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St Peter's Church

Welcome to the website for St Peter’s Church, Coton. The village of Coton is a few miles west of Cambridge, a small rural village set in working farmland. St Peter’s, small but beautiful, is set at the centre of the village overlooking the village green. As a church community, we too strive to be at the centre of village life, welcoming all to our services, providing pastoral care to those that need it and organising events that, we hope, all will enjoy. We hope this website will tell you what we are up to, who we are and something about our lovely church.

LATEST NEWS AND EVENTS:
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Coton Cream Teas on the Village Green

June 21st from 2.30 to 5.00 pm.
Enjoy scrumptious home made cakes and tea beside our beautiful church. Brass band, plants and fairtrade goods on sale.

Coton Near & Far

An exhibition in the church showing where Coton people get to when they travel away from the village.
Open Saturday, June 20th from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
and Sunday, June 21st from 12.00 to 5.00 pm

Update on the Lordsbridge Mission project

FE logoOver the last few months we have been exploring possibilities for mission ventures across the villages of the Lordsbridge Team.  One of these possibilities is in Highfields Caldecote.  It won’t look like traditional Sunday morning church, it won’t even be on a Sunday morning, and it might take a while, but we are hoping and praying that we can create a new serving, discipling, worshipping community in Highfields.

The Highfields venture is based in a particular village area.  But where people live is not the only focus for mission.  We are also working on a second venture which, if it develops, will extend across the villages of the Team based on a network of people rather than geography.

If you want to know more get in touch via alisonmyers@lordsbridge.org or 01954 212815.

PS Did you know that 14% of those who go to church in Ely diocese go to a ‘Fresh Expression of Church’? (Data from Fresh Expressions of Church in Ely Diocese (Jan 2015); Church Army Research Unit)

June-July Lordsbridge Life

This issue of the Team’s bi-monthly newsletter includes

  • a message from Corin, the Team’s Curate, as he finishes his curacy;
  • an article about Pippin’s: coffee and company in Hardwick as it achieves its first birthday;
  • a tribute to Derek Tombs, a lay minister in the Team who died just after Easter;
  • a short update on the Lordsbridge Mission project;
  • and lots about village fetes!

Download it here

Letter from Corin and Nicky

IMG_0523This is a letter from Corin and Nicky Redsell.  Corin has been the Lordsbridge Team’s curate for the last four years (a curate is an ‘apprentice priest’) and his curacy comes to an end in July.  This letter explains what their plans are next.

Dear Friends

This update starts with an ending and concludes with a beginning: the ending relates to my curacy and the beginning relates to the next step of mine and Nicky’s journey in ministry.

Let’s start with the ending. After four very happy years my term as curate to the Lordsbridge team is coming to an end. This has been a time of great encouragement, experiences and growth for both Nicky and me, and a time we will look back on with great fondness. We have appreciated how much we have been blessed by your kindness, love and friendship during this time.

While the summer marks the conclusions of my term as your curate, we hope to go out with a bang and not a whimper, with a short service and a big party on the evening of 5th July! Nicky and I want this to be a celebration of the team, with everyone from across the parishes coming together to enjoy each others’ company and have fun! More details regarding this will follow from others, but if you would like to help organise the celebration, please contact Mike. Please reserve the date in your diary!

Many people have been kind enough to ask us what we will be doing next. It has been great to know that people have our welfare at heart, both in supportive words and prayer.

This leads us to the beginning, which we hope you will be as happy about as we are! After much reflection we decided that for me my present calling in ministry is to be a minister in secular employment. Alongside this I will serve the Church as a self-supporting minister.

This means that we won’t be going far as I will be a self-supporting minister within the Lordsbridge team once the summer is over. There will be a formal licensing service a little later, once my new role has taken shape. This new role is one that we’re excited about.

In the meantime I need to find a job that will allow me the scope and time to be self-supporting. Your prayers for this are welcomed! In due course we hope to buy a house in the area as we will move out of the curate’s house in Coton in the summer. In the intervening time, we will live in our house in Milton, with you our eyes and ears regarding local properties for sale!

So this letter begins with an ending but ends with a beginning. There is much that God is doing within our team, of which Nicky and I feel called to continue to be a part of, and we look forward to the next steps in our personal and the team’s adventure of faith.

With love

Corin and Nicky

Operation Christmas Child update

14129IQ-C-348-Northern-Iraq-Operation-Christmas-ChildThose of you who contributed a shoebox to Operation Christmas Child this year might like to read this news:

“Last week 60,000 shoeboxes were delivered to children in Northern Iraq who are now refugees. Having escaped from the clutches of ISIS they are spending their first Christmas away from home.

“Thanks to your generosity, and the compassion of others around the world, these children have received a wonderful present and the gift of hope this Christmas.”

Read the full story here.

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