Will we get a White Christmas this year?


St Mary's Church in Winter, 3 years ago. This is used on one of our Christmas Cards


On Friday November 27th, we will once more be able to hear our church organist, Nick Wilson, giving his “Thoughts for the Day” at 8.15am on BigglesFM, 104.8 on the dial. Last time Nick was on, we also learned what his nickname was so will he reveal more about himself this time?


Sunday’s service was again via a Zoom linked “Service of the Word” this week led by St. Mary’s Churchwarden, LLW Hazel Różańska. There was a record 40 connections with 45 people attending. Two Christmas video illustrated items about Christmas, were provided by the Diocese which probably started to put everyone present in a Christmas mood, in spite of the current difficulties! The service next Sunday will be similar, again led by a member of our Lay Team. Details will be on the Sunday Link newsletter. If anyone would like to be added to the subscription list for the Sunday Link, please contact by email to the church office.


Our list of Advent and Christmas services are published this week with the Sunday Link. However some of the favourite services always enjoyed during this special period, will this year only be available on line via Zoom. The list will show the details for all the changes. Unfortunately, one service that always draws a large congregation will not be held this year due to many difficulties. This is our traditional Midnight Communion on Christmas Eve. There will however, be Christmas services on Christmas Day in each of the Benefice Churches, given by the Archdeacon Dave Middlebrook of Bedford, and we hope many will be able to attend.


St Mary’s is open for private prayer on Monday, Thursday and Sunday of each week. Sutton Church is open every day for private prayer also. Please follow the advice given in the churches for visitors regarding Covid-19 restrictions. Possible bookings for weddings, baptisms and funerals may be made by calling the church office on 01767 261202 or email to: benefice.com@gmail.com. St Mary’s Church Hall is now available for bookings so if you have a future date in mind, please ring 01767 260430 to enquire availability. Bookings are now likely to be subject to the new lockdown and social spacing rules.


Our Christmas cards are selling well and full details can be found on our website or Sunday Link but they are very reasonably priced at £4 for a pack of ten, five each of a painted scene of the church by local artist Ian Russell, and a photograph both showing St Mary’s in a snowy winter setting. Contact David Tall on 01767 261713 to order.


Sunday November 29th, Advent 1; There will be no church services allowed under the current lockdown rules. However all services in the Benefice will be replaced with a Zoom ‘Service of the Word’ each week, at 10.30am, until further notice. Full details on this week’s Sunday Link. Please use the previous login details for these services.


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