Church News

The Parochial Church Council is very pleased to finally be able to announce that we have appointed our new vicar, Rev Rachel Rosborough.

Her Licensing Service is planned to be at 7.00pm on Thursday 6th July 2017, with the venue to be discussed with Newnham.

Rachel was ordained in Gloucester in 2008 and is coming to us from the Cotswolds, where she has been in charge of four parishes, including five churches, since 2011, so she has lots of experience to help guide us through our new sharing arrangement with Newnham.

She has a son who has just finished 6th Form and a daughter who will be doing her GCSEs this summer and so, because this is not a good time for her to move, Rachel will be joining us at the end of June as soon as exams are over.  So we will all have to be patient, and look after ourselves a little longer, but the end is in sight!!  Rachel did her first degree at ARU in Cambridge, so she is looking forward to coming back to an area she has good memories of.

Rachel has a range of experience of different forms of worship and different age groups, from sheltered accommodation to primary school assemblies, and has been training and supervising a curate in her current parish.

Those of you who had a chance to meet Rachel during the interview process will, I hope, be pleased with this decision, which was taken with long discussions and careful consideration, and may enjoy letting everyone else know what they chatted about on the day.  Rachel has sent the following message to us, and I am sure we will all be praying for her and her family, and both her current and our own parishes, in the months before they arrive:

“I am delighted to have been appointed as priest in charge of Newnham and Grantchester and I am, along with my family, very much looking forward to moving to Cambridge in the summer.  I hope you all understand why there will be rather a long period of time before we can move, but our daughter is doing GCSEs next Spring.  We look forward to getting to know you all in due course and living and ministering in the two parishes.  Do pray for us over the next few months and be assured we are praying for you.”

Margaret Barwise, Churchwarden (Coton Road)

Mothering Sunday – 26th March

We’re honoured and delighted that the service on Mothering Sunday (26th March) will be taken by The Very Rev Mark Bonney, Dean of Ely Cathedral.

In April 2012, The Queen approved Mark’s nomination as Dean of Ely.  He read Music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and trained for the ministry at St Stephen’s House, Oxford.  He served his title at Stockton St Peter in the diocese of Durham from 1985 to 1988.  From 1988 to 1990 he was Chaplain at St Albans Abbey in the diocese of St Albans, and then Precentor from 1990 to 1992.  From 1992 to 1996 he was Vicar of Eaton Bray with Edlesborough in the diocese of St Albans. From 1996 to 2004 he was Rector of Great Berkhamsted, and also Rural Dean of Berkhamsted from 2002 to 2004.  Finally, from 2004 he has been Canon Residentiary and Treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral.

Mark is married to Kate, a primary school teacher, and they have two daughters, Hannah and Eleanor.

He was a member of the General Synod of the Church of England for 15 years, served as Chaplain to the Synod, was a member of the Liturgical Commission, and a member of the Councils of Westcott House and the Royal School of Church Music.

He is interested in spirituality, formation and growth.




We send our commiserations and best wishes for a speedy recovery to Giles Dobson, husband of our church organist Angela, who has broken his leg in four places in a bad skiing accident.


Communal Room Communion:  The Rev Marguerite Roberts will take a short communion service in the Communal Room, Tabrum Close at 10.00am on Wednesday 8th March.  All are very welcome.

Lent Course at St Marks.  

We are invited to join in the Lent Course being organised by St Mark’s Newnham, who have planned a course based on the life and teachings of St Francis of Assisi. They have been given help by local Franciscans who have good experience of leading groups on the chosen topics. The evenings will begin on the Wednesday following the week containing Ash
Wednesday and will take place in St Mark’s church.
8th March
TheLife of St Francis
(Richard Ames-Lewis, St. Benet’s church)
15th March
Franciscan Spirituality humility, joy, praise
(Brother Michael, chaplain at Westcott)
22nd March
Poverty – a challenge to the prosperous
29th March
Fraternity – all God’s creatures
(Richard Bauckham)
5th April
Passion -  identification with the crucified Jesus
(Sister Maureen, based in a community in Lincolnshire)
The evenings will start at 7.30 pm with refreshments and will aim to end by 9.00pm