St Andrew's Church, Isleham

Join us on Facebook 
For photographs, events & community
@ thethreeriversgroup

A member of the Three Rivers Group of parishes 
Chippenham, Fordham, Isleham,  Kennett & Snailwell

The Diocese of Ely, The Church of England


Home - Services - Events - About - Contacts - Links

Advent 2


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. 

There is also always a need for toiletries - soap, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste and so on - and pet food.

Festival of Light at St Andrews Isleham - December 8 and 9 
3-6pm with Community Carols at 4pm on Sunday December 9

Saturday  1st, Sunday 2nd, Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th December 
from 3 - 6pm.

Incorporating: Christmas Fair on Saturday 1st from 3-5.30pm. 
and Community Carols on Sunday 9th at 4pm.

Contact Kathy Carver 01638-781116 for more information



Messy Church - next on December 9 at Fordham at 3.30pm

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.

Sunday services in the Three Rivers group

December 9 – Advent 2 

  • Snailwell – 9.30am Eucharist

  • Fordham – 11am Eucharist

  • Chippenham – 11am Eucharist

  • Fordham – 3.30pm Messy Church 

  • Isleham – 4pm Carols (no morning service  this Sunday)

Is God calling you to something?

There are a few things around which it might be good for our churches to be involved with. If anyone would like to take a more active part in prayer, reading the bible, working with young people, thinking about church growth, visiting baptism families, thinking about our faith, and many other things, then please contact David if this is something God might be nudging you towards.

Midweek Communion and Coffee

We’re thinking of starting a midweek 10am communion service followed by coffee/tea. Is anyone interested?

The Monday  Prayer Group - next on January 7, 2019

We are taking a break during December. Will resume Monday January 7.

The prayer group meets at 1.30pm on Mondays for an hour of prayer. We meet at 1 West Street, Isleham. 

Tuesday mornings - opportunities to meet:

  • Fordham church cafe in the undercroft 
    From 9am onwards. Refreshments and play area for children.

  • St Andrew's Isleham Coffee morning at The Social Centre
    Tea, coffee, cake and bacon rolls, from 9am-12noon. 

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

Fordham Day  Centre Lunch Club - next on Wednesday January 2

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.

Open Mission Shaped Ministry Course - next on January 3

Mel is now heading into the second and final year of her placement with us. There is an opportunity to join Mel on a 'Mission Shaped Ministry' course for anybody who is interested in finding out more about Fresh Expressions, mission and how to engage more with people currently outside of the church. 

Sessions will run on the first Thursday of each month, 9:30 - 1pm in Bishop Woodford House Ely, led by Rev. Jonnie Parkin, starting on October 4. Please contact Mel if you are interested in attending.

Mums+ - next on December 7

Mums+ is a monthly coffee morning for fun, conversation and sharing our questions of life, faith and parenthood – all ages welcome. For more details contact Laura Cox-Watson 01638 724839.

Upcoming dates -

  • 9.15am at La Hogue on December 7

Contact: Laura Cox-Watson 724839.

The Monday  Prayer Group - next on January 7, 2019

We are taking a break during December. Will resume Monday January 7.

The prayer group meets at 1.30pm on Mondays for an hour of prayer. We meet at 1 West Street, Isleham. 

Mums+ - next on January 11, 2019

Mums+ is a monthly coffee morning for fun, conversation and sharing our questions of life, faith and parenthood – all ages welcome. For more details contact Laura Cox-Watson 01638 724839.

Upcoming dates -

  • 9.15am January 11, at Scotsdales Fordham

  • 9.15am February 15, at Scotsdales Fordham

  • 9.15am March 15, at Scotsdales Fordham

  • 9.15am April  26, at Scotsdales Fordham

Contact: Laura Cox-Watson on 01638-724839.

Mid-week services 

Monday  9am Morning Prayer at Kennet.
We meet at 7 The Close, Kennett.
Tuesday 8.15am Morning Prayer at Isleham at St Andrew's Social Centre.
10.15am Collective Worship at Fordham School.
Wednesday 8.15am Morning Prayer at Chippenham.
7pm Compline at Snailwell.
Thursday 8.30am Holy Communion at Fordham.
9am Collective Worship at Isleham School.
10.15am Collective Worship at Kennett School.
Friday 8.15am Morning Prayer at Fordham.

