Notices 22nd March 2020 

Welcome to Virtual Christ Church
 
Our Mission Statement: "To enable everyone to be maturing followers of Christ, who experience and live out God’s love in every part of their lives."
 
Fourth Sunday of Lent and Mothering Sunday
 
The Church is open weekdays for private prayer from 10am-4pm
Entrance via 140 Dudley Street.  Please wash your hands when entering the building and practise social distancing, whilst on the premises.
 
Live Streaming from Christ Church
Sunday @ 10am and 6.30pm
Click here a few minutes before

 
Church Family News
 
Coronavirus – Please note we are following the advice of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York of 19th March 2020, which can be accessed online.  All services, events and meetings have been cancelled or postponed at the present time, including the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (Diocesan Guidance can be read here)

Congratulations to Dan & Lizzie Payton on the safe arrival of Jessica Poppy on 12th March, weighing 7lb 7oz.

Supporting you and your children/grandchildren (up to school year 6)
1/ Apply to join our Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/ccbedford/ where we are posting free downloadable resources
2/ Collect from the Hub an Easter Bible Comic (produced by Scripture Union for Primary aged children)

Supporting you and your young person/s (school years 7-13)
1/ AJ and Jess are available for Skype calls on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, for more information please contact youth@ccbedford.org

Supporting church members and friends
1/ Continue your Home Group meetings via Skype/similar
2/ Support your Home Group leader, who are coordinating pastoral care across their own home group
3/ Ask to be assigned to a home group temporarily – contact John Bell (curate@ccbedford.org)
4/ Collect your Colours of Easter bookmarks from the Hub next time you are passing.
5/ Visit our website/Facebook page regularly for further updates

Supporting others in our ‘family’ and community
1/ Donate to the Vicar’s Discretionary Fund though: Sort code: 40-52-40; Account No: 00020562 Reference: VDF [your surname]
2/ Bring appropriate food for FOODBANK – the collection in the Hub will continue
3/ Volunteer to distribute Rapid Response Food parcels, communication letters to non-internet members, etc. Contact: office@ccbedford.org
 
For your prayers this week
The Church of England has encouraged a special day of prayer for our neighbourhoods and our nation. At 7pm this Sunday evening you are invited to place a lighted candle in the window of your home as a sign that you are praying.

A prayer about the Coronavirus outbreak
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

For those in isolation
God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For those who are worried/social cohesion
Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you. In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful, to care for the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love, for your name’s sake. Amen.
  • Pray for our mission partners to know God’s protection, encouragement and opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus.
  • Pray for all NHS staff as they serve us through Covid-19 & for God’s protection of our nation.
  • Pray for our Prime Minister, cabinet and advisors/experts to be guided by the Holy Spirit’s wisdom.