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Chippenham, Fordham, Isleham,  Kennett & Snailwell

The Diocese of Ely, The Church of England

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Sunday Pet Service on Sunday June 16 at Fordham 

On Sunday June 16 at 11am in Fordham Church there will be a Pet Service.

All animals welcome – two legs, four or more! 

There will be a retiring collection which will be split equally between the RSPCA and 
the St. Peter’ Fordham Preservation Trust.

All the orders of service will be found on our website www.threeriverschurches.co.uk

Voter Registration

With the General Election coming up on 4 July, please make sure you
register your vote if you haven’t already.

The registration deadline is June 18.

Services in the Three Rivers Group churches on Sunday June 16
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  • 9.30am Isleham – Eucharist
     
  • 9.30am Snailwell – Morning Prayer 
     
  • 11am Fordham – Pet Service
     
  • 11am Chippenham – Eucharist with Baptism
     
  • 3.30pm Kennett - Family Service

All the orders of service will be found on our website www.threeriverschurches.co.uk

Services in the Three Rivers Group churches on Sunday June 23
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  • 9.30am Isleham – Morning Praise
     
  • 9.30am Snailwell – Eucharist
      
  • 11am Fordham – Pet Service
     
  • 11am Chippenham – Morning Prayer

All the orders of service will be found on our website www.threeriverschurches.co.uk

Petertide Ordinations 

On Saturday June 29 at 5pm, Victoria Moggridge will be ordained Priest at
Ely Cathedral. 

This will also mark the 30th anniversary of women in the priesthood should you wish to attend and show your support.

On Sunday June 30 there is a Group Service at Isleham 10.30am (which will also feature a baptism)
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No other services are planned in the group.

Have you ever visited your parish church?

If you are a new resident of Isleham or perhaps have just never ventured inside your parish church why not do so today. 

Or perhaps another time would suit you better; the church is usually open every deay from about 9am until about 5pm. 

There are many surprising and marvellous things to see.

We hold a service every Sunday at 9.30am at which you will be warmly welcomed.

Or why not join us at our 

Isleham Coffee Morning -Tuesdays 10am-12noon 

The Tuesday morning coffee and bacon butty crew are back at the St Andrew’s Social Centre , from 10am-12 noon.  All welcome.

The Rector’s Daily Reflections

Each day I produce a short set of reflections on the readings for
Morning Prayer the following day.

If you would like to receive these by email, please let me know. You
can unsubscribe very easily if you decide you don’t want them any
more please email me:

revdsmday@cantab.net30pm 

Services in the Three Rivers Group churches on Sunday June 16
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  • 9.30am Isleham – Eucharist
     
  • 9.30am Snailwell – Morning Prayer 
     
  • 11am Fordham – Pet Service
     
  • 11am Chippenham – Eucharist with Baptism
     
  • 3.30pm Kennett - Family Service

All the orders of service will be found on our website www.threeriverschurches.co.uk

Welcome to church today – we are very glad to have you with us.

Face coverings are no longer mandatory in public spaces, but if you are not
exempt, please consider wearing one while in church to help protect others.

All who are baptized and communicant members of their own church are warmly
invited to receive Holy Communion when it is celebrated in our churches.

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 them.l

All the orders of service will be found on our website www.threeriverschurches.co.uk

Collect

Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth: send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whoever lives is counted dead
before you. 

Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ's sake, who is alive and reigns with you, 
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. .

Amen.

A reading from the Old testament  Ezekiel 17.22-24

God plants a cedar tree

22 Thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a
cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its
young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain. 

23 On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce
boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar. Under it every kind
of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures
of every kind.

 24 All the trees of the field shall know that I am the LORD. I
bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree
and make the dry tree flourish. I the LORD have spoken; I will accomplish it.

Psalm 92 1-8

1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name,

2 to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness
by night,

3 to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.

4 For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of
your hands I sing for joy.

5 How great are your works, O LORD! Your thoughts are very deep!

6 The dullard cannot know, the stupid cannot understand this:

7 though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are
doomed to destruction forever,

 8 but you, O LORD, are on high for ever.

