The Three Rivers Group of Parishes
Chippenham, Fordham, Isleham, Kennett, Snailwell
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.
At the moment the Foodbank particularly needs
long-life milk, soup and tinned meat
- but has plenty of beans, pasta
and soup in the central store.
It was with huge sadness that we learned this week of Tony Brown’s untimely death this past week. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marie, Reg and Anita. Details of his funeral will be known soon. Tony had served as Secretary and Treasurer at Fordham some years ago now. His funeral will be at Soham on Monday October 24 at 2pm.
More sad news, in announcing that Peter Welch died late this week. All our thoughts and prayers are with Audrey and all her family. His funeral is at St Peter’s Fordham, Friday October 28 at 2pm.
Also John Fenn of Mildenhall Road, but lately in a care home in Cambridge, died on October 17.
New Parish Profile
The church wardens are preparing a draft Parish Profile for next year.
The churchwardnes are meeting with Mike and Sue on Sunday October 30 at 3.30pm to discuss the Parish Profile and the way forward.
We have to prepare one so that priests discerning the possibility of ministering with us can have some idea about our parish. John Bridges is co-ordinating and collating all this information and we hope PCCs are fully engaged in this process.
If you have any ideas about the qualities you would look for in our new Rector, please speak to your church wardens as soon as you can.
Three Rivers Mothers’ Union
Monday 24 October – Coffee at Scotsdales in Fordham at 10:30am.
The Three Rivers Prayer Group - next on October 27
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. On October 27 we shall meet at 10.30am at the Vatchers', 96 The Causeway, Isleham.
Mums+ - next on Friday November 11
Mums+ is a monthly coffee morning for fun, conversation and sharing our questions of life, faith and parenthood – all ages welcome.
dates - Friday November 11 and Friday December 9 at Fordham Garden Centre, (Scotsdales) from 9.15am.
Messy Church - next November 13
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 - November 13 and December 11.
Do encourage those you know to come along. It’s great.
Healing Eucharist - next on November 20
Healing Eucharist is usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month in the evening and is held at Fordham at 6.30pm.
Fordham School expands
As many of you may
have noticed if you are passing Fordham School, work has started on the
buildings, which will provide enough classrooms to double the size of
the school. This is an exciting opportunity in our communities and means
that all the children in our villages will be able to go to their local
Fordham School new build extension is going very well. The contractors have removed asbestos from the present school, so that work can continue during the rest of the year.
New Head Teacher at Isleham
The new Head at Isleham, Mrs Sarah Skillern, started at Isleham in September. We are looking forward to welcoming her to our parish.
Advice and guidance on security for places of worship
"The news from France and the random, cold blooded murder of the Roman Catholic priest Father Jacques Hamel has been a shock to many of us. It is also very unsettling as it is a Priest doing what so many of us do, simply going about our normal ministry. However, that doesn't mean we should be fearful or overly concerned. We do need to be careful.
Fees account - help sought...
We are looking for someone to run our fees
account. Some knowledge and ability with figures would help. Time needed
probably an hour and a half a week. Do speak to Mike or Sue if you can
The Churchwardens met with Mike and Sue
last Sunday afternoon to talk through the processes involved in
identifying our parish profile and what the churches feel they need in a
new priest. So do talk with them about this matter, and also pray for us
all. John Bridges from Chippenham has volunteered to collate a new and
up to date Parish Profile.
Bishop of Ely's statement on Syrian refugee crisis
you to everyone who focused their prayer last week on the refugee and
migrant crisis. Please continue to pray for a sane and just solution.
Suggestions of what we can do as individuals and as churches are included in the Bishop of Ely’s statement on the crisis.
Speaking about the Syrian refugee crisis, the Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway said: ‘The Bible tells us to love our neighbour, but many more times to love the stranger. The Syrian refugees, whether they have made it as far as Europe or not, are our sisters and brothers. We need to offer a Biblical welcome. The refugees’ burden of fear, loss and deprivation is our burden. We must find a language of welcome, not suspicion.
‘We should be proud of Britain’s ongoing commitment to overseas aid and humanitarian relief. We must support people in refugee camps in and around Syria. And we also have a responsibility within Europe to share the burden of countries like Greece and Italy, among the first entry points.
‘Britain must participate fully in a European welcome for those who are vulnerable and fleeing violence and oppression. We must welcome all – Muslim and Christians equally; but we should remember that many refugees are Christians from villages which have lived the faith since Apostolic times.
‘I invite us all to continue to pray and to consider what other help we may provide, for example supporting one of the charities at work on the ground.’
A number of charities and non-governmental organisations have opened appeals specifically aimed at helping the plight of refugees.
Julian Prayer Group - next TBA
Most of us find silent prayer on out own difficult. but praying together provides support and a profound sense of God's presence with us. If you would like to deepen your prayer life do come along.
We prepare for a period of silent prayer through a combination of words, music, and sometime images, then come out of the silence with music and prayer together.
We usually meet once a month on a Monday evening at 7.30pm. We usually meet at Fordham vicarage.
The Foodbank in Soham is open on Thursday mornings from 9.30-11am at the Salvation Army hall in Chapel Lane.
If you would like to find out more about the Foodbank operation in this area just drop in and introduce yourself to Howard Laver or one of the helpers who'll be pleased to tell you all about it.
Your contributions are still very much needed and really valued.
In Isleham we have been collecting an average of over 50 items a week - and one week we had over 100 items - thank you.
Do pick up a bookmark about the Foodbank with a list of what’s wanted in church.
Stocks are currently relatively low in the central store at Ely that supplies the Soham Foodbank distribution centre which serves Soham, Fordham, Isleham, Chippenham and the surrounding villages, which receive more food than they contribute.
At the moment the Foodbank needs
canned goods; in particular tinned tomatoes, veg, fruit, meat, and
sponge puddings - but not beans, pasta or soup.
At Isleham we welcome donations of food at our Sunday service and at our Coffee mornings at the Social Centre on Tuesday mornings; we can also accept donation of cash.
In Fordham and Isleham, we also have collection boxes in the Co-op stores, so you can also donate there.
If you can’t see the box in the Co-op then please ask the staff, it is there, and it would be good to make sure that they are used as much as possible.
Mike Banyard is a voucher holder for the Three Rivers
Group; and in Isleham Foodbank vouchers are
also available from the Revd Christopher Goodwins, 102 The Causeway, or call
01638-780284. Please leave a message if you get the answering machine.
Reading the Bible
Children and Holy
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.
Church cleaning at Fordham
We need some more people to help keep our lovely Church clean and tidy. If you feel you could spare about 1 hour a month to join one of our cleaning teams, please contact Jenny on 01638 720820, to decide where and when you can help.
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.
St Peter and St Mary Magdalene, Fordham
Fordham Day Centre
Is looking for volunteers to help at the weekly meeting for senior members of our community. If you would like to help then please talk to Judith Wood, Doreen Rule or Mike.
There have been many baptisms in our churches these past few months. It is so good to welcome the newly baptised into our churches. We are trying to maintain a balance between baptism as a major part of the main service on a Sunday and giving space for families to gather at other times either on Saturdays or Sundays. Thanks too to our Baptism Visitors who are making such a difference in welcoming and helping at baptisms.
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.
Volunteers are needed to read, lead intercessions, take up the collection, arrange flowers, ring bells, make coffee, welcome newcomers, visit Baptism families etc etc in all our churches. If you would like to help, then please do be in touch with Mike or Kate and we will provide training if necessary and encouragement in any case.
News page added to the web site to accommodate information from the new weekly pew sheet.
Youth Group page added to the web site.
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