|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.
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.
changes everything... join our prayer group...
next on August 6 at 96 The Causeway, Isleham
next on August 6 at 96 The Causeway, Isleham
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 August 6 we meet at 10.30-11.30am at our usual venue, 96 The Causeway, Isleham.
The 'Polar Explorers' Holiday Club will meet at The Victoria Hall in Fordham from 9.30am-noon, from Tuesday to Friday.
Each day the children embark on a 'mini expedition' in which they find out about a Biblical character through story and song, arts, crafts and games, and learn that they too can be part of God's 'Big Expedition.'
There are still a few places left. Contact Revd Sue 01638 721662 for registration details.
Please do pray for our Holiday Club team leaders and helpers and the children, that it will be a fun time of learning about and sharing our faith.
Rivers' Group Holiday Club Service -
There is no Messy Church in August - because of Holiday Club.
Instead there will be a Worship Service for all ages at Fordham at 10.30am on August 16 in which the ' Polar Explorers' team and children will share what they have learnt about us all being a part of God's big expedition.
It will be followed by a bring-and-share picnic in the gardens of Fordham Vicarage.
Please do support our Children's Ministry by joining us for the Service and the picnic.
Mothers' Union - upcoming events in August
Thursday August 13 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm – join us for afternoon tea and a 'catch up' chat in Fordham Garden Centre. All members, supporters and non-members are very welcome.
Thursday August 27 – A Day Trip to Elveden with lunch. Leaving Fordham Church Car Park at 10am for morning coffee on arrival. Everyone welcome you don’t have to be a member.
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:
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.
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.
There is no Messy Church in August - because of the Holiday Club. Instead there will be a special group service to mark the end of Holiday Club on Sunday August 16 at Fordham.
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.
70th anniversary of the end of WW2
Preparations for the celebrations in the Group for the 70th anniversary of the ending of the Second World War area moving ahead. There will be a special lunch on September 12, with a concert in the evening, and then on September 20, a service at Fordham at 10.30am in commemoration.
Songs of Praise - Sunday October 11 at Fordham Church at 6pm
If you have a favourite hymn or chorus, please do give details on the sheet at the back of the church by July 19 at the latest. We will then incorporate as many as we can into the Songs of Praise Celebration.
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!
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 August 01, 2015