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 Eveninsong..
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 on the 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 is held at Fordham at 6.30pm. 

December 9 – Advent 2 

  • Snailwell – 9.30am Eucharist

  • Fordham – 11am Eucharist

  • Chippenham – 11am Eucharist

  • Fordham – 3.30pm Messy Church 

  • Isleham – 4pm Carols (no morning service  this Sunday)

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.

Back to the top

Sunday December9 at St Andrew's Isleham -Advent 2

There is no morning service this week.

There will be Community Caols at 4pm

Lord Jesus, light of the world,
born into the house of David
born into the family of the patriarchs and matriarchs
be born in our hearts at Christmas,
be King of our lives today.


Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you 

A reading from the book of Jeremiah

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

Psalm 25

1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 
2 O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me. 
3 Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. 
4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. 
5 Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long. 
6 Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. 
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord! 
8 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. 
9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. 

A reading from the book of Thessalonians

How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith. Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke 
(Luke 21. 25 - 36)

‘There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in a cloud” with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.’ Then he told them a parable: ‘Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. ‘Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.’

Post Communion Prayer 

O Lord our God, make us watchful and keep us faithful as we await the coming of your Son our Lord;
that, when he shall appear, he may not find us sleeping in sin
but active in his service and joyful in his praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Duty rotas 

Sunday December 9 - Second of Advent
No morning service
4pm Festival of Light Community Carols
Reader Sidesmen -
Prayers - Communion Assistant -  
Sunday December 16 - Third of Advent
9.30am Parish Eucharist and Children's Church
Reader Sidesmen -  
Prayers Communion Assistant -  

St. Andrews - Isleham Church Key Rota July to December 2018

Please do not feel locked into this rota, but do arrange your own swaps and indicate on lists in church and .social centre..

Note:. On Fridays, campanologists ring the changes and . return key to holder.

On Sunday evenings please check that relevant bin is ready for collection on pavement.

Any problems or concerns, please contact Stuart, as above.


Copyright © St Andrew's church, Isleham & MediaVets 2002-18
Comments about the web site to the webmaster.

Last updated December 08, 2018
Back to the top

Hit Counter


Key people
Alan Ashley 14 St Andrews Close 780742
Andrew Stephens 41 The Causeway -        780229
Jan Lewis 19 The Causeway O7849522585
Mary Wightman 3 Sun Street 781022
Richard May 4 Elwoods Close 780249
Stuart Haggett 3 Church Lane 781737
Mark Fletcher Waterside                                                                                                                                
Sean Edwards 1 Robins Close 780241
Relief key persons
Rob Savage                  
Relief Rota Person 
38 Sun Street 780218
Ruth Ogden 
Emergency Relief Rota Person 
35 Waterside 780646
Spare key holder
Ian Powys                  
Spare Key Holder
5 Church Lane 780519
Rota July 9-December 31
July 9-16.  Alan  
July16-23.  Stuart  
July 23-30.  Mary  
July 30- August 6.  Andrew  
August 6-13.  Richard  
August 13-20. Sean  
August 20-27. Jan  
August 27- September 3.  Mark  
September 3- 10 .  Alan   
September 10-17. Stuart   
September 17-24.  Mary  
September 24- October 1.  Andrew  
October 1-8. Richard  
October 8-15.  Sean  
October 15-22. Jan  
October 22-29. Mark  
October 29-November 5.  Alan  
November 5-12.  Stuart  
November 12-22.  Andrew  
November 22-26.  Mary  
November 26- December 3.  Richard  
December 3-10.  Sean  
December 10-17.  Jan  
December 17-24.  Mark  
December 24-31.  Stuart  
If unable to do a duty please arrange a swap. and please mark changes on rotas displayed in the church and the Social centre. 

Note - on Fridays the bellringers lock up and take the key to the duty person.