Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage
Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage

Forthcoming Events


Flower Festival, ‘Our Favourite Hymns’ at St Mary’s Church, Eaton Bray LU6 2DP

Friday 20th September, 7.00-9.00pm – Preview Evening with wine, canapés and music, tickets £10

Saturday 21st September 10.00am – 5.00pm and Sunday 22nd September 12 noon – 5pm – Festival Open Music, raffle, refreshments – entry £2.50

Sunday 22nd September, 5.00pm – Songs of Praise service 

Church Tour with the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust

Saturday 21st September, led by Richard Genochio.  The churches to be visited are:

  • Holy Trinity, Great Paxton: Pevsner writes: ‘Great Paxton is one of the very few Anglo-Saxon buildings one can call grandiose. The interior is not only a surprise, but also an architectural shock of a high order’.
  • St. Peter, Offord D’Arcy: We are fortunate to have this special opportunity to visit this church which is normally closed. It has a Norman northern arcade in the nave and a contrasting Early English arcade on the south side.
  • St Mary, Godmanchester: With a fine tower and spire visible for miles around, the church is handsome & spacious inside, with some good stained glass windows one designed by Burne-Jones and made by William Morris and the others by Kempe. The misericords are from Ramsey Abbey.
  • All Saints, St Ives: A fine church – and a spire with a story – on the banks of the Ouse, a river we shall have been following all day. A truly remarkable chancel screen by Comper, with an organ rather than a rood on top. Also a splendid reredos by Comper junior. We shall also hear about major plans to improve and re-order the church.

For further details, please contact David Allard as soon as possible.  The cost is £25 per person.  A booking form can be found on the back of the latest Trust News.

Tastelife – understanding eating disorders

Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th September, Coventry

People with eating disorders find themselves in a very dark place. tastelife aims to help them out of that darkness, by providing compassionate knowledge, understanding, and tools for recovery.  Join our growing charity and train to run our 8-session tastelife course in your community, and offer sufferers and carers effective tools for recovery.

This course is desperately needed as there are an estimated 4 million sufferers in the UK, but limited NHS resources. The training is inspiring – and always fun! It will equip you with all you need, plus accreditation from University of Brighton. Based on Christian values but suitable for all.

Contact 605349 or visit our website

Silent Witnesses: the Archaeology of Burials, Churchyards, and their Contexts: Society for Church Archaeology

Friday 27th – Sunday 29th September, St Albans Cathedral

The conference will cover a wide range of talks on burials and churchyard archaeology, including a talk from Martin Biddle himself. The Sunday of the conference will encompass a coach tour of some local churches of interest. As the main day of lectures will be taking place at the Cathedral, numbers are limited so it is suggested that booking is made as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Click here to download the conference programme and booking form


An Introduction to Bibliodrams: A workshop with David Tatem

Saturday 28th September, 10.00am-4.00pm at St Andrews Church Centre, Kimbolton Road, Bedford MK40 2PF

A whole person experience of engaging with sacred texts: using body, mind and soul.  Offering a one-day workshop giving an introduction to the principles of Bibliodrama, its underlying philosophy and approaches and including a complete working session.

£10 per person. All booking in advance   Places limited

Ashwell Book Weekend

Saturday 5th October 10.00am-5.00pm and Sunday 6 October 2.00pm-5.00pm

A great selection of books to browse and buy for children and adults both fiction and non-fiction. Tea, coffee and home-made cakes available.

On Saturday 5th October local children’s author, Angela Patchett, will be reading from her books from 10.30 – 12.00 noon and from 2.00pm – 3.30pm.

Entrance £1.00, children under 16 free.

Scarecrow Festival – A Celebration of Harvest, St Laurence Church, Wormley EN10 7QF

Saturday 5th October 11.00am – 5.00pm – Sunday 6th October 11.00am – 4.00pm, followed by a sung Harvest Evensong at 6.30pm

Fairtrade stall, cake stall, raffle, crafts for children and refreshments available.


AGM of the Company of Servers, St Albans Chapter

Saturday 12th October, 2.00-4.00pm at St John’s Church, Harpenden

A community for all who serve God at the altar within the Church of England and the Anglican Communion.

Eucharist at 2pm  followed by refreshments and AGM.  All members are encouraged to come and anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome.

Contact Mary Butcher


Diabetes: Parish Nurse Coffee Morning

Saturday 12th October 10.00am – 12.00 noon, St. Thomas Parish Church, Stopsley, Hitchin Road, Luton in the Church Hall.

There will be a talk from a nurse from the Desmond Trust – a charity raising awareness about diabetes. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about Parish Nursing.  We are particularly grateful for the support of both the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation and of Near Neighbours for this innovative project.  Please do come along to this interesting initiative and feel free to share this invitation to any who may find it of interest.

