The Benefice of Potton,  Sutton and Cockayne Hatley


        Potton

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

This Week In our Church


By Dave Thompson


Please note: This is the item for inclusion in the CHRONICLE NEXT FRIDAY. When read before Friday, days and dates might not appear correct!



The Sermon given by the Rector, the Rev Gill Smith, at the morning Service of Holy Communion, was very in keeping with modern trends. Her talk was about the Christian Internet, but not the one we all know which is a network connected by wires and glass  fibre cables. It was how Christians had always “networked” right back even in the time that Christianity was born. In those early times, it had been by word of mouth or written scroll, but essentially, it was the same as Christians network electronically in this day and age. And probably without the “Spam” in those early days! The morning service next Sunday is the shorter version of Holy Communion, with Children’s Treasure Boxes. All are every welcome.


St Mary’s Annual Patronal Festival, is on January 28 and is a Benefice service of Holy Communion. All are welcome.


Our Parish Magazine has now ceased publication but in it’s place we have produced a new monthly newsletter called “WORD UP”. The first edition is now available in church or on our website, or can be sent by email by contacting the Rector.

Our First Steps toddler and baby group are today meeting at 9.30am in the church hall. Please note: this is a new earlier start time. New members and their Mums, are always welcome to join. No formalities, just turn up on the day. Details about the Group can be obtained from Group Organiser, Sandy, on 01767 260430.

Morning Prayer services will be held next Monday at Cockayne Hatley Church, at  Sutton Church on Thursday, and on Tuesday and Friday at St Mary’s, all services at 9am. All are welcome.


We are holding a film night to watch “The Shack” a film based on the excellent theological novel by William Young on the nature of the Trinity. This  will be shown in St Mary’s Hall tomorrow Saturday January 20 at 6pm for 7pm start. Cost £5 including Pizza and Popcorn! For those who wish to stay, there is an optional discussion afterwards.


Our Rector the Rev Gill Smith, will give her first Thought for the Day for 2018 on BigglesFM on Friday 26 at 8.15am, find her at 104.8 on the dial! Also that day, the Parish Lunch in aid of St John’s Hospice at Moggerhanger  is at 12.45pm in the church hall. Please note, places at the lunch are limited to 60 so come early to avoid disappointment. At this lunch, the proceeds of the 2017 lunches will be presented to representatives of St John’s. This is likely to exceed £4000 again.  Also next Friday evening, our popular Craft and Chatter group will meet at 7.30pm in the church hall. If you have a craft hobby of any sort, please bring it along and join the group, maybe get new ideas from regular members. There is an entry charge of £2-50 and this includes refreshments. Details, call 01767 262287.


Next Saturday, January 27, at 7pm for 7.30pm start, we are holding our annual Burn’s Night Supper with an authentic Scottish fare on the menu, and many of the traditions of the evening. The supper is in the church hall and tickets, £20, can be booked by calling 261206.


All other church activities, and any changes, can be found on the website: www.pottonparishchurch.org.uk and on our Facebook page with the very latest updated information.


Services for Sunday  January 21:  9am  Benefice Holy Communion at Sutton Church  9am Morning Prayer at St Mary’s Church.  10.30am Shorter version Holy Communion, with Children’s Treasure Boxes



The service last Sunday morning was our Friends and Family Epiphany Service, celebrating the end of Christmas and telling the story of the arrival of the Magi, the Three Wise Men, to pay tribute and bring gifts, to the baby Jesus. Reader Simon Gutteridge conducted the service and gave the reason for the three gifts, the Gold, the Frankincense and the Myrrh. Our children from the Congregation, acted the parts of the Magi and came bearing the gifts, following the Guiding Star. A lovely story, told nicely by Simon and acted well by the children.


The service next Sunday will be Holy Communion conducted by the Rector, the Rev Gill Smith.


Our Parish Magazine has now ceased publication but in it’s place we will be producing a new monthly newsletter called WORD UP. The first edition will be available in church or on our website from this weekend, or can be sent by email by contacting the Rector.


First Steps toddler and baby group are today meeting at 9.30am in the church hall. Please note: this is a new earlier start time. New members and their Mums, are always welcome to join. No formalities, just turn up on the day. Details about the Group can be obtained from Group Organiser, Sandy, on 01767 260430. This evening, our popular Craft and Chatter group meet at 7.30pm in the church hall. If you have a craft hobby of any sort, please bring it along and join the group, maybe get new ideas from regular members. There is an entry charge of £2-50 and this includes refreshments. Details, call 01767 262287. Morning Prayer services will be held next Monday at Cockayne Hatley Church, at  Sutton Church on Thursday, and on Tuesday and Friday at St Mary’s, all services at 9am. All are welcome.


We are holding a film night to watch “The Shack” a film based on the excellent theological novel by William Young on the nature of the Trinity. This  will be shown in St Mary’s Hall on Saturday January 20 at 6pm for 7pm start. Cost £5 including Pizza and Popcorn! For those who wish to stay, there is an optional discussion afterwards.

Our Burns Night Supper is nearly upon us and will be held on Saturday January 27. More details next week.


All other church activities, and any changes, can be found on the website: www.pottonparishchurch.org.uk and on our Facebook page with the very latest updated information.


Services for Sunday  January 14:  9am  Benefice Holy Communion.  10.30am Holy Communion



Last Week In our Church


By Dave Thompson


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