St Mary's Church Bonfire & Fireworks Night

Saturday 3rd November 2018 Join us for our annual St Mary's Church "Bonfire and Fireworks" night. Being held at the St Mary's Hall field, Potton. As always, there will be a BBQ on the field and hot/cold refreshments available in the hall. Adults £6 Children £1 [under 5's free] Payment is made on entry All Children must be accompanied by an adult. Saturday 3rd November 2018 Gates open @ 6pm Bonfire lighting @ 6.30pm Firework display @ 7.15pm PLEASE NO Sparklers - Fireworks - Dogs

Our Annual Bonfire and Firework Evening

Saturday November 3 is the date for this year’s Bonfire and Firework evening. The doors of the church hall open at 6pm and entry charge is £6 adults, £1 children under 16 or free to children under 5. Hot and cold refreshments are available in the hall or at the BBQ on the field. The bonfire will be lit from 6.30pm and the firework display will commence at 7.15pm. Please note: Do not bring sparklers or any type of firework or dogs and unaccompanied children under 16 will not be admitted. The St Mary’s Events Team reserve the right to postpone the event if weather conditions are not suitable. It will be rescheduled as soon as possible afterwards. Come and enjoy an entertaining evening with

The week to come, at St Mary's

The service next Sunday is our popular Friends and Family activity service for all ages. This involves not only traditional worship, but craft projects suitable for everyone to try. Please come and see for yourself, you’ll be very welcome. In the afternoon at 3pm, it is this year’s All Souls Service. If you are missing a loved one and want to come and join in this beautiful service of Bereavement and Remembrance, You will be very welcome. At 7.30pm, it is our monthly NightLight service of music, prayer and personal contemplation in a beautiful location. All are welcome. Our First Steps toddler and baby group meet on Friday November 2nd as usual in the church hall at 9.30am. Details about t

Our "Half Way There" Mission Week

What an absolutely amazing week we have just had at St Mary’s! Earlier in the week, our Mission “Half Way There” commenced with a series of events every day, led by our Mission Team and Bishop Richard of Bedford. The purpose of the mission was to help people decide if they were sure about being a Christion, or maybe just half way there but needing a little help making that final decision. Many of the events were to show how Christianity works as well as being enjoyable and entertaining. The penultimate event of the mission was a Harvest Dinner on Saturday evening. This was almost a sell out and all those who came enjoyed a traditional roast dinner entirely free of charge. All round an enjoya

History Walk : Thursday 25th October, 11am

Enjoy an autumn walk inside and outside our wonderful church of St Mary's in Potton. Find out about the history of the buildings, as well as the secrets of the graveyard. Suitable for all the family. Free of charge. One hour. Finishing at the St Mary's Coffee Shop in the church hall. This is part of the Halfway There Mission : are you halfway between belief and unbelief. Find out more in our series of events running from Weds 24th October to Sun 28th October

Service next Sunday

Service for Sunday October 28: 10.30am Very Special Grand Finale Service of Holy Communion with Confirmation. No other Services in the Benefice today.

Next Week in our Church

On Friday October 26, at 12.45pm, it is the monthly Parish Lunch in aid of St John’s Hospice at Moggerhanger. Please note, there are now places available at the lunches so if you haven’t been before, why not try one of our delicious home made meals with a choice of 5 or 6 dishes plus a variety of desserts to follow. Two courses plus a hot drink, only £7. Morning Prayer services will be held next week, at Cockayne Hatley Church on Monday, Sutton Church on Thursday, and on Tuesday and Friday at St Mary’s, all services at 9am. All are welcome. Our popular Craft and Chatter group will meet next Friday evening, as usual at 7.30pm, in the church hall. Details from 01767 260792. Any craft and as

This Week in our Church

The morning service last Sunday was the Shorter Holy Communion with the Children’s Treasure Boxes. The content of the boxes is to help young children understand the various elements in the Communion service, by finding a clue in the service sheet and then find the matching item in the box. All these items match a part of the service thereby helping the youngsters to understand how to follow the full service. Next Sunday is a very special day when the morning service will be Holy Communion but will include the Confirmation of 25 candidates by Bishop Richard of Bedford. This will be the final day of the Benefice Mission “Half Way There” which is being led by the Bishop. The Mission starts on

The Old Website

The old website will now be closed as from the end of this month. There has been no more queries as there was in the first few days so I can only assume that everyone has settled in to the new site and are happy with it. This means that I will now get my Sundays back after 10 years so I shall have to find something else to do. I will still be writing the Chronicle column and it will appear on the News Blog in a slightly modified form but still headed This Week in Our Church. It will also be on Facebook and I shall continue to maintain that. So what shall I do with this interim site, well I have a plan which I hope everyone will like, so watch this space! The old site will not be further up

The latest Sunday Link is now available

Read the latest edition of the "Sunday Link" to find out what's happening in our church community for the forthcoming weeks. Sunday Link 21st October 2018 - Trinity 22 Click here to find this weeks edition on our website.

