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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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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

February 23 -1 Before Lent

  • 9.30am Isleham – Taize Eucharist

  • 9.30am Snailwell – Eucharist

  • 11am Fordham – Eucharist

  • 11am Chippenham – Eucharist

Ash Wednesday - services on February 26

  • 8.30am Fordham - BCP Communion 

  • 7pm Snailwell - Sung Eucharist 

March 1 - Lent 1

  • 9.30am Isleham –Eucharist

  • 9.30am Snailwell – BCP Eucharist

  • 11am Fordham – Eucharist

  • 11am Chippenham – Family Service

  • 2pm Fordham- Thinking Day Service

  • 6.30pm Fordham – Choral Evensong

    Since David has started as organist at Fordham Evensong has got better and better. An expanded choir means they now sing the canticles to a variety of settings and also sing some excellent anthems, almost like being in a Cambridge College/Cathedral. New singers welcome (no regular commitment required) rehearsal before the service. Also non-singers who love Choral Evensong welcome to enjoy being part of the congregation.

World Day of Prayer - Friday March 6

Friday March 6 at 1.30pm at High Street Church Isleham. 

Each year Christians around the world meet to pray on this day and a different country writes the service. This year the service has been written by Christians in Zimbabwe, all welcome.

Lent Lunches

The Mothers’ Union are running their simple lunches of soup and sandwiches to raise funds for the charitable work of the Mothers’ Union. 

All welcome, no charge for lunch but donations welcome.

  • Monday March 2 from 12-1.30pm at Victoria Hall, Fordham

  • Wednesday March 11 from 12-1.30pm at The Village Hall, Chippenham

  • Thursday March 19 from 12-1.30pm at St Andrew's Social Centre, Isleham

Lent Courses - week beginning March 2

  • Monday 1.30pm Prayer Group – Isleham

  • Monday 7.30pm “Setting God's People Free”– St Andrew's Social Centre

  • Wednesday 10am No Tame Lion – Fordham

  • Wednesday 7pm Contemplative Prayer – Snailwell

  • Thursday 7.30pm Bible Study Matthew's Passion – Fordham

For more details see separate information leaflet. If you would like to take part please let someone in the ministry team know so that we can order materials.


Olivia Rose Louise Gear on Sunday February 23 at Snailwell.


John Edward Howlett on Monday February 17 at 11am at St Andrew's Isleham 

Junta Baxter on Monday February 25 at 3pm at Chippenham, and 4pm at West Suffolk Crematorium (Private)

Alonzo Smart (Fordham) on Wednesday February 26, at 2pm at West Suffolk Crematorium

John Woollard at 12 noon on Friday March 6 at St Andrew's Isleham

Tom Coates (Snailwell)  at 12 noon on Friday March 6 at West Suffolk Crematorium

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.

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 Monday  Prayer Group - next on February 24

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:

  • 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 February 26

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 March 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 - Meet at Scotsdales in Fordham at the Sunflower Café 9.15-10.45am   

  • Friday March 13

Contact: Laura Cox-Watson on 01638-724839 for more information.

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

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



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.

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 February 23 - 2 before Lent

9.30am A Taize Eucharist at St Andrew's

Elsewhere in the Three Rivers Group

  • 9.30am Snailwell – Eucharist

  • 11am Fordham – Eucharist

  • 11am Chippenham – Eucharist

Ash Wednesday - services on February 26

  • 8.30am Fordham - BCP Communion 

  • 7pm Snailwell - Sung Eucharist 


John Edward Howlett on Monday February 17 at 11am at St Andrew's Isleham 

Junta Baxter on Monday February 25 at 3pm at Chippenham, and 4pm at West Suffolk Crematorium (Private)

Alonzo Smart (Fordham) on Wednesday February 26, at 2pm at West Suffolk Crematorium

John Woollard at 12 noon on Friday March 6 at St Andrew's Isleham

Tom Coates (Snailwell)  at 12 noon on Friday March 6 at West Suffolk Crematorium

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.


575 Seek ye first...
31 And can it be...
26 All things bright...


Holy God, you know the disorder of our sinful lives: set straight our crooked hearts, and bend our wills to love your goodness and your glory in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

A reading from Exodus (24.12–end)

The Lord said to Moses, ‘Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.’ So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. To the elders he had said, ‘Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.’ Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

Psalm 2

1 Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and his anointed, saying,
3 ‘Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us.’
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord has them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 ‘I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.’
7 I will tell of the decree of the Lord: He said to me, ‘You are my son; today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.’
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear, with trembling 
12 kiss his feet, or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way; for his wrath is quickly kindled. Happy are all who take refuge in him.

A reading from Peter’s Second Epistle (1.16-end)

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honour and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’ We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.
So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St Matthew (17.1–9)

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!’ When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, ‘Get up and do not be afraid.’ And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, ‘Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.’

Post Communion Prayer

Holy God, we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ: may we who are partakers at his table reflect his life in word and deed, that all the world may know his power to change and save. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Duty rotas

Download Sunday duty rotas for January to March 2020 as a PDF file.

Sunday February 23 - 1 before Lent
9.30am -Taize Eucharist at St Andrew's Isleham
Set up: Gill & Rob Savage Welcome: Joy & Stuart Haggett
Reader: Lorraine Fairchild Sidesmen: Joy & Stuart Haggett
Prayers: Nick Carver Chalice: Nick Carver & Rob Savage
Coffee: Mark Liversidge Count money: Pauline Wilkes & Shirley
Sunday March 1 - Lent 1
9.30am -Parish Eucharist at St Andrew's Isleham

6.30pm Fordham – Choral Evensong
Set up: Nick Carver Welcome: Catherine & Simon
Reader: Stuart Haggett Sidesmen: Catherine & Simon
Prayers: Pauline Wilkes Chalice: Joy & Stuart Haggett
Coffee: Tricia Harrison Count money: Debbie Fletcher & Eric Grant

St Andrew's Isleham -  Church Key Rota for January to August 2020

Click to download the key rota for January to August 2020 as a PDF file.

  • February 17-24:  Mark Fletcher
  • February 24-March 2: Stuart Haggett

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 

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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