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: September
1st 10.00am Holy Communion
8.00pm Taize service
8th 8.00am BCP Holy Communion
10.00am All Age Family Worship
6.00pm BCP Evensong
15th 8.00am BCP Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
6.00pm BCP Evensong
22nd 8.00am BCP Holy Communion
10.00am Morning Prayer
6.00pm BCP Evensong
29th 8.00am BCP Holy Communion
10.00am Harvest Festival
Weekday Services: September
26th 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.
The Power of Peace
The Power of Peace
October marked my return to work after maternity leave. It has been a long and satisfying summer watching my baby son become sentient and develop his unique personality. But, as all parents know, the first few months of a child's life also bring stress and worries of all kinds. Despite these and the strain of sleepless nights, I would not be without my children and I am sure I speak for all parents when I say this. There are times, however, when some peace - some time just to sit and be - would be welcome.
There is a general need for peace in a person's life. Busyness is a hallmark of contemporary living; juggling work and leisure and family commitments is complex. Perhaps we feel that the balance isn't always right and that some aspects of our lives or relationships are neglected. The need to sit and get our priorities sorted becomes a burden in itself.
Being aware of the need for peaceful reflection I have decided to hold occasional services of Prayer for Blessing and Healing. These services will be a quiet opportunity to give thanks, to think, reflect and pray with some music. They will include the opportunity to be prayed for should people wish, but this is in no way compulsory. If you like the sound of this keep your eyes posted on the church diary and noticeboard for times of these services - they will most likely be on Sunday evenings but the week in the month is to be finalised.
St Paul wrote a famous passage about God's peace (Philippians 4: 2-9) while in prison (not a place you might associate with a peace); he wrote it at a time when interpersonal relationships in the church in Philippi were tense, to put it mildly. According to St Paul, it is possible to experience peace in times of anxiety and tribulation as well as when the going is good. St Paul gives three conscious decisions we might make that might help us to generate a sense of peace.
First, he says, be joyful in spite of the circumstances. Easier said than done. The idea is to focus attention on Jesus, not on our situation. We praise God for who God is, not for what may be happening to us at a given moment. St Paul reminds us: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation; by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus' (v.4).
Second, pray. Do you ever become so overwhelmed by worries that you can't sleep, lying in bed imagining worse case scenarios for your life? If you do, St Paul's advice is to pray about it. The Bible is full of people who vent their worries on God. One useful mental exercise at the end of each day is to gather up all the 'rubbish' that we want to be rid of - the petty arguments, the angry thoughts, the anxieties and irritations - and shove them in a bin bag, tie it up and leave it with God. It's a way of starting afresh each day and maintaining peace of mind with the knowledge that we have been honest with ourselves and before the God who knows and loves us as we are - not how we would like to be. Also, the process of 'reviewing' each day keeps us aware of the direction our lives are taking and what might need to change.
Third, focus on the positive. We may find that we are so busy and beset by concerns and dilemmas that they tend to 'fill the screen' of our minds. It is beneficial to reach for the off-button on our worries and remind ourselves of our blessings, of God's good gifts to us. St. Pauls tells us to fix our minds on 'whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things' (v.8).
In sum, be joyful, pray and be positive to exchange anxiety for peace. You can use the prayer below should you ever feel the need:
Lord, I give my worries and anxieties to you, even though you already know what they are. I rejoice because nothing can separate me from your presence or your love. Amen.