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Welcome to Pews News 17th October

Hands - Face - Space
Stay safe and think of others.

Bedford Covid update:-

·      The weekly case rates are rising

·      There is an increase in rates in the over 60’s and this is above the regional average

·      The case rates in 11-18 year-olds are very high

·      The case rates in the over 60’s has doubled in the last 14 days

·      So far this term there have been more than 1,500 positive cases recorded in schools

·      Speakers at the meeting felt that the situation is worrying and it was stressed that people should continue to take precautions (hands, face, space, fresh air or good ventilation)

·      It was stressed that lateral flow tests have been found to be very effective (as mentioned on the news today)

·      The primary focus of the vaccination programme has shifted towards booster doses and this has started to run alongside the seasonal flu programme.

·      Booster walk-in sessions are now available. For details visit    It has to be at least 6 months since your last vaccination. You can check the date of your last vaccination if you download the NHS App

·      It is safe to have a flu jab and the Covid-19 vaccine at the same time but not all centres offer this.

Everybody Welcome


It is for the whole church - including you.

Everybody is invited to come to a series of 4 meetings to explore what a welcoming church looks like.

Session 2
16th October

Session 3
23rd October

2pm for 2:15pm start.

Previous attendance at a session is not required-
Please use links below for the next session's Materials which we encourage you to read BEFORE the session to make the most of our time together.

Everybody Welcome

We will cover these topics in the four sessions.
18th September
1  Discover - making the church more visible

16th October
2  The premises - making them more inviting

23rd October
3  Welcoming - God and his welcoming people

6th November
4   Belonging - to the church community
The sessions lasting 1.5 hours will be on Saturday afternoons in and around our church.
Drinks served from 2pm for 2:15pm start
We need as many people as possible from the different strands of our church to come and help shape the future of St. Mary's 


If you could occasionally make (or buy!) some simple small cakes, or a larger cake which could be cut into fingers, to serve with coffee after the First Sunday Family Praise service, please sign the list on the table in the hall.  Nothing elaborate as we don’t want to have to use plates and forks.  It is hoped to have enough people so that each person provides a cake approximately 3-4 times a year.  Any queries speak to Sue Barker (tel. 306139) or Dorothy Kirby (tel. 266425).   Many thanks.

Safe After Church Fellowship

My thanks to Sue, Dorothy and helpers for providing and serving drinks and cake in the church hall last Sunday.  If you can help one Sunday please let them know.
To keep us safe they are wearing masks and gloves while serving.
WE ASK YOU to keep them and each other safe.
1  Please use a hand sanitiser as you enter the hall.
2 Please wear your face mask until you have collected your refreshments.
3  Please use the outdoor space if the weather is suitable.
4  Please maintain physical distance from each other in the hall.
5  Please remove masks for eating and drinking.
We will keep doors and windows open and ensure the hall is safe to use so that we can all feel safe and enjoy fellowship together. Thankyou.

The next Men’s Breakfast is on Saturday 23rd October at 9am for 9.15am at The Harvester, 1 Riverfield Drive. Our Curate, Marcus, will be talking to us. Please indicate you’re coming by adding your name to the sign up sheet in Church.

Michael Barker


No Morning Prayer in church this week

17th 9:30am Communion
19th 7:30pm Standing Committee
20th 10am BCP Communion Service
20th 2:00pm Bowls 
20th 7:30pm Bell Ringing-cancelled
22nd 1:30pm Knit and natter
23rd 9am Men's breakfast
23rd 2 for 2:30pm Everybody Welcome Course in church SESSION 3.
24th 3:30pm Messy Church
29th Walking Group
30th Clocks Change this weekend
1st November 7pm Property Committee
2nd November 7:15pm PCC meeting
6th November 2 for 2:30pm Everybody Welcome Course in church SESSION 4.

November 13th Autumn Fete

Donations for the tombola can be left in church or the church office.
Would you like a stall or could you offer some help?  Please  contact:-
Mary Everitt, Nesta Gedrych, Dorothy Kirby
or one of the Church Wardens.

14th November 10:45am Remembrance Sunday Service on the Green.

St Mary's Cuppa and Chat 

Wednesday 20th October 11am 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 629 922 6586
Passcode: vQbQ1M

Our grateful thanks to Debbie for hosting these meetings.
Donate to St. Mary's Church, Goldington
Help support the work and outreach of your Church

Prayers and Help

If you have a prayer request or need help please let one of us know.
Our phone numbers and email addresses are:
Revd Simon:  01234 351920,
Revd Jennie:  01234 266952, 
Revd Marcus: 07498 843908
Church wardens
Cathy Sanderson  01234 346889
Colin Last              01234356261

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