The Benefice of Potton,  Sutton and Cockayne Hatley


Sutton and Cockayne Hatley

About Us

Potton, Sutton and Cockayne Hatley
are three  Church of England Parishes
in east Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
and the Diocese of St Albans.

Our three churches are:

St Mary’s Church, Potton

All Saint’s Church, Sutton

St John the Baptist’s Church, Cockayne Hatley

The Benefice of


09.00  Morning Prayer

LLW Paulet Brown-Wilsher

10.30 Shorter Holy Communion

 Rev Gill Smith

18.00 Nine Lessons and Carols

Rev Gill Smith

In Memory of David Barker



15.00  Evensong

 Reader David Kilpatrick

09.00  Benefice Holy Communion

Rev Gill Smith

18.00 Nine Lessons and Carols

Reader Simon Gutteridge

The three churches that make up our Benefice: Top, St Mary’s Church, Potton. Bottom left, St John the Baptist, Cockayne Hatley.

Bottom right, All Saints Church, Sutton

The Benefice Churches

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Mothers Union

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St Mary’s Church


With Sutton and Cockayne Hatley

Services for

Sunday 17 December 2017

Advent 3


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Thought for the Day


Rev Gill Smith can be heard giving her Thoughts on the 4th Friday of every month Don’t forget to listen!


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This Week - In our Church

Next Parish Lunch - Christmas Parish Dinner on  December 15. Ticket only event today.  


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The Church Butterfly Colony

For many years, there has been a colony of Tortoiseshell Butterflies in St Mary’s, they live there near the Choir Vestry but if you see one fluttering by, don’t evict it as it will probably kill it!


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 Hazel Różańska and Wendy Chappell

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Our Church Roof - Work Safety, Update

The roof repairs are now complete. However the work to repair the damaged stonework will take longer to complete. Please be aware that the area at the back of the church remains restricted for Health and Safety reasons, and the whole area is to be avoided due to the possibility of falling masonry. Restriction Notices have been placed accordingly.

Old Testament

New Testament


John 1: 6-8; 19-28

1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24

Isaiah 64: 1-4, 8-end

Christmas and Advent

Services and Events


The Causeway

Just a little reminder

Following a request today from a Causeway resident:

Please do not park in the triangle at the top of the Causeway in wet or icy weather as the residents find it difficult to get a run up to exit onto Hatley Road

Friends and Family Service December 3

Today's Family and Friends Activity Service, was I think our best yet. There were certainly many more people attending which was good to see, and everyone joined in all the activities and these were all about preparing for Christmas.
There was singing with Children's Christmas Carols, and the Story of the First Christmas read by the Rev Gill. There was plenty of table activities from decorating miniature Christmas Cakes to making decorations, but others made a very good job of decorating the Christmas Tree which this year had been kindly donated by Deepdale Trees. Overall it was a very Happy Service with everyone getting into the Christmas spirit. At the end, everyone present linked hands to sing the musical version of the Lord's Prayer.
Throughout the service, Eileen served up hot drinks and cake and her husband Geoff led the musical group from his keyboard.
Thanks go to all the organisers, especially Wendy, who at the very end introduced the Travelling Crib, and signed up more hosts for it's journey around the Town.

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