Riversmeet Benefice

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In light of the new, highly infectious variant of the coronavirus and the pressure this is putting on the NHS, the Benefice has decided to suspend all services until and including Sunday, 14th February. There will then be a review.

There will be a Zoom service at 11am each Sunday, which will then be posted here.  Please contact Shelagh Ashley if you would like the link to be emailed to you so that you can take part in the live service: shelaghashley@btinternet.com   

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

Here is the link for Sunday, 17th January's recorded Zoom service: 


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January 2021

Sunday 3rd Epiphany

Blunham - 11am - Morning Prayer

Gt Barford - 9.30am - Holy Communion

Roxton - 11am - Holy Communion

Isaiah 60:1-6

Ephesians 3:1-12

Matthew 2:1-12

Sunday 10th Baptism of Christ

Zoom service of Holy Communion - 11am

Genesis 1:1-5

Acts 19:1-7

Mark 1:4-11

Sunday 17th Epiphany 2

Zoom service of Holy Communion - 11am

1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20]

Revelation 5:1-10

John 1:43-51

Sunday 24th Epiphany 3

Zoom service of Holy Communion - 11am  

Genesis 14:17-20

Revelation 19:6-10

John 2:1-11

Sunday 31st Candlemas

Zoom service of Holy Communion - 11am 

Malachi 3:1-5

Hebrews 2:14-18

Luke 2:22-40

February 2021 

Sunday 7th 2nd Sunday before Lent

Zoom service of Holy Communion - 11am

Proverbs 8:1, 22-31

Colossians 1:15-20

John 1:1-14

Sunday 14th Sunday next before Lent

Zoom service of Holy Communion - 11am

2 Kings 2:1-12

2 Corinthians 4:3-6

Mark 9:2-9

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.


Message from Revd Graham

Here is this week's message from Revd Graham:

We have had some electrical work done at the Rectory today, which resulted in the power being turned off for about thirty minutes. It is surprising how much we rely on having electricity to power just about everything we do. No power equalled no internet, no landline telephone, no computer, (although I could have used the laptop with its battery!), no boiling kettle for a hot drink… the list is endless of items which rely on mains power, which we in turn rely upon; more out of convenience than anything other reason.

It reminded me of the passage in chapter 15 of John’s Gospel, where Jesus speaks of abiding in the Father. Put into a more modern form, it means staying connected to the root of our faith and beliefs; that is Jesus Christ. Without being linked with the true power source of our beliefs we lose our focus on our discipleship, and our aims and goals.

In some ways it can be thought of in a similar way to the wiring of a three pin plug that we are all familiar with! (I hope). There are normally three wires for most appliances, live, neutral and earth. (Brown, blue and yellow/green). We need the power of the live wire, to enable us to grow in faith, be strengthened in our tasks and be powered to live as disciples. We need neutral to give us a different perspective of the world, not influenced by the things around us that interfere and pull us this way and that, away from our true life of discipleship. And finally we need to have yellow/green earth connection that enables us to stay firmly grounded in the world. Not thinking of ourselves as more righteous than other people, or more pious in our living.

It is important that, as we need to plug in to the mains supply for electricity, we keep ourselves connected to the author and creator our faith, to empower us to live as God designed us to live.

May God bless you!

Revd Graham

As I have mentioned before, I feel privileged to live in such a beautiful place and to have so many lovely walks close by, with no travelling needed! And I guess that living so near the river is a real bonus! In a few short minutes I can be down by the waterside and taking in wonderful views of the church, the Old Rectory and across to the A1 and Sandy.

It was on a day off recently, that walking by the river I was able to watch a kingfisher going to and fro across the water, dancing from overhanging shrub to shrub. This time I was armed with my camera as you will see in the picture below.

I am always amazed at the way that creation has developed to adapt to its surroundings, and the fact that birds and animals can be so well camouflaged that their intended prey cannot see them against their background. So you might ask, why is the kingfisher so brightly coloured and not camouflaged to fade into its background? I’m not an expert, so I’ll leave you to discover that one for yourselves. What it does make me consider is the role of the church in our communities.

Far from wanting to blend into the background, the church and the disciples of Jesus Christ are there to bring light and to stand as a beacon of hope in a dark world. It would be easy to stay in our buildings, when we can get into them safely, and not to be seen in the world. Jesus described this in a number of ways, but compared it to putting a light under a bushel and not on a lampstand or as salt to flavour our communities. The light of hope and the seasoning comes from the love of God. And as God loves us, so are we to love as he loves us. I hope that you feel that love as we continue through this coming week and beyond.

May God bless you!

Revd Graham