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March 2019 at St Mary’s Buckden

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.

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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 2019
https://www.churchofengland.org/lent
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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 electoralroll@stmarysbuckden.org.uk (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.

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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

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February at St Mary’s Buckden

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.

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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

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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.

 

 

 

 

July at St Mary’s Buckden

As we enter July there’s currently something of a heatwave going on. We’re hoping that the weather will hold for all the summer events planned here and throughout the village.

July 7th-8th is festival weekend in Buckden. There will be no coffee & cakes on Saturday and no 11am service in St Mary’s on Sunday but you can come and see us the Holiday Club Stall at the fete (Saturday afternoon) and at the festival service in the village hall (11am Sunday).

See below for events coming up at St Mary’s this month:-
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For more information about all events in July, have a look at this month’s newsletter. A copy can be viewed here Newsletter July2018 or you can see all recent newsletters on this website under the INFO tab.

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.

Preparations for our Holiday Clubs are now well underway.
For the children (5-11 years) we have Pyramid Rock – details and booking form below.
For those mature in years but young at heart we have Holidays at Home 13th-15th August – details to follow

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Booking form, click here – pyramid-booking-2018