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Granta Vale Churches

As the Granta Vale Churches, we are a community of Church of England parishes in the South Cambridgeshire villages of Balsham; Great and Little Abington; Hildersham; Weston Colville; West Wickham; and West Wratting.  Our worship is shaped by ancient and contemporary sources and incorporates both sacramental and liturgical worship as well as café church and creative services.

We enjoy sharing food, drink and good company together, and gather for community meals and socials. We have many house groups which gather for bible studies, theological reflection and contemplative prayer. We encourage faith through action, including serving those in need, tackling injustice and protecting our environment.  

Update on services

It's been so delightful to see so many people in person now in church as we move away from the most difficult times of the pandemic, and it's also wonderful to sing once more in church!  Just as a reminder, we now usually have two or three services at 9am across our churches, and one service at 10:30am (hence the term 'united service') but all these services are open to all.  As a community of six parishes it's really good to see people crossing parish boundaries on a Sunday and worshipping across the range of our churches.  I think this is one of many ways we can continue to build each other up in faith and experience the joy of fellowship with one another.

Revd Iain McColl and the Ministry Team

Appeal for Christmas Presents for refugee and foster children in Cambridgeshire

The young people of Hildersham Children’s Church Council, in conjunction with St Mary’s Church Abington and Love Abington are leading an appeal to collect new Christmas presents.

Please imagine what a child of a certain age would like. Once you have bought your gift (do not wrap it) but please put it in a gift bag with a label on the outside saying whether it is for a boy or girl and approximately what age. If it something like colouring pencils and a sketchbook, please say for a girl or boy. We are collecting presents for a wide age range, from babies yet to be born to young people of 15.
Please bring your gift to St Mary’s Church, Little Abington or Holy Trinity Church, Hildersham on Saturday 4th December between 1.30 and 3.30 and place it in the boxes provided under the Christmas  tree.

If you are unable to deliver your present on that day, please ring Rosemary Mead 01223 891718 or Amanda Palmer 01223 894316 to make other arrangements.


December services

Please click on the link here to view the services for December




Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

First Sunday of the Month
On the first Sunday of the month we gather for our united service held at Balsham church at 10:30am.  There is always a children’s church provided during each of these united services. Music is led by a choir, organ and music group.  There is also an Evensong on the first Sunday held at Little Abington church at 6pm. 

Second Sunday of the Month
On the second Sunday there are Communion services at Hildersham, Great Abington and West Wickham.  There is morning worship at Balsham and Weston Colville and a café church at West Wratting at 4pm.
Third Sunday of the Month
On the third Sunday there are Communion services at West Wickham, Balsham and Weston Colville, morning worship at Little Abington and café church at Hildersham at 4pm.
Fourth Sunday of the Month
On the fourth Sunday there are Communion services at Great Abington at 8am and West Wratting at 10:45am, a breakfast church at Great Abington from 9pm and an Evensong at Hildersham at 6pm. 

Where there is a fifth Sunday there will be a communion at [  ] and [  ]; and morning worship at [ ]

This pattern of services, however, will vary in the weeks prior to Christmas and Easter and details about these services will be on our website, in parish magazines and on church noticeboards. 

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What about my children?

Children are very welcome at all of our services but there are services where there is particular provision for them. 

On the first Sunday of every month we gather for our united service held at Balsham Church and during the service children and adults have the opportunity to continue exploring faith and the bible in the church hall. They then return in time to receive communion.

At West Wratting Café Church on the second Sunday of each month always begins with a child-friendly talk.  After this an invited speaker will give a talk to adults – and any children who wish to remain - in one part of the church, whilst children-friendly activities are led in another part of the church.

The Hildersham Café Church on the third Sunday of each month is an intentional all-age gathering where we engage with faith and scripture in a creative, informal way, including discussion and both ancient and contemporary hymns.  Children always play an important part in the readings, discussions and reflections.

The Abington Breakfast Church on the fourth Sunday of every month is also an all-age gathering where, after a shared breakfast, we listen to a story, engage with prayers stations and crafts, and share in a time of prayer and reflection.  There is also a creche available at this service.

Each month there is a Children’s Church Council, which usually meets in Hildersham or Abington.  The CCC reflects on faith, the bible and contemporary life, help to plan themes and activities for Sunday services and enjoys discussion, crafts and sometime nibbles and drinks!

Our children’s provision is led by members of the church community who are DBS checked.


Getting Connected

Church Groups

We believe that home groups can play a vital role helping churches and discipleship to flourish.  These groups usually meet in someone’s home for study, discussion, prayer and fellowship. We have many different home groups within the Granta Vale Churches, ranging from bible study groups to theological reflection gatherings to prayer groups.  If you would like to know anymore about any of these groups, please do contact either Iain or Jeanine for more information.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the Granta Vale Churches you can learn more about how on out Get Involved page. 

Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to get in touch with us before your first visit. Get in touch and we will contact you and answer any questions you have.
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Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.


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Rev Iain McColl - Minister in Charge   Rev Kathy - Minister
Rev Iain has been the minister in charge of the Granta Vale Churches since 2018. Before he was a minister in the Church of England he was a corporate and commercial solicitor in London and Bristol. He enjoys football, cycling and swimming, loves theology and history and spending time with his wife and children.   Leader Intro
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at Granta Vale Churches.

Best Wishes