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

https://youtu.be/GaxM0fvXDAA

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Contacts

Church Website: www.3churches.co.uk for the three parishes 

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

http://www.3churches.co.uk/3churches1_016.htm

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 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.

 

Church Newsletter

Dear All,

The glorious weather has come back - let's hope it lasts.
The Local History talk on April 27th went very well and we raised well over £600 for the church. As many of you know, we need £20,000 a year just to keep the church going plus extras for anything that needs doing to the building itself. All our fund raising events are vital so a big thank you to everyone who supports us. The Quiz on May 18th was sold out and was another great evening, raising more than £900.
The Bishop of St Albans came to take the service on May 6th. He blessed our beautiful new altar frontals and it was terrific to have over 100 people there. It's always wonderful to have a full church and there was some really good singing.
Congratulations to Alice Toone who was confirmed last week by the Bishop of Bedford at Silsoe. 
Our Services for the next few weeks:
May 27th  Holy Communion  8.30am led by Revd Dave.
June 3rd Morning Worship 11am led by me - Margaret - as a Lay Leader of Worship. The theme is 'What do we get out of being a Christian' and all contributions are welcome.
June 10th  Parish Communion 9.30am led by Revd Dave  followed by refreshments
June 17th  Potato Race Day  Morning Worship led by our Reader Gillian Kern  9.30am.  No Café Church this month because it's Potato Race Day.
June 24th  Holy Communion led by Revd Dave 8.30am
The Annual Potato Race is on June 17th. All the details will be in the next Flit n More but also I will be giving talks and tours of the church and mausoleum at 1pm and 2pm.Our church history is fascinating so do come if you have not been in the mausoleum before or if you want another visit.
The Revd Ian Smith, our curate, is being priested on Saturday June 30th at 4pm in St Albans Abbey. This is a wonderful ceremony and if you would like to go, please contact me as we have to give numbers to the Abbey. If you can drive other people or need a lift, please let me know.

A new home study group will be starting up at the home of Dave and Liz Coulson in Pulloxhill. The first 6 weeks will be a chance to see if a small home study group is for you and the study will focus on the “Moving On” Course. This is a good follow up to the Start Course but it is not necessary to have done this. The study is about being disciples of Jesus, and we will look at a DVD and Bible passages. The first meeting will be at 7.15pm on Thursday 31st May and the aim is to finish by around 9pm. If you are interested or would like to know more please contact Dave or Liz at 01525 712834 email liz.coulson@btinternet.com

There has been a few enquiries across the benefice about adult baptisms (by the end of the year we would have had led around 18-20+ baptisms - children and adults - across). Dave, our vicar, will be holding three sessions for those who may be interested in being baptised as an adult. If you know of anyone who might be interested, let him know

God Bless.
Margaret, Revd Dave 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