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

https://youtu.be/GaxM0fvXDAA

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Contacts

Church Website: www.3churches.co.uk for the three parishes 

Vicar - Rev'd Dave Bell  01525 861163 or vicar@3churches.co.uk

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

For more information about the Church, there is a Image result for facebook page or 

 please visit the website on the link below

http://www.3churches.co.uk/3churches1_016.htm

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.

Information

Home Visits

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.

Weddings

Our 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!

Baptism Window

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 mkatebutt@yahoo.co.uk. 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.

 

Church Newsletter

Dear all,
Spring is certainly approaching and bulbs starting to flower. The garden needs tackling and there is plenty to do outdoors. There is also plenty going on at church with Holy Week at the end of March.
Throughout Lent a Lent Course will be  run within the Benefice on a Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm. Each of the first four sessions takes one of the qualities mentioned in the Diocese Living God’s Love prayer: generosity, joy, imagination and courage. The final session looks at the context in which these qualities are set: “to live your love … for the sake of the world” The dates, venues and themes for each week are on the website - https://3churches.uk/lent-course-2018/ - and the first one is on Feb 21st at Michelle Lewis's house in Flitton.
Services for the rest of February at Flitton:
Sunday 18th  Cafe Church from 10.30 am in the church this time with Rev Ian Smith
Sunday 25th Holy Communion 8.30 am taken by Rev Dave and then Parish Breakfast 9-11 am in the church hall. Tickets are £7 for adults and £5 for children. Please book in advance from Heather 01525 715439
Services in March:
Sunday 4th Morning Worship 11 am taken by Margaret Butt
Sunday 11th MOTHERING SUNDAY 10 am taken by Rev Dave.  PLEASE NOTE THE TIME OF THIS SERVICE
Sunday 18th from 10.30 am.Cafe Church taken by Gillian Kern
Sunday 25th PALM SUNDAY 10 am   3 churches combined service taken by Rev Dave and Rev Ian. We welcome our friends from Silsoe and Pulloxhill for this special service when everyone receives a palm cross.
Thursday 29th MAUNDY THURSDAY 7.30 pm at Silsoe
Friday 30th GOOD FRIDAY  more details to follow of the special events at Pulloxhill at 2 pm and Silsoe at 11 am
Sunday 1st April EASTER DAY  at Flitton  11 am for our special service to taken by Rev Dave
ILLUSTATED TALK ON LOCAL HISTORY. FAMOUS CONNECTIONS WITH OUR PARISH.
Friday April 27th starting at 7.30 pm in the church hall. Find out how we are connected to royalty and famous events in history from 950 AD to 1800.
Tickets are £7.50 with a cash bar and raffle.
Please contact Margaret by the email above to book your tickets especially if you would like to reserve seats at the front because of hearing difficulties.
For information on any service, the talk, special prayers or anything you might need to know, please contact Margaret 01525 862170  mkatebutt@yahoo.co.uk
The eagle eyed amongst you may have spotted that I had put my old phone number on one of the messages last month. I was obviously having a senior moment!
PRAYER LIST
If you would like yourself or someone you know to be added to our prayer list, plese contact Margaret. This could be for an illness, a bereavement, an anniversary or anything important to you. It is a great help to know that others are praying for you in times of difficulty - and you don't have to explain the reason.
You are all welcome at our church. Do come along and join in.
Best wishes
Margaret, Rev Dave and all the PCC
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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