January 2021 Updates

Christmas at St Mary’s and Online

Join us in person at St Mary’s and/or online with Buckden & District Churches Together this Christmas.

If you missed the Zoom Carol Singing on the 15th, we still have the Online Carol Service to come on the 22nd plus Christmas Eve Christingle (online) and Midnight Communion (in church) and Chritsmas Day Communion (in church). Please book in advance Please book in advance by emailing david.pickavance1@outlook.com, if you want to attend one of the services in church.

Instructions for making a Christingle at home will be given during the Christmas Eve Service but are also available below (with a shopping list too!)

December 2020 at St Mary’s Buckden

This year the beginning of Advent, the beginning of December and the end of Lockdown (2) are all happening within a few days of one another. Our celebration of Advent and Christmas will look a little different this year. We have a variety of services planned both in church and online; making the most of new skills we developed over the past months and working closely with the other churches in and around Buckden.

Sunday Services at 11am in St Mary’s resume from December 6th. Please book for Sunday each week with david.pickavance1@outlook.com or add your name to the list in the porch.
Wednesday Communion at 9.30am in St Mary’s resumes from December 9th. Just come along and join in.
Please do remember to always wear a face covering and comply with the social distancing guidance in place.

Advent – Christmas Services (see the newsletter for more details)
Tuesday 15th December at 8pm: Carols via Zoom. Join in and sing along at home.
Tuesday 22nd December: Buckden’s Online Village Carol Service. Have your mince pies ready at home.
Christmas Eve at 3.30pm: Buckden’s Online Christingle Service. Make your Christingle during the service.
Christmas Eve at 11.30pm: Midnight Communion in St Mary’s (please book in advance)
Christmas Day at 10.15am: Christmas Communion in St Mary’s (please book in advance)

Our Newsletter for December – January and our Family Newsletter for Advent can be downloaded here

St Mary’s chosen charity for November-December is Brain Tumour Research https://www.braintumourresearch.org/  
Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer… yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.  Brain Tumour Research is determined to change this.  They are the only national charity in the UK that is dedicated to raising funds for continuous and sustainable scientific research into brain tumours and are a leading voice calling for greater support and action for research into what scientists are calling the last battleground against cancer. To donate please use the link below.  Thanks for your support.  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/StMarysBuckden

Advent Sunday – 29th November

This Sunday, 29th November, is the beginning of Advent, a season of preparation, looking forward to Christmas and the birth of Jesus.
At St Mary’s, our stars on the tower will be shining out for all to see.
Look out for our outdoor Nativity Scene which will appear in the churchyard during this first week of Advent.

Our online service for Advent Sunday will be available via YouTube and Facebook – St Mary’s Buckden. Please do join us and watch.

This week’s pewsheet, Sunday’s sermon and an Advent Newsletter for Families can be downloaded here:-

Sunday Services in Church will resume from December 6th and Wednesday Communion from the 9th. Please book for Sunday each week with david.pickavance1@outlook.com or add your name to the list in the porch.

Join us online every Sunday

Please join us online every Sunday 
Whilst we are unable to hold services in church, we do hope that you will all join us in our “virtual” Sunday services.

A video of the service is uploaded each week to both Facebook and to YouTube.  “St Mary’s Buckden”.  So, if you can’t watch it at 11am on the Sunday, you can always catch up later using the link here YouTube channel: St Mary’s Buckden

The pewsheet, service sheet and sermon are circulated by email each week. Please let us know if you would like to be added to the email circulation list by emailing us at consent@stmarysbuckden.org.uk

Previous sermons are also uploaded to this website, click here sermons

Weekday Opening
St Mary’s is currently opening for individuals for private prayer on the following days and times only:-
MONDAY – Open for PRIVATE PRAYER ONLY  10.00am to 4.00 pm
THURSDAY – Open for PRIVATE PRAYER ONLY  10.00am to 4.00 pm

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. 

Daily Prayers
On Wednesday 4 November, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and Bishop of London called the Church of England to prayer for the nation throughout the month of November. They have been publishing daily prayer themes and ask us all to pray at 6pm each evening.
Check here for updates https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/call-prayer-nation

In addition, here are the prayer points mentioned by Jes in the pewsheet:-prayer-points-1Download