The month of April 2019 takes us to the end of Lent and through Holy Week to Easter. We also have our Annual Meetings and Elections on the 14th followed by a bring and share lunch.
Our Lent study options continue for the first two weeks of April with Study Lunches and evening sessions on Mondays 1st and 8th April or the daily download of Lent Pilgrim. There’s still time to join us this Lent and learn about The Beatitudes.
Lent Pilgrim sampler
Cleaning Crew on Saturday 6th April from 10am:- please come and help prepare the church for Easter. Dusters at the ready!
Easter Lilies. St Mary’s will be decorated for Easter with lilies donated by people in memory of loved ones. At the back of church are the lists of those to be remembered and instructions for payment by 7th April.
Community Café on Wednesday 10th April from 2.30pm.
Concert on Saturday 13th April at 7.30pm
ANNUAL MEETINGS & ELECTIONS (APCM & Election of Churchwardens)
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. A copy of the 2018-Annual-Report can be viewed here Annual report 2018
VOLUNTEERS PLEASE – on display at the back of church (behind the font) are signup sheets and application forms for the 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.
New Electoral Roll (our list of members). The new roll has been created and is on display at the back of church until the 14th.
BRING & SHARE LUNCH after the meetings on the 14th – All welcome
Good Friday Booking Form for children’s event
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 April, have a look at this month’s newsletter. A copy can be viewed here 1904 newsletter April or you can see all recent newsletters on this website under the OFFICIAL INFO tab
See below for more events and services coming up at St Mary’s this month
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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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.
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
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.