Alison’s Blog

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Revd Alison Myers, Team Vicar, serving the communities of Hardwick, Coton and Dry Drayton, Alison has been the vicar for Hardwick since September 2010.
They devoted themselves to prayer

These are reflections I offered at a 9.30 service of Communion in St Peter and St Paul’s in Dry Drayton for Sunday 28 May 2017, the Sunday that fell in the period between Ascension Day and Pentecost and during the Archbishop of Canterbury’s … Continue reading

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Easter ‘Faith at Home’ with the family

Here are two ideas for exploring the Easter story at home this weekend. Some of you will have seen the animation The Super Cool Story of Jesus at the Easter Fun Morning in Hardwick.  Following on from The Well Good … Continue reading

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4 ideas for things to do in Lent

This short article was originally published in the March 2017 editions of the village newsletters the Dry Drayton News and, in slightly adapted form, the Hardwick Happenings. Lent begins this year on 1 March.  Here are some ideas for things to … Continue reading

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More book ideas for Lent

These book recommendations were first published in the Feb-Mar 2017 edition of Lordsbridge Life. Beth is interested in forming an informal discussion group after Easter with anyone reading Justin Welby’s book.  Get in touch with her direct if you are … Continue reading

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Ideas for Lent

Interested in photography?  Looking for a project for Lent?  Steve Radley, local priest and photographer is hosting a Facebook group called ‘Lent through the Lens’.  Join the group for more details or look at the previous post on this blog. How … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday – A poetic start to Lent

Thank you to Beth (Revd Dr Beth Cope, Team Pioneer Curate) for our Ash Wednesday reflections this year in which she intersperses the bible readings set for the day – Joel 2:1-2 & 12-17 and Matthew 6:1-6 – with contemporary poems. Today … Continue reading

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Lent through the Lens

Are you interested in photography?  Do you want a project for Lent?  Something mindful, contemplative and community centred? Steve Radley is a priest and a photographer.  This is what Steve says about the project – Vision To help people both within … Continue reading

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Chalking the door, a new year blessing

Chalking the door is a modern take on an old tradition of praying for God’s blessing on a home and those who live there, remembering the wise men coming to Jesus’ house and looking forward to a new year. Bless … Continue reading

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Alison's Blog 2016-08-19 16:25:11

The following note has just come through from the Diocesan Office The Children’s Ministry Training Course Come and be inspired! Learn new skills and develop your practice for working with children For all children’s leaders and part of the Authorised … Continue reading

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From Jill and Adrian Chatfield

Dear all at St Mary’s, We really enjoyed spending our last Sunday here in Cambridge with you – worshipping with you and partying with you! It has been lovely to get to know you, particularly over the last couple of … Continue reading

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The wind and the coracle 

Originally posted on be the light:
?? I was recently commissioned to do a painting for a friend who was ordained in the Church of England. It’s based on the idea of how ancient Christian Celts would get into a…

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The servant Queen and the King she serves

The Sunday Club have this term been looking at some specific figures and thinking about how they served God, and how their faith in Jesus inspired them to do what they did.  People like Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and Mary Seacole.  … Continue reading

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Papers for St Mary’s Annual Meeting – 24 April 2016

The Annual Parish Church Meeting (APCM) for St Mary’s Hardwick will take place on Sunday 24 April after church at 11am, coffee from 10.45ish.  Papers for the meeting can be downloaded here. APCM 2016 Agenda APCM 2015 Minutes 2015 Annual … Continue reading

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The Bishop’s visit to Dry Drayton

In Dry Drayton last Sunday we welcomed Right Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely, to a buffet lunch to celebrate the end of the 14-year development and re-ordering project at St Peter and St Paul’s. Lunch was followed by a service of … Continue reading

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Papers for 2016 AGM, St Peter and St Paul’s Dry Drayton

The 2016 AGM (APCM) takes place on 17 April – 3pm for refreshments, 3.15pm for business.  You can download the papers here. Agenda AGM 2016 AGM 2015 Minutes Annual Report 2015 Financial report 2015

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Welcoming Beth Cope as Team Pioneer Curate

