Welcome to St Botolph's Church A Special Place
Welcome to St Botolph's ChurchA Special Place

The current six months - news in more detail.

Looking back, looking ahead.

 

Looking back (Easter – Summer)

  • Every day during the build up to Easter (Holy Week) there was a full programme of events. Every day began with a different short Morning Prayer service lasting 10-15 minutes. Attendees experienced a range of services including a beautiful little service from the Northumbrian Community.  Maundy Thursday evening joined us together in an Agape meal based around the early church practice. On Good Friday Rev'd Carrie led us in a quiet, thoughtful "Final Hour" service. The week culminated in the popular Easter Sunday service with the famous Easter Sunday breakfast.

 

  • Concerns surfaced about the church central heating boiler – costs in the region of £20,000-£25,000 were quoted for a new boiler. On the bright side, a consultant has recently suggested a ‘work-round’.  There are contingency plans should we face an extreme winter plus a further boiler failure. The Diocese is currently committed to zero carbon by 2030, so rather than squander your money for something that will need replacing within the next 10 years or so, we are keeping an eye on the development of affordable, less carbon intensive heating methods (currently in their infancy).

 

 

  • We had our first fete since COVID struck, which was a huge success amongst those from the village and beyond who visited.  Thanks so much to all who came along on a dreary day and especially the team of workers headed by Brenda Eagles who worked so hard.

 

  • We held an ‘In Conversation’ with Rev’d Carrie in June as part of the 9:30am service on St Botolph’s celebration Sunday, which was very informative and much appreciated by the church family.

 

 

  • Sadly, our much loved visiting priest Paul Lanham became unwell in the Spring and has been unable to take the services on the first two Sundays  each month. We wish him a steady recovery and hold Paul and Judy in our prayers.   Luckily we have a robust ministerial team in Rev’d Carrie plus Readers David and Brenda who are now covering all the services (see the schedule elsewhere).

 

  • The Annual Church meetings took place at the end of April. These enable all church members to elect church officers and to discuss life and plans for St Botolph’s, as well as to ask questions. Liz Armitage took up the churchwarden reins, held so capably by Anne Clarke over the past few years, joining the existing warden Brenda Eagles.  The PCC has been joined by Liz Curtis.

 

Looking ahead. (July-October)

  • The Mission Action Plan (MAP) group have received PCC (the St Botolph’s Church Council) approval for their plan for development at St Bot’s over the short-medium term.  Over the next few months they will be spearheading initiatives to sustain and build on our present Church family. One of the objectives is to introduce digital giving for those who (like the writer) have stopped carrying cash around. The first step is an optional  secure QR link just inside the glass doors in church for collections.  Or by clicking this link.  Obviously cash and cheques will remain very much appreciated. If you already make regular donations through Parish Giving or Stewardship, you are not expected to make further payments (unless you wish).

 

  • The second initiative will be an extra intergenerational/all-age/family service at 11am on Sundays.  The details are still being worked on. This will be in addition to our existing 8:00am and 9:30am services.

 

  • Thirdly, we are in a very early stage of reviewing St Bot’s role as part of a ‘God’s Acre’/Eco-Church strategy, as carers for the church grounds and churchyard extension (graveyard). Biodiversity and education are part of this. 

 

  • Take a look at the upcoming Service Schedule (on this site).

 

  • Finally- do enjoy your summer.  If the heatwave continues/recurs, remember that the coolest place in Aspley Guise is the church, a pleasant 19⁰ compared to 35⁰ outside!  The church is open throughout the day, every day. So feel free to come in and sit quietly in the old coffee area[1]any time.  St Botolph’s remains the place to be!

 

 

 

[1] The space with the chairs and bookcase.  

 

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St Botolph's Church

Church Street

Aspley Guise

Bedfordshire

MK17 8HN

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