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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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.

Messy Church - next on October 14

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

October 14 – Trinity 20

  • Isleham – 9.30am Eucharist

  • Snailwell – 9.30am Eucharist

  • Fordham – 11am Eucharist

  • Chippenham – 11am Eucharist

  • Fordham – 3.30pm Messy Church

October 21 – Trinity 21

  • Isleham – 9.30am Fam Eucharist

  • Snailwell – 9.30am Family Service 

  • Fordham – 11am Family Service

  • Chippenham – 11am BCP Eucharist

  • Isleham – 4pm Pet Service 

  • Fordham – 6.30pm Healing 

Midweek Communion and Coffee

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

Pioneer Partner Review

The diocese is reviewing the Pioneer Partner scheme, evaluating where it has been successful. David and Mel will be feeding in to this process but the diocese is keen that other Churchgoers voices should be heard. If you could write or few words or talk to Mel or David to pass on comments that would be appreciated.

Open Mission Shaped Ministry Course

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, starting on October 4. Please contact Mel if you are interested in attending.

Messy Church - next on October 14

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.

The Monday  Prayer Group - next on October 15

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

The Way of Life Study Courses - two new courses at Isleham
Evening - next on on October 15 at 7.30-9pm
Daytime - next on October 17 at 10.30am-noon

We are going to be running the diocesan study course “The Way of Life” over the next few years. The hope is that everyone who worships regularly with us will complete it at some point. 

Two new courses start soon at St Andrew's Social Centre in Isleham.

Wednesday mornings 10.30-noon starting on September 12 for six weeks. This will be a version which is designed for those who prefer a more visual and interactive experience. 

Monday evenings starting on Monday October 8 for 6 weeks.
This version is for those who enjoy engaging with words and study.

So, we know what materials to have on hand please can you let us know if you want to attend. 

There is a lot of information about the Way of Life study course on the Ely diocese web site:

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.

Blessing of Companion Animals. St Andrew’s Isleham,
a Group Service on Sunday October 21 at 4pm

All Souls’ Services

A time to remember those whom we love but no longer see. These services include scripture, prayers, hymns, the reading out of names and opportunity to light a candle in remembrance of loved ones. Please add the names you wish to be remembered on a sheet at the back of the church.

  • Fordham, Sunday October 28 at 6.30pm

  • Chippenham, Friday November 2 at 7.30pm

  • Isleham, Sunday November 4 at 4pm

Mums + - next on Friday November 9

October 12 from  9.15am – 10.30 at La Hogue cafe
Contact: Laura Cox-Watson 724839

Annual Parochial Church Meeting - Reports for download

The ACPM held on Tuesday April 24 at Fordham School. A speaker from the Diocesan Stewardship Department made a presnetaion at the start of the meeting.

Reports (in PDF format) from the Group and the parishes can be downloaded from the links below:

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.

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. 

October 14 – Trinity 20

  • Isleham – 9.30am Eucharist

  • Snailwell – 9.30am Eucharist

  • Fordham – 11am Eucharist

  • Chippenham – 11am Eucharist

  • Fordham – 3.30pm Messy Church

October 21 – Trinity 21

  • Isleham – 9.30am Fam Eucharist

  • Snailwell – 9.30am Family Service 

  • Fordham – 11am Family Service

  • Chippenham – 11am BCP Eucharist

  • Isleham – 4pm Pet Service 

  • Fordham – 6.30pm Healing 

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.

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Sunday October 14 at St Andrew's Isleham -Trinity 20

9.30am Parish Eucharist


God, the giver of life, whose Holy Spirit wells up within your Church: by the Spirit's gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ and make us eager to do your will, that we may share with the whole creation the joys of eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord

A reading from the book of the Prophet Amos

Seek the LORD and live, or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire, and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it. Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood, and bring righteousness to the ground! They hate the one who reproves in the gate, and they abhor the one who speaks the truth. Therefore, because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not live in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine. For I know how many are your transgressions, and how great are your sins— you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and push aside the needy in the gate. Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time; for it is an evil time. Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph. 

Psalm 90

12 So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. 
13 Turn, O LORD! How long? Have compassion on your servants! 
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil. 
16 Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. 
17 Let the favour of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands—O prosper the work of our hands!

A reading from the letter to the Hebrews

Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account. Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark 
(Mark 10.17 -31)

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’

Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.” ’

He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’ Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’ And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ 

They were greatly astounded and said to one another,‘Then who can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.’ 

Peter began to say to him, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you.’ Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.’ 

Post Communion Prayer 

God our Father, whose Son, the light unfailing, has come from heaven to deliver the world from the darkness of ignorance: let these holy mysteries open the eyes of our understanding that we may know the way of life, and walk in it without stumbling; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


343 Jesus is King...
714 What a friend we have in Jesus...
402 Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour...
605 Take my life...
740  Will you come and follow me...

Duty rotas 

Sunday October 14 - Trinity 20
9.30am Eucharist
3.30-5pm Messy Church at Fordham
Reader -Lorraine Fairhead Sidesmen -  Anegla Wells & Stuart Haggett
Prayers - Ruth Ogden Communion Assistant - Nick Carver
Coffee - Mark Liversidge
Sunday October 21 - Trinity 21
9.30am Family Eucharist  all-age worship
4pm Pet Service
6.30pm Healing Eucharist at Fordham
Reader -   Sidesmen - Liz Haynes & Suzi Cowan
Prayers Communion Assistant - Suzi Cowan
Coffee - Mary Wightman
Sunday October 28 - Trinity 22
9.30am Eucharist
Reader - Kat Sidesmen -Vera & John Johnstone
Prayers - Pauline Wilkes Communion Assistant - Gill Savage
Coffee - Lorraine Fairhead


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.


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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
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Ruth Ogden 
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Rota July 9-December 31
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July 30- August 6.  Andrew  
August 6-13.  Richard  
August 13-20. Sean  
August 20-27. Jan  
August 27- September 3.  Mark  
September 3- September 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 12-19.  Mary  
November 19-26.  Andrew  
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December 3-10.  Sean  
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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.