The Benefice of Potton,  Sutton and Cockayne Hatley


Sutton and Cockayne Hatley

About Us

Potton, Sutton and Cockayne Hatley
are three  Church of England Parishes
in east Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
and the Diocese of St Albans.

Our three churches are:

St Mary’s Church, Potton

All Saint’s Church, Sutton

St John the Baptist’s Church, Cockayne Hatley

The Benefice of

Visiting Us


The clergy are always pleased to hear from couples
who would like to get married.

We try to help every couple who approaches us.
Even if you think there are complications about where you live,
or you are divorced,
you are encouraged to speak to the Clergy

What is Christianity?

Being a Christian is about travelling on a life-long journey with God.

It is about the joyful discovery that God is real, that we are each loved by God and that we can know his presence in our lives.

He travels with us in our joys and our sorrows, and helps us to grow into the people that he created us to be.

God has shown us himself in many ways - nature, history, religious people.

Best of all he has shown us what he is like in Jesus Christ.
Jesus lived, died and rose again to show us God’s love.
He lived as a human being in our world which is broken by evil and human selfishness.

Jesus calls each of us to “take up our cross and follow” him on the way of faith.  

A Christian is a person who is in relationship with Jesus Christ.

Christianity is best expressed in worship with other Christians, in growing in personal prayer and Bible study, and  a willingness to try and live out our faith in words and actions - though we often fail in all these things.

Being a Christian is an active, joyful and growing relationship with God and other people - a relationship of faith which is his gift to us.

If you would like to explore your faith why not contact one of the Clergy?

There are hundreds of web sites to explore - some better than others(!) but a good starting place is REJESUS

Other Churches in Potton:

Potton Baptist Church  

Potton Vineyard Church  

Salvation Army

Looking for a Church of England church somewhere else?

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Holy Baptism (Christening)

We join the Church through Holy Baptism. The Clergy are always pleased to hear from parents who would like to have their children baptised.

Adults can be baptised too,
usually this is linked to the service of Confirmation.

If you would like to talk about baptism for yourself or your children, why not contact one of the clergy?

The 900 Year Celebration window by the font at
St Mary's Church

Children and Young People

First Steps

Every Friday 9.30am til 11.30 at St Mary’s Hall. A lovely group for babies, toddlers and children up to school age, with their mums, dads or carers. Toys, play, healthy snacks (coffee and cakes for the grown ups!). £1.50 per child. Call 01767 260430 for more details. (On the last Friday of the month we end at 11.15 to allow for setting up of our monthly parish lunch)


Everyone who works with children in the Benefice must have DBS clearance


Junior Choir members begin when they are 7 years of age and practice on Thursdays at 6.30pm. The parents of any children who are interested in joining the Choir, should ask Choirmaster, David Barker, for details.

Bell Ringers

Youngsters can learn to ring once they are big enough to handle a bell! Practice is on Tuesdays at 7.30pm


Children can “serve” at Holy Communion when they are old enough and have been trained

Soul Cinema

(Currently not available)

Soul Cinema is a new Christian film club for children from ages 5 to 9 It’s amazing how much good advice you can get from movies when you look hard enough! Enjoy a film and snacks as a group, and look for the  values in each film.

The upstairs Priests Room in St Mary’s Church has been redecorated especially for Soul Cinema, creating a safe, comfortable and stylish atmosphere.

A different film will be screened every Monday at 5:00pm.

Drinks and snacks available.

£1 donation suggested.

Further details - call 01767 260782 or write to:  

St Mary’s Church is open daily from 9am to 5pm (dusk if earlier) You are welcome to visit any day.

You can spend as long as you like in St Mary’s - if you wish you can light a candle and/or write a prayer and leave it on our prayer board.

All Saints’ Church, Sutton has to be kept locked - but a sign near the door tells visitors where to access the key. The door is unlocked 30 minutes before any service.

Sadly St John the Baptist Church also has to be kept locked - but a sign near the door tells visitors where to access the key.