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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 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.

Alternatively you may prefer to donate money rather than food at the moment. 

You can donate either by cheque made payable to:
"Ely Foodbank" and sent to 10 Chapel Street, Ely, Cambs, CB6 1AD. 

Or if you prefer to donate online: https://localgiving.org/charity/elyfoodbank/ 

Thank you.

Return of Tuesday Coffee and Bacon Butties
at St Andrew's Social Centre, Isleham

Back due to popular demand, though outside only with table service and suitable Covid-19 precautions in place. Tuesday mornings 10-12 in the garden to St Andrew’s Social Centre.

Please bring a mask and bring your own mug.

Services in the Three Rivers Group

Mothers’ Union Prayers - 11am in Thursday September 3

Next on Thursday September 3 at 11am .

Meeting code 82767474410. Phone number 0203 4815240

Bible Book Club - next on Tuesday September 8

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday September 8 from 7.30-9pm. We will be discussing the letter of James. It will help greatly if you have read the book before coming and perhaps made notes of any thoughts. 

Zoom Meeting ID: 828 1850 9505

Anna’s Ordination - at Wisbech on Tuesday September 29

Anna will be ordained priest on Tuesday September 29 at Wisbech. Sadly people will not be able to attend. 

We will celebrate Anna’s priestly ministry with four first Eucharists. On October 4 at Snailwell and Fordham and the on October 11 at Isleham and Chippenham. 

If you would like to contribute towards a present please speak to Sue or David

Zoom Course on Race, Equity and Belonging - from September 15

The Black Lives Matter Deanery Course has now ended. It has been a successful pilot. Nikki is planning to run a revised version of the course on September 15, 22 and 29 at 7-8.30pm. Contact David for more details.

APCM - Annual Parochial Church Meeting

These meetings will be coming shortly. Dates to be confirmed at this stage. Worth starting to think about whether you could serve as Churchwarden or on the PCC. Or if you might suggest to someone they should think about it. David Potts is hoping to step down as safeguarding officer. We would be particularly interested in anyone willing to take on that role.

Worship in Church - an update July16

Following the announcement that people will be required to wear face coverings in shops we are asking people to wear face coverings in church for services. 

It will give you an incentive to go outside to chat to your friends outside where you will be able to take your mask off again! 

Please do let folk know to bring a facemask.

We have returned to some of our regular midweek services

  • 8.15am Tuesday Morning prayer at St Andrews Church Isleham
     
  • 7pm Wednesday Compline at St Peter’s Snailwell
     
  • 8.30am Thursday BCP Communion at St Peter & St Mary Magdalene Fordham
     
  • 8.15am Friday Morning Prayer St Peter & St Mary Magdalene Fordham 

Sunday services in the Three Rivers group

We continue our tentative steps of worshipping together in church, trying to stay as safe as possible and take precautions. 

Following the announcement that people will be required to wear face coverings in shops we are asking people to wear face coverings in church for services. 

It will give you an incentive to go outside to chat to your friends outside where you will be able to take your mask off again! 

Please do let folk know to bring a facemask.

Please remember that anyone who has Covid like symptoms (Cough, temperature, loss of smell) should not attend church and should isolate and get tested.

Sunday August 23 - Trinity 11

  • 9.30am Isleham –Eucharist

  • 9.30am Snailwell – Eucharist

  • 11am Fordham – Eucharist

  • 11am Chippenham – Eucharist

Parish Eucharist - Sunday August 16 at 9.30am at St Andrew's Isleham

We continue our tentative steps of worshipping together in church, trying to stay as safe as possible and take precautions. 

Following the announcement that people will be required to wear face coverings in shops we are asking people to wear face coverings in church for services. 

It will give you an incentive to go outside to chat to your friends outside where you will be able to take your mask off again! 

Please do let folk know to bring a facemask.

Please remember that anyone who has Covid like symptoms (Cough, temperature, loss of smell) should not attend church and should isolate and get tested.

Collect 

Lord of heaven and earth, as Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer, give us patience and courage never to lose hope, but always to bring our prayers before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

A reading from Isaiah (56.1, 6-8)

Thus says the Lord: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed. And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it, and hold fast my covenant—these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. Thus says the Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather others to them besides those already gathered.

