|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.
Services in the Three Rivers Group
May 19 –
May 26 – Easter 6
Ascension Day - Thursday May 30
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:
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 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 -
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.
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?
Sunday May 19 - Easter 5
9.30am Family Eucharist all-age worship at Isleham
Elsewhere in the Three Rivers group:
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.
1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights!
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.’
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St John
Post Communion Prayer
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 May 18, 2019