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Chippenham, Fordham, Isleham,  Kennett & Snailwell

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Easter 7

Alleluia Christ is Risen

He is Risen indeed Alleluia!

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.

VE Day Virtual Service - Friday May 8

We marked VE Day with a Virtual Service on Youtube at 11am.

You can listen to a recording of the service, which was streamed live by David and Hannah Cleugh, on You tube at the link below.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87446469314?pwd=QmtZVGlwdk9iUElWS2VkWXM2Rjlrdz09

You can download the order of service from the link below

http://www.islehamchurch.org.uk/ve-day-service.pdf

Services in the Three Rivers Group

* Coronavirus epidemic updates for the Three Rivers Group *

All services in church are cancelled until further notice because of the coronavirus epidemic and our churches will remain locked.

However we have an order of Service for the Seventh Sunday of Easter  May 24, that you may wish to follow at home

We, as always celebrate Easter for 40 days after Easter Sunday, rejoicing in Christ’s presence amongst us as the disciples did at his resurrection appearances which we hear of each week in Eastertide.

As you prepare to join in worship you may wish to light a candle to remind us of the light of Christ which shines in the world. As you light it you may wish to pray: 

God has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and has given us a place with the saints in light. We have received this light and are sent to shine as a light in the world to the Glory of God the Father. 

Click this link to jump to the full text  

You may download the service sheet from the link below:

http://www.islehamchurch.org.uk/easter-7-sheet.pdf

And you may listen to Mark Liverside's sermon from the link below:

https://youtu.be/257 xnhxx8

New Free Phone Resource

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

Virtual Church Coffee - 11-11.40am on Sundays during lockdown

We are continuing to have separate after church coffee for each of the churches. To make it fair they will all last for 40 minutes 11am-11.40am

Chippenham https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84596937798 
Meeting ID: 845 9693 7798 

Fordham https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75999212258?pwd=NGdhNzZYR2ljV0R3VHFrTDk5dy92UT09
Meeting ID: 759 9921 2258 Password: 8FN6kF

Isleham https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5147034674?pwd=QUJkazVPYVZKYVdDTEc4TmVUYXdndz09
Meeting ID: 514 703 4674 Password: 2405

To Download Zoom go to https://zoom.us/download and select Zoom Client meeting,

Even if you struggle using the computer, you can still join in. You can dial into a Zoom meeting on your phone. Dial one of the numbers below and when prompted use the ID and Passwords above to join the fun.
0203 481 5240, 0131 460 1196, 0203 051 2874, 0203 481 5237 

Virtual Coffee Morning - on Tuesdays during lockdown

We continue our weekly Isleham Coffee Morning Virtually between 10.30-11.30am

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89132618797?pwd=S0lHL0FkeFBOU3VRNjA1YTZpLysxQT09 

Meeting ID: 891 3261 8797 Password: 006650

Virtual Compline - on Wednesday from 7-7.30pm

The order of service for Compline on Wednesday evening, as it is Christian Aid week we are using an order of service prepared by them, which you can download from then link beloew.

Understanding the Bible - a course via Zoom from Monday May 4 at 7-8.30pm

Responding to a request,  David is going to lead a course on the Bible, following a similar format the one which Anna ran on The Lord’s Prayer. 

The course continues on Monday evenings from 7-8.30pm on Zomm at the link beloow.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82818509505 
Meeting ID: 828 1850 9505

We will be using the following book: http://www.pilgrimcourse.org/books/the-bible-(book-7)

All welcome, no prior knowledge assumed, although we will be following the course as laid out, there is plenty of space to talk about what you are interested in/puzzled by/would like to know more about. 

If you are interested you can order your own copy of the book (physical or electronic) or if you give plenty of notice David will order a hard copy and try and deliver it as part of his daily exercise.

If you would like to take part but the timing doesn’t work please let me know, it would be easy to run the course at another time as well.

VE Day Virtual Service - Friday May 8

We marked VE Day with a Virtual Service on Youtube at 11am.

You can listen to a recording of the service, which was streamed live by David and Hannah Cleugh, on You tube at the link below.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87446469314?pwd=QmtZVGlwdk9iUElWS2VkWXM2Rjlrdz09

You can download the order of service from the link below

http://www.islehamchurch.org.uk/ve-day-service.pdf

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

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 - suspended until further notice

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 - 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. 

Tuesday mornings - suspended until further notice

  • St Andrew's Isleham Coffee morning at The Social Centre
    Tea, coffee, cake and bacon rolls, from 9am-12noon. 

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

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.

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.

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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Funerals (Please note close family only allowed to attend)


Brian Drake (Chippenham)
Wednesday 6th May 2pm West Suffolk Crematorium

Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 24 2020

Alleluia Christ is Risen!! He is Risen Indeed Alleluia!!

