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

I hope that your January has started well. No doubt most of us have made New Year Resolutions - the usual losing weight, exercising more, decluttering the house etc. I am trying to make every effort to be more environmentally friendly  by cutting down on plastics, chemicals and paper. We can all make a difference if everyone does it. We certainly have to try to do something about the appalling waste we seem to be creating.
December was an amazing month for Flitton church and if you came to any of our services, you will have seen good congregations and very enjoyable services. January has been back to normal as far as services are concerned. It's nice to have a quiet hour usually followed by coffee and tea , with great conversation and friendship. You are always very welcome any time. 
If anyone would like to lend a helping hand, we are giving the church a spring clean on Friday February 1st at 10a.m. We do a good hour of cleaning and then have coffee, tea and cake at 11am. There's always plenty to do and it' very sociable. 
For the rest of January:
Sunday 20th  Café Church in the Church Hall from 10.30am. Come along to catch up with everybody. Rev'd. Dave Bell
Sunday 27th  Holy Communion at 8.30am following the traditional BCP. We welcome Rev'd. Julie Cox who is leading this service.
For February:
Sunday 3rd  A special Celebration of Baptism at 11am. Rev'd. Dave leads this service and everyone is welcome. We particularly hope that any family which has had a child baptised by Revd. Dave will come to this. Refreshments afterwards.
Sunday 10th Choral Communion. We welcome the choir back from their January break. Rev'd. Dave Bell leads this service. Coffee afterwards.
Sunday 17th Café Church from 10.30am led by Rev'd. Ian Smith
Sunday 24th BCP Holy Communion 8.30am led by Rev'd. Ian Smith
A Radical View of World History by Dr Neil Faulkner   This is our annual history talk on Friday February 22nd at 7.30pm in Flitton Church Hall. Neil is an excellent speaker and some of you will remember his talk on Lawrence of Arabia. Tickets are £10 in aid of the church. Details are in Flit n More. Margaret 01525 862170  mkatebutt@yahoo.co.uk
Please support this important fund raising event.
Hope to see you soon.
Best wishes and God Bless.
Margaret, Dave, Ian 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