All posts by Stephen Bowring

Rector’s last service

On Easter Day (1st April) there will be just one service in the South Leightonstone benefice. At the United Eucharist at Kimbolton at 10.45 we bid farewell to Stephen and Lesley Bowring.

Stephen was appointed priest-in-charge of the Kym Valley Group in July 2011, and took on the extra three parishes in 2014.

Christingle Services

● Sunday 3rd (10.45) Family Christingle Service at Kimbolton
● Sunday 10th (4.30pm) “Messy” Christingle at Spaldwick (with preparation for Crib Service Nativity)
● Saturday 16th (5pm) Crib, Christingle and Carols at Tilbrook (with the Tilbrook Christmas Orchestra!)

A Great (Staughton) night!

A coach full from South Leightonstone and an even bigger one from Lincolnshire contributed to the full house at St Andrew’s Great Staughton last night (5th Sept) for the installation of their new parish priest, the Revd Nicki Bland.

The Bishop of Huntingdon, The Rt Revd David Thomson presided as a packed church listened to our former curate Nicki making her oaths and receiving the ‘cure of souls’ of Great and Little Staughton and Hail Weston. The ancient ceremony had a new flavour reflecting the Diocesan strategy priorities, but retained such time-honoured practices as the Archdeacon (Ven Hugh McCurdy) leading the new incumbent to her stall, and Nicki tolling the church bell to spread the news of her arrival.

Everyone present joined in hearty thanks to the team from the parish who provided us all with wonderful refreshments after the service. After that, even the drizzling rain couldn’t dampen our spirits as we set out for home.

Feedback from Lent Groups

During Lent 2017 our three cell groups were joined by a few extra people as we explored together the Diocesan strategy and its impact for our South Leightonstone group of parishes. On each of five sessions we took one of the strategy’s “levers of change” and looked at it in the context of a set scripture: (1) Nurture a confident people of God; (2) Develop healthy churches and leaders; (3) Serve the local community; (4) Re-imagine our buildings; and (5) Target support to key areas.

The material provoked some very interesting discussions, and some good ideas and suggestions were put forward. To try to pull these together, the leaflets invited a personal response on the back page. If you were in one of the groups please do consider putting some of your thoughts down on the paper and getting it back to me.

Click on the “Ely2025” link on the left menu to see and download the leaflets with their feedback forms.