Alison’s Blog

Alison
Revd Alison Myers, Team Vicar, serving the communities of Hardwick, Coton and Dry Drayton, Alison has been the vicar for Hardwick since September 2010.
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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School Co-Heads at Hardwick Evangelical Church on 1 Feb

Sunday, 1 Feb, is designated as Education Sunday.  The co-Heads of Hardwick Community Primary School, Ruth French & Andy Matthews, will be guest speakers and do a Q & A session at the termly cafe-style church service that Hardwick Evangelical Church will be holding … Continue reading

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training – 25 & 26 Feb 2015

There are places currently still available on this 2 day course in Cambridge.  I’m told the course is very good.  It aims to “make you more ready, willing and able to help someone at risk of suicide”.  If this would be valuable to … Continue reading

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Mission workshops in Jan and Feb 2015

Here are local workshops for those serious about mission or interested in exploring what it might entail.  The first two are in the series ‘conversations in mission’.  All are organised by the Diocesan Mission Department for lay and ordained teams … Continue reading

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Engaging with New Communities – workshop

In the next few years we are likely to have one or more new communities in our deanery, with planning underway for the development on the Bourn Airfield and for West Cambourne, not to mention pockets of new housing in … Continue reading

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Operation Christmas Child update

Those of you who contributed a shoebox to Operation Christmas Child this year might like to read this news: “Last week 60,000 shoeboxes were delivered to children in Northern Iraq who are now refugees. Having escaped from the clutches of … Continue reading

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Some Christmas events so far

Here’s a selection of images from some of the Christmas events in the villages so far this year. Christmas Family Fun Morning in Hardwick         Community carol singing around the bonfire outside Hardwick church       … Continue reading

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6 things to do in Advent (other than shopping and cooking)

Advent (‘coming’) is a time for preparation as we look towards the feast of Christmas and anticipate the celebration of love entering the world in the form of a vulnerable baby.  It teaches us about patience, and about the value … Continue reading

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‘Call to Pray’ – notes from December prayer evening

These are the notes from the team-wide prayer evening held on 3 December for those who would like to use them for prayer at home or in other gatherings. You can download a copy for printing here. “Arise, shine, for … Continue reading

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Take a breath

This article will appear in local village newsletters this December. Christmas starts early these days.  It seems as though no sooner are the fright masks of Halloween put away than the Christmas tinsel is out and trees are fully decorated as we … Continue reading

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Love Life Live Advent

Advent starts this Sunday (in church) and on Monday (in Advent calenders).  So on Friday, in preparation, I delivered Love Life Live Advent booklets to the school in Dry Drayton – one for each family.  These booklets contain simple, spiritually … Continue reading

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Words for remembering and responding

Remembering Friends, let us remember before God, all those who have died in war. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and … Continue reading

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Remembrance – faith in homes

There’s a good idea for something to do with your family & children at home for Remembrance Sunday on the BRF website ‘Faith in Homes’. ‘The cross and the poppy’ This idea looks at the story behind the cross and the … Continue reading

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Youth report

Find out what Emma, our youth worker, and Teresa, our volunteer youth lay minister, have been up to.  You can download a copy of their report to October’s Team Council meeting here.  

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New beginnings, new portfolio

Yesterday, Bishop John Taylor commissioned me as lead minister for new forms of mission within the Lordsbridge team, a scary and exciting new addition to my portfolio. In the service – primarily a licensing service for Revd Rebecca Gilbert, our … Continue reading

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Prayer notes from ‘Call to Pray’ evening – 15 Oct 2014

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4: 4) Give Thanks Thank God for the ministry of those who have taken on interim roles during the vacancy in the Lordsbridge team. Praying for the team For … Continue reading

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Remembering WW1

This article will be in Hardwick Happenings and Dry Drayton News in November 2014. This November, Remembrance Sunday will be particularly poignant as we think back to the outbreak of the First World War.  In reflecting on those events 100 … Continue reading

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Youth events and prayer diary

‘Churches working together for young people’ West Cambridge Churches Youth Ministries (WCCYM) is the umbrella organisation to which all the church youthworkers in the area are attached.  Through it they work together to create youth events and activities on a … Continue reading

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Prayer notes from Call to Pray evening – 3 Sept

A Word copy of these notes can be downloaded here. “You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”  (Matthew 5:14) Give Thanks  For rest and refreshment during Summer holidays  For contacts made over … Continue reading

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On nature’s blessings

Here in Cambridgeshire most of us are enjoying the beauty and abundance of an English summer.  My faith and my reading of the creation story in the Bible tells me that the material creation is at its heart ‘good’, embued … Continue reading

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Sacred Space – we’d value your thoughts

Sacred Space was run this year as a pilot project.  We have one more of the four evenings to go, however, it is at this point that we need to think about whether and how we continue.  So we’d like … Continue reading

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BBQ and Punting trip for young people – 22 June 2014

Annual Punting and BBQ for yr 6 to 6th form for Lordsbridge young people and other local church youth groups, hosted by WCCYM (West Cambridge Churches Youth Ministries). 5pm to 8.30pm.  Download flier and permission form here. WCCYM Punting and … Continue reading

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Lordsbridge Life – April/May edition now available

The new Lordsbridge Life is out – Lordsbridge Team prayer; new Team Vicar Rebecca Gilbert announced; update on Youth Work; the next Sacred Space evening; and special Holy Week and Easter services for the team.  Download a copy here – Lordsbridge Life … Continue reading

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Dry Drayton’s AGM

Dry Drayton’s AGM took place on 30 Mar.  The annual report for 2013 – describing the many good things that are part of church life in Dry Drayton and across the Team – and the financial report can be downloaded … Continue reading

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Easter service for Dry Drayton school, 1 April 2014

At the Dry Drayton Easter service on 1 Tues, we explored the meaning four different crosses from around the world using Bible passages and stories. Yr 3/4 told us about their ‘It’s not fair!’ project in which they are using … Continue reading

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New year, new you!

