St Nicholas - Arrington
Welcome to St Nicholas Arrington which is part of a group of five churches that make up the Benefice of Orwell in South Cambridgeshire. All five churches are here to serve you, whether you are a regular church attender or not. As rural parishes, many of our congregations have members of various traditions who all worship together, be they Baptist, Methodist, Roman Catholic, or whatever, and all are welcome. After all we all worship the same one God.
All of the church buildings in the group are listed, three of them being grade 1 (eg Arrington) which makes them of national importance. It also means worship and spiritual development has been going on amongst the parishes for at least a thousand years if not more, even if the buildings have changed. This does not mean we fossilise, and as social changes occur around us we endeavour to respond to the challenges that are presented to us (see 'About us' for details of the development of the church).
St Nicholas Arrington is the smallest church in the group but on a summer day you can stand beside the church and look up to see buzzards circling against the blue sky with swifts and swallows below them while at the same time you may hear a green woodpecker the other side of the churchyard. The churchyard is managed as a rural churchyard to protect as much wild life as we can - so a concern for ecology is one of the primary concerns of the church along with remembering those who have gone before us.
Our church building is currently open for public worship as well as for private prayer (which it has been for some time). The Benefice moved its services online using both YouTube and Zoom™ at the start of the Covid-19 restrictions, and these currently continue alongside the churches that are open. The benefice is also finding ways to continue bible study and Messy Church on line.
This is also a difficult time for many people who suddenly find themselves with less resources through no fault of their own. There is a Foodbox in our church porch which all who need it are welcome to use, there is no need to ask, simply help yourself to what you need.
The parish of Arrington: St Nicholas is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Ely’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.