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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The Bishop of Ely blesses new works at Fordham church

The Bishop of Ely, the Rt Rev’d Stephen Conway, presided at the Eucharist at Fordham last Sunday, March 19. He blessed the new works in church and the porch. Members of John and Judy Abbott’s family were with us as was Anne Newport. It was very good to say thank you to them for the generous donations which have made all this work possible. Jeremy Newport and Allen Heseltine left us gifts which have contributed to the new doors, and the work at the back of the church.

Lent Lunch - on March 29

  • Wednesday March 29 at Chippenham Village Hall. Noon – 1.30pm.

Do join us for a light lunch, soup and roll, sandwiches and fruit. All are welcome.

The Thursday Prayer Group  - next on March 30

The Thursday Prayer Group will next meet on March 23 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.

Mike and Helen’s last service will be on Sunday April 30
at Isleham

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. Further details soon.

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.

Spring 2017

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 
‘Know Christ and make Him known’.

Chippenham: 8, Badlingham. Mondays, 7.30-8.30pm
March 6, 20, 27, April 3.

Please let Revd Sue know which venue you would like to attend 
01638 721662 

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 - 

April 9
May 14
June 11
July 9.
August: No Messy Church.

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.

Mums+ - next on Friday April 21

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 April 21

  • Friday May 19

For more info: Helen Banyard – 721616.

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.

Mike and Helen’s last service will be on Sunday April 30
at Isleham

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. Further details soon.

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.

Midweek services in the Three Rivers Group

Monday  9.15am Morning Prayer at Kennett.
First Monday HC.
We meet at a Churchwardens' house.
Tuesday 8.15am Morning Prayer at Isleham in the Social Centre.
10.15am Collective Worship at Fordham School.
Wednesday 8.15am Morning Prayer at Chippneham.
4.15pm Evening Prayer at Snailwell.
11.30am monthly at Withers Place.
Thursday 8.15am Morning Prayer at Fordham.
9am Collective Worship at Isleham School.
10.15am Collective Worship at Kennett School.
Friday 8.30am BCP Holy Communion at Fordham in the Lady Chapel.

Major Festivals: Easter, Christmas Day 8am Holy Communion BCP at Fordham.

Home Communions where requested.

All three schools attend church at Harvest, Christmas and Easter and at other times as they ask.

Please do ask others to join us all for worship either on Sundays or during the week.

Sunday Services in the Three Rivers group



1st Sunday 11am Family Service.
2nd, 3rd & 5th Sundays  11am Sung Eucharist.
4th Sunday  6.30pm Evensong.


1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays 11am Sung Eucharist.
3rd Sunday 11am Family Service.
1st Sunday 6.30pm Evening Worship of various kinds during the year 

3rd Sunday healing Eucharist at 6.30pm 


1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays 9.30am Holy Communion.
3rd Sunday 9.30am Family Eucharist.

Kennett We now have a monthly service of the word, generally on the first Sunday of the month at 3.30pm.

1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Sunday 9.30am Holy Communion.
2nd Sunday 9.30am Family Service.

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

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Daily Bread - readings for the week beginning March 19

Monday March 20 Joseph of Nazareth
Isaiah 11: 1-10, Matthew 13: 54-end
Tuesday March 21 Thomas Cranmer, archbishop, reformation martyr, 1556
Jeremiah 11: 18-12: 6, John 7: 53-8: 11
Wednesday March 22 Jeremiah 13: 1-11, John 8: 12-30
Thursday March 23 Jeremiah 14, John 8: 31-47
Friday March 24 Walter Hilton, mystic, 1396. Paul Couturier, priest, ecumenist, 1953.
Oscar Romero, archbishop, martyr, 1980
Jeremiah 15: 10-end, John 8: 48-end
Saturday March 25 Annunciation of our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary
1 Samuel 2: 1-10, Romans 5: 12-end
Sunday March 26 Mothering Sunday
Colossians 3: 12-17,Luke 2: 33-35

Daily Bread - readings for the week beginning March 26

Monday March 27 Isaiah 17: 5-18
John 9: 18-end
Tuesday March 29 Jeremiah 18: 1-12
John 10: 1-10
Wednesday March 30 Jeremiah 18: 13-end
John 10: 11-21
Thursday March 31 Jeremiah 19: 1-13
John 10: 22-end
Friday April 1 John Donne, priest, poet, 1631
Jeremiah 19: 14-20: 6
John 11: 1-16
Saturday April 2 Frederick Denison Maurice, priest, teacher of the faith, 1872
Jeremiah 20: 7-end
John 11: 17-27
Sunday April 3 Fifth Sunday of Lent
Romans 8: 6-11
John 11: 1-45


Sunday March 26 - Fourth Sunday of Lent

9.30am Mothering Sunday - all-age worship


God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and in sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


  • Exodus 2: 1 – 10

  • Colossians 3: 12-17

  • Luke 2: 33-35


465 Now thank we all our God...
167 For the beauty of the earth...
408 Lord Jesus Christ...
81 Brother, Sister, let me serve you.''

Duty rosters  

   We are waiting for the new Duty Rota to be published.
Sunday March 26 - 9.30am Mothering Sunday - Family Eucharist all-age worship
Reader Sidesmen
Prayers - Communion Assistant
Sunday April 2 - 9.30am Holy Communion CW
Reader Sidesmen
Prayers Communion Assistant
Sunday April 9 - 9.30am Holy Communion CW
Reader Sidesmen
Prayers Communion Assistant


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