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 24th July 2022

This Sunday we celebrate Waresley's Patronal Festival of St James the Great, with refreshments afterwards. The communion service starts at 10am as usual.

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.

August Services

August is often a quiet time, but our services certainly don't stop. On the 21st we have an informal outdoor service in the Waresley Old Churchyard on Vicarage Road. Please bring something to sit on, and we'll move to the church if it's wet.

Then on Saturday 27th, The Gransdens' big weekend begins with its legendary fête in the garden of the Rectory Farmhouse from 2pm, then on Sunday 28th is the Great Gransden Patronal Festival at 10am.

The Midweek Communion at Little Gransden continues at noon on Wednesdays.

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.

  • Link 1 (24th July)

  • Link 2 (24th July - for when the first link times out at 5:40)

  • Link 1 (31st July)

  • Link 2 (31st July - for when the first link times out at 5:40)

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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