We start the month with some very good news – during the last week of July-2017 we were awarded a grant of £40,000 (the maximum available) from the Amey Community Fund. This money supplements the ongoing fund-raising successes of the restoration appeal and allows us to start the essential maintenance work on the tower and repairs to the clock. The first site meeting has already taken place and the work should start by mid-August. See the major projects page for updates
If you were expecting August to be a quiet month, think again. In addition to the start of the building work, we have two Buckden & District Churches Together Holiday Clubs running; one for the young (Pirates Holiday Club) and one for the not-so-young (Holidays at Home). Booking forms are available in church or contact Bookings@stmarysbuckden.org.uk
During August we also have Breakfast with Moths, Getting Active, Going Deeper and *800 and counting* events. See the notice below or our newsletter st marys newsletter aug2017
*800 and counting….* the challenge continues!
Look out for more events during August and leading up to the Celebration weekend in September. Here are the ones we know about already:-
Tuesday 15th August COFFEE MORNING at 25 Springfield Close, 10.00am -12.00 noon. Entry £3 Raffle Cakes Bring and Buy
Thursday 31st August TEA IN THE GARDEN at Lark End Buckden, 2.30pm – 5pm. Entry £3
Our chosen Charity for July-August is Ed Isaac This is very much a local cause. Ed, his wife Emma and their 3 children live in the village. Ed suffered a massive brain haemorrhage and collapsed on his way to work in November 2016. He underwent life-saving surgery and intensive rehabilitation, is currently reliant on a wheelchair and has very limited movement down the left-hand side of his body. Ed returned home to his family in June but their house needs adapting for a downstairs wet room and bedroom; and he will need continuing therapy. A group of friends have been raising money locally to help the Isaacs to become a family once again.
In July 2017 we heard that we have been awarded a grant, of £40,000, from the Amey Community Fund, towards the essential maintenance work on the tower. This money supplements the ongoing fund-raising successes of the restoration appeal and is much needed, as the total bill for these repairs is circa £64000. So, the next phase of our restoration project, work on higher levels of the tower and the clock, will be starting soon. Pray for the success of this project and watch out again for scaffolding in the autumn.
A new venture this year from Buckden & District Churches Together. A Holiday Club for those who are mature in years but young at heart. Running 2pm to 5pm each afternoon Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th August at Buckden Methodist Hall. There are booking forms in church, or you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev Jes on 01480 819377. There will be lots to do, see programme below:-
It’s the last week before the summer break for many. At St Mary’s we are looking forward to our two holiday clubs in August:-
Holidays at Home – club for those mature in years but young at heart: 2-5pm on August 7th, 8th, 9th at the Methodist Hall
Pirates Holiday Club for 5 – 11yr olds 9.30am – noon on 22nd, 23rd, 24th August at Buckden School
For either club, contact email@example.com or pick up a form in church.
Daily prayers, Sunday & Wednesday Services, Getting Active and Saturday Coffee will all continue as normal throughout the summer.
From 25th May to 4th June we took part in the Archbishops’ call to all churches to pray for our nation, community and world. As part of this, we had prayer nets out in the church porch and people were invited to add their prayer requests to the nets. Here are some of the things that people asked us to pray for:-
- Victims and perpetrators of terror attacks in London and Manchester
- Police, doctors, nurses and other emergency services
- Appreciation of the NHS. For its many burdens
- Loved ones dying, grieving or suffering loss of faculties
- People involved in recent road accidents
- Worries while waiting for medical tests, procedures and results
- Buckden and its wonderful school
- Families lacking food or money
- Concern for grandchildren in a world needing God’s love
- God’s wisdom for those in positions of leadership
- Christian revival in our nation and God’s will to be done