Links

This page is just what it says, a set of links to other organisations we are associated with in various ways. No responsibility is taken for the content of their sites but they are listed here because they could be useful.

Parish links

We are on facebook! Visit the St Martins Church facebook page.

Anglican links

The Anglican Communion Office provides the central administration for the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Communion consists of 38 autonomous Provinces, each in a specified geographical area, which are bound together in bonds of fellowship and, to a large extent, interchangability of ministers. One of the services the Office provides is that of circulating news briefings through the Anglican Communion News Service

The Church of England is the Anglican Province for England, though it also includes the Diocese of Europe as a constituent part. Here you will find useful links as well as a source of information about the Church, its life and its worship.

The Diocese of St Albans is roughly coterminous with the Counties of Bedfordshire (including Luton) and Hertfordshire together with the London Borough of Barnet.

A Church Near You provides information on parish boundaries as well as the location of, and contact details for, Church of England churches throughout England.

Anglicans Online is the gateway to a whole host of resources about the Anglican Communion. It is not an official site but is offered by a small group of people who provide this as a service to others. They are careful to present information that is as accurate and unbiased as possible.

Thinking Anglicans provides a forum for comment on what is happening in the Communion.

St Martin's does not accept the priestly ministry of women and has been granted extended episcopal oversight by the Bishop of Richborough, Keith Newton.

Forward in Faith is the national body for churches like St Martin's which hold to the traditionalist position on women's ministry.

Ecumenical links

The various Christian churches in Bedford link with each other in a variety of ways. Under the All Bedford Churches Together umbrella there are four main ecumenical groupings, each covering a variety of Christian traditions. Although St Martin's is on the edge of town its most convenient link is with the Central Bedford Churches grouping.

Prayer Resources

Sacred Spaceoffers ten minutes of guided reflection in the Ignation tradition.

A more structured form is offered by the Common Worship services of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. Daily Prayer provided by the official Church of England web site, © The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2002-2004.

Oremus offers an alternative liturgical form for those who would prefer something that is not tied to a particular time of day.

Other links

St Martin's is in the Borough of Bedford. This is part of the historic County of Bedfordshire. Since April 2009 the County no longer exists as a local authority as all of its functions are carried out by the three unitary authorities of Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Luton which cooperate in the performance of certain services for the whole county.