Notices 10th October 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 10th October 2021
 

Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

9am Morning Worship – Drawing on a Deeper Love: Loving in terrible times (Ruth 1) – Michael Bishop

10.30am  Holy Communion, with baptism - As above

Do join us at 9 and 10.30 am (no need to book) or online at 10.30am via the Christ Church Bedford YouTube channel.

3pm Pizza in the Parish

6pm Prayer Meeting – in Room 4 for approx. 40 minutes

7pm Sundays@Seven  – Prayer - God on mute – John Bell
 
 
Pizza in the Parish – Many thanks to all those who have delivered Pizza flyers. Please pray for fine weather, safety and good links made with our neighbours and don’t forget to come along this afternoon yourself.
Services in the coming week
 
Wednesday 13th October @ 10am – Holy Communion in Church 

Sunday 17th October
9am Holy Communion – Drawing on a Deeper Love: Loving in at work (Ruth 2) – Richard Hibbert
10.30am  Morning Worship - As above
6pm Prayer Meeting – in Room 4 for approx. 40 minutes
7pm Sundays@Seven – Prayer – Working Formula – Marcus Ottaviani
 
CHURCH FAMILY NEWS
 
A special welcome to Joshua Jewell his family and godparents as he is welcomed into God’s family through his baptism.
 
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY AND EVENTS 
 
Friday 8th OctoberForge 3:30pm- 4:45pm is an afterschool drop-in for Yr 5s+6s running weekly and we are starting with the film Inkheart (2009). We will watch the first 25 minutes - If you can't make it this week (8th October) and want to catch up with the movie before next week, I can arrange for you to borrow the DVD.  We are happy to welcome more volunteers to the Forge team, if you are a fan of movies and board games and think you could work with children, do be in touch with Ruth

Saturday 9th October: The chance for children (all ages) to come and help create a window display for Tearfund's Wave of Hope. Come across to church at 10am, and we will have hot chocolate waiting for you too! 

Sunday 10th October during the 10.30am service
In Daring Disciples this week we are looking at the story of The Good Shepherd (John 10:11-15). Join us for stories, rhymes and crafts.

The Passports group are looking this week at Who is God? God is Justice.

Both groups will have the option to join Holy Communion. 

Wednesday 13th October: Little Fishes meets in Room 7 at 1:30pm on Wednesdays, please
 share the flyer with anyone you know who has a baby under 12 months. 

Friday 15th October: 
Morning Out: 
now running weekly on Fridays, 9.30-11am, in term time. We are looking at God's wonderful world. If you have booked online or in person before this term, your name will be on the list. Booking is only required once now.

Forge: 3:30pm- 4:45pm ,an afterschool drop-in for Year 5s+6s


Click HERE to book.

For more details about any of our Children's events please contact the Children's Minister : 
Ruth Hulme
 
YOUTH MINISTRY & EVENTS

Friday 8th October
Friday Night Youth
 for All Youth
7.30-8.30pm
followed by
Late Night Worship in church
8.30-9pm 

Sunday 10th October
JTeam for School Years 7 - 9
10.30am (During the Service)

Tuesday 12th October
Tuesday Bible Study for older youth
On Zoom Use this 
Zoom link 
Meeting ID: 707 863 2565
Passcode: fireworks
Looking at : The Reason for God by Timothy Keller

For more details about any of our Youth events please contact the Youth Minister : 
Jess Walker
 
Alpha: Last chance to join our Alpha course.   It is an in-person course on Tuesday evenings in Room 7 (7.30-9pm), led by Andrew and Helen Russell. Please consider if this course is for you at this time, or who you can invite or bring with you.
 
Go4Gold

Friday 15th October 2.00-3.00pm Cake and drinks provided. Suggested donation £1 The Neno Macadamia Trust with Andrew, Tim and Nick Emmott. Macadamia nut products will be available to purchase Do come and join us for wonderful afternoons of fellowship, fun and friendship!
 
 
We are finding ourselves desperately short of volunteers across a wide range of our activities both on a Sunday and throughout the week.