Christian Blind Mission Sunday 2019: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

on or around Sunday 13th October

To help save children from a life of needless blindness, please invite your church to mark Christian Blind Mission Sunday, an uplifting addition to the church calendar to mark World Sight Day (October 10th). Register today by visiting  or call 0800 567 7000 to find out more and receive free resources to help your congregation learn, pray and give to ensure people living in the world’s poorest places with avoidable blindness are no longer out of sight and out of mind.

Faith4Rights, an afternoon conference exploring the relationship between Faith and Human Rights

Saturday 19th October, 2.00-5.00pm at St Mary’s Church, Welwyn, AL6 9LX

• The Rt Revd Richard Atkinson OBE, Bishop of Bedford (Christian)
• Dr Kishan Manocha, senior adviser on freedom of religion or belief to the Office of Democratic Institutions & Human Rights of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Bahá’í)
• Maqsood Ahmed OBE, Director of Welfare & Community Development, Muslim Hands (Muslim), former Senior Advisor to the Department for Communities and Local Government

Free to participate – You are welcome to come on the day, but it would help us with logistics if you could register prior to the conference.  Conference details will be sent out a week before the event. Please click here to send name and contact details or contact 01438 714150  All welcome – those from any faith or none. Faith4Rights

Silent Film Evening: ‘Piccadilly’ at St John’s Boxmoor

Saturday 19th October, Arrive 6.00 pm for supper at 6.30 pm, move through to the church for the film show at 7.30 pm.

Following a very successful Silent Film Evening last year, former curate at Boxmoor, Fr Ben Weitzmann, a very talented musician, is returning to provide the accompaniment on the church organ for the silent classic Piccadilly, preceded by a supper.  The film is described as “a showbiz melodrama seething with sexual and racial tension.”

Tickets £10 for film and supper (in advance only) and £3 for film only, available from Lorraine Ioannou 01442 213 648.

Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Hertfordshire Chorus

Saturday 19th October, 7.30pm at St Albans Cathedral, St Albans AL1 1BY

Come and see one of the country’s best symphonic choirs perform one of Britain’s most popular choral works in the sublime surroundings of St Albans Cathedral.

Hertfordshire Chorus with Zoë Brookshaw soprano, Diana Moore mezzo, Ben Johnson tenor, James Platt bass, John-Ellis Wallaceboy treble, London Orchestra da Camera, David Temple conductor

Elijah was very much the Messiah of its day: a hugely popular work that absolutely cemented Mendelssohn’s position as one of the greatest composers of sacred music. Two thousand people attended the premiere performance of Elijah, which saw Mendelssohn himself take to the podium at Birmingham Town Hall. Elijah has an imaginative orchestration and the variety Mendelssohn brings to the recitatives ensure that they always maintain dramatic impetus. Many arias and choruses have a sheer beauty but above all, there is no mistaking the work’s considerable dramatic impact, epitomised by the vivid characterisation of Elijah himself.

TICKETS: £25, £20, £16, £12, £5 under 18s and students, are available from the Cathedral Box Office (no booking fees) or online: phone: 01727 890 290 (Mon-Fri 10am to 4:45pm, Sat 10am to 3:45pm, Sun 1pm to 5pm)

Meditation and Depressions: “Giving Up Without Giving Up” A Day For Reflection, Sharing and Peace

Saturday 19th October, 10.30 – 4.00 at Monastery of Christ Our Saviour, Turvey, Bedford MK43 8DH

‘What if the suffering that we call depression contains experiences and lessons without which we cannot be fully alive?’

In the course of the day we will explore such questions together in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Our main resource will be the shared practice of meditation. Meditators from all traditions are welcome, as are those new to meditation.

The day will be facilitated by:

Jim Green, oblate of the World Community for Christian Meditation and author of GIVING UP WITHOUT GIVING UP: Meditation and Depressions (Bloomsbury, 2019)

Edmund Giszter, psychotherapist and meditator

COST: £25 (£20 concessions) – please bring whatever you want to eat for lunch. Tea, coffee etc provided.

Copies of Jim’s book will be available at discount price.

For more information and to book, contact Jim Green

Coffee Concerts at St John’s Church, Harpenden
Free classical concerts within the beautiful acoustic of St John’s Church followed by coffee

Sunday 20th October, 3.00pm: Daniel Roscia (clarinet) & Rosanna Rolton (harp)
Sunday 10th November, 3.00pm: Terence Charlston (organ & chamber organ)
Saturday 14th December, 10.30am: Roger Carter (organ)


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