The Benefice of Potton,  Sutton and Cockayne Hatley


        Potton

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

This Week In our Church


By Dave Thompson


Please note: This is the item for inclusion in the CHRONICLE NEXT FRIDAY. When read before Friday, days and dates might not appear correct!



The morning service last Sunday, was the Shorter Holy Communion with Children’s Treasure Boxes. The Rev Gill Smith followed on her talk from last week, of the New Testament, part of the year long Bible in 100 readings currently running at St Mary’s. This week she spoke of some of the many miracles performed by Jesus but particularly, the Miracle of Feeding the 5000 with two fish and five small loaves. The series will continue next week in the morning service of Holy Communion. This service will also see the Holy Baptism of Abigail Lewis, the granddaughter of the late Sue Lewis, a much missed member of St Mary’s congregation. Following the service, there will be prayers for healing in the Lady Chapel.


After the morning service last week, a delicious Sundat Roast Lunch was served up in the Church Hall by Rosemary and her team of helpers. The proceeds from this lunch will be added to our collection for Christian Aid Week which finished last Saturday. The lunch was well attended. Thanks go to all those who helped with the street collections during the preceding week.


Today, May 26, The Rev Gill Smith will be on BigglesFM at 8.15am with her Thought for the Day. Find her at 104.8 on the dial. First Steps toddler and baby group are meeting in the church hall at 10am as usual. Details about the Group can be obtained from Group Organiser, Sandy, on 01767 260430. At 12.45pm, it is the monthly Parish Lunch in aid of St John’s Hospice at Moggerhanger. Please note, places at the lunch are limited to 60 so please come early to avoid disappointment.


The popular Craft and Chatter group next meet in the church hall at 7.30pm, on June 2. There is an entry charge of £2-50 and this includes refreshments.. Details, call 01767 262287.

The Soul Cinema Youth Group meet on Monday in the Priests Room in the church, at 5pm. More information from 01767 260782 or subscribe to the newsletter by writing to: stmaryssoulcinema@gmail.com. Next week, Morning Prayer will be held on Monday at Cockayne Hatley Church, on Tuesday and Friday at St Mary’s and at Sutton Church on Thursday, all at 9am. All are welcome.


All other church activities can be found on the website: www.pottonparishchurch.org.uk and on our Facebook page with the very latest updated information.


Services for Sunday  May 28:  9am  Benefice Holy Communion or 9am  10.30am  Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing, and the Holy Baptism of Abigail Lewis   





Last Sunday, the Morning Service of Holy Communion, was led by the Rector, the Rev Gill Smith. During the service the Rev Gill spoke of the arrangements for the coming week for Christian Aid Collections. Nearly all streets around town were now covered by us or other Potton churches who also help with the collections. After the morning service next week, which is the Shorter Holy Communion with Children’s Treasure Boxes, there will be a Sunday Roast Lunch served in the church Hall in aid of Christian Aid Week which finishes that weekend. Cost is £8pp, £5 children and £20 for a family and this can be booked by calling 01767 261206. All are welcome.

Also during last week’s service, the Rev Gill introduced the next phase of the “Bible in 100 Readings”. This started with readings from the Old Testament early in the New Year and now continues with the New Testament to finish later this year. This week’s readings can be found on the Sunday Link weekly newsletter, or on our website.

Finally during the service baby Lillie Andrews was Baptised, supported by a large family gathering and the rest of the congregation, Baby Lillie slept through most of this part of the service and only woke briefly, when the Rev Gill poured the Holy Water on her head, but with hardly a murmur!


Coming soon, the Ascension Day service of Holy Communion for the Benefice, at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church on May 25. All are welcome to this beautiful service.


Today, First Steps toddler and baby group are meeting in the church hall at 10am as usual. Details about the Group can be obtained from Group Organiser, Sandy, on 01767 260430. The popular Craft and Chatter group next meet in the church hall at 7.30pm, this evening. There is an entry charge of £2-50 and this includes refreshments.. Details, call 01767 262287.

The Soul Cinema Youth Group meet on Monday in the Priests Room in the church, at 5pm. More information from 01767 260782 or subscribe to the newsletter by writing to: stmaryssoulcinema@gmail.com. Next week, Morning Prayer will be held on Monday at Cockayne Hatley Church, on Tuesday and Friday at St Mary’s and at Sutton Church on Thursday, all at 9am. All are welcome.


Next Friday, May 26, The Rev Gill Smith will be on BigglesFM at 8.15am with her Thought for the Day. Find her at 104.8 on the dial. At 12.45, it is the monthly Parish Lunch in aid of St John’s Hospice at Moggerhanger. Please note, places at the lunch are limited to 60 so please come early to avoid disappointment.

All other church activities can be found on the website: www.pottonparishchurch.org.uk and on our Facebook page with the very latest updated information.

Services for Sunday  May 21:  9am  Benefice Holy Communion at Sutton Church  or 9am  Morning Prayer at St Mary’s.   10.30am  Shorter Holy Communion with Children’s Treasure Boxes   





Last Week In our Church


By Dave Thompson


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