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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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Foodbank

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

May 19 – Easter 5 
Note that The Healing Eucharist has been cancelled

  • 9.30am Isleham – Family Eucharist

  • 9.30am Snailwell – Family Service 

  • 11am Fordham – Family Service

  • 11am Chippenham – BCP Eucharist

  • 6.30pm Fordham – Healing Eucharist has been cancelled

May 26 – Easter 6

  • 9.30am Isleham – Eucharist

  • 9.30am Snailwell – Eucharist 

  • 11am Fordham – Eucharist

  • 11am Chippenham – Family Eucharist 

Ascension Day - Thursday May 30

  • 8.30am Fordham BCP Said Eucharist.

  • 7.30pm Kennett Eucharist

Thy Kingdom Come

The Archbishops of York and Canterbury have asked churches to keep the days between Ascension and Pentecost as days of prayer for church growth. 

We will be participating:

  • Monday June 3 Compline at Isleham at 7pm 

  • Tuesday June 4 Compline at Fordham at 7pm

  • Wednesday June 5 Compline at Snailwell at 7pm

  • Thursday June 6 Deanery Prayer at Reach at 7pm

  • Friday June 7 Compline at Chippenham at 7pm

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 (though not this week at Fordham due to a course), All are welcome to join him.

The Monday  Prayer Group - next on May 20

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. 

Fordham Day  Centre Lunch Club - next on Wednesday May 22

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.

Mums+ - next on May 24

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 -

  • 9.15am May 24, at Scotsdales Fordham

Open Mission Shaped Ministry Course - next on June 6

Mel is now well into the second and final year of her placement with us. We were given  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 normally run on the first Thursday of each month, 9:30am - 1pm in Bishop Woodford House Ely, led by the Rev. Jonnie Parkin, starting on October 4. Please contact Mel if you are interested in attending.

Messy Church - next on June 9 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.

Contact: Laura Cox-Watson on 01638-724839.

Mid-week services 

Monday  9am Morning Prayer at Kennet.
We meet at 7 The Close, Kennett.
5pm Evening Prayer at Isleham.
Tuesday 8.15am Morning Prayer at Isleham at St Andrew's Social Centre.
10.15am Collective Worship at Fordham School.
5pm Evening Prayer at Fordham.
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

Chippenham

 

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

Fordham

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.

Isleham

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.
Snailwell

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.

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?

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Sunday May 19 - Easter 5

9.30am Family Eucharist all-age worship at Isleham

Elsewhere in the Three Rivers group:

  • 9.30am Snailwell – Family Service 

  • 11am Fordham – Family Service

  • 11am Chippenham – BCP Eucharist

  • 6.30pm Fordham – Healing Eucharist has been cancelled

Hymns

48 At the name of Jesus...
466 Now the green blade riseth...
493 O, Jesus I have promised...

Collect

Risen Christ, your wounds declare your love for the world and the wonder of your risen life: give us compassion and courage to risk ourselves for those we serve, to the glory of God the Father. Amen

A reading from Baruch

Hear the commandments of life, O Israel; give ear, and learn wisdom! Why is it, O Israel, why is it that you are in the land of your enemies, that you are growing old in a foreign country, that you are defiled with the dead, that you are counted among those in Hades? You have forsaken the fountain of wisdom. If you had walked in the way of God, you would be living in peace for ever. Learn where there is wisdom, where there is strength, where there is understanding, so that you may at the same time discern where there is length of days, and life, where there is light for the eyes, and peace. Who has found her place? And who has entered her storehouses? But the one who knows all things knows her, he found her by his understanding. The one who prepared the earth for all time filled it with four-footed creatures; the one who sends forth the light, and it goes; he called it, and it obeyed him, trembling; the stars shone in their watches, and were glad; he called them, and they said, ‘Here we are!’ They shone with gladness for him who made them. This is our God; no other can be compared to him. He found the whole way to knowledge, and gave her to his servant Jacob and to Israel, whom he loved. 

Afterwards she appeared on earth and lived with humankind. She is the book of the commandments of God, the law that endures for ever. All who hold her fast will live, and those who forsake her will die. Turn, O Jacob, and take her; walk towards the shining of her light. Do not give your glory to another, or your advantages to an alien people. Happy are we, O Israel, for we know what is pleasing to God. 

  • This comes from the Apocrypha. Do you know anything about it?

  • Wisdom is referred to here as “She” Some draw a link between Wisdom and the Holy Spirit. Can/Should we use She to refer to God? 

  • What is wisdom?

Psalm 148

1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights! 
2 Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host! 
3 Praise him, sun and moon;    praise him, all you shining stars! 
4 Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! 
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were created. 
6 He established them for ever and ever; he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed. 
7 Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, 
8 fire and hail, snow and frost,    stormy wind fulfilling his command! 
9 Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! 
10 Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds! 
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! 
12 Young men and women alike, old and young together! 
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven. 
14 He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful, for the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the Lord! 

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, ‘Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?’ Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, ‘I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.” But I replied, “By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.” But a second time the voice answered from heaven, “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.” This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, “Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.” And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, “John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?’ When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, ‘Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.’ 

  • What things do you think are unclean? What damage do they do?

  • Peter’s sincerity is questioned? How would you defend yourself in a similar position?

  • How would you explain baptism to someone who didn’t know about it?

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St John

When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.” I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’

  • What does it mean to show love to someone?

  • What is glory?

Post Communion Prayer 

Eternal God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life: grant us to walk in his way, to rejoice in his truth, and to share his risen life; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen

Duty rotas 

 
Sunday May19 - Easter 5
9.30am - Family Eucharist all-age worship
Reader Sidesmen -  
Prayers Communion Assistant -  
Coffee
 
Sunday May 26 - Easter 6
9.30am - Parish Eucharist 
Reader Sidesmen -  
Prayers Communion Assistant -  
Coffee

St. Andrews - Isleham Church Key Rota Jan to July 2019

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.

Alan Stuart Mary Andrew Sean Richard Mark
Jan 1-7  Jan 7-14  Jan 14-21  Jan 21-28  Jan 28-
Feb 4 
Feb4-11  Feb 11-18
Feb 18-25  Feb 25- Mar 4  Mar 4-11  Mar11-18  Mar18-25  Mar 25-Ap 1  April 1-8
Apr 8-15  Apr 15-22  Apr 22-29  Apr 29-May 6  May 6-13  May 13-20  May 20-27
Ma27-Ju 3  June 3-10  June 10-17  June 17-24  June 24- Ju11 July 1-8  July 8-15

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

Key Contacts:

Alan Ashley -14 St Andrews Close - 780742. 

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

Emergency lockers:

Ruth Ogden -35 Waterside -780646

Rob Savage -38 Sun Sreet - 780218

Second key holder:

Ian Powys. 5 Church Lane - 780519

 


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