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: https://3churches.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.
Autumn is well and truly upon us - I can't quite get used to the colder weather, rain and darker evenings. Harvest is over - we had a great time at the Supper where we raised £2,182 to be split between the church, church hall and The Primrose Appeal at Bedford Hospital. Thanks to everyone who supported us - it was a great night out. A huge thank you to Nathan and his team at The White Hart who provided the cottage pies and vegetables as well as the venue.
The building work was delayed in starting but now is under way. The scaffolding is down and the outside is looking good. We look forward to its completion in a few weeks time. Meantime, we carry on as usual. We are extremely grateful to The Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust which has given us a grant of £5000.
Please be vigilant when you are passing by the church. There has been a spate of lead removals from churches in Bedfordshire, even in broad daylight. The company doing the repair work is Corinthian Stone and occasionally Simon Kinns goes onto our roof for checking the gutters etc but if you see anything suspicious, please let us know.
As ever, we are busy at Flitton church. We would love to see you at any service or event.
October 28th Parish Breakfast from 9.30am in the Church Hall. A slightly later start so you can have a lie in. Please book your place from Jo Holt 01525 792777 firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that in Flit n More it said that the breakfast was on October 21st but this has been changed to the 28th.
October 28th Remembered with Love at 11am. A special time to remember our friends and family no longer with us. You are invited to light a candle in their memory. Please let me know so I can add the names you would like to be read out.
November 4th Morning Worship at 11 am
November 7th An Evening of Commemoration in the church to mark the end of World War One. Tickets are £10 including a glass of wine and canapes. Contact Angela 01525 860723 or Simon 01525 861727. All of the details are in Flit n Moor.
November 11th Remembrance Sunday 10.45 am at the War Memorial followed by the service in the church.
November 17th Coffee morning in the church hall from 10.30am organised by The Friends of the Church. Coffee and cake but also you can buy our Christmas cards and 2019 Calendar.
November 18th Café Church in the Church Hall from 10.30am. Coffee, cake and chat.
November 25th Holy Communion at 8.30am. A short said service following the traditional BCP words.
And then it is December and Christmas
For information on anything about the services and church events, please contact Margaret 01525 862170 email@example.com
Rev Dave, 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