News and Events
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We are very pleased to welcome our new Children and Families' Worker Janette Platter, who started her job on the first of September. Her correct title will be Children and Families' Minister. Janette and her husband Jonathan moved to Cambridge in September 2016 for Jonathan's studies at the University. They have become familiar members of St Mark's since then as a young couple and since March with their baby boy. For more details see under Children at St Mark's.
We also warmly welcome Beth Joss-Pothen who will be attached to St Mark's and St Mary's Grantchester for the coming year as ordinand from Westcott House. Beth is in the second year of studying towards her BTh at Cambridge and is married to Nathan, who is also training for ordained ministry. She writes: I am very excited to get stuck in with all the great activities going on and look forward to getting to know everyone better.
Julie Woodson American post grad Julie Woodson has been worshipping with us at St Mark's since the spring, while writing her MPhil thesis in Theology and Religious Studies. With her permission we have extracted from her article in SEEK her thoughts on becoming part of the St Mark's community.
I came to appreciate Anglicanism through attending chapel services at my college chapel at Selwyn. Attending services at St Mark's these past few months has further deepened my appreciation, because the expressions of truth and beauty that are very much part of the worship service have come to be a new way of life for me, not least because they have been complemented by such a warm welcome as a newcomer. It has been so lovely to get to know others from the church community, whether by sitting in the same corner of the church from one Sunday to the next, enjoying a bit of conversation over coffee in the community centre after the 10am service, participating in the life-giving fellowship of one of the home groups, or otherwise taking part in the life of the church. And it has been a special delight to come across people from church out and about in Newnham on the pavement or in the shops, which has provided a sense of continuity and connection between Sunday church and my everyday life that I have not had elsewhere. So thank you and know that you will be in my heart and prayers as I leave this lovely island.
Read the whole of Julie's article in September SEEK
Vox Cantab concert
There was a good-sized and very appreciative audience for the Vox Cantab concert on Tuesday 1 August. Vox Cantab is a 12 person mixed choir comprising past students at Cambridge, under the direction of Louisa Denby. Louisa was Choir Director at St Mark's until last year and she and her choir are always very welcome when they perform here (among many other venues). This concert was entitled Sumer is i coming in and the choir gave a very interesting programme, ranging over the centuries from Palestrina to Cole Porter and Michael Tippett - sublime music for a summer evening.
Trip to Norfolk Thu 20 July See also under Recent Photographs
Despite a dire weather forecast the day was fine and bright and what rain there was amounted to no more than occasional drizzle. We had a splendid trip with began with a guided tour of Norwich Cathedral with coffee before and lunch after in their first class new cafeteria. In the afternoon we went on to the extensive vicarage gardens at East Runton, with its range of different gardens, huge variety of plants and quirky sculpture and architectural features. A very enjoyable couple of hours before we got back into the coach. Congratulations to Sue Payne who organised it all for us and the Community Centre and PCC who subsidised it to make it an affordable community event.