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On Sunday, 12th June, the South Bedfordshire Circuit conducted their annual service on Dunstable Downs, and you can see a few pictures of it here.

If you want a better view, click on each image to enlarge it.

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Welcome

The Square is a place of worship and prayer where a warm welcome awaits you.

For details of our Sunday services and other aspects of the church's life click on the tabs above.

The community rooms of the church are open on Saturday mornings for refreshments, and are used by a variety of community groups during the week.

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Café Worship

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Meet other people, have a coffee and a cake. Read the Sunday papers. If you have not been to The Square before this is a gentle way to try us out. See the Worship page.


Youth Groups

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Activities for younger people at The Square.
Read about Sunday Club, Inters Youth Club, Brownies, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts here.


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 Mission Statement

 We are a town centre church aiming to radiate God’s love,
as revealed in
Jesus Christ,
for the local community and the wider world.

We seek to help people in their search for God
through our worship, prayer and action.


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House Groups

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A number of house groups meet regularly in  an informal setting to explore what it means to be a Christian


Drama Circle
Next Production

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Our next production will be a review called "Tale as Old as Time",
with performances on 7th, 8th and 9th July 2022

See our page.

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HEADLINES

Note that the date on the headline is the date the information was received, not the date of any event reported.

Please click here to submit your own news item

30 June: Church Banking

Three people are required to join the Church Banking team. Two people work together for banking Sunday collections, the collections having been counted on the Sunday. Generally the banking is done on a Monday morning and takes about one hour.

With a further three people the duty required will only be once a month.

More details? Contact Derek Hart, John Smith, Ann Buchanan

30 June: God In Love Unites Us

At the meeting on Monday June 20th, the majority of church council voted in favour of registering for same sex marriages to be held at The Square and to enable services of blessing for those same sex couples already married elsewhere in a civil ceremony.

This followed on from our discussions in our God In Love Unites Us meetings to which all of our church family were invited and encouraged to share their views.

Thank you to all those who in any way contributed.

30 June: Ordination of Rev Margaret Newman

Rev Margaret Newman was ordained at St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury, on 26 June. There was an issue with the live stream of this service, but if you wanted to see it, the recording is now available here on YouTube.

30 June:
Priory Housegroup al fresco

On 28 June, Priory Housegroup had an evening out at Whipsnade Tree Cathedral. You can read of their visit in this short report by Ivor.

17 June:
Ministers' Radio Interview

On Sunday 12 June, Nina and Patrick – the Circuit superintendent minister – were interviewed on 3 counties radio. The interview starts at around 1 hour 11 minutes into the programme.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0c8gfy5

10 June: After-service drinks

we would like to know how you all feel about a return to serving drinks after the service. There has been some uncertainty expressed about this while others are keen to see it happen. We can only make it happen if volunteers come forward so if you have a view or are willing to be part of a team please speak to one of the stewards (or email 
stewards@methodist.org or ring Lisa on 01582 757983).      Thank you.

27 May:
Letter from Angela Brydon, District Discipleship Enabler

Angela has written this open letter, covering a number of upcoming opportunities to participate in Discipleship.

27 May: The Value of Gift Aid

Ivor Mitchelmore, our Gift Aid Secretary at The Square, has provided two useful documents this week:
An explanation of how our plate collections benefit automatically from Gift Aid, and
A Gift Aid Declaration form - if you are a UK taxpayer, you make a financial contribution to the church, and haven't already done so, please fill in this form.

27 May: Mission Planning

The Methodist Church has produced three documents to assist in mission planning for churches and circuits:
Mission Planning Process
Mission Planning Workbook
South Beds Re-imagining

20 May:
Volunteer Opportunity

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire are recruiting for volunteer Independent Custody Visitors to join their scheme.
Please see this document for full details.

13 May: Books by Stephen Poxon

John WesleyCharles WesleyTo commemorate Wesley Day on 24th May, I am delighted to announce the availability of two of my books. See our News Page for more details than will fit here.

6 May: Garden Growth

Ivor has kindly written this update on progress with the gardens around the church.

29 April: Luton Asian Christian Fellowship

LACF currently meet at Mount Pleasant, Saturday’s 11am – 3pm, but as their congregation increases they’re outgrowing the space.

They are looking for a larger facility they can use as a sanctuary for worship and a hall for food/refreshments. They do not cook onsite and instead bring precooked food to serve after service.

If you can accommodate LACF or know a church that can, then please do contact Tehseen at your earliest convenience.

tehseen.gul@gmail.com

17 April: Photos from our Easter services

(Click the images to enlarge)

Easter Garden +An Easter garden made by 'S' Club, showing the cross, and the path leading to the tomb.

Flowered Cross +

The cross we erected inside church, which was decorated with flowers by members of the congregation during one of the hymns.

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The Hosanna banner made for our Easter celebrations by 'S' Club


14 April: Sunday Nite Live

Sunday nite liveThe Circuit Worship Team are planning to relaunch Sunday Nite Live on Sunday 10th July at Farley Hill at 6pm. Further details will be made available in due course, but the proposed theme is Healing & Reconciliation - What has Covid meant for us. More details here.

1 April: Café Worship

If you've been wondering whether Café Worship is for you, try reading these comments from some of the people who attend.

14 Mar: KSN Web Page

In advance of Chris and Ivor's Sunday service next week in support of KSN, there is now a page on this website showcasing what KSN does, and what The Square does in their support. Find this new page on the top-level menu above.

11 Mar: New Minister

It is with huge delight that we are able to announce that Rev. Claudia Lupi has joyfully accepted the invitation from our circuit stewards to serve as our minister at The Square and Harlington from September 2022. See our News Page for fuller details.

11 Mar: Aid for Ukraine

Ukraine FlagYou can donate through the Methodist relief and development organisation All We Can, by visiting the web page for the Ukraine Emergency Appeal. There is also a page for more general worship and prayer resources and ideas for helping 

4 Mar: Easyfundraising

A reminder that shopping online can bring rewards for the Square (without costing you anything), if you do it through Easyfundraising. To start, just go to our Easyfundraising page.

1 Mar: Square Drama Circle gets glowing review!

Ivor has kindly written a review of the recent pantomime performed by the Square Drama Circle, which you can read on the Drama Circle's page.

24 Feb: New Chairs

Our grateful thanks to local company, Essity Hygiene, who have donated 46 chairs to us after refurbishing their canteen.

They are currently in the assembly hall while we decide where best to use them.




More news items are available on our News page.

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