On 14th March, Bishop Richard came come to Biggleswade Deanery on one of his Lent visits to Deaneries. He spent the morning at St Mary's Church, Eaton Socon with Deanery Clergy & Readers reflecting on St Paul's letter to the Philippians. After lunch he drove over to St Peter's Church in Wrestlingworth to join a group of about 20 clergy and laity who were to go on a short pilgrimage with him. After another reading from Philippians and prayers the group set out on its pilgrimage over the fields to Sutton.
Whilst the others made their way to All Saints Church for refreshment, Bishop Richard called into Sutton Lower Church School accompanied by the Rector of Sutton, the Rev'd Gill Smith, and the Rural Dean, the Rev'd Lindsay Dew. They were welcomed by the Headteacher, Mrs Sarah Stevens and the assembled children, along with the staff of the school.
Rejoining the rest of the group, the Bishop had only a short time to sample the tasty refreshments before it was time for a further reading and prayers before the group returned to Wrestlingworth, by another route. Here the group said final prayers before departing to reflect on the lessons from the pilgrimage.
In the evening, Bishop Richard repeated the morning reflections for lay members of the Deanery in St Mary the Virgin Church, Potton. This was followed by Compline.
New Rector for Sandy. The Rev'd Huw Davies will be licensed as Rector of Sandy on 4th December by Bishop Alan. We all look forward to welcoming him and his family to the Deanery. He comes to us from the parish of Chesham Bois in Oxford Diocese.
SEPT 2013: It is good news that the Revds Gillian Smith and Margaret Marshall have been confirmed in their positions. Gill will be instituted by the Archdeacon of Bedford as Rector of Potton with Sutton and Cockhayne Hatley in St Mary's Church, Potton at 10.30am on Sunday, 15th September. Margaret will be instituted by the Bishop of Bedford as Rector of the Riversmeet Benefice in Blunham Church at 7pm on Tuesday, 22nd October. Please keep them in your prayers.
It has been announced that the Revd Lynda Klimas, Vicar of Cople, Moggerhanger and Willington has been selected to be the new Rector of Maulden and Rural Dean of Amphill & Shefford. She will be missed from Biggleswade Deanery, but we all wish her well as she is licensed to her new appointment on 11th November.
Nov 2013: At the the Synod meeting on 15th October we were given presentations from 7 parishes, all for worthy causes. With such a choice, Synod members were faced with a difficult choice, but by a narrow margin the proposal for a group of young people to visit southern Africa to work with the "Hands at Work" charity to those living in poverty won the vote. More details can be found on the Projects page.
We have said goodbye to the Revd Canon Lynda Klimas, who was honoured for her work by being made an Honorary Canon of St Albans Cathedral on 9th November.
We look forward to the arrival of the Revd Huw Davies to be the new Rector of Sandy. He will be instituted by the Bishop of St Albans on 5th December at St Swithun's Church.
All the Churches in the Deanery are preparing for Christmas with extra services and events. Have a look at individual websites for information.
Dec 2013: In February we will see the last of our priests-
Within Biggleswade Deanery is the Sue Ryder Hospice of St John's, Moggerhanger. The post of Chaplain has been vacant for several months since the departure of the Rev'd Carole Hough. In February her replacement, Chere Hunter, will be licensed by the Bishop of Bedford. Chere is a Reader and we welcome her to the Deanery for this important task of pastoral care to the dying and their relatives, as well as those who care for them