Week commencing 18th Oct 2020


Services & Events

In line with guidance from the Government and the Church of England we are now beginning cautiously to reopen services in church. All other groups and events remain cancelled until further notice.

Services this Sunday October 18th  


Please join us for one of our services as we meet to worship God together:

9.00am Holy Communion St Mary’s Oakley

10.30am Holy Communion St Owen’s Bromham

Short, said services. We will follow the hygiene guidance from the C of E regarding Holy Communion, in addition to the usual guidelines, to keep us all safe. Please phone Tessa (for Bromham) or Hilarie (for Oakley) by the day before if possible to say you are planning to attend. Please bring a face mask to wear.

Tessa Woodcock and Frances Bulmer will be formally admitted to their role as Bromham’s Church Wardens at the St Owen’s service.

10.30am Zoom Service

Click on the link (sent by email or on the benefice website) or call one of these numbers and when asked enter the appropriate ID number.

           0131 460 1196

           0203 481 5240

           0203 051 2874

           0203 481 5237

ID number 848 0690 8170 same number every week now

11.30am Coffee after the morning service Use the phone numbers above or the links you have been sent: Oakley ID number 839 5575 0716 passcode: 000914
Bromham ID number 781 7646 9716 passcode:

Services for Next Week 25th October 2020

9.00am Holy Communion- St Leonard’s Stagsden

10.30am Holy Communion– St Owen’s Bromham
10.30am Zoom Service
11.30am Coffee after morning service

6.00pm Zoom Evensong



In line with guidance from the Government and the Church of England, all churches are closed, and all events and groups in church buildings or on behalf of the church are suspended until further notice.


St Leonard’s APCM this Tues 20th Oct at 2.30pm

The meeting will be held in the church, and we will be observing social distancing and hygiene guidelines. The agenda and related paperwork has been emailed or delivered to everyone on St Leonard’s Electoral Roll – if you (or someone you know) would like a paper copy please let Sarah know and we will print and deliver it to you.

PCC Elections At St Mary’s APCM on Weds, Graham Palmer and Hilarie Worley were re-elected as Church Wardens; Diane Alder and Dorothy Palmer were elected to the PCC; and Sally Ball and Graham Palmer were re-elected as Deanery Synod Reps. Thanks and congratulations to them all.

St Owen’s 100 Club We are looking for someone to take over the running of the 100 Club in St Owen’s. This is a valuable fund raiser for the church and has been co-ordinated for many years by Terry Rooke (thanks to Terry for all his hard work). Lots of support is available. For more info please phone Frances Bulmer on 409916.

‘Virtual’ Area Choirs Festival Saturday 17th Oct at 5pm streamed via Zoom. To watch or listen to the service use this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89679413872 or log in to Zoom, or phone using one of the numbers above,  and use ID 896 7941 3872. The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John, the Dean of St Albans, will host the service and the Bishop of St Albans will preach. If you cannot join live the event will be available afterwards by visiting http://www.rscm-stalbans.co.uk/

Messy Church Online

Starting on Monday Nov 2nd, every Mon from 10.30 -11am on Zoom. Story, songs, chat and share – all pre-schoolers and their carers welcome. The Zoom link will be sent out – contact Sarah in the office if you want to receive it.

 Church open times

Please keep checking here or on line as services are subject to changes in location.


Fri 23rd


Wedding St Mary’s

Sun 25th


Holy Communion St Leonard’s



Holy Communion St Owen’s

Sun 1st Nov


Holy Communion St Leonard’s



Holy Communion St Mary’s

Home Communion

If you are unable to come to church for communion and would like to receive it at home, please phone Catherine or Di to consider how this can be done safely.


Stagsden Harvest giving to the Food Bank was £50 in cash/cheque and 43 kg of food which will help to provide about 102 meals. Thank you everyone who contributed!



Feeling under the weather? Anyone can now access a test for coronavirus if they have any of the symptoms of COVID-19. Visit this page  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ or call 111 to arrange a test.


Help is available if you are unwell or self-isolating. Please let one of the church wardens or clergy know if you, or a neighbour or friend, could do with some help. Many people from the church and the community are asking what they can do, so please get in touch with requests (and offers of help).


Bedford Foodbank still needs our help – put donations in the boxes at most large supermarkets, or give money online: https://bedford.foodbank.org.uk/


Keeping in touch The pew leaflet can be emailed or delivered to anyone who would like a copy – please tell Sarah if you know someone who wants to receive it.


Every Mind Matters, NHS website with expert advice and practical tips to stay mentally healthy whilst staying at home, visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/