St Andrew's Church, Girton
Welcome to the pages of Girton Parish Church on the Girton Village Web Site. People have worshipped God in this village, in churches on the site of the present one for over one thousand years. Today the Church remains a living community of people of all ages seeking to explore God's plans for the world and to serve the community near and far.
Rector: Rev. Dr. Mandy Maxwell
42 Church Lane, Girton CB3 0JP
Associate Priest: The Revd. Christine Barrow
2 Cockerton Road, Girton CB3 0QW
Licensed Lay Ministers:
Mr Dugald Wilson tel: 276940
Mrs Christina Deacon tel: 525337
Mrs A Few, 23 St Margaret's Road, tel: 276072
Mrs S. Hiley, 1 Fairway, tel. 277296
Please come and go, and stay as long as you like.
Sunday Services: April
6th 10.00am Holy Communion
11.15am Meeeting of Parishioners and Annual Parochial Church Meeting
8.00pm Taize service
13th 8.00am BCP Holy Communion
10.00am Palm Sunday Service
6.00pm Palm Sunday Reading of No Name in the Street
17th 7.45pm Maundy Thursday Service of Holy Communion with Stripping of the Altars
18th 13pm Good Friday Service of Readings and Meditation
20th 8.00am Easter Day BCP Holy Communion
8.30am Easter Breakfast in the Cotton Hall
10.00am Easter Day Holy Communion
6.00pm BCP Evensong
27th 8.00am BCP Holy Communion
10.00am Morning Prayer
4.00pm NO Sunday Club
6.00pm BCP Evensong
Weekday Services: April
8th 2.00pm Service of Holy Communion (BCP) at Abbeyfields
23rd 11.00am Service of the spoken word at St Vincent's Close Community Centre
24th 11.00am Service of Holy Communion (BCP) at Gretton Court
St Andrew's Church Sunday Club
Sunday Club is for children aged 3 - 11. We meet in school term time during the 10 am Sunday service, starting off in Church and going either to the North Room or the Cotton Hall.
Coffee Stop is a chance to come together to meet old friends and new for a cup of coffee and a chat. It takes place in the North Room at St Andrew's Church between 10.30 am and 12.00 pm each Tuesday. There is always a warm welcome, and no charge. Do feel free to drop in any Tuesday. There is flat access to the North Room - follow the path around the church tower.
Girton Church House Group
The House Group is a mid-week discussion group, meeting fortnightly for Bible study, discussion and fellowship. The group meets on a Wednesday, starting on 9 February. For more details please contact Christina Deacon on 525337.
Activity for children aged 3-11 during the main Sunday Service.
Easter: 'He is not here; he has been raised'
Easter: 'He is not here; he has been raised'
In church we use service books with liturgies which are an aid to our worship. They have a structure which is designed to call us to praise, to self-examination and confession, to remember what God has done for us in Jesus. We add hymns and bible readings to these liturgies. There are different liturgies for different seasons in the church year. In the Church of England we have to stick to certain forms of liturgy authorised by the General Synod (or governing body of the Church). Perhaps most importantly, liturgies can be used as teaching material and are partly explanatory. As a child, I learned most of what I knew about the Christian faith through the liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer which we no longer use at the 10am service. That was quite a time ago and our culture has changed vastly since then. The use of less wordy liturgies is considered more appropriate and more fitting in a culture that has embraced multimedia and the 'soundbite'. But even the revised liturgies can sound too wordy for a variety of reasons. For example, there is not a lot of room for reflection on what is said during the service; words can occasionally become obtrusive in our thoughts and feelings; there is a place to simply sit and 'be'.
In the Gospels and in the rest of the New Testament there are long passages of explanation about the identity of Jesus and the meaning of his crucifixion and resurrection. There are also examples of what we may call 'soundbites'. In one or two sentences, the biblical speaker sums up the essence of the event. I sometimes feel that the more words we need to explain something the less impact it has, and maybe the less sure we are of its truth and relevance. Given below are samples of short, pithy statements at the time of the crucifixion and resurrection event.
The centurion facing Jesus on the Cross, 'Truly this man was God's Son!'
One of the criminals on the Cross: 'Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.' Jesus replied: 'Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.'
Jesus on the Cross: 'It is finished.'
Mary Magdalene: 'I have seen the Lord.'
The Resurrected Jesus: 'Peace be with you ... Do not doubt but believe.'
Doubting Thomas: 'My Lord and my God!' The Risen Jesus: 'Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me .... And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'
Short statements such as these are spoken in situations where there is no time to string a lengthy theological discourse together. It is partly because of these statements from eyewitnesses that I believe in the Resurrection. They may each be short but they are extraordinary.
Let's take the words recorded in Luke's Gospel (23: 43): Jesus answered [the penitent thief], 'I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in Paradise.'
Each Gospel records that three crosses were erected at Golgotha, or 'the place of the skull', and tell us that two criminals (in the Gospel of Luke) were hung on either side. Above the cross of Jesus there was a placard which read: 'Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.'
Matthew tells us that both criminals initially joined in the verbal abuse directed at Jesus, but after a while, one of the criminals refrained while the other continued to challenge Jesus to save himself and them. The criminal who decided to refrain from insulting Jesus had no doubt read the placard. It is likely he also saw Jesus' non-retaliatory dignity in the face of such a humiliating, excruciating death. Here was the King of kings who, even in extremis, prayed for the forgiveness of those who had put him to death. This was not normal behaviour. The repentant criminal knew he was in need of forgiveness, thus his confession that he getting what he deserved: 'We are being punished justly ... But this man has done nothing wrong ... Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom' (Luke 23: 40-42).
You might expect Jesus to have rebuked both the criminals and the others who stood at the foot of the cross insulting and challenging him. You might think that Jesus would tell the repentant criminal that it was too late for apologies. Instead, Jesus receives the repentance of the criminal as heartfelt and sincere. Jesus assures the criminal that he will be in Paradise - living in the presence of God through the Risen Christ - on that same day.
On this and previous occasions, Jesus claims to tell the truth. Even in the most challenging, the darkest moments of our lives we, like the repentant criminal, can be reassured of the steadfast, saving love of God in the Risen Christ. This is the message of Easter, of dying to self and rising to new life with Christ.
In the words of the Resurrected Jesus: 'Peace be with you!' and Happy Easter.