St Andrew's Church, Isleham

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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CHRIST IS RISEN.

HE IS RISEN INDEED. ALLELUIA!

Food Bank collections

Do pick up a bookmark about the Foodbank with a list of what’s wanted, you’ll find them by or in the pink box in church.  

At Isleham we welcome donations at our Sunday service and at our Coffee mornings at the Social Centre on Tuesday mornings.

At the moment the Foodbank needs canned goods; in particular, meat, vegetables, tomatoes, sponge and rice puddings. But already they have plenty of pasta or baked beans.

In Fordham and Isleham, we also have a box, bookmarks and leaflets in the Co-op, so you can also donate there.  

If you can’t see the box – ask the staff, it is there, and it would be good to make sure that they are used as much as possible.

In Isleham Foodbank vouchers are available from the Rev'd Christopher Goodwins, 102 The Causeway, or call 01638m780281-4. Please leave a message if you get the answering machine.

Mums+ - next meeting Thursday April 24

Mums+ is a monthly coffee morning for fun, conversation and sharing our questions of life, faith and parenthood – all ages welcome.  

From 9.15am (after dropping older children off at school). All welcome.

Change of day to Thursdays:

  • April 24 at Fordham Garden Centre

  • May 29 at Fordham Garden Centre

  • June 26 at La Hogue

  • July 24 at La Hogue  

For more info: Helen Banyard – 721616. 

Advance Notices

  • April 29 Annual Parochial Church Meeting at 7.30pm at Fordham School.

  • Wednesday April 30 - Mothers' Union meeting at 10am at Chippenham Village Hall with Isabel Cross talking about Lepra.  There will be an enrolment for 3 new members and a welcome for a transferred member.  Followed by lunch at La Hogue Cafe.

  • Saturday May 10 - Spring Fayre at Fordham, Victoria Hall, 2 – 4pm.

  • Sunday May 18 - Band & Barbecue at St Andrew's Social Centre Isleham at 2pm.

New Messy Church Term Dates for Spring 2014

May 11, June 8, July 13 Sundays from 3.30–5.30pm.

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.

Do encourage those you know to come along. It’s great.

Julian Prayer Group - next on May 12

 

The next meeting will be on May 12 at the Vicarage in Fordham at 7.30pm; and thereafter on June 16, and July 21. 

Reading the Bible

Well done to those of you who are managing to keep up with the Bible reading, and to those of you who despite setbacks are still committed to it.  

Weekly updates are linked from http://3rivers-bible.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-three -rivers.html.  

We have not had requests for paper copies, but would be happy to provide them if wanted.  

There will be a break after 4 March, during Lent and Easter week.

Holy Land 2014

We are joining with Kate’s parishes on a joint pilgrimage to the Holy Land in November 2014.  There are some leaflets in church and if you are at all interested please do talk to any of the ministry team about this wonderful opportunity. The trip is in November when the weather is cooler.

Many have expressed an interest, so do talk to Mike or any of the Ministry Team about how to book.  

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Fairtrade at Isleham

Fairtrade has always played an important part of Isleham's shopping experience!  Our own Co-op in Isleham has an excellent range of Fairtrade goods.  Now at church, from November 4, there will be a selection of Christmas cards and gifts from around the world.  For more information contact Amy Bridgeman on 780539.  The Fairtrade 'shop' will also be at the Tuesday coffee morning in the Social Centre when possible.

Christmas is coming!  Take a look at the Fair Trade catalogue - you'll find gifts, decorations and everything you need for the Christmas puddings and cake.  And don't forget the basics - loo roll, kitchen roll, tissues, ...  

See Amy in Isleham or Lydia in Fordham and help support communities in need, while getting ahead in your own preparation.

Keyboard Lessons

Geoff Symon, professional organist and teacher, is keen to encourage church musicians living in the parishes.  He is happy to teach keyboard players in their own homes.  Beginners and all grades are welcome.  All styles of music are encouraged.  Give him a call on 0785 259 6351.

Pewsheet

 We are experimenting with a new layout for the weekly pewsheet.

If you have items for inclusion in the pewsheet then do speak to any of the Ministry Team, or ring Carol Noble (Group administrator) on Wednesday mornings, when, usually, it is compiled on 01638-721616.

Bell ringing

Our bells are rung from just after 9am each Sunday to call people to worship at 9.30am, and again on Friday practice nights from 7.30pm for an hour or so (but always stopping by 9pm).

We also ring for weddings and other special occasions. 

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Thefts from our churches

Both Kennett and Chippenham have had substantial amounts of lead stolen from their roofs. A section of Fordham's lightning conductor was also taken, making the building unsafe and unprotected.  Do please keep an eye out for any illegal behaviour around our churches and report it speedily both to the Police and to Churchwardens. Vigilance is essential these days I am afraid.

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Regular Giving envelopes

if you would like Regular Giving envelope please see Robert Savage. If you are UK tax payer we can reclaim tax if you complete a Gift Aid form (also available from Robert).

St Andrew's is a member of The Three Rivers Group

The Three Rivers Group, a United Benefice, comprises the parishes of:

  • Chippenham - St Margaret
  • Fordham - St Peter & St Mary Magdelene
  • Kennett - St Nicholas
  • Isleham - St Andrew
  • Snailwell - St Peter

Each parish has its own Parochial Church Council (PCC), looks after its own finances and has its own style of worship.

The ministry team comprises:

  • The Revd Mike Banyard, Rector.
  • The Revd Kate Peacock, Associate Priest.
  • The Revd Dr Jenny Gage, Curate.

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Isleham history on-line

Read about the history of Isleham on the British History Online web site.

A visitor's view of our church

"St Andrew's is a wonderful church – a beautiful building filled with an array of treasures" .

"St Andrew's has the grandest clerestory we’ve encountered in Cambridgeshire."

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