Notices 6th June 2021 

 

First Sunday after Trinity 


9am Morning Worship – Environment Sunday (Genesis 1: 26-31) – Richard Hibbert
10.30am Livestreamed All Age Service – As above – Ruth Hulme.  For those watching the Livestream, you will find the response sheet here

You can book for this Sunday's services here 

7pm Sundays @ Seven  - Jesus’ miracles to help belief – Water into wine (John 2:1-11) – Mhairi Brown (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 6th June.
 

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.

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.
 
Services in the coming week

Wednesday 9th June @ 10am – Holy Communion in Church only
Sunday 13th June
9am Holy Communion – The Church on its Knees - Pray Constantly (Acts 1:12-26)
10.30am Livestreamed Holy Communion – As above
7pm Sundays @ Seven - Jesus’ miracles to help belief  healing the official's son (John 4:46-54) - Richard Hibbert (speaker)
 
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY AND EVENTS

Baptism and Admission to Communion preparation sessions: These have now started, on Sundays straight after the 10:30 service.  If your child would like to join the sessions 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. 

Rise and Shine:  Songs in the vicarage garden on Wednesday 9th June at 10am. All under 5s including babies are welcome. Please bring your own blanket. Come to the main church door (Denmark Street) to be directed to the garden.   Parents must book on Eventbrite (click 
here) and stay with the child for the session. 

Morning Outdoors: Friday 11th June in Russell Park. This is a one off event. Come along for story telling, scavenger hunting and songs in the park! Suitable for pre-school children. Parents must book on Eventbrite (click 
here) and stay with the child for the session. 

Wanted volunteers: to help with Little Fishes and Rise and Shine. If you are available either Wednesday 9:30-11am or Thursday 1:30-2:30pm and would like to help with babies and toddlers. Please contact Ruth.

 
YOUTH MINISTRY & EVENTS:
28th May - Friday Night Youth 
Location: Church halls – 7.30pm to 8.30pm. More info contact 
Jess Walker
 
A Word From Richard - Putting God in a box - click here
 
The new edition of Christ Church Life can be downloaded by clicking on the cover picture.  Paper copies are available from Church and in the Hub
 

*** 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 (details below). 
 

Grow Group

 This new group continues on Tuesday evenings 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. It’s not too late to join.  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 request for permission


ChurchSuite drives our Church Database/ management system.  We use it for our rotas and our church directory. 

Now that we are Livestreaming our 10.30am services we have added a section that enables you to give us your permission to appear on the livestream.  Log in to MyChurchSuite, click on MyDetails, select details and scroll to the bottom of the page.  Once you have selected yes or no (the default setting is unknown) please remember to save the change.  
 
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. 
 
Supporting one of our Mission Partners Impact (Bedford Schools Workers)
 
PLEASE CAN YOU HELP US?
 
Vote for us to get a £1000 grant.
The insurance company Ecclesiastical Insurance has a scheme where they will award a £1000 grant to each of 500 nominated charities.  It's called Movement for Good   and we have an opportunity to help Impact get nominated. You need to click this link and enter charity number: 1010412 (please note that our charity's official name is Bedford Area Schools Christian Support Trust, Impact is our working title).  The closing date is 13th June - time is of the essence.

Work for us to transform children’s lives in local schools
Impact has been successfully working in Bedfordshire for thirty years. We are looking for persons who would be able to help us in the following areas:
  • To raise our profile, as well as promote IMPACT to still more schools and churches.
  • To help us with our fundraising, something we believe is necessary to enable IMPACT to take the Good News to even more children.
  • To help with IT, media and web design.
If you feel that you have the skills needed for the above, then please contact us for more information at chair@impactbedford.org.uk
 

Ladies Elevenses

Ladies ELEVENSES Time Saturday 5th June at 11am.  Sue Marshall will be talking about her “NEW HORIZONS”, there will be a musical interlude and then small groups to see, chat and get to know others! Ladies make a drink and join us for an hour of fellowship.

To attend please contact the church office
 

Sunday Walks 

The next walk will be Sunday 6th June, meeting in the Dudley Street church car park at 2pm. Bring money to purchase refreshments at one of the Embankment cafes. It would be helpful to know who will be attending and if they would like to be in the Strollers or Striders group, please contact Rachel Bennett
 

Christ Church coach holiday to the Somerset Coast 

16-20 August 2021 – Cost £370-£470pp depending on room. Join Richard and Sarah as we holiday in the traditional seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, enjoying space to relax, trips of interest and time out with God. Open to all ages. Brochure available here.  
 
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.   
 

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.
 

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
 
  • Give thanks for God’s gift of creation, the beauty of our world and the joy of sharing it with one another
  • Pray for our church to be a light for the Gospel and a place where people can meet Jesus
  • Pray for the persecuted church to be faithful and bold in proclaiming Christ, and for the ignored church (as often in the UK) to be faithful and creative in making Christ known
  • Pray for our government to have God’s wisdom as it decides about 21st June restrictions
  • Pray for your workplace colleagues and/or street neighbours to know God’s blessing and for you to be a sure witness of grace and truth.
  • Pray for our Alpha guests, Grow Group guests and Explore guests all to develop a greater understanding and love for Jesus
  • Pray for our planning for re-opening public worship fully and re-engaging with our local community
  • Pray for those you know who are unwell at this time and for those grieving the loss of loved ones.
 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.