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.
Have you done your Christmas shopping yet!? I haven’t, if it makes you feel any better. However that is often the question we are asking of one another and ourselves throughout December. More pressing can be however, how can we afford Christmas this year? Having two small children, I have been reflecting on the pressure to ensure they have a wonderful Christmas.
However what does that actually mean? With many across Europe stranded and fleeing their homes desperate to leave war behind, I cannot help but reflect on the very first Christmas which might have been more similar to their experience, than of what I attempt to create each year. Jesus was born in a stable, to parents who were far from home and forced to find refuge also. Jesus however was still given gifts despite his circumstances. However, each person that gave him a gift that very first Christmas gave of themselves.
The wise men left their homes and journeyed far, the shepherds’ gift was in their worship of the Christ child.
The church celebrates the birth of Christ at Christmas as we are reminded that he is God’s greatest gift to us. In Jesus we are shown the best of humanity, the love, the sacrifice, the peace and the welcome embrace which comes with knowing God. I pray that we might know something of that gift this Christmas through how we choose to celebrate the season.
May you have a peace- and joy-filled Christmas and New Year,
Much love, Becca
Serving the parishes of Barton,
Coton, Harlton and Haslingfield in the Lordsbridge Team of Churches