WELCOME

The Parishes of Bottisham, Lode, Stow-cum-Quy, Swaffham Bulbeck and Swaffham Prior
Anglesey Group of Parishes Benefice of Five Churches near Cambridge

Services

Sunday, 29th January - Epiphany 4

Bottisham : 11:00 Holy Communion
Lode : 9.30 Family service with Quy congregation
Stow-cum-Quy :
Swaffham Bulbeck : 9.30 Village Communion
Swaffham Prior : 18.00 Evensong


Sunday, 5th February - Epiphany 5

Bottisham : 11.00 Morning Prayer
Lode : 9.30 Holy Communion Common Worship 1
Stow-cum-Quy : 9.30 Morning Prayer
Swaffham Bulbeck : 8.00 Book of Common Prayer - 9.30 All Age Service
Swaffham Prior : 11.00 Holy Communion Common Worship 1T


Sunday, 12th February - Third Sunday before Lent

Bottisham :
Lode : 10.00 BENEFICE Holy Communion Common Worship 1
Stow-cum-Quy :
Swaffham Bulbeck :
Swaffham Prior :


Sunday, 19th February - Second Sunday before Lent

Bottisham : 8.00 Book of Common Prayer - 11.00 Holy Communion Common Worship 1
Lode : 9.30 Morning Prayer
Stow-cum-Quy : 9.30 Holy Communion Common Worship 1
Swaffham Bulbeck : 9.30 Holy Communion Common Worship 1
Swaffham Prior : 11.00 Family Service

Key Events in the Benefice

from our vicar, Reverend Sue Giles

Thinking Allowed!

Endings and beginnings are complicated and often interwoven - these threads may be particularly clear at the turning of the year; a marker in the flow of time.  Sometimes it is good to be able to draw a line under a year, which may have been painful or challenging. I am taking a wedding on New Year’s Eve for a couple who want to be able to mark a transition from a difficult time for their family to a new   and hopeful beginning as they start their married life together.

For some reading this letter, the last year has brought heartache that can never be left behind, yet somehow they have to turn to the coming year to make the most of the precious time that remains for them. For some, this year brings exciting possibilities and new opportunities that draw them on into the New Year. New beginnings come with a mixture of feelings.

 

New beginnings are very much a part of our Christian life too. At every service we have the opportunity to reflect on the actions we regret and the poor choices we have made and to bring them to God.

Some would say Christians are overly concerned with sin and wrongdoing but those who practice this discipline know that what is most important is not our mistakes but God’s forgiveness and the promise of a new start that we have in Christ. There is an amazing freedom that comes from letting go of what has been done, because it can’t be undone and moving on to a new day with new opportunities to learn and grow. Forgiveness like the New Year enables a change of direction, a radical break with the past and the opportunity to try the same things again with renewed energy and commitment and with God’s grace and help.

 

It is not just individuals who need mechanisms for allowing change and new beginnings. Communities and countries across the world also need the same opportunities but collective new beginnings are more complex still. As we begin this New Year we hope and pray not simply for our own fresh start but for a new beginning for the people of Syria and the Yemen and many other communities. A beginning that will allow some healing and the possibility of peace and hope for a better future.

 With best wishes for the coming year

Sue

 

Update from Mara

Bishop George in Mara has written to say that the late rains have not been good this year and as a result the maize harvest has been very poor and people in the diocese, particularly his clergy, are suffering for lack of staple foods. We are sending some emergency funds to buy sacks of maize for those who don't work on the land directly and who are having to try and buy food at much higer prices than usual. £40 is currently the cost of a sack of maize.

Bunda Girls’ School, Mara, Tanzania

Over the past few editions of our village magazine we have been sharing information with you about the Anglesey benefice link with the diocese of Mara and some of the projects we support there. As part of that we asked if you would be willing to join us in equipping the girls school that the church has built to give young women in Tanzania the opportunity to move on to secondary education.

We are very grateful for the wonderful response to that appeal and for all the donations that have been received. As a result of your generosity we have raised £5,100 so far. This will allow the school to buy the science equipment they need and to contribute towards some bursaries to allow more girls to attend the school. Education is a vital way of equipping the next generation so that they can  shape the future. Bunda girls’ school will enable at least a few of the talented young people of Tanzania to realise their potential and achieve their ambitions to be the teachers, doctors and engineers of the future. We will be leaving the appeal open until the end of December so if you would like respond there is still time.

The money raised so far will be sent this week and the head-teacher at Bunda now knows that her science labs will soon be fully equipped and practical lessons can begin.

Many thanks to you.

Revd. Sue Giles and Revd. Roger Bowen

 

 

LETTER OF THANKS

From Bunda Girls’ School, Diocese of Mara, Tanzania

 

Dear Anglesey Friends

Praise God!  We give thanks for the love you have shown us, particularly to help our school to obtain lab equipment so that our students will now be able to do practical science and be successful in a way which was not possible before.

And we shall let you know if we can use part of your donations to give bursaries to some of our more needy students to help with their fees.

Please pass on our greetings and our gratitude to all the Anglesey villages for the help they have given us.  May God bless you all – and you are very welcome to visit Bunda Girls!

