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!



Last Sunday, the morning service was the shorter version of Holy Communion with the Children’s Treasure Boxes in use once more. There weren’t too many children this month mainly due to holidays but the service was led by the Rector the Rev Gill Smith assisted by young Sophie Hope learning the ropes of becoming a Server. A small choir of six singers led the singing this week but as last week, hymns were sung to pre-recorded CD tracks. Next Sunday, our Associate Priest, the Rev Barbara Johnson will lead a service of Holy Communion. Please note, there is no Benefice Holy Communion service at 9am that day.


Morning Prayer services will be held next Monday at Cockayne Hatley Church, at  Sutton Church on Thursday, and on Tuesday and Friday at St Mary’s, all services at 9am. All are welcome. Today, August 25, 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.  Later 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 meet this evening in the church hall at 7.30pm. There is an entry charge of £2-50 and this includes refreshments. Details, call 01767 262287.


The Eagle Jazz Band will be at Cockayne Hatley Church on September 2, making their fourth visit to this venue. Tickets cost £15 including your first drink, and can be booked by calling at Camerons or Tysoes on Potton Market Square.


Gospel Singer Lou Fellingham will be entertaining us at St Mary’s Church on November 18, more details of that at a later date. However, to get a flavour of the evening, watch the BBC Songs of Praise on September 17 when Lou is taking part. You may also spot Eileen and Geoff Tomlinson of Potton in the audience!


September 9 sees the annual Bike’N’Hike event around historic churches in Beds and Herts. St Mary’s will be one of the calling points in this area. The event is to raise money in support of helping to maintain the fabric of ancient churches. You can help support St Mary’s by filling in a sponsorship form available in church.


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


Services for Sunday  August 27:  9am  Morning Prayer at Potton 10.30am Holy Communion



Last Sunday, the morning service of Holy Communion was led by the Rector the Rev Gill Smith. A small choir of four singers led the singing this week and due to our organist not being available; hymns were sung to pre-recorded CD tracks. Next week, the service, again with the Rector, will be the shorter format Holy Communion with the Children’s Treasure Boxes.

Morning Prayer services will be held next Monday at Cockayne Hatley Church, at  Sutton Church on Thursday, and on Tuesday and Friday at St Mary’s, all services at 9am. All are welcome. First Steps and the Soul Cinema are now taking a summer break but will be back in September.


Next Friday August 25, 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.  Later 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 on August 25 in the church hall at 7.30pm. There is an entry charge of £2-50 and this includes refreshments. Details, call 01767 262287.


Next year, our Parish Magazine Editor, Sally, will be retiring from the post so a new editor is urgently needed. If you are a member of St Mary’s and are looking for a challenge, could this be the job for you? Full training will be given. If you are interested, please contact the Rector.


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


Services for Sunday  August 20:  9am  Benefice Holy Communion at Sutton Church   9am  Morning Prayer at Potton 10.30am Shorter Holy Communion with Children’s Treasure Boxes



Last Week In our Church


By Dave Thompson


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