What to expect

We're not following a blue print for "how to plant a church". We're pioneering... praying, exploring, and sharing together as we respond to what God's doing in this place.  You'll often find us joining in with Community Partnerships amongst those of all religious and non-religious beliefs. And our faith-based through-the-week events are emerging in response to the gifts each person brings, with deep roots into the various Christian traditions.  So come as you are, walk with us for a while... experience church - but perhaps not as you know it!


We don't have a "church building" here in Northstowe, so our events take place in the everyday places we find ourselves. Some are in people's homes. Others are in hired community spaces, often the Primary School. Some things happen in the park!  Read more below.

Want to know more?

Talk to our Pioneer Minister
Revd Dr Beth Cope
Church House, 6 Woodpecker Close
Northstowe
CB24 1AW
01954 261181
contact@northstowe.church
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Community Partnerships

 
Our commitment to exploring and sharing has found us partnering to help build community amongst those of all religious an non-religious beliefs.  You’ll find us working with groups including Northstowe Arts, Northstowe Running Festival, the Town Council, Sustainable Northstowe,  the Foodbank or partnering widely for events at Christmas or Remembrance. We are also part of the Northstowe Faith Strategy Group. We can often be found supporting  Friends of Pathfinder Primary School, as well as running clubs and activities in partnership with both the primary and secondary school.
 

Fancy a half-termly afternoon tea with a little bit extra?

Bring the whole family to eat together and have fun, with the option to join in with various activities including a short act of worship or free-flow reflection in a ‘chapel space’. Something for everyone, no matter your faith. The next Afternoon Tea is on Sunday 14th July at 3.30pm in The Pathfinder CofE Primary School : Check social media for more
 

Join community Litter Picks

THANK YOU to everone who joined us, Northstowe Scouting, Sustainable Northstowe and the Northstowe Hub Cafe for a day of community litter picking at the  Spring Clean in Green on St Patrick's Day, 17th March 2024, 11pm
NEXT LITTER PICK: Saturday 15th June as part of Great Big Green Week
 

Supporting young people of all faiths, cultures, genders, sexualities, and backgrounds: The Northstowe Youth Hive.

Working with local volunteers, we have helped set up, and are now a member organization, of the Northstowe Youth Hive. Beth is currently the chair. READ MORE on Beth's Blog.
The Hive are very grateful to the support of bpha and Church Schools of Cambridge to have brought in the Connections Bus Project while Northstowe was between Community Centres. Now, we are delighted to be partnering with Romsey Mill - in particular with Emma Whitbread, Northstowe's Youth Development Officer - and Northstowe Hub to relaunch the weekly Youth Drop In at Northstowe Hub Cafe (Wednesdays 3.30-5pm). With more youth activities coming soon...  youth@northstowe.info @northstowe_youth

Where appropriate, clicking on the images below will give more information.

Key Dates for your diary:

  • Saturday 15th June: The Great Big Community Litter Pick
  • Saturday 22nd June: Northstowe’s Midsummer Festival (join us on the Deckchairs on the Green)
  • Saturday 29th June: Gardening Morning (in the school field)

  • Friday 5th July: The Pathfinder School Fayre (join us on the deckchairs in the school field)

  • Sunday 14th July: AFTERNOON TEA at the end of term
  • BREAKFAST GATHERINGS DURING SCHOOL SUMMER HOLIDAYS (No afternoon gatherings)
  • Sunday 25th August: FIND US AT THE GREENBELT FESTIVAL IN KETTERING (NO NORTHSTOWE GATHERING)
  • Sunday 1st September: AFTERNOON TEA at the start of ter
  • Sunday 10th November: Remembrance Sunday
    • 10.40am Civic Remembrance by the Lake
    • 3.30pm AFTERNOON TEA
  • Christmas events will be advertised separately - watch this space

Recent Highlights

Faith-based Activities

We're growing new missional and worshiping communities to shape the context of our growing new town. 
Read all about Little Explorers, Pathfinder Church, and the Compline Community...

