Notices 12th September 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."

Sunday 12th September 2021

Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity 

9am Morning Worship– Love my Church – Witnessing (1 Peter 3:13-17) – Min-Min Peaker
10.30am Holy Communion - As above

Do join us at 9.00 and 10.30 am (no need to book) or online at 10.30am via the Christ Church Bedford YouTube channel.

6pm Prayer Meeting - in Room 4 for approx 40 mins 
7pm Sundays@ 7 - The Importance of Worship - AJ Wade
Services in the coming week
Wednesday 15th September @ 10am – Morning Prayer in Church only

Sunday 19th September: 
Holy Communion – Love my Church – Sending (Acts 12:19-30 and 13:1-3) – Richard Hibbert
Morning Worship with baptism - As above
Sundays@7 – The Ministry of Worship – John Bell
Church Family News

Michael Taylor - Michael Taylor died peacefully on 31st August in the New Meppershall Care Home.  His funeral is Monday 27th Sept at 12.15pm at Christ Church, with burial at Kempston Cemetery and reception at Christ Church. All welcome to join the family in giving thanks for Michael's life and faith. Please advise us of your intention to attend.

Sunday 12th September 
10.30am (During the Service)
Now that summer is over, we are going to be back into our normal age groups, Daring Disciples and Passports. Please keep your children with you in the service, until it is indicated that they can go to their groups.

The theme for Daring Disciples this week is The Lost Sheep (Luke 15: 3-7). 

Passports are looking at the question 'Who is God? God is the Creator'

Wednesday 15th September 
Little Fishes for all those with babies under 12 months continues meeting in Room 7 from 1.30pm-2.30pm.  Please email Ruth Hulme and let her know if you are interested in coming.

Fridays 17th September 
Morning Out - back indoors!  The parent toddler group RESTARTS on Friday 17th September from 9:30am.
Booking in gives us an indication of numbers, and really helps us, but turning up on the day is also fine! Although the Eventbrite says it is free, there will be a small entry cost on the door. Here's a link if you want to help us out and tell us you intend to be there. Thanks

Please pick up a copy of the CCB Kids booklet which has up to date information about Children's work at Christ Church. 
Friday 10th Sept 

Friday Night Youth in person in the Church Halls (All Youth - School Years 7-13)

Late Night Worship in person in the Church
(All Youth)

Sunday 12th Sept
10.30am (During the Service)
JTeam in person in Room 7 
(Younger Youth - School Years 7-9)

Tuesday 14th Sept
Older Youth Bible Study on Zoom. 

For more details about any of our Youth events please contact the Youth Minister : Jess Walker

A Word From Richard - Orbiting around Pluto
Christ Church needs you.

As things open up again, Opportunities for ministry among us and beyond are detailed below:

Please pray for each of us to know God's nudge about the area of service in which we are called to offer.

Building lock up
As our halls begin to see more returning regular hirers and new groups joining, we hope to find a few more people who would be able to join the building lock up rota. This takes about 10 minutes and involves walking through the halls at the end of the day and checking that all the outer doors are locked. If you can help, please contact Dawn by emailing or by calling 07788 687011. Thank you.
Alpha Our next Alpha course runs from Tuesday 28th September to 7th December (except half term 26th Oct). It will be an in-person course in Room 7 (7.30-9pm), led by Andrew and Helen Russell. Please consider whether this course is for you at this time, or who you can invite or bring with you.  Invitations are available from church and in the Hub; the poster can be downloaded by clicking here, so that you can print and display it, or share it on Social media.
Grow Group If you would like to know more about this group, please speak to Michael Bishop or Ruth Hulme
Exploring Confirmation (and/or Baptism) 
Taking your next step on your faith journey.  We will be holding a Confirmation Service at Christ Church at 7pm on 21st November.  We will shortly be arranging to meet those interested in exploring baptism and/or confirmation. Please let Richard Hibbert know your interest.
Will you take His call?
Do you sense that there is something niggling away that is a prompt from God, and you'd like to make more sense of it? 'Will you take his call?' is designed to help you to find out how the church can equip and train you to answer God's call, whatever it might be. It offers a range of lay and ordained speakers and an opportunity to discuss your calling and ways to serve on 13th November. More details available on this flyer.
Topsoil needed for Church lawn
If you have spare topsoil, please contact Rachel Bennett. We can arrange to collect it and use it to level up the north lawn.
Clicking on the poster will take you straight to the Impact Website. 

Bedford Christians against Modern Slavery

This autumn there is an opportunity for all of us to learn more about the issue of Modern Slavery.
here to read an introduction to the group: Bedford Christians against Modern Slavery.

Starting 9th September there is a series of five evening workshops for all 'Women in the Shadows'   For details and information please click 
here.  Last chance to join is 16th September.
Passionate about helping the Homeless in Bedford
Revd Luke Larner (Curate, St Paul’s Bedford) is hosting a key meeting of church and community leaders on Monday 20th September at 7.30pm at Church Lane Community Centre, 147 Church Lane, MK41 0PW. Aim: in conjunction with Citizens UK and Just Us: to bring community groups, schools and faith communities together to partner so that changes can occur on the issues and injustices that really matter to the local community in Bedford. All welcome to attend.

Bike N Hike 2021

Bike N Hike 2021 – If you sponsored Tim Woodhouse, meet him in the Hub, after the 10.30am service, check his health and donate your pledged amount.

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

Praying together for Christ Church and beyond:
  • Our Alpha Course, starting 28th September, and for many guests to join in exploring.
  • Our Grow Group and whether this could be for you or a friend.
  • Political leaders nationally and locally, to be prompted by God’s values and not just their own.
  • Our mission partners
  • The Church of England elections to General Synod and for godly Bible-centred wisdom for all candidates.
  • Those longing for healing and renewal.
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.