Hymn - Hail the day that sees Him rise, Alleluia!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjofDCZlyRY&t=89s

Hail the day that sees Him rise, Alleluia!
glorious to his native skies, Alleluia!
Christ, awhile to mortals given, Alleluia!
enters now the highest heaven, Alleluia!
There the glorious triumph waits, Alleluia!
Lift your heads, eternal gates, Alleluia!
Christ hath vanquished death and sin, Alleluia!
Take the King of glory in, Alleluia!
Lord, though parted from our sight, Alleluia!
Far above yon azure height, Alleluia!
Grant our hearts may thither rise, Alleluia!
Seeking Thee beyond the skies, Alleluia!
There we shall with Thee remain, Alleluia!
Partners of Thy endless reign, Alleluia!
There Thy face unclouded see, Alleluia!
Find our heaven of heavens in Thee, Alleluia!

Confession

Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us. Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil and confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart. In a few moments of quiet we bring to mind the ways in which we have fallen short....

Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you forgive us our sins.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you feed us with the living bread.
Lord, have mercy.

May the God of love and power forgive us and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by his Spirit, and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect

Risen, ascended Lord, as we rejoice at your triumph, fill your Church on earth with power and compassion, that all who are estranged by sin may find forgiveness and know your peace, to the glory of God the Father. Amen

A reading from the prophet Ezekiel (36.24-28)

I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Psalm 68.1-10

1 Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered; let those who hate him flee before him. 
2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, let the wicked perish before God. 
3 But let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy. 
4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds—his name is the Lord—be exultant before him. 
5 Father of orphans and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. 
6 God gives the desolate a home to live in; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious live in a parched land. 
7 O God, when you went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness,
8 The earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel. 
9 Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad; you restored your heritage when it languished; 
10 Your flock found a dwelling in it; in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (1.6-14)

So when they had come together, they asked Jesus, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’ 

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

A reading from St. John’s Gospel (17.1-11)

After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

Sermon (With thanks to Mark Liversidge) 

https://youtu.be/25Zm_xnhxx8

I’m going to begin with a confession, and I imagine it’s not one that too many of you would make at the moment: although it’s not a way of living that I hope we have to endure for too long, there are large parts of being in lockdown that I’m actually rather enjoying: peaceful walks, time actually spent with my fiancée on weekday evenings, seeing more of my neighbours than ever before as everyone claps from their driveways and windows on a Thursday evening.
Our lives have changed fundamentally over the past two months, in ways that none of us could reasonably have foreseen, and while I have frustration at all those events and opportunities that have been lost – and that may continue to be lost over the summer – for someone like me who lives their life in a constant state of motion, the chance to slow down just a little, to reflect, and to work out what’s important in life has been refreshing. While I hope that many of the things we’ve lost can be returned to us in time, I also pray that where any of us have found things of value in this difficult time, that those new joys we’ve found don’t disappear entirely either.

The uncertainty in our lives has not always been helped by the messages we’ve been receiving. I don’t envy those who have to try to sum up a design for life in less characters than a text message, but there was a general feeling from those I spoke to, and saw online, that the “Stay Alert” message was not what they had been expecting, and it’s left many of us unsure how to respond. There is a plan which is gradually being revealed, but we live in uncertain times, with no real idea what will happen next.

The disciples must have been in a similar position after witnessing the ascension of Jesus. Luke gives us two accounts of this moment: one which we heard on Thursday, at the very end of Luke’s gospel in chapter 24, where the disciples returned to the temple, filled with the joy of having seen Jesus restored to them. Luke’s account here, at the start of Acts, has a different emphasis: having returned to Jerusalem, the disciples devoted themselves to prayer and reflection. Where the gospel account is the culmination of Jesus’ life with us on earth, this event is repurposed in Acts as a new beginning. Both accounts are clearly possible and can be reconciled with each other, the joy of witnessing the resurrection tempered by the instruction that Jesus gave them before he ascended.

(What also comes through in the reading from Acts is the sense of awe and wonder that witnessing the resurrection must have given those witnesses. Our idea of heaven and earth and their relative positions is somewhat different to that which would have been held in first century Jerusalem, but still the visual imagery of Jesus being lifted up and being removed from them as he returns to the Father retains an enormous power. I can only hope that the question from the robed figures was somewhat rhetorical: “why do you stand looking up towards heaven?” Well, wouldn’t you?)

It’s within the Acts reading, immediately prior to his resurrection, that Jesus gives the disciples their final message, but clearly not one they were expecting to hear. They ask when they Jesus will restore the kingdom to Israel; a fair question, given that such a restoration had been promised for many generations. We can see that promise in the words of today’s reading from Ezekiel, that the people will be filled with a new heart and a new spirit, and then the people will be restored to the land of their ancestors. In Jesus, the disciples saw the one who could bring about that restoration, and parallels such as the twelve disciples matching the number of the tribes of Israel would surely only have confirmed that in their minds. But Jesus tells them that this is not that time, that the Father’s plan is not for them to know. He tells them that while the Holy Spirit would soon come upon them, they would need to bear witness to him, first where they were in Jerusalem, and then spreading out through Judea and Samaria and then across the earth.