Please prayerfully consider if God is calling you to serve in one of the following ways, or in any other area of church life (training will be provided). In most cases you can serve as little or as often as you are able.

Please speak to the Church Office to find out more details of what is involved and to explore this further.
  • Musicians and sung worship leaders 
  • Technical Team: Sound, Audio visuals and livestreaming 
  • Halls Administrator (1-2 hours per week) 
  • Lock up team 
  • Youth team 
  • Children’s team 
  • Chairs of the Fellowship and Resourcing impact groups 
  • Prayer ministry team 
  • Home Group leaders
  • Flower team 
  • Welcome team 
  • Leading intercessions/ prayers
  • Reading in church 
  • Making and serving refreshments after services 
 
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. Confirmation preparation will take place at 4.30pm on Sundays 17th and 24th October and 7th and 14th November in room 4. Please let Richard or the Office know if you are joining us.
 
Marathon Thank yous 
 
The Virtual London Marathon - Castle Newnham PTA
 
"Thank you Christ Church for allowing us to use your grass area. It was really appreciated and added to the whole community feel for our event. The 5 marathon runners all did really well Nearly £300 was raised from the cake sale towards our fundraising for Castle Newnham School. Lots of Castle Newnham families and the congregation showed their support which was lovely to see. Many thanks to Christ Church once again for promoting our event."

The London Marathon - Naomi Groves (was Humphries)

"I just wanted to send a message to ask if you would pass on my thanks to everyone at Christ Church. I have had so many kind and generous donations in Dad’s memory, and messages, that have meant a lot. I ran on Sunday and crossed the line in exactly 5 hours which I was delighted with - as you can see in the photo!
With best wishes, Naomi"
 
 

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.
 
FOR YOUR PRAYERS 

 
For your prayers this week 
 
Give thanks for
  • All who give their time and talents in the service of all that we do here at Christ Church.
  • The world God has given us and all who work to protect it.
  • All who have joined our church community in recent months.
Pray for
  • Renewal of faith and serving across the congregation – How is God calling you to be involved?
  • Our Alpha and Grow groups as they continue to help people grow deeper with God.
  • Our musicians and worship leaders and for more people to join them.
  • Our Home Groups and those who lead.
  • COP26 Glasgow – the global climate change conference and the necessary change of narrative and action by political leaders as much as each of us.
  • 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.

 

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Hello
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

Our 9:00am service is traditional and style and lasts about 45 minutes.

Our main Sunday service starts at 10:30am and runs for about 90 minutes, everyone gathers together at the beginning of the service. After a short time of worship together, we divide into different teaching and worship groups as children up to school year 8 leave. Our crèche however, is available from the beginning of the service.

At all-age services (60 minutes), everyone stays together for the whole service. Our weekly notice-sheet gives details of all important events happening in the near future and some guidance on topics for prayer.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after the service where there is plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions. We are proud to be a certified Fair Trade Church.

Our 7:00pm Sunday evening service runs for about 75 minutes and adopts a more contemporary style with a focus on deeper worship and teaching.   

 

What happens to the kids at church?

Children

We have a fantastic programme for the kids at the Church:

Sunday Mornings 10.30am service:

Daring Disciples - (Babies to 8 years). Our weekly group for babies to 8 year olds (school year 3).
Passports -  (9-11 years) Our weekly ministry to encourage our older children in the experience and love of God, through story, worship, prayer, discussion, craft etc. Meets in room 5 during the service.

Children stay with their parents at the start of the service as we worship (sing songs!) together for the first part of the morning. Someone will announce when the children need to go to their programme. You will need to go with your children and register them, the first time they attend.

For more information about our provision for children please visit the children's work page.

What about accessibility?

There are parking spaces next to the church halls but for the 10:30am service a larger car park is available at Castle Newman School just a few yards along Goldington Road. We have step free access from both Denmark street and Dudley street and there is space for buggies and wheelchairs in the Hub area of the new halls. There are baby changing and accessible toilet facilities and a lift to the second floor. Our sound system incorporates a hearing loop.

Getting Connected


Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Men's Ministries
  • Women's Ministries
  • Students
  • Foodbank