Services and Activities at St Mary's

The service last Sunday morning was to celebrate our Patronal Festival. The service of Holy Communion was conducted by the Rector, the Rev Gill Smith assisted by LLW Hazel Różańska. In her address, Rev Gill spoke of God’s calling to us: who is called, why and when. In the case of Mary, God called her to tell she would bear him a son who would be called Jesus, but anyone could be called by God and he will always have a reason to do so. Later, during Communion, the choir sang an anthem about Mary, quite appropriate for a Patronal Service. Next Sunday, being the first Sunday of February, it is once more a Family and Friends service with Wendy and her team and this time it is a Lent special, pre

Presentation to St John's Hospice, Moggerhanger

On Friday we had the pleasure of handing over a cheque for £4000 to Harjot Kaur from St John's Hospice. this was the proceeds for the Parish Lunches held in Potton in 2018. Harjot told us that once again we had come up with a remarkable sum which would go along way to help with their work at the hospice. In the picture, some of the Lunch Team stand with last years organiser, Ann Sydney, as she hands over the cheque to Harjot. The February Lunch will be on the 22nd and maybe you would like to join us for a lunch which only costs £7 for two courses and a hot drink. !2-45pm in the Church Hall.

Parish Lunch presentation to St John's Hospice, Moggerhanger, and other events.

Our First Steps toddler and baby group meet on Friday as usual in the church hall at 9.30am. Details about the Group can be obtained from Group Organiser, Sandy, on 01767 260430. Our Craft and Chatter group meet on Friday evening and new members are cordially invited to come to the church hall at 7.30pm. Entry is only £2.50 which includes refreshments. This year’s meeting calendar is now available. Also at 12.45pm on Friday, it is the popular Potton Parish Lunch which will be served up in the church hall. The regular once a month lunch is held as a fund raiser for St John’s Hospice at Moggerhanger and this month we will be presenting, to a representative of the St John’s, the proceeds from

Service information

The morning service last Sunday was the shorter Holy Communion with the children’s treasure boxes, conducted by the Rev Gill. The contents of the box help younger members of our congregation, to understand how each part of the Communion service works with an object which relates to it. They learn with a bit of fun as a helping guide. Next Sunday, it is the Patronal Festival Day for St Mary’s Church and members of the other churches in the Benefice, will come together with St Mary’s congregation for a special service of commemoration. Everyone is welcome to join us at 10.30am for this service which will be conducted by the Rector. Morning Prayer services will be held next week, at Cockayne H

Thought for the Day

Our Rector, the Rev Gill Smith will be giving her first Thought for the Day for 2019 at 8.15am on Friday January 25th on our local radio station, Biggles FM. Find her at 104.8 on the dial. Rev Gill does this feature on the fourth Friday of every month and gives out a lot of news about St Mary’s and about our future events. Every second Friday of the month, our organist and choirmaster, Nick Wilson, also gives his Thoughts, same time, same radio station!

Chinese New Year Dinner - Sat 9th February - Year of the Pig!

As our last Chinese New Year Dinner was such a success, we are going to do it again! Please come and join us on Saturday 9th February for another great evening at St Mary's Church Hall. Chinese New Year, also referred to as Lunar New Year, is the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar. The holiday is a two week festival filled with reunions among family and friends, an abundance of delicious food and wishes for a new year filled with prosperity, joy and good fortune. Chinese New Year 2019 is February 5, 2019. The celebration lasts from the night before the first day of the lunar year until the Lantern Festival 15 days later. Please register and reserve your tickets via our website. C

Some news for the coming week

Our First Steps toddler and baby group meet on Friday January 18th, as usual in the church hall at 9.30am. Details about the Group can be obtained from Group Organiser, Sandy, on 01767 260430. Our Craft and Chatter group met for the first time this year last Friday. This year’s meeting calendar is now available and new members are cordially invited to come to the church hall every other Friday. The next meeting will be on January 25 at 7.30pm. Entry is only £2.50 which includes refreshments. 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. Services for Sunday January 20

News from our former Rector, the Rev Wyn Beynon

We started this year with a message from our previous Rector, the Rev Wyn Beynon, now Priest in Charge of a large Benefice in Worcestershire. He told us he was honoured to have been appointed an Honourary Canon in Worcester Cathedral. Our congratulations were sent to him as we were very pleased for him.

Lou Fellingham playing Live in Bedford Friday 15th March.

Lou Fellingham is delighted to be playing at King's House in Bedford on the 15th March. She is well known for her prophetic edge, distinctive voice and unwavering energy to see lives changed through the power of music and word. With a heart that longs for people to know God's outrageous love, Lou is tireless in her pursuit to write and record powerful songs, and to lead people in singing truth that lifts heads and stirs hearts. This will be a night of worship, suitable for all. Whether your thing is singing along or just listening, come and enjoy some inspiring melodies, wrapped around God-exalting lyrics, and performed by a first-class band. Tickets £10, Concessions £5 (Under 18s and Over

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