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June Newsletter

The Eversden’s Church Fete
Village Hall, Great Eversden
Saturday 15th June, 2.00 – 4.30pm

Our wonderful curate, the Rev’d Barnabas Leeke will be ordained priest on Saturday 29th June, 5.00pm at Ely Cathedral. Everyone is welcome to join the service.

Rev’d Barnabas will be celebrating presiding at his first communion at our Team Service on Sunday 30th June, 10.30am at St Mary’s, Comberton. This service will be followed by a bring-and-share lunch. Everyone is very welcome to come and join us.

For the lunch St Mary’s will provide liquid refreshments. Please bring either food for your own consumption or a plate of something for a buffet table. Please bring your own plates/cutlery and cup/mug. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Lordsbridge Core Team recently spent a day at Buckden Towers to pray, think and plan. We prayed for all the churches in the Team, shared the many things we are thankful for in our parishes, and thought about our vision for the next five years.

Team Administrator: Becca
Team Vicars: Rev’d Charles, Rev’d Claire and Rev’d Clare
Rev’d Barnabas, Becca, Rev’d Claire and Rev’d Charles

The Pilgrims had a beautiful day for their walk to all the churches in the Team (plus Kingston Church) and enjoyed the warm welcome they received in each parish. Here are a selection of photos to enjoy. More photos of the day can be seen here.

St Mary’s Hardwick has given “honour and glory to God” (1 Timothy 1:17) for centuries and it was with great excitement and joy that we re-opened the church on Sunday 26 May. It was wonderful to worship together again in such a beautiful, spiritual place and to celebrate finishing the repairs project. St Mary’s has been at the centre of village life for a very long time. Generations have worshipped, prayed, served, loved and taken care of this little church over the centuries. It has been a great honour for me to be part of the team involved in the latest project here. We join an historic line of people who have worked hard to keep the church going, giving honour and glory to God.

We are so happy that the repair project went so well. Alistaire Lingard from AJ Restoration has done an incredible job repairing the church! We are very grateful to him, for his hard work and dedication. Alastaire has completed repair works to the ceiling throughout the Nave as well as other repair works to the East window, and above the Vestry door inside the Church. He has also completed external repairs to the porch and east end of the Church. There is still a crack in the wall behind the altar at the East end of the church. Graham Pledger, a retired surveyor who has been advising us during this project, wanted us to leave that crack in order for him to be able to monitor any movement in the building over the next few years. It is a good reminder to us that our church building will always be a work in progress, and we will continue to have to maintain it in the years to come. We are grateful to Graham, and also to David Grech, a retired architect for their support and advice during the project.

Thank you also to all who have worked on this project, including all at Marlows Scaffolding and local Carpenter, Steve Bond, and of course the Team here at St Mary’s, including the late Clare Bigg who was an integral member of the team. Clare was a wonderful, calming presence, especially when things were difficult, and I will always remember her saying: “We don’t need to worry because God is with us. He’s helped us before and He will help us again.”  And how right Clare was and is, and as a Church community we are very thankful to God who has watched over us and helped us through this time, which has had its challenges and times of great sadness. We are incredibly grateful for the continuing help and support of the wider community, which has meant so much to us. Over the last year I have seen how our church really matters to so many people. We are here for the whole community, and we look forward to welcoming you back through our doors!

Rev’d Clare Coates

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