Foodbank

This parish is a founder member of the Cambridge City Foodbank, responding with care and charity for people in crisis living locally.

Cambridge City Foodbank works to support people who find themselves on the edge of disaster, following a sudden crisis, such as a redundancy, delayed benefit payments, illness, etc.

We help by giving our nutritionally balanced emergency food to people who have nowhere else to turn. And by putting people in touch with other agencies that can offer support.

Each month we collect non-perishable food donated by parishioners. We often recommend a few items that are particularly needed. For the next collection date and requested items please see the newsletter or the schedule on the notice board at the back of ‘English Martyrs church.

Cambridge City Foodbank is a registered charity (no. 1149883) and a member of the foodbank network grown by the Trussel Trust – a Christian charity.

Flower Arrangers

From time immemorial flowers have been placed on altars in temples and churches to express thankfulness and joy in worship. Our church, too, follows this tradition, and we are fortunate in having an enthusiastic team of ladies who enhance the beauty of our church in this way.

Should you be interested in this very pleasant parish activity, please contact Sheila Scott via the Rectory Office who will be pleased to give you further information.

Justice & Peace

Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works.

  • Are you concerned about social injustice ?
  • Do you feel strongly about issues of homelessness and poverty ?
  • Do you think that, as Christians, we should be trying to find practical ways of playing a part in tackling these problems ?
  • Do you think that we in the Church should be confronting the issues of Third World debt and the crippling poverty it has created in many countries ?
  • Does it matter to you that many, many people in the world are denied even the most basic of human rights ?
  • Would you like to be involved in raising your own awareness and that of the parish in these issues ?

If so, then why not come and join us in the Justice and Peace Group ?

Our commitment to Justice and Peace leads us to:

  • Increase awareness of suffering in our community and in our world.
  • Work to develop understanding of the causes of that suffering.
  • Help build a more just and peaceful world.

The foundation of all we do is our Christian faith. We look to the Bible, the social teaching of the Catholic Church, and the example of just men and women for inspiration and guidance. As witnesses to justice and peace we seek to work with other Christians and groups locally and nationally. As a voice within the Church we strive to bring the demands of peace and justice to bear on all our activities and those of our parishes.

We are a friendly group who meet once every month to reflect on the spiritual basis of our commitment and on the issues of the day. We discuss plans for the activities arising from these reflections – these may be liturgical events, speaker meetings, fund-raising, campaigning, publicity events, etc.  These meetings are for all the Catholic churches in Cambridge.

To find out more about the group please contact either Clare Enright or Ron Haynes via the Rectory Office, or simply come along to the next meeting in the Parish Centre Meeting Room at English Martyrs.

We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 7.30 pm. New members are always welcome.

OLEM Toddlers

We meet each Wednesday in term time between 9.00am and 11.30am in the Parish Hall. The children can ride bikes, bounce on the trampoline or slide, there are toys for the babies on the mat and at the tables: playdo; puzzles; painting and sticking. There is a small charge per family for refreshments and running costs.

We are always pleased to meet new people. Contact Chloe Gill via the Rectory Office.