|St Andrew's Church, Isleham|
Two before Advent
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 always a need for toiletries - soap, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste and so on - and pet food.
Services in the Three Rivers Group
November 17 - Two Before Advent
November 24 - Christ the King
David Alexander Kinsey on Wednesday November 20 at 11am at Chippenham
Godly Play - 4th Sunday of the month at Fordham
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
David will be praying on Mondays at 5pm at Isleham and on Tuesdays at 5pm at Fordham, All are welcome to join him.
The Rambling Curate returns on Sunday afternoon November 24
Keen to see the water buffalo, Anna will be attempting to reprise and complete the Chippenham Fen walk on the afternoon of Sunday November 24. All are welcome to join her at 2pm outside Chippenham Church, for a 2.15pm start (walk to last approx. 1.5 hours). We discovered last time that this route is wet underfoot, so please wear suitable footwear.
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
The Monday Prayer Group - next on November 18
The prayer group meets at 1.30pm on Mondays for an hour of prayer. We meet at 1 West Street, Isleham.
Tuesday mornings - an opportunity to meet, all welcome:
Fordham Day Centre Lunch Club - next on Wednesday November 27
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.
Rambling Curate Update
Thank you very much to all who joined in the walks this week, and to those who supported us from a distance. We had a good turnout each day, human and canine, and were delighted by a rich variety of flora, fauna and weather along the way. Inspired by the response Anna will be exploring walks on a regular basis over the coming months – suggestions always welcome – so watch this space...
Messy Church - next on December 8 at Fordham at 3.30pm
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 December 13
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 -
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.
Sunday Services in The Three Rivers Group
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
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.
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.
Midweek Communion and Coffee
We’re thinking of starting a midweek 10am communion service followed by coffee/tea. Is anyone interested?
Sunday November 17 - Two before Advent
Family Eucharist all-age worship at St Andrew's Isleham
Elsewhere in the Three Rivers Group:
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.
Heavenly Lord, you long for the world's salvation: stir us from apathy, restrain us from excess and revive in us new hope that all creation will one day be healed in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
A reading from the Book of Malachi (4.1–2a)
See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.
1 O sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvellous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gained him victory.
A reading from the Second Letter to the Thessalonians (3.6–13)
Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, and we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it; but with toil and labour we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you. This was not because we do not have that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.
The Gospel of our Lord
Jesus Christ according to St Luke (21.5–19)
They asked him, ‘Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?’ And he said, ‘Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and, “The time is near!” Do not go after them.
‘When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.’ Then he said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.
Gracious Lord, in this holy sacrament you give substance to our hope: bring us at the last to that fullness of life for which we long; through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen
Rota only for first half of 2019 as we have lost one team member- so we should try to recruit a replacement.
Please do not feel locked into this rota, but do arrange your own swaps and indicate on lists in church and the social centre..
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.
Please inform Stuart and Rob Savage of any swaps/changes.
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
Andrew Stephens -41 The Causeway- 780229 Andrew (mobile) 07709872831
Mary Wightman -3 Sun Street - 781022
Ruth Ogden -35 Waterside -780646
Rob Savage -38 Sun Sreet - 780218
Second key holder:
Ian Powys. 5 Church Lane - 780519
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Last updated November 16, 2019