Monthly Archives: November 2014

Christmas is coming….

This Sunday, 30th November, will be Advent Sunday.  This is the day when we light the first Advent Candle and when our knitted nativity sets begin their journey  around Buckden which symbolises the journey that Mary and Joseph took from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

knitted nativity pic

Sunday also sees the switching on of the Christmas Lights in the village.  St Mary’s will be open during the afternoon as a place of quiet, shelter and refreshment.

Wednesday 3rdmince pies December  is the St Mary’s Christmas Coffee Morning 10am – 11.30am in the Millard Suite, Buckden Village Hall. Entrance is £2.50 which includes Tea/ Coffee and Mince Pies.  Christmas Stall, Cake Stall, Bring & Buy, Raffle.  Everybody Welcome.

For information about the various services over Christmas, please see our Special Services page.  We hope that there is something to suit everybody.

St Mary’s Newsletter for December 2014 – January 2015 is now available to download from our Newsletters Page.

Vacancy for a Priest in Charge

The Benefice of Buckden and the Offords
Our Benefice consists of two active rural churches:- St Mary’s Buckden and All Saints’ Offord Cluny and the closed church of St Peter’s Offord D’Arcy. The villages are situated between St Neots to the south and Huntingdon to the north, and separated by the River Great Ouse and the East Coast main line railway.

We are looking for an incumbent who will recognise and value our differences, who will lead us into deeper Christian discipleship in our daily lives, and by journeying with us as we learn to identify our gifts so we can play a fuller part in the ministry of the Church.

We are looking for someone:
• Who is creative, flexible and sympathetic to diverse liturgical traditions
• Who embraces new technology and, at the same time, values heritage and tradition
• Who is able to engage with children and work equally well with the elderly, the infirm and all those in between
• Who is committed to the ecumenical traditions of our communities
• Who will continue to grow our Benefice relationship with the Deanery and take an active part in Deanery Chapter & Diocesan life
• With a pastoral heart, who is outgoing and hands-on but who is able to delegate, where appropriate, all aspects of ministry through encouragement and training of the laity.
• In addition – the diocese is looking for someone who for one day a week will work with the Director of Mission supporting Social Justice issues such as food banks and credit unions.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with energy, drive and vision to further develop the role of our churches – faithful to the call of God; caring and visible within the community.
An application form and additional information is available at

To apply, please write or email:
The Archdeacon of Huntingdon & Wisbech, The Diocesan Office, Barton Road, Ely CB7 4DX

Closing date for applications: Friday 5th December 2014
Interviews on: Tuesday 20th January 2015
This appointment is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure

We pray to be generous and visible people of Jesus Christ.

Can you give Mary and Joseph a place to stay?

St Mary’s’ knitted nativity sets begin their Christmas journey on Advent Sunday November 30th. Their journey around Buckden symbolises the journey that Mary and Joseph took from Nazareth to Bethlehem. If you would like to host a set for 1 or 2 nights between advent and epiphany, please sign the list at the back of church or contact:-
Anne Carter (ph: 812789;
Catherine Grigg (ph: 07746 599776

knitted nativity pic

As the weather turns colder and the nights draw in, our thoughts turn to Christmas

See our special services page for details of services and our events page for details of events during Advent & Christmas

Remembrance Service

Sunday 9th November 10,30am – Buckden & District Churches Together – Village Remembrance Service
Service at St Mary’s ending with the Commemoration at the War Memorial, followed by refreshments at the Methodist Church
poppy wreath

 Tuesday 11th November at 10.45am A short service of commemoration at the war memorial

Saturday 15th November – World War 1 Exhibition & Talks
2.30-5pm: WW1 Exhibition and ‘Roadshow’ style appraisal of your military items
5.00-6.30pm: WW1 Illustrated talks
Refreshments available.