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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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Message from the Rector

Service times

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


Sunday Services: June
(Please note the slightly different pattern of services due to Mandy being away during the last two weeks of June)
1st 10am Holy Communion
8pm Taize service

8th 8am BCP Holy Communion
10am All Age Worship
6pm BCP Evensong

15th 8am BCP Holy Communion
10am Holy Communion
6pm BCP Evensong

22nd 8am BCP Holy Communion
10am Holy Communion
6pm Evensong (tbc)

29th 8am BCP Holy Communion
10am Morning Prayer

Weekday Services: June

10th 2pm Service of Holy Communion (contemporary language) at Abbeyfields
26th 11am Service of Holy Communion (BCP) at Gretton Court
There will be no service at St Vincent's Close this month

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.

Searchlights

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

What did the earliest church look like?

The earliest church, according to the book of Acts, consisted of a community of believers and followers of Jesus. This community had witnessed the Resurrected Christ first-hand and, as a result, were inspired to participate in a radical lifestyle. They gathered together in the Temple to worship formally. They met in one another's homes informally to 'break bread' - probably a reference to the first way of celebrating what we now call Holy Communion, the service where Christians share bread and wine in memory of Jesus' death and Resurrection. They most likely shared meals together in fellowship, and of course, they prayed together. They were also open to learning from the teaching of Jesus' apostles. There is reference to members of this earliest 'church' selling property and distributing the proceeds to those in need. It was a harmonious community, a community committed to equality and protecting the vulnerable. It sounds like a joyous and hopeful community.

Reading ahead to chapter 5 of Acts reveals that the ideal is shattered with the story of Ananias and Sapphira. These individuals secretly withheld wealth from the Christian community. They presented only a proportion of their profits to the community but nevertheless came before the apostles expecting praise for their generosity. Instead, their deceit is uncovered and both drop down dead. A little extreme, you might think! From this story we learn that the early church was not all romance and righteousness. Right from the beginning, deceit threatens to interrupt the progress of the people of God. Hypocrisy has to be exposed and dealt with if the ideal of an open fellowship in the church is to be sustained. In contemporary terms, the Ananias and Sapphira episode has a loose connection with cases of abuse in the church which have recently been exposed and continue to be dealt with before they corrode the 'open fellowship' that should exist.

However, God blessed the early church and added to its numbers 'day by day'. In fact, numbers grew so rapidly that administrators and pastoral workers were needed to free the apostles to concentrate on the ministry of teaching and preaching (Acts 6). Obviously, the larger a community becomes, the more rules, organisation and discipline are needed to structure the edifice. Sometimes it does feel as if the church today is hampered by too many regulations, laws and rituals that have grown up as time has marched on. On the other hand, what we have in the historic church denominations is a tested and continually evolving dialogue between Scripture (its interpretation), tradition (which is open to change and transformation), reason (weighing up the sensible, practical and rational options), and experience (what we know to be true through a life lived in faith). This said, it is good to remind ourselves of the picture of how it all began and to return to the root of the church's existence which is planted in the soil of the Resurrected Jesus. That is what the apostles taught; that is what the numerous followers of Jesus witnessed. It was the knowledge of the Resurrection that inspired these first generation believers and, slashing through the red tape, it is this knowledge that should continue to inspire every Christian.

Mandy Maxwell

 

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