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

Dear all
The weather continues to be rather wet - good for reservoirs and gardens but it would be nice to have a dry spell now. Typically British - the weather is never completely right!
Autumn is always a busy time of year with plenty going on so try to come to a service or an event if you can. 
Most of you will have heard this by now,  sadly for us, [but great news for him] , our curate, Rev Ian will be leaving us in the New Year to take up a position in Renhold. We wish him and Christine well in their new home and parish. We will miss them but we will carry on with a full range of services next year. Ian's last service will be on Sunday December 29th when we will have a 3 churches service at Silsoe starting at 10am.
Have you ever thought of helping us at Flitton church by joining the PCC? This is the Parochial Church Council which basically runs the church. We are always in need of anyone who has skills in finance, technology, fund raising, safeguarding and all the things that need to be done. By spreading the workload, it make things less onerous so do please think about it and let me know if you would like to be involved in some way. We meet 6 or 7 times a year. It is so important to keep our church flourishing and serving the community for future generations but we cant do it without help.
Harvest Festival and Supper. Harvest Festival was lovely. We had children from Greenfield Academy leading us in singing Cauliflowers Fluffy- a real treat. The church looked beautiful and manty thanks to everyone who helped and/or provided all the items. The Food Bank collection was good too. The Harvest Supper was a great success. For the first time in years, we were back in the Church Hall and it was a terrific evening. We raised   £2,280.50 towards the church, church hall and the Friends of the Church which is an amazing total.  Thank you to everyone who helped in any way.
Remembered with love. This is on Sunday October 27th at 11am. Please let me know if you would like to come and light a candle. This traditionally is called All Souls Day but we prefer our version. It's a lovely way to remember those no longer with us.
mkatebutt@yahoo.co.uk   01525 862170
Community Songs of Praise. We are holding a Songs of Praise on Sunday November 3rd at 11am. We hope that lots of you will come and join in. We are asking people for their favourite hymns so do let me know. This will be followed by soup and bread in the church hall. So many people contribute to village life and it would be lovely for all of us to meet up and it is our way of saying thank you.
Coffee morning: The Friends of Flitton and Greenfield Church are holding a coffee morning on Saturday November 23rd  in the church hall from 10.30am. As well as coffee, tea and delicious cakes, there will be a bric a brac stall and other stalls. Do come and support us as well as having a great morning. 
Services for the rest of October:
Sunday 13th Parish Communion 9.30am with refreshments afterwards.  Rev. Julie Cox
Sunday 20th Café Church  Rev Ian Smith . 10.30am in the Church Hall
Sunday 27th  Remembered with love 11am This  is to remember all those no longer with us - family or friends. There will be hymns, prayers and readings and then everyone will have the opportunity to light a candle for each person you are thinking about. Their names will be read out as the candles are lit. Rev Ian Smith is leading this service.
Services for November
Sunday  3rd  11am Songs of Praise in the church followed by soup and bread in the church hall. Let me know your favourite hymn so it can be included in this. If you can make a pan of soup, that would be great- please let me know what flavour. Do come along - it's going to be a good sing along with the choir.
Remembrance Sunday  10th   We start at the war memorial at 9.45am with the British Legion, then move into the church for the service at 10am. At 11am, we will have the 2 minute silence outside by the War Memorial. Please come to remember the sacrifice given by so many villagers in both World Wars.  Rev Ian Smith will be leading this service.
Sunday 17th  Café Church 10.30am in the church this time. Coffee, cake, conversation. A short 'Thought for the Day' is part of this time. It's all very informal and an ideal way to spend time with our church family. If you haven't been to church for a while or just want to come and meet us, this is a perfect way to do it. 
Sunday 24th  8.30am  Holy Communion  BCP  Rev Roger Wood
And then it's December!
Everyone is welcome so come along to any service or event. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you.

God Bless.

Rev. Ian, Reader Gillian, 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