St Mary the Virgin Linton from the South

Welcome to St Mary's, Linton

Prayer of Awakening

May the God of time and eternity who gave us
24 hours in each day
Enliven your senses that you may truly
See what you are looking at
Taste what you are eating
Listen to what you are hearing
Face what you are suffering
Celebrate the ways that you are loved.
Offer whatever you are doing to God
so that the water of the present moment
May be turned into wine.

A Note from the Team Rector.
Hello! I’m Maggie Guite, and I’ve been Rector at St Mary’s since the beginning of July 2015.At the time of writing, I’m still very much finding my feet, but I’m very happy to have come to work in such a lively church, with so many people playing important parts in its mission and service to the village of Linton. My mission is to help those contributions flourish and to serve both the community of the church and the wider community of the village in whatever way I can. At the heart of what I do is my conviction that we can see that God is real, know his character of love, and experience his power to challenge and transform our lives, when we look a t Jesus Christ and entrust ourselves to him. But this central motivation can take so many forms of expression – from worshipping and praying together to having fun together; in times of celebration and in times of sadness; in the time we spend working with our local schools and young people, and in our ministry of care and befriending to the elderly. I could go on….
I like people (generally!), and very much enjoy the atmosphere of living and working in a village, so I hope to be here for many years, living and working among you. I’m also (overall) responsible for the parishes of Castle Camps and Shudy Camps, Bartlow, and Horseheath. I hope that during my time we’ll be able to work and share together as a real Team to the benefit of us all.

Introducing St. Mary's...
St. Mary’s is a vibrant Anglican Church at the heart of the community in Linton. The church has been established here for more than 800 years – and aims to be a place where people can be warmly welcomed and encounter God in the 21st-century…

As a family, we embrace a wide variety of church traditions. We take delight in our Anglican heritage, recognising that it provides a useful framework for developing a deep and well-rounded spirituality. But most importantly, we are a mission-shaped church; constantly seeking to present the Christian faith in ways that are meaningful and accessible for all who worship here.

We believe that God is at work in Linton and our task is to catch a glimpse of what he is doing – and then try to follow him in our mission and ministry. We value space and time to pray and reflect and encourage the deepening of spirituality for each individual member.

However, we have plenty of activities and interest groups within the church family. This website will introduce you to the life of St. Mary’s in more detail – you can read about our youth work, children’s work, pastoral care ministries, variety of worship services, excellent musical tradition, Bible study groups, discipleship courses, social activities, schools work, overseas support and a whole lot more here!

At St. Mary’s, we want to do all we can to reflect that hospitality to the local community and all who visit. We are a church on a journey – we are far from perfect and we have a long, long way to go! But if you want to come along and see if this is a place where you can find God, you will be more than welcome!

Introducing Linton…
Linton lies about 10 miles South-East of Cambridge, UK. Whilst managing to retain the ‘feel’ of a village, it is a bustling and friendly community. The population is about 5,000 and there are many clubs and societies for all age-ranges. The village is very well served by shops (including supermarkets, a chemist, newsagents, opticians, florist, IT consultants and much more) as well as a number of lovely pubs, each with their own unique flavour and identity.

Linton has four schools. There is an Infant School (St. Mary's CE), a Middle School (Linton Heights), a secondary education Academy (Linton Village College) and a school for those with Special Needs (Granta).

For pleasure, our local residents can be found enjoying walks around the beautiful countryside that surrounds the village – or even at our local Linton Zoo where the lions live peaceably (though not always quietly!) alongside other animals…

Linton is situated well for travel. It is close to the A11 and the M11. It is well served by train stations approx. 20 mins drive from the village. Stansted airport is a short drive away – but we are not hampered by any noise pollution in that regard.

All in all, Linton is a beautiful place to live and work – and worship, of course! If you come for a visit, you are sure to receive a warm welcome!

Introducing our website…
We try to keep the information on our website as up-to-date as possible. We apologise if any of the details are incorrect. If you have any comments or feedback about the website, please let us know by contacting Sue Filby via e-mail: suef4rector@btinternet.com

Images: 
Maggie and Malcolm Guite