Hardwick Evangelical Church

You're warmly invited to join with us at any or all of the following special events, and / or to join us on any Sunday morning at our regular church service (venue details in column to the right).

ADVENT SUNDAYS #GodWithUs
One dictionary definition of advent is "the arrival of a notable person or thing".  The word is a version of the Latin word that means "coming".  In the church calendar, the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day mark a period of remembering the birth of Jesus Christ, who was also given the name "Emmanuel", which means "God with us"; and looking forward to his promised second coming.


We have a series of services and events to remember and celebrate the arrival into the world of this notable person.  We will also be linking with some of the themes that our Anglican friends have produced for this Advent season under the theme #GodWithUs.

The flyer opposite lists some of the special Christmas events organised by Hardwick Evangelical Church and also those organised by St Mary's Church (Anglican).  You can download the image to read the details.  Printed copies should be distributed to every house in Hardwick and are available at the churches, school, and other public places.
   

TYPICAL SUNDAY MORNING

On Sunday mornings, our church service starts with everyone together in the main school hall, with songs, prayers and some form of Bible reading or story.  Over the Advent season, we will stay together as all ages throughout the service.  Usually we, at some point break into separate groups for children, teenagers and adults where we can explore the same theme in age appropriate ways.  The first part of the service is pretty informal - it's difficult not to be when there are young children involved, and we welcome them.  There is also a creche area for parents with young children.    For more information about special events coming up, please see below or visit our facebook page.

OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS COMING UP

Whatever your faith or background, you're very welcome to come to any of these events, whether on Sunday mornings, or other occasions during the week, for which you should be able to scroll down for more information, or email us with a query.



On the first Saturday of each month  you'll find Hardwick Community Room transformed into a bustling cafe with home-made cakes, good coffee, and good company.   Pippin's Cafe is a not-for-profit venture organised by Hardwick Evangelical Church, St Mary's Church, and Hardwick Community Association working together for Hardwick - see flyer for more info.



About 3 or 4 times a year we meet on a Sunday evening for Presence - an opportunity to worship God together with space to listen to what he is saying to us.  The next Presence evening is Sunday,  3 December, from 8:15pm for about an hour.




For info about other things we are doing, please follow the link to our church calendar, or email or ring our co-Ministers, Steve & Kate Gaze (contact details in column to the right).



PREVIOUS  EVENTS

On Sunday morning, 26 November, we met in Comberton Leisure,
together  with churches from villages across the area west of Cambridge. Anglican, Baptists, Methodists, Catholics, and others putting aside their differences and joining together as "Christians first and foremost". Cambourne Community Gospel Choir helped lead the sung worship; Rev Peter Wood (from the Ely Diocese) was the guest speaker; GenR8 lead a special session for primary school aged children; Rev Alison Walker (local Methodist Churches) hosted the service.  Teams from different churches helped with stewarding, creche, set up and take down, refreshments, registering children for the GenR8 special, and the Cambourne Cadets supervised the parking.  What is God calling us to do next year as Christians working together to be "salt and light", "engaged and distinctive", in our villages?

 


This event is for all ages, children together with their parent(s) or carers, teenagers and adults who like craft - all are welcome.  It's a great opportunity for adults and children to learn together about the Christian faith and meet new friends.   Our next Messy Church will be on Sunday, 19 Nov.  Come and see what it's about.



Sun, 1 Oct.  CAFE CHURCH. Once a term, instead of our usual morning service, we hosted "cafe church".
Our guest speaker this Sunday was Dr Violet Lo, Founder of Global Inclusive Leadership Next Gen Progam. She shared her experience of working in a city in China called "the little city with big love".  She has witnessed how unconditional love has touched and empowered many lives.  There was also time for questions and time to chat with friends in the "cafe", an informal table quiz, and quiet prayer.


This event is for all ages, children together with their parent(s) or carers, teenagers and adults who like craft - all are welcome.  It's a great opportunity for adults and children to learn together about the Christian faith and meet new friends.   Our next Messy Church will be on Sunday, 16 July.  Come and see what it's about.



About 3 or 4 times a year we meet on a Sunday evening for Prayer, Praise and Worship.  Our aim is to be in God's presence and leave space for him to speak to us as we worship, or are silent; as we pray and risk sharing what we think God might be saying to or through us.





