St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Church dates from the late 12th Century and has had numerous additions and facelifts over the years, to ensure that it has continued to meet the needs of the community. Most recently, it has seen the installation of a toilet and a kitchen to bring it right up to date for the 21st Century.

The church is one of four that make up the LAMP Group of Churches.

We have a membership approaching 100 adults plus children, with people coming from the village of Haversham as well as surrounding communities. We meet every Sunday morning at 11.00am and twice monthly at 6.00pm, and on the third Sunday at 8.00am. Children up to 11 go to groups in the Upper Room alongside the Rectory part-way through the main service on a Sunday morning, except on the fourth Sunday of the month when all stay together for a more informal style of service.

Our teaching is based on the Bible and our worship seeks to focus upon Jesus, the one who founded Christianity. We devise our own teaching themes and courses that are used on Sundays in this church and the others that belong to the LAMP Group. We have three Bible study groups that meet fortnightly on weekdays and two monthly clubs fro young people: Fun Bunch, for those aged 5-11 and Youth Club for those aged 11 to 18.

We have close links with The Ark, a home for homeless teenagers in Wolverton, offering weekly support to the work there. We are also involved on a regular basis with 8 other groups and organisations offering help and support to those in need, at home and abroad.

Revd Richard Caddell has been appointed Priest in Charge of the LAMP Group of churches.

Richard is American and has lived in the UK for 21 years – 18 of those as an Anglican priest. Prior to his studies at Trinity Theological college in Bristol and ordination in Wells Cathedral, he served in the US Navy as a helicopter pilot and was, at one time, stationed at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset.

For the past 10 years, Richard has been Team Vicar at St. Thomas’s church in Beaconsfield. He says he is looking forward the challenge of leading four churches, also the big change in moving to a rural environment.

We now look forward to Richard’s arrival with his wife and family on 15th February,
but, for the first two weeks or so they will be settling in and therefore ‘on leave’ until Richard’s licensing takes place at All Saints, Emberton on 5th March at 7.30pm.

Several late donations increased the final amount raised for Willen Hospice by the carol singing around the village to a grand total of £480. Our thanks go to Pauline Walker the organiser, the singers who braved the cold, foggy weather, those who provided refreshments and to all those who gave.

In lieu of sending Christmas cards to each other, a total of £274 was donated to World Vision. This was allocated as follows: £56 for a pig for a farmer in Zambia; £108 for a plough for a farmer in Mozambique and £110 for a year’s supply of clean water for ten families in Ethiopia. Thank you to the children and teachers in Bright Sparks who made the lovely card.