This summer we are delighted to be welcoming Beth Cope to the Lordsbridge Team as Team Pioneer Curate.  A pioneer minister is someone called to be an entrepreneur in mission and whose main focus throughout their ministry will be on … Continue reading

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Candlemas with activities and reflection in Dry Drayton

At Candlemas – 31st January – we held just three services across the 11 Lordsbridge villages instead of the usual 10 or so.  We gave people the choice of where to go – to ‘worship with friends or to make … Continue reading

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Mark’s running the London Marathon

Mark Fogerty who sometimes comes with his family to St Mary’s, Hardwick writes: I’ve talked about running the London Marathon for some years, instead I got as far as analysing it and convinced myself that it is do-able. So here … Continue reading

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The ‘no-rehearsal nativity’

Better late than never!  Here are photos of the St Mary’s ‘scratch’ nativity from Christmas 2015. In a new venture for us we used the ‘No-rehearsal-nativity’ by Janine Gillion as the basis for the December All Age service in our small village … Continue reading

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Christmas 2015 at St Mary’s Hardwick

Photos from Christmas with the worshipping community of St Mary’s Hardwick: (left to right from the top) a decorated window sill, carol singing around the fire, Christmas family fun morning (both photos), the donkey from the scratch nativity, candles in the dark … Continue reading

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Gateways inaugural gathering

Gateways, the new community gathering in Caldecote, had its ‘launch’ get-together on Sunday 13 December.  We laughed and laughed, and then there were baked potatoes for tea! The cardboard box stable proved trickier to get up than expected despite Michael’s … Continue reading

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Ely Cathedral pilgrimages in December

Ely Cathedral pilgrimages to reflect on what it means to be “People fully alive”. The following dates are available for parish pilgrimages at Ely Cathedral:- Tuesday, 1 December (with the option to stay on for candlelit Compline at 9.00 pm, … Continue reading

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School of Theology reminder – 25 October

All are welcome to the Lordsbridge School of Theology from 7.30pm on 25 October.  This is part of a series on Ethics and is entitled ‘Living reality – life and death’.  We will be exploring these issues with Revd Professor … Continue reading

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Highfields Caldecote – introducing ‘Gateways’ and our next steps

This is the third installment in the continuing story of a new venture in Highfields Caldecote.  It began with an open meeting over a meal in the village hall in July.     In the last two gatherings (Sept & Oct) … Continue reading

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Introducing “A Season of Invitation”

“Invite someone to come to the church you love.” The Season of Invitation is a national campaign from the Church of England for the autumn. It is based on research, firstly, about the importance of personal invitation and secondly, that … Continue reading

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Highfields – 23 August 2015

Have you ever tried playing Jenga with assorted cardboard boxes?  That’s one of the activities that we did together on the afternoon of 23rd of August at the village hall in Highfields.  There was lots of laughter, and no little … Continue reading

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Highfields – starting a conversation

Last Sunday afternoon – 19th July 2015 – we began a conversation about a new initiative for Highfields – something for families and real life, engaging with values and spirituality.  This article describes that open meeting and the beginning of a conversation that … Continue reading

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Justin Welby on religious belief and freedom

Justin Welby wrote an opinion piece in the Times on Thursday on the theme of religious freedom and human wellbeing.  His article entitled ‘Faith must be strong enough to take offence’ can be found here.  It’s worth reading in it’s entirety. Here … Continue reading

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Church and Community Hall Survey The St Mary’s Community Hall Survey is still open until the end of July. We’d welcome your feedback on how this building might be used. Please click on the link below to open up a short survey. Many thanks. Survey here.  

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Update on the Lordsbridge Mission project

Over the last few months we have been exploring possibilities for mission ventures across the villages of the Lordsbridge Team.  One of these possibilities is in Highfields Caldecote.  It won’t look like traditional Sunday morning church, it won’t even be … Continue reading

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June-July Lordsbridge Life

This issue of the Team’s bi-monthly newsletter includes a message from Corin, the Team’s Curate, as he finishes his curacy; an article about Pippin’s: coffee and company in Hardwick as it achieves its first birthday; a tribute to Derek Tombs, … Continue reading

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Church and community hall survey

You may have seen our article in the June Hardwick Happenings about plans for a church and community hall to replace the aging portacabin behind the church.  We’d like a building accessible to all villagers with toilet and kitchen facilities … Continue reading

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Wicken Fen this afternoon

We went to Wicken Fen this afternoon to hear the cuckoos – it’s not spring without them!

