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!



There was no morning service at St Mary’s last Sunday, except for the early Holy Communion service. There was instead the Patronal Festival service at St John the Baptist Church, Cockayne Hatley and was Choral Evensong which started at 3pm. This was a Benefice service so members of our three churches attended. The service was followed by a sumptuous buffet tea enjoyed by all. The service at St Mary’s next Sunday morning is the popular Friends and Families service with something for everyone no matter what age group. All are welcome. In the evening at 7.30pm, another popular service, NightLight, a service for quiet contemplation and prayer, will be conducted by Heather and Sarah. All are very welcome to this evening service.

First Steps toddler and baby group are meeting today in the church hall at 10am as usual. Details about the Group can be obtained from Group Organiser, Sandy, on 01767 260430. 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. The popular Craft and Chatter group next 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.

This evening, St Mary’s Singers present their Summer Show in St Mary’s Church, also tomorrow, July 1. The show starts at 7.30pm both evenings and is entitled “Magic of the Musicals” featuring selections from many favourite musicals such as South Pacific and Les Miserables but there are many others chosen to give a good evening’s entertainment. So why not book a ticket from Tysoes on the Market Square? They will also be available on the door each evening and  cost £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s. Refreshments are included.


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. Morning Prayer services will be held as usual 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, 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  July 2:  9am  Benefice Holy Communion (Said) at Cockayne Hatley  Church   10.30am Friends and Family activity service, for all ages  7.30pm NightLight



The morning service last Sunday was the shorter format Holy Communion. The Rector, the Rev Gill Smith, in her address, continued the story of Paul’s journey and his teachings to those that were beginning to understand the teachings of Jesus and were forming into gatherings in many small towns and villages, the roots of the Christian Church. The service next Sunday is in the afternoon at St John the Baptist Church, Cockayne Hatley. The service is to celebrate the Patronal Festival of St John’s and will be a Choral Evensong starting at 3pm. The service will be followed by a sumptuous buffet tea we understand so why not come along to this beautiful church and enjoy the service and the tea? All will be welcome.

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. Morning Prayer services will be held as usual 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, June 23, 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 12.45 on June 30, 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 the same evening in the church hall at 7.30pm. There is an entry charge of £2-50 and this includes refreshments.. Details, call 01767 262287.

Coming soon: St Mary’s Singers present their Summer Show at St Mary’s Church on June 30 and July 1. The show is entitled “Magic of the Musicals” and features selections from many favourite musicals such as South Pacific and Les Miserables but there are many others chosen to give a good evening’s entertainment. So why not book a ticket from Tysoes on the Market Square? These cost £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s. Refreshments are included. The show starts at 7.30pm both evenings.


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  June 25:  9am  Benefice Holy Communion (Said) at St Mary’s Church   3pm Choral Evensong, the Patronal Festival Service of St John the Baptist Church at Cockayne Hatley. (No other services today


Last Week In our Church


By Dave Thompson


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