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 celebrate Sea Sunday, when we remember the Mission to Seafarers. This provides help to those who work at sea and are often far from home.
The service this evening is at the Kings' Arms Church on Ampthill Road. The Salvation Army suggested the change of venue because Canon Andrew White, the Vicar of Baghdad is to speak, and will be able to tell of the situation there from his first hand knowledge. Andrew leads the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (wwwfrrme.org).
Banns of Marriage are called today for the second time for Thorsten Gfrarer and Suzanne Hooker.
Collection Summary for week ending Sunday 10 August.
Stewardship envelope offering £238.80
Other collections & donations 305.98
Catering Income £ 110.96
Weekday Communicants: 53
Sunday 10 August Communicants: 91
August 25th The Diocese is 100!
There is a Festival Day of Praise and Fun for all at Keysoe Equestrian Centre from 10 am - 5 pm. We hope some of you would like to go. If you need help with transport please speak to Robin Davies or Wendy Jones. There is a chance to enter the 'Cake Off' and 'It's a Knockout' competitions.
Bike ‘n’ Hike 13th September - Coordinators Andrew and Sue Gray. Please collect your sponsorship forms from Sue or Andrew. 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.
Michaelmas Market (Saturday September 20th). Could you bake a cake, scones, buns etc? All contributions for the popular and successful cake stall gratefully received - also preserves such as jams or marmalades. We provide refreshments all day too. Perhaps you would like to help out on the 20th serving coffees or assisting with lunches - even washing up? Your baking or catering contribution would be much appreciated. 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.
The flowers this week are sponsored by Wendy Jones in memory of her parents, Flo and Harry Jones.
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.