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.
A message from the Ely Foodbank: Through the Foodbank we have the ability to help the many people who find themselves in crisis today. These people are our neighbours, and we provide parcels for people as they present themselves – we don’t stall or say ‘come back another day’! Our work is very much about people in their current situation. Yet we are also conscious that we live and operate the Foodbank by faith: faith in the generosity of donors, faith in the voucher holders identifying genuine need, faith in clients receiving appropriately, as well as faith in God giving us the resources of people, food and finance as and when we need them. As a team we obviously don’t want to operate with too little, but we can also learn to live without having too much! And so we provide help today, because day by day we have learnt to trust God that we will have the ‘daily bread’ that we need for each successive month’s operations.
Thanks for all who help with this from our churches.
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
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.
Healing Eucharist - next on January 15
Healing Eucharist is usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month in the evening and is held at Fordham at 6.30pm.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 18-25
Please pray for our brother and sister Christians in our parish and for the church across the world.
The Thursday Prayer Group
- next on January 19
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.
Mums+ - next on Friday January 20
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 January 20
Messy Church - next on February 12
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 -
Wednesday - March 1
Fordham School expands
As many of you may
have noticed if you are passing Fordham School work on the new extension is going very well.
The new buildings 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
The contractors have removed asbestos from the present school, so that work can continue during the rest of the year.
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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