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High Street Church

Sunday Services All are welcome to our Sunday services throughout the year:

10.30 am morning worship: All ages are very welcome from the very young to the very old. The children have their own activities.

6.30 pm evening fellowship: A less formal service usually with opportunity for individual sharing. Come and hear about God’s goodness! Tea, coffee and good conversation are available after both the morning and evening services! On Sunday mornings the following children’s facilities are available:

Crèche is available for babes and tots up to 3 years old: the crèche workers are very experienced and provide a safe, fun playtime for the little ones.

Junior Church for those who are aged 3 to 7 is a fun-filled session with singing, crafts, drama and stories. At the Village Hall the older Junior Church meets — children who are 7 to 11 years old. (That’s the noise you’ve heard from the hall on a Sunday morning!) Their morning starts from 10 am with a craft followed by a wide range of activities encouraging the children to discover the Christian faith for themselves. We would love to see some new faces and visitors would be made very welcome!

Nikao is the name for the 11 to 14 year olds and on a Sunday morning they receive teaching that is relevant to pre-teens/ teenagers. On a Friday night this group meet socially and have a lot of laughs!

Other activities during the week:

Our Rendezvous group — for the more mature amongst us

  • meets every Tuesday afternoon at 3 pm. Between 60 and

70 of us enjoy this time together each week but new faces are always welcome.

Luncheon club is for those of retirement age and happens once a month on the second Wednesday from 12–2 pm. An excellent meal for just £1.20 not to mention the great company! Numbers are limited for this but please contact us if you are interested. For anybody who would like to come along to either of these groups there is free transport available where necessary. Perhaps you’d like to be kept informed of any outings we arrange, or you need help to complete some paperwork such as benefit forms, or perhaps you don’t know who to ask for help with transport for hospital visiting. Please don’t hesitate to ring - we’d love to help if we can. Contact Kathryn 01638 780652 or the church office.

Little Lambs caters for the other end of the age range. This mums’ and toddlers’ group takes place on Friday mornings during school terms. (9.15–11.15 am). All are welcome and it’s free! Mums/carers come and chat over a coffee while the children play. New mums/dads/grandparents/carers are always welcome — come along and join in the fun. If you’d like to know more contact Sharon on 01353 720399.

Alpha is well known throughout the country as an excellent course for those wishing to learn about the Christian faith: it provides the perfect opportunity to ask all the questions you’ve wanted to ask but have never dared! If you are interested in joining an Alpha course please contact Steve in the church office for more info. Tel: 01638 780985

There is a host of other midweek activities taking place. Contact us on the number below for more information.

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Many thanks to those who came along to our consultation evening regarding the proposed plans for a new building. We valued your comments and support.

For more information about any of the events at High Street Church or general advice call Steve in the church office on 01638 780985 or Paul Hedger (Church leader) on 01638 721291.

St Andrew’s Parish Church

Priest The Rev’d Mike Banyard, who lives in Chippenham, is available to all in the village as a listening ear and for baptisms, weddings and funerals. Tel: 01638 721616 or email: mike.banyard@threerivers.org.uk Mike is assisted by the Rev’d Kate Peacock (shortly to join us), the Rev’d Dr Peter Debenham, the Rev’d Nigel Cooper (Chaplain of Anglia Ruskin University), Canon Tim Elbourne (Diocesan Director of Education)and the Rev’d Christopher Goodwins (formerly priest-in-charge at Isleham, and author of The Bible in Limerick Verse). For more information on St Andrew’s Church please visit our website at www.islehamchurch.org.uk

Weekly activities

Sundays 10 am Junior Church in Social Centre (in church 3rd Sunday). The Junior Church needs teachers/helpers, please contact us if you can offer your services.

Tuesdays 9 am to 12 noon: Coffee Morning in Social Centre. Everyone welcome! A short (15 to 30 minutes) Evening Prayer service will be held every Tuesday at 4.30 pm in the Limestone Close community room.

Wednesdays 7.30 pm Bible reading and discussion group at the home of Georgina and Bob Freestone, 103 Lakeside, The Marina.

Fridays 7 pm Bell ringing practice - beginners welcomed! Please email Ruth Ogden, the Tower Captain, for more information: ruth.ogden@islehamchurch.org.uk

Future events and activities

June 13 10-12 noon Coffee Morning at 5 Church Lane. July 7 Gala Day Stall theme: Pink & Purple. July 14 Gift Day 10 am – 6 pm. July 26 7.30 pm Licensing of Rev’d Mike Banyard and Rev’d Kate Peacock at Fordham Church.

You must be on the Church Electoral Roll to vote for, or to be a member of the PCC. A new Roll is required this year; if you wish to join or remain on the Roll you must complete a registration form. Forms are available at the back of the Church. Please hand completed forms to Nick Carver or Robert Savage.

Church wardens

Robert Savage tel: 01638 780218 or email: robsav@oneservice.co.uk Nick Carver email: nick@carverfamily.org.uk

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