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St Andrew's Church, Girton

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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.

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Rector: Rev. Dr. Mandy Maxwell
42 Church Lane, Girton CB3 0JP
Tel: 276235
Email: girtonstandrews@gmail.com

Associate Priest: The Revd. Christine Barrow
2 Cockerton Road, Girton CB3 0QW
Tel: 277674
Email: mcbarrow@mac.com

Licensed Lay Ministers:
Mr Dugald Wilson tel: 276940
Mrs Christina Deacon tel: 525337

Churchwardens:
Mrs A Few, 23 St Margaret's Road, tel: 276072
Mrs S. Hiley, 1 Fairway, tel. 277296

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Service times

Please come and go, and stay as long as you like.


Sunday Services: March

2nd 10.00am Holy Communion
8.00pm Taizéervice

5th 7.45pm Ash Wednesday Holy Communion

9th 8.00am BCP Holy Communion
10.00am All Age Worship
6.00pm BCP Evensong

16th 8.00am BCP Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
6.00pm BCP Evensong

23rd 8.00am BCP Holy Communion
10.00am Morning Prayer
4.00pm Sunday Club Activity
6.00pm Evensong

30th 8.00am BCP Holy Communion
10.00am Mothering Sunday Service (Holy Communion)

Weekday services

March 11th 2.00pm Service of Holy Communion (BCP) at Abbeyfields
March 26th 11.00am Service of the spoken word at St Vincent's Close Community Centre
March 27th 11.00am Service of Holy Communion (BCP) at Gretton Court

Notices

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

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.

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Activity for children aged 3-11 during the main Sunday Service.

Lent

By the time you get this magazine the Church will be days away from Ash Wednesday (March 5th), which heralds the start of Lent. It is fashionable nowadays to give the body a rest from the indulgence of the Christmas festivities. However, Lent involves not just the body but the mind and spirit, assuming that to be healthy requires all aspects of our being to be in balance.

Lent is a period of 40 days which crescendos in Holy Week and Easter. It gives to the Christians who observe it an opportunity to examine life to date and experience something of the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness after his baptism in preparation for the start of his public ministry. According to the gospels, Jesus spent these 40 days alone, in prayer and fasting. Towards the end of this time, Jesus faces three temptations urging him to prove he is the Son of God.

The first temptation was an appeal to Jesus' hunger. Anyone who has a good appetite and decides to fast from certain foods, or embark on a complete fast for a short time, knows the urge to eat is almost overwhelming. I suppose this depends to some extent on the person concerned. The Tempter urged Jesus to create bread from stones, which, if he was the Son of God, would not be a problem. In the context of today, this temptation could be applied to the desire for material goods. All of us need a certain level of material comfort to survive: food, clothes, a warm place to shelter. But humans are not made as purely material beings, as there is a spiritual component of our nature. Life in all its fullness requires us to feed our minds and spirits as well as our physical bodies.

The second temptation challenged Jesus to throw himself off the temple roof so that God's angels would come and rescue him. This would have been a way of saying: 'Test God. If you are who you say you are, God will send messengers to catch you.' It is a temptation to proclaim self-importance; a temptation to vanity. Actually, because Jesus was who he said he was, he did not need to test God or practice self-aggrandisement. The Christian faith believes that all human beings are made in the image of God and are therefore intrinsically valuable. The kind of self-promotion that makes use of others (or worse, patronises or deprecates the contribution of other people) is contrary to all that Jesus stood for. Jesus modelled service and suffering for others' sake. When we give of ourselves to others we can gain fulfilment and a sense of self-worth. Perhaps we also gain a sense of perspective and what might take priority in our own lives.

The third temptation Jesus faced was to use his power in a tyrannical way. Most people would want to endorse values of justice, mercy and humility, values which the Abrahamic faiths assign to God. The Tempter promised Jesus all the kingdoms of the world if he would bow down and worship him in place of God. Jesus was being offered opportunity and power to 'enforce' God's values, but at the same time he was in danger of losing his integrity. Power gained in this way could easily have turned into dictatorship. The Tempter is looking to pervert what is good, beautiful and true and promote what is destructive and chaotic. All of us exercise power on various levels. The challenge is how we use power, making choices for the good of others and avoiding compromise with what we believe to be God's values.

During this Lent, why not take the opportunity to feed mind and spirit, review acts of service, and pause before we make decisions. Beyond the religiosity, Lent is a season to reflect whether we could act with greater generosity, put material acquisition in its place and prune the natural desire for self-promotion. Worth a try, maybe even for more than the Lenten season of 40 days and nights.

Mandy Maxwell

 

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