Join us this Sunday – 18th October

There is a Sunday Service in church  at 11am this Sunday 18th October.  Social distancing requirements limit our capacity to 45, so you do need to reserve an attendance slot, by emailing david.pickavance1@outlook.com each week or adding your name to the list in the porch.  There are Covid-19 safety measures in place, so please do read the instructions below before visiting and always wear a mask/face covering.
Social distancing measures for church services (from August 2020)

There will be a virtual Sunday Service online for Sunday 18th October
We realise that not everybody will be comfortable attending a public service yet and, of course, our numbers are limited.  Therefore, we are continuing to run the “virtual” sunday services on  Facebook and YouTube as well.  Everyone is welcome to join us in our “virtual” Sunday service.
A video of the service will be uploaded to Facebook and to YouTube. “St Mary’s Buckden”. Even if you can’t watch it at 11am on Sunday, you can always catch up later using the link here YouTube channel: St Mary’s Buckden

You can download this week’s pewsheet and sermon below:

St Mary’s is currently open for services in the church on the following days and times :-
WEDNESDAY – COMMUNION SERVICE 9.30am
SUNDAY – SERVICE 11.00am

There are strict social distancing measures in place, face coverings must be worn and numbers are limited, please read the notices and comply with these measures.

October at St Mary’s

Autumn is upon us and the nights are already drawing in.
Download our newsletter for more detail about the services and events we have planned for October 

Services: We are open for services on Wednesdays 9.30am and Sundays 11am and we also provide a virtual service via YouTube each week (see newsletter for more details).

Footsteps in Prayer / Footsteps in Faith:
In September Buckden & District Churches Together launched “Footsteps in Prayer” – walking and/or praying with/for your own neighbours – and covered the whole of Buckden and Perry.
On 8th October, we launch a Zoom course “Footsteps in Faith” to explore questions such as: –
Where is God in Covid 19?
What is Christianity really about?
What is faith about generally?
Contact Jes for joining details

Getting Active Walks: Every Thursday evening
We meet outside the Lion to walk for an hour or half hour. All welcome. Times will vary so please check the roadside noticeboard or Facebook each week.

Our nominated charity for October is Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust. Last month we had 2 teams cycling in the CHCT ride & stride event. Team 1 (John & Catherine) cycled 44 miles visiting an incredible 33 churches, Team 2 (Mo, David & Anne) cycled 17 miles around 13 churches. We are still collecting for the charity by way of sponsorship via  https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stmarysbuckdenrideandstride

ALL SOULS SERVICE – Sunday 1st November at 4pm
A Service of Prayers & Readings to remember our loved ones who have died. If you would like to add someone to the list of those remembered at the service, please contact allsouls@stmarysbuckden.org.uk

New opening arrangements

Unfortunately we are no longer able to open for private prayer due to recent abuse of the facilities and the potential risk of infection due to non adherence with safety measures whist the building was left unattended.

Therefore the current schedule of opening at St Mary’s Church Buckden is WEDNESDAY – Holy Communion at 9.30 am
SUNDAY – service at 11am
For the Sunday Service, please reserve an attendance slot each week, by emailing the churchwarden david.pickavance1@outlook.com or adding your name to the list in the porch.

Social distancing measures are in place at all times to ensure everyone’s safety and numbers are limited. Please respect the safety measures, respect one another and always wear a mask / face covering. Social distancing is still key.

Please note that, due to a problem with the water supply, there are no toilet facilities in the church and no heating at the moment. Our weekly online Sunday Services are continuing.

Annual Meetings

The 2020 Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and Meeting of the Parishioners to Elect Churchwardens took place on Sunday 27th September at St Mary’s.

Churchwardens:
Vas Mowat joins David Pickavance as churchwardens for the forthcoming year.  

PCC: No new PCC members were elected this year and none were due for renewal of their 3-year term.  Current elected PCC members are:-  Ian Carter, Marilyn Rolin, Sammy Riley and David Riley (elected 2018); Anne Carter, Carole Coram, Michelle Jazrawi and Kate Merrell (elected 2019). 

Sidespeople will be appointed by the PCC under the new rules

Independent Examiner: Barry Priest was re-appointed .

Deanery Synod representative: There is still a vacancy. Please see Jes if you think you might be interested.

Electoral Roll: There are currently 115 persons on roll of which 20 reside outside the Parish.

Sunday 27th September at St Mary’s

Sunday 27th September at 11am is our harvest festival service in St Mary’s followed by our annual meetings (APCM and elections). Please book in advance with david.pickavance1@outlook.com always wear a face covering and comply with the social distancing measures in place.

There’s no new online service this week but why not take this opportunity to revisit a service from an earlier week? They are all still available on both our Facebook page, St Mary’s Buckden, and our YouTube channel, St Mary’s Buckden.