Why not add developing your faith or your relationship with God to your resolutions for this year?  BRF have sent these downloadable book samplers – try one of these. Sampler – Moments of Grace Sampler – A Spacious Place Or … Continue reading

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Blessing a home and chalking the door

Something for families to do together at home this weekend.  Bless your home and family this new year with a short and simple service – chalking the door. After Christmas comes the season of Epiphany. It is a time when … Continue reading

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News of Mission projects across the diocese

This note is from Peter Wood, Director of Mission: encouragement and interesting ideas God’s love is for sharing! It has been great to learn of the different ways that churches across the diocese are engaging their communities with the gospel. … Continue reading

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Jerusalem: The Movie

This link was just forwarded to me: it looks like a particularly beautiful and evocative film. “This is a 7 minute clip from a film that is about to be released.  After a year of research and preparation, the giant … Continue reading

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How many times have you sung ‘Away in a Manger’?

The following will appear in the Dry Drayton News in December Most of us will have sung it many, many times: perhaps when we were young, and then again with children or grandchildren.  Will you be singing it, or listening … Continue reading

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Operation Christmas Child

Thank you to all who donated Christmas Child shoeboxes over the last couple of Sundays.  17 from Hardwick, 31 from Dry Drayton (from the church and the school) went to the warehouse this week.  Those from Coton church were added … Continue reading

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Stats for vicars

For the clerical equivalent of train-spotters among us… “Ministry Statistics for 2012 have been published by the Research and Statistics Division of the Archbishops’ Council. They show a change in patterns of ministry over the past 10 years with numbers … Continue reading

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News from Tearfund about the G8 IF campaign

This Tuesday, thanks to you, the G8 announced that all developing countries should have the information they need to clamp down on tax dodging. We’ve been praying and campaigning for this, in our churches, our schools, our communities and in … Continue reading

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New Lordsbridge Life

For Lordsbridge Team news:
Goodbye to Michael Matthews
Welcome to new ministers
Arrangements during the vacancy
Summer events
The June/July edition of Lordsbridge Life, can be downloaded here: June Edition 15.

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The Woolwich murder – a relational dashboard

24th May 2013: Topical comment from ‘Friday Five’ Friday Five is an initiative of the Jubilee Centre in collaboration with Relationships Global Quote “Anger ventilated often hurries toward forgiveness; and concealed often hardens into revenge.”  Edward Bulwer-Lytton (British politician and novelist, 1803-73) News … Continue reading

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Women in the Episcopate – Bishops’ statement

On May 21 2013 the House of Bishops released the following statement on Women in the Episcopate.  (Circulated by Sarah Williams, Communications Manager, Diocese of Ely) “At its meeting in York the House of Bishops of the Church of England … Continue reading

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Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing – the shortlist

The 2013 Michael Ramsey Prize will be chosen and awarded at the Telegraph Hay Festival this May. The six shortlisted books cover a wide range of fascinating topics – find all of them on the Church House Publishing website. The … Continue reading

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A concert of church music and folk songs – 3 May

Download poster here: Russian Orthodox concert poster

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Lordsbridge Life newsletter for April

Download here: April Lordsbridge Life

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A letter from the Education Team of the Diocese of Ely

17th April 2013 Dear Sunday Club, Thank you so much for sending us all the money you raised during Lent to help build new schools in the Diocese of Vellore in India. The schools that we are helping are in … Continue reading

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Spirituality and prayer titles – Spring Sale at BRF

Save 25% on 30 prayer & spirituality titles at BRF online bookshop, including past issues of Quiet Spaces journal for £1. Sale runs to 2 April or when stock runs out – according to their mailing. Best to have a … Continue reading

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Lecture – Where red and blue meet…

Where red and blue meet; the role of intermediate institutions between the family and the state in British society Tuesday 12th March; 6.30 for 7pm, LAB 006, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge with Maurice Lord Glasman and Phillip Blond Glasman and … Continue reading

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February Lordsbridge Life

The February edition of Lordsbridge Life can be downloaded here.

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Prayer and reflection for Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent

Light as a feather A finger touched me, Branded me cross-shaped, Smudged me with ash. Light as a feather God’s finger caressed me With a sign of forgiveness, Marked me with love. Light as a feather, Penitent, shriven, Signed with … Continue reading

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Learning and prayer in Lent

Lent is traditionally a time of self-reflection and prayer to prepare for Easter.  Rather than giving something up why not do something special to demonstrate your commitment to following the way of Jesus.   Here are some ideas… Support your prayer … Continue reading

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Lent and Easter – Ideas to use at home

Many people are accustomed to marking the Church’s year in church, but this can also be an important part of the pattern of your year in the home. If you are a parent, there are some good ideas on the Messy … Continue reading

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Angels

Whether you are intrigued by, or sceptical of, the idea of angels, watch this Sunday’s Songs of Praise on BBC2 on iPlayer (3 Feb).   There are some interesting stories and Anglican theologian Paula Gooder speaks about angels in the … Continue reading

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