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 - Vacancy 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

It's nearly Christmas! Where does the time go? After all the wet and windy weather [still going on] we have had, it doesn't really feel Christmassy at all but I expect that everyone is busy writing cards, buying presents and thinking about the food. Hopefully, you will all still have time to come to church for our special services. 
 
Like last year, there will be 24 decorated windows in the village - one for every day in Advent. Do look out for them as they are beautiful. A big thank you to everyone who is making one.
The Christingle service on Sunday 1st. What a great way to start the Christmas season. The church was packed and the Worship Group from Greenfield School led the service for us. Well done to everybody.
The Friends Coffee morning in November went really well and we raised just over £380 which is amazing. A big thank you to everyone who helped and came to support us.
Don't forget our fabulous 2020 calendars - perfect for yourself and/or as a present. Each month is a photo from our Open Gardens weekend and they are lovely. £5 each available in the church.
Christmas Quiz. If you want to test your brains and knowledge of Bedfordshire, our annual quiz is also on sale for £3. Come to any service in December to pick one up.
Soup and Dessert  Lunch January 25th. A date for your diary. This is a good chance to beat the winter blues by coming to the church hall for a homemade soup and dessert lunch. 12-2pm £5 per person.
Saturday 14th December   We are  decorating the church for Christmas from 10am. Please come along to help and if you can bring any greenery, that would be great. It's a great morning with lots of coffee too.
Thursday December 19th  Carols round the tree at The White Hart led by The Salvation Army band and our choir. This starts at 7.15pm and is a great village tradition. There will be a bucket collection for The Salvation Army and Flitton church.
Food Bank. Throughout December and January, we will be collecting for a local Food Bank. It is awful to think that there are so many families who rely on the Food Bank organisations. We have so much and they have so little so a donation of tinned and dried goods is a small way of helping them. Just leave your contributions in the church porch or at any service.
Services for the rest of December:
15th    Candlelit Carols.  6pm in the church hall for mince pies and mulled wine with the carols and readings at 6.30pm in the church
22nd  3 churches service of Choral Communion  10am at Flitton. We are pleased to welcome the Archdeacon of Bedford who is leading this service. He is looking forward to meeting as many people as possible after the service for coffee etc.
24th  Crib Service 10am.  The Christmas Story with our unique nativity figures. Come and join in with the celebrations followed by refreshments. Perfect for families, small children welcome but great for everyone.
24th  First Communion of Christmas  9.30pm  Rev Ian's last service at Flitton
25th  Christmas Day at Pulloxhill 10am Holy Communion
29th  3 churches service of Choral Communion at Silsoe  10am. This is Rev Ian's last service in the benefice so do come to wish him and Christine well for the future.
After all the busy times in December, January is much quieter with a lovely service each Sunday. Perfect for recharging your batteries and being peaceful.
Services for January:
5th  Morning Worship  11am
12th  Parish Communion  9.30am
19th  Café Church  10.30am in the Church Hall
26th  BCP Holy Communion  8.30am
We hope that everyone has a great Christmas and good wishes to you all for the New Year.  We hope to see you on Sunday for the carol service and at any time over Christmas.
God bless.
Margaret, Jo, the PCC and our ministry team.

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