Notices 26th January 2020 

Church Family News

Thank you The Monkolé Lunch supporting Marc & Hilary Deneufchâtel raised £2868 including Gift Aid towards the printing of the Bible in Monkolé, a people group of some 70,000 speakers in West Africa.

VACANCY for new CHILDREN’S MINISTER (initially24 hrs/wk with potential to expand up to full time) – We are looking for someone to lead and develop our children’s ministry and evangelism.  More details are available here.  Closing date for Applications: 14 February / Interviews 24 February 2020.

Alpha Course continues Tuesday at 7.30pm and Wednesday at 11am – last chance to join is this week. Alpha explores the meaning of life over 10 weeks, whilst finding out about Jesus and the Christian faith. Each session involves refreshments, a talk and discussion.

Men's Breakfast - Saturday 1st February 9:00-10.30am  Venue - Christ ChurchWhat’s it about? Jesus is my captain, brother, rescuer and friend What’s the food? Cereal, orange juicebacon & egg bap, toast & jam plus coffee/tea, continental style breakfast also available Cost: £3.00 How to book? Email This as a valuable time to build up friendships and develop support networks.

Thursday Night Theology (back to serve our thinking and doing) – 6th February 7.30pm for 8pm in Church halls. Many of us have been touched by divorce. Richard will lead a 90-minute pastoral discussion on the topic of marriage and divorce in the light of the Bible's teaching and life today.  Bring your questions and ponder together.

Other Church Activities and Notices

Safeguarding awareness month
January 2020 is Safeguarding Awareness month at Christ Church.
Richard says, “We want to provide the best environment and safest place for all God’s people. We have a strapline of 'Living to Love God and You' and long for God’s Kingdom to grow in this world. We particularly want to grow the faith of children and young people, and to protect the vulnerable. We can best achieve these desires if we ensure our church is safe, and seen to be so. Our safeguarding policies, practice and team are core to what we do.”
Our core team consists of Pauline Carter (Parish Safeguarding Officer), Kathryn Hughes (Safeguarding Administrator), AJ Wade and the Children's Minister.
Look out for information around this important topic and the training you might need to undertake to ensure Christ Church is working to the highest safeguarding standards.
A great place to start (especially for those who dislike online training or don’t have access to a computer) is the key training session (called “CØ”), which will take place on Sunday 2nd February from 11am-1.15pm in room 5. Light Lunch provided (soup & a roll).
To sign up for this training or find out more details please find the safeguarding stall in the hub after the 10am service on 26th January. (TODAY)

Holy Communion preparation course Is your child interested in receiving Holy Communion? We are planning a course of preparation for children who are interested in being admitted to Holy Communion before Confirmation. The Bishop of St. Albans allows children who are seven or more years old to receive Communion if they wish to, if their parents agree, if they have been baptised and if they have attended a suitable course of preparation.  The course begins next Sunday; flyers available from the church office.  

Holocaust Memorial Exhibition: Tuesday 21st - Friday 31st January at The Higgins, Bedford – Free Entry. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, local community organisations were invited to contribute an art exhibit – look out for Christ Church’s, made by Ruth Janes.

ccb's got talent 2020!!! (004)

Church Walk – Sunday 2nd February meet in the church car park at 2pm for a blue plaques of Bedford walk followed by refreshments at the Lindleys.

New website; new rota login etc. – check out our refreshed website today To log in to your rota, and the church directory please now use  Those in the directory who are on email but have not yet logged in received a personalised invitation to use My ChurchSuite last week.  Please ask the office if you would like this re-sent.  All rota reminders are now sent via ChurchSuite, but you may need to check your Spam folder and please make sure that receive rota reminder emails has been selected.

Foodbank – New volunteers wanted on the first and third Tuesdays of the month to serve Foodbank clients at Christ Church from 12.30-3pm.  Full training provided. Why not visit and see how you could make a major difference to those struggling. Contact Margaret Baron.

The Word Bookshop “Closing Down” Sale 17th Jan to 1st Feb @ 167 Castle Road
For your prayers this week
  • Give thanks for our PCC and pray for continued wisdom as they seek to set the strategic direction of Christ Church for the next few years.
  • Pray for the appointment of a new Children’s Minister, advertising now.
  • Pray for our New Year Alpha courses to be opportunities for God to speak powerfully.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to draw in more local unchurched families and young people.
  • Pray for your workplace and ask for opportunities to be the love of Christ and to speak of your faith.
  • Pray for the communities of Devon Park and Castle Road, for increasing awareness of God’s love and invitation to worship and know Him.
  • Pray for Thursday Night Theology to be a help to all who attend.
  • Pray for those who are exploring vocation to licensed/ordained ministry to know the leading of the Holy Spirit.