Week commencing 17th September 2017

Benefice News



2017                 Diary

Sunday 17th Sept

Oakley Harvest @ St Mary’s, Oakley - 10:30 – All Welcome

Sat 16th Sept

Pilgrimage Walk from Elstow to Olney, or join at Stagsden Church. More details to follow.

Sat 23rd Sept

Compassion Experience, Kings Arms Church, Ampthill Rd, Bedford (see below)

Mon 9th Oct


St Mary’s Buffet Supper @ Indian Summer

Sat 14th Oct

3:00 pm Proms in the Park (St Owen)


Next PCC Meetings

20 th September, Bromham 7:30pm      

27th September, Oakley      7:30pm


Harvest Festivals:

Stagsden Harvest – 24th Sept.  [H. Supper 23rd Sept]

Bromham Harvest – 1st October


The Haven Quiet Garden is available for individuals to use, and is also available for groups. For more information, or to book please contact Carol Willgress by text on 07505304374


Letters & cards to Linda: Please hand any post to either

churchwardens or Di for forwarding.


Leaflets. “Where are we going?” Thank you all for completing this with care & prayer.


Sunday 23rd Sept.  Stories of African children, and experiential display in a large travelling trailer parked at the Kings Arms Church, 245 Ampthill Rd, Bedford.  11.00-5.00pm with crafts, African drumming workshop etc [See poster]


St Owen’s Church Proms Event: in the church, on Sat 14th October.  The usual great afternoon – in aid of the building fund.


Bring and Share lunches:

Sun Oct 8 David and Dorothy Williams , 5 Leyside tel 823604


St Mary’s Church are holding a soup lunch after the Harvest Service on September 17th at 10:30 am. Names to Hilarie Worley please Tel : 262166. Donations for the foodbank – tinned and dried food and toiletries please.


Please note 24th September (4th Sunday) Benefice Eucharist Service is 10:30 at OAKLEY, ST MARY’S.                 


The Youth Group are organising the Harvest Supper  on Sat 30th Sept starting at 5:30pm at St Owen’s Church.

Tickets: £5 adults, £3 children (3-13), family £15 (up to 2 adults & 3 children. Please bring your own drinks. Raffle.

Where are we Going?

The Churchwardens and Parish Reps thank everyone who answered the recent questionnaire.  We are working on the Benefice Profile and other papers needed to attract and appoint a new Vicar.  All your views were essential to this process even if it will not be possible to accommodate every viewpoint in one person - the new Vicar!  We meet with Archdeacon Paul on 14 Sept to discuss progress; please pray that our efforts will continue to be guided by the Holy Spirit.  Vacancy Steering Group


Decorating St Owens Church for Harvest will take place on Saturday 30th September from 10am. Anyone who would like to help will be most welcome.  Donations for the purchase of flowers will be much appreciated.    Margaret Parrott


Bring and Sing at St Andrews Church Saturday 14th October. Concert 7:30 of John Rutter’s Magnificat.


A Quarter Peal will be rung on Tuesday 3rd October from 11:15am for approximately an hour at St Owen’s Church, Bromham.

The Hurricane Disaster in Caribbean  donations may be given in the next 2 weeks.Hand in envelopes marked Diocesan Appeal or British Red Cross.  Cheques payable to British Red Cross or St Albans DBF.  Gift Aid forms available.


Stagsden Harvest Tickets available for purchase in Church Office, Mollivers Lane, Bromham.


Christmas Craft Morning 16th December, 10-12 at St Owen’s, Bromham.


Food Bank donations at the Harvest Festival. Suggested items : UHT Fruit Juice & Milk, Tinned Veg, Tuna, Fruit and Tomatoes, Cuppa Soup, Tea Bags, Washing Up Liquid, Laundry Washing Tablets. Can be left at  St Owens Church at the Harvest Festival on Sunday.





Services – Today Sunday 17th September –

Trinity 14, Oakley Harvest


Benefice Holy Communion - OAKLEY


Oakley Harvest. All Age Eucharist followed by Lunch - OAKLEY


Parish Eucharist - BROMHAM







Services this week



Services and location:



 Messy Church BROMHAM



Eucharist – Bromham Baptist Church.




Messy Church - OAKLEY