St Mary's Church, Sawston


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Goodbye to Alan and Liz – August 2020

On Sunday 2nd August we thanked God for the faithful ministry of Alan and Liz over the last 11 years in Sawston and Babraham. In the service, reflecting on Jesus feeding the 5000, Liz reminded us in the children’s talk of how Jesus can use our little offerings to do big things. Alan spoke of Jesus’ compassion for all people and his rule from the cross, with a challenge to open our eyes to who Jesus really is and step out in faith with him. You can read Alan’s sermon on our services page. After the service Alan and Liz were presented with gifts from the congregation.
We are so very grateful for everything that Alan and Liz have done for our church and our community over the years. We pray that God will bless them richly in the next stage of their lives and send them with our love and prayers. Alan’s final working day will be this Thursday (6th August).

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Resuming Services in Church – July 2020

The guidelines for resuming services in church are complex, and as such, we will be starting small with a said Holy Communion on Sunday 26th July at 9.00am in Church and twice a month thereafter. All are welcome, but please be aware that social distancing will be required and the children’s area will be closed. This service will also be available on Zoom. Our main service provision will continue on Zoom for the time being, as we seek to explore other ways of being church together.

 

Alan and Liz’s Desert Island Discs Farewell – July 2020

If you would like to join us for a Zoom farewell to Alan and Liz on Saturday 25th July, 7.30pm on Zoom, please contact the church office by Friday 24th July (stmaryssawston@btinternet.com). Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We hope to host a “proper” farewell for Alan and Liz at a later date, pandemic allowing, as we know there are many who would wish to say goodbye.

 

Open Church – June 2020

The Church building will be open on Thursday from 10.00am until 2.00pm for private prayer. Everyone is welcome. Please observe the social distancing measures in place and use the hand washing facilities provided.

 

We are still here! – May 2020

Our Church Building may be shut, but the Church is still alive and active. If you’d like to join us online please contact welcome@stmaryssawston.org.uk. If you have a pastoral issue, please contact Alan Partridge (01223 832248), Petra Shakeshaft (07847 307416) or Sally Bard (01223 501165).

 

Services Suspended in the Church Building – March 2020

As recommended by the Church of England and in-line with government guidelines all services and activities will be suspended (except funerals) until further notice. We hope to provide resources for you to worship at home and these will be available on the services page. The Church is now shut, but we can still be contacted through the vicar, Alan Partridge on 01223 832248.

 

Notice – March 2020

We encourage everyone to care for their neighbours in Sawston at this time, particularly those who are vulnerable or isolated. If you live in Sawston and have no support, whether a church attendee or not, please do get in touch with the vicar Alan Partridge (01223 832248), or Sally Bard (01223 501165), or the Church Office (01223 837298) and we will do what we can to help you.

 

A Prayer for the time of Coronavirus – March 2020

Almighty and all-seeing God,
Be with us now in our time of need and hear our prayer.
Be with those who are sick or in pain, that they may know your healing.
Be with those who are fearful and anxious, that they may know your strength.
Be with those who mourn, that they may be comforted.
Be with those in authority, that they may know your wisdom.
Be with the healers and carers, that they may know your compassion.
We are the body of Christ;
may we be his hands, his eyes and ears, his mind and his heart
supporting those who are vulnerable and needy in our communities
and showing his love to the world.
Amen.

 

Group Cancellations – March 2020

We have taken the decision to cancel Refresh, our baby and toddler group, Soup and Sandwiches, our bimonthly lunch, and St Mary’s Craft Group for the time being to protect one another during the coronavirus outbreak. We will let you know as and when these activities can resume. 

 

Friends of the Holy Land Appeal – March 2020

As we think of and pray for those in our own country and across the world affected by the coronavirus outbreak, the Friends of the Holy Land, one of the charities St Mary’s supports, has launched an appeal for those in Bethlehem, who’s lives are completely dependent on tourism. Read more about it here: https://www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk/news/news/coronavirus-outbreak-bethlehem—an-appeal 

 

Electoral Roll Update – March 2020

The revision process for the Church Electoral Roll will take place from 20 March to 4 April this year, following which a copy of the roll will be displayed in Church before the APCM on 23 April 2020. Please would you check the roll and let me know any errors. If you are not on the Electoral Roll, then forms of application with the eligibility criteria are available by the Church notice board, to be completed and returned to me. In order for a person to be entitled to attend the APCM and to take part in its proceedings, an application form for enrollment must be received by 4 April. Please let me know any queries.

Janet Martin, Church Electoral Roll Officer.

 

Recycling Box for Ellie’s Fund – March 2020

Our recycling box is back in church raising funds for Ellie’s Fund, part of Brain Tumour Research and Support. Clean and dry recycling only. Please check this webpage for more details before donating your recycling. https://www.btrs.org.uk/Support-Us/Recycling-in-Yorkshire

 

Save the Date – February 2020

St Mary’s Summer Fete will be held at Sawston Hall on Saturday 20th June. This year’s Fete will have an Eco Theme!

 

Announcement – January 2020

The Revd Alan Partridge has announced that he will be retiring as Vicar of St Mary’s and St Peter’s this summer. Alan and Liz’s last Sunday at St Peter’s will be Sunday 19th July and at St Mary’s will be Sunday 2nd August. On 18th July at Sawston Hall a farewell event for all the village will be held in their honour. 

 

 

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