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Thank you to everyone who attended the Meeting of the Parishioners and APCM on Sunday 14th 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.
Help please! Many hands make light work, so please join us for :-
Cleaning Crew on Saturday 4th May from 10am. Dusters at the ready!
Churchyard Tidy on Saturday 11th May from 10am. Bring your own tools.
Free tea/coffee are provided for the helpers.
Looking good! – a new carpet has been fitted at the back of church and a new carpet in the chancel is expected imminently. New lighting for the porch and the nave has arrived and should be fitted soon. Pop in and see the difference.
EVERYBODY WELCOME – families, individuals, all-ages
Coffee & Cakes – in St Mary’s every Saturday
Stageworks Concert in St Mary’s – Friday 3rd May at 7.30pm
Community Café – in St Mary’s Wednesday 8th May from 2.30pm.
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 10th May 10am in the Methodist Hall.
For more information about all events in May, see the poster below or have a look at this month’s newsletter. A copy can be viewed here 1905 newsletter May or you can see all recent newsletters on this website under the OFFICIAL INFO tab
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.
Why not join us this Lent and learn about The Beatitudes? There are various options from group study (lunchtime or evening) and individual study (booklets to order and free downloads to sign-up to) as we all learn more about the beatitudes.
Lent Pilgrim sampler
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.
This year we have to create a new Electoral Roll (our list of members) so please fill in a form Application-for-Enrolment-Electoral-Roll and return it to the churchwardens, to email@example.com (or the box at the back of church) before 17th March if you haven’t already done so.
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
We are well into the New Year and back to routine. All groups and activities have restarted and there is lots going on in the church. Hopefully something for everyone.
Thanks you to everyone who joined us for the Cleaning Crew on Saturday 2nd February, the church is looking lovely. Please note that there will be no organised Cleaning Crew in March, but do feel free to pop with your duster during that first week.
St Mary’s chosen charity for November-December is for January-February is MAGPAS www.magpas.org.uk Magpas Air Ambulance brings crucial lifesaving care by land and air to patients in life-threatening emergencies. Based in Cambridgeshire, their enhanced medical team receives advanced training which allows them to offer procedures and treatments at the scene. They support the ambulance service and give medical care when time is of the essence. This means that the frontline care the team delivers doesn’t just save lives, it helps seriously ill and injured people to return to a good quality of life. Magpas Air Ambulance is not a state-funded service & relies on generous public donations to continue saving lives. Thank you in advance for your generosity. There will be a fund-raising Pamper Afternoon in aid of MAGPAS on Saturday 2nd March at 53 Park Road 2pm – 6pm.
For more information about all events in February, have a look at this month’s newsletter. A copy can be viewed here Newsletter-feb 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
Saturday 1st December is a day of preparation – during that morning, the Cleaning Crew are in, the Christmas Tree arrives (donated by The Flower Boutique Buckden) with its personalised Memory Baubles, the wreaths arrive for the Wreath Festival and Coffee and Cakes are available. Please come along and help, or just join us for coffee and cake.
Sunday 2nd December is Advent Sunday. At our 11am Service, St Mary’s knitted nativity sets start off on their journey around Buckden. There is no evening service this week but St Mary’s will be open all afternoon with lots going on as part of the Buckden Christmas Market and Lights Switch-on event. Come in and see the Wreath Festival, Christmas Tree, enjoy the Children’s craft workshop, have refreshments, hear the children of Buckden School singing.