Services are now following the usual pattern in our churches. The readings for each Sunday are now listed with a link.
Sunday, 7th November (3 before Advent)
Blunham - 11am Morning Prayer
Gt Barford - 9.30am Holy Communion
Roxton - 11am Holy Communion
Tempsford - no service
Sunday, 14th November (Remembrance Sunday)
Blunham - 10.45am Remembrance service at the War Memorial, then in the church
Gt Barford - 3pm Remembrance service
Roxton - 10.45am Remembrance service
Tempsford - 3pm Remembrance service
Sunday, 21st November (St Edmund and Christ the King))
Blunham - 10.30am Benefice Café Church for St Edmund Patronal
These readings are for Christ the King
Sunday, 28th November (Advent Sunday)
Blunham - 11am Holy Communion
Gt Barford - 11am Family Service
Roxton - 11am Morning Prayer
Roxton - 6pm Advent Carol Service
Tempsford - 9.30am Holy Communion
If you know of anyone who does not
have access to the internet, please tell them about this free phone line:
The national church Daily Hope phone line
This free national phone line was launched on Sunday, 26th April and is aimed particularly at the over 75s who do not have access to the internet. The line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044. This is a simple way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed. Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury before choosing from a range of options, including ‘Prayer During the Day’, ‘Night Prayer’ and a recording of the Church of England’s weekly national online service. A section called Hymn Line will also offer a small selection of hymns, updated daily.
Please contact Revd Graham Buckle regarding baptisms, weddings and funerals. His email address is: email@example.com.
Here is this week's message from Revd Graham:
On Sunday we begin the season of Advent, the time used to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Christ’s birth. For what seems like many weeks, we have seen the shops and other organisations preparing for the season of Christmas (I’m sure it gets earlier every year – the preparation that is!) Advent is a season not for the physical, but for the spiritual side of our being. A time for self-examining ourselves, and making our spiritual preparation for the coming celebration.
How do we make ourselves spiritually ready at a time when things always seem so busy, with planning, shopping, list-making and posting - and that is all without attending school performances, concerts etc. Every moment of every day is filled with something that we need to do or plan for, and that makes it difficult to find time for ourselves. I would like to suggest to you that you take time out from all the busyness. Find somewhere quiet, even if it’s the garden shed, to just sit and be quiet for a few minutes. My preference would be to read something spiritually stimulating; maybe a short passage from the Bible, or another spiritual writing. Think about what you have read, and if possible say a short prayer. Nothing fancy or lots of words, but simple and straightforward. Think about the reason why we celebrate Christmas, and what a difference it could make to your life. Ask questions of yourself and your life style. If you feel you want some guidance or to ask questions of someone else, then please ask me - I would be happy to help.
See if you can make this a daily event in your life, taking time to be quiet, contemplative and to help ease you through the busyness of this season. I’d be interested to hear how you get on!
With Christian Love and God’s blessing for the season of Advent.
November the sixteenth is commemorated in recognition of Queen Margaret of Scotland. Margaret had been in exile in Hungary with her father, and they returned to Scotland in 1057. She used her position of influence to care for the poor, prisoners and lepers. There are stories of her washing the feet of beggars, caring for the prisoners in the royal dungeons and tending to the sores of lepers. She made attempts to try and stop the wars between the Scottish clans, but failed. Her life was one of prayer and piety. Margaret was also responsible, along with Malcolm, for restoring the ruins of Iona Abbey.
Margaret’s life was one of true compassion, fuelled by her love of the Christian faith; she also brought about some reforms to the way that the church was operating during those times. However she succeeded in her quest to see the reforms come about.
It would have been easy for Margaret to sit back in her exalted position and ignore what was going on, but she recognised that something needed to be done. We sometimes sit back in our positions of comfort and turn a blind eye to what is happening to the world outside. Especially at this time of the year we are flooded with requests to help out financially the charities that do so much good work, not only in far off countries but also in our own towns and cities. Whilst we spend a lot of money on Christmas - gifts, decorations and other things for our comfort - many go without so they can provide something for their families. Some cannot afford to have any kind of celebration at Christmas or any other time of the year.
So I would ask you to be generous in your giving to the charities that help and assist, especially over the coming winter months. I hope we can find it in our hearts to support and help in this simple way.
With Christian Love and God’s blessing.