Ogden Sidesmen - Vera & John Johnstone
Prayers - Gill Savage Communion Assistant - Nick Carver 
Coffee -Mark Liversidge
Sunday September 30 - Trinity 18
9.30am Eucharist
Reader - Betty Ashley Sidesmen - ???
Prayers - Nick Carver Communion Assistant -  ???
Coffee - Angela Wells
Sunday October 7 - Trinity 19
9.30am Eucharist
Reader Sidesmen -
Prayers Communion Assistant -  

St. Andrews - Isleham Church Key Rota July to December 2018

Please do not feel locked into this rota, but do arrange your own swaps and indicate on lists in church and .social centre..

Note:. On Fridays, campanologists ring the changes and . return key to holder.

On Sunday evenings please check that relevant bin is ready for collection on pavement.

Any problems or concerns, please contact Stuart, as above.

Key people
Alan Ashley 14 St Andrews Close 780742
Andrew Stephens 41 The Causeway -        780229
Jan Lewis 19 The Causeway O7849522585
Mary Wightman 3 Sun Street 781022
Richard May 4 Elwoods Close 780249
Stuart Haggett 3 Church Lane 781737
Sean Edwards 1 Robins Close 780241
Relief key persons
Rob Savage                  
Relief Rota Person 
38 Sun Street 780218
Ruth Ogden 
Emergency Relief Rota Person 
35 Waterside 780646
Spare key holder
Ian Powys                  
Spare Key Holder
5 Church Lane 780519
Rota July 9-December 31
July 9-16.  Alan  
July16-23.  Stuart  
July 23-30.  Mary  
July 30- August 6.  Andrew  
August 6-13.  Richard  
August 13-20. Sean  
August 20-27. Jan  
August 27- September 3.  Mark  
September 3- September 10 .  Alan   
September 10-17. Stuart   
September 17-24.  Mary  
September 24- October 1.  Andrew  
October 1-8. Richard  
October 8-15.  Sean  
October 15-22. Jan  
October 22-29. Mark  
October 29-November 5.  Alan  
November 5-12.  Stuart  
November 12-19.  Mary  
November 19-26.  Andrew  
November 26- December 3.  Richard  
December 3-10.  Sean  
December 10-17.  Jan  
December 17-24.  Mark  
December 24-31.  Stuart  
If unable to do a duty please arrange a swap. and please mark changes on rotas displayed in the church and the Social centre. 

Note - on Fridays the bellringers lock up and take the key to the duty person.

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