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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Wedding dresses and Christening robes exhibition
at St Andrew's Isleham - Bank Holiday weekend

An exhibition of wedding dresses and Christening robes will take place of Saturday August 29 and Sunday August 30 in the church.  Refreshments will be available in the Social Centre.  The exhibition will be open, and refreshments available, between 10am and 5pm. 

There are nearly thirty wedding dresses on display along with other memorabilia of the wedding days. Two dresses are over one hundred years old, another has been worn by three generations of brides.

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Foodbank

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. 

Serving the villages, including those around Soham, has depleted the stock held in Ely. 

At the moment the Foodbank particularly needs coffee, sugar, tinned fruit and tinned vegetables - but has plenty of beans, pasta and soup in the central store.  

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70th anniversary of the end of WW2

Preparations for the celebrations in the Three Rivers Group parishes for the 70th anniversary of the ending of the Second World War area moving ahead. There will be a special lunch on September 12 for those who served in any capacity, or lived through, the war , with a concert in the evening, and then on September 20, a service at Fordham at 10.30am in commemoration.

Replies are coming in, so if you know folk who do not yet received an invitation please do let Mike or Sue or Brenda Lee know.

Prayer changes everything... join our prayer group... next on September 3 at 96 The Causeway, Isleham

Are you interested in co-operating with God in this venture? It can change the world, our five churches, those around in need and yourself too.

We 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.  

On Thursday September 3 we meet at 10.30-11.30am at our usual venue, 96 The Causeway, Isleham.

Mums+ - next on September 11 at La Hogue cafe

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

We meet at the Fordham Garden Centre cafe from 9.15am (after dropping older children off at school). All welcome.

We meet on Fridays: 

  • September 11 at La Hogue cafe.
  • October 10 at Fordham Garden Centre.
  • November 13 at Fordham Garden Centre.
  • December 11 at Fordham Garden Centre.

For more info: Helen Banyard – 721616. 

Julian Prayer Group 

There will be no meeting of the Julian Prayer Group in August.

Most of us find silent prayer on out 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.

Healing Eucharist 

There will be no Healing Eucharist service in August.

Healing Eucharist will always be on the 3rd Sunday of the month in the evening and is held at Fordham at 6.30pm.

Messy Church 

There is no Messy Church in August - because of the Holiday Club. 

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.

Upcoming dates: There is no Messy Church in August - because of Holiday Club. Instead there will be a special group service to mark the end of Holiday Club on Sunday August 16 at Fordham.

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.  

Songs of Praise - Sunday October 11 at Fordham Church at 6pm

 

If you play an instrument and would like to be part of the ensemble for Songs of Praise, please do contact Revd Sue on 721662 by September 19th at the latest.  All ages and stages are welcome, and parts will be provided in good time for practising.

Etheldreda Medal for Terry Cross

The Diocese has instituted a new medal in recognition of the immense contribution so many make not only to their home church, but also to the local community. Terry Cross of Chippenham has been awarded one of the 11 medals given out this year and will receive it at our Cathedral on October 17, St Etheldreda's Day. Congratulations to him!

Foodbank 

 

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.

Reading the Bible

The website http://3rivers-bible.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-three-rivers.html

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 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.

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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 Dr Jenny Gage, Associate Priest.
  • The Revd Sue Potts, Curate.
  • Helen Banyard, Licensed Lay Minister.

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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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