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
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Our chosen Charity for May-June is Godmanchester Food Bank http://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
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We have started April on a high with Easter Sunday falling on the 1st day of the month.
Alleluia, Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
At the end of March we also received a net £35,600, the grant from Amey Community Foundation. So we have much to celebrate and be grateful for.
As we move on into April, some important business and administrative tasks must be addressed.
Annual Meetings – ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING (APCM) & ELECTION OF CHURCHWARDENS. SUNDAY 8TH APRIL 2018 at 12.15am following by BRING & SHARE LUNCH. Please join us at the meetings and at the lunch after. 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. If you want to get more involved, or change your activities, there are lists for the various volunteer roles (please amend by hand) and forms for electoral roll applications and PCC, churchwarden and Deanery Synod nominations at the back of church. the annual report can be downloaded here Annual report 2017
New Data Protection Rules – May we contact you? There will be new data protection legislation (GDPR) in place from 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
New Safeguarding Rules – New accreditation for church volunteers, PCC members, those dealing with children and vulnerable adults has been introduced and will be a focus for 2018, to protect ourselves and the community we serve. The accreditation can be in the form of an online assessment or face to face workshop; more information will follow.
A copy of this month’s newsletter can be downloaded here 1804 newsletter
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Our chosen Charity for March-April is Little Princess Trust http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/ . The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young adults up to the age of 24, who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses. Look out for the display in church and more information in the pewsheets this month.
The beginning of March is full of events, starting on the Thursday 1st with Mad March Munchies (a trip to Spicelands), followed by Women’s World Day of Prayer on Friday 2nd and the Annual Church Auction on Saturday 3rd. There’s more information on these and other events below.
LENT: We are already well into the season of Lent. Our 2018 Lent course is based on “The King’s Speech” and there are two options for taking part:-
Monday lunchtimes – BDCT study lunches (with soup lunch) 12.30pm at the Methodist Hall. Last session 19th March.
Thursday evenings – 8.30pm study sessions at 7 Vineyard Way Thursdays to 22nd March
Newsletter: You can download our latest newsletter here 1803 st mary’s newsletter or see all recent newsletters on this website under the INFO tab.
Our chosen Charity for March-April is Little Princess Trust http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/ . The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young adults up to the age of 24, who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses. Look out for the display in church and information in the pewsheets this month.
CONCERT – this month we have our first concert of 2018 : Hinchingbrooke Rising Stars
May we contact you? There is new data protection legislation (GDPR) from May 2018. We will need to have your written consent to store your details and to contact you. Consent forms will be available in April (from the website and in church) and circulated with the April newsletter. Please take time to read the information and fill in a form. Without written consent we will no longer be able to contact you
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Advent is almost upon us and the first weekend in December is promising to be a very busy one. We have the Christmas Tree arriving with it’s personalised baubles, St Mary’s 1st Christmas Wreath Festival, Buckden Christmas Market and light switch on, Children’s workshop, Children singing and more. And that’s all in addition to our special Advent Service at 11am on Sunday when the travelling cribs set off on their journey around Buckden. Come and join us this weekend.
Next Wednesday it’s the St Mary’s Christmas Coffee Morning at Buckden Village Hall. Join us for coffee, mince pies and fun
After that, we move on to the various Christmas Services – something for everyone
For more about what’s on in December click on this link to the newsletter DEC2017-JAN2018 or see the poster below. Check the St Mary’s website, facebook page and posters around the church for further updates during the month.
Just in case you haven’t already heard ….
St Mary’s Buckden
*800 and counting* Challenge
FINAL TOTAL: £10,000
THANK YOU to everyone for helping us. This is a fantastic boost for our Restoration Appeal
A quick update on the restoration. Work on the tower stonework is ongoing. The clock has been taken away for repair and there is additional work needed on the masonry that was behind the clock.
Coming up in November (see newsletter or posters below for details)
Churchyard Tidy on Saturday 4th – bring your own tools!
All Souls service on Sunday 5th
Friends in Deed Café on Wednesday 8th
M&Ms Christmas Crafts & Flowers on Wednesday 8th
Come and meet Pudsey Bear on Thursday 9th – bring a teddy
Remembrance services on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th
Open Meeting on 26th – come and share your thoughts
In September-October we raised £1,500 for BLOODWISE
Our chosen Charity for November-December is DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal www.dec.org.uk/appeal/east-africa-crisis-appeal Hunger on a massive scale is looming across East Africa. Drought and conflict have left 19 million people in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment. People are already dying in South Sudan and Somalia. In Kenya and Ethiopia, water shortages caused by drought are severe and likely to worsen. Women, children and older people are suffering the most; half a million children under five are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition and require immediate lifesaving treatment. Diseases such as cholera and measles are spreading fast, as more people flee fighting and are forced to live in poor overcrowded conditions. DEC member charities are responding to the crisis and delivering life-saving aid. But, they need more money to help reduce the scale and severity of the crisis.
For more information about what’s on at St Mary’s, see our monthly Newsletter 1711 st marys newsletter NOV2017 or the poster below
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