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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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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800 years – 2017 marks the 800th anniversary of the first recorded priest at St Mary’s Buckden .
800 and counting – in February we launched the “800 and counting” challenge:- If we gave you £10, could you use your talents to grow that money?
800 pounds £££ – in April we gave £10 each to groups / clubs / families / individuals and invited them to use their talents and expertise to help us to celebrate the 800, have some fun, raise funds and “Grow the money” for our Restoration Appeal.
800 ideas!!! – How you decided to “grow the money” was entirely up to you. We just asked that you use your imagination and showcase your talents to the full.
800 celebration weekend – This weekend, 16th/17th September, is when everyone involved in the challenge was invited to return to St Mary’s, to share their successes, to celebrate the 800th anniversary and to bring back the money they have “grown”.
Saturday 16th September 10am to 4pm we have a full programme of FREE entertainment running, displays in church and refreshments available in St Mary’s. We will be here to receive your money and to hear all about how you “grew it”.
10:45 Church Bells
11:00 Hand Bells
11:20 Welcome by Rev Jes
11:30 Alive & Well (60s music)
11:40 The Nobles share their talents
12:00 Line Dancing
12:20 Alive & Well (60s music)
12:45 Suzie Sparkles sings
1:10 Welcome by Rev Jes
1:30 Children’s fun time with Chris & Charlie
2:00 Angel Voices sing
2:20 Alive & Well (60s music)
3:00 *800 and counting…..* the total so far!
3:10 Chris entertains
3:30 Alive & Well rock the Church in celebration
Sunday 17th September 11am we have a special 800 Celebration Service. Again, we will be here to receive your money and to hear all about how you “grew it”.
If you can’t make it to the celebrations, you can return the money at any time over the weekend. Just pop it in an envelope marked with your name(s) and how you grew the money. Put the envelope in the wall-safe, in the wall to the right of the main door as you come in, or drop it off to Jes at the Vicarage.
We are open for Heritage weekend – https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/
We are open all day every day with coffee and cakes on Saturday 9th September 10.30am – noon and with guided tours on Sunday 10th September 2pm and 3.30pm. This year we celebrate the 800th anniversary of the first recorded priest in Buckden.
Sunday Services on the 10th are at 8am Communion and 11am Morning Service
St Mary’s Engage Award – https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/194604/posts/1585702591
Bishop David (see the above link to the Bishop’s Blog) will be visiting on Saturday morning 9th September to present us with our 2nd Engage Award from Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust. This year’s award is for the new stars which have been installed on the tower to shine out to the community during Advent.
Churches on the Air – http://www.wacral.org/
A local group of radio enthusiasts will be with us all day on Saturday 9th September, broadcasting from St Mary’s as part of the Churches on the Air event
Ride and Stride – https://www.camhct.uk/ride/
We welcome all visitors taking part in the event. Please help yourselves to refreshments and the facilities. A group from St Mary’s will be visiting Cambridge city churches on Saturday 9th September as part of the annual national Historic Churches Ride, Drive and Stride Day. If you want to sponsor us there is a form at the back of church or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
and finally …. a few pictures from Heritage weekend last year
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