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

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Church Website: for the three parishes 

Vicar - Rev'd Dave Bell  01525 861163 or

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

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.


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.


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 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,

It's hard to think that we are nearly in December. Where has this year gone? We have all had such a busy year that it has just flown by.
Everyone is always welcome at Flitton Church so we hope to see lots of you in December.
First we have the Coffee Morning on Saturday November 25th in the Church Hall from 10.30 am. This is organised by The Friends of the Church and there will lots of cakes and stalls, and you can buy Christmas cards at £5 a pack of 10.
The next day, Sunday 26th, we have a short Holy Communion service at 8.30 am.
The services for December are:
Sunday December 3rd  Christingle at 4 pm. A lovely service for children and adults with oranges, candles and sweets.
Sunday December 10th  Advent Holy Communion at 9.30 am followed by coffee. A time for a peaceful hour or so during the hectic time of Christmas
Sunday December 17th  Candlelit carol service at 6.30 pm. Mince pies and mulled wine in the Church Hall from 6 pm
Thursday December 21st  Carols around the tree outside The White Hart  7.15 pm
Sunday December 24th  Crib Service at 10 am. A telling of the Christmas story with our unique nativity figures, perfect for young children.
Sunday December 24th  Christmas Eve Choral Communion at 9.30 pm.  There has been a request to have a scratch choir again, so if you are interested in participating, watch out for more details next month.
Sunday December 31st  No service at Flitton, but a Three Churches service of Morning Worship at Silsoe 10 am
Christmas Day   There is no need for anyone to be lonely this Christmas. If you know anyone who might be on their own, please can you tell them about this. They can go to Ampthill Baptist Church on Christmas Day with an optional service 10-11 am, or to go at 12.30 for lunch and spend the afternoon with them until 5 pm. Please contact them by Monday 11th December  01525 841682
Church cleaning and decorating for Christmas  is on Saturday December 16th from 10 am. Please come along to help with making the church look lovely for Christmas. We will be putting all the candles out, setting up the nativity set and putting up the tree. Coffee and mince pies at 11 am.
Advent Challenge  This is a chance for us to help those less fortunate than ourselves. The idea is that throughout Advent, you collect an item every day and put them into a box. They can be  food items for the Food Bank  or you can give wrapped presents. These are for the children and women at The Womens' Refuge in Bedford and please label them with the age the present is for and whether it is for a boy or a girl. Just give as many items as you can and support those in need. Please bring your boxes to the church on Saturday December 16th between 10-11.30am or to the Carol Service on December 17th at 6.30pm. 
Home Communions for Christmas  If anyone is unable to attend church over Christmas and would like to have Holy Communion at home, this will be available on Saturday December 23rd. Contact Margaret 01525 862170
START  This is a 6 week course starting on Thursday November 23rd in Silsoe Church at 7.30 pm. There will be short DVDs and discussions on a variety of themes and is suitable for anyone interested in Christianity who wants to find out more. Just turn up. You can go to one or more, you do not have to commit to the whole series. Each session lasts about 80 minutes. Contact Margaret 01525 862170 or the Vicar for details.
Prayer List  If you would like to be mentioned in our regular prayers at church services either for yourself or someone you know, please contact Margaret.
Vigilance   Please can you keep an eye out for our lovely church whenever you are passing and report anything unusual. Thank you.
Website  Our website at has undergone a facelift, and is now also available at  If you have bookmarked the old Flitton pages, these will no longer work, so go to or you can navigate there from the benefice home page. We hope you can find everything you need, and apologies if things have been moved.  The site will continue to evolve, so if there is anything you would like to see on the website, let Clare know -
Thank you for your continuing support of our beloved church.
Happy Christmas from Margaret, Rev. Dave 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