Join us in person at St Mary’s and/or online with Buckden & District Churches Together this Christmas.
If you missed the Zoom Carol Singing on the 15th, we still have the Online Carol Service to come on the 22nd plus Christmas Eve Christingle (online) and Midnight Communion (in church) and Chritsmas Day Communion (in church). Please book in advance Please book in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, if you want to attend one of the services in church.
Instructions for making a Christingle at home will be given during the Christmas Eve Service but are also available below (with a shopping list too!)
Summer is almost over. At the beginning of this month the children return to school and all the regular groups and events at St Mary’s restart. Towards the end of the month we will be celebrating Harvest Festival.
Cleaning Crew – Please come along and help if you can on Saturday 7th September from 10am
Community Café – in St Mary’s 2.30pm to 4pm Wednesday 11th September.
Our chosen Charity for September and October is Church army https://www.churcharmy.org.uk/ Church army is the Church of England’s very own mission arm for bringing Jesus to the most needy and works in some of the most deprived communities in the UK and Ireland with children, the elderly and everyone in between. Trained Church Army Evangelists are based in parishes and on special projects where the need is greatest. Archbishop Justin Welby says “Church Army exists both to talk to people about Jesus and bring them to faith in Jesus but it also does this extraordinary work of serving the poor and the poorest parts of the country and that speaks to the value of human beings.”
Heritage Open Days this year runs from 13th to 22nd September. St Mary’s will be open to visitors every day but there will be no formal tours .
The Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Ride, Drive & Stride event takes place on Saturday 14th September.
For more information about all events in September, see the poster below or have a look at this month’s newsletter. A copy can be viewed here 1909 sept-newsletter or you can see all recent newsletters on this website under the OFFICIAL INFO tab
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
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
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.
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:-
Welcome to St Mary’s, the lively parish church at the heart of Buckden, Cambridgeshire. St Mary's has long been a stopping-off point for people travelling up and down the A1. We hope you enjoy your online visit, and look forward to welcoming you in person if you are able to join us for a service or just to drop in.
On this site you can find out about the variety of activities here which make St Mary's a place where everyone can feel at home and enjoy fellowship with God and with one another.