St Mary's Church

Fowlmere

St Mary’s Church, which dates back to the 12C, enjoys a prominent position at the centre of the village. The church has a regular and active congregation who worship together regularly and who aim to serve the village.

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St Laurence's Church

Foxton

St Laurence’s Church has stood at the centre of the village of Foxton for the past 1000 years and is still attended today by a small but active congregation of worshippers.

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All Saints Church

Shepreth

All Saints is an historic 12th century church which is in regular use today with a small but active congregation.

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St George's Church

Thriplow

St George’s is an historic 12th century church which is in regular use today with a small but active congregation. Our congregation covers all age ranges and young families are well represented amongst our members.

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Welcome

The Four Church Benefice is a group of village churches in South Cambridgeshire comprising of St Mary’s Fowlmere, St Laurence’s Foxton, All Saints Shepreth and St George’s Thriplow.

We aim to reach out to every member of our community offering them occasions to meet with God within our worship and life together, to take opportunities to explore their faith and to receive support and help during the milestones on life’s journey.

Our Rector Revd. Angela Melaniphy is available to all members of the community. Please don’t hesitate to contact Revd Angela either, through the website or, by email  – see link below, or telephone 01763 208195 should you need pastoral support or would like her to pray for anything that is concerning you.

Please continue to look after yourselves and  STAY SAFE and let us know if you need any spiritual or practical support. We are only able to allow our churches to be open for individual private prayer at the moment but still have networks of people providing help where needed and we can put you in touch with the right people to support you.

 

Email Revd. Angela Melaniphy

Support our Churches During Covid-19

Church services

We are delighted to tell you that from Wednesday 2nd December we will again be able to hold public worship in our churches. St Mary’s Church, Fowlmere, St Laurence’s Church, Foxton and St George’s Church, Thriplow all remain open for your private individual prayer during the week

We will continue to  ensure full Covid Security so face coverings must be worn and numbers will be limited. Go to the calendar events section for details of how to book your place at a service.

Please see below for the pattern of worship for the next few weeks.

Morning Prayer will be available on zoom on Tuesday  every week. Go to calendar events for the link

Our mid week worship ‘Refresh’ will take place on zoom every Wednesday.  Please see the Calendar Events’ and Worship Pages for full details

Upcoming Services

Sunday 29th November

11.00 am Holy Communion Service

broadcast from St Laurence’s Church, Foxton

Sunday 6th December – Second Sunday of Advent

9.30 am Holy Communion at St George’s Church, Thriplow *

9.30 am Holy Communion at St Laurence’s Church, Foxotn

11.00 am All Age Worship at All Saints’ Church, Shepreth

Sunday 13th December

9.30 am  Holy Communion at St Laurence’s Church, Foxton*

11.00 am Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church, Fowlmere

Services marked * will be recorded and the link will be available on the website from 12 midday

 

View our Celtic Communion Service from All Saints’ Church, Shepreth

see link below

Celtic Communion Service

View from the Rectory

12th May

Erik helping with the technology!

 

In my sermon on Sunday I was talking about how adaptable we are as human beings. When we become ill or something goes wrong we are extremely good at compensating in the way we do things and in learning new skills.

This has never been more apparent than during the past two months. We have all had to learn new ways of behaving, new ways of thinking and new ways of communicating.

After the first panic when people rushed out and bought as much toilet paper, flour and alcohol as they could we have, in the main, adapted very well. People are mostly obeying the social distancing rules. We are finding new ways of amusing ourselves and keeping ourselves occupied and we have, above all, learned new ways of communicating.

Having always lived on my own and been used to working from home I adapted quite well too lock down without the stress that many people initially felt. But after six or seven weeks I realised that was I was missing most of all was seeing people’s faces. The telephone is a wonderful tool but video conferencing and face time have been a marvelous gift. When my mother had her 87th birthday I decided to buy her a Facebook Portal that allows her to speak face to face with me and my siblings and her grandchildren. This has made such a difference to her.

The other day when I rang, my mother turned the portal on and I spoke from the screen into the room. Her cat Bertie, who had been sitting on her lap jumped up at the sound of my voice and began to pat my face on the screen. Even our pets are adapting to new ways of communicating!

I think we have had a tendency to be negative about social media and there are aspects of it that can be harmful but the use of technology has been such a gift to us in recent months. We have been able to live stream worship on YouTube, join meetings on zoom, and even play music at graveside services via a blue tooth speaker. My technical skills have improved by leaps and bounds and I am so grateful for these new ways of communicating and feeling that although we are staying at home we are still part of a community.

 

 

 

View the previous ‘view from the Rectory’ updates here:

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Tuesday 24th March 2020

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Getting married in the Four Church Benefice

Some good reasons for getting married in the church:

  • A wedding is one of life’s greatest moments
  • A time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy
  • A public and life-long covenant, declared and celebrated in the presence of God and before witnesses

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