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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Fairtrade for Christmas
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.
Messy Church - Fordham - next on December 8
The next Messy Church is at Fordham on Sunday December 8 from 3.30-5.30pm.
will do Messy Church once a month every month from now on. 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, but Becca in the first
of Light at St Andrew's Isleham - December 7/8 and 14/15
The Christmas Market will be on Saturday December 7 and the Christmas trees will all be in place for both weekends of this great festival.
The church will be open from 3-6.30pm on all four days, with
refreshments available in the church. Otherwise the church will be
locked from December 2-16 except for morning services on Sundays
December 8 and 15.
The church will be open from 3-6.30pm on all four days, with refreshments available in the church. Otherwise the church will be locked from December 2-16 except for morning services on Sundays December 8 and 15.
The Community Carol Service will be on Sunday December 15 at 4pm and everyone is most welcome to join us. Forms inviting suggestions for Carols are being delivered with the new Isleham Informer.
The new Isleham Post Office - opens December 5
The new Isleham Post Office at the St Andrew's Social Centre was officially opened by the Venerable John Beer, Archdeacon of Cambridge, on Thursday December 5.
The new Post Office will be open from 9am-5.30pm Monday to Friday and from 9am-12.30pm on Saturday.
There will be restrictions on parking at the Social Centre, at least during Post Office opening hours, to avoid damage to the gardens.
Isleham CP School Christingle - was held December 6 at 2pm at St. Andrew’s Church. The collection raised nearly £350 for the Childrens' Society.
Kennett CP School Christingle - will be held on December 12 at 2.15pm at St. Nicholas' Church.
Mothers' Union - dates for your diaries
November 25–December 10 - 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
We are supporting 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence which is a global campaign against violence towards women. A prayer tree will be placed in each of our 5 churches decorated with yellow and purple ribbons. Labels will be provided for prayers to be written. Violence varies from mental and physical domestic violence to female genital mutilation. This is an opportunity for our congregations to pray for this worldwide problem.
December 9 - Our Christmas lunch is booked for Monday 9th
December 9 at noon at Fordham Garden Centre. Please contact Jenny
or Helen if you wish to join us.
Mums+ - next on December 13
Mums+ is a monthly coffee morning for fun, conversation and sharing our questions of life, faith and parenthood – all ages welcome.
From 9:15am (after dropping older children off at school). All welcome.
For more info: Helen Banyard – 721616. .
Julian Prayer Group - next on December 16
The next meeting will be on December 16 at the Vicarage in Fordham at 7.30pm.
Rivers Group Services at Fordham
December 18 at 7.30pm - Quiet Christmas.
December 29 at 11am - Ride and Stride.
Anyone who would like to sing in the choir at these events is warmly invited to do so. Just turn up for a short rehearsal a half hour before each service. No experience necessary, just enthusiasm and warm clothing!
Food Bank collections
Do pick up a bookmark about the Foodbank with a list of what’s wanted, you’ll find them by or in the pink box in church.
In Fordham and Isleham, we also have a box, bookmarks and leaflets in the Co-op, so you can also donate there.
If you can’t
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.
We are joining with Kate’s parishes on a joint pilgrimage to the Holy Land in November 2014. There are some leaflets in church and if you are at all interested please do talk to any of the ministry team about this wonderful opportunity. The trip is in November when the weather is cooler.
have expressed an interest, so do talk to Mike or any of the Ministry
Team about how to book.
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 2002-13
Last updated December 08, 2013