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Brighten the dark winter days with this joyous Flower Festival at Candlemas which marks the end of the six weeks following Christmas.

The historic town centre church of St Paul's, Bedford will make a majestic setting for creative floral displays.

60 displays will be mounted throughout the church by groups and individuals from across the county. These include local branches of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS), Bedfordshire Women's Institute, Bedford Country Market, Queen's Park Community Orchard, numerous places of worship across the region from St Albans Abbey and Bunyan Meeting to Peterborough Cathedral as well as the Road Victims Trust, St John's Hospice and commercial florists.

Don't miss this chance over the first weekend in February to be inspired by the imaginative and beautiful arrangements of flowers and to support this major fundraising project for St Paul's church. The Festival concludes with Carols and Readings for Candlemas, Sunday 4th February, 5.30 pm, sung by the choir of St Paul's, Bedford, one of the finest in the area, under the direction of Ian Runnells.

Open Friday and Saturday 10-4, Sunday 2-4
Admission £2.50 (under 16 free). Refreshments daily.

Further details 01234 391962 or 01234 340163  

St Paul's gears up for Christmas

With the Christmas Tree Festival now underway,
St Paul's is now into its busiest time of year. Bedford's town centre church and civic church for the county will host a number of key services over Christmas to suit all ages.

The first of these is on Friday December 8, when the Christingle service is held at 4.30pm when the church will still be busy with festival goers. The Christingle service will last around 45 minutes and is ideal for smaller children; oranges complete with candle in the middle will be distributed and lit during the service.

St Paul's musical tradition comes to the fore on Saturday December 16 at 4.30pm, the date and time for our traditional Nine Lessons and Carols and a popular date in many people's Christmas calendars. The service will be held in candlelight as the Christmas story is narrated and accompanied by a range of popular carols from the choir and for congregation.

On Christmas Eve, families and children are again catered for with the popular crib service, this year at 4.00pm just as it is getting dark. The first Eucharsit of Christmas (or Midnight Mass) takes place with full choir at 11.00pm on Christmas Eve. while for those with younger children an All-Age Eucharist is held on Christmas Day at 10.15am.

A full monthly listing for December can also be found in the Monthly Worship Calendar.

Cellophony back by popular demand!

London based string octet Cellophony will be performing at this year's Christmas Tree festival concert at St Paul's on Saturday December 9th, starting at 7.00pm.

Tickets are selling fast as the ensemble played at the festival concert two years ago to popular acclaim and both the church and Bedford Hospitals Charity who jointly organise the event, are delighted to confirm their return.

The programme will feature pieces by Vaughan Williams, Debussy and from Wind in the Willows, as well as traditional world folk songs.

Tickets are priced £15.00 with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie at the interval included in the price. Tickets are available from Bedford Hospital Charities website or in person from the St Paul's office between 10.00am and 4.00pm or by calling 01234 783181.

For a taste of a Cellophony performance, take a look at the YouTube clip on the left.


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