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.
The Great British Bake Off may be at an end, but we still have A Generous Slice pop up café in Barton to keep us filled with goodies and chat! The next date is Wednesday 16th November, 8.45am onwards. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy toast, croissants and coffee and maybe a few other delicacies, all free of charge. It is the perfect opportunity to chat, catch up and generally enjoy the company of others. We look forward to seeing you there!
As you read this message, the end of the first half of the school term has finished – we’ve celebrated Harvest, and we now look to All Saints’ and All Souls’ and then in the middle of this month we enter the season of Remembrance. These markers in the calendar offer us the opportunity to remember those we have loved and lost, those who have fought bravely for our freedom, and also remind us of our place in the world and the journey we share together. We are not alone. This time can be a hard time of the year – as the nights draw in, for some of us it doesn’t feel cosy, but lonely. That’s why I hold onto the beauty of the season of autumn, which is possibly my favourite season with its colours and smell of wood fires – and bonfires! Everywhere to be seen there are signs of God’s hand in the natural world, and his gifts to us in creation. The ploughed and newly sown fields; apple trees still bowing under the weight of their rosy red fruit; and my favourite, hedgerows gleaming with pitch-dark blackberries in the dew of the early morning. My son came home proudly from his childminder yesterday with homemade blackberry crumble!
Some of the hymns we sing at church during this season remind us of God’s provision of sustenance to keep us going through the dark and sometimes harsh winter that can follow. Others help us to point our praise back to him who we can trust to give us all we need. Our village community is a wonderful gift, and I am very thankful to be part of it. Our village enjoyed many opportunities of coming together during the summer months, and I’m sure lots of fun was had and friendships were made. As we embark together on our journey through winter, spring will come, and signs of new life will appear. In the meantime, let us accompany each other through these next few months with the love and community we have shared in the warmer months, so that those of us who find winter difficult for whatever reason may know they have company for the journey.
Much love, Becca
Serving the parishes of Barton, Coton, Harlton and Haslingfield in the Lordsbridge Team of Churches