St. Martin's Church
“God is light; In him there is no darkness...”
[1 John 1:5]
Welcome to St Martin’s, an Anglican Church in the Catholic Tradition.
St Martin’s Church is a fine Victorian building, founded in 1888. It stands within the Bedford Conservation Area and makes a good contribution to the local townscape.
The congregation at St Martin’s is well known for its welcome and hospitality. It has been the spiritual home for many who have left their own countries seeking new opportunities in England: having welcomed worshippers from the West Indies and Africa and more recently from Brazil, Portugal and Asia.
The worship at St Martin’s is rich and traditional. Central to our worship is the Eucharist, which is celebrated every Sunday, at 9 am in Portuguese and at 10.30 am in English. Weekday Masses are held at Noon every Tuesday, at 10 am every Wednesday and at 7.30 pm on Thursdays. Incense is used during the Sunday and Thursday services and on the major festivals. Hymns are chosen from the New English Hymnal, interspersed with more modern hymns.
St Martin’s seeks to achieve excellence in its worship but it is also an outward looking Church, striving to bring the Good News of the Gospel to every home in its Parish. We visit the many Care Homes in the Parish, ensuring that Holy Communion is celebrated in each home at least once a month. We have links with the schools in the parish, staff and pupils from which are always welcome for services and visits.
In addition to our worship, we have a programme of social and cultural events, all aimed to draw the congregation and the wider community together. These events include pilgrimages to Walsingham and the near continent, shared meals, coffee mornings and fairs.
We look forward to seeing you in Church, where you can be assured of a warm welcome and a deep spiritual experience.
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.