|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.
A message from the Ely Foodbank: Through the Foodbank we have the ability to help the many people who find themselves in crisis today. These people are our neighbours, and we provide parcels for people as they present themselves – we don’t stall or say ‘come back another day’! Our work is very much about people in their current situation. Yet we are also conscious that we live and operate the Foodbank by faith: faith in the generosity of donors, faith in the voucher holders identifying genuine need, faith in clients receiving appropriately, as well as faith in God giving us the resources of people, food and finance as and when we need them. As a team we obviously don’t want to operate with too little, but we can also learn to live without having too much! And so we provide help today, because day by day we have learnt to trust God that we will have the ‘daily bread’ that we need for each successive month’s operations.
Thanks for all who help with this from our churches.
As we engage with the Ely 2025 strategy for growth, would you like to deepen your faith and be more confident in sharing it? This Spring there will be three opportunities to explore J. John’s ‘Natural Evangelism ‘course to help us
PROM PRAISE 2017 - April 22 at the Royal Albert Hall
If you are interested in joining a group to attend the above celebration, please would you let Roy & Janet Vatcher know as soon as possible? Tel: 01638 780481.
Healing Eucharist - next on January 15
Healing Eucharist is usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month in the evening and is held at Fordham at 6.30pm.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 18-25
Please pray for our brother and sister Christians in our parish and for the church across the world.
The Thursday Prayer Group
- next on January 19
We now meet on a weekly basis to pray together about current affairs and needs for approximately one hour, and would welcome any who would like to join us, whether you wish to pray aloud or in your heart.
Mums+ - next on Friday January 20
Mums+ is a monthly coffee morning for fun, conversation and sharing our questions of life, faith and parenthood – all ages welcome.
Upcoming dates - at Fordham Garden Centre, (Scotsdales) from 9.15am.
Friday January 20
Messy Church - next on February 12
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.
Upcoming dates -
Wednesday - March 1
Advice and guidance on security for places of worship
"The news from France and the random, cold blooded murder of the Roman Catholic priest Father Jacques Hamel has been a shock to many of us. It is also very unsettling as it is a Priest doing what so many of us do, simply going about our normal ministry. However, that doesn't mean we should be fearful or overly concerned. We do need to be careful.
Fees account - help sought
We are looking for someone to run our fees account. Some knowledge and ability with figures would help. Time needed probably an hour and a half a week. Do speak to Mike or Sue if you can help.
The Churchwardens met with Mike and Sue last Sunday afternoon to talk through the processes involved in identifying our parish profile and what the churches feel they need in a new priest. So do talk with them about this matter, and also pray for us all. John Bridges from Chippenham has volunteered to collate a new and up to date Parish Profile.
Fordham School expands
is continuing at Fordham Church of England Primary School in the new
build of classrooms, an enlarged Hall and various other facilities too.
The school will be able to use some of the spaces by this September, and
the work will be completed ready for a grand opening in September 2017.
The school roll will double, meaning that all the children in our
villages will be able to attend their local schools.
of Ely Multi Academy Trust (DEMAT) is growing fast. When schools become
Academies, Church Schools have to go into a Church Trust. So far in our
Diocesan Schools’ family (83 Primaries and 1 Secondary), some 20 plus
primaries are part of the Trust. Canon Peter Maxwell is the Chair of the
Trust and Mike is a Director. The two schools in our Parish are
considering Academy Status.
There will be
a Government White Paper in a couple of months time and we expect it to propose
that all schools become Academies very shortly. If you would like to know
more about Church Schools then do ask Mike or Peter.
Bishop of Ely's statement on Syrian refugee crisis
you to everyone who focused their prayer last week on the refugee and
migrant crisis. Please continue to pray for a sane and just solution.
Suggestions of what we can do as individuals and as churches are included in the Bishop of Ely’s statement on the crisis.
Speaking about the Syrian refugee crisis, the Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway said: ‘The Bible tells us to love our neighbour, but many more times to love the stranger. The Syrian refugees, whether they have made it as far as Europe or not, are our sisters and brothers. We need to offer a Biblical welcome. The refugees’ burden of fear, loss and deprivation is our burden. We must find a language of welcome, not suspicion.
‘We should be proud of Britain’s ongoing commitment to overseas aid and humanitarian relief. We must support people in refugee camps in and around Syria. And we also have a responsibility within Europe to share the burden of countries like Greece and Italy, among the first entry points.
‘Britain must participate fully in a European welcome for those who are vulnerable and fleeing violence and oppression. We must welcome all – Muslim and Christians equally; but we should remember that many refugees are Christians from villages which have lived the faith since Apostolic times.
‘I invite us all to continue to pray and to consider what other help we may provide, for example supporting one of the charities at work on the ground.’
A number of charities and non-governmental organisations have opened appeals specifically aimed at helping the plight of refugees.
Julian Prayer Group - next TBA
Most of us find silent prayer on our own difficult. but praying together provides support and a profound sense of God's presence with us. If you would like to deepen your prayer life do come along.
We prepare for a period of silent prayer through a combination of words, music, and sometime images, then come out of the silence with music and prayer together.
We usually meet once a month on a Monday evening at 7.30pm. We usually meet at Fordham vicarage.
The Foodbank in Soham is open on Thursday mornings from 9.30-11am at the Salvation Army hall in Chapel Lane.
If you would like to find out more about the Foodbank operation in this area just drop in and introduce yourself to Howard Laver or one of the helpers who'll be pleased to tell you all about it.
Your contributions are still very much needed and really valued.
In Isleham we have been collecting an average of over 50 items a week - and one week we had over 100 items - thank you.
Do pick up a bookmark about the Foodbank with a list of what’s wanted in church.
Stocks are currently relatively low in the central store at Ely that supplies the Soham Foodbank distribution centre which serves Soham, Fordham, Isleham, Chippenham and the surrounding villages, which receive more food than they contribute.
At the moment the Foodbank
particularly needs long-life fruit juice, jam, sugar and Smash instant potato- but not beans, pasta or soup.
At Isleham we welcome donations of food at our Sunday service and at our Coffee mornings at the Social Centre on Tuesday mornings; we can also accept donation of cash.
In Fordham and Isleham, we also have collection boxes in the Co-op stores, so you can also donate there.
If you can’t see the box in the Co-op then please ask the staff, it is there, and it would be good to make sure that they are used as much as possible.
Mike Banyard is a voucher holder for the Three Rivers Group; and in Isleham Foodbank vouchers are also available from the Revd Christopher Goodwins, 102 The Causeway, or call 01638-780284. Please leave a message if you get the answering machine.
The missing weeks, with commentary, are now up, and further weeks will be added as we come to them. Remember - it'll be over by Christmas! Well done if you're still with it - I'm a bit behind, but gradually catching up, so I too can say 'I read the whole Bible this year!' Jenny
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.
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.
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, ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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."
St Andrew's church, Isleham & MediaVets 2002-15
Last updated January 14, 2017