Welcome to this website for the Churches in the Benefice of 
Milton Ernest, Pavenham and Thurleigh 

There are many Arriva bus services operating in Bedfordshie, allowing you to access these beautiful churches. For full details about the routes and services, call the Arriva contact number today. With a reliable service and comfortable buses, Arriva is great when you need to get from A to B. The Benefice consists of three rural village Parishes within the north Bedford deanery of Sharnbrook in the Church of England

Diocese of St Albans. 

In Thurleigh St Peter’s Church is linked with the Baptist Chapel so some information about the Chapel and joint ‘United’ services is included here.

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Thine be the glory, risen conquering son, endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won!

Arriva Bus Services in Bedfordshire

Arriva Bus offers bus services in all over the United Kingdom including Bedfordshire among other areas. Arriva runs a wide range of transport services which include buses, trains, airport transportation services, coach distribution among other services to its customers. The travel facilities are available on Bedfordshire and surrounding areas. It operates in towns and routes such as Luton Airport, Luton, and Bedford among others. 

Sapphire Services

Arriva Bus has introduced Sapphire service which is a new premium package based on the opinion of customers. Arriva carried out extensive research through focus groups and surveys to come up with the service. Importantly, the service will attract the infrequent users to use the bus more on their journeys in the UK. Sapphire services aim to provide punctual, reliable and direct services to the passengers. The customers will experience frequent routes which will be more immediate and with individual attention. Keeping time will be a priority for the buses. If you have been affected by any delays or poor customer service then don't hesitate to contact Arriva Bus Uk

Improved Customer Comfort

The Sapphire premium services in Bedfordshire offers Wi-Fi and other improvised equipment such as audio-visual equipment for announcing the next stop for the customers. The buses running on Sapphire routes are new and refurbished. The coaches have new luxury seats which are more spacious and have high backs and broader bases. The buses offer customers free Wi-Fi to ensure the passengers enjoy the journey in Bedfordshire. The coaches also have charging points for charging your laptop, cell phone or tab during your travels on Arriva Bus. The new comfortable seats come with display screens and audios to ensure customers alight at the right place. The audio-visual feature is also useful in case a passenger is visually impaired or not familiar with the bus services or the route in Bedfordshire. The CCTV on the buses enhances the security of the customers on Arriva Bus.

Discover Popular Places in Bedfordshire

You can visit and enjoy different attractions in Bedfordshire while using Arriva bus services. The Arriva buses transport you to favourite shopping centres, historic towns, seaside, cities and countryside among other famous places. Arriva Bus Services provide a variety of affordable tickets that ensure you enjoy scenery sites in the comfort of Arriva bus. Some of the favourite places include Luton Airport and Luton among others.

Plan your Journey 

Arriva Bus provides the customers with an Arriva Bus mobile app. You can use the app to get crucial information on Arriva bus services, especially on local bus services in Bedfordshire. The app guides customers on the schedule of the next bus which facilitates planning of the customers. The passenger also gets information on the upcoming bus and nearest bus stop. The app provides real-time updates. You can use the current location to locate the bus stop which is most near to your place. You can see the bus as it progresses on the route and plan your journey in Bedford. You can create your timetable and personalise it.You can purchase Arriva bus tickets through the phone, on the bus, online or the local shop in Bedfordshire and enjoy comfortable and frequent trips.

The Best Christmas Hymns of all time

Hymns are all about symbols. No one believes that Bethelehem was covered in snow, or that a Christingle orange really represents the world, it's only a way of representing a Christmas tradition, or what would become a Christmas tradition.A carol is different from a hymn. According to its use in mediaeval English it was a folk song, even if now it is used at Christmas. So "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" is a carol as it The Wassail Song but neither is a hymn. A hymn is simply the Greek word for "a song of praise", usually dedicated to a god. The word was adopted by the Christian religion.

It seems that many fans of classical music find most of the popular hymns old hat. Their top five are: 5: Lulla, Lullaby (The Coventry Carol). 4: Bethlehem Down. 3: A Spotless Rose. 2) In Dulcio Jublio ("In Sweet Rejoicing"). 1) In The Bleak Midwinter. There were other well known songs in the top 25; Silent Night at 25, We Three Kings at 23, God Rest We Merry Gentlemen at 22, Hark the Herald Angel Sing at 14, Once in Royal David's City at 11 and O Come All Ye Faithful at 8. Maybe it's better to concentrate on the hymns people know though?Still it might be worth dwelling on In The Bleak Midwinter a bit longer. Its word came from a poem by Christian Rossetti, the sister of Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rosetti. Unlike many carols it goes into a host of different angels, not just angels and archangels but also cherubim and seraphim. Seraphim are angels with six wings while cherubims (not to be confused with cherubs) are the angels said to guard the Garden of Eden.Although many hymns are obviously about Christ, some are a bit more obscure. Good King Wenceslas may be about celebrating a Czechoslovakian King, but it is also a stand in for Christ as well as being about the spirit of Christmas.The main themes of most hymns tend to be the nativity, though some chose to focus on the Shepherds and some focus on the Wise Men. There are hymns which focus on a new character, such as The Little Drummer Boy and Barbushka. The moral of the first is that we give our music as a gift to Christ and the moral of Barbushka is that you can't delay things if you wish to see Christ.Ding Dong Merrily On High would seem to suggest that on Christ's birth, all the bells were ringing. Religion and bells seems to go back to Exodus, where "tinkling was heard when Aaron entered and leaves holy places before the Lord". Huge church bells and tower bells would be a mystery to most people in the Holy Land at the time of Jesus though. 

How do you explain "Priests and people swung them"? There were Magi but no priests knew about Christ's birth. Not that you should take these things too literary.We Three Kings names the Magi as Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. These names come from a Greek document of about 500 AD but seems not to have much authenticity behind it. The hymn itself seems a celebration over the Feast of Ephinany rather than Christmas itself, which is 12 days after the main event.We might link ourselves more with the shepherds. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks goes all the way back to 1696. The alternative name Sweet Chiming Bells are due to an additional chorus. There is another chorus which starts "Hail, Chime On, Chime On".Whatever hymn is your favourite it seems that these songs make Christmas so enjoyable, whether it's a Midnight Mass service or the big day itself.