St John the Baptist Church

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

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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 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

On Sunday 11th, Rev Dave led his last service in the benefice. It was a lovely service and we are sad to see him leave us. We wish him and Kath a very happy retirement and wish them well for the future.
For us, we now try to keep going as normal as much as possible. Usually, it takes a year to get a new vicar but we are well on the way with all the preliminary preparations. 
The best way for everyone to help is to carry on supporting us by coming to services and events across the benefice. Jo and I are always on hand to answer questions and help as much as possible. We also are very lucky that we have Rev Ian with us for a while and this is an enormous help. We have Gillian , our Reader, too so with help from other clergy especially Rev Julie Cox, we will have services as usual every week.
As usual, there are many things going on at Flitton.
Mausoleum and Cream Teas.  On Sunday September 1st, the De Grey mausoleum will be open 2-4pm and there will be cream teas in the Church Hall too. We will have a bric a brac stall so come along to have a look at that, the mausoleum and have a delicious tea.
Harvest Festival. This year the Festival is on Sunday October 6th in the Church at 11am. Please bring your gifts of fruit, flowers, vegetables, homemade cakes, jams, chutneys etc or anything that that can be auctioned at the supper the following night. You can bring your gifts to the service or on Saturday 5th from 10am when we will be decorating the church.
Harvest Supper is on Monday October 7pm in the Church Hall. Tickets are £12.50 for a 3 course supper with a cash bar. This is followed by a charity auction. We have nearly sold out of tickets so please contact me or Jo if you want to come.
Glenn Miller Evening  Friday November 8th    This will be an amazing evening with doors opening at 7pm. We start with a talk about The Disappearance of Major Glenn Miller and then after the interval, we move to the church for a concert of Glenn Miller music by The Ampthill Town Band. Tickets are £10.  All proceeds to the church and forces charities. Contact me for tickets.
Services for the rest of August
Sunday 18th  Café Church at 10.30am in the church followed by a baptism. Everyone is welcome to come.
Sunday 25th  No service at Flitton as it is the Bank Holiday. 3 churches service of Holy Communion at Silsoe 10am
Don't forget the Pulloxhill Art Show on August 24th and 25th with displays by local artists and terrific food.
Services for September
Sunday 1st  Morning Worship 11am . Don't forget the cream teas in the afternoon
Sunday 8th Holy Communion at 9.30am
Sunday 15th  Café Church with Harvest Craft activities from 10.30am in the Church hall. After that we move over to the church for a baptism which everyone is welcome to.
Sunday 22nd  Holy Communion BCP 8.30am
Sunday 29th   3 churches service of Choral Communion 10am at Flitton
Hope to see you all soon. Enjoy the rest of the summer.
God Bless
Margaret, Jo 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