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.email@example.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.
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.
On Sunday 11th April, our 11am service at St Mary’s will be a communion service in memory of HRH Prince Philip.
The St Mary’s Annual Meetings will follow, as planned, at 12 noon.
St Mary’s will then be open from 1pm-2pm for private prayer and reflection.
As the Palace has requested, people should, where possible, donate to charity rather than leaving floral or other tributes. If you do decide to leave a floral tribute in Buckden, please would you lay it at the War Memorial in the churchyard?
As April 2021 begins, it’s Holy Week, we’re looking forward to Easter and St Mary’s is open for services once again.
Services in St Mary’s for Holy Week and Easter Wednesday 31st March 9.30am Midweek communion Thursday 1st April 7.30pm Maundy Thursday Service Friday 2nd April 11am Churches Together Good Friday Service Friday 2nd April 2pm The Last Hour Sunday 4th April 11am Easter Service Social distancing measures are still in place, so please comply, always wear a mask in church and numbers are limited. For Good Friday and Sunday, please book in advance by emailing David.firstname.lastname@example.org. Sunday services are also being streamed via YouTube for those unable to attend.
Buckden & District Churches Together are unable to run the usual children’s workshop alongside the Good Friday Service but you can pick up a family activity bag instead (see below)
Welcome to St Mary’s, the lively parish church at the heart of Buckden, Cambridgeshire. St Mary's has long been a stopping-off point for people travelling up and down the A1. We hope you enjoy your online visit, and look forward to welcoming you in person if you are able to join us for a service or just to drop in.
On this site you can find out about the variety of activities here which make St Mary's a place where everyone can feel at home and enjoy fellowship with God and with one another.