Thank you to all who gave towards the Bible Fund. We now have enough to buy Bibles for all three churches. We are also able give Bibles to places where they are needed in the world.
The Bibles each have a bookmark with helpful verses to look up if people need guidance or comfort. The Bibles should be in church by Christmas. We are happy for them to be used in services, for Bible Studies, or even taken home to use. If you decide to keep one of them, or give it away to someone who needs it, just let us know so that we can replenish the Bibles as and when.
We plan to start a ‘Bible Book Club’ in the New Year. We’ll read a book of the Bible each month and then meet to discuss it. If you’re interested in joining the ‘Bible Book Club’ please contact Rev Louise – 01525 643478 or RevLouise@3churches.uk
Monday 31 October Lights into Darkness – Silsoe Church
On a wet Monday night Silsoe Church was a warm and welcoming place – hot chocolate, sweets and the chance to make and decorate a light bag. All were welcome.
Silsoe Church was open from 5pm – 6:30pm on 31 October for refreshments and the opportunity to make a light bag to take to shine a light into the night.
All were welcome, especially families and children .
This was a free drop in event
Monday 31 October – Pulloxhill Church
In the evening of 31 October, we will have the path and church lights on. There will be candles in the porch for people to light and some goodies for the children.
30 October – Remembered with Love
Rev Simon and Rev Louise would love to invite you, your family and friends to a special service to remember your loved ones. Each church will have a service on 30 October 2022, and you are welcome to attend whichever one is best for you.
There will be space for prayer and reflection. Names will be read aloud, and candles lit in remembrance.
There is no need to give us names in advance. Cards will be provided on arrival for you to write the names you want to be included.
We do hope that you will be able to attend. However, if you are unable to be with us, please be assured that you remain in our prayers.
Refreshments will be served after the service.
Children are very welcome. In order to provide appropriate resources for them, it would help us to know the ages of any children who are attending with you.
Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Or phoning Simon and Louise on 01525 643478.
It would help to know
Which service you will attend
How many places you need
If any children are coming with you and their ages
Monday 26 September – Flitton Harvest Supper & Auction of Produce
Thank you so much to all those who have donated to our Food Bank and Harvest Festival collections. The donations were given to The Need Project. This excellent Christian organisation gives food parcels to people in need across Central Bedfordshire.
Jo Holt took another donation to the Food Bank and felt that I needed to share this with you that he Need Project in Stotfold were so very grateful, and even gave her a lovely bunch of flowers. During their chat, the chap told her that they give away £29,000 worth of food every month! What we do is so desperately needed and gratefully received.
Church Vision Morning – 24 September
Notes from the Vision Morning
25 attended for the morning, Saturday 24th September 10am-1pm
Lectionary Reading for the day was Luke 9:43b-45, let’s not be afraid of asking God to explain and lead us into the future, even when we’re confused.
We discovered that people in the room were connected with the Benefice over 60 years, from someone born here to Louise and Simon coming in July.
The timelines of the three churches were drawn over the last 70 years with major mileposts in activities, personnel, sorrows and joys. The main points from this were …….
For the Benefice, different clergy have been good and not so good, we need to do more together, choices need to be made according to priorities, church can be an obstacle to some.
For Flitton, people have come and gone, history of the building is significant, fundraising is a challenge.
For Pulloxhill, is an open, friendly welcoming love.
For Silsoe, ongoing engagement with the school, some difficult experiences, has been welcoming to children.
We spent some time considering what we could call the Benefice. 3J’s, Flitvalley, De Greys, 3 Churches Bedford, 3 Churches FPS, Three Towers, 3Churches R US, Greensand, James and John, Welcome, Heritage, Love and Service, Garden, Three Paths, Rural 3 Churches, Flitt Hundred, Upbury, Sipufl, Triangle, FPS3Churches, United Flit vale, Siltonhill, Flitsilhill, United Flit vale, Bedfordshire, John Bunyan, Home Counties, Variations on village abbreviations.
Spending time in listening to God we heard, use the buildings to serve the community, where are the young people/children, offer new /different/accessible opportunities for people to come close to God, what are the community needs, outdoor services, loving, warm, reassurance, calm, joint meetings being more together, use our history, welcoming and hospitality, inclusiveness, nourishing the body as well as the soul, contrasts in events BCP and then school service,
Revelation 3:20 , Be thou my vision, how do we communicate with God?, time to think and be quiet, services elsewhere apart from church, men’s breakfast club, ecumenical enterprises, midweek church, introducing the young to Jesus, church to be more approachable and less intimidating, flexibility, fluidity and freedom in services, church cinema, repair café.
What one thing could we start to do? All age services (x3), review and meet together as parishes for common causes (fundraising), outdoor worship, open coffee mornings, midweek services that work for families (x2), open time, church hall extension, young friends of church group, reach out to community, teaching us to pray, open cleaning date, people able to interrupt services to ask things, Saturday lunch club, youth church, social Sunday, simpler services, boards advertising events/services, welcoming course (x2), PCC’s active members of church, projects that connect church and community.
What one thing should we stop doing? Less admin (x4), letting history and grievances cloud our judgement and feelings, baptisms outside services (x2), fundraising, the peace, worrying, attending meetings not directly related to church activities, non-inclusive activities.
One thing we’d like to see more. Social events, music variations, Benefice café church, welcome letter to newcomers, family services (x2), all church members contributing, food events, hospitality events (x2), enabling aged to attend worship, church decorators, people coming to faith, zoom meetings on God stuff, Benefice events, pastoral visiting (x2), Bible Study, Prayer Group, sharing faith, coffee mornings, confidence in sharing our faith, unity (x3), small groups, vision days, joint prayer meetings, Alpha course.
What difference would you like to see in a year? Looser structure in services, more activities for children, new people, less triplication, larger congregations (x2), openness to change, all age services (x3), larger all age church family (x2), more villager invites, more charitable giving, more community feel, more community support by the church (x2), more united churches (x2), café church, wider worship styles (x3), God mentioned at social and fundraising events, contemplative moments, people coming to faith, Benefice rather than Parish focus for the totality of the population.
People were encouraged to go away and pray over what their role and response to the day was.
What next? Review in 6 months, annual vision day, occasional joint PCCs to discuss.
Please pray, reflect and comment back to Simon and Louise.
Night Prayers (Compline) in August
During August we will be having a service of Night Prayers (Compline) in each of our Churches:
Thursday 11 August – 8pm at Flitton
Thursday 18 August – 8pm at Silsoe
Thursday 25 August – 8pm at Pulloxhill
All are welcome.