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Many people have questions about their faith and especially how we can relate a spiritual life to the world around us. During Lent, we are running sessions which explore some of the themes around faith and religion in a relaxed and open way. This year we will be using the film ‘The Theory of Everything’ as our starting point. You don’t have to have seen it but it might make things sit better in context if you have. Each week will explore a different theme and the weeks are titled: The experience of wonder, the enigma of weakness, the complexity of relationships, the encounter with frailty, the hope beyond brokenness. The course will run in the Summers Room in the Ruddy Duck, starting at 7:30pm on the following dates: 21st February, 28th February, 6thMarch, 13th March and 20th March. There is no need to have any previous religious knowledge and you don’t have to come to every session. If you are interested, send me an email, email@example.com
Starting at the beginning of January, we have a new pattern of services around the benefice. It is important to feel that you have somewhere to go that enriches your worship and nourishes you spirituality. we hope this pattern will allow everyone to find something within the benefice.
It is always a really hard question to answer, why are we here? As a benefice (group of churches), it is important to focus on what is our purpose. The diagram should give an idea of what we feel is the work of the church in this place.
It is vital that the leaders of the benefice and of each individual church hear the voice of the people when it comes to all matters of church and spiritual life. If you have anything on your mind please feel free to share using the form below.
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Rev Keir Dow was licensed on 17th September and became our new vicar. Keir and his family are settled in the rectory in Glinton. If you see him around, please say hello.
Following 20 years in teaching, especially teaching special needs, Keir responded to God's call and has completed his ministry training with the Easton Region Ministry Course. Following this, Keir completed his curacy in the King's Cliffe Benefice spending the last 18 months as the only clergy in the benefice. He is very excited about coming to 9 Bridges to serve all the people in the community as well as the church communities.
Non plaudite. Modo pecuniam jacite.
The earliest work of the church is dated about 1113A.D. However, fragments of tombstones excavated in the churchyard and preserved in the church (the Sweeting museum) reveal that a Saxon church existed on the site of the present Norman building, without a tower. The original church as above, and the village was burned by the Danes in 1013. The church was sufficiently repaired to allow worship to continue, until rebuilding of the church began a century later.
The church here is a beautiful, striking, structure with its 140 foot needle spire dominating the flat landscape for miles around. The "Peasant Poet" John Clare immortalised the church in his poem "Glinton Spire". Perhaps less romantically, the British Listed Buildings entry for the church here describes the church as having a ‘disproportionately tall octagonal recessed spire’.
The present structure dates back to the 13th century, but there is a record in the Peterborough Chronicle of a church being here in the 12th century. The existence of the sheela Na Gig, which I will talk about in a few minutes, certainly suggests that there was a previous structure here!
The church that we see today consists of west tower with spire, nave with north and south aisles and clerestories, south porch and chancel.
The church that we see here today consists of nave with north and south aisles and clerestories, south porch, very large south chapel and chancel. The western end of the church is supported by four buttresses; the two to the north and south run part way up, to just below the roof level of the aisles, but the innermost two supports up to the belfry stage.
The church is named after St Pega. She was the sister of Guthlac, who set up a hermitage in the Peterborough fens. Pega built her hermitage in imitation of her brother. Guthlac and Pega came from one of the great noble families, and it seems as if Pega received a grant from the King to set up her hermitage. It is said that the current church at Peakirk is built on the site of Pega's retreat. Interestingly, the history books state that Pega sailed up the river Welland to attend her brother’s funeral, and healed a blind man from Wisbech on the way.
This church was built in the 11th Century, and the dedication to St Pega is a unique one. A north aisle was added in 1170, with a south aisle added some 50 years later.
The benefice benefits from a variety of other ministries which includes Messy Church, Benefice in the boozer, Tea on a Tuesday, Thought for Thursday, school outreach and many more......
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