But we're also much more than the sum of our parts! We're an ecumenical network bringing together the rich traditions of the Church of England, United Reformed Church and the Baptist Union of Great Britain. And, as an network, we love to meet throughout the week, praying, exploring, and praying. As well as coming together for special events like out Afternoon Teas.

 Church  - but perhaps not as you know it!

 

Where appropriate, clicking on the images below will give more information.

Regular Events

Upcoming Special Events for the Whole Network

  • Sunday 14th July: AFTERNOON TEA at the end of term
  • Sunday BREAKFAST GATHERINGS DURING SCHOOL SUMMER HOLIDAYS (No regular Sunday afternoon or Thursday gatherings)
  • Sunday 25th August: FIND US AT THE GREENBELT FESTIVAL IN KETTERING (NO NORTHSTOWE GATHERING)
  • Sunday 1st September: AFTERNOON TEA at the start of term
  • Sunday 29th September: WILD CHURCH
  • Sunday 20th October: Covenant Service with Bishop, Regional Minister, & Moderator
  • Sunday 10th November: Remembrance Sunday
    • 10.40am Civic Remembrance by the Lake
    • 3.30pm AFTERNOON TEA
  • Sunday 24th November: WILD CHURCH
  • Christmas events will be advertised separately - watch this space
  • Sunday 29th December: NO NORTHSTOWE GATHERING (why not visit one of our sister churches?)

Afternoon Teas for the Northstowe Church Network (and our friends and wider community!)

Summer with the Northstowe Church Network
(Little Explorers, Pathfinder Church, The Compline Community, and friends, family, and neighbours)

July 14th, September 1st, and typically once a half term on a Sunday, 3.30-5pm in The Pathfinder CofE Primary School Hall)


Every half term, Pathfinder Church Northstowe host an afternoon tea that not only brings together those from across the Northstowe Church Network (those involved in Little ExplorersCompline, etc) but also our friends, neighbours, and those involved in other community groups. It is a joy to see those of  all religious and non religious backgrounds simply spending time together. Often, we'll serve a seasonal treat - pancakes, hot cross buns - or scones and cakes.


For many, this is simply a time to "hang out" and be. The tables have board games and colouring. The baby and toddler area is set up. And news is shared on the rolling screen.

Around the room, there will also be various activity and reflection stations. Some of these might be Prayer Stations or Exploration Stations from the recent Sunday Gathering series, or linked to an upcoming festival. Others will simply be for fun.

We set up a "side chapel" as a quiet place where anyone can pause and reflect. We are often able to offer a simple poetic spoken communion service as an option, while other activities continue.

During the school summer holidays, the various worshipping communities in the Northstowe Church Network all take a break from their regular gatherings, and instead come together to eat breakfast, get to know each other better, and share something of themselves:

 

21st July - 18th August, 10-11.30am in The Pathfinder CofE Primary School
[No afternoon or midweek gatherings!]
  • 10am: We invite you to join us for breakfast around tables in the Small Hall or outside  (pastries, coffee, juice, and perhaps even bacon!) 
  • After breakfast , we'll start to explore the Weird and Wonderful story of the day...  and find ways to offer worship.
  • Each week will be different: Sometimes, we might head into the school garden to weed and tend the plants in the Conversation Area, some weeks we might go for a walk, other times hide from the rain inside.  
  • We'll pack up when we're done - 11.30am at the latest.
As ever when we're serving food, an idea of numbers REALLY helps. So please use the WhatsApp chat to let us know your plans, or drop us an email at contact@northstowe.church. If you want to make a contribution towards costs of food and room hire, you can donate online, or drop coins in our piggy bank. But you are welcome no matter what!

Festivals

Planning is already underway for whole-network as well as missional community opportunities to mark Advent and Christmas... and even Lent and Easter. (If you'd like to be part of those conversations, get in touch!)

Recent highlights

Want to support our work? Pathfinder Church Northstowe, our first church community, is registered with the Parish Giving Scheme and as such a regular Direct Debit can be set up online..  Read on to see how else you can support the Northstowe Church Network [continue reading]
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