The second weekend of May marked one hundred years of the establishment of St Mark’s Newnham as a parish. We enjoyed a weekend of celebrations, with a wonderful display in church about the history of the church and parish, an amazing gala dinner on Saturday night and then Sunday Celebration services with Bishop Stephen, the Bishop of Ely.
The wonderful display was up in church for three full days and took us through the last 100 years plus of the church, vicarage, community centre, magazines, youth work and people. Thanks to those who worked so hard to put it together.
In the evening, we had an amazing gala dinner in the community centre. Our wonderful catering team of volunteers cooked a three course meal for around 65 of us. It was delicious, and a joy filled occasion. We were delighted to welcome back three previous vicars from St Mark’s who shared some of their memories by was of after dinner speeches.
On Sunday, the 8am service at Newnham was cancelled and we were all invited to the 8am service at Grantchester, remembering that St Mark’s had originally been a daughter church and part of Grantchester Parish.
Bishop Stephen came to lead our worship and celebrations beginning with an 8am Book of Common Prayer Communion service led by our vicar, Rachel, with Bishop Stephen preaching. Following this we had a wonderful breakfast of Bucks Fizz, coffee and croissants, thanks to folk from Grantchester. We were delighted to have 50 people in church! Around twenty of us then walked with Bishop Stephen across the meadows to St Mark’s for the 10am service, where around 120 people gave thanks for the life of our church and parish and shared in worship and communion together. The celebrations were topped off with some fabulous cake and coffee.
It was wonderful to mark 100 years of the parish of St Mark’s, to remember the historic link between Grantchester and Newnham and to celebrate our current partnership.