March 2014: New Vicar for Cople , Moggerhanger and Willington. It has been anounced that the Revd Fiona Gibson has been selected as the new vicar to replace the Revd Lynda Klimas. Fiona is currently the assistant curate at Christ Church, Bedford and will be inducted by the Bishop of Bedford at Cople parish church on Wednesday, 10th September 2014.
June 2014. The Bishop of Bedford spent much of Wednesday, 11th June in Biggleswade Deanery, on the theme of "Transforming Communities". In the morning he, and other Deanery clergy, spent the day working with the volunteers in the Dunton Garden, a community facility which helps individual get back to working after a period without work.
In the evening he met with the lay members of the Deanery in Dunton Parish Church. Here each of the parishes submitted lists of the ways in which their church members were involved in, and therefore transforming, their communities. Parishes came up with a wide range of activities as are illustrated by these lists. Bishop Richard invited a number of the parish members to talk about their activities.
Many present were surprised at the extent to which their churches were involved in the community and it was concluded that in many cases it was the church which glued together the various elements of the community.
August 2014: St John's Hospice at Moggerhanger are once more having a fundraising Starlight Hike at Moggerhanger. This is a 10km walk around the grounds of the hospice, starting at 10pm on the 13th September 2014. Their aim is to recruit 1100 walkers for the event, which last year made over £100,000 for the hospice! See poster for details of how to register."
SEPTEMBER 2014: In a very joyful service at All Saints, Cople on Wednesday, 10th September, the Revd Fiona Gibson was Collated to the benefice of Cople, Moggerhanger and Willington by the Rt Rev Richard Atkinson, Bishop of Bedford, and installed by our Rural Dean, the Revd Lindsay Dew. Fiona comes to us from being Assistant Curate at Christ Church, Bedford (following in the footsteps of the Rev Tim Robb, who came from Christ Church to Eaton Socon in 2007).
A large congregation was present to welcome Fiona along with husband David and children Matthew and Anna, who are settling into Cople vicarage. Fiona brought along so many of her friends from Bedford that with all the representatives from the 3 parishes a marquee had to be erected outside the west door
On August Bank Holiday Monday, 4,000 people from around the Diocese braved the (traditional?) weather to take part in a joyous and spiritally uplifting celebration of the centenary of St Albans Diocese in its present form. A party from the Deanery, led by Mrs Maureen Munro of Sandy, went by coach to the event and had a glorious day out.
See the report of their adventures
DECEMBER 2014: "With the demise of the printed version of SeeRound, everyone is invited to sign up for the online version HERE This is printable so you can pass on hardcopy to those not on the internet, or to put a copy up on the church notice board.
The Spring 2015 Equipping God's People programme of courses is now available, HERE. Do have a look and consider signing up for a course. The Deanery is hosting a Saturday morning workshop on "How to make the most of your church building!" at St Lawrence's Church, Willington on 25th April."
DECEMBER 2014: "We celebrated at St Mary’s Church, Potton on Sunday, the retirement of our devoted Reader Kath Partington who has served as Reader in the Benefice of Potton, Sutton and Cockayne Hatley for 16 years, being licensed at the age of 69. Many members of our Benefice attended the special service of Holy Communion and during the service presentations were made to Kath, by the Rev Dr Frank Coleman, the Deanery Readers’ Adviser, who presented her with a Staff of Office acknowledging her years of service, and Mr Phil Brown, the Deanery Lay Chair, who presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Diocese of St Albans. Kath was also presented with a book of appreciative comments from members of the congregations she has served. Kath’s final service as Reader is the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at All Saints Sutton at 4pm on Sunday 21st December, after which she will take the honorary title, Reader Emeritus."