This week's Happenings in the Benefice

Not too much going on this week, it's the quiet period after Christmas but we hope you all had a good time and hopefully enjoyed some of our Christmas Services. The Midnight Eucharist conducted by Bishop Richard on Christmas Eve was well attended and it was a lovely service. Thanks to Bishop Richard for stepping in to run the service this year. The programme for this week is a bit uncertain as there are several errors on the current Sunday link. I cad definitely say there is no Choir practice on Thursday and no First Steps on Friday, but if you do normally attend other events that are shown as being on, please check with appropriate organiser before turning up. We're sorry about the confusio

STOP PRESS: Victorian Christmas Evening on Saturday! (Updated)

This Saturday, December 21st, the Events Team have organised a Victorian Christmas Evening in the Church Hall, 6.30pm for 7pm start. The cost is £10 which includes food and your first drink. A mixture of Christmas stories and singing Carols/Christmas songs and of course, good company. Christmas jumpers encouraged! If you're not doing too much in the quieter period before Christmas, this might be what you need, an evening away from home! Watch this space!!!

This Week's News in the Benefice

We were sad to learn of the recent passing of a Potton resident and a former Potton resident. Julia Bylett lived in Potton for many years and was an active member of St Mary's Singers Choral Society. In recent years, Julia and her husband Ray, helped with the early training of Assistance Dogs for disabled people and they were often to be seen around town with a dog in a special coat announcing the training project. Julia's funeral is on Thursday at 11.30am at St Mary's Church. John Burnett used to live just opposite the Church, next to the Church Hall. He was a member of the Methodist Church but often attended St Mary's with his late wife Christine as she was a member of St Mary's. He moved

Parish Christmas Lunch

Still just a few Lunch Tickets left for this Friday, December 13th. Don't let the date put you off, it's a great lunch on offer for just £14 and that's for 3 courses plus tea/coffee. Call Eileen now on 260002. The time and place: 12.45pm start in St Mary's Hall, Hatley Road, Potton. Big Raffle- bring a prize gift!

The Run Up to Christmas

There may be a few tickets left for today’s Parish Christmas Lunch in the church hall at 12.45pm. Three courses for only £14. Please call 01767 260002 before 11am to check availability. Do not turn up at the hall without a ticket or a late reservation. Tickets will not be available on the door today. All proceeds go towards our annual donation to St John’s Hospice at Moggerhanger. Our final column in the Village News page in the Chronicle for this year can be read on Friday 13th December but our column will return on January 10th. Morning Prayers will continue with it’s usual pattern when possible and First Steps will finish this session when the schools break up for the Christmas holiday,

This week in our Churches

On Friday 13th of December, we welcome our church organist, Nick Wilson to the local airwaves as he is giving his Christmas “Thought for the Day” at 8.15am on BigglesFM, 104.8 on the dial. Nick has some great stories and anecdotes and is well worth listening to! Last Sunday was a service of Choral Holy Communion led by the Rev Canon Lyndsay Dew once more. In the afternoon that most popular children’s service, Christingle, took place, led by Rdr Simon Gutteridge. In his talk, Simon suggested that the Christingle could be made out of other objects rather than the orange, candle and sweets and the traditional red band round the middle. But the children would not accept that a pineapple with a

The Diocesan Christmas Film Choir Wars - Battle of the Carol Singers

The Diocesan Christmas film (Choir Wars - Battle of the Carol Singers) was released today. In the film two choirs discover that it takes more than great singing to spread Christmas joy. The idea is to promote the film as widely as possible on social media and websites in order to reach those who currently have little or no contact with the church. Our aim is for many thousands of people to view the film and be encouraged to attend a Carol or Christmas service near them. You can now watch and download the film - You can find it on Twitter - here (Link to follow) You can find it on Facebook - here (Link to follow)

Christingle Service on Sunday December 8th in St Mary's Church at 4.30pm

Probably the Children's favourite Christmas Service, we are holding it next Sunday so please come along to St Mary's with your Children, Grand Children or even Great Grand Children, or borrow some from a friend so that none of Potton's Children miss out on the this beautiful service. The next special Children's service is the Christmas Eve Crib Service on December 24th at 4.30pm.

Potton Parish Annual Christmas Charity Lunch.

On Friday December 13th at 12.45pm, in St Mary’s Hall, the St John’s Hospice Moggerhanger, Potton Support Group, sponsored by St Mary’s Church, are holding their Annual Parish Christmas Lunch. So far we have not sold all the tickets which is very unusual as by this time normally we have a cancellation waiting list! If you would like to come along to St Mary’s Hall in Hatley Road, you could enjoy a delicious home cooked meal which offers 3 courses for only £14. There will be a Festive Raffle, prize contributions are welcome. This is a very friendly event held to raise much needed funds for our local Hospice. Next month, we will present this year’s cheque to St John’s and it should be in the r

Service Listings in the Benefice during the Advent and Christmas period

SERVICE LISTINGS IN POTTON, SUTTON AND COCKAYNE HATLEY DURING ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS POTTON, St Mary’s Church: Dec 8th 4.30pm Christingle Children’s service Dec 12th 1pm Mother’s Union Christmas Lunch and Carol service Dec 15th 6pm Nine Lessons and Carols Dec 24th 4.30pm Children’s Crib service Dec 24th 11.30pm Benefice Midnight service of Holy Communion with Bishop Richard Dec 25th 11am Christmas Morning service Dec 29th 10.30am Benefice Holy Communion (Said) POTTON Pemdale Care Home: Dec 7th 3pm Carol service SUTTON All Saints Church: Dec 12th 2pm and 5.30pm Sutton School Carol service Dec 13th 2.45pm Sutton School Christingle service Dec 15th 4.30pm

The week in St Mary's Church

Last Sunday the morning service was our popular Friends and Family service with the theme of the Nativity! Also on the agenda was decorating the church and the Christmas Tree and we had a really good attendance to join in all these activities. Also last Sunday evening our monthly NightLight service of music, quiet contemplation and prayers took place. Next Sunday will be a service of Choral Holy Communion led by the Rev Canon Lyndsay Dew once more. In the afternoon that popular children’s service, Christingle, will take place at 4.30pm, led by Rdr Simon Gutteridge. All children and their Mums and Dads are very welcome to come along and enjoy this service. All the Advent and Christmas servic

Friends and Family service for Advent

Today was our Friends and Family service, preparing for Advent and Christmas. The service started with Wendy telling a story of a little donkey that found a baby sleeping in his manger when he went for his feed. He was not too pleased! After the first part of the service was over, activities started with all sorts of decorations being made for the Christmas Tree and other parts of the church. One of the main tasks today was to produce in double quick time, a "JOY TO THE WORLD" banner and this took many pairs of hands and was finished and displayed towards the end of the service. It was good to see so many people come along today and everyone joined in and enjoyed our service with a differe

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