|St Andrew's Church, Isleham|
Please don't forget to bring your contributions to church or the local Co-op shops or to the Tuesday Coffee Morning. Your contributions are still very much needed and really valued.
At the moment their is a particular need for small bags of sugar and instant coffee.
Thanks for all who help with this from our churches.
Lent Lunch - on March 29
Do join us for a light lunch, soup and roll, sandwiches and fruit. All are welcome.
Advance notice of MU trip to Langham Glass - April 27
The trip to Langham Glass is fixed now for Thursday April 27.
Names of those wishing to go to Jenny on 720820 as soon as possible.Mike and Helen’s last service will be on Sunday April 30
Mike an Helen’s last service wil be at Isleham at 10.30am on Sunday April 30 followed by bubbles and canapes in the Social Centre.
On Monday May 1 we will hold a Fare Well lunch at Chippenham Park.
Fare Well Lunch for Mike and Helen - Bank Holiday Monday May 1
Mike & Helen fare well lunch at Chippenham Park. Lunch at 12 for 12.30 is being arranged at Chippenham Park in their wedding marquee. Many thanks for this very kind and generous invitation.
If you would like to attend, then please let your parish representative know soon please, so that we can have some idea of how many to cater for. The lunch is free! Please also make sure that those in your village who would like to come know.
Evensong at Jesus College - Tuesday May 2
The patron of Fordham and Kennett, Jesus College, have invited us to attend choral Evensong in the College Chapel in Cambridge on Tuesday May 2nd. We would travel to the college on the Tuesday afternoon, for a short talk from the Dean of College, at 5 pm in his rooms, with tea and coffee and then a 45 minutes Evensong at 6.30. We could share transport I am sure.
If you would like to go please let Mike know as soon as possible so that we can make arrangements.
The Thursday Prayer Group will next meet on March 30 at 96 The Causeway, Isleham.
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.
Thank you helping the homeless
Many thanks for the terrific response from the Three Rivers Group to the “Homeless Appeal”. Four very large boxes were filled with six sleeping bags, blankets and lots of warm clothing – fleeces, hats, gloves and scarves. Lydia’s daughter in law, Ekua, was thrilled by everyone’s generosity.
Please sponsor an Easter egg
For the past two years we have given every child who comes to ‘Messy Church’ a Fairtrade ‘Real Easter Egg’. The cost of each egg is £3.99. Would you consider sponsoring an egg (or two!) this year? Please contact Rev’d Sue if you would like to help. (01638 721662).
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
Messy Church - next on April 9
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 -
The Student Cross - Holy Week
Student Cross will be walking through the parish again in Holy Week. They stay overnight in the Victoria Hall in Fordham and Jenny Bowen and her team of helpers feed them supper and then rise early for the students’ breakfast before they walk on the Wednesday. They always join us for Compline on the Tuesday evening when they are here, and it is a delight to be able to offer hospitality to them.
Healing Eucharist - next on April 16
Healing Eucharist is usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month in the evening and is held at Fordham at 6.30pm.
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.
Mums+ - next on Friday May 19
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 May 19.
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!'
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.
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 March 25, 2017