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.

Sunday 3rd July 2022

This Sunday marks the first in a busy month for Patronal Festivals when we celebrate St Peter & St Paul, the patron saints of Little Gransden Church. The special Benefice Communion will be held there at 10am on Sunday. And given that he joins the two of them in our lovely stained-glass window image here, we should probably remember St Thomas too!

July Services

July is a time for celebrating our churches' Patron Saints, with three of their four feast days falling in July each year. We will be celebrating St Peter & St Paul at Little Gransden on the 3rd, St Margaret of Antioch at Abbotsley on the 17th, and St James the Great at Waresley on the 24th.

Waresley's Summer Tea & Stalls is, as ever, an event not to be missed on Saturday 16th. And Coffee, Chat and Compline is back in full swing each Sunday except the 17th.

There will continue to be distinct spaces in our churches kept for those wishing for a little extra social-distance, and where masks should always be worn. In the rest of the building, you are welcome to mask or unmask as you feel ready and comfortable. We continue to be as mindful as possible of one another's different vulnerabilities, to give one another room and to keep pace with one another's needs.

Please see our Services page for more details.

Coffee, Chat & Compline

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.

The meeting is held online on Google Meet, so if you use your phone or tablet you might like to install the Google Meet app in preparation. To join please click on the first link below just before 5. Please check the Services page just in case there is no meeting on a particular Sunday.

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

Lego Church

At 4pm one Sunday each month 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.

We now meet in the Lighthouse Café in Great Gransden. For more info please contact Rev. Rachel and see our monthly calendar for the date.

Annual Report

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

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:, 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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