St Mary’s is a family-friendly church; you and your children are very welcome here at any time. Every Sunday we have a family service at 11am. We also run various children’s services, clubs and events through the year.
We have close links with our village school, Buckden CE Primary Academy, where Rev Jes is involved with collective worship each week, our two churchwardens are also Foundation Governors and many of the congregation are involved as helpers, parents and as pupils of the school. Buckden CE Primary academy was rated as Outstanding in a recent (2017) Statutory Inspection of Anglican & Methodist Schools (SIAMS). You can view the report here Buckden SIAMS report June 2017CR1. This is in addition to the existing Outstanding rating form Ofsted.
Groups from the primary school, nursery and pre-school playgroup visit St Mary’s for their own services to celebrate each of the main church festivals (Christmas, Easter, Harvest) and for educational visits at other times during the year.
SPECIAL EVENTS COMING UP
Coming up in August – PIRATES HOLIDAY CLUB
For children aged 5 – 11 years. Look out for more information in the coming months
REGULAR CLUBS & ACTIVITIES
Jamworkx After School Club
Tuesday 3.20 – 4.20pm at Buckden School. Craft activities and games. Run by a team from St Mary’s. Bookings through school please
JAMclub – Every third Sunday 4pm (til 5pm) in Offord Village Hall. Crafts, music, drama and games for children under 7 (pre-school children must be accompanied by their parents). All welcome.
ALL-AGE COMMUNION SERVICE on the 4th Sunday of each month at 11.00am. With the whole church family together, this service includes lively music led by *Angel Voices, a talk suitable for all ages, and plenty to engage both children and adults.
Junior Church takes place in the Living Stones Room in St Mary’s during the 11.00am Sunday service every Sunday except the 4th (and taking a break during the main school holidays).
Children (KS2) who come to church regularly are able to prepare for Admission to Holy Communion before confirmation.
Confirmation Classes are offered for older children, teens and adults to explore their faith – there’s a new confirmation course starting on Sunday 30th April – contact Rev Jes for details on 01480 819377
There is a Children’s Area in the back corner of the church; a semi-enclosed carpeted area for younger children who need to move around a bit during the service. There are toys and books in boxes under the pews and on the shelving in this area. A range of Colouring Books (about Holy Communion, baptism, weddings, and various seasonal themes), colouring sheets and colouring pencils on the shelving.
A Quiet Room at the back of church is available to anyone who needs it during services. Please do come in if you or your child just needs to escape from the main service for a while! There is a loudspeaker in there to relay the service, so you won’t miss anything.
Angel Voices is an informal all-age choir which is open to everyone. We practice at 6.45pm on the two Friday evenings prior to the 4th Sunday All-Age Communion Service each month and lead the singing at that service.
Call Chris for more information 01480 812777.
The 15+ group is for older teenagers (15-19) discussing issues of life and faith, and includes a pizza! The group is currently on hold but if you would be interested in coming along when it starts up again,
There is loads going on for families at St Mary’s. We try to have something for everyone. Do come along and join in with any / all of these activities and services.