It must have been even more difficult to hear that message from where they heard it. Jesus ascended from the Mount Of Olives, barely two miles across the Valley of Jehosephat from Jerusalem. The city had long been a place of importance, and Jesus had instructed his followers to remain there. Now he had taken them out, given them a long-term direction, and then he was gone. No chance for follow up questions, or waiting for a fifty-page document that would come out with more specifics later on; that was it: time now to prepare for a new life in the Holy Spirit, and the challenging mission that was to come.

Who could fault the disciples if they’d not quite managed to put all of the pieces together of what Jesus was trying to tell them? By necessity, they’d received a lot of information in a short space of time. Our gospel reading today comes at the end of Jesus’ instructions to the disciples after the Last Supper, where Jesus has outlined what is to come both for them, and for him as he will leave the world and return to the Father. Jesus prays for his followers, knowing not only what is to come for him but for them: “and now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you.”

The account in Acts offers one more moment of uncertainty: the affirmation to the followers of Jesus by those robed figures that Jesus would return, in a similar fashion to the way that they had just seen him depart. But, much like the date when we will be able to return to normal lives, hugging friends and family (with their consent, of course) and sitting in close proximity in church pews, no date is given to when it will occur. But Jesus’s final message, while unexpected to the disciples, couldn’t have been clearer: the Holy Spirit will be with you as you go forward through the world, witnesses to the resurrected Lord.
While we live in uncertain times, that message remains clear for us today. We are at the point in the church’s year when our observance of Easter has come to an end, where we have rejoiced in the knowledge of God’s love for us through the death of his Son. Now Jesus has taken his place once again at the right hand of the Father, and that work which began two millennia ago continues to this day and beyond. As we sit patiently in this period of waiting, not only in the church’s year between the glory of the resurrection, the ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, but also in this time where we must communicate by Zoom meetings and postal services until we can be together again in our church buildings and communities, we know and can take certainty from that enduring message: that the Spirit binds us together as one, wherever we are, in God’s love.

Hymn - God forgave my sin in Jesus' name. I've been born again in Jesus' name

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

God forgave my sin in Jesus' name. I've been born again in Jesus' name
And in Jesus' name I come to you To share his love as he told me to.

He said 'Freely, freely you have received;, freely, freely give.
Go in my name, and because you believe others will know that I live.

All pow'r is giv'n in Jesus' name in earth and heav'n in jesus name
And in Jesus' name I come to you to share his pow'r as he told me to….. 
Chorus

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, 
eternally begotten of the Father, 
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; 
through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, 
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; 
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, 
and the life of the world to come. 
Amen.

Intercessions (with thanks to Janet Scott)

Heavenly Father, We come with our faith and our doubts, with our achievements and our failures, with our past and with our potential.
Forgive us what we have done wrong or failed to do right,
and help us to change by the wisdom of your Word and by the power of your Spirit.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

Creator Father, we bring before you our cares and concerns for the world in its need. For the wide-reaching effects of the pandemic. We give into your hands a world forced into waiting, into patience, into suffering.

In the stress and strain of this lockdown, we give thanks for the many kindnesses shown locally and nationally, for small joys in the tapestry of these odd days.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

At home, Father, we pray for the 3Rivers group and our church family. We miss our sacred buildings, the sanctuary of the prayer-soaked walls. Remind us that we can be close to you in our kitchens, in our fields and gardens. 

We offer prayers for our ministry team, David, Sue, Carol & Anna, reflecting your love and light in the world.
Lord in your mercy hear our prayer
Lord Jesus, shelter for fragile lives we hold in our hearts and prayers 
all facing difficult and testing times
We remember all who suffer with illness and pain, for those awaiting treatment. Remind us that you walk alongside.....

May our respect and gratitude to health workers extend way beyond this emergency.

Let us remember with love those who have died of Coronavirus or other causes. We think of their families and their double hardship of loss and aloneness.

And in a moment of silence, we bring before you those particular names and issues etched on our hearts.......

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

Father, grant us the unity that your son prayed for on our behalf.
Give us courage to comfort, uphold and strengthen. 
Give us voices of praise to celebrate the joy of this season-long light evenings, 
East Anglian skies and sunsets, growing crops and birdsong....
Affirming God's goodness at the heart of humanity.
And we look forward to the time when we can be fully together again

Merciful God, accept these prayers for the sake of your son our saviour Jesus Christ Amen.

