Welcome to the church of St Peter in the village of Barton, Cambridgeshire. This was a flourishing village even in Saxon times, for it is mentioned three times in the Domesday Book. In modern times, the village is part of the Lordsbridge Team Ministry in the Bourn Deanery of the Diocese of Ely, with Team Vicar Rev. Rebecca Gilbert taking special responsibility for Barton and the neighbouring villages of Coton, Haslingfield and Harlton.
Our Parish Church is open for private and public prayer, for worship, or just to visit, during daylight hours each and every day.
Spring has arrived, and as I write we are experiencing warm days and sunshine. It’s glorious to see the garden full of life. That includes the family – suddenly my children are spending more time exploring and playing outside with all the excitement that brings – as well as the mess! Our children are young and are just finding out that certain things aren’t advisable to touch, such as stinging nettles, and certain flowers are not to be picked! However on the whole, much fun is being had exploring, making dens, playing in mud and enjoying being outside while the weather is fine.
The responsibility of a parent can sometimes feel a daunting one, and it can feel exhausting no matter how young or our old your children are – just speak to my mum! More often or not however, it is rewarding when you are watching those you care for grow and flourish. And that’s not just for parents, but for brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, neighbours, colleagues, ministers and church members. Responsibility requires service, and that is what Christ came to do; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, so he calls his followers to do likewise. I believe we all flourish when communities live in this way. It seems to me that many in Barton serve their local community and that is the main reason why the village flourishes. I pray that as the church in Barton, along with our friends at the Baptist church, we serve the community in many different ways, not least with our new venture of Generous Slice. However if you feel there would be new ways in which we can serve the community, we’d love to hear from you.
At the beginning of this month, and then into the next, we will be voting in local elections and then in the European referendum. As we explore seriously how we are called to vote in these, it will be another moment of taking responsibility not just for ourselves – our decisions will have implications on others. I will be praying for those who stand during the elections, giving thanks for their willingness to take on the responsibility and for the service that they have already undertaken. For all who serve our village in the many different ways, I thank God.
Much love, Becca
Serving the parishes of Barton,
Coton, Harlton and Haslingfield in the Lordsbridge Team of Churches