Benefice News and Forthcoming Events

Details of forthcoming events around the Benefice can be found by clicking on the appropriate button below:

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Rev Dave retires

Sunday 11 August saw a packed church for Rev Dave’s final  service.  At this United Benefice service held in Silsoe Church over 150 adults and children sang Dave’s favourite hymns and listened to his chosen readings. At the end of the service, Dave and Kath were presented with a large cheque donated by the parishioners from all 3 parishes which

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Rev Dave Bell announces his retirement

At the Palm Sunday service on 14 April, which Dave Bell did not attend because he was unwell,  Rev Ian Smith read a letter from Dave Bell to the congregation in which he stated that he will be retiring from the benefice. The exact date of his retirement has not been finalised but he will let the congregations know when

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Lent Course: “Who is my neighbour?”

This course will  run throughout Lent within the Benefice . Each of the sessions takes a look at our world in a multi faith society focusing on Judaism, Islam and Christianity. We will look at their foundations faith, history; major events, key players and the basic ethos of Judaism, Islam and our Christian faith.  This will also include a visit

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Rev Ian Smith celebrates his first communion as a priest.

On Sunday 1 July 2018, the day after his priesting at St Albans Abbey, Ian Smith led his first communion. The service was a United Benefice service, held at St James the Apostle Pulloxhill, and attended by over 110 people from across the Benefice. Introducing the service Dave Bell congratulated Ian Smith on his priesting and commented on what a

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Priesting of Ian Smith

On 30 June 2018 Ian Smith together with 19 other candidates from the Diocese was priested at St Albans Abbey. A congregation of about 1,000 attended the service to witness the priesting of these individuals led by the Bishop of St Albans the Very Revd. Dr Alan Smith. A coach had been organised for people from the Benefice to attend

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Missed out on Baptism?

Perhaps you have thought, this is something I should get round to at some stage in life? Now is your chance! We are running a course for adults interested in being baptised. Three sessions: (max one hour each) Saturday 14th July 10.30am    Saturday 28th July 10.30am Tuesday 31st July 8pm If you are interested contact Rev Dave Bell 01525 861163

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