Notices 11th July 2021 


All our latest events, information and prayer needs

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."

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.

Sunday 11th July 2021

Sixth Sunday after Trinity 
Sunday 11th July
9am Morning Worship
 – The Church on its Knees – Praying through difficulty (2 Thess 1: 3-12, 3:1-5) – John Bell
10.30am Livestreamed Holy Communion - As above – John Bell

Do join us at 9.00 and 10.30 am (book a seat here) or online at 10.30am via the Christ Church Bedford YouTube channel.

7pm Sundays @ Seven – Jesus’ miracles – healing the man born blind (John 9: 1-7) – Jess Walker

This week we will finish in time for the football.

Sundays @ Seven – our 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 
Changing our worship patterns 
Our earlier morning service has reverted to more traditional style with Common Worship liturgy, while our later morning service will continue in our contemporary style.
From 25th July, it is hoped that Government guidance will allow our musicians to lead us in live congregational singing. More details after the government announcement on 12th July.
Services in the coming week
Wednesday 14th July @ 10am – Holy Communion in Church only
Sunday 18th July
9am Holy Communion – The Church on its Knees – Praying in Faith (James 5:13-20) – Richard Hibbert
10.30am Livestreamed Morning Worship with Baptism - As above
7pm Sundays @ Seven – Jesus’ miracles – raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11: 17-44) – Benjamin Hulme
Sunday 11th July
Daring Disciples (ages 0-7) on Zoom at 9am Please use this LINK to join Daring Disciples.
Daring Disciples Plus- in person at 10:30am 
Theme this week is: Let's sow the seed! 

Passports - ages 7-11 in person at 10:30am. 
Theme this week is: Jesus and Emotions- Shame 

With both in-person options, you will need to drop your child off at Dudley Street hub entrance at 10:20/25, sign them in and then collect them at 11:30am (after service has finished). If the service runs past 11:30, children will be brought back into church to sit with their parents.
Rise and Shine:  Songs in the vicarage garden on Wednesday 14th July at 10am. All under 5s including babies are welcome please book in on Eventbrite (click here) and bring your picnic blanket to the Denmark Street car park. 
Morning Outdoors: Morning Out is continuing outdoors, meeting at Russell Park at 9:30am on Fridays until the summer holidays. There are still spaces available on 16th July. Click here for the booking link.

Worship workout this week will be postponed until Saturday 17th July. To sign up, note your family name on here.

For more details about any of the above please contact the church office

9th July - Friday Night Youth 
Meet in the Church halls at 7.30pm;  

Sunday 11th July at 10.30am 
JTeam (School Years 7-9)

TUESDAY 13th July
Older Youth Bible Study (School Years 10-13)
We will be looking at 'The Reason for God' by Timothy Keller

Vicar’s Discretionary Fund 
This fund has been greatly appreciated by those in need and is in need of topping up. If you can help, please donate ideally by BACS (Sort code: 40-52-40; Account No: 00020562 Reference: VDF [your surname]) – or send a cash/cheque marked on the reverse ‘VDF’, payable to Christ Church PCC Bedford, to: The Treasurer, Christ Church, 140 Dudley Street, Bedford, MK40 3SX.
Wanted: those eager to share the stories of Jesus with children
Have you ever thought about children's ministry but don't want to go on a rota all year round? In summer we love to get other helpers involved. Get to know the children over New Wine Weekend. We can't do it without you, so please get involved if you want to share your gift and develop your children's work skills. It's a great chance to do fun things like art, singing, storytelling and drama! Please contact Ruth Hulme to serve our children and families.

New Wine - United Breaks Out!

FREE ONLINE EVENT - Showing right here at Christ Church
Thursday 29 July – Tuesday 3 August 2021

New Wine will be gathering the family together again this summer – this time in local churches as well as in homes and gardens!

Here’s a taste of what you’ll be able to enjoy, for free, right here at Christ Church.

Each morning, 5-11s & their families can join the New Wine Kids live stream for games, pantomime, worship and teaching. Kids packs will help families engage with God in a life changing way, plus, the New Wine Family Augmented Reality App from Missional Generation is back - with stories, games, activities, prayer & worship.

