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September at St Mary’s

Autumn is almost upon us. As we make the most of the last few weeks of light evenings, we give thanks for the success of our summer activities – Holidays at Home, Pyramid Rock, Getting Active – and we look forward to Heritage Weekends, to Harvest Festival, to the new youth club youth@thetowers. Please pray for the success of all these ventures

St Mary’s chosen charity for September-October is BLOODWISE https://bloodwise.org.uk/  Last year’s appeal proved very successful in raising funds in memory of Diane and Patti . The charity has an aim of creating a future without blood cancer, which sadly was the condition they both succumbed to. Last year Gary Wells completed the Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride, under the Bloodwise banner, which resulted, along with our support, in us being able to present a cheque for £4000 to them. This year he is riding in the London to Paris event, again supporting BLOODWISE. As last year our stand in church will provide updates and further information.

Dusters at the ready! Come and join the cleaning crew
Saturday 1st September (and every 1st Saturday) from 10am
Our recent plea for help with church cleaning has resulted in several initiatives
– weekly cleaning will continue but only a few areas are covered this way
– Cleaning Crew will now run every month on the 1st Saturday. Please join in.
– brass cleaning has been allocated to specific people / groups
– cleaning prior to weddings/funerals/events. Several people have signed up to help with this and will be called as and when required

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HERITAGE OPEN DAYS – 6th-9th & 13th -16th September
The open days run over two weekends and St Mary’s will be open to visitors each day
Saturday 8th Sept
Cambridgeshire Historic Churches “Ride, Drive & Stride”
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Please sponsor our teams walking and cycling at this event – a percentage of the money raised comes back to St Mary’s. Sponsor form at the back of church
“Churches on The Air”. The World Association of Christian Radio Amateur and Listeners (WACRAL) will have a station set-up in St Mary’s and would welcome any interested visitors.


Sunday 16th Sept – Guided Tours of St Mary’s at 2pm and 3.30pm (free)

GETTING ACTIVE:  this month we’ll be keeping a careful eye on the weather and the daylight but still hope to be able to walk on a Thursday evening from 7pm?  Look out for information in the pewsheet and posters each week.

For more information about all events in September, have a look at this month’s newsletter. A copy can be viewed here Newsletter Sept-2018 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:-

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August at St Mary’s

August is traditionally a month of holidays when many of our regular activities are not running.  However, at St Mary’s, it’s not going to be a quiet month as there are lots of special summer activities going on. We join with friends from Buckden & District Churches Together to run two holiday clubs, our Getting Active Walks take advantage of the light evenings and (hopefully) pleasant weather. Please pray for the success of  all these activities.

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.

Godmanchester Foodbank, who we support throughout the year with donations of food, is asking for help. With school holidays happening now, again the foodbank is bridging the gap between free school meals and going hungry…. there is no provision for families on low incomes to have extra provision while kids are on holiday and whatever your political thoughts or opinions on people learning to budget, events happen, and money put aside gets gobbles up in emergency uses like flat tyres, unexpected bills, new school uniform and similar. If you are able, please grab an extra tin of veg, packet of pasta, or bottle of squash to help the foodbank.  NO baked beans nor tomatoes needed – we already have lots of them, and thank you.
Yes extra treaty bits like some crisps or sweets is great too as we all like treats on our holidays but the regular stuff matters too please.
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See below for events coming up at St Mary’s this month:-
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Dusters at the ready! Come and join the cleaning crew
Saturday 4th August from 10am
For many years we have benefited from a dedicated team who clean the church every week. Sadly, numbers have dwindled and new volunteers have not been forthcoming.  We’re looking at new ways to get the work done so join us to clean and to discuss possible solutions

GETTING ACTIVE: It’s a shame to waste all these lovely light summer evenings so why not join us for a walk on a Thursday evening at 7pm? We aim to walk for about an hour, then drop in for a well-earned drink. All are welcome, tell your friends.
Thursday 2nd August: Meet 7pm outside The Lion, Buckden.
Thursday 9th August:  Meet 7pm outside The Horseshoe, Offord.
Thursday 16th August:  Meet 7pm outside  The Wheatsheaf, Perry
23rd & 30th August: venue to be arranged – look out for the postersHolidays at Home 2018 Poster1

Holidays at Home Booking forms are available from St Mary’s. On the bookshelf at the back of church. Pop your complete form into the vicarage next door

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Click here for a Pyramid Rock Booking form – pyramid-booking-2018

For more information about all events in August, have a look at this month’s newsletter. A copy can be viewed here 1808 Newsletter Aug2018 or you can see all recent newsletters on this website under the INFO tab.

 

 

 

 

May at St Mary’s Buckden

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 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.
Godmanchester Foodbank Logo

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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March 2018 at St Mary’s Buckden

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.

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CHARITIES
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

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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

 

The beginning of March is full of events, starting on the Thursday 1st with Mad March Munchies (a trip to Spicelands), followed by img_1801World Day of Prayer on Friday 2nd and the Annual Church Auction on Saturday 3rd. There’s more information on these and other events below.

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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 or see all recent newsletters on this website under the INFO tab.

CHARITIES
Our chosen Charity for March-April is Little Princess Trust  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. http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/

CONCERT – this month we have our first concert of 2018 from 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

Preparing for Christmas

St Mary’s Christmas Tree – sponsor a bauble
This year, The Flower Boutique Brampton are providing St Mary’s Church with a 10ft Christmas tree. They will be selling baubles, with 100% of profits going to charity …..60% to St Mary’s and 40% to Buckden Pre-School Playgroup. Buy one of the baubles for £4 and put a message in memory of a loved one, or pet, who is no longer with us onto the silk ribbon attached to the bauble. Baubles are on sale at The Flower Boutique, The Salon on the Green, Que Sera or at St Mary’s after the 11am Sunday services in November.

St Mary’s Wreath Festival
Make a Christmas wreath and bring it into church on Saturday 2nd December. The wreaths will be displayed until 19th December.

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Sunday 3rd December 2pm – 5pm
BUCKDEN CHRISTMAS MARKET in the High Street
ST MARY’S WREATH FESTIVAL in the Church
ST MARY’S CHRISTMAS TREE in the Church
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CRAFT WORKSHOP in the Church
COME IN AND LIGHT A CANDLE in the Church
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St Mary’s will be open
with Christmas Wreaths, Christmas Tree and children’s work on display. There’s Children’s Christmas Crafts Workshops and a Christmas Cards/Crafts Stall. Refreshments will be available too. Come and join us.
The Buckden & District Churches Together “Why Christmas?” Stall on the High Street will be selling handmade cards and gifts as well as Christmas Crackers for the big cracker pull.