Mrs Deninsia Jerome

Headmistress

 

 

 

Services

Sunday, 29th January - Epiphany 4

Bottisham : 11:00 Holy Communion
Lode : 9.30 Family service with Quy congregation
Stow-cum-Quy :
Swaffham Bulbeck : 9.30 Village Communion
Swaffham Prior : 18.00 Evensong


Sunday, 5th February - Epiphany 5

Bottisham : 11.00 Morning Prayer
Lode : 9.30 Holy Communion Common Worship 1
Stow-cum-Quy : 9.30 Morning Prayer
Swaffham Bulbeck : 8.00 Book of Common Prayer - 9.30 All Age Service
Swaffham Prior : 11.00 Holy Communion Common Worship 1T


Sunday, 12th February - Third Sunday before Lent

Bottisham :
Lode : 10.00 BENEFICE Holy Communion Common Worship 1
Stow-cum-Quy :
Swaffham Bulbeck :
Swaffham Prior :


Sunday, 12th February - Third Sunday before Lent

Bottisham :
Lode : 10.00 BENEFICE Holy Communion Common Worship 1
Stow-cum-Quy :
Swaffham Bulbeck :
Swaffham Prior :

Key Events in the Benefice

from our vicar, Reverend Sue Giles

Thinking Allowed!

Endings and beginnings are complicated and often interwoven - these threads may be particularly clear at the turning of the year; a marker in the flow of time.  Sometimes it is good to be able to draw a line under a year, which may have been painful or challenging. I am taking a wedding on New Year’s Eve for a couple who want to be able to mark a transition from a difficult time for their family to a new   and hopeful beginning as they start their married life together.

For some reading this letter, the last year has brought heartache that can never be left behind, yet somehow they have to turn to the coming year to make the most of the precious time that remains for them. For some, this year brings exciting possibilities and new opportunities that draw them on into the New Year. New beginnings come with a mixture of feelings.

 

New beginnings are very much a part of our Christian life too. At every service we have the opportunity to reflect on the actions we regret and the poor choices we have made and to bring them to God.

Some would say Christians are overly concerned with sin and wrongdoing but those who practice this discipline know that what is most important is not our mistakes but God’s forgiveness and the promise of a new start that we have in Christ. There is an amazing freedom that comes from letting go of what has been done, because it can’t be undone and moving on to a new day with new opportunities to learn and grow. Forgiveness like the New Year enables a change of direction, a radical break with the past and the opportunity to try the same things again with renewed energy and commitment and with God’s grace and help.

 

It is not just individuals who need mechanisms for allowing change and new beginnings. Communities and countries across the world also need the same opportunities but collective new beginnings are more complex still. As we begin this New Year we hope and pray not simply for our own fresh start but for a new beginning for the people of Syria and the Yemen and many other communities. A beginning that will allow some healing and the possibility of peace and hope for a better future.

 With best wishes for the coming year

Sue

 

Update from Mara

Bishop George in Mara has written to say that the late rains have not been good this year and as a result the maize harvest has been very poor and people in the diocese, particularly his clergy, are suffering for lack of staple foods. We are sending some emergency funds to buy sacks of maize for those who don't work on the land directly and who are having to try and buy food at much higer prices than usual. £40 is currently the cost of a sack of maize.

Bunda Girls’ School, Mara, Tanzania

Over the past few editions of our village magazine we have been sharing information with you about the Anglesey benefice link with the diocese of Mara and some of the projects we support there. As part of that we asked if you would be willing to join us in equipping the girls school that the church has built to give young women in Tanzania the opportunity to move on to secondary education.

We are very grateful for the wonderful response to that appeal and for all the donations that have been received. As a result of your generosity we have raised £5,100 so far. This will allow the school to buy the science equipment they need and to contribute towards some bursaries to allow more girls to attend the school. Education is a vital way of equipping the next generation so that they can  shape the future. Bunda girls’ school will enable at least a few of the talented young people of Tanzania to realise their potential and achieve their ambitions to be the teachers, doctors and engineers of the future. We will be leaving the appeal open until the end of December so if you would like respond there is still time.

The money raised so far will be sent this week and the head-teacher at Bunda now knows that her science labs will soon be fully equipped and practical lessons can begin.

Many thanks to you.

Revd. Sue Giles and Revd. Roger Bowen

 

 

LETTER OF THANKS

From Bunda Girls’ School, Diocese of Mara, Tanzania

 

Dear Anglesey Friends

Praise God!  We give thanks for the love you have shown us, particularly to help our school to obtain lab equipment so that our students will now be able to do practical science and be successful in a way which was not possible before.

And we shall let you know if we can use part of your donations to give bursaries to some of our more needy students to help with their fees.

Please pass on our greetings and our gratitude to all the Anglesey villages for the help they have given us.  May God bless you all – and you are very welcome to visit Bunda Girls!

Mrs Deninsia Jerome

Headmistress

 

 

 

WELCOME

The Parishes of Bottisham, Lode, Stow- cum-Quy, Swaffham Bulbeck and Swaffham Prior
Anglesey Group of Parishes Benefice of Five Churches near Cambridge