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Letter from Rachel, September 2017, SEEK:

Our New Vicar

Rachel is married to Sam and they have two children, Joe and Phoebe. Joe has just completed his first year at Coventry University and Phoebe has just taken her GCSEs. Sam is a Civil Engineer and worked in local government until he retired to be at home with the children when Rachel began ordination training at Nottingham in 2006. Rachel served her curacy in Cheltenham before moving to be Rector of Bourton on the Water with Clapton and the Rissingtons, where they have lived for almost six years. Rachel did her first degree at Anglia Ruskin University and after she and Sam got married, they lived for several years at Hemingford Grey.  

Rachel was given a joyous welcome at her first 10am service at St Mark's on 9th July. This was a combined Family Communion service for St Mark's and Grantchester with a packed church. Rachel was greeted by the Choir singing the Hallelujah Chorus and she was preceded down the aisle by our two churchwardens Jeremy and Eleanor carrying their wands of office. It was a happy occasion with full participation by the children in the prayers, readings and music. We were very pleased to have Rachel's husband Sam and their children Joe and Phoebe sitting in the front row. Her first sermon can be found under the tag Sermons. 

The Interregnum Standing Committee would like to thank Christophe and the choir for their wonderful contributions to Rachel's Licensing Service in Grantchester and to her first service at St Mark's last Sunday. We are also hugely grateful to Sue Wagner and the Social Committee for the fantastic buffet lunch they provided after the service on Sunday. Many thanks to all involved in making these events such a success. Eleanor and Jeremy on behalf of the ISC

St Mark’s is a Church of England parish and congregation in Newnham, Cambridge, in the Diocese of Ely.  St Mark's mission statement is:

'To be the people of God in this place, and to work to make God more real for our community.'   

Our 10 a.m. Sunday service is a good place to meet the church family. Children are especially welcome at this service, during which Junior Church meets in term time. We always gather for coffee and a chat after the service.  You are welcome to come along to any of our services, and we look forward to welcoming you and getting to know you.  These are our regular services this month:

A prayer for this month (from a past SEEK)

O Christ the Light,
illuminate and cleanse the dark corners of the world,                                                      where hang the cobwebs of apathy and the dust of neglect;                                            shine on faces made grim                                                                                            by poverty and war;                                                                                              melt the icicles of despair                                                                                        and the hard frozen wastes of 
and let your searching rays
enclose the whole
in one great radiance.
Betty Hayes, a Methodist Missionary

For more prayers for autumn see this month's SEEk 

The Christian Year  

The Parishes welcome the Revd Rachel Rosborough

There was a full church at Grantchester on Thursday 6 July for the Licensing of the Revd Rachel Rosborough as Priest in Charge of St Andrew and St Mary, Grantchester and St Mark, Newnham. The congregation comprised local clergy and parishioners from both parishes, together with many well-wishers from Rachel's previous parish at Bourton on the Water in Gloucestershire. The Licensing was conducted by the Bishop of Huntingdon, the Right Reverend David Thomson and the Archdeacon of Cambridge, the Venerable Alex Hughes.

As the Order of Service reminded us, some features of the service have their origins in the Middle Ages, others are comparatively new. The processional hymn was Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart. The Bishop welcomed the congregation and said a prayer for Rachel. The Revd James Buxton, representing Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and parish representatives then formally presented Rachel to the Bishop and a churchwarden from Bourton on the Water commended Rachel to her charge. This was followed by her making the Declaration of Assent and the Oath of Allegiance.

Rachel had chosen the reading from Matthew ch 14 about Jesus walking on the water and the Bishop in his sermon talked of the symbolism of wind, waves and fear expressed in that passage. (Before he spoke , he made special mention of Marguerite Roberts' role in seeing the parishes through many months of Vacancy and she received a warm round of applause from all the congregation).

During the remaining formalities, the Archdeacon installed Rachel with the words 'I place you in the stall of the minister of these parishes.' At the end of them, the Rural Dean invited local community representatives and ecumenical partners to welcome the new minister with a handshake, while St Mark's choir (director Christophe Karas) sang anthems from the organ loft. The Rural Dean led the congregation in greeting Rachel with a hearty round of applause. She then undertook her first duty as our priest in charge by reading the parish notices.

The Bishop blessed the assembled company and we sang the final hymn Crown Him with many crowns. After two years of Vacancy we have our new minister.

A further report is in September SEEK


Accessibility - There is an accessible toilet and baby-changing facilities in the Community Centre, just behind the church. A hearing loop is installed, and there are no steps into the church. Parking is available in the church car-park behind the church. 

Please have a look round our site to find out more about us, or feel free to contact us with any questions, queries or requests for prayer you may have. We look forward to meeting you.