Notices 30th 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."

Trinity Sunday 

9am Morning Worship – Trinity Sunday (John 3:1-17) – John Bell
10.30am Livestreamed Morning Worship – As above

You can book for this Sunday's services here 

7pm Sundays @ Seven - The Trinity (John 3: 1-17) – John Bell (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 30th May.

Services in the coming week
Wednesday 2nd June @ 10am – Holy Communion in Church only

Sunday 6th June
9am Morning Worship – Environment Sunday (Genesis 1: 26-31) – Richard Hibbert
10.30am Livestreamed All Age Service – As above – Ruth Hulme
7pm Sundays @ Seven  - Jesus’ miracles to help belief – water into wine (John 2:1-11) – Chris Brown (speaker)

Public Worship in church
The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who leads the Church of England’s Recovery Group, said:
“We understand the frustration that many feel at the limitations in current Government guidance at this stage and share the longing for amateur choirs and indeed congregations to be able to sing without restrictions.
“During the Covid-19 pandemic we have worked with the Government to try to ensure that guidance for churches and places of worship was proportionate, and informed by a detailed understanding of our environments and practices. All along, we have encouraged the Government to be alert to the consequences of our choirs’ continued silence as well as the loss of congregational singing.
“We are reminding the Government of the importance we place on singing to lift our prayers to God, and look ahead to step four and the enabling of the singing of choirs and congregations to fill our churches and cathedrals once more.”
 
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.

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.  We will continue to livestream 10.30am services so you can also watch from home.

Children and Youth

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY AND EVENTS
Sunday 30th May:
Daring Disciples (up to year 3) will be having a 20 minute interactive Zoom meeting at 10am.  They will be looking at Trinity Sunday. For more information, please contact the Church Office.
  
Passports (years 4-6) group are meeting in person in the main hall at 10:30-11:30am on Sunday. They are continuing to look at Jesus and emotions; this week they are looking at Fear. Please bring your own drink if you need to. Please drop your child off at the Dudley street entrance and sign them in. 

YOUTH MINISTRY & EVENTS:
Friday 28th May - Friday Night Youth - Location: Church halls – 7.30pm to 8.30pm. 
 
Sunday 30th May - J-Team (year 7-9) will be meeting on zoom, 11:30am-12:30pm. For more information, please contact the Church Office.

Church Family News and Events

A Word From John - Don't Look Down ...
Click here to read.

*** 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 the Church Office.

Grow Group
This new group starts Tuesday evenings 1st June at 7.45pm 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 the Church Office.

Four Counties Ministry Training Course
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.  More details in the leaflet here.

ChurchSuite - A Reminder
ChurchSuite drives our Church Database/ management system.  We use it for our rotas and our church directory. 
 
We would encourage you to please add a photo to your record, to help us all to put faces to names.  If your photo is not shown when you log in, hover over the circle containing your initials, then click on the pencil symbol and follow the instructions. 

We have set it so that addresses are not visible.  Please make your address visible if you are happy for church members to know where you live.  If we did not have permission to include your address on our old database, you will find that your address is blank, you may wish to add it, set to not visible, so that church staff can see your details. 

If you have never received an invite to use ChurchSuite and would like one, or, if you are having trouble logging in to ChurchSuite.com and need your password resetting, please let us know. 

Ladies Elevenses
Our next “Ladies ELEVENSES Time” is to be on Saturday 5th June at 11.00am   for a “SUMMERTIME JOY” social. Sue Marshall will be talking about her “NEW HORIZONS” and there will be a musical interlude before going into small groups to see, chat and get to know others! Our last social was a joy and blessing so make a drink and join us for an hour of fellowship. Please contact the Church Office for the Zoom link.                             

Christ Church coach holiday to the Somerset Coast 
16-20 August 2021 – Cost £370-£470pp depending on choice of room. Join Richard, Rachel and the team for a great holiday. Please ask Rachel Bennett or at the Church Office for a brochure.

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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’

More details here and register 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.

For your prayers this week

 

Prayer Emphasis Day

PRAYER EMPHASIS DAY - June

Please make space to pray deeper and longer this First Tuesday, 1st June.

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.