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.
As August sees the Olympics arrive, we will be once again inspired by the example of many dedicated sports women and men from all over the world perform at what might be the pinnacle of their careers. The sheer physical effort, dedication and time that these individuals will have sacrificed to even have a chance of competing at the Games, let alone stand a chance of winning a medal, is truly inspiring. Yet, we know although so much is invested in one day – for most Olympic athletes, the best part of four years’ training or even longer, perhaps a lifetime – there can be only one winner or winning team in each case.
Despite the winners however, there are always the heroes too. They may not always be the winners…but perhaps it’s the athlete who helps another cross the line for they have fallen at the last hurdle. Maybe it will be the sign of unity between athletes on the games field which speaks volumes of solidarity when back home reflects something different. These stories convey a hunger and longing within us for justice which is often nothing about the sport but taps into a deeper sense of our shared humanity.
In uncertain times, and following the recent terrorist attacks, more than ever we are reminded of our need for one another and our shared humanity. For God so loved the world he gave His only son. It was for the whole world God gifted Jesus, the Prince of Peace. We only tend to remember Jesus as the Prince of Peace at Christmas time alongside a manger. However it seems more than ever I hold on to that hope that Christ came to bring peace. And for all.
Much love, Becca