A reading from the New Testament 2 Corinthians 5.6-10 [11-13] 1
and 4-17
 
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has
passed away; see, everything has become new

6 So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at
home in the body we are away from the Lord— 

7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 

8 Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from
the body and at home with the Lord.

9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.

10 For all of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each
may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good
or evil. 

11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to
your consciences.

12 We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to
boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart.

13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.] 

14 For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 

15 And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but
for him who died and was raised for them.

16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.

17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has
passed away; see, everything has become new.

The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark 2.23 - 3.6

The scribes accuse Jesus of being possed by Satan, Jesus refutes this.

Jesus rebukes his family when, with the best of intentions, they interrupt his speaking to a crowd.

20 The crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat.

21When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’

22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He has
Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.’ 

23 And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? 

24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 

25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be
able to stand. 

26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he
cannot stand, but his end has come.

27 But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered. 

28 ‘Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and
whatever blasphemies they utter; 

29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have
forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin’— 

30 for they had said, ‘He has an unclean spirit.’ 

31 Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing
outside, they sent to him and called him. 

32 A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, ‘Your
mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.’ 

33 And he replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ 

34 And looking at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here
are my mother and my brothers

35 Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.

Post Communion prayer

Loving Father, we thank you for feeding us at the supper of your Son: sustain us with your Spirit, that we may serve you here on earth until our joy is complete in heaven, and we share in the eternal banquet with Jesus Christ our

Amen

Baptisms:

  • Jude Wilkes on Sunday June 30, at Isleham at 9.30am (a Group Service).
     

  • Clara Fishpool on Sunday Jukly 7 at 11am at Chippenham.

Weddings:

  • Jacob Eatock & Bethany Jones (both of Isleham) on Friday June 21,
     at 1pm at Moulton.
  • Luke Orwell & Amelia Pearson on Saturday June 22, at 12.30pm
    at Snailwell.
  • Lewis Supcik & Kirby McManus on Saturday August 3, at 1.30pm 
    at Little Downham (at St. Andrew’s, Isleham.)

Midweek services update

Revd Steve writes:

Morning Prayer is a great way to start the day: for those of you who would  like to join in, we gather at 8.15 in the church social centre in Isleham on Tuesdays, and in the church at Fordham on Wednesdays and Fridays

I aim to have Morning Prayer available on the churches’ Zoom link at 8.15 each day  on Tuesday to Saturday. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, this will be from the  gathering; on other days it will be just online. Please email me for details of how to join in (see address below).

Each day I produce a short set of reflections on the readings for Morning  Prayer the following day. If you would like to receive these by email, please  let me know. You can unsubscribe very easily if you decide you don’t want them any more!

You can get in touch with me in a number of ways: my email address is
revdsmday@cantab.net; my home phone number is 01638 354866; my 
mobile number is 07871182394 (but please note it spends almost all of its 
time on silent, so I may not notice it ring – please either leave a message or 
send a text); and for old-school paper, I’m at 24 Mildenhall Road, Fordham, 
CB7 5NR.

A reminder that all are welcome to join our midweek services, which currently include

  • Technology permitting, we aim to have Morning Prayer available on the churches’ Zoom link at 8.15 each day  Tuesday to Saturday. On Tuesday and Wednesday anbd Friday, this will be from the  gathering; on other days it will be just online. Please email Revd Steve Day for details of how to join in revdsmday@cantab.net
     
  • Tuesday Morning Prayer at Isleham (in church or at Social Centre) – 8.15am
     
  • Wednesday Morning Prayer at Fordham (in church) – 8.15am
     
  • Wednesday Compline at Snailwell (in church) – 6.30pm
     
  • Wednesday Compline on Zoom (online) – 7pm
     
  • Friday Morning Prayer at Fordham (in church) – 8.15am

The mailing list for online Compline is currently being refreshed, so if you would like to stay on it, or join it anew, please email threeriversgroupcambs@gmail.com to let us know1

In person services in church

With due consideration to national guidance from the government and the Church of England in the meantime, I'm pleased to say that we are going ahead with services in-person in church.

