Notices 23rd May 2021 

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."

Pentecost 


9am Holy Communion – Pentecost Sunday (Acts 2:1-21) – Chris Burrows
10.30am Holy Communion – As above

You can book for this Sunday's services here 

7pm Sundays @ Seven  - Come, Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-21) – AJ Wade (speaker)
Sundays @ Seven – our new discussion and magazine-style service in the main hall. Relaxed 1 hour opportunity to enjoy conversation, interviews, discussion and response. Sitting on tables of 6 and usual church service restrictions apply. Please book your seat here (via Eventbrite) by 11am on Sunday 23rd May.
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Wednesday 26th May @ 10am – Holy Communion in Church only
 
Memorial Service - Aventino 'Tino' Piras
We are holding a memorial service in Christ Church on Wednesday 26th May at 2pm to remember and give thanks for our dear friend Tino who died in hospital on the 14th May.  If you would like to join his family and friends then please book a seat here . All are welcome to be with us.
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Sunday 30th May
9am Morning Worship – Trinity Sunday (John 3:1-17) – John Bell
10.30am Morning Worship – As above
7pm Sundays @ Seven  - The Trinity – John Bell (speaker)
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Public Worship in church
Attending services is permitted, subject to Government guidance on ‘Track & Trace’ [NHS COVID App QR code/Eventbrite/physical sign in], face coverings, 1m+ social distancing, no singing and no chatting within the church building.
We will continue to livestream 10.30am services so you can also watch from home.
Booking your seat is via Eventbrite (or call the Church office - 327150) and is essential for 10.30am Sunday services. No pre-booking needed for Wednesday services
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Children and Youth


CHILDREN'S MINISTRY AND EVENTS
Sunday 23rd May 
Daring Disciples 
(up to year 3) will be having a 20 minute interactive Zoom meeting at 10am.  The title is Jesus Goes Up. If you haven’t joined before please let Ruth know you are coming. Please contact the Church Office for the Zoom link. 
  
Passports
 (years 4-6) group are meeting in person in the main hall at 10:30-11:30am on Sunday. They will be doing their second session on Jesus and Emotions, this week looking at joy. Please bring your own drink if you need to. Please drop your child off at the Dudley street entrance and sign them in. 
 
Is your child interested in receiving Holy Communion and being baptised?
From May 23rd preparation sessions for baptism and admission to communion will be starting straight after the 10:30 service. If your child wants to join, please let Ruth know.  The Bishop of St. Albans allows children who are aged 7+  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. 

CHRISTIAN QUIZMASTER
On our Children's YouTube Playlist you will find the next episode of Christian Quizmaster!  The game-show this week answers questions about friendship; people, and Christian living are answered by a panel of special guests. 
1Cheeky Pandas Crafternoon: Last chance to book in on Eventbrite (click here) for an afternoon of craft and messy activities on Saturday around the theme of Prayer!  Bookings close at 11.59pm Friday. This is a family event for children aged 4-11. Please enjoy the afternoon with your children.

YOUTH MINISTRY AND EVENTS
Friday 21st May - Friday Night Youth - Location Church halls – 7.30pm to 8.30pm 
Sunday 23rd May - J-Team (year 7-9) will be meeting on zoom, 11:30am-12:30pm. For more information please contact the Church Office.

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Church Family News


A Word from Richard: The Battle of the Bulge Watch Richard’s vlog here 

*** Save the Date *** New Wine - United Breaks Out!
Coming to Christ Church this Summer, the opportunity to experience some of what New Wine has to offer without the need for a tent.  We will be hosting a New Wine local gathering in the church complex from Thursday 29th July to Tuesday 3rd August, so if you would like to join us then do save the date.  Full details to follow...

"Explore" - Preparing for Alpha this autumn - a new group for those who feel they know little or nothing about Jesus starts Monday 7th June from 7.30pm by Zoom. An informal discussion around key passages from the New Testament that may excite you to explore Jesus' story and the Christian faith more.
A safe space to ask questions and share your thoughts. For more information, please contact Richard Hibbert. 
 
Grow Group - This new group starts Tuesday evenings 1st June at 7.45 pm in person only. Great for Alpha 'graduates' and those new to Christ Church or church life in general. We want to learn more of Jesus and grow together in our relationship with Him. Our Tuesday evenings will, I know, be a real help to us on our journey. More information from Michael Bishop.

