The Open Gardens weekend was a fabulous event enjoyed by villagers and visitors alike. Our thanks go to so very many people : our events team, the helpers, the gardeners and all the visitors. The total raised was in excess of £3,000 for the Restoration Fund.
This coming weekend at St Mary’s we have coffee and cakes on Saturday 24th June 10.30m til noon. Sunday 25th is our fourth Sunday all-age communion 11am at St Mary’s with singing led by Angel Voices. All are welcome to come and join us. For a more traditional service there is BCP Holy Communion at 8am. Sunday evening we have our monthly Open Meeting at 6pm, your chance to come along and have your say. We end the evening with Night Prayer at 7pm.
We have several options for bible study coming up for anyone who is interested:-
The monthly Monday Bible Group is setting out on a new journey of discovery, with lots of opportunity to participate and learn together. The theme starting next week is Parables in the Gospels and OT. These have layers of deeper meaning to be uncovered. Next meetings: 26 June, 31 July and 25 September then every 4th Monday.
A new Going Deeper group starts on Monday 26 June meeting every week 8 – 9pm at The Horseshoe in Offord. The existing Going Deeper group continues to meet on Wednesday mornings 10.30am in the living stones room. Both groups are looking more closely at the readings from the previous Sunday.
All are welcome to come and try any or all of these groups.
It’s the eve of Buckden Open Gardens. The forecast is good and the gardens are all looking lovely. Get your garden passports for just £5 on the day from St Marys or from any of the gardens.
One of the events in our 800 and counting challenge. An outdoor screening of Grease on 10th June. It will be in the parkland at the back of Stirtloe House. Car parking will be available within the park. Draycott brewery will be running the bar, plus locally sourced hog roast etc. or bring your own picnic.Bring something to sit on and a torch.Gates open 7pm. Film starts approx 9pm. Box office details are on the poster
Congratulations to the 6 members of our congregation who were confirmed at Ely Cathedral at a Pentecost Praise service on 4th June 2017.
We start this month with Pentecost on the 4th when we have six candidates being confirmed at Ely Cathedral. We also reach the official end of the Archbishop’s prayer for the nation “Thy Kingdom Come”.
There is loads going on in June; click here 1706 st marys newsletter to see our NEWSLETTER for details. The big event is Buckden Open Gardens on Sunday June 11th.
*800 and counting……* THE CHALLENGE IS NOW ON! Thank you to everyone involved. Don’t forget to update us with news and pictures of your plans and events over the coming months. The ones we know about are listed below. For more information about the challenge and the celebration, click on *800 and counting*
Restoration Appeal and Major Projects
Work on the roof is now complete but we are unable to progress any of the other major projects until we have raised substantial funds. Pray that our grant applications will be successful and that people will feel moved to support our beautiful Parish Church.
Our chosen Charity for May-June is Godmanchester Food Bank http://godmanchester.foodbank.org.uk/
The Trussell Trust foodbank network works in partnership with local churches and organisations to bring foodbanks to communities across the UK. There are now over 400 foodbanks in the network. St Mary’s have been a collection point for Godmanchester Foodbank for several years. There is a food collection box near the font for our offerings each week and we also pass donations of dried and tinned food from the schoolchildren at harvest festival each year. See the charities page
on this website (under finance), the weekly pewsheet and the charities noticeboard at the back of church for more information.