St John the Baptist Church
A beautiful country church with a hidden secret..... see below
To see aerial footage of theChurch and Mausoleum from the outside, please use the following link
Church Website: www.3churches.co.uk for the three parishes
Vicar - Rev'd Dave Bell 01525 861163 or email@example.com
or The Vicarage, Fir Tree Rd Silsoe
Churchwarden Margaret Butt 01525 862170
Mausoleum, Open 2pm-4pm on the first Sunday
of each month between Apr - Sept
Organist & Church Choir - please contact Churchwarden
Bellringers - Vernon Green 01525 712916
Church Flower Rota - Leslie Arthur 01525 713325
Church Cleaning - Margaret Butt 01525 862170
Flit'n'More - Angela Ayres 01525 860723
To arrange weddings, baptisms etc, or if you would like someone mentioned in our prayers, please call the Vicar. If you need transport to get to church, please call one of the Church Wardens.
If you would like the vicar to call or if you are unable to get out and would like home communion please get in touch with him on 862380. If you need a lift to church, call the Churchwardens who will be pleased to fix something up for you - numbers under useful contacts.
WeddingsOur weddings continue into the autumn, and it's always lovely to welcome families on their special day.If you are interested in getting married at Flitton, call the vicar to talk it over. If you have some connection with the village you can probably have your wedding in Flitton Church, and even if you have been married before it is often possible - don't be afraid to ask!
When visiting the church, maybe you have seen our unique baptism window next to the font. We are now arranging for the next set of panes to be engraved and if one of your family was christened at Flitton Church, even a long time ago, perhaps you might be interested in having a pane engraved to remember the date, maybe to mark a special birthday?
The cost is £100 for up to 18 letters and the date. Extra letters are £5 each although we advise not too many as it becomes difficult to fit in. If you do not know your baptism date, we can look it up for you.
If you are interested or would like to come and see the window, please contact Margaret Butt on 862170 if firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can have a look if you come to our Family Services on the 1st Sunday of the month at 11am (often with children's activities from 10.30am).
Here are some of the things you can do:
- Help at a Church cleaning working perty
- Flower arranging (no skill needed just a few simple flowers in a vase)
- Joining the bell ringers or the choir
- Delivering the Flit'n'More
- Children can read at family services
- Serving coffee after services
- Organising a fund-raising event
- Supporting fund-raising events!
- Financial support through standing order of gift aid envelopes.
Just contact Margaret - do it today!
The De Grey Mausoleum Flitton
The De Grey Mausoleum at the Church (see video) is a hidden gem in the heartlands of rural Bedfordshire. It is in the guardianship of English Heritage and is open to the public, click here to visit the website for opening details or see the Village events calendar.
It is one of the largest sepulchral chapels in the country and is a Grade I listed building. The Mausoleum contains over twenty monuments to the de Grey family who lived in nearby Wrest Park.
The cruciform Mausoleum has its nave set against the north side of the chancel of the church and its south transept overlaps the east end. The oldest part of Mausoleum was built circa 1614, the eastern parts were added in 1705. The architect Edward Shepherd worked on the building during 1739–40.
When it stops raining, it's beginning to feel like spring at last. At least we have more hours of daylight which always makes me cheerful.
It was great to see so many in church over Holy Week. We all received our palm crosses on Palm Sunday and many of us enjoyed our Easter eggs after the service on Easter Day. The church was full of spring flowers and looked beautiful.
Just a quick reminder that to go on receiving these e-newsletters and other church communications, you must positively opt-in. Do so now by replying 'yes' to this email! Many thanks to everyone who already has (it was very gratifying to have a deluge of enthusiastic responses!)
As always , there is plenty going on at Flitton Church over the next few weeks.
Sunday April 15th Cafe Church from 10.30 am in the church . Come along for coffee, food, a good chat and Dave will give us a short reflection at 11 am. The theme is The Gift of Laughter.
Sunday April 22nd Holy Communion at 8.30 am. Parish Breakfast 9-11 am in the Church Hall. £7 for adults and £5 for children. Eat as much as you can and read the papers too. Booking essential Please email Jo Holt at email@example.com or phone Heather 01525- 715439
Sunday April 29th 3 churches service at Silsoe 10 am. No service at Flitton this Sunday.
Sunday May 6th Another 3 churches service at Flitton this time, at 10 am. We welcome the Bishop of St Albans who will lead this service and bless our new altar frontals. Refreshments afterwards in the Church Hall.
Sunday May 13th Parish Communion at 9.30 am followed by refreshments.
Sunday May 20th Cafe Church from 10.30 am in the hall.
All the details of our services are in Flit n More.
Thursday April 19th is the APCM - the annual general meeting of the PCC- in the church at 7.30 pm. Everyone on the electoral roll is welcome. This is preceded by the AGM of the Friends of our church at 6.45 pm. If anyone can help the Friends in any way, please contact Jo Holt 01525 792777 or come to the AGM.
Famous Connections Friday April 27th 7.30 pm in the Church Hall.
This is your last chance to buy tickets for this illustrated talk about our parish throughout history. £7.50 each Contact Margaret 01525 862170 firstname.lastname@example.org
The famous Church Quiz May 18th in the Church Hall at 7.30 pm. Tickets including a Ploughman's Supper are £10 per person [teams of 6] Contact Angela 01525 860723 or email@example.com
You are always welcome at Flitton Church so do come along to one of our services or fund raising events.
Rev Dave, Margaret and all the PCC
The Church Hall
The Church Hall is on the corner of Brook Lane and High Street Flitton. To hire the Hall please contact Jill Chandler Bookings Secretary on 01525 860715