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Lordsbridge Youth report 2015

In this report, Emma Slater and Teresa Taylor review the year and give a run down of current youth activities across the villages. The report can be downloaded here.

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Team Rector’s report for Team Council AGM 2015

In this report, Mike Booker reviews the year, starting by highlighting the principles of the Lordsbridge Team: The team is a network of worshipping communities, rooted in their local contexts The team works primarily through its worshipping communities, and enables … Continue reading

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Alison's Blog 2015-05-10 10:55:21

This is a letter from Corin and Nicky Redsell.  Corin has been the Lordsbridge Team’s curate for the last four years (a curate is an ‘apprentice priest’) and his curacy comes to an end in July.  This letter explains what … Continue reading

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Papers for St Mary’s Hardwick AGM

The Hardwick AGM (or APCM), will be held on Sunday 26 April 2015, at 11am in the portacabin behind the church.  We are required by charity and church law to have this annual open meeting, at which church council (PCC) members and … Continue reading

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Papers for Dry Drayton AGM

The Dry Drayton Church AGM (or APCM), will be held on Sunday 19 April 2015, at 3 pm in the Church.  We are required by charity and church law to have this annual open meeting, at which church council (PCC) members … Continue reading

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April-May 2015 Lordsbridge Life

The April-May issue of Lordsbridge Life can be downloaded here.
 

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Hardwick Easter Fun Morning

Last Saturday’s Easter Fun Morning included Messy Church style Easter activities such as Easter ‘bonnets’, Easter gardens, egg decorating, and footsteps to the cross (ie cutting around your footprint in paper and together making a footprint trail along the aisle … Continue reading

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A church stand at our local wedding fair

We had an interesting day on Saturday, as colleagues and I set up and staffed a stand at the wedding open day at Burwash Manor.  Burwash Manor and their wedding venue ‘The Secret Garden’ is on the Lordsbridge patch so it … Continue reading

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The Easter Experience (in Dry Drayton church)

The Easter Experience is a semi-immersive story telling experience that takes groups of children from the school through the stories of Holy Week and Easter.  Our version has been put together by an excellent and hardworking team in Dry Drayton … Continue reading

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Jesus the boy left behind in the Temple

This morning in Dry Drayton at the All Age service for Mothering Sunday we explored the story in Luke 2 of when the 12 year old Jesus was mistakenly left behind the Temple by his family.  After a fun and … Continue reading

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5 places for you to think and pray

This short article will (hopefully) appear in Hardwick Happenings and Dry Drayton News in due course. I don’t know if prayer is your practice, or whether time to think is more what you need, or perhaps both.  If you find … Continue reading

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Notes from ‘Call to Pray’ in Lent 2015

The notes from the Lordsbridge prayer evening earlier in March can be downloaded via the link below.  Please download them and use in your own private prayer or in small groups. Call to Pray in Lent 2015

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Pancake races at St Mary’s Hardwick – Tuesday 17 Feb 2015

Photos from this great event for all ages yesterday, with congregation members and friends. Novice chefs learned new skills from the old hands…                                 …and served customers… … Continue reading

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Dry Drayton giving – charities survey

The PCC in Dry Drayton plans to continue its tradition of end-of-year charitable giving, but would like to hear from congregation members about which charities you feel should be supported.  There is a survey you can download here and complete.  … Continue reading

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Notes from ‘Call to pray’ Jan 2015

For those who couldn’t make it but still want to pray for the ministry and witness of our network of churches, here are the notes we used to direct our prayers: “A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare … Continue reading

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Lordsbridge School of Theology 2015

Are you inspired by thinking about faith and theology?  Do you wonder how to relate faith to how you live or to the issues of society?  Do you want the opportunity to hear good quality speakers locally?  Whether you have … Continue reading

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