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The Parishes of Bottisham, Lode, Stow-cum-Quy, Swaffham Bulbeck and Swaffham Prior
Anglesey Group of Parishes Benefice of Five Churches near Cambridge

Services

Sunday, 29th May - Trinity 1

Bottisham : 11.00 Holy Communion Common Worship 1
Lode : 9.30 Morning Prayer
Stow-cum-Quy : 9.30 Holy Communion Common Worship 1
Swaffham Bulbeck : 9.30 Holy Communion Common Worship 1
Swaffham Prior : 8.00 Book of Common Prayer - 18.00 Evensong


Sunday, 5th June - Trinity 2

Bottisham : 11.00 Morning Prayer
Lode : 9.30 Holy Communion Common Worship 1
Stow-cum-Quy : 9.30 Morning Prayer
Swaffham Bulbeck : 8.00 Book of Common Prayer - 9.30 All Age Service
Swaffham Prior : 11.00 Holy Communion Common Worship 1T

Vicar's letter

This month's letter from our vicar, Reverend Sue Giles

The season of Lent arrives early this year and so does Easter. In the Benefice we will be preparing for our Lenten Fast with a pancake service in Quy village hall on Sunday 14th February at 11 am and you would be very welcome to join us. Lent is not the most popular season for many people. It is often viewed as a rather gloomy penitential season associated with discipline and giving things up neither of which inspire people to get involved. There is, however, another way of looking at Lent. It can also be a time for celebrating God’s love and his patience with us even when we get things wrong. Lent helps us to deepen our love for God and a Lenten discipline can create a structure to help us become more open to God and his action in the world. Lent is a time to count our blessings.

Christian Aid have produced some excellent resources for Lent which help both children and adults to recognise the blessings of their lives and to give thanks to the Giver. Each day in Lent we are invited to do simple things such as looking in the fridge, counting the variety of vegetables that are there and thanking God for the food we enjoy. There is also an option to put a small amount of money into a jar as a practical thanksgiving that Christian Aid can use to help other families around the world. Part of helping to build God’s kingdom is to ensure that everyone can enjoy God’s blessings as we do.

Small practical steps that help us recognise God’s blessings encourage us to appreciate the ordinary things we so often take for granted. Lent this year could be a time to give thanks to God as we seek to develop an attitude of gratitude.

I wish you a happy and joyful Lent.

Sue Giles

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The Parishes of Bottisham, Lode, Stow- cum-Quy, Swaffham Bulbeck and Swaffham Prior
Anglesey Group of Parishes Benefice of Five Churches near Cambridge