AGM and annual report from David And Suzette Maguire

AGM for Bishops Mission Order (BMO) David and Suzette Maguire, the Community Ministers, will present their annual report of their work in the community. This will take place on Monday 11th September, 7.30pm at the Barn, Biddenham. (Next door to St. James’ Church.) If you are able do come along and hear about our work in person, and/or do pray for this event, hosted by the Archdeacon of Bedford. Thanks.

New Vicar

We are pleased to announce that Rev'd Eric Lomax has been appointed as the vicar for All Saints Kempston, and St James Biddenham. Eric and his wife Liz are from Colsterworth, Lincs, where Eric was Priest in Charge of the Colsterworth group of churches. The Licensing will take place at All Saints Church, Kempston, on Tuesday 31st January 2017, at 7.30 pm.

Church Tours

We're delighted to offer tours of our Church, including full afternoon teas for your group. We'd love to meet you and show you what our splendid Church has to offer. For more information and contact details, please click here to see our Church Tours page.

Bedford Passion Play 2016

Some members of our Church participated in the Bedford Passion Play 2016 this Easter. Janet Fardell said: The play was super, we were so glad to have been part of it all,meeting new friends from different churches and feeling moved by the Easter story being depicted this way.

Afternoon Teas

All Saints Church welcomes visiting groups of 10 or more who wish to have a full Afternoon Tea preceded or followed by a guided tour of this historic church (if wanted). Cost per head is £7.95 To discuss dates/times of bookings contact;- Frances Leonard 01234 852480 email francesmleonard@gmail.com      or Janet Fardell  01234 855158 or martinandjanet1@btinternet.com

A Letter from Stephen and Elaine Huckle

Great Hale, Lincolnshire. Dear All, It is only two weeks since our Farewell Service and yet it seems much longer because we have been occupied with a series of contractors, renewing a bathroom, having new doors, a cupboard and bookshelves, having a new fire installed and having the whole place painted. That's not to mention opening removal boxes and unwrapping various items and putting up pictures – there are still plenty more boxes to open. We went to our local church on Mothering Sunday for a very friendly and informal service, a variation on Messy Church, but this morning we went to the Boston Stump for a more dignified Sung Eucharist, with the emphasis on making their church a place of hospitality – this is quite challenging as it is the biggest parish church in England and you can't help feeling a bit lost in it, but there was a friendly welcome. However, the purpose of this letter is to thank you all most sincerely for our tremendous and memorable send-off at the last [Read more...]

Lunch Club

The All Saints Church Lunch Club meets once a month on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12.30pm. We visit various pubs in the Parish to enjoy a light lunch, a drink and a chat. The itinerary is on the notice board in the church porch.

Lent Course on The Psalms

The ancient poems we call Psalms have stood the test of time, for they address many of the problems we still face: violence, injustice, anger – and bewilderment. Why do the wicked prosper? Where is God when we suffer? Church Barn on Thursdays, 11, 18, February, 3, 10, 17 March at 7:30 p.m. Do please join us and sign up to the list in church so we can provide enough booklets.

Ten Years at Biddenham and Kempston

Elaine and I came from a very different inner city parish in Stirchley in Birmingham in 2005 and, coming to live in Church End in Kempston, the first major shock was that our main neighbours were not people at all but pheasants and foxes. In fact, as we later discovered, the two parishes embrace a huge variety of people from farmers in rural Kempston to professionals in Biddenham, with substantial other groups in between, as well as pockets of poverty in Kempston, and later on the vast new estates in Great Denham and West Kempston. The priest's task is somehow to bring God to these diverse groups of people and to represent their needs before God. It was a tall order at the time and with the massive growth of the two parishes, the job has just got harder. My predecessor Richard Sutton had used the word backwater in his email address and there is a sense in which every parish is a backwater with its own very parochial concerns and we are certainly not a couple of highly visible town [Read more...]