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
Sunday 16th Sept – Guided Tours of St Mary’s
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”.
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.
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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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.
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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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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September was such a busy month and one of celebration with Heritage Weekend, an Engage Award for our stars on the tower, our *800* Celebration Weekend and Harvest Festival. As we move into October, renovation work on the building is well under way and much of St Mary’s is covered in scaffolding. We give thanks for everything that we have been able to do and for the very, very many people who have contributed in all sorts of ways.
*800 to 8,000 … and still counting!!*
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Celebration Weekend on 16th / 17th September, to everyone who helped, to everyone who took part in the *800 and counting* challenge and to everyone who supported the many fund-raising events along the way. Our £800 has grown to over £8,000. Watch out for the final total which will be announced very soon. This is a fantastic boost for our Restoration Appeal.
Coming up in October (see newsletter or posters below for details)
Fundraisers’ Quiz Night on Saturday 7th
Friends in Deed Café followed by AGM with guest speaker on 11th
M&Ms packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child on 11th
Cleaning Crew on 14th – join us with your dusters!
Open Meeting on 22nd – come and share your thoughts
Children’s Light Party on 31st – a christian alternative to Hallowe’en
Our chosen Charity for September-October is BLOODWISE www.bloodwise.org.uk , formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma research. It has an aim to create a future without blood cancer, which sadly has specifically touched 3 of our congregation in recent times. In September we were asked to sponsor Gary Wells who was riding in the cycle event, “Across Britain”. Gary successfully completed the challenge, after 9 days, on 17th September. The sponsorship known so far is in excess of £1,000; a remarkable result. Sincere thanks to all who have contributed. Our fund-raising for BLOODWISE continues to the end of October so watch out for the next activity. Thank you for your support.
Friends in Deed AGM – Wednesday 11th October 4.15pm in the Living Stones Room
All are welcome to attend the AGM and find out more about Friends in Deed. New helpers are always welcome. Guest speaker from Change Point talking about Falls Prevention.
For more information about what’s on at St Mary’s, see our monthly Newsletter 1710 st marys newsletter oct2017
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This month starts with Buckden Village Festival. We’ll be there at the fete on Saturday 1st July with the Churches Together Pirates Stall, the*800 and counting* talents stall and Pirate Games in the arena too. On Sunday 2nd July we have a Village Celebration Service at 11am in Buckden Village Hall – all are very welcome to come and join in with this informal, fun service. For full details about the festival see http://www.buckdenvillagefestival.co.uk/
There are loads of other events and activities going on in July. There’s a list below but for more details, take look at our newsletter st marys newsletter July 2017
*800 and counting……* THE CHALLENGE IS NOW ON! Thank you to everyone involved. Don’t forget to update us with news and pictures of your plans and events over the coming months. The ones we know about are listed below. For more information about the challenge and the celebration, click on *800 and counting*
Restoration Appeal and Major Projects
We continue to pray for success in our grant applications and give thanks for the people who have felt moved to support our beautiful Parish Church. Work on the roof was completed but we are unable to progress any of the other major projects until we have raised substantial funds. Click on the links in the title for more information.
Our chosen Charity for July-August is Ed Isaac
This is very much a local cause. Ed, his wife Emma and their 3 children live in the village. Ed suffered a massive brain haemorrhage and collapsed on his way to work in November 2016. He underwent life-saving surgery and is currently undergoing intensive rehabilitation at a local neurological centre. Ed is currently reliant on a wheelchair and has very limited movement down the left-hand side of his body. Ed returned home to his family in June but their house needs a downstairs wet room and bedroom; and he will need continuing therapy. A group of friends have been raising money locally to help the Isaacs to become a family once again.
See the charities page on this website (under finance), the weekly pewsheet and the charities noticeboard at the back of church for updates during the months.
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