The Hardwick Easter Jigsaw Hunt took place over the week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, culminating with an Easter Jigsaw Cafe in the Hardwick Primary School.  There people brought the pieces they had found, and enjoyed some Easter refreshments whilst the jigsaw was assembled.    


For more pictures visit our facebook page (www.facebook.com/HardwickEvangelicalChurch) and check out the photos.  

There is also a timelapse video on youtube of the jigsaw being assembled, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D08pr2n3-1M





We're quite excited by this idea - a village wide jigsaw hunt in the week leading up to Easter Sunday, with everyone coming together on Easter Sunday afternoon to make the jigsaw from the pieces they have found.

Individual jigsaw pieces will be put in plastic eggs, which will be hidden in public places around the village between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday (16 April).  At 4 pm on Easter Sunday afternoon, we'll open up the school hall in cafe-style layout with Easter refreshments and things to do whilst people bring the pieces they found and assemble the jigsaw.  Each person who brings a pieces will receive  a free illustrated booklet of the Easter story that contains the image used in the jigsaw.  We're very grateful to Anno Domini Publishing for permission to use the image.



This event is for all ages, children together with their parent(s) or carers, teenagers and adults who like craft - all are welcome.  It's a great opportunity for adults and children to learn together about the Christian faith and meet new friends.   Our next Messy Church will be on Sunday, 21 May.  Come and see what it's about.





Sun, 5 Feb.  CAFE CHURCH. Once a term, instead of our usual morning service, we host "cafe church" .  Our guest speaker was Mark Strivens, the Director of Cambridge Street Pastors, a team of people who patrol the city centre on Friday and Saturday nights, helping wherever needed. There was also time for questions and time to chat with friends in the "cafe", an informal table quiz, and quiet reflection / prayer.



On Christmas Eve you're invited to Join with residents and visitors to Hardwick in carol signing at the Life-Size Nativity.  We'll start at 5pm and sing for 20-30 mins.  It's a beautifully simple way to remember the Christmas story of Jesus born in humble surroundings, and to celebrate that with people, irrespective of your background.
After the carol singing there will be be some seasonal refreshments served in the community room so you can warm up and chat before heading off for whatever the rest of Christmas holds for you.






The Life-Size Nativity Scene built outside the school on the corner of Limes Rd and Hardwick Rd has become a part of Christmas in Hardwick.  The build date this year is Saturday, 17 Dec, 10am-3pm, with jobs for all ages and interests.  A construction team will work outside to erect the stable.  Inside the school hall there will be teams making the various characters and a wide assortment of animals to put in the completed stable.  There will be special child-friendly activities from 11am-1pm.  And there will be soup and rolls for lunch for everyone who needs some sustenance.

Book the date in your diary, and invite your friends and neighbours to come along.






Life Explored is an opportunity to explore some of the big things in life many of us look for over a series of 6 Thursday evenings..  When you arrive, you are welcomed with drinks and cake.   The sessions feature a combination of specially commissioned short films - shot around the world - Bible readings and discussion.  Come and join in - or you can just come along, sit back and enjoy the company.


Once a year, in November, all the local village churches from across the area join to worship together at Comberton Village College.  The year the theme was around stories of Christian faith and social justice.


Sun, 6 Nov.  CAFE CHURCH. Once a term, instead of our usual morning service, we host "cafe church" .  This time, using video clips from the charity "Home for Good" we considered the subject of adoption and caring for vulnerable children, including refugees.  There was also time for questions and time to chat with friends in the "cafe", an informal table quiz, and quiet reflection / prayer.


This event is for all ages, children together with their parent(s) or carers, teenagers and adults who like craft - all are welcome.  It's a great opportunity for adults and children to learn together about the Christian faith and meet new friends.   Our next Messy Church will join with building the Nativity Scene on 17 Dec.  Come and see what it's about.



Church weekend away

Over the course of the weekend, 16-18 Sept, 40+ of us spent time together at Ringsfield Hall, Suffolk.  It was an opportunity to relax together, work together, and get to know each other and God better.

The picture shows the spectrum of colours we found in the forest as one of the activities during the Forest Church session on the Saturday afternoon.  We were all amazed at the range of colours we found when we looked for them - a reminder of what we can find when we truly make time to look.

A beautiful venue for a residential - find out more about Ringsfield Hall at http://www.ringsfield-hall.co.uk/





This event is for all ages, children together with their parent(s) or carers, teenagers and adults who like craft - all are welcome.  It's a great opportunity for adults and children to learn together about the Christian faith and meet new friends.   Our next Messy Church will be in the autumn term.  Come and see what it's about.



