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.
Why not join us this Lent and learn about The Beatitudes? There are various options from group study (lunchtime or evening) and individual study (booklets to order and free downloads to sign-up to) as we all learn more about the beatitudes.
Lent Pilgrim sampler
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.
This year we have to create a new Electoral Roll (our list of members) so please fill in a form Application-for-Enrolment-Electoral-Roll and return it to the churchwardens, to email@example.com (or the box at the back of church) before 17th March if you haven’t already done so.
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
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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
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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 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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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!
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.
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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.
The beginning of March is full of events, starting on the Thursday 1st with Mad March Munchies (a trip to Spicelands), followed by Women’s World Day of Prayer on Friday 2nd and the Annual Church Auction on Saturday 3rd. There’s more information on these and other events below.
LENT: We are already well into the season of Lent. Our 2018 Lent course is based on “The King’s Speech” and there are two options for taking part:-
Monday lunchtimes – BDCT study lunches (with soup lunch) 12.30pm at the Methodist Hall. Last session 19th March.
Thursday evenings – 8.30pm study sessions at 7 Vineyard Way Thursdays to 22nd March
Newsletter: You can download our latest newsletter here 1803 st mary’s 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 information in the pewsheets this month.
CONCERT – this month we have our first concert of 2018 : Hinchingbrooke Rising Stars
May we contact you? There is new data protection legislation (GDPR) from May 2018. We will need to have your written consent to store your details and to contact you. Consent forms will be available in April (from the website and in church) and circulated with the April newsletter. Please take time to read the information and fill in a form. Without written consent we will no longer be able to contact you
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