Letter from the Vicar

November 2021

It always feels like this term, September through to the end of the year, is the term of the ‘big’ events in the life of the church.  We have already celebrated Harvest, and as we move into November, we will mark Remembrance Sunday and then on the last Sunday of the month, can you believe it, Advent begins!  Before we know it, dare I say it, it will be Christmas.  It is a time of year I love as I value the importance of marking significant events and celebrating festivals.  In addition, we often find our churches feeling quite full and busy at these times of year – who knows what this will feel like this year?  Last year those big gatherings were very restricted and became small, intimate (albeit socially distanced) events, many of which we enjoyed on screen from our own homes.

We have celebrated harvest already with both a service and a lunch. And soon we will mark Remembrance Sunday, again an occasion to gather if we can, this time in solemn gratitude for those who have served, and those who continue to serve, in our armed forces, and to pray for peace.  Please join us at Grantchester on 14th November for a service at 10.45am.  If the weather allows it the majority of the service will be in the churchyard, near to the war memorial.

And of course, dare I say it, Christmas is not too far away when all sorts of things will be going on in the life of our villages and churches, starting on 28th November, Advent Sunday.  Please look out for publicity in the coming weeks and join in with the celebrations of advent and Christmas.

But at the same time as these ‘big’ events, I would like to take the chance to invite you to church at other times.  Grantchester has an 11.15am service in church each Sunday, as well as a monthly Zoom service.  In addition, the church building is open every day for a quiet moment or a pause for prayer.  You are welcome whatever your background or age.  So this term, why not give church a try, or try a service or meeting you have never been to before.  We would love to see you.