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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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.
The West Gallery Quire concert on September 3rd was most enjoyable and the cream teas were a triumph. Thanks to everyone who helped and came to support us. We had the rather odd experience of singing While Shepherds watched their flocks by night to the tune of Ilkley Moor. It was remarkably difficult!
Our plant stall at the Gala went well despite the torrential downpour mid afternoon. We raised over £80 for the church. As ever, the village needs to thank Simon Sadler and his team for all the hard work they do to arrange this event.
If anyone wants free strawberry plants, please let me (i.e. Margaret) know. I am moving mine to a new bed and have lots to spare.
The harvest service was held this morning – as ever the church was beautifully decorated. Thanks to everyone who helped move everything over for the Harvest Supper tomorrow evening. There may be some tickets left if anyone wants one – see below for details. There is also time to drop off food bank items – just leave in the church porch before Wednesday.
Monday September 18th Harvest Supper at The White Hart at 7.30pm with a charity auction. Tickets £10 from Sarah Burrows 717129 firstname.lastname@example.org
Services for the rest of September and October are:
Sunday September 24th Holy Communion, taken by Dave, at 8.30am followed by Parish Breakfast at 9.00am. Book your place from Heather 715439
Sunday October 1st Morning Worship 11am, taken by Gillian Kern
Sunday October 8th Choral Communion 9.30am taken by Julie Cox, followed by coffee
Sunday October 15th Cafe Church from 10.30am in the church, with our curate, Ian Smith. Very informal and sociable.
Sunday October 22nd A Three Churches service at Pulloxhill 10am. No service at Flitton or Silsoe today.
October 29th Remembered with Love at 11am. Come and light a candle for anyone from your family or friends no longer with us. If you would like their name read out during the service, please let Margaret know.
Just inside the main church door, you will find some pebbles and water. Drop a pebble into the water and say a silent prayer for anyone or anything you like. It's a lovely way of thinking for a short while about someone or something close to your heart.
Everyone is welcome at all services and we look forward to seeing you.
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