Luminosity is an exciting programme for 11-18s. Each day with the Morning Celebration with Bible teaching and high energy worship followed by the Evening Celebration and Luminosity After Party all right here at Christ Church! Check out for more information and details of what else is happening throughout the day for our youth to enjoy at home.

Arena is the main adult oriented venue while Impact is a venue aimed at those passionate about our urban areas and outer estates, with a magazine-style programme of worship, teaching, spoken word, testimonies and art.  We hope to run both streams here at Christ Church where the Morning and evening keynotes will be led by different guest speakers, including: Jordan Seng of Bluewater Mission; pastor and author Katia Adams; communications consultant Genelle Aldred; Christian apologist Amy Orr Ewing; pastor and author Francis Chan; and New Wine National Leader Paul Harcourt.

So why not join us for this great opportunity to gather and worship together, to listen to some excellent teaching, and to simply be in the presence of God.

Register us to your interest.  Register this week to avoid disappointment. 

Session Timings are:
Mornings (from Friday 30th):  
  • 09:30-10:30 Kids and Families (10:30 start on Sunday 1st)
  • 11:00-12:00 Luminosity (Youth) (Sunday TBC)
  • 11:00-12:45 Main Gatherings (not Sunday - services will be held as normal)
Evenings (from Thursday 29th)
  • 19:00-20:30 Main Gatherings and Luminosity (no Luminosity on Tuesday 3rd)
  • We may even run the After Hours and Luminosity: After Party sessions too - watch this space...
For more information contact John Bell 

*** Save the Date ***  Holiday at Home

The team are planning for two days of talks, activities, food and fun at Christ Church for seniors on Monday 9th and Friday 13th August.

Helping Hands and Green Fingers

Wanted Saturday 10th July 9.30am-12.30pm to tidy grounds plus reward ourselves with cake and drinks at Elevenses time. We need helpers to bring their own brushes, hoes, rakes, gloves, clippers etc. There will be plenty of deep weeds to remove as well as trimming shrubs and sweeping paths and gutters.
Christ Church coach holiday to the Somerset Coast 
16-20 August 2021 – Cost £370-£470pp depending on type of room. Join Richard, Sarah and Rachel 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 but only a few places left now in single, twin, double. Book soon so as not to be disappointed. Brochure available 


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.

Bedford Foodbank - We welcome appropriate items for FOODBANK – most needed food items at the moment are tinned: tuna, ham (small), fruit, peas, carrots and sweetcorn; UHT milk, cup a soup, rice (250g / 500g/ 1kg) and long-life fruit juice and non-food items: tin openers, washing-up liquid, anti-bac spray, deodorant (unisex), tissues, hand cream and ‘Bags for Life’. Collection basket in the Hub.

A Foodbank thank you: "I wanted to thank the service so much.  I made an application for universal credit and it's a 5 week wait for your first payment. I went to the food bank; it's been amazing. Christ Church gave us 3 activity packs and my children were so happy. My eldest has special needs and just loved the pack. They also gave us treats etc which I sent in with my son to school as they had to take a sweet treat in. I had no money to buy anything and it was such a blessing. The staff have been so kind and whilst I still have to wait another week for some money, my children felt like I'd given them an amazing treat. " Your contributions are appreciated (and thank you to Barnardo's for sharing the activity packs.)

  • Give thanks for the baptism and admission to communion of four young people last Sunday.  Pray for their continued journey of faith.
  • Pray for the forthcoming baptism candidates July/August: 1 child and 1 adult
  • Pray for New Wine United Breaks Out! (29 July to 3 August) and for time and space for you and others to enjoy the worship and learn from the weekend teaching.
  • Pray for the 5 young people and 2 leaders attending the weekend youth conference Dreaming the Impossible (30 July to 2 August) to grow in their faith.
  • Pray for our seniors Holiday @ Home (9 & 13 August) to be a blessing to our guests.
  • Pray for our Coach Holiday (16-20 August), for God’s blessing on guests & safe travel.
  • Pray for our Children’s Holiday Club (23 to 27 August), for Ruth gathering a team around her, and for all the planning involved.
  • Pray for our plans to resume full public worship, and we might sing God’s praises.
  • Pray for those you know who are unwell at this time and for those grieving.
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.