Saints Philip & James
Church, Bedford

North Bedford Churches Together

North Bedford Churches Together (NBCT) is a new ecumenical group which came into being on 16th May AD 2019. It includes all the Christian communities which formally belonged to Goldington Churches Together (Holy Cross Catholic Church and the protestant communities of St Mary the Virgin Anglican Church and Priory Methodist Church); it also now includes Ss Philip and James Catholic Church and Putnoe Heights Methodist Church. We are pleased to have also developed informal links with other Christian communities. The areas covered by this new ecumenical group are Brickhill, Goldington, Putnoe and Renhold. We very much look forward to the new group of Churches and Christian communities working together in partnership! We recognise that the evident disunity within the Body of Christ, the Church, is a scandal and hinders her mission of evangelisation. We also acknowledge that we can’t overcome our theological differences at a local level. However, our aim is to grow closer together by witnessing, worshipping, studying, ministering and serving one another and the whole of the local community of which we are a part.

Rosary Group

The Rosary Group of SS Philip & James was formed in Oct 2007. It is a thriving happy group that meets at 13.45 every Monday to say the Divine Mercy Chaplet, followed by the Rosary at 14.00. After the Rosary we have tea, cakes and biscuits and a catch up on chat. We number up to 40 or more when everyone attends, but as with all things the numbers vary. We usually disband about 15.00, tidy up the Church and after a prayerful relaxing afternoon go home contented.

Please do come and join us, we welcome new and old friends, we have a booklet with all prayers in so no need to worry if you are a bit rusty! If you intend to come again you will have your own booklet prepared for you.

The Friendship Group

The Friendship Club of SS P & J and HC meet every Tuesday in HC Parish Hall from 1 – 3 pm. For £3.50 all inclusive you get lunch, board games, indoor sponge-ball skittles and darts, an occasional quiz or outing (extra cost), music and good fun, plus a raffle – for an extra £1 you can join in with Bingo, money prizes and other prizes. All are welcome.

For more information call Bridie Joyce on 07786728150 or Julia Scott on 07773079906.

The St Vincent de Paul Society

The St Vincent de Paul Society is an international Christian charity which befriends those in need, and provides them with practical assistance – social or financial. It has been established in England and Wales since 1844, there are currently over 10,000 members involved in its work.

If you would like to join the society or find out more, contact the President, Pam Kenworthy, on 07845121557

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

This society upholds the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death. The Bedford Branch is not exclusive to SS Philip and James but does hold meetings here as well as at other churches. It is the group responsible for organising the Silent Vigil outside the hospital every month and for the White Flower appeal in January. For details of meetings etc, consult the newsletter.

Phone SPUC National HQ on 020 7091 7091 for more information or if you wish to become a member.

The Catholic Grandparents Association – Bedford Branch

Being a grandparent is a work requiring great sensitivity, delicacy and thoughtfulness; always respectful of the rights and values of others. A vital work for God, the Catholic Grandparents Association is here to help and guide us in this work.

We meet once a month during term time, at Holy Cross Hall second Thursday in the month usual time of 1.45 pm. All grandparents very welcome.

Wednesday Club

Now after 09.30 Mass.

A chance for you to meet and greet old and new friends, all welcome, there will be opportunity to have help on problems such as finance, benefits and form filling, or other. Each Wednesday there is something on for you to take interest in, and enjoy.

Based at The Holy Child & St Joseph’s Church – Midland Road, Bedford.