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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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.


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.

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

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

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. 

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 January 21 at St Andrew's Isleham - Epiphany 3

4pm Epiphany Carols

There is no morning service at St Andrew's on this Sunday.


Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen 

Post Communion Prayer

Almighty Father, whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world: may your people, illumined by your word and sacraments, shine with the radiance of his glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen. 


Psalm 128
1 Happy is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways. 
2 You shall eat the fruit of the labour of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you. 
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. 
4 Thus shall the man be blessed
who fears the LORD. 
5 The LORD bless you from Zion.
May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. 
6 May you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel! 


  • Genesis 14: 17-20
  • Revelation 19: 6-10 
  • John 2: 1-11

Hymns - TBA

Duty rosters  

Sunday January 21
4pm Epiphany carols
No morning service today.
Reader Sidesmen Liz Hayes & Suzi Cowan
Prayers Communion Assistant
Sunday January 28
9.30am Holy Communion CW
Reader - Mark Liversidge Sidesmen - Angela Wells & Helen S.
PrayersGill Savage Communion Assistant - Helen S.
Coffee Margaret Edwarxds
Sunday February 4
9.30am Holy Communion CW
Reader Pauline Wilkes  Sidesmen Liz Hayes & Suzi Cowan
Prayers -Nick Carver  Communion Assistant Suzi Cowan 
Coffee Vera & John Johnstone


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