|St Andrew's Church, Isleham|
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.
The villages comprising the Three Rivers Group donated 1208 kg of food and other goods.
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.
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.
Sunday Services in the Three Rivers Group
March 17 – Lent 2
March 24 – Lent 3
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:
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 -
Contact: Laura Cox-Watson on 01638-724839.
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.
Sunday Services in The Three Rivers Group
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
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?
9.30am Family Eucharist all-age worship at Isleham
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.
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear?
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.
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
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.”’
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.
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.
Please inform Stuart and Rob Savage of any swaps/changes.
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
Ruth Ogden -35 Waterside -780646
Rob Savage -38 Sun Sreet - 780218
Second key holder:
Ian Powys. 5 Church Lane - 780519
St Andrew's church, Isleham & MediaVets 2002-18
Last updated March 16, 2019