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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

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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April at St Mary’s Buckden

We have started April on a high with Easter Sunday falling on the 1st day of the month.
Alleluia, Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

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At the end of March we also received a net £35,600, the grant from Amey Community Foundation.  So we have much to celebrate and be grateful for.

As we move on into April, some important business and administrative tasks must be addressed.

Annual Meetings  – ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING (APCM) & ELECTION OF CHURCHWARDENS. SUNDAY 8TH APRIL 2018 at 12.15am following by BRING & SHARE LUNCH.  Please join us at the meetings and at the lunch after. 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. If you want to get more involved, or change your activities, there are lists for the various volunteer roles (please amend by hand) and forms for electoral roll applications and PCC, churchwarden and Deanery Synod nominations at the back of church. the annual report can be downloaded here Annual report 2017

New Data Protection Rules May we contact you? There will be new data protection legislation (GDPR) in place from 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

New Safeguarding Rules – New accreditation for church volunteers, PCC members, those dealing with children and vulnerable adults has been introduced and will be a focus for 2018, to protect ourselves and the community we serve. The accreditation can be in the form of an online assessment or face to face workshop; more information will follow.

A copy of this month’s newsletter can be downloaded here 1804 newsletter
Or see all recent newsletters on this website under the INFO tab.

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 more information in the pewsheets this month.

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