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’s Morning Service was the shorter Holy Communion with the Children’s Treasure Boxes. The service was led by the Rector. Following the service, the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, (APCM) was held. Various aspects of activities at St Mary’s were reported upon and discussed. This year, one of the main items  was the theft of lead from the Chancel roof but the meeting was informed that the repairs were to be started from the middle of May onwards and could take up to two months to complete. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) for the next year was elected and Churchwardens Hazel Różańska and Wendy Chappell were re-appointed.


Next Sunday will be a service of Holy Communion led by the Rev Gill Smith in celebration of Mothering Sunday which falls that day. All are welcome. In the evening at 6pm, The Rev Dr Canon Tim Bull will preach about “Courage” at Cockayne Hatley Church during the Deanery Lent Evensong service, one of a series of Lent Evensong services held in our Deanery during Lent. All are welcome to this special service.


Today, the Rev Gill Smith will be giving her Thought for the Day on BigglesFM at 8.15am. 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. Finally today, the popular Craft and Chatter group 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, March 31, 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 come early to avoid disappointment.


Coming soon: More social events are being arranged, a St Georges Day Medieval Banquet, very popular last year, and the annual Summer Banquet in June with more events to follow later in the year. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.


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  March 26:  9am  Benefice Holy Communion (Said),  10.30am  Holy Communion for Mothering Sunday  6pm Deanery Lent Evensong at Cockayne Hatley Church


The service last Sunday was Holy Communion with the Rector, the Rev Gill Smith. The Choir sang an anthem during the service but due to continuing roof leakage in the Chancel, the Choir now sit in the Nave. The roof should be repaired soon after the theft of the lead last June, and it is then hoped that in time and with warmer weather coming, the Chancel will soon be able to dry out! Next Sunday’s Morning Service is the shorter Holy Communion with the Children’s Treasure Boxes. The service will be led by the Rector.

On Sunday March 19, the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, (APCM) will be held following the morning service. This is the church AGM and various aspects of the local church are reported upon and discussed and  the Parochial Church Council (PCC) will be elected. Churchwardens for the coming year are also appointed. Anyone on St Mary’s Electoral Roll is invited to attend

The Deanery Lent Evensong series of Services continues on Sunday, March 19, 6.00pm at Eaton Socon Church Sandy, when Archdeacon Janet Mackenzie  will be preaching on the subject “Imagination”. All are welcome.


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. Newcomers are always welcome. The Soul Cinema Youth Group will 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 Friday, the Rev Gill Smith will be giving her Thought for the Day on BigglesFM at 8.15am. Find her at 104.8 on the dial. Also next Friday evening, the popular Craft and Chatter group meet in the church hall at 7.30pm. There is an entry charge of £2.50 and this includes refreshments.. Details, call 01767 262287. New members will be made very welcome. 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. The next Parish Lunch is on March 31.


Coming soon: More social evenings are being arranged including a St Georges Day Medieval Banquet, very popular last year, and the annual Summer Banquet. More details will be announced in the coming weeks. There will be more events  during the Summer months.

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  March 19:  9am  Benefice Holy Communion (Said) at Sutton Church,  9am  Morning Prayer (at St Mary’s Church)  10.30am  Shorter Holy Communion  with Children’s Treasure Boxes 12 noon Annual Parochial Church Meeting



Last Week In our Church


By Dave Thompson


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