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.
Our regular pop-up café is returning again on Wednesday 14th June, from 8.45am, in the Village Hall. Come along for tea, coffee, toast, cake, a croissant and chat to friends old and new. Open to all! See you there!
We hear lately the media telling us that the Danes are a particularly happy people. The reason given is that they take pleasure in every task, whether it be work or leisure. It is snuggling up in a rug with a good book and a glass of mulled wine, a job completed positively, afternoon tea served in the best china; but it is more an entire attitude to life and one of the most pleasurable and happy states is to be found in company, – from a family get-together to a community event, small or large. The hug of togetherness is the key to this state of being, the key to ‘hygee’, pronounced ‘Hoo-ga’.
There are many communities in our village, from our school to roads of houses, from the numerous businesses to the groups and clubs aplenty. So much to do in Barton and so many of those communities waiting to welcome you. This is utterly true, of course, of our Churches which are there for all people who live here as well as anyone who passes through their doors.
Within those communities the hope is that we shall all get on, that there is a unity to our cause. Unity or togetherness can sometimes be seen in unusual ways. In the animated film Ice Age, a woolly mammoth, a sloth and a sabretooth tiger escaping from a melting island of ice rescue each other when a chasm opens beneath them – unlikely friends who form a community of safety, ‘One strange herd’ remarks the sabre-tooth tiger, ‘we look out for each other’.
Our village groups are like that. So, too, is the ‘hygee’ and love God has for each one of us. He looks out for us all, we are all part of his community, loved and saved for all time, past, present and future time. When we party and celebrate in a few weeks’ time at our Village Day, my hope is that we shall all share that ‘hygee’.
Ruth Bond LLM