“The Road to Racial Justice: One year on from the death of George Floyd just how far have we come and what are our next steps?” The world was moved by the horrific death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed by a police officer in the US. The global reaction to the dark events on a Minneapolis street showed that racial injustice is not a problem in America but impacts us all. One year on from the death of George Floyd we gather significant leaders to discuss, lament, pray, dream and plan for a different future.

Sponsored by Tearfund, this live and interactive online event, on Tuesday 25th May at 8pm, will explore ways the church needs to put its house in order on the issue of racial justice as well as considering the role Christians can play in the pursuit of justice in our increasingly polarised society. We will also explore how Christians can champion global justice in an equitable way through the local church. More details and bookings here
 
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You are invited to share in the Launch Event ‘Zoom Prayer Breakfast’ for this year’s Bishop of St Albans’ Harvest Appeal, ‘Water is Life’
 
This special event is planned with our Appeal Partner, Tearfund, for Bishop Alan to launch his 2021 Harvest Appeal, along with our other Bishops, Michael (Hertford) and Richard (Bedford).  The Prayer Breakfast will give us the opportunity to hear first-hand from a Project Manager in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who will share stories and pictures of the transformational work happening there.  We hope you will come to see and hear more about ‘Water is Life’ and share in prayer for all that God will do and bring to people in DRC through it.  Come, be inspired and share in this occasion - this Launch is ‘Open to Everyone’
 
More details here and register here.   

Four Counties Ministry Training Course - leaflet here This year long course (30 weeks) will be taking place at Christ Church on Thursdays (10.30am-4.30pm) from September.  Cost £200 per term.  This non-denominational course aims to equip Christians across Herts, Beds, Bucks & Northants with high quality training for people who want to be better equipped to serve the gospel in their churches and everyday front-lines. The Course covers the whole Bible in good detail, together with important doctrines and practical pastoral work. Using local course tutors, this is a great way to deepen and strengthen your Bible knowledge and learn to apply it. Former students include: Chris Stevens, Christine Harrison, Daniel Gicharu, Penelope Valleley, Sidney Miller and AJ Wade.
 

VACANCIES


Administrator: Caring well for your church and halls!   
BIG (Buildings Impact Group) is looking for an Administrator to ensure all regular servicing and maintenance tasks for the church and halls are completed across the year.
We have a spreadsheet of works ready to go, showing what and when needs actioning. This key role ensures each task is successfully done when needed, working with the Site Manager (Vandon) as necessary.
Maximum flexibility: est. 6-8 hours/month, based at home and/or church office.
Please contact Rachel Bennett if you are interested in this helpful administrative role.

Vacancies for administrators in St Albans Diocese
St Albans diocese is currently advertising for new staff to take on four very different Diocesan roles: Diocesan Secretary, Estates Admin Assistant, Pastoral & Advisory Officer and Admissions Officer.  Details here.

Bedford Foodbank  - We welcome appropriate items for FOODBANK – most needed food items at the moment are: UHT milk, tinned tuna, tinned ham (small) jumbo hotdogs, cup a soup, coffee and tinned fruit and non-food items: washing-up liquid, anti-bac spray, shower gel, shampoo, tissues, hand cream and ‘Bags for Life’. Collection basket in the Hub.
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For your prayers this week

  • Give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit
  • Pray for more of the Holy Spirit in your daily life
  • Pray for God’s grace to stay the Covid virus in our town, and for the vaccine and surge testing to roll out well
  • Pray for our Alpha guests, Grow Group participants and Explore guests, for each of these groups to deepen faith in Jesus
  • Pray for the outworking of the PCC decisions to bless us and our community.
  • Pray for safe and joyful return to public worship as the weeks progress
  • Pray for our spiritual renewal as we come out of lockdown and restrictions
  • Pray for our relational sense of family to be renewed and strengthened
  • Pray for our children’s and youth ministries as they return to in-person activities
  • Pray for our seniors’ ministries as we discern the best way forward
  • Pray for peace in our world, especially Israel and the Holy Land, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and other countries you know of.
  • Pray for the unity of our nation and growing sense of the role of blessing other nations and communities
  • Pray for church members struggling with ill health and worrying diagnoses.

Prayer for our Church
God of Mission, who alone brings growth to your church, send your Holy Spirit to give vision to our planning, wisdom to our actions, and power to our witness. Help our church grow in numbers, in spiritual commitment to you, and in service to our local community, through Jesus Christ our Lord.