Dear Friends,

At this time of year churches hold Harvest Festivals to celebrate crops being gathered in from the fields and were traditionally held at the end of September to coincide with the autumn new moon. Harvest Festival is celebrated around the world and is a good opportunity to thank farmers and farm workers who work so hard on the land and at sea. The first ever Harvest Festival was held in a small church in Morwenstow, Cornwall, in 1843. Reverend Robert Hawker invited his parishioners to a special service of thanksgiving and praise. Victorian Hymns such as ‘We plough the fields and scatter’ and ‘All things bright and beautiful’ helped to popularise the idea of Harvest Festival and spread the annual custom of decorating the church with home grown produce and flowers. Harvest Festival reminds Christians of all the good things God gives us, and encourages us to share with others in need. Harvest time is also a good time for us to reflect and to be thankful for the food we have, and to think of those around the world who are hungry. This year we will be celebrating our Harvest Festival on Sunday 15 October at 9:30am, and we will be accepting gifts of food for the Cambridge Foodbank or gifts of money for Wintercomfort. We do hope you can join us at this traditional service of thanksgiving.

I hope you have a wonderful October!

God Bless,


Revd Clare Coates

Lead Minister for Hardwick, Dry Drayton and Caldecote with Childerley


St Mary’s Church, Hardwick – St Mary’s Church, Hardwick (

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Sunday Services in October

Sunday 1 October

9:30am Holy Communion with Revd Clare. All Welcome.

Sunday 8 October

9:30am Holy Communion with Revd Clare and Michaela McNeill. All Welcome.

3pm Wild Church. A family friendly service, exploring nature and God in the grounds of the Cabin. All welcome.

Sunday 15 October

9:30am Harvest Festival with Beth Keenan and Revd Clare. All Welcome.

Sunday 22 October

9:30am Morning Worship with Michaela McNeill and Beth Keenan. All Welcome.

Sunday 29 October

10:30am Team service of Holy Communion at Dry Drayton Church. All welcome.

4pm All souls service at the Cabin with Clare Bigg and Revd Clare, followed by refreshments. All welcome

Zoom Services

Worship at Home – All Lordsbridge Zoom Service

Every Sunday, 11.00am. Join any time from 10.50am.


Weekday Services:


1st Wednesday of the month, 9am at the Cabin

And in the following weeks, on zoom. All welcome.

Friday Night Prayers

You are warmly invited to join us on Zoom to say Night Prayer together on a Friday to mark the transition to the weekend. Short and sweet, we are open for chat from 7:30, pray promptly at 7:45 and are finished by 8. More details from Clare Bigg

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Meeting ID: 716 0818 0893

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What’s on:

Tuesdays in term time
All are welcome to join us for free play, crafts, a story and lots of fun. 10-11:30am each Tuesday in term time. New term starting on 19 September

Alternate weeks either:

12:15pm Meditation with Howard Bigg in the Cabin

or 1-3pm The Colour Wheel Hardwick Mindful Colouring Group: in the Cabin. £3 donation which includes refreshments and materials. For more information contact Nicky 07539 429394


10:30 – 12:  Bumps and Babes with Ali in the Cabin. All welcome.

1st Saturday of every month: Pippins

10am-12 noon, in the Community Room in Hardwick School. Drop in for a cuppa, cake and a chat! All most welcome.

Saturday 7 October 6:30 for 7:30pm Harvest Supper and Ceilidh

For details, see poster below:

Saturday 21 October: The Big Book Sale! 10-4pm at the Cabin

Several boxes full of books

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Saturday 13 April 2024 Sponsored 10km Walk/Run/Cycle

Starting at Great St Mary’s at 10am, we will be walking, running or cycling 10km back to St Mary’s Hardwick, in aid of the building repair fund. More details in the Autumn. BUT FOR NOW SAVE THE DATE IN YOUR DIARIES!!!

Useful contacts

Clare Bigg, LLM

Revd David Newton, Team Rector & Lead Minister for Comberton and Toft: 01223 665654; 07736 944396;

Revd Claire Robertson, Lead Minister for Coton, Barton, Harlton and Haslingfield: 01223 874194;

Revd Charles Fraser, Lead Minister for Little and Great Eversden:; 01223 264974

Team Administrator: Becca Herrick;

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