St John the Baptist Church

A beautiful country church with a hidden secret..... see below

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Contacts

Church Website: https://3churches.uk/ for the three parishes 

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

https://flitton.3churches.uk/ 

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 make contact and why not do it whilst you are thinking about it!

 

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

The February weather was lovely and the spring flowers are beautiful - let's hope we don't get too complacent and it goes back to being really cold like it was last year. I heard an old weather saying which said - Fog in February, Frost in May - so be prepared! It's certainly been wet and windy so far in March.
Many congratulations to Rev Dave and Kath who have become grandparents for the first time. The baby's name is Genevieve and our good wishes go to her, her parents and grandparents.
The history talk in February went extremely well and we raised over £800 for the church which was amazing. Neil Faulkner is an excellent speaker although somewhat controversial - lots of interesting points and there was a good discussion in the second half. 
We have a Coffee Morning on Saturday March 30th in the church hall 10.30-12 noon. Do come along to enjoy the refreshments and stalls - jigsaws, bric a brac, tombola, plants etc. A great way to catch up with everybody and eat cake. We appreciate your support at all our fund raising events.
Easter is very late this year and of course  we have Mothering Sunday too. There are a great variety of services and you are always welcome at Flitton church.
Services for the rest of March:   
March 17th Café Church from 10.30am in the Church Hall.
March 24th 3 churches service of Choral Communion 10am at Silsoe. No service at Flitton today
Please note that we have 2 services at Flitton on March 31st. The second one was not in  Flit n More.
 
March 31st  Holy Communion BCP 8.30am
March 31st  MOTHERING SUNDAY  A special celebration at 10am. Every mother receives a pot of flowers  which can be planted out in your garden to be enjoyed every year.
Services for April:
April 7th Morning Worship 11am
April 14th  3 churches service of Choral Communion for Palm Sunday at Flitton 10am . Everyone receives a palm cross to remember Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. Refreshments afterwards.
April 18th  Maundy Thursday 7.30pm Silsoe
April 19th  Good Friday   Silsoe Walk of Witness  11am and Pulloxhill The Easter Story with the choir at 2pm
April 20th  Easter Saturday Vigil 8pm at Flitton
April 21st  Easter Sunday at Flitton.  Parish Communion 11am
April 28th  Holy Communion BCP 8.30am
This year we have a Lent Course 'Who is my neighbour?'
Everyone is welcome to attend.
13th March 7pm Visit to Luton Synagogue
27th March 7.30pm Looking at Islam. Silsoe Church
3rd April  Visit to Luton Mosque
10th April 7.30pm Looking at Christianity  Silsoe Church  Contact Rev. Ian Smith for details or pick up a leaflet in the church.            ian.smith@3churches.uk
Easter Lilies
If you would like a lily in memory of someone, we always have a big display of them at Easter and their names are read out during the Easter Sunday service.. They cost £5 each. Please would you put the money into an envelope with the name[s] of who you would like to be remembered on the front.  Please give your envelopes to Margaret Butt.
Book of baking recipes. We are putting together a book of baking recipes - sweet, savoury, anything as long as it is baked. We can't do this without your contributions because we would like to include the stories behind the recipes and make it into a special book for our villages. So if you would like to see your favourite family recipe in print, please send your recipe, the story behind it, and if possible a picture, to Kate at   kje_24@hotmail.com
Future events:
The Annual Quiz organised by The Friends of the Church Friday  May 17th in the church hall  Tickets are £10 each for  teams of 6 including supper. Contact Angela 01525 860723  martandang@btinternet.com
Open Gardens weekend with many things going on in the village  Saturday June 29th  and Sunday 30th   . Gardens will be open 12-4pm. Entry by programme only,  £5 per adult and accompanied children are free. There will be lots of stalls in gardens and plenty to do.- around the village.
We hope to see you on Sundays and at any of the events. 
God Bless.   Rev Dave, the team ministry,  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