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans (11.1-2a, 29-32)

I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.

Psalm 67

1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us,
2 that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.
3 Let the peoples praise you, O God let all the peoples praise you.
4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.
5 Let the peoples praise you, O God let all the peoples praise you.
6 The earth has yielded its increase God, our God, has blessed us.
7 May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him.

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St Matthew (15.21-28)

Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’ But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’ He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.

Post Communion Prayer

God of our pilgrimage, you have willed that the gate of mercy should stand open for those who trust in you: look upon us with your favour that we who follow the path of your will may never wander from the way of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Worship at home

An order of Service for Trinity 8 Sunday August 16, that you may wish to follow at home, with some notices of upcoming events..

You may download and view, and optionally print, the service sheet from the link below:

http://www.islehamchurch.org.uk/sunday-16082020.pdf

Wednesday Virtual Compline - streamed on Zoom at 7pm on Wednesdays

We continue to invite people to pray virtually together on Wednesday evenings between 7pm-7.30pm. 

Please email a member of the Ministry Team if you’re not on the mailing list for the service sheet and would like to be.

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 very own David Poulter playing J.S. Bach’s ‘Fugue’ in C major (BWV 545)

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


For those without internet in our parishes – Daily HOPE This is an excellent national CofE initiative for those who are especially isolated: 

This free national phoneline was launched last Sunday, will be available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044. 

Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury before being able to choose from a range of options, including Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer updated daily, from Common Worship, and a recording of the Church of England’s weekly national online service. 

A section called Hymn Line will also offer callers a small selection of hymns, updated daily. An option entitled ‘Hymns We Love’, provides a hymn and reflection and is based on an initiative by Connections.

For those without internet in our parishes – Daily HOPE This is an excellent national CofE initiative for those who are especially isolated: 

This free national phoneline was launched last Sunday, will be available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044. 

Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury before being able to choose from a range of options, including Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer updated daily, from Common Worship, and a recording of the Church of England’s weekly national online service. 

A section called Hymn Line will also offer callers a small selection of hymns, updated daily. An option entitled ‘Hymns We Love’, provides a hymn and reflection and is based on an initiative by Connections.

Godly Play - 4th Sunday of the month at Fordham - suspended until further notice

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

The Monday  Prayer Group - suspended until further notice

The prayer group meets at 1.30pm on Mondays for an hour of prayer. We meet at 1 West Street, Isleham. 

Fordham Day  Centre Lunch Club - suspended until further notice

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+ - suspended for the time being

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   

TBA.

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

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) - Postponed

The APCM has been postponed until further notice. Those of you who would usually write a report might like to do so to keep you amused during the lockdown, but will be chased once a new date is found.

Please start thinking about who might be good people to serve on the PCC or as Churchwardens and encourage them to be nominated.

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

Normal Mid-week services - suspended until further notice

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.

Normal Sunday Services in The Three Rivers Group - suspended until further notice

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.

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APCM postponed indefintely

The APCM has been postponed until further notice. Those of you who would usually write a report might like to do so to keep you amused during the lockdown, but will be chased once a new date is found.

Catching Up

If you missed anything during Holy Week and would like to look back at the services. They are all still available on our website with links to the sermons preached.

Ely Foodbank

Please don't forget to bring your contributions to 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.

Alternatively you may prefer to donate money rather than food at the moment. 

You can donate either by cheque made payable to: "Ely Foodbank" and sent to 10 Chapel Street, Ely, Cambs, CB6 1AD. 

Or if you prefer to donate online: https://localgiving.org/charity/elyfoodbank/ 

Thank you.

Duty rotas 

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

The normal duty rota is suspended due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Sunday August 16 - Trinity 10
9.30am -A socially distanced Eucharist, please wear a mask.

Set up:   Welcome:
Reader:   Sidesmen
Prayers: Chalice: 
Coffee Count money: 

Sunday August 23 - Trinity 11
9.30am -A socially distanceed Eucharist, please wear a mask.

Set up:   Welcome:
Reader:   Sidesmen
Prayers: Chalice: 
Coffee Count money: 

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.

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 

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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