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Mandy's Musings

Lenten Reflections 1 - taken from 'unbounded love' - The Methodist Church's Lent campaign for 2024

For this season of Lent, I would like to offer some reflections related to the readings we explore through Lent, which will also be preached on at our Sunday services. In addition, they relate to the words of one of our most well known hymns - 'Love Divine, all loves excelling'. This week's readings are: Genesis 9: 8-17 (God's Covenant after the Flood) and Mark 1: 9-15 (Jesus' baptism and temptations in the desert). This week is all about God's love and presence in our lives; a love that crosses boundaries and is not limited. This week we  reflect on the phrase from the hymn which says 'pure unbounded  love thou art'. Our Methodist friends say in their reflection, We might expect God’s domain to be limited to ‘heaven’, whatever that means for us. But in both passages we meet a divine love that will not be bound by that constraint. In Genesis, this appears as a rainbow in the sky. In Mark, the heavens are ‘torn apart,’ ripped irrevocably. God emerges, downwards, like a dove. A second episode of boundary crossing happens immediately as Jesus enters the wilderness. This was understood as the home of evil spirits, and indeed Jesus encounters Satan and crosses the boundary to meet him head on.  God’s love is unbounded. I wonder if you have considered from time to time 'where is God actually right now? Is he here with me or up in heaven somewhere?' And have you been in a 'God forsaken' place like Jesus went into? What was it about that place that made you feel God was not there in it except for you bringing Him into it? Where are the times in your life when you have experienced or felt God's presence with you? What did it feel like? Lent can be quite a hard time of discipline and self restraint. It is important to begin it with a sense of God's unbounded love that crosses boundaries and enables things to happen.

Every blessing.

Kind regards,


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Lent Bible Study

‘The seven stages of Man’ (humankind)
Thursdays at The Vicarage 15th Feb -21st March
7.00pm –light supper
7.30 – 9pm– Study and discussion

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Newton choir

Newton choir starts its rehearsals for the Good Friday service this week (18 Feb). Rehearsals are 7pm on Sunday evenings in St Margaret's Church, Newton.

This season we are learning the Stabat Mater by Rheinberger. 

We welcome singers of all voices. You don't need to be able to sight-read. There is no audition - just turn up and sing! For further information contact Joe Oakes.

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Harston in Conversation 2024
Inspiring Lives

Meet a series of distinguished people who have agreed to share their lives and the sources of their inspiration.

28 February, 7.30pm A Life in Music - Lynette Alcántara in conversation with Alastair Oatey.

Lynette is a mezzo soprano, conductor and singing teacher and Director of Music at Wolfson College.  She is the founding conductor and Director of Music of KJV Community Children's Choir which has just celebrated its 15th anniversary year.  For a dozen years or so she was the singing teacher to the boy trebles of the world-famous Choir of King's College Cambridge. She will tell us about how music is essential to her life and about her passion for sharing music with others and her belief in the power of music and singing to transform lives.

All events are at 7.30pm at All Saints’ Church, Harston and entry is free.

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Junior Prime Brass
A Mother's Day Concert

7.30pm Saturday 9th March 2024

Join us for a programme of

Send in the Clowns
Beyond the Sea
Just a Closer Walk
Peer Gynt
Singing in the Rain
and many, many more

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Events across the Deanery

7.30pm, Saturday 23 March, Linton Church

Chorale: a celebration of melody from Luther to today by way of Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Rutter and more. Read more…

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Harston In Conversation 2024

28 Feburary, Lynette Alcántara
27 March, Francis Spufford
24 April, Christine Webber

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Food Hub

Wed & Sat 11.30-1.00pm in Harston Baptist Church email:

Harston Community Foodhub has two separate sections that operate in different ways and have different aims.

The ‘Food Bank’ provides emergency food support to residents of Harston and the surrounding villages
(mainly Hauxton, Foxton, Newton, Haslingfield, Barrington and Shepreth). It is part of a network of food banks that operate in South Cambridgeshire. Bags of non-perishable food are made up using food donated or bought with donations. Support from the food bank is intended to help people through a crisis.

The ‘Fresh Food Larder’ distributes fruit, vegetables and bread and is part of an initiative that helps to avoid food waste. Donations of surplus stock are picked up from local supermarkets and farm shops by volunteers (often the night before) or brought in by local growers. Whilst much of the food is collected by people visiting the food bank, food from the fresh food larder is available to everyone no matter where they live or the circumstances they are in.

Ways to support the Foodhub

By making food donations - at the hub or in designated containers outside the Baptist Church, at Harston Primary School or the Harston shop.

By donating money to our bank account:
Harston Community Food Hub 
Lloyds Bank
Sort code 30-99-50
Account number 11912862
or the village shop collection tin or via JustGiving (see our Facebook link)

By volunteering: contact them on

By using it.

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Trumpington Memory Cafe

Every third Wednesday of the month,10am-12 noon at The Pavilion, Paget Road, (opposite Anstey Way), Trumpington, Cambridge, CB2 9JF

Run jointly by Trumpington Parish Church and the Rotary Club.

A place where people with varying forms of memory loss can visit with their carers and support each other and have fun. Call 01223 840268 to book a place and please give your name(s).

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Free admission to Ely Cathedral

All electoral roll members are eligible for a free pass to Ely Cathedral. If you would like one, please fill in this form and ask Mandy or a churchwarden to sign it. You can then present the form at the Cathedral to get your pass. 


You can read the Benefice Mission Plan here.

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