Notices 2nd February 2020 

Church Family News
Safeguarding training – on site TODAY
Key training session (called “CØ”) takes place TODAY from 11am-1.15pm in room 5.
Light Lunch provided (soup & a roll).

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 from the Church Office or click on job vacancy link on website.  Closing date for Applications: 14 February / Interviews 24 February 2020
ELECTORAL ROLL “Christ Church is my church”
 Do you want to be on our official list of members?

THE ELECTORAL ROLL is being revised from 25th February – 9th March. The electoral roll is the formal list of our church members, those who delight to be at Christ Church and support our aims and values. Membership allows you to vote at our 2020 Annual Meeting (Tuesday, 24th March, 8pm).
If your name is not already on the roll and you would like to be included, please collect a form from the HUB and return to Pauline Grimley ASAP

Ladies Social Thursday 6th February 7.30-9pm at Papillon, 133 Castle Road.

Prayer Emphasis Day: Tuesday 4th February
Carve out 30 minutes to pray for God’s mission
to grow amongst us more and more
and/or come to church to pray with others at 1pm and/or 7.30pm (lasting 30 minutes).
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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.

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 TODAY after the 10am service in room 6; flyers available from the church office.

Other Church Activities and Notices
Spring Harvest Local Tuesday 4th February at St Peter’s Church Bedford doors open 7.30pm Gather for an evening of heartfelt worship, inspiring teaching and an opportunity to pray for the empowering of the Holy Spirit.  Book tickets via
Trainee Youth Worker Jess Walker, a student from Ridley Hall, Cambridge is on placement with us at Christ Church. Jess is required to reflect on her experiences at Christ Church as part of her academic work. The work will be marked and seen only by examiners and all names and identifying details will be changed. If you have any concerns about this, please contact her supervisor, Kay Berrington
Left to Their Own Devices?  Run by Care for the Family this event is for parents, carers or anyone who is passionate about helping children navigate the digital world confidently. The event will enable you to ‘power up your parenting for the online generation’.  On 17th March from 7:30pm-10pm in Milton Keynes. Tickets £7 but if we can get a group of 4+ £5.  Contact AJ Wade
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 recently.  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.
For your prayers this week
  • Pray for the appointment of a new Children’s Minister, advertising now.
  • Pray for our Alpha course guests to grow in knowledge and understanding of Jesus.
  • Pray for more local families and young people to worship with us.
  • Pray for your workplace and ask for opportunities to be Christ’s love and speak of your faith.
  • Pray for those who come in to our new halls to feel drawn to worship with us.
  • 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.