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.
Dry Drayton action plan

A MAP highlights areas of focus for church and PCC.  The new ‘Mission Action Plan’ (MAP) for 2013 for St Peter and St Paul, Dry Drayton, is downloadable from here. A MAP gives areas of mission related focus but it doesn’t … Continue reading

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The spirituality of winter

What does winter mean to you?  Is the prospect of snow a hope or a worry?  Do you think of crisp, frosty days and hoar frost, or trudging through rain and mud?  Do you look forward to cosy evenings or … Continue reading

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Youth weekend booking form

West Cambridge Churches Youth Ministry annual youth weekend away for local church youth groups is 8-10 March. The booking form can be downloaded from here.  Please note the early booking date of 8th Feb for a £5 discount.  If you have … Continue reading

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Youth (WCCYM) newsletter & diary

The WCCYM youth newsletter & events diary for Jan to March 2013 is out.  It gives a brief overview of what’s been happening for young people in local churches and lists dates for Ignite and Thirst.  Note that the WCCYM … Continue reading

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December 2012 issue of eLife

Please find the December 2012 issue of eLife, the Diocesan Newsletter here

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Lordsbridge Life December 2012

To see the December version of Lordsbridge Life, the bi-monthly newsletter of the Lordsbridge Team Churches, click on the link below.
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Summary Report on General Synod 19-21 November 2012

Issued by Church House, 3 December The General Synod of the Church of England met in November for three days at Church House, Westminster to discuss the final stages of the women bishops legislation, with an agenda that also included the Anglican … Continue reading

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Pics from the United Area-Wide Service

Several hundred adults and children gathered for the united area wide service last Sunday at Comberton Leisure. Here are some pictures and a short report. Jacob (13) writes: “Alison Myers, vicar on the Lordsbridge team, warmly welcomed everyone to the … Continue reading

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Archbishops’ Council: Women bishops, what’s next?

Statement on the Conclusion of the Meeting of the Archbishops’ Council November 2012 “The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England met on November 27-28th to consider a wide ranging agenda. A substantial amount of time was given over to … Continue reading

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Bishop of Ely – sorrow at women bishop vote failure

PRESS RELEASE 20 November 2012 The Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, responding to today’s General Synod vote on the consecration of women to the episcopate, said: “I am deeply sorrowful about the failure of the General Synod … Continue reading

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Poem from Remembrance Day reflections

I quoted from this poem at the Remembrance Day service in Hardwick this year.  It’s from the collection ‘Prayers for a Privileged People’ by theologian and writer Walter Brueggemann.   The Threat Upon Us Summertime . . . when the … Continue reading

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Time to Celebrate

At the beginning of December most of us are filling in our plans for celebrating Christmas – who we’ll be staying with, who is coming to us, which gatherings we will be part of, which places and events we will … Continue reading

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What does the Archbishop of Canterbury do exactly?

The main roles of the Archbishop of Canterbury The various roles and responsibilities of the Archbishop of Canterbury have developed over more than 1400 years of history. The one constant is his ministry as a senior bishop, though the nature … Continue reading

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Who is Justin Welby?

Biographical details of the Right Reverend Justin Welby .   Born in 1956 in London, the Right Reverend Justin Welby was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied history and law. For 11 years – five … Continue reading

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Lambeth Palace announcement of the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury

Lambeth Palace press release: 9 November 2012 The Queen has approved the nomination of the Right Reverend Justin Welby for election as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. He will succeed Dr Rowan Williams who is retiring at the end of December … Continue reading

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Bishop of Ely congratulates next Archbishop of Canterbury

PRESS RELEASE – 9 November 2012 The Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, today welcomed the appointment of the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd Justin Welby as the next Archbishop of Canterbury. Bishop Stephen said: “I give thanks … Continue reading

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WCCYM Annual Report

If you are interested in youth work in our local area then read on. WCCYM – West Cambridge Churches Youth Ministries – is a network of youth workers and youth events in local churches including those in the Lordsbridge Team.  Members … Continue reading

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Bringing children to the area wide service?

