Dates for your diary:
- Friends of Grantchester Church: Please could Friends keep Saturday 17th August free, as you will receive an invitation for Tea in the garden at Balls Grove (Mill Way) at the generous invitation of the Lewin Smith family.
- Church and Village fete: Looking ahead, and hoping for another sunny day, our Church and Village fete will, this year, be held on Saturday 14th September.
- Harvest celebrations: Our annual chance to reflect on the wider beauty of the created world, and to give thanks, our Harvest Family service will be held on the morning of Sunday 13th October at 10.30am, with, as always, a Harvest Supper the week before. More details to come.
Churchyard Working Party
2.00–4.30pm on Saturday 10th August
The August working party will be held on Saturday 10th August at 2.00pm. Please come and join us if you have some spare time.
Alongside our usual jobs of weeding and edging, we are hoping to trim some hedges and attempt the inaugural mow of the two meadow areas that are growing very well in the churchyard.
Ideally we would like to use traditional methods to cut the meadow grass. So if you have a scythe that you have been longing to use (think Poldark! Ed), please bring it along as we would be only too happy to receive your help!
Tea and cakes will be served around 4.00pm.
Hymns and Pimms! Sunday 2nd June
About sixty villagers and neighbours came together in the late afternoon of Sunday 2nd June for the first-ever “Hymns & Pimms” event. Waitrose had been raided for Pimms, lemonade, raspberries, oranges, cucumbers and mountains of ice, and everyone drank and chatted outside in the churchyards being very British and ignoring a few spots of rain.
Then we moved inside the church, where seven people introduced their favourite hymns, and they were sung with great gusto, despite the fact we didn’t have an organist and Sam Rosborough had to come to the rescue and improvise brilliantly on his harmonica! The chosen hymns were– Be Thou my vision; Make me a channel of your peace; I danced in the morning when the world was begun; And can it be that I should gain; My song is love unknown; The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended; and finally (and particularly loudly, as the alcohol took its full effect), Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
We were delighted to have so many of you come and celebrate with us on Easter Day. Below is a photo from our 10.30am service, taken from the organ loft! Thank you to all those who helped support our services and events throughout Holy Week and Easter.
We were delighted to welcome The Rt Revd Graeme Knowles, Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Ely, to Grantchester Church on Sunday 10th March to take our confirmation service. Congratulations to Tobias, Rosalind, Natalie and Gemma who were confirmed.
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.