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!



Last Sunday, the morning service was a special  Holy Communion for Pentecost. The Rector, the Rev Gill Smith conducted the service assisted by Reader David Kilpatrick, who gave the sermon. The sermon was of course about Pentecost, the birth of the Christian Church after Jesus had ascended to Heaven and how those that he had left behind should carry on his work. The service, which was well attended, was followed by a Sunday roast lunch with the proceeds going to Christian Aid to help those in Haiti who lost nearly everything in a massive earthquake some time ago, but are still struggling to survive without outside aid. Sunday was the end of Christian Aid Week and the lunch was a nice way for St Mary’s to bring it to a close in Potton. The morning service next Sunday is Holy Communion with the Rector.


The previous evening, the Rev Gill, her husband and some members of the congregation, travelled to St Alban’s Cathedral to hear the Archbishop of Canterbury conduct his “Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Celebration” He had travelled their straight from the Royal Wedding in Windsor, and was accompanied by the American Bishop, Michael Curry, the Head of the American Episcopal Church, who gave the sermon at the wedding. The eventis an initiative by the Archbishop and the Archbishop of York and involving other Christian Churches to promote Christian activities in every area across the country and is aimed at younger people mainly. There were over 2000 present, mainly youngsters, and it was a very enjoyable time.


Our First Steps toddler and baby group meet again today 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 next meet on the evening of June 1 in the church hall. 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.


The Rev Gill Smith will be on BigglesFM at 8.15am on May 25 with her Thought for the Day. Find her at 104.8 on the dial. Later the same day 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 home made meals. Two courses plus a drink, only £7.


June 2 is very soon and that is the date of our next banquet evening. The theme this time is based on “The Oscars” so Black Tie and posh frocks is encouraged! Tickets will cost £22.50 and includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival. Call 01767 261206 to book.


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  May 27:  9am  Benefice Holy Communion (Said) 10.30am Holy Communion


Last Sunday’s morning service was Holy Communion conducted by the Rector, the Rev Gill Smith. In her sermon, the Rev Gill spoke of finding ones way and how in the modern world a SatNav can be very useful when you are new in town! However God’s guidance is much older when we want guidance with our faith and with our prayers and when we seek guidance to help others. The service was followed with the Holy Baptism of Tasaria Perry. Next Sunday, the morning service is Holy Communion for Pentecost, all are welcome.


The Rev Gill also announced a very special event on at St Alban’s Cathedral tomorrow, May 19. Following hard on conducting the Royal Wedding the same day, the Archbishop of Canterbury will present “Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Event” at St Albans at 6.30pm, with Baptist Minister, the Rev Hayley Young and Soul Survivor. This is an initiative by the Archbishop and the Archbishop of York and involving other Christian Churches to promote Christian activities in every area across the country. Contact  Rev Gill if you want to go as a minibus will be hired if there are enough people. Call 01767 260782 today.

 

Our First Steps toddler and baby group meet again today 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 meet at 7.30pm this evening in the church hall. 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.


The Rev Gill Smith will be on BigglesFM at 8.15am on May 25 with her Thought for the Day. Find her at 104.8 on the dial. Later the same day 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 home cooked meals? Two courses plus a drink, only £7.


A social evening, with the film, The Lion, has kindly been organised for us at the newly refurbished Ek Raj Indian restaurant in Potton, on May 24th. There will be a good selection of Indian food on offer for a very reasonable price and some of the proceeds will be passed to St Mary’s. This is a very kind gesture and we hope the event will be well supported. Call 01767 260782 for details and to book.


June 2 is not far off now and that is the date of our next banquet evening. The theme this time is based on “The Oscars” so Black Tie and posh frocks is encouraged! Tickets will cost £22.50 and includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival. If you came to our recent medieval evening, you will be please to know you will get a full set of cutlery for this dinner!


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  May 20:  9am  Benefice Holy Communion (Said) at Sutton Church or 9am Morning Prayer at St Mary’s 10.30am Holy Communion for Pentecost  

 


Last Week In our Church


By Dave Thompson


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