Notices 18th 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 18th July 2021

Seventh Sunday after Trinity 

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

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 – raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11: 17-44) – Benjamin Hulme

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 
Public worship in Church from 19th July

Government guidance has removed all restrictions to worship. Singing is permitted with some social distancing encouraged. To offer our Duty of Care to all, we strongly encourage face coverings to be worn at the busier services/events indoors (e.g. our Sunday 10.30am service). Live worship will resume from Wednesday 21st July and Sunday 25th July.
Services in the coming week
Wednesday 21st July @ 10am – Holy Communion in Church only

Sunday 25th July “REUNITED IN WORSHIP” Sunday

9am Morning Worship – Love my Church – Belonging (Eph 2 18-3:19) – Michael Bishop
10.30am Holy Communion As above – Michael Bishop
7pm Sundays @ Seven – Jesus’ miracles – catching a large net of fish (John 21: 1-6) – Ruth Hulme
Church Family News
Welcome John and Jenny Miller (son of Sidney and Judy). John teaches at the Johannesburg Bible College and will be talking in our mission slot. John has recently agreed to be a Mission Partner of Christ Church. We support John’s work through the provision of bursaries to help poorer students taught by him.
Welcome to Katie Dawson, as she is baptised, as part of her journey of faith and preparing for the baptism of Ella, hers and Michael’s daughter, next month.
John Bell is leading the services at Wilstead and Houghton Conquest this morning, two parishes in our Deanery that are currently vacant.
Sunday 18th July

Daring Disciples (ages 0-7) on Zoom at 9am 

Daring Disciples Plus- in person at 10:30am 
The theme this week is: The last will be first!

Passports group is doing the last session on Jesus and Emotions series, this week is Excitement!

Please drop your children off at the Dudley Street entrance between 10:20-25am and collect at the end of the service or, if the service runs past 11:30am, children will be brought back into church to sit with their parents.

Rise and Shine is having a break for summer and will not be meeting until September. 
Little Fishes for under one's will continue through the summer weeks so please book in 
here if you can come. 

Summer Sundays
If you are coming to church at 10.30am throughout the summer holidays why not drop your children off for SPLASH: the chance for all-aged children to worship together. Please drop off at 10:25am Dudley Street entrance and let Ruth know you are coming.

This Saturday (17th July) at 10am join Worship Workout on Zoom! Perfect for children with lots of energy.  

Guardians of Ancora holiday club: Do you have a child who is a treasure seeker?! Then, the holiday club at Christ Church will be a fun-packed adventure of games, crafts, drama and music for them. The holiday club is open for bookings now. Please book here for all the days that you are planning to attend as places are limited.r more details about any of the above please contact Ruth Hulme

Friday 16th - Friday Youth (School Years 9 - 13)
We're talking about having faith at church. What does it mean to worship in certain ways? And what does faith look like once we step outside of the church?

Sunday 18th - JTeam (School Years 7-9)
In the Youth Room (Room 7)
Contact Jess

Tuesday 20th  - Older Youth Bible Study
8pm on Zoom 

We are looking at the Introduction to 'The Reason for God' by Timothy Keller

The Marriage Preparation Course starts Thursday 22nd July – last chance to join contact Richard Hibbert (details below)

The Marriage Course is a series of 7 video sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage.
It works really well for couples seeking to strengthen their relationship. Some couples do the course to intentionally invest in their relationship, others are looking to address more specific challenges. Either way, this course offers essential tools and practical ideas to help you build a relationship that lasts a lifetime. 
Richard will lead this from 4th August – all conversations between you and your partner are private. More details here.

New Wine - United Breaks Out!

Eventbrite bookings now live (links at the end of this notice).  Book now to guarantee your place

FREE NEW WINE 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!  We here at CCB have teamed up with our friends at St John's and St Leonard's to bring you some of the action right here at Christ Church.

Here’s a taste of what you’ll be able to enjoy, for free.

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 (AR) App from Missional Generation is back - with stories, games, activities, prayer & worship.  This is in person from 9.30-10.30am at Christ Church.
Luminosity Luminosity is an exciting programme for 11-18s. Each day we gather at Christ Church for the Morning Celebration with Bible teaching and high energy worship at 11am followed by the Evening Celebration at 7pm. Check out for more information, and to register for all the talks and workshops, and everything else that's happening throughout the day for you to enjoy at home too.Arena is New Wine's main adult-oriented stream at United Breaks Out and here is a taste of what you will be able to enjoy...
In the mornings (starting at 11am), we gather together for Bible Teaching led by David Parker, Pastor Emeritus of Desert Vineyard Church in California. Followed by a series of teachings led by different guest speakers each day including: Genelle Aldred; KP Yohannan; Lauren Windle; Jordan Seng, and Rich Wilson.
In the evenings (starting at 7pm), we will gather again for worship, teaching, prayer ministry and more with different keynote speakers each evening, including: Paul Harcourt, Amy Orr-Ewing, Katia Adams, Sebastian Skatset, Anu Georgen, and Agu Irukwu.
So why not join us in person for this great opportunity to gather and worship together, to listen to some excellent teaching, and to simply be in the presence of God.
Thank you to those of you who have already let us know that you are interested in attending.  Whether you have already told us or not, please could EVERYONE now click on the relevant Eventbrite links below and book for all the days that you would like to attend

Session Timings are:
Mornings (from Friday 30th):  
  • 09:30-10:30 Kids and Families (10:30 start on Sunday 1st) Book here
  • 11:00-12:00 Luminosity (Youth) (not Sunday) Book here
  • 11:00-12:45 Arena (not Sunday - services will be held as normal) Book here
Evenings (from Thursday 29th)
  • 19:00-20:30 Arena Book here
  • 19:00-20:30 Luminosity (no Luminosity on Tuesday 3rd) Book here
Don't forget, if you want to enjoy lots of great seminars and other bonus content from New Wine then sign up for new Wine Online here and get a whole year's membership for just £70.

Church Walk

Sunday Walks The next walk will be Sunday 18th July, led by John & Fiona and meeting in the Dudley Street church car park at 2pm and bring money to purchase refreshments from Longholme Cafe.

Go 4 Gold

Go 4 Gold (Seniors’ Support Group) next meets on Friday 23rd June in the church halls and church, from 2-3pm for an opportunity for a Summer Singalong with John Hartup. If you need contact Rachel Bennett for further details. 

Book Now for Holiday at Home

Two days of talks, activities, food and fun at Christ Church for Seniors on Monday 9th and Friday 13th August. Please ask at the office for a letter and booking form.
The Pilgrim's Progress – the film (PG, 108 mins) is being as shown at the Quarry Theatre on Monday 26 July at 12 noon and 7.30pm as part of BedFringe 2021. You can buy tickets here or call 01234 362337.
There’s nothing like seeing it on the big screen.
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 
Will Eves: Fundraising for Hope for Justice
Will Eves is running 20 miles as part of the Bedford Running Festival on 5 Sept to raise awareness of Modern Slavery and to raise money for Hope for Justice.  Our Hope for Justice, Bedford group is a supported organisation of our Mission Impact Group. His Just Giving page is here 


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 (Chair of BIG) 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.

For your prayers this week
  • Give thanks for all those God is calling to know Him as their Lord and Saviour through Alpha, Explore, Grow and other groups/activities.
  • Pray for New Wine United Breaks Out! to be a blessed time of worship and learning.
  • Pray for the 5 young people/2 leaders attending Dreaming the Impossible.
  • 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 (24 to 27 August), for good planning & preparation.
  • 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.