Church building to be open every day
From 19th July, the church building will once again be open every day. We ask people to be considerate of others, continue to wear a mask if possible and to use the hand sanitiser provided.
The Funeral Service of Hazel Offord, MBE
Sadly, due to continuing Covid restrictions, the service in church is by invitation from Hazel’s family only. However, to enable all of us who want to pay our respects and say goodbye to her, the service will be broadcast into the churchyard by loudspeaker and livetsreamed on Zoom (link and details below) so that the service can be followed at home. Unfortunately, there will not be seating in the churchyard for those who want to gather outside: this will be standing, respecting physical distancing, and audio only.
- Zoom link for the livestream of the service (Meeting ID: 822 9362 9808, passcode: 255744)
If villagers would like to give some flowers from their garden, or a small arrangement (jam jars are fine!), reflecting Hazel’s love of garden flowers, please place them on a windowsill in the church on Thursday – it will be open all day. There is a band rehearsing in there on Thursday afternoon, but they are happy for people to come into the church.
There will be after funeral ‘Refreshments and Reflections’ at the Offord family’s orchard in Barton, to which everyone is welcome. If you do wish to attend, or think you might, please let Liz Neville know at email@example.com, so that she can give the family an indication of numbers.
We are so sad to announce the death of Hazel Offord. Hazel has lived in Grantchester for 70 years and has been involved in all aspects of church and village life for so long. She was much loved and will be sorely missed. Her funeral will take place in the church on Friday 25th June at 11am. Due to current restrictions the service is by invitation only but we will relay it into the churchyard by loud speaker and it will be live streamed. More details in the coming week.
5th January – national lockdown
Although church services are permitted during this lockdown with strong restrictions, the PCC in agreement with the Bishop and like many other churches, have decided not to hold services in the building for the month of January. This will be reviewed regularly.
14th December – our beautiful church building
Our beautiful parish church is much admired by so many people – villager, congregation member and tourist. Although we all knew how special it was, I think it was brought home to many people when it had to be closed to visitors for much of last year.
We are fortunate enough to have a relatively large vestry space at the back of church. It is a multi-purpose space, used by a number of different people, often at the same time. However it is in a poor condition.
A working group was set up in April 2019 to consider how the Church Vestry might be refurbished, partly recognising the need to update some rather tired looking furniture, but also to do some thinking about how we can use the space better for its many purposes. The remit of the group widened a little to include consideration of other aspects of the interior of the church and also to see how we could improve accessibility into the building. Our intention is to preserve and enhance the essence of our very special building and to make better use of the spaces within it.
These changes cannot be implemented until we receive a faculty (a sort of ecclesiastical planning permission) from the Chancellor of Ely Diocese, and in November the PCC agreed that we should take the first step towards obtaining this faculty by consulting the Diocesan Advisory Committee.
Some of the thinking behind any possible changes is set out in these two documents
We are consulting many supporters of our Church, including those on the Electoral Roll, the Friends of Grantchester Church, Corpus Christi College and Grantchester Parish Council, and we do want to encourage anyone who is interested to let us know their thoughts. The consultation will end on 25th January, after which we will collate all the responses in a report that will be issued in advance of the PCC meeting on 2nd February.
After this meeting the working group will edit the Statement of Needs so that it becomes the Project Brief for the Church Architect, who will work with us in preparing the design, specification and schedule of works, after which the next stage in seeking the faculty can begin. Once the Chancellor grants a faculty, contractors’ tenders can be sought, approved by the PCC and the work can be programmed.
Perhaps the works will be completed by Advent 2021? Or maybe it will be done by Easter 2022, which will be 3 years after the working group was set up? Making changes to beautiful and historic churches like ours is a very slow and thoughtful process, but then, so it should be, as it is most important that we get it right!
So please let us know your thoughts on this by Monday 25th January.
- Michael – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Liz Neville – email@example.com
- Rachel – firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd December 2020 – Some services to resume in church
As we are now in Tier 2 and the government has said that places of worship may hold services again, we will be offering a mixture of online and in person services this Advent and Christmas. Please go to the prayer and worship tab for full details.
5th November 2020 – New lockdown
Following government announcements, all services due to take place in our church building during November have now been cancelled. Please join us for worship in Zoom at 11am each Sunday.
30th October 2020 – Temporary Service Pattern for November
During November, there will be a short Service each week at Grantchester Church. Please email Rachel (email@example.com) if you are planning to come to a service so that we can keep an eye on numbers and adhere to social distancing rules. Our main service, though, will continue to be a joint Zoom service with St Mark’s, Newnham each Sunday at 11.00am. Service details are as follows:
Sunday 1st November – 9.30am Communion in church, 11.00am Zoom Service
Sunday 8th November – 11.00am Zoom Service, 3.00pm Act of Remembrance (Churchyard)
Sunday 15th November – 9.30am Communion in church, 11.00am Zoom Service
Sunday 22nd November – 11.00am Zoom Service, 5.00pm Communion (BCP) in church
Sunday 29th November – 11.00am Zoom service
27th September 2020 – New Temporary Service Pattern for October
During October there will be a short Communion Service each week at Grantchester Church. Please email Rachel (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are planning to come to a service so that we can keep an eye on numbers and adhere to social distancing rules. Our main service, though, will continue to be a joint Zoom service with St Mark’s, Newnham each Sunday at the later time of 11.00am. Service deatils are as follows: Sunday 4th October – 9.30am Communion in church, 11.00am Zoom Service Sunday 11th October – 11.00am Zoom Service, 5.00pm Communion (BCP) in church Sunday 18th October – 9.30am Communion in church, 11.00am Zoom Service Sunday 25th October – 11.00am Zoom Service, 5.00pm Communion (BCP) in church followed by the annual meetings
13th July 2020 – Changes to services this week
From Sunday, 19th July our Sunday Morning Worship via Zoom will take place at the new time of 10:30am. There will also be a fortnightly communion service at 9am. Please see our Prayer & Worship page for details.
13th July 2020 – Opening for private prayer
Throughout the remainder of July and August the church will be open for private, individual prayer on Wednesday afternoons from 3-7pm.
5th July 2020 – Our new curate
We are delighted to welcome a curate to Grantchester – our first in living memory and perhaps our first ever! Andrew Hurst has been training on the Church of England’s Eastern Region Ministry Course over three years alongside his full-time job as a barrister and more recently as a circuit judge. He will continue this work after ordination, and so his curacy (which will be for three years) will be part-time.
23rd March 2020 New church mailing list
We have put together a central church mailing list to enable us to communicate updates and to share resources while we are not able to gather together. If you would like to be included, please sign up here.