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, 15th December - Advent 3

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


Sunday, 22nd December - Advent 4

Bottisham : 6.30pm Carols
Lode : 9.30 Children's Church - 3pm Carols
Stow-cum-Quy : 3pm Carols
Swaffham Bulbeck : 6.30pm Carols
Swaffham Prior : 8.00 Book of Common Prayer - 4.30pm Carols


Tuesday, 24th December - Christmas Eve

Bottisham : 4.30pm Crib - 11.30pm Midnight Service
Lode : 3pm Crib - 10pm Midnight Service
Stow-cum-Quy :
Swaffham Bulbeck : 4.30pm Crib - 11.30pm Midnight Service
Swaffham Prior : 3pm Crib


Wednesday, 25th December - Christmas Day

Bottisham :
Lode :
Stow-cum-Quy : 8.00 Book of Common Prayer
Swaffham Bulbeck :
Swaffham Prior : 10.00 BENEFICE Holy Communion Common Worship 1T

Key Events in the Benefice

from our vicar, Reverend Sue Giles

A recent piece of research has suggested that people who appreciate things and people who are thankful for the blessings of their life and the kindness of others, are more likely to feel happy and content with life. Maybe that is no surprise, however it is interesting to have some empirical evidence suggesting a link between thankfulness and positive mental health. It makes sense that if you are looking out for the good things in your life and noticing the love of others then that will shape the way your mind views life and perceives things. Perhaps, at a very simple level, this changes the sensitivity of our appreciation. Gratitude may be able to stop us dwelling on what is difficult or negative. 

 A strand of thankfulness is woven through Christian worship almost as if God knew what would be important for his people. The central prayer in the communion service is called the eucharistic prayer, the great prayer of thanksgiving, and in that prayer, Christians remember and give thanks for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

There are prayers of thanksgiving within daily prayer too. New Christians are taught the importance of this pattern when they are prepared to take their place within the family of the church. They are encouraged to give thanks each day for all the good things in their lives. This pattern can then become a helpful reminder and discipline when we find ourselves facing difficult times where thanksgiving may not be the first thing on our minds. The general prayer of thanksgiving from the Book of Common Prayer is not a modern prayer but it is a beautiful prayer that many people used to learn by heart. It focuses on thanksgiving for Christ’s presence in our lives and the way in which he sustains us, leading us to the things that are good for us.

 March will find the Church keeping Lent, a season of preparation for the great celebrations of Holy Week and Easter. Traditionally this has been a time of penitence and discipline, but it is also a time when we are encouraged to count our blessings. Christian Aid publishes a Lent challenge called “Count your blessings” which encourages people to look at their lives and raise their awareness of things they take for granted. The charity uses this as a way to encourage Christians to consider their giving in support of development projects across the world but even without that dimension it is a great way of looking with fresh eyes at the blessings of our lives.

If you would like to join us in counting our blessings or if you would like to join us in Lent to learn more about God’s love and call to us there is information below. We’d love to see you!

 Google:           Christian Aid Count Your Blessings 2019 for a daily challenge.

 

Please keep the date!

Saturday 21 December 2019

is the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the unique War Memorial Windows St Mary's Church, Swaffham Prior

We will be holding a commemoration in the church at 4.30pm to celebrate the centenary, which will include excerpts from the original dedication service.

The short ceremony will be followed by refreshments.

See our special website about the windows

 

Anglesey Group of Parishes - Home                   

Safeguarding

The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the church.

Our Commitments

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture

  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults.

  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation

  • Caring pastorally for victims / survivors of abuse or other affected persons

  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns / allegations of abuse and other affected persons

  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk.

If you are concerned

That someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a safeguarding Adviser or if necessary report the matter to the local Authority, Social care services or the Police without Delay on 101. If it’s an emergency call 999.

