St Paul's stands at the very heart of the County Town of Bedford and serves both as a Parish Church and as the Civic and County Church of Bedfordshire. With its busy programme of daily services, the church seeks to be open for pilgrims and visitors alike, and to offer a haven of tranquillity at the centre of this busy borough.
In addition to services, visitors are welcome each day between
10 am and 4 pm, unless specifically indicated in the Diary.
On Saturdays, tea, coffee and light refreshments are available in the Anderson Room at the West End of the Church from 10 am - 4.30 pm.
For details of our services on Sundays and throughout the week, please click here
This Week's Notices
Today we welcome into the church by baptism Callub John Eastaff. Please pray for him, his family and Godparents.
Collection Summary for week ending Sunday 24 August.
Stewardship envelope offering £214.00
Other collections & donations £445.44
Catering Income £ 68.17
Weekday Communicants: 33
Sunday 10 August Communicants: 115
The flowers this week are sponsored by Tom and Naomi Roy in memory of close family members.
Bike ‘n’ Hike 13th September Please collect your sponsorship forms from Sue or Andrew Gray. Enjoy walking or cycling the lovely Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire countryside while raising money for St Paul's and the Historic Churches Trust. If you would like to link up with others, please let us know and we can help co-ordinate groups. Andrew and some who want a challenge, are cycling to Cambridge. He can give you details of their plan for the day if you want to join them. Whatever you do, have a great day.
The Collett-White's and others are cycling to churches locally, starting in Bedford/Kempston. Contact Ann or James if you want to join up, tel 266839 or 07989837819.
Michaelmas Market (Saturday September 20th). Donations of goods for the Market may be brought into church from now on. It might be an idea to leave an potentially valuable items in the Church Office (open 10-4). Raffle prizes, eg wine, tins of biscuits, chocolates etc would certainly be in this category and would be much appreciated. Many thanks for all the goods received to date. Just get in touch with David (office) or Rita (217406).
Tickets for "What happened tot the R101?" lecture and light supper on Saturday 11 October are now available from the office. Price £10. The lecture is being given by Dr Giles Camplin and Paul Ross of the Airship Heritage Trust.
St Paul's 100 Club will be re-launched in the near future. Please contact Richard West through the office for details.
Margaret Blake and family would like to thank everyone for their cards and kind expressions of sympathy on the death of her brother. There will be a service of thanksgiving for Chris on Tuesday 2 September in St Paul's at 10.45 am. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Receiving Communion. If you do not with to receive communion directly from the chalice, in the interests of hygiene, please retain the host, and then allow the minister to intinct (dip) the host (bread) for you.
The 'For Your Prayers' list is getting rather long. If you wish to keep a person on the list from 1st September, please contact the office or a churchwarden. Those who are critically or seriously ill will be on the daily prayer list for three weeks initially. Those who are chronically ill will be remembered on a specific weekday.
Calligrapher wanted to up date the book recording the names of those whose ashes have been laid to rest in the churchyard. Please contact Robin Davies if you can help personally, or know someone else who might be able to help.