GenR8 are running a children’s session as part of the area-wide, multi-denominational celebration service on 25 November.  To avoid the queues, please pre-register your child (aged 5-11) for the GenR8 session, by sending the following details to Vicki Farmer, by email: … Continue reading

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This year’s united area-wide service

All Christians living in the villages and towns west of Cambridge are invited to gather for the annual celebration at Comberton Leisure on Sunday 25 November at 10.30.  This service is supported by the local Anglican team churches, the Baptist, … Continue reading

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Calling all singers/choir members

We would love to form a special joint choir to help lead the sung worship at the United Area Wide Service on Sunday 25 Nov, at Comberton Leisure.  We’re looking for experienced choir members as well as those who love … Continue reading

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It’s shoebox time!

Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project – sending gift-filled shoeboxes to children in need around the world since 1990. Right now, thousands of churchgoers across the UK are busy wrapping, packing and filling shoeboxes with great … Continue reading

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September issue of eLife

The September 2012 issue ofeLife, the Diocesan Newsletter is available via the Ely Diocese website.  Click here to find it.  2012 Diocese elections Ride & Stride 2012 Diocesan visit to Vellore Imagining the Future Messy Cathedral Godbaby image aims to show … Continue reading

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Bishop Stephen’s press release

Bishop of Ely expresses hope for debate on women bishops The Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, has today expressed his hope that the Church of England will come to a common mind when General Synod reconvenes in … Continue reading

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Rowan Williams on Narnia

For those who love Narnia and are stimulated by the writing of Rowan Williams look out for The Lion’s World: A journey into the heart of Narnia released today.  The blurb on the Amazon website Amazon says the following: “Following the appearance … Continue reading

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Reflections on the bread of life – Sunday 5 August

“The bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” This Sunday we reflect on the things which may truly satisfy and those which are more ephemeral.  This poem by Seamus Heaney beautifully … Continue reading

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August Lordsbridge Life

You can download your copy here.  This issue includes a poetic editorial from Corin together with news and events around the Lordsbridge villages.
Lordsbridge Life August 2012

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Fun for September for Lordsbridge families

Cool ‘n’ Crazy Praise Party.  For children and their families.  With John Hardwick, at St Mary’s Hardwick.  Sat 8 Sept at 2pm.   More details on the Praise Party Poster.

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For those for whom the work of the kingdom seems too much

I used this prayer-poem as we concluded the series on the marks of mission – the ways in which God calls us to work in his world. It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. … Continue reading

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Library for Christian Books…

… could be available locally, if church members in this area get involved. The Good News Trust is a charity that has been going for some years (http://www.goodnewstrust.org). For the past 22 years it has been running on the edge … Continue reading

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Messy Cathedral – 15 Sept in Ely

Messy Cathedral.  Explore Harvest.  For all the family. Crafts… stories… worship… games… fun… picnic for everybody. 15 September, 11-2pm. Ely Cathedral. Tickets – adults £4, children £2.50, under 2s free. Messy cathedral poster Booking form and details: http://bit.ly/messycathedral To help us … Continue reading

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Children’s and youth summer newsletter

Julia Chamberlin (Diocesan Children’s Worker) and David Waters (Diocesan Youth Worker) write: “Before some of you head for the hills to seek dry ground do take time to read about the events, resources and information we have to support your … Continue reading

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July eLife – Ely Diocese newsletter

Please find the July 2012 issue ofeLife, the Diocesan Newsletter here

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General Synod – Press release from the Bishop’s Office

The following press release was issued on 9 July at the end of the July General Synod.   Bishop of Ely urges leadership with humility towards final agreement on women bishops – General Synod decision to adjourn debate on women … Continue reading

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Summer Afternoons at St Mary’s

Enjoy family activities and relax over tea and cake.  Now in its second year, and open to anyone.  Just turn up.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, between Tuesday 7 and Thursday 30 August, 2-4pm. We are looking for volunteers for … Continue reading

