Cuddington | Buckinghamshire

Welcome to St Nicholas’ Church!

Vision: Empowered by the Holy Spirit working through our lives, worship and fellowship, so to reveal Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour that people might be blessed and drawn closer to God.

 

General Information
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Church Services

There is a service every Sunday at 10am. The first and third Sundays in the month are Holy Communion (Common Worship), the second Sunday is a Family Service, and the fourth and fifth Sundays are Morning Worship. There are activities for young people at all services except the second Sunday Family Service.

Church Leadership

Cuddington is one of five parishes in the Wychert Vale benefice. The Rector is the Rev'd Margot Hodson who has the oversight of the parishes of Haddenham, Cuddington, Kingsey, Stone with Dinton and Hartwell and Aston Sandford. Our Associate Rector is the Revd Canon Phil Groves and our Curate is the Revd Nadine Rose who together with Associate Ministers Rev'ds Jonathan Hawkins and Trish Mander make our clergy team. Nigel Featherston and Adrian Collier are licensed as Local Lay Ministers.

Services in Cuddington, notably some of the Morning Worship Services, are also taken by lay members of the congregation at St. Nicholas.

Church Administration

Most of the administration is undertaken by members of the congregation, but the Benefice Office in Haddenham supports the administration of  weddings, funerals and baptisms. ( Please click the Contact tab to access details)

Link Missionaries

We have a link with a Christian missionary in Africa.  

Jem Hovil and his wife Lucy live with their children Hudson, Tess and Charlie in South Africa.  Jem works as Field Director for Entrust Foundation, a charity which encourages grassroots pastor training in developing countries, and he also has connections with Crosslinks. Lucy is a researcher for a human rights initiative focussing on citizenship in the Great Lakes region of Africa. They are both involved in the ministry of Muizenberg Community Church in Cape Town.

Family Service Sep 2010 

The Congregation at St Nicholas

Congregations usually number more than 40 at each 10am service, although this can increase to 80 for Family Services. The church electoral roll is made up of some 60 members of which over a third live outside Cuddington. Clearly quite a number of people from outside the village are attracted to the type of services held here, and we believe they are encouraged by the friendly welcome of the congregation.

Home Groups

To supplement the weekly Christian worship there are five Home Groups, which meet normally on a fortnightly basis for fellowship, bible study and prayer.  These are designed to reach people  at different stages of their Christian journey, so newcomers are welcome to join whichever group most serves their needs. ( Please click the Contact tab for the Home Group Co-ordinator)

Toddler Singing Group

The Toddler Singing Group takes place every Friday (including during the school holidays) in St Nicholas Church at 10am.  Despite our name we are open to more than just toddlers; we also enjoy the company of many mums, nannies, grandmas and childminders.  We have seen babies as young as 5 days old and children on the edge of starting school.

We sing a collection of well-known nursery rhymes and songs for about 30 minutes.  This is followed by a short picture book story and then a time of free play with refreshments (water or juice for the children, coffee and tea for the parents).  There is usually a home-made cake and  biscuits.  No charge is made for this service but if parents wish to make a 50p donation towards refreshments this is always acceptable.

All are most welcome – please just come along when you can.

Prayer

In the Notice Sheets prepared for each Sunday service there is a list of those for whom prayer has been specifically requested. Anyone can request prayer when they have a need. On the first Sunday of each month there is also tea and prayer in the church at 5pm.

Children

The bringing up children in the Christian tradition is very important to us. At the 10 o'clock services facilities are available for special teaching for children.  In addition on the fourth Sunday in the month the Chattabox and Grid groups meet in the village hall, after which they join up with the adult congregation either in the church or the village hall.  Within the church itself an area is provided for parents with toddlers.

Vicars of Cuddington 

Architectural Heritage

There has been a church on this site since at least the late 11th century and there is a record of the incumbents from 1086 on the south wall of the church.

There have been three major stages of development, which broadly cover the Medieval, Victorian and Modern periods. and further details may be obtained in Architectural Heritage.

Church Bells  There have been bells at St Nicholas’ Church since the 16th century.  For more details visit the Cuddington Bellringers page.

The Church in the Community

The church is active in the wider community in a number of ways.

The PCC prepares the monthly Village Voice newssheet, which is delivered to every household in Cuddington.

There is a fortnightly Drop-In Session in the church which offers friendship, coffee and biscuits every other Thursday at 10.30am.

The Friends from St. Nicholas are available for helping out in practical ways, such as providing transport to hospitals, surgeries etc.

In the early part of the year a Church Supper is held and in the autumn the season is celebrated with a Harvest Supper in the village hall. All villagers are encouraged to participate.

Use of the Church Building

The church building is not only used for Sunday worship, but is also available for other activities. Since the refurbishment the improvement in acoustics have made it a very suitable venue for musical concerts, and the introduction of audio/visual facilities have rendered it appropriate for a number of different functions,e.g. seminars, presentations etc. (Please click the Contacts tab)