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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Farewell Mike and Helen

The farewell Group Eucharist at Isleham last Sunday was a very special time. It was very moving for us, write Mike & Helen, and we are extremely grateful for your very generous gift to us both. It will come in very handy for all the work we are having done to our house in Ely. So THANKS. Very much appreciated.

It will be difficult to move on, but these times come to us all, and we support and encourage one another on the journey. You have certainly encouraged and supported us in our ministry with you in these churches and these villages for the past fourteen years. I still have some weddings and baptisms to take, so will see you from time to time. 

Lunch on Monday at Chippenham Park was another super day, which I hope and pray all enjoyed too. Over 200 of us gathered for a superb hog roast from La Hogue, with salads and desserts. Our grateful thanks to Hugo and Becca Nicolle and Eustace Crawley for their great generosity, and to Louise, Yvette and all their helpers with the food and drink. Peter Maxwell and family make splendid bar persons, and Liz made a very special cake. Judy Burbidge made the table decorations to round off a brilliant day.

Thanks again. God bless.

The Thursday Prayer Group  - next on June 1

The Thursday Prayer Group will next meet on June 1 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.

Grave Talk - a new initiative opens on June 3

Grave Talk is a café space where people can talk about death, dying and planning our own funeral services. 

This project, launched through the Church of England is taking place in Fordham church on the first Saturday of the month (except August), starting June 3 from 10am – 11.30 ish. Good coffee and cake provided. All welcome. 

Contact Carol Taylor for more details.

Fordham Day Centre lunch club - next on June 7

Fordham Day Centre is a lunch club for older people and meets on the 1st and 4th Wednesday of each month from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

We meet at Withers’ Place community room for company, chat and food. Coffee and tea are provided on arrival, then lunch and a cup of tea before you leave.

We have a “mobility” taxi available, if needed, for transport to and from the meetings. The Day Centre is run by volunteers (not carers) who cook and look after the members.

If you are interested and would like to know more about the Day Centre please contact Judith Wood. Tel: 01638 720328.

Three Rivers' Eco group - next on Friday June 9

The next meeting of the Eco group will be held on Friday May 9 at 8pm at the home of Nigel and Bridget Cooper, Philadelphia House, West Street, Isleham.

Messy Church - next on June 11

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 - 

  • June 11

  • July 9

  • August: No Messy Church.

Mums+ - next June 16

Mums+ is a monthly coffee morning for fun, conversation and sharing our questions of life, faith and parenthood – all ages welcome.  

Upcoming dates - at La Hogue cafe, Chippenham from 9.15am.

  • Friday 16 June

  • Friday 14 July

For more info: Laura Cox-Watson for details 01638 724839.

Healing Eucharist - next June 18

Healing Eucharist is usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month in the evening and is held at Fordham at 6.30pm.

Holiday Club 2017 - ‘Down on the Farm’

August 1-4 in the mornings at Victoria Hall, Fordham.

  • Wednesday June 21: Team Planning Meeting at 7pm at St. Margaret of Antioch, Chippenham.
  • Sunday July 30: Commissioning of leaders/helpers/junior helpers at all Services.
  • Sunday August 6: Group Service at St Andrew's Isleham at 10.30am.

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 all-age worship.

Kennett Third 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 May 21

Monday May 22 Rogation Day
Deuteronomy 26
1 Peter 4: 1-11
Tuesday May 23 Rogation Day
Deuteronomy 28: 1-14
1 Peter 4: 12-end
Wednesday May 24 Rogation Day
John and Charles Wesley, evangelists, hymn writers, 1791 and 1788
Deuteronomy 28: 58-end
1 Peter 5
Thursday May 25 Ascension Day
Isaiah 52: 7-end
Hebrews 7: 11-end
Friday May 26 Augustine, archbishop, 605 
John Calvin, reformer, 1564
 Philip Neri, founder of the Oratorians, spiritual guide, 1595
Deuteronomy 29: 2 – 15
1 John 1: 1- 2: 6
Saturday May 27 Deuteronomy 30
1 John 2: 7-17
Sunday May 28 7th Sunday of Easter
Acts 1: 6-14
John 17: 1–11

Daily Bread - readings for the week beginning May 28

Monday May 29 Deuteronomy 31: 1-13
1 John 2: 18-end
Tuesday May 30 Josephine Butler, social reformer, 1906
Joan of Arc, visionary, 1431
Apolo Kivebulaya, priest, evangelist, 1933
Deuteronomy 31: 14-29
1 John 3: 1-10
Wednesday May 31 Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth
1 Samuel 2: 1-10
Mark 3: 31-end
Thursday June 1 Justin, martyr, c. 165
Deuteronomy 32: 15-47
1 John 4: 1-6
Friday June 2 Deuteronomy 33
1 John 4: 7-end
Saturday June 3 Martyrs of Uganda, 1885-7, 1977
Deuteronomy 32: 48 – end, 34 
1 John 5
Sunday June 4 Pentecost
Acts 2: 1-21, John 20: 19–23


Sunday May 21 - Seventh Sunday of Easter 

9.30am - Holy Communion (Common Worship liturgy)


Risen, ascended Lord, as we rejoice at your triumph, fill your Church on earth with power and compassion, that all who are estranged by sin may find forgiveness and know your peace, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.


  • Ezekiel 36 :24-28

  • Acts 1:6-14

  • John 17: 1-11


15 All hail the power of Jesus name
108 Come let us join our cheerful songs
280 How lovely on the mountains
455 My Jesus, My Saviour
257 He is Lord

Duty rosters  

Sunday May 28 -  9.30am Holy Communion CW
Reader - Jenny Flatt Sidesmen - Angela Wells & Brenda Downey
Prayers - Mark Liversidge Communion Assistant Nick Carver
Coffee - Mary Wightman
Sunday June 4 - 9.30am Holy Communion CW
Reader - Ruth Ogden Sidesmen - Liz Hayes & Suzi Cowan
Prayers - Kat Communion Assistant - Rob Savage
Coffee - Margaret Edwards
Sunday June 11 -  9.30am Holy Communion CW
Reader - Betty Ashley Sidesmen - Vera & John Johnstone
Prayers - Pauline Wilkes Communion Assistant Helen S.
Coffee - Vera & John Johnstone


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