Sun, 19 June.  CAFE CHURCH. Once a term, instead of our usual morning service, we will host "cafe church" .  Our guest speaker will be Rev Prof Alasdair Coles, a consultant neurologist, with one of his research interests being in the spirituality of Parkinson's disease and temporal lobe epilepsy.  There will also time for questions and time to chat with friends in the "cafe", an informal table quiz, and quiet reflection / prayer.



Every 2-3 months we have a special men's breakfast.  A team of us arrive early to start cooking, the rest of us turn up about 8:30am to eat a full English breakfast, chat and engage with a guest speaker.  There are also various games to play whilst waiting for the food, if talking to anyone first thing on a Saturday morning is a challenge. Secondary school age boys also welcome.


Easter is when Christians particularly remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the reconciliation and hope that those events offer us in our relationships with God and with each other.  The egg in the image above was decorated at one of the activity tables during our all-age service on Easter Sunday and shows some of the significant events in Jesus' life.  


This event is particularly suited to 0-11 year olds together with their parent(s) or carers, though people of all ages are welcome.  It's a great opportunity for adults and children to learn together about the Christian faith and meet new friends.  There were more than 50 of us at the March event.  Our next Messy Church is Sunday, 21 May.  Come and see what it's about.



Every 2-3 months we have a special men's breakfast.  A team of us arrive early to start cooking, the rest of us turn up about 8:30 am to eat a full English breakfast, chat and engage with a guest speaker.  There are also various games to play whilst waiting for the food, if talking to anyone first thing on a Saturday morning is a challenge.  Secondary school age boys also welcome.


Sun, 21 Feb.  CAFE CHURCH. Once a term, instead of our usual morning service, we host "cafe church" .  Our guest speakers were Stephen Munday and Peter Law both senior leadership in secondary school education at Comberton Village College and across the Comberton Academy Trust.  There was also time for questions and time to chat with friends in the "cafe", an informal table quiz, and quiet reflection / prayer.


As a church, we encourage our members to be actively involved in the community, being a part of local sports and social activities as Christians alongside people of all faiths and none.  Occasionally we also host social events for people from all backgrounds to enjoy being together and making new friends.  Our evening of carpet Bowls, Boccia and indoor Curling was one such event.



Every 2-3 months we have a special men's breakfast.  A team of us arrive early to start cooking, the rest of us turn up about 8:30 am to eat a full English breakfast, chat and engage with a guest speaker.  There are also various games to play whilst waiting for the food, if talking to anyone first thing on a Saturday morning is a challenge.  Secondary school age boys also welcome.

Thanks to everyone who came to help build the stable and make the characters for the Life-Size Nativity Scene outside the Primary School.  This year, in addition to the traditional characters, we included a couple of refugees as a reminder that, not only did Jesus and his family flee to Egypt as refugees when he was a baby, but there are many refugee families across Europe today.  On Christmas Eve, over 100 people sang carols at the Nativity Scene, followed by hot drinks and Christmas nibbles in the Community Room.  Also £70 was given to Christian Aid, towards their work with those who have had to leave homes because of war, poverty and oppression.


Christianity Explored is exactly what it says on the tin.  Over 6 sessions, with Mark's Gospel and some helpful dvds, it is our aim to explore Christianity, meet Jesus, and see what is involved in following him.  When you arrive, you are welcomed with a drinks and cake.   We start by chatting together, bringing questions we have, then we watch a short talk and discuss it as a group - or you can just come along, sit back and enjoy the company.



Live & Amped 2015 was attended by 150+ mainly young people for an evening of entertainment, competition and action.  With parkour, football cage, dance, rap, DJ, and live music from professional artists as well as a competition for young musical talent it was an event not to be missed. Congratulations to Evan Snoswell for taking first prize with his jazz / freestyle keyboard and guitar playing.  Huge thanks to all who made the evening possible.  This event was organised by WCCYM - churches working together for young people in villages west of Cambridge.







 
This event is particularly suited to 0-11 year olds together with their parent(s) or carers .  It's a great opportunity for adults and children to learn together about the Christian faith and meet new friends.  Our next Messy Church will be on 3rd Sunday of January.  In the meantime, join us at any of our Christmas activities.



