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. Three of our churches are open for   individual private prayer during the week (Sadly it isn’t possible for Shepreth Church to be open) and we are now worshipping fortnightly at each church. For fuller details go to the Calendar Events Section. We 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

Following the relaxation  of restrictions on 19th July you no longer need to book a space to worship and we are no longer are keeping a 2 metre distance from other people.

The guidelines for what we are doing for each church are here:

St Mary’s Fowlmere: Stage Four safety measures – Fowlmere

St Laurence’s, Foxton: Stage Four safety measures – Foxton

All Saints’, Shepreth: Stage Four safety measures – Shepreth

St George’s, Thriplow : Stage Four safety measures – Thriplow

 

Services this week

We are now returning to our more usual pattern of servcies

We will continue to record a service every week which will be available via a link from the website by 1.0pm each Sunday.

* denotes recorded Service

If you know anyone who doesn’t use the internet but would appreciate the service recorded on a CD please let Revd Angela know.

Services this week

17th  October

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

11.00 am Holy Communion at All Saints’ Shepreth

11.00 am All Age Worship at St Mary’s Fowlemere

 

See below for the link to the Holy Communion Service at Thriplow on 26th September

Holy Communion at Thriplow 17th October

View from the Rectory

September 2021

There is an old Sunday School song that tells us:

“Jesus bids us shine.

You in your small corner and I in mine”

The sentiment is important because it is urging each of us to live the best life we can where we are; which is exactly what Christians aspire to do. But the idea of us inhabiting our own small corner even in small villages is increasingly outdated and incorrect.

Over the past twenty years or so our communities have increasingly become global and the past two years have, more than ever, showed us how interconnected we are, not just in our villages but throughout the world. In August we were told that the impact of global warming had brought us to Code Red, the most urgent warning there is. We have all seen for ourselves the impact of severe weather events with deadly floods and fires throughout Europe and North America. We are regularly told that the amount of resources we consume affect the world we live in.

I was listening to a meteorologist talking on the radio the other day and he was explaining the cause of the severe weather events in the Northern Hemisphere. Apparently they are being driven by what is happening in the arctic which is now the warmest region in our hemisphere and has caused a distortion of the Jet Stream to bring hot and cold air to unusual places which is causing our weather to go haywire. What is happening in the Arctic is affecting everyone who lives north of the equator.

Over the past two years we have seen how a virus emerging in China can impact the whole world and how we, without knowing it, can pass deadly infection on to someone else. In theory we have always known that but it has never penetrated our consciousness and impacted our behaviour as it does now.

Some people are furious that their rights have been impacted by the pandemic; they have been confined to home, made to wear masks and to have vaccinations they don’t want. But is life about rights? We might not like things we are asked to do for each other but we have  responsibilities to ourselves and to each other. I am more than ever aware of the fact that what I do impacts not just on my neighbour but on someone I have never met who lives on the other side of the world.

In the Bible Cain mocked God by asking, ’Am I my brother’s keeper?’ having killed and hidden the body of his brother Abel: well we may not be our brother’s keepers but even if we don’t realise it what we do impacts others. We saw that in such a positive way in the past eighteen months when our communities came together to care for and support each other during the worst of times. I pray that that community spirit continues and that we continue to be more aware of those around us. I hope though, that when we are showing love and care we no longer direct it only in our own small corner but share it with those we unknowingly impact as well.

 

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

April 2021

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Tuesday 24th March 2020

What's Going On?

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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