Monthly Archives: September 2020

New opening arrangements

Unfortunately we are no longer able to open for private prayer due to recent abuse of the facilities and the potential risk of infection due to non adherence with safety measures whist the building was left unattended.

Therefore the current schedule of opening at St Mary’s Church Buckden is WEDNESDAY – Holy Communion at 9.30 am
SUNDAY – service at 11am
For the Sunday Service, please reserve an attendance slot each week, by emailing the churchwarden david.pickavance1@outlook.com or adding your name to the list in the porch.

Social distancing measures are in place at all times to ensure everyone’s safety and numbers are limited. Please respect the safety measures, respect one another and always wear a mask / face covering. Social distancing is still key.

Please note that, due to a problem with the water supply, there are no toilet facilities in the church and no heating at the moment. Our weekly online Sunday Services are continuing.

Annual Meetings

The 2020 Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and Meeting of the Parishioners to Elect Churchwardens took place on Sunday 27th September at St Mary’s.

Churchwardens:
Vas Mowat joins David Pickavance as churchwardens for the forthcoming year.  

PCC: No new PCC members were elected this year and none were due for renewal of their 3-year term.  Current elected PCC members are:-  Ian Carter, Marilyn Rolin, Sammy Riley and David Riley (elected 2018); Anne Carter, Carole Coram, Michelle Jazrawi and Kate Merrell (elected 2019). 

Sidespeople will be appointed by the PCC under the new rules

Independent Examiner: Barry Priest was re-appointed .

Deanery Synod representative: There is still a vacancy. Please see Jes if you think you might be interested.

Electoral Roll: There are currently 115 persons on roll of which 20 reside outside the Parish.

Sunday 27th September at St Mary’s

Sunday 27th September at 11am is our harvest festival service in St Mary’s followed by our annual meetings (APCM and elections). Please book in advance with david.pickavance1@outlook.com always wear a face covering and comply with the social distancing measures in place.

There’s no new online service this week but why not take this opportunity to revisit a service from an earlier week? They are all still available on both our Facebook page, St Mary’s Buckden, and our YouTube channel, St Mary’s Buckden.

Annual Meeting & Elections- Sunday 27th September

St Mary’s Annual Meetings – APCM & Election of Churchwardens will take place on Sunday 27th September (postponed from April) starting at 12.00pm
All are welcome to attend but, due to social distancing measures, spaces are limited so please book with david.pickavance1@outlook.com.
A copy of the 2019 Annual Report can be downloaded below.
There are currently vacancies for PCC, Deanery Synod and churchwarden. Nomination forms are available in church and on this website (links below).
Those on the church or civic electoral roll may vote in the election of churchwardens. 
Those on the church electoral roll only may vote in the PCC elections.
The Electoral Roll has been updated and a copy is displayed in the Church porch.
Due to Covid-19, we are not using the usual paper volunteer sign-up sheets but will assume that all current volunteers wish to continue in the same roles unless notified otherwise.

Join us this Sunday – 20th September

There is a Sunday Service in church  at 11am this Sunday 20th September.   
Social distancing limits our capacity to 45, so you do need to reserve an attendance slot, by emailing the churchwarden david.pickavance1@outlook.com each week or adding your name to the list in the porch.  There are social distancing measures in place and there is currently no running water in the church, so please do read the instructions below before visiting and always wear a mask/face covering.
Social distancing measures for church services (from August 2020)

There is a virtual Sunday Service online for Sunday 20th September
We realise that not everybody will be comfortable attending a public service yet and, of course, our numbers are limited.  Therefore, we will continue to run the “virtual” sunday services on  Facebook and YouTube as well.  Everyone is welcome to join us in our “virtual” Sunday service.
A video of the service will be uploaded to Facebook and to YouTube. “St Mary’s Buckden”. So, if you can’t watch it at 11am on Sunday, you can always catch up later using the link here YouTube channel: St Mary’s Buckden

You can download this week’s service sheet, two sermons and pewsheet here:

 Footsteps in Prayer is up and running. Praying for those who live in your own and neighbouring streets.

St Mary’s is open for private prayer and for services in the church on the following days and times :-
MONDAY – Open for PRIVATE PRAYER ONLY 10.00am to 4.00 pm
WEDNESDAY – COMMUNION SERVICE 9.30am
FRIDAY– Open for PRIVATE PRAYER ONLY 10.00am to 4.00 pm
SUNDAY – SERVICE 11.00am

There are strict social distancing measures in place, face coverings must be worn and numbers are limited, please read the notices and comply with these measures. Due to problems with the water supply, there are no toilet facilities available at this time.