Church News

Congratulations on Rachel’s new additional role:

I have been offered a role at Ridley Hall Theological College.  I have been asked to take on, and have accepted, the job of Pastoral Tutor, equating to one day a week, from 1st September  for an academic year (until June 2019).

As you know my role at Grantchester and Newnham is 0.8 of a full time post.  Since I arrived last summer, I have therefore taken Thursday as my fixed day off, allowing another ‘floating’ day off (or two part days) most weeks, to reflect the ‘part-time’ nature of my appointment.  Taking on this new role will mean I am back to working full-time which, for clergy, means six days a week.

From September, I will need to be in Ridley on Thursday mornings so my day off will move to be a Wednesday, apart from anything already in the diary which I will accommodate as it arises.   This new role will not affect my commitment to Grantchester and Newnham, indeed, I hope it will enhance it.

Celebrating 100 Years of Partnership

The second weekend of May marked one hundred years of the establishment of St Mark’s Newnham as a parish.  The people of St Mark’s enjoyed a weekend of celebrations. We joined them in celebration on Sunday morning remembering that St Mark’s had originally been a daughter church of the Church of St Andrew & St Mary and a part of Grantchester Parish.

Bishop Stephen came to lead our worship and celebrations on Sunday 13th May.  We began with an 8am Book of Common Prayer Communion service led by our vicar, Rachel, with Bishop Stephen preaching.  Following this we had a wonderful breakfast of Bucks Fizz, coffee and croissants, thanks to Francis and Jo Burkitt and others.  Our normal congregation for 8am services is around 4 so we were delighted to have 50 people in church! Around twenty of us then walked with Bishop Stephen across the meadows to St Mark’s for the 10am service.

It was wonderful to remember the historic link between Grantchester and Newnham and to celebrate our current partnership.

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Church Administrator

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Poppy Crooks as joint churches administrator for St Andrew & St Mary’s, Grantchester and St Mark’s, Newnham.

Poppy will take on much of the administration across the two churches and will work mainly from home (in Grantchester) on a part-time basis.  As the role is a new joint one, it is likely to evolve over the coming months as she gradually takes on different things, so please bear with us as it develops and as Poppy has a chance to get to know what’s what and who’s who.

To contact Poppy, please use poppyacrooks@gmail.com.