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.


Snailwell Flower Festival of Hymn-themed Floral displays - May 26-27

There will be a Flower Festival in the church at Snailwell on May 26 and Sunday May The Hymn-themed floral arrangements will be on display from 10.30am–6pm and refreshments will be available. The festival ends with Songs of Praise on Sunday at 4pm.

Pioneering in the Group with Mel

We are very fortunate to have Mel working with us as a group. It would be good to establish a small team around her that were interested in helping the church reach out beyond our walls. If you are interested please talk to one of the ministry team. 

Midweek Communion and Coffee

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

Confirmations at Ely Cathedral on Sunday May 20

Thanks to all who joined us s for the Pentecost Praise service and the  confirmations of Stefanie Reginold from Fordham and Cara Guest from Isleham at Ely Cathedral.

Way of Life Study Course - continues on Wednesday May 30

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. 

The first course will run on Wednesday 1.30pm from the May 9 for 6 weeks meeting in the undercroft at Fordham church. Each session will last about an hour.

The second course will meet on Wednesdays at 7.30pm from July 11 for 6 weeks. 

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

Green Christian Day Conference - Saturday June 2 11am - 4.30pm

Green Christian Day Conference will be held on Saturday June 2 from 11am - 4.30pm at St Barnabas Church, Mill Road, CB1 2BD. An opportunity to explore green issues together with other Christians. 

For more information see their website

The Monday (was Thursday) Prayer Group - next on June 4

The prayer group which formerly met on Thursdays is now meeting at 1.30pm on Mondays for an hour of prayer.

We shall not be meeting on Bank Holiday Monday May 28.

Safeguarding Training - Saturday June 9

Open to anyone who is interested, C1 compulsory for Churchwardens and C" compulsory for those who lead activities in the church. 

Training to take place at Fordham School on Saturday June 9 from 9.30am - 1.30pm 
(C1 only 9.30-11.30). Please book a place with David.

Messy Church - next on Sunday June 10

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 Friday June 15

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 June 15, at Scotsdales Garden Centre cafe in Fordham. 

  • Friday July 13, at Scotsdales Garden Centre cafe in Fordham.

Intercessions Training - Saturday June 16

Rearranged after the cancellation last time. Saturday 16th June 16 from 10-11am Fordham Undercroft. An opportunity for new and old intercessors to meet, share resources and learn from each other, fortified by tea and cake.

Healing Eucharist - next on Sunday June 17 at Fordham

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

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. 

Sunday May 20-Pentecost

  • Isleham – 9.30am Family Eucharist

  • Snailwell – 9.30am Family Service

  • Fordham – 11am Family Service

  • Chippenham - 11am BCP Eucharist

  • Kennett – 3.30pm Service 

  • Ely Cathedral - 7pm confirmations of Stefanie Reginold and Cara Guest.

Sunday May 27–Trinity Sunday

  • Isleham – 9.30am Eucharist

  • Fordham – 11am Eucharist

  • Snailwell – 4pm Flower festival Songs of Praise

  • Chippenham – 6.30pm Evensong

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 May 27 at St Andrew's Isleham - Trinity Sunday

9.30am Eucharist 


Almighty and everlasting God, you have given us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity: keep us steadfast in this faith, that we may evermore be defended from all adversities; 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.

A reading from Isaiah 6 

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.’ The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: ‘Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’ Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: ‘Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.’ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!’ 

A reading from Romans 8

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

Psalm 29 

1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendour. 
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters. 
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. 
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. 
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. 
7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. 
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 
9 The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl, mand strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, ‘Glory!’ 
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king for ever. 
11 May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! 

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John (John 3.1-17)

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? ‘Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 

Post Communion Prayer

Almighty and eternal God, you have revealed yourself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and live and reign in the perfect unity of love: hold us firm in this faith, that we may know you in all your ways and evermore rejoice in your eternal glory, who are three Persons yet one God, now and for ever.


36 Angel voices ever singing...
273 Holy, Holy, Holy...
281 How shall I sing that Majesty...
150 Father, we love you...
545 Praise God from whom all blessings flow...

Duty rotas 

Sunday May 27 - Trinity Sunday
9.30am Eucharist 
Reader - Sidesmen -  
Prayers - Communion Assistant -  
Sunday May 27 - Trinity Sunday
9.30am Eucharist 
Reader - Sidesmen -  
Prayers - Communion Assistant -  

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

Alan Ashley 14 St Andrews Close 780742
Andrew Stephens 41 The Causeway -        780229
Geoff Dabrowa 22 Beck Road 780500
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
Rob Savage                  
Relief Rota Person 
38 Sun Street 780218
Ruth Ogden 
Emergency Relief Rota Person 
35 Waterside 780646
Ian Powys                  
Spare Key Holder
5 Church Lane 780519
22nd January - 29th January Alan  
29th January - 5th February Geoff  
5th February - 12th February Mary  
12th February - 19th February Andrew  
19th February - 26th February Richard  
26th February - 5th March Sean  
5th March -12th March Jan  
12th March - 19th March Stuart  
19th March - 26th March Alan  
26th March - 2nd April Geoff  
2nd April - 9th April Mary  
9th April - 16th April Andrew  
16th April - 23rd April Richard  
23d April - 30th April Sean  
30th April - 7th May Jan  
7th May - 14th May Stuart  
14th May - 21st May Alan  
21st May - 28th May Geoff  
28th May - 4th June Mary  
4th June - 11th June Andrew  
11th June - 18th June Richard  
18th June - 25th June Sean  
25th June - 2nd July Jan  
2nd July - 9th July 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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