Sun, 11 Oct.  THE BUZZ - CAFE CHURCH.  Once a term, instead of our usual morning service, we host "cafe church" .  Our guest speakers in October were Fred & Fran Gill, sharing their story of hope, tragedy and forgiveness following the murder of their son in 2007.  There was also time to look at the amazing customised motorbike built in tribute to their son, ask further questions and time to chat with friends in the "cafe", an informal table quiz, and quiet reflection / prayer.



Messy Church has grown gradually this year.   This event is particularly suited to 0-11 year olds together with their parent(s) or carers.  It's a great opportunity for adults and children to learn together about the Christian faith and meet new friends.   Hope to see you at the next one on 20th Sept.
    

 

Sun, 5 July.  THE BUZZ - CAFE CHURCH.  Once a term, instead of our usual morning service, we host "cafe church" .  The event is open to everyone, irrespective of their faith background.  The guest speaker on this occasion was Revd Alison Myers, vicar of St Mary's Church, Hardwick.  As well as listening to our guest speaker and a Q & A session, there was plenty of time to chat with friends in the "cafe", an informal table quiz, and time for    quiet reflection / prayer.




Every year or two, we organise a residential weekend away as a church.   As in previous years, we had a great time together over conversation, camp-fire, teaching, silence, games, prayer, worship, food - and some people even managed to get some sleep!

Thanks to so many people, but especially to Tim & Shireen Ettrick for leading the teaching sessions on connecting with people and helping them connect with Jesus.

A beautiful venue for a residential - find out more about Ringsfield Hall at http://www.ringsfield-hall.co.uk/










Every 2-3 months we have a special men's breakfast.  A team of us arrive early to start cooking, the rest of us turn up about 8:30 am to eat a full English breakfast, chat and engage with a guest speaker.  There are also various games to play whilst waiting for the food, if talking to anyone first thing on a Saturday morning is a challenge.  Secondary school age boys also welcome.




Sun, 1 Feb.  THE BUZZ - CAFE CHURCH.  Once a term, instead of our usual morning service, we host "cafe church" .  The event is open to everyone, irrespective of their faith background.  The guest speakers on this occasion were Ruth French and Andy Matthews, co-Heads of Hardwick Community Primary School, addressing issues around faith and education.  As well as listening to our guest speakers and a Q & A session, there was time to chat with friends in the "cafe", an informal table quiz, and time for quiet reflection / prayer.



Sat, 24 Jan.  TABLE-TOP OLYMPICS.  This was the 5th year that we've run this event.  Scroll down to find a youtube link to a brief video of a previous year so you can get an idea of what happens.  Customised team games, based loosely on Olympic disciplines, with each team competing to win money for their chosen charity.  The charity nominated by this year's winning team  was "Hand in Hand for Syria".   











CHRISTMAS: Thank you very much to everyone who helped build the Life-Size Nativity Scene on the corner of Limes Rd and Cambridge Rd, outside the primary school. Once again, it was great to see different parts of the village community working together to construct the stable and the characters, including a special mention to Hardwick Pre-School for making baby Jesus.  
The famous Christmas Truce of 1914 was also represented in the Nativity Scene with the inclusion of a couple of soldiers.  Inside the satchel of one of the soldiers were free replica pocket size editions of John's Gospel that was given to British soldiers in the First World War, which were available for people to take away (and all the copies went).  More than 100 people gathered at the Nativity on Christmas Eve for carol singing, followed by refreshments in the warmth of the Community Room.


Bible Reading Challenge
You can find the SU Bible Reading Card here if you want to have a go at reading the Bible on a regular basis. 



Hardwick "Olympics"
Saturday 18 January 2014
The medal winners win a donation to their nominated charity from the entry fees.
This year's winning teams:
Gold - £125 prize money for The Christian Aid Collective
Silver - £75 prize money to Help for Heros
Bronze - £34 prize money to Cancer Research




Hardwick "Olympics" 2013













Sunday Morning 
Family Service

meeting at
Hardwick Primary School
(Limes Rd., Hardwick, Cambridge, CB23 7RE)

10:30 -12 noon
with creche, children's and young people's groups
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Contact

Co-Ministers: 
Steve & Kate Gaze
Office: 01954 211900
Home: 01954 212556
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Catch up with talks
On our Listen to Talks page you can find the current series of talks as it develops, plus a list of previous series arranged either by book of the Bible or by topic.