September was such a busy month and one of celebration with Heritage Weekend, an Engage Award for our stars on the tower, our *800* Celebration Weekend and Harvest Festival. As we move into October, renovation work on the building is well under way and much of St Mary’s is covered in scaffolding. We give thanks for everything that we have been able to do and for the very, very many people who have contributed in all sorts of ways.
*800 to 8,000 … and still counting!!*
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Celebration Weekend on 16th / 17th September, to everyone who helped, to everyone who took part in the *800 and counting* challenge and to everyone who supported the many fund-raising events along the way. Our £800 has grown to over £8,000. Watch out for the final total which will be announced very soon. This is a fantastic boost for our Restoration Appeal.
Coming up in October (see newsletter or posters below for details)
Fundraisers’ Quiz Night on Saturday 7th
Friends in Deed Café followed by AGM with guest speaker on 11th
M&Ms packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child on 11th
Cleaning Crew on 14th – join us with your dusters!
Open Meeting on 22nd – come and share your thoughts
Children’s Light Party on 31st – a christian alternative to Hallowe’en
Our chosen Charity for September-October is BLOODWISE www.bloodwise.org.uk , formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma research. It has an aim to create a future without blood cancer, which sadly has specifically touched 3 of our congregation in recent times. In September we were asked to sponsor Gary Wells who was riding in the cycle event, “Across Britain”. Gary successfully completed the challenge, after 9 days, on 17th September. The sponsorship known so far is in excess of £1,000; a remarkable result. Sincere thanks to all who have contributed. Our fund-raising for BLOODWISE continues to the end of October so watch out for the next activity. Thank you for your support.
Friends in Deed AGM – Wednesday 11th October 4.15pm in the Living Stones Room
All are welcome to attend the AGM and find out more about Friends in Deed. New helpers are always welcome. Guest speaker from Change Point talking about Falls Prevention.
For more information about what’s on at St Mary’s, see our monthly Newsletter 1710 st marys newsletter oct2017
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A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Celebration Weekend on 16th/17th September, to everyone who took part in the *800 and counting* challenge and to everyone who supported the fund-raising events along the way.
Saturday was a fabulous day of celebration with singers, dancers, poetry, artwork to buy, crafts to view. We had performances by 60s band Alive and Well, Elvis, Chris & Charlie, Angel Voices. The church bells rang. The back of church was transformed into a busy café and a fabulous array of cakes and rolls were on offer. The place just buzzed with excitement and anticipation.
All those who had taken part in the *800 and counting* challenge had been invited to come along this weekend to tell us how they “grew the money” and to bring the proceeds of their endeavours. We had a special area set up to welcome them, to record their activities / events / talents and to receive the money.
On Sunday we had a Special Celebration Service. We heard about the past 800 years and at least 69 priests. We gave thanks for everyone who has taken part in the challenge and the celebration, for all the priests in Buckden over the last 800 years, for Jes our current priest, for the money raised which will contribute to our Restoration Appeal and for the fun that has been had by all over the 5 months of the challenge. We were able to announce that our £800 had already grown to over £8,000 with more contributions still to come.
To hear more about our 800 anniversary and about the history of priests in Buckden, click on the “800 years” tab.
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We start the month with some very good news – during the last week of July-2017 we were awarded a grant of £40,000 (the maximum available) from the Amey Community Fund. This money supplements the ongoing fund-raising successes of the restoration appeal and allows us to start the essential maintenance work on the tower and repairs to the clock. The first site meeting has already taken place and the work should start by mid-August. See the major projects page for updates
If you were expecting August to be a quiet month, think again. In addition to the start of the building work, we have two Buckden & District Churches Together Holiday Clubs running; one for the young (Pirates Holiday Club) and one for the not-so-young (Holidays at Home). Booking forms are available in church or contact Bookings@stmarysbuckden.org.uk
During August we also have Breakfast with Moths, Getting Active, Going Deeper and *800 and counting* events. See the notice below or our newsletter st marys newsletter aug2017
*800 and counting….* the challenge continues!
Look out for more events during August and leading up to the Celebration weekend in September. Here are the ones we know about already:-
Tuesday 15th August COFFEE MORNING at 25 Springfield Close, 10.00am -12.00 noon. Entry £3 Raffle Cakes Bring and Buy
Thursday 31st August TEA IN THE GARDEN at Lark End Buckden, 2.30pm – 5pm. Entry £3
Our chosen Charity for July-August is Ed Isaac This is very much a local cause. Ed, his wife Emma and their 3 children live in the village. Ed suffered a massive brain haemorrhage and collapsed on his way to work in November 2016. He underwent life-saving surgery and intensive rehabilitation, is currently reliant on a wheelchair and has very limited movement down the left-hand side of his body. Ed returned home to his family in June but their house needs adapting for a downstairs wet room and bedroom; and he will need continuing therapy. A group of friends have been raising money locally to help the Isaacs to become a family once again.
From 25th May to 4th June we took part in the Archbishops’ call to all churches to pray for our nation, community and world. As part of this, we had prayer nets out in the church porch and people were invited to add their prayer requests to the nets. Here are some of the things that people asked us to pray for:-
- Victims and perpetrators of terror attacks in London and Manchester
- Police, doctors, nurses and other emergency services
- Appreciation of the NHS. For its many burdens
- Loved ones dying, grieving or suffering loss of faculties
- People involved in recent road accidents
- Worries while waiting for medical tests, procedures and results
- Buckden and its wonderful school
- Families lacking food or money
- Concern for grandchildren in a world needing God’s love
- God’s wisdom for those in positions of leadership
- Christian revival in our nation and God’s will to be done