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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A Quiet Christmas Service - Monday December 22 at Fordham at 7pm

Carols, readings and prayers for those who find Christmas a difficult time and for those who enjoy stillness and reflection.

Christmas services in the Three Rivers Group

The Parish Christmas Card will be available at the beginning of December and will include all the services over Advent and Christmas.

It will be delivered in Fordham, Snailwell and Kennett with the Parish News and at  Chippenham and Isleham with their respective newsletters.

Details of Christmas services here...

Jenny Gage

Jenny has been considering her future ministry, and we have been reflecting together on the way forward. Jenny will be leaving our parish at the end of the year, and moving on. Her last Sunday with the Group will be the Ride and Stride on December 28. There will be a lunch after the service at the Bowls Club in Fordham, to which everybody is warmly invited.  

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

Foodbank 

 

In Isleham we have been collecting an average of over 50 items a week - and one week we had over 100 items - thank you.

 

But donations have fallen off in the last couple of weeks. Your contributions are still very much needed and really valued.

Do pick up a bookmark about the Foodbank with a list of whats 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 needs canned goods; in particular tinned tomatoes, veg, fruit, meat, and sponge puddings - but not beans, pasta or soup.

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

In Fordham and Isleham, we also have collection boxes in the Co-op stores, so you can also donate there.  

If you cant 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.

Mike Banyard and Jenny Gage are voucher holders 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.

Prayer changes everything... join our new prayer group... next on January 8

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.

Following our inaugural meeting, we plan to 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.  

We next meet on  Thursday January 8 at 10.30am at the Vatcher's, 96 The Causeway, Isleham.

Messy Church next on January 11

For families - Crafts, story/song session and a simple meal at Fordham church once a month 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. Its great.  

Julian Prayer Group - next on January 19

We meet once a month on a Monday evening at 7.30pm. We usually meet at Fordham vicarage.

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.

Most of us find silent prayer on out own difficult. but prying 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.

Forthcoming dates; January 19 and February 16.    

 

Mums+ 

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.

Change of day to Fridays:

For more info: Helen Banyard 721616. 

Children and Holy Communion

All five PCCs 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 or Jenny.

We have at least 3 children who want to prepare to participate in Holy Communion, and a first set of sessions will take place in August.  Others will take place later in the year as there is demand.  To join in either the August sessions, or to indicate that a later time would be better, please tell Mike, Jenny or Helen.

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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 weve encountered in Cambridgeshire."

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