If you have any concerns you can contact our Safeguarding officer Coral Hatley 01223 811457

If you wish to contact the Diocese of Ely team please contact them here Safeguarding Team

Services

Sunday, 15th December - Advent 3

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


Sunday, 22nd December - Advent 4

Bottisham : 6.30pm Carols
Lode : 9.30 Children's Church - 3pm Carols
Stow-cum-Quy : 3pm Carols
Swaffham Bulbeck : 6.30pm Carols
Swaffham Prior : 8.00 Book of Common Prayer - 4.30pm Carols


Tuesday, 24th December - Christmas Eve

Bottisham : 4.30pm Crib - 11.30pm Midnight Service
Lode : 3pm Crib - 10pm Midnight Service
Stow-cum-Quy :
Swaffham Bulbeck : 4.30pm Crib - 11.30pm Midnight Service
Swaffham Prior : 3pm Crib


Wednesday, 25th December - Christmas Day

Bottisham :
Lode :
Stow-cum-Quy : 8.00 Book of Common Prayer
Swaffham Bulbeck :
Swaffham Prior : 10.00 BENEFICE Holy Communion Common Worship 1T

Key Events in the Benefice

from our vicar, Reverend Sue Giles

A recent piece of research has suggested that people who appreciate things and people who are thankful for the blessings of their life and the kindness of others, are more likely to feel happy and content with life. Maybe that is no surprise, however it is interesting to have some empirical evidence suggesting a link between thankfulness and positive mental health. It makes sense that if you are looking out for the good things in your life and noticing the love of others then that will shape the way your mind views life and perceives things. Perhaps, at a very simple level, this changes the sensitivity of our appreciation. Gratitude may be able to stop us dwelling on what is difficult or negative. 

 A strand of thankfulness is woven through Christian worship almost as if God knew what would be important for his people. The central prayer in the communion service is called the eucharistic prayer, the great prayer of thanksgiving, and in that prayer, Christians remember and give thanks for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

There are prayers of thanksgiving within daily prayer too. New Christians are taught the importance of this pattern when they are prepared to take their place within the family of the church. They are encouraged to give thanks each day for all the good things in their lives. This pattern can then become a helpful reminder and discipline when we find ourselves facing difficult times where thanksgiving may not be the first thing on our minds. The general prayer of thanksgiving from the Book of Common Prayer is not a modern prayer but it is a beautiful prayer that many people used to learn by heart. It focuses on thanksgiving for Christ’s presence in our lives and the way in which he sustains us, leading us to the things that are good for us.

 March will find the Church keeping Lent, a season of preparation for the great celebrations of Holy Week and Easter. Traditionally this has been a time of penitence and discipline, but it is also a time when we are encouraged to count our blessings. Christian Aid publishes a Lent challenge called “Count your blessings” which encourages people to look at their lives and raise their awareness of things they take for granted. The charity uses this as a way to encourage Christians to consider their giving in support of development projects across the world but even without that dimension it is a great way of looking with fresh eyes at the blessings of our lives.

If you would like to join us in counting our blessings or if you would like to join us in Lent to learn more about God’s love and call to us there is information below. We’d love to see you!

 Google:           Christian Aid Count Your Blessings 2019 for a daily challenge.

 

Please keep the date!

Saturday 21 December 2019

is the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the unique War Memorial Windows St Mary's Church, Swaffham Prior

We will be holding a commemoration in the church at 4.30pm to celebrate the centenary, which will include excerpts from the original dedication service.

The short ceremony will be followed by refreshments.

See our special website about the windows

 

Anglesey Group of Parishes - Home                   

Safeguarding

The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the church.

Our Commitments

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture

  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults.

  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation

  • Caring pastorally for victims / survivors of abuse or other affected persons

  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns / allegations of abuse and other affected persons

  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk.

If you are concerned

That someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a safeguarding Adviser or if necessary report the matter to the local Authority, Social care services or the Police without Delay on 101. If it’s an emergency call 999.

If you have any concerns you can contact our Safeguarding officer Coral Hatley 01223 811457

If you wish to contact the Diocese of Ely team please contact them here Safeguarding Team

WELCOME

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