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 first social event of the Autumn season was held last Friday and was well attended with many enjoying a Hawaiian Evening with authentic food, dress and traditions. Great fun was had by all. Watch this column for another event soon!  


The morning service last Sunday was the shorter format Holy Communion with the Rector, the Rev Gill Smith. Nick Wilson once again played the organ in the absence of Judith, our regular organist.  The Rev Gill said special prayers for Judith who is in Hinchinbrooke Hospital, and is not at all well at this time. Please keep her in your prayers.  Next Sunday, the Rector will again lead  the morning worship in Holy Communion.


Our First Steps toddler and baby group meet today as usual in the church hall at 9.30am. Details about the Group can be obtained from Group Organiser, Sandy, on 01767 260430. Our popular Craft and Chatter group will be meeting this evening, as usual at 7.30pm, in the church hall. Details from 01767 260792. Any craft and as much chatter as you want for £2.50 which includes refreshments!


Next Friday, The Rector the Rev Gill Smith, will be on BigglesFM at 8.15am with her Thought for the Day. Find her on 104.8 on the dial. Also next Friday, at 12.45pm, it is the monthly Parish Lunch in aid of St John’s Hospice at Moggerhanger. Please note, there are now places available at the lunches so if you haven’t been before, why not try one of our delicious home made meals with a choice of 5 or 6 dishes plus a variety of desserts to follow. Two courses plus a hot drink, only £7.


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


If anyone is contemplating Confirmation this year, a new course starts on September 24. Call the Benefice Office on 01767 260782 to register and get the details. The confirmation service will be on October 28 with the Bishop of Bedford.


The First CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Money course started last week. A lot of interest has been shown in this course but it is not just for people who are struggling with debt, it’s also about getting the best from earned income, how to make the money stretch! Call Jayne on 07948 620056 to get more information.


Enquiries regarding Weddings and Baptisms should be made to the Benefice Office on 01767 260782.


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  September 23:  9am  Benefice Holy Communion  10.30am   Holy Communion




The morning service last Sunday was Choral Holy Communion with the Rector, the Rev Gill Smith. Nick Wilson once again played the organ in the absence of Judith, our regular organist who is in hospital at this time. She is making slow progress now and we wish her a speedy recovery. Next Sunday, the Rector will lead  the morning worship in Holy Communion but using the shorter format service with the Children’s Treasure Boxes which teach them the names and meanings of the various parts to the Communion service.


Tonight is the first of St Mary’s Events Team Autumn functions and is a Hawaiian Evening with a 3 course meal and a complimentary cocktail on arrival. Tickets costing £20pp, are now available by calling 01767 261206. Hawaiian Dress encouraged! Tickets are selling fast, don’t delay!


This morning, church member and our standin organist Nick Wilson, will be on BigglesFM at 8.15am with his Thought for the Day. Find him on 104.8 on the dial. Following that, our First Steps toddler and baby group return today after the summer break, in the church hall at 9.30am. Details about the Group can be obtained from Group Organiser, Sandy, on 01767 260430.


Morning Prayer services will be held next week, at  Cockayne Hatley Church on Monday, Sutton Church on Thursday, and on Tuesday and Friday at St Mary’s, all services at 9am. All are welcome. Our popular Craft and Chatter group will be meeting next Friday, September 21, as usual at 7.30pm, back at their usual venue in the church hall after last week’s venue change. Details from 01767 260792.


If anyone is contemplating Confirmation this year, a new course starts on September 24. Call the Benefice Office on 01767 260782 to register and get the details. The confirmation service will be on October 28 with the Bishop of Bedford.


The First CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Money course started this week. This is not just for people who are struggling with debt, it’s also about getting the best from earned income, how to make the money stretch! Call Jayne on 07948 620056 to get more information.


Enquiries regarding Weddings and Baptisms should be made to the Benefice Office on 01767 260782.


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  September 16:  9am  Benefice Holy Communion at Sutton Church or 9am Morning Prayer 10.30am  Shorter Holy Communion with Children’s Treasure Boxes  






Last Week In our Church


By Dave Thompson


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