Monthly Archives: June 2015

Summer News

A copy of the St Mary’s Newsletter for July-August can be downloaded here Newsletter July August 2015

A reminder about festival weekend:-

Saturday 4th July – THERE WILL BE NO COFFEE & CAKES IN CHURCH. Instead you can join in with the festival parade and with the fete on the playing fields.

Sunday 5th July – THERE IS NO 10.30AM SERVICE IN ST MARY’S
Instead, please come and join Buckden & District Churches Together at the Special Festival Service 10.30am at the Village Hall

Saturday 18th July – we are delighted to welcome the ‘Rising Stars’ from Hinchingbrooke School’s Music Dept. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions) from 01480 812777/431037 include a complimentary glass of wine at the interval.

The Licensing Service for our new Priest in Charge, Rev Jes Salt, will be led by Bishop David and will take place in St Mary’s on Wednesday 2nd September at 7.30 pm

Buckden Village Festival 2015

4th – 5th July 2015 is Buckden Village Festival weekend


Although St Mary’s will not have a stall at the Fete on Saturday 4th there will be many familiar faces from our congregation on various other stalls :- Buckden & District Churches Together, Friends in Deed and WI to name but a few and, indeed, we are well-represented among the organisers.  So come and join in with the whole village on this special day.

On Sunday 5th July 10.30am in the Village Hall, there will be a special Festival Service organised by Buckden & District Churches Together.  Please come along and celebrate this opportunity to worship together with other local churches and with the whole village.  Please note that there will be no 10.30am service in St Mary’s on that day.

For more information about the festival weekend, you can visit the festival  website

John Newton (creator of Amazing Grace)

At our Wednesday Holy Communion Service this morning we remembered John Newton, creator of Amazing Grace, who was ordained here in St Mary’s on this day (17th June) 1764 by the Bishop of Lincoln .

John Newton was born in 1725, and spent his early career in the shipping industry, heavily involved in the slave trade. His conversion to Christianity was gradual, and it wasn’t until he was able to leave the slave trade that he felt he had truly embraced the Christian faith, around the time that he began to think about his vocation to ordained ministry. Newton first experienced this sense of vocation in 1758, and penned a personal and moving set of reflections during the summer of that year, in preparation for this new phase of his life. He was eventually ordained as deacon and then as priest here in Buckden on 17th June 1764.

Newton is well known for the way that in later life he repented of his own involvement with slavery and became active and vocal in the abolition movement. He wrote a number of inspiring hymns, of which ‘Amazing Grace’ is the most famous and well loved.

For more information about John Newton please visit

Every Day in St Mary’s

There is something happening every day in St Mary’s.
All are welcome to come and take part.

The Daily Office (daily prayers)  takes place on the following days & times.
Monday 2.15pm
Tuesday 4.30pm
Thursday 9.15am
Friday 4.30pm

Wednesdays at 9.30am there is BCP Holy Communion followed by tea/coffee

On Saturdays coffee and cakes are served from 10am to 12 noon

For details of our regular Sunday services, please click here

Concert ; The Aragon Singers

After a fabulous “Open Gardens” event last Sunday with wall-to-wall sunshine, immaculate gardens,  luxury cream teas and the rest, our next event at St Mary’s is our next concert :-

The Aragon Singers of Buckden
Saturday 13th June 7.30pm
Tickets £10 (£8 concessions) from 01480 812777/431037
Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine at the interval