Reflection

At the point in our service where we would usually be remembering the Last Supper together, we pause to pray for those with whom we would usually be receiving bread and wine in church. Quietly think of each of those in church, those you know well and know what to pray for them and those you know less well and are unsure of how to pray. Perhaps at this point you would like to eat some bread and drink something. We are reminded that although separated at this time we are still members together of the body of Christ. 

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, 
who art in heaven, 
hallowed be thy name; 
thy kingdom come; 
thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our trespasses, 
as we forgive those who trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation; 
but deliver us from evil. 
For thine is the kingdom, 
the power and the glory, 
for ever and ever. 
Amen.

Hymn -At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI2rKRCWmOU (Tune-Camberwell)

At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow,
Every tongue confess Him King of glory now;
’Tis the Father’s pleasure we should call Him Lord,
Who from the beginning was the mighty Word.
Humbled for a season, to receive a name
From the lips of sinners unto whom He came,
Faithfully He bore it, spotless to the last,
Brought it back victorious when from death He passed.
Christians, this Lord Jesus shall return again,
With His Father’s glory, with His angel train;
For all wreaths of empire meet upon His brow,
And our hearts confess Him King of glory now.

Perhaps a joyful bit of Handel to finish this week?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08dtmz8?fbclid=IwAR3nLe7SN7aKyJYzpJlWylcvzEskZxEylX5VMCMkobJgI0P0LlEjYwp0Abc

Virtual Church Coffee - 11-11.40am on Sundays during lockdown

We are continuing to have separate after church coffee for each of the churches. To make it fair they will all last for 40 minutes 11am-11.40am

Chippenham https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84596937798 
Meeting ID: 845 9693 7798 

Fordham https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75999212258?pwd=NGdhNzZYR2ljV0R3VHFrTDk5dy92UT09
Meeting ID: 759 9921 2258 Password: 8FN6kF

Isleham https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5147034674?pwd=QUJkazVPYVZKYVdDTEc4TmVUYXdndz09
Meeting ID: 514 703 4674 Password: 2405

To Download Zoom go to https://zoom.us/download and select Zoom Client meeting,

Even if you struggle using the computer, you can still join in. You can dial into a Zoom meeting on your phone. Dial one of the numbers below and when prompted use the ID and Passwords above to join the fun.
0203 481 5240, 0131 460 1196, 0203 051 2874, 0203 481 5237 

New Free Phone Resource

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.

Virtual Coffee Morning - on Tuesdays during lockdown

We continue our weekly Isleham Coffee Morning Virtually between 10.30-11.30am

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89132618797?pwd=S0lHL0FkeFBOU3VRNjA1YTZpLysxQT09 

Meeting ID: 891 3261 8797 Password: 006650

Wednesday Compline on Zoom at 7pm

We continue to invite people to pray virtually together on Wednesday Evenings between 7pm-7.30pm. We email out the order of service on Tuesday to remind folk, let us know if you want to join the list.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83970346065?pwd=WEhpclBxYWp5aUpuOFZtZ0cyUUNRQT09
Meeting ID: 839 7034 6065 Password: 003793

Understanding the Bible - a course via Zoom from Monday May 4 at 7-8.30pm

Responding to a request,  David is going to lead a course on the Bible, following a similar format the one which Anna ran on The Lord’s Prayer. 

The course continues on Monday evenings from 7-8.30pm on Zomm at the link beloow.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82818509505 
Meeting ID: 828 1850 9505

We will be using the following book: http://www.pilgrimcourse.org/books/the-bible-(book-7)

All welcome, no prior knowledge assumed, although we will be following the course as laid out, there is plenty of space to talk about what you are interested in/puzzled by/would like to know more about. 

If you are interested you can order your own copy of the book (physical or electronic) or if you give plenty of notice David will order a hard copy and try and deliver it as part of his daily exercise.

If you would like to take part but the timing doesn’t work please let me know, it would be easy to run the course at another time as well.



APCM postponed indefintely

The APCM was due to take place last week, it 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.

VE Day - Friday May 8

We are planning to mark VE Day with a virtual service on Zoom at 11am. An order of service will be sent out on Thursday along with next Sunday’s service sheet.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87446469314?pwd=QmtZVGlwdk9iUElWS2VkWXM2Rjlrdz09

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 duty rota is suspended because there will be no services and our church will remain locked until further notice due to the coronavirus epidemic

Sunday April 12 - Easter
9.30am -No services at Isleham or elsewhere in the Three Rivers Group
Set up:   Welcome:
Reader:   Sidesmen
Prayers Chalice: 
Coffee Count money: 
 

Sunday April 19
9.30am -No services at Isleham or elsewhere in the Three Rivers Group

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.

The key rota is suspended because our church will remain locked until further notice because of the coronavirus epidemic

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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