However, it's clear that as in all things at present, we must be careful, of ourselves and each other, and for that reason we do ask for your cooperation and understanding where modifications have been made. 

We must, of course, leave the decision whether or not to attend to you and your judgment. While it is generally good to be with other people, we realise that this is not comfortable or sensible for everyone at present, and we continue to pray for and ask God's blessing on all in our parishes, not just those we see in person. 

Two important considerations:

Firstly, in common with all public indoor spaces, we ask that you do not attend an event if you are feeling unwell or experiencing any of the recognised symptoms of COVID. 

As the virus spreads successfully between people without symptoms, please also consider taking a lateral flow test before attending a service, especially if you have been in contact with people beyond your household in recent days.

Secondly,
Face coverings are no longer mandatory in public spaces, but if you are not exempt, please consider wearing one while in church to help protect others as local infection rates remain high.

We will continue to ensure good ventilation in our churches, so please come prepared for draughts.

Christian Aid prayer for Ukraine 

God of all peoples and nations, who created all things alive and breathing, united and whole, show us the way of peace that is your overwhelming presence. 

We hold before you the peoples of Ukraine and Russia, every child and every adult. We long for the time when weapons of war are beaten into ploughshares. When nations no longer lift up sword against nation.

We cry out to you for peace.

Protect those who only desire and deserve to live in security and safety. 

Comfort those who fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones

Be with those who are bereaved.

Change the hearts of those set on violence and aggression and fill leaders with the wisdom that leads to peace.

Kindle again in us a love of our neighbour and a passion for justice to prevail and a renewed recognition that we all play a part in peace. 

Creator of all hear our prayer and bring us peace. Make us whole.  

Amen.

Weekly notice sheet by email  

We still distribute a copy of the weekly notice sheet by email every Sunday to those who want to keep up-to-date with what's happening in the Group, even when they can't get to church. 

Please let the Parish Administrator know if you'd like to receive a copy.

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Prayer for the Nation

If you want to continue, David came across this from the diocese of Oxford which you could read/pray at 6pm each evening:

When we are isolated and alone, we remember God is with us; we place our hands in his hands

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

When we are tired and confused…

He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

When we are worn out with worry

He restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

When we are sick and afraid and if we lose those we love…

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff - they comfort me.

When we face difficulties today and we hope for a better tomorrow…

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

In the face of trouble & difficulty of all kinds, we remember Jesus’ promise of life beyond death…

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

Voluntary suggestions

For lovers of the Anglican choral tradition and Isaiah 6: John Stainer, ‘I saw the Lord’ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC-vCl8Aga4

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TascsWZPj8U

Early music fans with time on their hands may like to revel in the glorious sound of John Taverner’s ‘Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas’: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNwIhVDVKDg

And another chance to hear our former organist at Fordham David Poulter playing J.S. Bach’s ‘Fugue’ in C major (BWV 545)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4Qd4wWKMpc

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 
07974 409228 or laura1978watson@mac.com

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 them.

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.

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Duty rotas 

The duty rota can be found on the Notice Board in the church.

Intercessions books

We have new books in each of the churches for people to write down prayer requests. Please write the name of the person who you would like us to pray for and your initials.

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

Please inform Stuart and Rob Savage of any swaps/changes.

Note:. On Fridays, the bell ringers will lock the church and return key to you.

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

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

Key Contacts:

Alan Ashley -14 St Andrews Close - 780742. 

Julia Brunning - 3 Little London - 780945

Sean Edwards -1 Robins Close - 780241

Mark Fletcher - The Granary- 2B Waterside - 780550 

Stuart Haggett –3 Church Lane - 781737

Richard May - 4 Elwoods Close - 780249 

Mary Wightman -3 Sun Street - 781022

Emergency lockers:

Ruth Ogden -35 Waterside -780646

Rob Savage -38 Sun Sreet - 780218

Second key holder:

Stuart Haggett. 3 Church Lane - 781737

 


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