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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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Lent 2


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.

2018 Foodbank Annual Report for The Three Rivers Group

A very big Thank You for the significant amount of donations received from yourselves. 
Howard & Bren (Soham Distribution Co-ordinators)

24 families in the villages comprising the Three Rivers Group received 3-day emergency food supplies. In total, 146 adults and 140 children were fed.

The villages comprising the Three Rivers Group donated 1208 kg of food and other goods.

Eco Church

One way in which we can show God's love in the world is to show care for the world He created.  In Isleham a small group has started to think about Ecological issues.  Are there others who would be interested? Worlington church has already received a bronze and silver Eco Church award and we are thinking about a visit to learn more.

Opportunities to meet with David in Lent 

This year for Lent, David has tried to ensure that his diary is as free as possible, for people to meet up with him. Why not book some time to talk and pray?  …Otherwise he'll have a very quiet time.

Taking Questions Further in Lent - next on March 25

As we continue with a series of suggested questions on the notice sheet there will be four opportunities to discuss them over a pint/drink during Lent, starting at 7.30pm.

  • Monday March 25 - Rising Sun, Isleham

  • Wednesday April 3 - George and Dragon, Snailwell

  • Thursday April 11 - Tharp Arms, Chippenham

Sunday Services in the Three Rivers Group

March 17 –  Lent 2

  • 9.30am Isleham – Eucharist 

  • 9.30am Snailwell – BCP Eucharist

  • 11am Fordham – Eucharist

  • 11am Chippenham – Family Service

March 24 –  Lent 3

  • 9.30am Isleham – Eucharist 

  • 9.30am Snailwell – Eucharist

  • 11am Fordham – Eucharist

  • 11am Chippenham – Eucharist

Carol’s Research Project

Carol is taking a 3-month break from taking services on Sunday in order to help with a research project.  You may see her around from time to time and she'll be properly back in action in April.

The Monday  Prayer Group - next after Easter

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. 

If you are interested and would like to know more about the Day Centre please contact Judith Wood. Tel: 01638 720328.

Open Mission Shaped Ministry Course - next on March

We have two sessions on March , morning and afternoon.

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

Fordham Day  Centre Lunch Club - next on Wednesday March 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.

APCM - April 2 at Isleham primary school

The ACPM wioo be held on Tuesday April 2 at Isleham School 7pm for a 7.30pm start. 

Messy Church - next on April 14 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 April 26

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 April  26, at Scotsdales Fordham

Contact: Laura Cox-Watson on 01638-724839.

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. 

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 March 17 - Lent 2

9.30am Family Eucharist all-age worship at Isleham


Almighty God, you show to those who are in error the light of your truth, that they may return to the way of righteousness: grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion, that they may reject those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.

A reading from the book of Genesis

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.’ But Abram said, ‘O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?’ And Abram said, ‘You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.’ But the word of the Lord came to him, ‘This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.’ He brought him outside and said, ‘Look towards heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your descendant be.’ And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.

Then he said to him, ‘I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.’ But he said, ‘O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?’ He said to him, ‘Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtle-dove, and a young pigeon.’ He rought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him.

  • The Old Testament spend a lot of time thinking about ancestry. What does your ancestry mean to you?
    God shows his presence in the smoking pot, does this remind you of other ways God shows his presence?

Psalm 27

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?
2  When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
3  Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not be afraid, and though there rise up war against me, yet will I put my trust in him.
4  One thing have I asked of the Lord and that alone I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
5  To behold the fair beauty of the Lord and to seek his will in his temple.
6  For in the day of trouble he shall hide me in his shelter; in the secret place of his dwelling shall he hide me and set me high upon a rock.
7  And now shall he lift up my head above my enemies round about me;
8  Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation with great gladness; I will sing and make music to the Lord.
9  Hear my voice, O Lord, when I call; have mercy upon me and answer me.
10  My heart tells of your word, ‘Seek my face.’ Your face, Lord, will I seek.
11  Hide not your face from me, nor cast your servant away in displeasure.
12  You have been my helper; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
13  Though my father and my mother forsake me, the Lord will take me up.
14  Teach me your way, O Lord; lead me on a level path, because of those who lie in wait for me.
15  Deliver me not into the will of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen up against me, and those who breathe out violence.
16  I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
17  Wait for the Lord; be strong and he shall comfort your heart; wait patiently for the Lord.

A reading from the letter to the Philippians 

Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation so that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

  • What does it mean to be a citizen of heaven?
    How do we/can we stand firm in our faith?
    How do we imitate Christ in our daily lives?

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
(Luke 13.31-end)

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, ‘Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you. ’He said to them, ‘Go and tell that fox for me, “Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed away from Jerusalem. ”Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.”’

  • Jesus talks about today and tomorrow and a third day, what does this remind you of?
    Read this alongside Luke 19.29-44. What do you notice?
    Jesus talks about being like a mother hen? Is it OK to talk about God as she?

Post Communion Prayer 

Almighty God, you see that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


175 From heavn you came...
219 God that madest Earth & Heaven...
603 To God be the Glory...

Duty rotas 

Sunday March 17 - Lent 2
9.30am - Family Eucharist all-age worship
Reader Sidesmen -  
Prayers Communion Assistant -  
Sunday March 24 - Lent 3
9.30am - Parish Eucharist 
Reader Sidesmen -  
Prayers Communion Assistant -  
Sunday March 31 - Lent 4
9.30am - Mothering Sunday
Reader Sidesmen -  
Prayers Communion Assistant -  

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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