Harvest Dinner - Saturday October 27th

When: 7.15pm to 10.30pm Where: St Mary's Church Hall - Potton Do enjoy roast dinners and good company? If so this is the night for you!! Enjoy a delicious home cooked roast in the company The Rt Revd Richard Atkinson [Bishop of Bedford] followed by after-dinner speaker Mr Nick Wilson, formerly of The Soldiers and Airman Scripture Reader Association. Why not come with a friend or as a group!! Cost - Free. Donations may be made But please call Gill on 01767 260782 or email gillsmith. to reserve a ticket and avoid disappointment.

Mission Week: Diary of Events - DAY 5

Diary of events during Mission Week DAY 5 - Sunday 28th October Confirmation Service When: 10.00am to 12.00noon Where: St Mary's Church, Hatley Road - Potton Joyful worship in this end of the week service where we can celebrate all the activities we have enjoyed together and where members of our community have the opportunity to be confirmed in their faith. Join us for fanfares and celebrations! After the service join us for drinks, nibbles, cake and coffee in the church following the service. Cost - Free.

Mission Week Film Night "Mary Magdalene"

Film Night - "Mary Magdalene" Friday 26th October When: 7.15pm to 10.00pm Where: St Mary's Church Hall - Potton A young girl from the village of Magdala resists the traditional roles of women in society, and takes the opportunity to rebel by following the newly famous Jesus and his disciples. An evening for adults with an opportunity afterwards to discuss this thought provoking film which we will watch whilst enjoying pizza and our very own posh popcorn. Why not come with a friend or as a group!! This event is provided free of charge as part of our Halfway There Mission. Please RSVP so that we can reserve you a free ticket.

Mission Week: Diary of Events - DAY 4

Diary of events during Mission Week DAY 4 - Saturday 27th October Meet and Greet When: 10.00am to 12.00noon Where: Market Square - Potton A warm welcome awaits you in the Market Square where hot coffee and tea will be served as well as some light refreshments. Enjoy a candlemaking activity and even have a try at ringing our handbells! Have you asked God that burning question yet? Fill in our postcard with what you want to ask God right now, and find out more at this relaxed informal gathering. Cost - Free. St Marys Coffee Shop When: 12.00noon to 2.00pm Where: St Mary's Church Hall - Potton A warm welcome awaits you in our St. Mary's Coffee Shop in the Church Hall in Hatley Road, where fresh

Cheese and Wine Evening for local businesses Thursday 25th October at 7.30pm in the church hall

Do you run your own business? If so, this is the Mission Week event for you! Come and join local businesses, charities and town representatives at our cheese and wine evening with Christian minister and speaker Steve Farmer, from the Financial Ombudsman. Get to know other local business owners and enjoy some delicious cheese and wine. 7.30pm to 9pm at St Mary's Church Hall, Potton. This event is free. Please RSVP to Reverend Gill Smith : Enjoy......

Mission Week: Diary of Events - DAY 3

Diary of events during Mission Week DAY 3 - Friday 26th October First Steps When: 09.30am to 10.30am Where: St Mary's Church, Hatley Road - Potton Join us for a half term special of this popular term time toddler group. Cost - Free. Parish Lunch When: 12.45pm to 2.00pm Where: St Mary's Church Hall - Potton A warm welcome awaits you at our St. Mary's Parish Lunch. A delicious two course meal will be served in support of our local charity the St Johns Hospice at Moggerhanger. The Bishop of Bedford will be joining us at this event and will share his story. Cost - £7.00per person (all to St John Hospice) Payment on the day. Kids Film Afternoon - "Paddington 2" When: 2.00pm to 4.00pm Where: St Ma

Judith Barker

I said a few days ago that Judith, our Organist for many years, had finally gone to sleep and passed away on Tuesday morning. She had a relatively short battle against a serious illness and its hard for us to believe that only a few weeks ago, she was still playing the organ at all our services. Her funeral will be at St Mary’s Church, Potton on Tuesday October 30th at 2pm. We hope many Potton Parishioners and Friends will be able to attend. RIP Dear Judith, now in Heaven, with her David once more, almost exactly a year after his passing when he lost his battle against illness.

St Mary's Coffee Shop for Mission Week

A warm welcome awaits you in our St. Mary's Coffee Shop. We can be found at St Mary's Church Hall [Opposite the church] on Hatley Road, where fresh tea and coffee and home-made cakes will be served. Our opening days will be: Wednesday 24th October 2018 - 12 noon until 2pm Thursday 25th October 2018 - 12 noon until 2pm Saturday 27th October 2018 - 12 noon until 2pm Come and relax at our bistro tables with a hot cuppa and something sweet to eat. If you have any questions about the Christian faith or why Jesus still matters in our lives, just ask!

Mission Week: Diary of Events - DAY 2

Diary of events during Mission Week DAY 2 - Thursday 25th October History Walk When: 11.00am to 12.00noon Where: St Mary's Church, Hatley Road - Potton Join us for an educational guided walk around our wonderful church. Led by the Chairman of the Potton History Society Mr George Howe. Afterwards join us in St Marys coffee shop. Cost - Free. St Marys Coffee Shop When: 12.00noon to 2.00pm Where: St Mary's Church Hall - Potton A warm welcome awaits you in our St. Mary's Coffee Shop in the Church Hall in Hatley Road, where fresh tea and coffee and home-made cakes will be served. Come and relax at our bistro tables with a hot cuppa and something sweet to eat. If you have any questions about the C

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