This Sunday, 28th March, is Palm Sunday and we have our first service back in church at 11am. If you want to come along, please book in advance by emailing David.email@example.com. Social distancing measures are still in place, so please comply, and always wear a mask in church.
If you can’t make it to church this week, the service will also be streamed via YouTube on St Mary’s Buckden.
The beginning of this month is very busy with special events:- World Day of Prayer on the 1st, Annual Auction and MAGPAS Fundraiser both on the 2nd, Mad March Munchies at Spiceland on the 7th and a concert from HBK Rising Stars on the 9th. Please note that there will be no cleaning crew and no coffee and cakes on the 2nd but there is the Community Café on the 13th and a churchyard tidy on the 16th – please come along with your tools and lend a hand.
HELP PLEASE – on display at the back of church (behind the font) are signup sheets and application forms for various volunteer roles within St Mary’s. Please consider whether you might be able fulfil any of these roles and chat to Jes or the churchwardens if you would like more information.
Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting & Election of Churchwardens is on Sunday 14th April 2019 at 12.15am and will be followed by a BRING & SHARE LUNCH. All are welcome to the meetings and the lunch. Those on the church or civic electoral roll may vote in the election of churchwardens. Those on the church electoral roll may vote in the PCC elections.
Easter Lilies. As usual, St Mary’s will be decorated for Easter with lilies donated by people in memory of loved ones. There will be lists at the back of church and instructions for payment from 17th March to 8th April.
St Mary’s chosen charity for March-April is Combat Stress https://www.combatstress.org.uk/ Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. For a century they’ve been helping former servicemen and women deal with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. Today they provide specialist treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict to give them hope and a future. Please see the display in church for more information.
For more information about all events in March, have a look at this month’s newsletter. A copy can be viewed here 1903 Newsletter March or you can see all recent newsletters on this website under the INFO tab
See below for more events coming up at St Mary’s this month
What a fabulous start to December. The church was a hive of activity all weekend long. Thank you to everyone who came on Saturday to help with the cleaning, decorate the Christmas tree, receive and display the wreaths, provide the refreshments.
On Sunday our knitted nativity sets set-off during the morning’s Advent Sunday Service; we were open during the afternoon of the Buckden Christmas Market & Lights to welcome visitors to the Wreath Festival, children to the craft workshops, singers from Buckden School. Thanks to everyone who visited & everyone who helped.
The Wreath Festival continues throughout December, please come and take a look. Don’t forget to sponsor a memory bauble this year – £3 from The Flower Boutique, The Salon on the Green and Buckden Preschool
Our next events involve coffee, the Annual Christmas Coffee Morning at the Village Hall on the 5th and The Community Café in St Mary’s on the 12th. Please come and join us for a cuppa
Our Special Services for Christmas start on Saturday 9th December with Christingle. See below for a full list of Christmas Services. Please come and share in the celebration.
St Mary’s chosen charity for November-December is Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) www.maf-uk.org For 70 years, MAF has been flying for life
In today’s ‘connected world’, the irony is that never have so many people been so isolated. Flying onto desert and jungle airstrips, lakes and rivers, tracks and roads, MAF’s light aircraft and their mission pilots go the extra miles to provide a lifeline. They fly medical, relief and life-transforming help to vulnerable people in hard-to-reach places. They need our prayers and financial support.
For more information about all events in December (and January), have a look at this month’s newsletter. A copy can be viewed here 1812 Newsletter Dec18-Jan19 or you can see all recent newsletters on this website under the INFO tab
See below for events coming up at St Mary’s this month
As we enter July there’s currently something of a heatwave going on. We’re hoping that the weather will hold for all the summer events planned here and throughout the village.
July 7th-8th is festival weekend in Buckden. There will be no coffee & cakes on Saturday and no 11am service in St Mary’s on Sunday but you can come and see us the Holiday Club Stall at the fete (Saturday afternoon) and at the festival service in the village hall (11am Sunday).
See below for events coming up at St Mary’s this month:-
For more information about all events in July, have a look at this month’s newsletter. A copy can be viewed here Newsletter July2018 or you can see all recent newsletters on this website under the INFO tab.
St Mary’s chosen charity for July-August is Buckden village resident, Molly Smith. Following multiple organ transplant 10 years ago she has ‘challenging health’. The funds raised will go towards ramps to enable Molly to spend time in her garden and leave the house as she becomes increasingly dependent on a wheelchair. Look for the display in church or the charities page on this website under the FINANCE tab to find out more.
Preparations for our Holiday Clubs are now well underway.
For the children (5-11 years) we have Pyramid Rock – details and booking form below.
For those mature in years but young at heart we have Holidays at Home 13th-15th August – details to follow
Thank you to everyone who attended the Meeting of the Parishioners and APCM on Sunday 8th April. Those meetings already seem a dim and distant memory. And thanks to everyone who is taking on or continuing with a volunteer role within St Mary’s. We are blessed to have so many willing helpers.
May is looking to be a very busy month with 3 weddings, Ascension Day, a concert, various coffee morning and a number of funerals. Please see the newsletter or the posters below for more details of events in May. Please note that the Friends in Deed Drop-in Café this month will be at The Methodist Church.
A copy of this month’s newsletter can be downloaded here Newsletter May 2018
Or see all recent newsletters on this website under the INFO tab.
Our chosen Charity for May-June is Godmanchester Food Bankhttp://godmanchester.foodbank.org.uk/ The Trussell Trust foodbank network works in partnership with local churches and organisations to bring foodbanks to communities across the UK. St Mary’s have been a collection point for Godmanchester Foodbank for several years. There is a food collection box near the font for our offerings each week and we also pass donations of dried and tinned food from the schoolchildren at harvest festival each year. Look out for the display in church and more information in the pewsheets this month.
In addition, during May we have Christian Aid week https://www.christianaid.org.uk/. There will be no house-to-house collection in Buckden, but envelopes will be available at the back of church if you wish to make a donation and Buckden & District Churches Together are holding a fund-raising coffee morning on Friday 11th May 10am in the Methodist Hall.
New Data Protection Rules – May we contact you? There will be new data protection legislation (GDPR) in place from 25th May 2018. We will need to have your written consent in order to store your details and to contact you. To remain on, or to join, any of our mailing lists or to have your details stored by Rev Jes and/or St Mary’s PCC, pick up a form in church or download one here Buckden GDPR Consent
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.