Harvest Festival 2023 at St Mary's Maulden
Images of the church at night
On Sunday the 13th of August 2023, St Mary's Church Maulden along with St Mary’s Church Clophill celebrated St Mary's Day at the annual Patronal Festival.
After the service all the congregation were asked to stand round the flag pole at St Mary’s church Maulden for a group picture as it was the first time the new St Alban flag had been flown with a visiting dignitary from the St Albans Diocese being present. Rev Canon Tim Bull can be seen in the picture standing next to Rev Canon Lynda Klimas on what turned out to be a bright and sunny August summer day with all the guests around them and the magnificent flag pole.
Further celebrations ensued at the Patronal barbecue held in The Rectory garden. As well as amazing food and brilliant company there was a table top quiz and a few sideshows from the Hillson Fairground as well. The caption for one of the photos with Sue and Lynda is "You wash, and I will wipe", they are always such busy bees and hostesses with the mostesses!!
New St Alban flag for St Mary the Virgin Church in Maulden
Saint Mary the Virgin Church in Maulden stands gracefully high on a hill and can be seen from all around the village. A new addition to the church is the magnificent St Alban flag that is now flown on special days on the superb flag pole perfectly situated within the church grounds.
The Saint Alban Flag is a golden saltire on a blue field. The golden saltire represents the first English Martyr, however, because St Alban was not crucified but was beheaded, the cross is depicted diagonally (Saltire) as Saint Alban was entitled to the cross of martyrdom having been executed for his faith.
St Marys is part of the Diocese of St Albans and situated within the church itself is the St Alban Chapel. The chapel has a beautiful stained glass window at the east end of the aisle which depicts Saint Alban, who was a Roman soldier, wearing his uniform and giving his sword to Jesus to show his allegiance to Jesus and the Christian faith. Saint Alban is attributed as being the first Christian martyr in England and is the patron saint of converts and torture victims.
St Alban is a Christian Saint whose final words whilst he was being tortured are said to have been “I worship and adore the true and living God who created all things
Confirmation Service 29th June 2023
On a beautiful summer's evening on the 29th of June 2023, Saint Mary The Virgin Church in Maulden, Bedfordshire played host to the Rt Revd Richard Atkinson, Bishop of Bedfordshire who was attending to conduct a Confirmation service in the lovely setting of St Marys.
Assisting the Bishop was The Revd Canon Lynda Klimas, Honorary Chaplain to the King and Rector of Clophill and Maulden, and Rural Dean of Ampthill and Shefford as well as Prebendary Eric Shegog, who is a retired priest at Clophill and acted as the Bishop's Chaplain.
The magnificent St Mary's bells were beautifully rung before the service and with the united choir of singers from St Marys Maulden, St Mary's Clophill, St James Silsoe and St Andrews in Ampthill a wonderful selection of hymns all chosen by the Confirmation candidates themselves were sung and enjoyed by all.
There were also special prayers and a thoughtful sermon given by Bishop Richard and not forgetting the excellent refreshments at the end of the service where everyone could mingle and chat with each other after a very special celebration.
Congratulations to Confirmation Candidates Helene Bradshaw, Richard Janes, Dean De-Matteis and Garth Macintosh who were each presented with a Confirmation candle and a copy of "Questions of Life" by Nicky Gumbel as a memento of the occasion.
Award winners Brian Woodward and Marjorie Horrell
Brian was awarded the British Empire Medal by King Charles III for meritorious service to the community having served on the Parish Council for 50 years as well as volunteering at the local school and at St Marys Church, Maulden. Brian has also been involved in the local branch of the Royal British Legion for almost 50 years and continues to be Maulden's official Standard Bearer.
Marjorie received the High Sheriff's Award in recognition of her good and valuable service in the community. Marjorie is also an extremely hardworking, highly valued volunteer at St Marys Church dealing with a number of roles on behalf of the church and its congregation.
Junior Choir 19th March 2023
OLIVIA ELEPHANT comes to visit St Marys.
OLIVIA is part of a Girl Guiding Bedfordshire initiative with Keech Hospice Care. Olivia has been on her "Big Trunk Trail" having adventures on her tour of the county and has been on display throughout Bedfordshire as part of her travels raising awareness for Keech Hospice along the way. Olivia will be staying with Maulden Brownies for a few weeks in June standing proudly in the Lady Chapel in St Mary’s church after the Brownies recent concert held in St Marys Church raising funds for Keech Hospice.
The Bell Tower
Model of the church
Sexton Hut Renovated
Harvest Festival 9th October 2022
Confirmation Service 3rd October 2019
Patronal Festival 11th August 2019
Bishop Richard dedicates the rebuilt wall 12th May 2019
clearing ivy from boundary wall Jan 2018
Before we started
The team in action
A job well done