Seasonal Celebrations

Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, with many opportunities to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

At St Mary’s we do this in a variety of ways – from traditional and atmospheric carols by candlelight to our lovely family crib and Christingle services; from the Messy Church Christmas Special to our beautiful Christmas Eve Midnight Communion – all culminating with a joyful family service on Christmas day.

In addition, we host the Bures Primary School nativities, the switching on of the Bures Christmas lights (organised by the brilliant Team Tree) and hold a Christmas party for pre-school children.

On Christmas day we offer a Christmas lunch in the Community Centre for anyone who would like to come along, especially those who would otherwise be alone.  Please click here to contact us for further details.

Easter

Easter is a very special time for us at St Mary’s and we always mark the death of Jesus and celebrate his resurrection with a wide range of services and events throughout Holy Week.

Each day, Tuesday to Thursday, we take part in a Walk of Witness linking the three parishes of our benefice. Our Maundy Thursday supper in St Mary’s church is a special occasion, which is based on the Last Supper and finishes in silence in preparation for Good Friday.

On Good Friday we start with breakfast, followed by Messy Church and a short family service, after which we walk with the cross to raise it on the top of a hill just outside the village. Later in the day, we hold a quiet service of meditation and prayer.

On Sunday morning, we walk up the hill again for a Dawn Service at the foot of the cross, followed by a light breakfast in church. Our main Family Communion Service of celebration is at 10.30 a.m. and includes an egg hunt for the children. Contact us for more information.

Harvest

Historically the Church has played a key role in reinforcing the connection between God, people, and the land through Harvest Festival celebrations. Harvest means a full weekend of celebrations.  We start on Friday evening with a delicious harvest supper, featuring great entertainment and local food.  On Saturday we gather for Messy Church with a harvest theme and on Sunday the festival culminates with a harvest service in our beautifully decorated church.  After the service, we provide free a harvest lunch for the over 70’s.  Please contact us for further details.

Remembrance

Remembrance Sunday provides an opportunity for us to reflect on those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and our heavenly Father whose love for them is unceasing. Originally this commemoration was to honour those who had fallen in the First World War, but over time it has come to include all those who have lost their lives in subsequent armed conflicts.

On Remembrance Sunday we hold two concurrent services of Remembrance in Bures –

In church, there is a traditional Remembrance Day Service beginning at 10.30am, with two minutes silence at 11.00am and this concludes with a parade at the war memorial (weather permitting).

In Bures School Hall, we hold a Family Remembrance Service with Cubs, Rainbows, Brownies and Beavers.  Refreshments are served at 10.00 and the service starts at 10.30, after which those attending join the congregation from St Mary’s in the parade at the war memorial.