Churches Together in Buckingham
& Maids Moreton
Churches Together in Buckingham & Maids Moreton is part of Churches Together in Buckinghamshire, which in turn is part of the national Churches Together in Britain and Ireland group. We are a diverse family of churches working together locally to promote Christian understanding and to declare and demonstrate God's love for the people of Buckingham and Maids Moreton. Member churches include our own Parish Church, St Edmund's Parish Church Maids Moreton, St Bernardine's Roman Catholic Church, Well Street United Church (Baptist / Methodist / URC) and the Salvation Army.
The way we meet and worship varies from church to church but importantly we recognise that we are One People with One God. Please click on the following links to visit each of the web sites of the other member churches:
St Bernardine's Roman Catholic Church
St Edmund's Parish Church, Maids Moreton
Well Street United Church
The Salvation Army
We work together on many projects during the year especially at Christmas and Easter as well as running an annual Holiday Club for 5-14 year olds, which is very popular.
In the Christmas season teas and coffees are served prior to the Christmas parade, and sometimes carol singing takes place outside the Old Gaol during the now regular Buckingham Open Day on the first Sunday in December. .
On the first Friday of March each year the Women's World Day of Prayer Service takes place in one of the churches in Buckingham.
During Lent in the run up to Easter we have a Christian Aid frugal lunch and then on Good Friday there is either a joint service or an open air service and passion play in front of the Old Gaol, followed by refreshments and hot cross buns. St Bernardine's Roman Catholic Church also have a 'Stations of The Cross' Service on Good Friday evening which all are welcome to attend. Please see individual websites for more details.
Buckingham Churches' Children's Holiday Club 2016/17
The title in 2016 was 'Guardians of Anchora' and took place for five days from Monday, 1st August to Friday, 5th August.
In 2017 we ran with 'Showstoppers', and over 140 children and young people attended.
Christian Aid Frugal Lunch, 7th March 2016
This was held at the Salvation Army Hall, Moreton Road, from 12 noon to 1.30pm. There was a Guest speaker from Christian Aid who gave a talk during the soup lunch. Fairtrade goods were available to purchase during the event.
The collection went to help Christian Aid in the valuable work in the communities in other parts of the world
Women's World Day of Prayer 2016 (Always the first Friday in March every year)
This years’ service was a particularly poignant one given that children are very much in the news because of the shocking migrant situation where children’s lives are being put at risk because families are fleeing the now almost 5 year Syrian conflict. It was therefore amazing that this service prepared by Christian women in Cuba, whose turbulent history will have known such terrible times and prepared at least 4 years ago should have been the theme this year.
Over 100 men and women took part as the service unfolded as our readers led us through the lives of various women in Cuba. Our speaker, Sue Ambrose, was excellent in imparting her words of wisdom regarding children and their part in our lives, providing wonderful anecdotal tales of her children and of others she knew. She also asked to remember the parents as they struggle to raise their children and to pray for them and where possible pull alongside them.
This year had been a bit of a struggle for the team as we had to change venue only 5 weeks before the service but, as always, everyone rallied round and it all went smoothly on the day despite last minute hitches. Our thanks to all who made the day a success and particularly to Caroline and Margaret from the Salvation Army who provide such a wonderful buffet afterwards and to Cheryl who gave her time and support providing the new venue at the Parish Church.
The offering surpassed previous years raising £605.55 which will increase with Gift Aid claimed back by WWDP Head Office and will contribute to the great many charities they support.
Jan Undritz regretfully announced that she was standing down as Secretary/Co-ordinator and was presented with a beautiful bowl of spring flowers and bulbs. She thanked everyone who has supported her throughout the last 7 years and wished every success for the future of Women’s World Day of Prayer in Buckingham.
Next year's service will be held at Stowe Church and will be organised by Gillian MacDonald together with the support of all the other church representatives as always.
Christmas Day Lunch 2015
This year’s free Community Christmas lunch was one of the biggest yet with 94 people from Buckingham and the surrounding villages and even from Aylesbury, entertained and fed a lovely 3 course Christmas dinner with all the trimmings – cooked by Wil Wilson a professional chef and his wife Donna.
Over 50 volunteers were involved in the lead up to this event, planning and preparing the table and Hall decorations, arranging the transport for all the guests on the day and ensuring that Santa gave out a lovely present to each of the guests individually. This was Christmas Community team spirit at its best and it was an absolute delight to see all the guests enjoy the day. Our thanks go to the Mayor of Buckingham, Andy Mahi and his daughter Leah, who kindly spent time talking to all the guests and support staff and also to Tim Edworthy, Minister of Well Street United Church who said grace and also spent time talking to the guests. Thanks also to Clays of Buckingham, who provided all the meat, Boycott farm for prepping and providing the vegetables all at a discounted rate for the Community lunch and all those who supported this event financially and by giving their time so freely.
We feel that to give up your time over Christmas to help ensure that others, who would otherwise have a lonely Christmas, is a privilege and if you would like to be involved in next year’s Community Christmas Day Lunch event, then please contact The Administrator at Well Street Church by using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Buckingham Churches' Children's Holiday Club 2015
In all well over 100 adults and older teenagers are needed in delivering Holiday Club. Without such a wonderful commitment we will be unable to share the gospel with children from all backgrounds. Each year we lose some helpers and so we are continually looking for new blood. Whilst being demanding the week is also exhilarating as the Spirit leads us all to share God’s love unconditionally.
Holiday Club is indebted to those churches and organisations who generously sponsor its activities. Children do not have to pay to come and so every penny is important to us. We do give away about 100 Bibles each year to children who do not have one or to those who have outgrown their current Bible; at £10 each that takes a huge chunk of our budget.
Following on from Holiday Club, each week Heroes caters for children from all churches and especially those who would not normally attend a Christian activity. Planning for this year has already started and our question to you is: “Who do you know who might be interested in getting involved?” Some helpers give 5 mornings others might help on one evening (especially the BBQ), some do admin others are child-facing. We believe that every member of every church in Buckingham has something to offer this wonderful outreach opportunity.
Please contact 01280 817560 if you wish to volunteer.
The Relationship between Science and Religion
Last September (2015) Dr. Ken Dutton spoke about the relationship between science and religion. He spoke about his recently published book A Working Faith, in an Age of Science: Science and Religion in Harmony. If you would like more information; please have a look at his website
For the current CTiB newsletter please click here.
The Minutes from our last meeting can be found here.