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 service last Sunday morning was the shorter alternative Holy Communion with the Children’s Treasure Boxes. The service was conducted by the Rector, the Rev Gill Smith. This shorter service involves the main elements of Holy Communion but in a format more easily understood by newcomers to the service. Each element is also to be found in the children’s Treasure Boxes in the form of a symbol which enables them to learn each stage of Holy Communion. The service next Sunday is Holy Communion again with the Rector.

An unusual evening service was also held last Sunday. Entitled “Little Stars”, it was a service to remember those babies and little children who have been born asleep, or who have died in infancy. This service was to coincide  with the national 'Wave of Light' services held all over the UK, and was well attended. Everyone was invited to light a candle at 7pm, to be placed on a Silver Star on the table and a picture of it was then placed on “Instagram” along with many others from across the world taken at similar services to ours. Everyone was also asked to write a prayer on a small paper star and these were then hung on an illuminated Tree of Remembrance made especially for the service. The service also included prayers and two children’s hymns. These were accompanied by Nick from, our congregation, on his flute.


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. Our First Steps toddler and baby group are meeting today in the church hall at 10am as usual. New members and their Mums, are always welcome to join. No formalities, just turn up on the day. Details about the Group can be obtained from Group Organiser, Sandy, on 01767 260430.

Our popular Craft and Chatter group tonight  at 7.30pm in the church hall. If you have a craft hobby of any sort, please bring it along and join the group, maybe get new ideas from regular members. There is an entry charge of £2-50 and this includes refreshments. Details, call 01767 262287. Last time, attendance records for the evening were broken with 22 people coming along, so next time, come and help swell the numbers even more!


The Rev Gill Smith will be on BigglesFM at 8.15am next Friday 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.


Finally, St Mary's Church are once again organising the town's annual Bonfire and Firework evening, this year on November 4. Apart from the traditional fun, there will be hot and cold food and drinks on offer, and entry is £6 adults, £1 for 6-16 yrs and under 5s are free. Pay at the door please and the correct money would be appreciated! See one of our posters for full details.


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  October 22:  9am  Benefice Holy Communion, 10.30am Holy Communion


The Morning Service last Sunday was Holy Communion and was also the second part of the Harvest celebrations at St Mary’s. The congregation were able to donate food gifts this week and these will be passed on to the Potton Foodbox  foodbank scheme now managed by Potton Salvation Army. The Rector, the Rev Gill Smith, spoke of food and many aspects of the harvest and why it was so important throughout the world but also when things go wrong as happened in the Irish Potato Harvest between 1845 and 1852 which turned into a famine affecting many lives.


The service next Sunday morning is the shorter Holy Communion with the Children’s Treasure Boxes. In the afternoon at 3pm, the annual Civic Service will be held in St Mary’s attended by Local Councillors from Town and District, and representatives from other local organisations and Services.

At 6.30pm, we are holding a Little Stars Memorial Service, a family friendly service to remember those little ones that we have lost,  but are always in our hearts. This service is to coincide  with the national 'Wave of Light' services held all over the UK. Anyone who has suffered baby loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth or other neonatal problems is very welcome to join us at this beautiful service, For more details, contact Paula on 01767 262287 or Fiona on 07771755508.


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.


Our First Steps toddler and baby group are meeting today in the church hall at 10am as usual. New members and their Mums, are always welcome to join. No formalities, just turn up on the day. Details about the Group can be obtained from Group Organiser, Sandy, on 01767 260430.

Our popular Craft and Chatter group next meet on October 20 at 7.30pm in the church hall. If you have a craft hobby of any sort, please bring it along and join the group, maybe get new ideas from regular members. There is an entry charge of £2-50 and this includes refreshments. Details, call 01767 262287. Last Friday, attendance records for the evening were broken with 22 people coming along, so next time, come and help swell the numbers even more!


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  October 15:  9am  Benefice Holy Communion at Sutton Church  09.00  Morning Prayer at St Mary’s Church 10.30am Shorter Holy Communion with children’s treasure boxes  3pm Civic Service  6.30pm  Little Stars Baby Memorial Service



Last Week In our Church


By Dave Thompson


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