St Mary’s The Parish Church of Buckden Newsletter, July/August 2010

Newsletter, July/August 2010

Dear Friends

A double issue of the newsletter can mean only one thing: that during the summer ‘holiday’ months there is sufficiently less happening for us to be able to squeeze two months worth of notices into one newsletter! Actually, there is plenty happening – do check the dates overleaf, and continue to enjoy an active St Mary’s, as well as hopefully getting a break at some point, if you can.

In the mean time, in our worship we are now well and truly into ‘ordinary time’ – in which we concentrate not on the major festivals and the ebb and flow of the seasons of the church year, but on simply growing in faith, just as our gardens are growing. This is a good time to have a look at our journey of faith, and work out where we are and where we might be going – and to think about what resources (spiritually speaking, as well as practically) might help us to grow. Plants grow upwards, but they also grow downwards – one of the best things we can do for our life of faith is to put our ‘roots’ down deep into the ground. Such roots might include revisiting the basics of our faith, perhaps undertaking some bible reading or study, or maybe reflecting on how our faith weaves its way into everyday life.

Once the Autumn comes, it would be lovely to start some new groups (meeting either regularly or occasionally) to help our ‘growing deeper‘ to continue, as we accompany each other where God is leading us.

Yours in Christ, Ally

New Groups from September / October

Tim will be starting a new Foundations Group, either in Buckden or Offord (or if numbers demand it, both!) – if you would like to brush up on the basics of the faith, in an informal and safe environment, please do contact Tim on 819665 or

We are hoping to start a new Bible Study group of some kind – please contact Ally if you might be interested in joining this, or if you have ideas about what sort of Bible Study might be most helpful to people.

There are plans for a daytime Discussion, Reflection and Fellowship group, hopefully including a crèche – please contact Denise Grant or Beth Hayward if you might be interested in taking part or helping.


Living Stones Appeal

2 July 2010 “ Music at Hoo Cottage” – now fully booked

An exhibition of quilts - 16 to 19 September 2010 “All Quilts Bright and Beautiful – All Pieces Great and Small”
An exhibition of quilts will be held in Church in aid of Buckden Living Stones Appeal. Calendars will be for sale and a Raffle will be held for ‘Sense’, the Deaf/Blind Charity.

Concert Programme 2010

17 July: David Humphreys – Organ Recital
24 July: Granta Chorale singing ‘songs of the countryside’
3 September: Ally and Sam sing jazz and more…
25 September: Buckden Festival Strings

All concerts start at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions)

St Mary’s Restoration Fundraisers

Garden Party: August 1 from 3pm, at 31 Greenway.

Other notices

Churchyard Tidy: Saturday 10 July from 10am, all helpers welcome.

Communion at home If you, or someone you know, usually (or occasionally) comes to church and isn’t currently able to get to services due to ill health or for any other reason, and would like to receive a visit or Holy Communion at home from one of the ministry team, please do contact Ally.

Christian Aid Week – thank you Thank you to all who have supported Christian Aid Week this year in various ways. Between the coffee morning and the house-to-house collections, we raised over £1900 – thank you everyone.

Worship at St Mary’s – changes from September 2010 After much deliberation and soul-searching by the minsitry team and the PCC, a decision has been made that the main 10.30am service on the Second Sunday of the month will become a Family Eucharist; and that Night Prayer will move from the 2nd Sunday at 7pm to the 4th Sunday at 6pm.

Useful Contacts

Revd Ally Barrett 810371 (Vicar) The Vicarage, Church St, Buckden, PE19 5TL Revd Tim Hayward 819665 (Curate) 19 Church Street, Buckden Churchwardens Rachel Noble 811442 Peter Brittain 812012 peter.brittain@ St Mary’s web site: Buckden Churches Together website: All Saints website: Closing Date for September Newsletter: Sun 22 August Items to Ken Gray by hand or by E Mail to:

We come together in church to worship God, to hear His word and to share the Good news of Jesus,
receiving forgiveness and renewal through His death and resurrection.

We are sent out from church to live as Christian disciples, showing love to others
and living out our faith in all we think, say and do.

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