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.
For those of you growing vegetables this summer, perhaps you’re beginning to enjoy a good harvest, or you may be even facing a glut! I look around our garden, and although we sowed seeds and watered, life somewhat got in the way. Weeds have taken over a little, brambles have thwarted new life, and in some cases the plants never appeared, while in other cases little fingers got there first well before things got established! The promise of a glut hasn’t materialised, however a few things have done well and we are enjoying the fruits of our labour.
It’s certainly true: if you want to grow plants, you have to tend them, prepare the ground, add nutrients and provide the right conditions for them to truly flourish. This might be the case for my veg, but it is also true for ourselves. As we continue to enjoy the holiday season – or perhaps for you it feels far away – we have the opportunity to pause and take stock of ourselves, our relationships. Attending to ourselves is of more importance than our veg but in many cases, it’s so easy to neglect ourselves in the busyness of life. If you get time to rest over the next month or so, then I encourage you to attend to your own flourishing. Are we grounded in a nourishing environment, are our relationships blossoming or do they need feeding?
Although for many of us September is no longer a new term, those of us who have children will be preparing for the start of another year. Our children are not at that stage yet, but nevertheless September to me can feel a little like a new year. May we all pause for a moment over the next few weeks, and take stock, attending to ourselves so that when it comes to harvest, we might all be flourishing!
Much love, Becca
Rev’d Rebecca Gilbert
The Oasis holiday break for Seniors is again being organised by our group of churches. Oasis provides three mornings of interesting activities and enjoyable company followed by a lunch. This will be held in Haslingfield and this year’s dates are from 28th – 30th July. If you, or someone you know, would like to go, please give them the details. Booking is essential. Helpers are also needed each day and if you volunteer you do not need to commit to every day. Help is needed with setting up rooms, laying tables, preparing salads and/or desserts, washing and clearing up as well as chatting to the holidaymakers! Further details from Anne Coulson.