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.
Growing as a Disciple
The Growing as a Disciple course online is a great way to gain an overview of the whole biblical story and to spend some time reflecting on our own sense of calling and engagement with the Good News of Jesus Christ in our own lives.
The course runs online for nine weeks beginning with sessions on prayer and approaches to reading scripture, and then moving to cover the whole sweep of scripture from beginning to end so that we can develop a sense of how the various types of biblical literature sit within the whole, and to gain a bird’s eye view of the grand story of scripture and the golden threads that run throughout. As we travel through the bible and its various books and themes, we will at each point consider how it connects with and impacts our own sense of mission and ministry within our own contexts.
The Revd Phil Marsh will lead/teach the course which will run for 9 weeks online, with a break part way through, on the dates shown below, and is open to anyone who would like to attend. Participants will be sent course materials by email, and each week will be sent a link to an online session.
The Diocese of Ely is currently offering two courses:
Daytime: Wednesday afternoons at 2pm (16th, 23rd, 30th June. 7th, 21st, 28th July. 4th, 11th, 18th August)
Evenings: Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm (15th, 22nd, 29th June. 6th, 20th, 27th July. 3rd, 10th, 17th August)
To book in for either the Tuesday evening or Wednesday afternoon course please email Wendy Ivey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Songs of Praise, Sunday 6th June 2021
How we have all missed singing together! As we are now permitted to sing outdoors as a congregation, we are celebrating this with a 'Songs of Praise' service on 6th June at 6pm in St Bartholomew's churchyard, weather permitting.
For those who couldn't make it, a video containing recordings of the hymns sung at the service, all chosen by members of the congregation, is also available.
Please remember to bring a mask to all indoor services, and you might like to bring hand sanitizer for communion services. Lego Church and Coffee, Chat & Compline remain on Zoom for the moment.
Note that if government guidance changes then we may need to change arrangements at short notice. In all cases we will ensure that this website remains up to date, and send updates to Touchbase/Waresley Crier and Facebook as well as the church noticeboards when possible.
Please see our Services page for more details.
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.
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.
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.
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:
email@example.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.