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 rector@thefourchurchbenefice.org 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 gradually opening up our churches but still have networks of people providing help where needed and we can put you in touch with the right people to support you.

 

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Church services

We are delighted that we are now slowly be able to reintroduce worship in our four churches

On Sunday Mornings there will be Holy Communion Service at one church in the benefice at 9.30 am. This will be recorded and streamed for you to view as soon after  11.30 am as possible.

You will find resources on the Worship section of the website to join in.

Because we are still observing social distancing there is limited capacity and we encourage you to come to the service monthly in your own village and watch the recording in other weeks. You will find details of the services and who to contact to book a place in the Calendar section of the website.

If you would like to attend the Holy Communion Service at St Laurence’s Church, Foxton on Sunday 16th August . (Please note this will be a 9.30 am service) Please would you contact Jean McCombie on:  01223 502368  or  jeanmccombie@hotmail.com    to reserve your space. We should be grateful if you would make sure that if you reserve a space you do attend the service. See the calendar for full details

The service will be uploaded onto YouTube and you will find a link below (below Future Services at the bottom of the page) and on popup after 11.30 am 9th  August

The current Church of England Advice on the Wearing of Face Coverings is below

“From 8th August face coverings must be worn by all those attending a place of worship,including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be otherpeople present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer,from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.”

St Mary’s Fowlmere, St Laurence, Foxton and St George’s Thriplow are all now open during the day for private prayer. Please go to the calendar section of the website for details of opening times and the required social distancing

The next service is Holy Communion at 9.30am on Sunday 16th August 

 

Future Services

Sunday 16th August: 9.30 am at St Laurence’s, Foxton

Sunday 23rd August: 9.30 am at All Saints’, Shepreth

Sunday 30th August: 9.30 am at St George’s, Thriplow

 

See here for the link to the recording of Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church  on 9th August

 

Holy Communion 9th August

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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