This year the beginning of Advent, the beginning of December and the end of Lockdown (2) are all happening within a few days of one another. Our celebration of Advent and Christmas will look a little different this year. We have a variety of services planned both in church and online; making the most of new skills we developed over the past months and working closely with the other churches in and around Buckden.
Sunday Services at 11am in St Mary’s resume from December 6th. Please book for Sunday each week with firstname.lastname@example.org or add your name to the list in the porch. Wednesday Communion at 9.30am in St Mary’s resumes from December 9th. Just come along and join in. Please do remember to always wear a face covering and comply with the social distancing guidance in place.
Advent – Christmas Services (see the newsletter for more details) Tuesday 15th December at 8pm: Carols via Zoom. Join in and sing along at home. Tuesday 22nd December: Buckden’s Online Village Carol Service. Have your mince pies ready at home. Christmas Eve at 3.30pm: Buckden’s Online Christingle Service. Make your Christingle during the service. Christmas Eve at 11.30pm: Midnight Communion in St Mary’s (please book in advance) Christmas Day at 10.15am: Christmas Communion in St Mary’s (please book in advance)
Our Newsletter for December – January and our Family Newsletter for Advent can be downloaded here
St Mary’s chosen charity for November-December is Brain Tumour Researchhttps://www.braintumourresearch.org/ Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer… yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. Brain Tumour Research is determined to change this. They are the only national charity in the UK that is dedicated to raising funds for continuous and sustainable scientific research into brain tumours and are a leading voice calling for greater support and action for research into what scientists are calling the last battleground against cancer. To donate please use the link below. Thanks for your support. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/StMarysBuckden
Thank you to everyone who attended the Meeting of the Parishioners and APCM on Sunday 14th 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.
Help please! Many hands make light work, so please join us for :- Cleaning Crew on Saturday 4th May from 10am. Dusters at the ready! Churchyard Tidy on Saturday 11th May from 10am. Bring your own tools. Free tea/coffee are provided for the helpers.
Looking good! – a new carpet has been fitted at the back of church and a new carpet in the chancel is expected imminently. New lighting for the porch and the nave has arrived and should be fitted soon. Pop in and see the difference.
EVERYBODY WELCOME – families, individuals, all-ages
Coffee & Cakes – in St Mary’s every Saturday Stageworks Concert in St Mary’s – Friday 3rd May at 7.30pm Community Café – in St Mary’s Wednesday 8th May from 2.30pm.
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.
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 10th May 10am in the Methodist Hall.
For more information about all events in May, see the poster below or have a look at this month’s newsletter. A copy can be viewed here 1905 newsletter May or you can see all recent newsletters on this website under the OFFICIAL INFO tab
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.
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.
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.
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
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.