The Bluebell Benefice

A warm welcome to The Bluebell Benefice, which covers the parishes and churches of Great Gransden, Little Gransden, Abbotsley and Waresley in South Huntingdonshire and South West Cambridgeshire.

We have returned to in-person services on Wednesdays and Sundays, whilst following current distancing and safety guidelines.

To watch any of our past online services please see our home worship page. The church buildings remain open for private prayer.

Harvest Festival, 19th September 2021

10am - St Bartholomew's Great Gransden - Harvest Benefice Communion

At this service we will be collecting items to support local families in need, through The Need Project in Gamlingay. Most requested items: tinned meat, custard, rice, pasta, fresh food items such as fruit and veg. Please bring them to the service or leave in the church.

6pm - St Margaret's, Abbotsley - Harvest Carol Service, 'We Sing The Song of Harvest Home'

At this service, donations will be received for families who have had to leave their homes due to violence or abuse. Items requested are*:

Liquid washing capsules; Fruit juice; Loo paper; Tissues; Fruit; Veg; Cereal; Puddings; Microwave rice; Coffee; Sugar; Crisps; Biscuits; Sweets; Chocolate. (Not tins)

*These same items will also be received at Waresley's Harvest Thanksgiving Service next Sunday, 26th Sept at 10am, or can be left in the church.

All are very welcome to all services in all villages: come and sing the harvest home

September Services

For the moment, please still bring a mask to all indoor services, and you might like to bring hand sanitizer for communion services. Coffee, Chat & Compline returns after its August break, Breathing Space continues, and Lego Church should also be back on a date to be confirmed.

Please see our Services page for more details.

Ascension to Pentecost

We published a new prayer online each day from Ascension to Pentecost. Please see our Thy Kingdom Come page.

Annual Report

Our Benefice Annual Report for the year 2020-1 is available, covering all that has been happening in our churches.

Community Survey

Covid-19 has affected everyone over the past year and as we enter the “new normal” we want to take a moment to hear your voices and thoughts on your local Church in the Bluebell Benefice.

Bluebell Connect has been established to hear your honest thoughts on what the Church means for you & how we as a community can continue to offer the best environment for our parishioners & children to grow up in and enjoy.

Are there more activities you wished were available locally? Are there services you feel are missing from the community? Now is your time to speak!

Please find the survey here and it should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete.

If you have any queries, or would like a hard copy, please contact Julian Badcock.

Please be assured your responses are anonymous and will only be used for the purpose detailed above and all data will be deleted within 3 months.

Benefice Communion, 10am Sundays

At last we are able to return to our wonderful church buildings. No booking required and all are welcome, but please remember your mask.

And of course our midweek communions continue every Wednesday at midday.

Coffee, Chat & Compline

Sessions have begun again each Sunday at 5pm.

Grab a drink and snack of your choice, and curl up in the company of friends. We have an informal discussion about faith and prayer, before we close our time together in the gentle and peaceful service of Compline.

Click here to join via Zoom

Meeting ID: 749 7140 5998 (Passcode: 930155)

Or phone in on: 0203 901 7895

Here is a useful prayer 'toolshed' with different approaches to prayer.

Lego Church

At 4pm one Sunday each month (next one 16th May) we hold Lego Church, perfect for children young and old who love letting their imaginations run wild with Lego. We start with a thought for the day, then tell a story from the Bible, get into groups to make Lego constructions inspired by the story, and show each other what we have made.

If you would like to join us on Zoom please contact Rev. Rachel.

Daily Worship

Here are some links to resources for prayer and reflection that you can use at home.

A prayer for calm

When Jesus speaks to the woman from Samaria, He reassures her that it does not matter to God where or when we worship, but whether we do so ‘in spirit and in truth’, as our true selves. If your true self, like mine, feels rather frightened, shaken and overwhelmed by the enormity of these times, then let’s make that the starting point of our worship. This is a Celtic prayer for stilling our hearts:

Encircle us, O God,

keep faith within,

keep panic without.


Encircle us, O God,

keep hope within,

keep despair out.

Encircle us, O God,

keep love within,

keep fear without.


Adapted from David Adam’s

"The Cry of the Deer"

Get in touch

The Revd. Rachel Blanchflower can be contacted at:

rev.gransdens@gmail.com, or by phone on: 07824 380 479.

Rachel’s post is half-time, but she will be in the villages most days of the week – except for Mondays and Thursdays, her days off.

Please get in touch if you have any enquiries about weddings, baptisms, funerals, home/hospital visits or exploring the Christian faith – or if you’d just value tea and a chat.


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