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Ruth Bond, National Chair of WI, to speak at Deanery Synod this week

The Deanery Synod meets on Thursday 12 July, with guest speaker, Mrs Ruth Bond,the National Chair of the W.I., from 8.20pm (coffee from 8pm), at Toft Methodist Church. Ruth Bond, the National Chairman of the WI, is joining us to share … Continue reading

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Iona – ‘Thought for the Day’

The following is the ‘Thought for the Day’ from Iona Books.  Go to http://www.ionabooks.com/m/ for another thought or prayer each day or to http://www.ionabooks.com/ to find out how to view a new ‘thought’ daily via your mobile. Holy God GIVE ME A HAPPY HEART … Continue reading

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Punting and BBQ – all young people welcome

West Cambridge Churches Youth Ministries (WYCCM) the umbrella organisation for all church youth groups locally, including our very own Illumin8, is organising its annual punting expedition and BBQ.  This is open to yr 6 up to and including 6th form. … Continue reading

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Campfire communion

The Illumin8 youth group for churches in the Lordsbridge Team meets on 8 July for communion, this time around a campfire.  See the poster for more details.

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How shall we live? – reflecting on the Five Marks of Mission Another article written for a village newsletter near you…! To look after those in society who need our help, to stand against the injustice that we see around us, to treasure and care for the environment. Are these some of the marks of a healthy and flourishing society? Recently I...
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‘God made me fast…’ Meant to post this some time ago. It’s an article I wrote for a couple of the village newsletters for June. With the lead-in to the Olympics well underway, we are becoming extra conscious of those who have been made fast… and those who are skilled at throwing or kicking,...
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How shall we live? – reflecting on the Five Marks of Mission

Another article written for a village newsletter near you…! To look after those in society who need our help, to stand against the injustice that we see around us, to treasure and care for the environment.  Are these some of … Continue reading

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‘God made me fast…’

Meant to post this some time ago.  It’s an article I wrote for a couple of the village newsletters for June. With the lead-in to the Olympics well underway, we are becoming extra conscious of those who have been made … Continue reading

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School of Theology – preparatory reading This is for members of the Lordsbridge School of Theology preparing for the session on Sunday 17th June, at which the subject will be ‘Salvation: God’s rescue plan – What did the death of Jesus achieve?‘ In order to prepare for the session, it would be useful if you could download...
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eLife – Ely Diocese newsletter The June issue of eLife, the Ely Diocese newsletter is now available for download from www.ely.anglican.org/news_events/newsletters/latest.pdf

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Lordsbridge Life newsletter – June/July The new edition of the Lordsbridge Life newsletter is now available, with a note from Mike Booker, Team Rector, together with news, photos and forthcoming concerts and events from around the 11 parishes of the Lordsbridge Team.  Click on the link below to download a copy. Lordsbridge Life June July

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For Pentecost The following caught my eye this week and is from Pentecost by William Blake. Unless the eye catch fire, the God will not be seen. Unless the ear catch fire, the God will not be heard. Unless the tongue catch fire, the God will not be named. Unless the heart catch fire,...
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Lordsbridge Team Council Annual Meeting This took on 9 May.  This was the first annual general meeting of the new Team Council which consists of a lay representative from each of the 11 Lordsbridge parishes, the stipendiary clergy in the team, a representative of the retired clergy and a representative of the Licensed Lay Ministers....
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Hardwick’s Jubilee Fete – can you help? Posted on behalf of the St Mary’s Events Committee. The annual fund raiser for St Mary’s Church is fast approaching and we would like to make it a record-breaking fete with a Jubilee theme, but to do this, we need lots of help. Are able to assist with any of the...
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Spring Looking at images of gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show this week, and looking at our garden, these words of Gerard Manley Hopkins seem particularly apt: Nothing is so beautiful as Spring– When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush.   Mind you, one person’s weed is another...
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