WELCOME TO THE RIVERSMEET BENEFICE

 

Riversmeet Benefice

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 In response to the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh there will be a special Benefice service at Blunham on Friday, 16th April at 7pm.

 

Services will follow the usual pattern in our churches as from Palm Sunday, but this will continue to be reviewed.


The readings for each Sunday are now available - just click on the link.


Here is the link for Sunday 11th April's recorded service: https://youtu.be/O-gW58uxaWQ


 April


Sunday April 4th Easter Sunday

Blunham - 11am Holy Communion

Gt Barford - 9.30am Holy Communion

Roxton - 11am Holy Communion

Tempsford - 9.30am Holy Communion

1 Corinthians 15:19-26

Acts 10:34-43

John 20:1-18


Sunday April 11th Easter 2

Blunham - 9.30am Holy Communion

Gt Barford - 9.30am Morning Prayer

Roxton - 11am Family Service

Tempsford - 11am Holy Communion

1 John 1:1-2:2

Acts 4:32-35

John 20:19-31


Sunday April 18th Easter 3

Blunham - 11am Café Church

Gt Barford -11am Holy Communion

Roxton - 9.30am Holy Communion

Tempsford - no service

1 John 3:1-7

Acts 3:12-19

Luke 24:36b-48


Sunday April 25th Easter 4

Blunham - 11am Holy Communion

Gt Barford -10.30am Rejoicing Together

Roxton - 11am Morning Prayer

Tempsford - 9.30am Holy Communion

1 John 3:16-24

Acts 4:5-12

John 10:11-18


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: dovecote10@btinternet.com.

  

Here is this week's message from Revd Graham:


I was sad to hear of the death of HRH Philip Duke of Edinburgh last Friday. We especially think of the Royal family at this time of grief and sadness. Also, as a nation we mourn the loss of a respected and world-renowned figure, who has supported our Queen over many years. We have been so used to seeing him at many events and functions, nearly always one step behind, knowing that his duty was to support the Queen in her duties to the nation.


Everyone values the support of those around them; I know that the duties I perform would be so difficult, and some impossible, without the support of the Churchwardens, PCC members and the general congregation, as well as other people within the communities of our parishes. As we approach our Annual Parochial Church Meetings over the coming weeks, I am truly grateful for those who come and support our churches in their endeavours to spread the message of Easter.


We have seen this week the further relaxation of the guidance in respect of Coronavirus restrictions, and it has been good to see shops and other amenities opening again. A lot of them have been closed for twelve months, or longer in some instances. It has been good that we have been able to support some of our local companies as they have struggled to stay in business; something which I hope we will continue to do long after the Pandemic has receded.


I hope too that we will also to continue to support one another as we have over the last months. Sometimes it is the little things that matter, not always the big gestures. A knock at the door to check if someone is OK, the fetching of a little shopping or a prescription from the surgery. Just that thought that someone is thinking about them, and has taken the time to care. A little love and caring goes a long way, and it was out of love that Jesus sacrificed himself for us, and rose from the dead to overcome the power of sin. I hope that you take the opportunity to show a little love, knowing that those who receive it will be all the more grateful.


God bless you!


Revd Graham


I can hear the sound of mowers in the churchyard! I know some have mown their grass and lawns before now, but to hear the sound from the churchyard post-Easter means that warmer weather is on the way and spring has advanced - even if it is only six degrees outside! Soon the air will ring to the sound of mowers everywhere, and those beautiful striped lawns will be appearing everywhere you look. Some will curse the smell of the new-mown grass because of their allergies, while others will enjoy breathing in the aroma of the freshly cut grass.


It’s strange how Easter seems to move time on in one leap, along with the clocks going forward an hour and lighter evenings becoming the order of the day. For the next few weeks the church is in the season of Easter, as we read the stories about the post resurrection appearances of Jesus. Our readings this week take us to the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples in the Upper Room. The first time Thomas is not with them, and he refuses to believe Jesus has risen, until he sees for himself the marks of the nails in Jesus’ hands and feet. The second time he is with the disciples, and then he believes when he has seen the scars that bear witness to his crucifixion.


Sometimes we require physical proof to believe in something, to see the results of an action. As Christian disciples we are a people of faith, we believe because we trust in the life of Jesus Christ. We believe he came as the promised Messiah, as Saviour of the world. We know the effects on our lives as we put our trust in him, and live the way he wants us to live. As we celebrate Easter, the euphoria of his resurrection fills our lives with joy and hope, and urges us on to live his life. I hope that we all can feel the effects of his risen life as we live day to day.


God bless you this Easter!


Revd Graham



There is nothing particularly exciting about this week’s picture, it is just a tunnel under an old railway that allows you to follow a footpath. As I was thinking what to write, two thoughts came to mind. First is that this week we have seen the slight easing of the lockdown rules. People can mix with another household outside, and we have a little bit more freedom to travel, although we are asked to stay close to home. It is a small step in the right direction, as we hopefully move to a more normal way of life. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it leads to a brighter future.


Secondly, this weekend in particular, we commemorate and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; the Christian high point of the year. Some people are confused when they hear that comment, but it is the point on which the Christian faith is based. Without the belief in a risen Lord Jesus, our faith would mean nothing. We believe that Jesus died and rose again for every one of us, so that our relationship with the God who is our Creator can be restored, after all the wrong things in our lives are forgiven. The picture reminded me of the stone rolled away from the tomb entrance where Jesus’ body was placed after being taken down from the cross. The removal of the stone uncovers the light, and just as when we look down through the tunnel, we see the brightness that can bring hope to our lives.


I hope that you have the opportunity this Easter Time to celebrate the risen Lord Jesus who can bring light to your life, and who can ease away the burden of the things that weigh you down as you travel life’s road.


We would love to see you in any of our churches this Sunday; there is a service in every parish.


God bless you this Easter!


Revd Graham