June at St Mary’s Buckden

We are now in a vacancy (or interregnum) but, thankfully, it’s going to be a short one. Our new priest-in-charge, Revd David Sheppard, will be licensed on 27th July. We look forward to welcoming Revd David to Buckden and starting this new phase of our journey as a church.

In the meantime, our 11am Sunday services and 9.30am Wednesday Communion will continue as normal with the help of our great team of retired and other local clergy, and lay ministers. Bookings for baptisms, weddings and funerals are still being taken – please contact the churchwardens in the first instance.

For Sunday services, please book in advance by emailing David.pickavance1@outlook.com.  Social distancing measures are still in place, so please comply, always wear a mask in church and remember that numbers are limited. The service will also be streamed via YouTube St Mary’s Buckden.

St Mary’s chosen charity for May-June is Godmanchester Foodbank.
We support Godmanchester Foodbank throughout the year, but for the months of May and June we are trying to give a little extra support and to raise awareness. https://godmanchester.foodbank.org.uk/
See our May newsletter for more details.
Cash donations can be made online via the website above
Food donations (non-perishable) can be made via the collection boxes in:-
– St Mary’s (check newsletter for opening times); Nisa Buckden; Budgens Offord Cluny

Buckden & District Churches Together

Our Churches Together have two important activities in May.

Logo of Christian Aid

May 10th – 16th is Christian Aid week.
The climate crisis hurts us all. But people living in poverty fight the worst of it every day. From drought to flooding, climate change robs people of control over their lives. Extreme weather means people are struggling to survive without a reliable source of water. Your gift could help a community build an earth dam, so when the rains do come, they will have the water they need to live. A reliable source of water will help families withstand long drought or relentless rainstorms.
Every envelope. Every gift. Every challenge can change lives.Together we stop this climate crisis.

Donation envelopes are being delivered to all the houses in Buckden and completed donations can be returned to the address stamped on the envelopes, or to any of the churches, or online.

May at St Mary’s Buckden

As the new month starts, we find ourselves in a new phase of life at St Mary’s. The last Sunday Service in April was Jes and Jane’s last Sunday with us. Although a social gathering to bid them farewell was not possible, there were gifts and speeches given at the end of the service.  If you missed it, the recorded service is still available on YouTube St Mary’s Buckden. Jes & Jane go with our love and prayers and will be very much missed by everyone here.

We are now in a vacancy (or interregnum) until a new Priest in Charge can be appointed. We have taken the opportunity of this vacancy to invite some guests to lead our services alongside our own retired clergy and lay ministers.

To start us off, on Sunday 2nd May we are pleased to welcome Archdeacon Hugh McCurdy to lead our 11am service.  Please book in advance by emailing David.pickavance1@outlook.com.  Social distancing measures are still in place, so please comply, always wear a mask in church and remember that numbers are limited. The service will also be streamed via YouTube St Mary’s Buckden.

St Mary’s chosen charity for May-June is Godmanchester Foodbank.
We support Godmanchester Foodbank throughout the year, but for the months of May and June we are trying to give a little extra support and to raise awareness. https://godmanchester.foodbank.org.uk/
See our May newsletter for more details.
Cash donations can be made online via the website above
Food donations (non-perishable) can be made via the collection boxes in:-
– St Mary’s (check newsletter for opening times); Nisa Buckden; Budgens Offord Cluny

Christian Aid Week 2021 is the 10th  – 16th  May;
https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/key-appeals/christian-aid-week
See our May newsletter for more details.
Every envelope. Every gift. Every challenge can change lives. Please support Christian Aid week this year.  Buckden & District Churches Together will be distributing envelopes to houses in Buckden as well as to the churches.  Collection points will be announced.

Farewell to Jes and Jane Salt (and Brandy and Holly)

Rev Jes’ leaving service

Sunday 25th April was Jes Salt’s last Sunday as Priest in Charge at St Mary’s Buckden. Watch the whole Sunday service on YouTube.

https://youtu.be/8hB8ycqXbpkhttps://youtu.be/8hB8ycqXbpk

Result of Annual Meetings & Elections

The 2021 Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and Meeting of the Parishioners to Elect Churchwardens took place on Sunday 11th April 2021 in St Mary’s Church and via Zoom.

Churchwardens: David Pickavance and Vas Mowat
PCC: Anne Carter, Carole Coram, Michelle Jazrawi, Kate Merrell, Ian Carter, Marilyn Rolin, Sammy Riley and David Riley
Independent Examiner: Barry Priest
Deanery Synod representative: Ian Carter
Electoral Roll: There are currently 116 persons on roll of whom 20 reside outside of the Parish.