Notices 21st November 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."
 

Tearfund Big Quiz Night – Looking for an evening of giant, poverty-beating, community-building fun? You’ve found it! All are welcome to join our Tearfund Big Quiz Night, with or without a team. Teams of 6 can be organised in advance or on the night.

Please bring your donation (cash or contactless card) to support Tearfund’s wonderful work.  If you can't attend on the night you can also donate, via our JustGiving page here.  Since 2018, tens of thousands of people have taken part in Tearfund’s Big Quiz Night, raising over £675,000 to help end poverty. 
Through our Big Quiz Night we’ll be uniting with thousands of people around the UK who want to make a difference to the lives of people living in poverty. Every pound we raise will help bring practical help to people like Abigael, a proud mother of five whose family have farmed the land in Burkina Faso for generations. All her needs – food and financial – depend on the maize crops she grows. But in recent years, Burkina Faso has suffered from increasingly severe and frequent droughts. Abigael can no longer grow enough to feed and take care of her family. Their lives are full of hardship and fear, yet there is hope in the shape of the local church.
 

Sunday 21st November 2021
 

Christ the King Sunday

9am Holy Communion – Drawing on a Deeper Love: Book of Ruth: The Loving God through History (Genesis 2:1-3; Matthew 1: 1-17) - Richard Hibbert

10.30am Morning Worship with Baptism - As above

The 10.30am service will be livestreamed via the Christ Church Bedford YouTube channel.

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

7pm Baptism and Confirmation – Bishop Richard 
 
Services in the coming week
 
Wednesday 24th November @ 10am – Holy Communion in Church 

Sunday 28th November - Pledge day 9am Morning Worship – PLEDGE DAY – Michael Bishop
10.30am Holy Communion – As above
6pm Prayer Meeting – in Room 4 for approx. 40 minutes
7pm 
Sundays@Seven – Holy Spirit: Bodybuilder – AJ Wade
 
CHURCH FAMILY NEWS

Baptism – TODAY at 10.30am
We welcome Chidinma Adindu, her parents and friends as she is baptised this morning.

Baptism and Confirmation – TODAY at 7pm
We welcome Almira, Cheryl, Ellie, Marcus, Rebecca, Tony, candidates from Christ Church, and Mark from Goldington St Mary. Please support them by attending this service.

Meeting of Parishioners – A warm welcome and thanks to Andrew Russell, who was elected churchwarden. Please pray for Andrew and Helen as he takes up this important role.Andrew accepted to follow Christ at an Easter youth camp in his home country of New Zealand at the age of 19. He worshipped at Brickhill Baptist Church until a few years ago when he joined Christ Church. He serves God’s mission amongst us through leading Alpha courses on a regular basis and being a part of the Outreach Impact Group. He is married to Helen and they have two children: Joe (26) and Rosanna (24), both of whom live and work in London. His mother and the rest of his family live in New Zealand. His work place frontline is as a Food Research & Development Manager for Unilever, working on the Colworth Science Park in Sharnbrook.


Stanley Pullinger – A Service of Thanksgiving will be held on Friday 26th November at 11.30am, followed by a reception in the Church Halls. All welcome. Please contact the Church Office, confirming your attendance, to assist with catering.
 
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY AND EVENTS 
 
Advent Daily- We'd love to have lots of families involved with our daily Facebook advent videos, if you and your children would like to do a 30 second video for a day of advent, please let Ruth know who will organise a time for filming. 

COMING UP THIS WEEK:
SUNDAY
In Daring Disciples (age 0-6s) this week we are looking at the theme  We Remember: Christ the King

The Passports group (age 7-11s) are looking this week at Who is Jesus?
- both during the 10.30am morning service

WEDNESDAY
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
Morning Out, 9:30-11:00am. Pre-schoolers and parents are most welcome. No need to book in. £2 per family and first time free!
This week in Morning Out we are looking at God Made People. 

Forge 3:30pm- 4:45pm is an afterschool drop-in for Year 5s+6s is running weekly and we are starting a new film Prince of Egypt which you can watch 
here if you miss a week. Since we are starting a new film, it is the perfect time for new children to join. Here is the consent form, or a form can be completed at the welcome desk upon arrival. 

COMING UP SOON:
Nativity practices are:
Sunday 28th November (during 10:30 service)
Sunday 12th December (during 10:30 service)
Sunday 5th December  12:15-1:15 (Optional practice for main characters to practice their speaking parts, please bring a packed lunch). 
For more details about any of our Children's events please contact the Children's Minister : Ruth Hulme

YOUTH MINISTRY & EVENTS

Friday 19th November
Friday Night Youth
, from 7:30pm-9pm 

Sunday 21st November
JTeam for School Years 7 - 9
10.30am (During the Service) in Room 7

Tuesday 23rd November 
Tuesday Bible Study for older youth
On Zoom 

For more details about any of our Youth events please contact the Youth Minister : Jess Walker or see the Christ Church Youth Instagram
 
A Word From Richard - November 28th Journey to Pledge day
 
PLEDGE DAY – 24 Hours of Prayer
Friday 26th to Saturday 27th November
10.30am to 10.30am

 
AIM:              to pray that pledges come in to grow God’s mission among us and cover our projected deficit

WHEN:          Please join us praying for at least 1 x 30 minute slot between: 10.30am Friday 26th November and 10.30am Saturday 27th November.

HOW:            Sign-up sheet available today after services, from the church office during the week (T: 327150), and on-line from Tuesday.

WHAT:          Prayer topics: see prayer section below or download from emails/website.

WHERE:        You can Pray at Home, Pray at Work, Pray in Church, Pray in Room 4. Access to church/room 4 via vicarage driveway door.

WHY:             For God’s mission to flourish among us and reach to our community
 
What is happening at Christ Church?
 
Sunday Walk The next walk is today 21st November. Please meet in Dudley Street car park at 2pm – all welcome.

Lunch Club Christmas Lunch is being held in two sittings this year: Tuesday 7th December and Tuesday 14th December 12.45 for 1pm. If you, a relative, friend or neighbour, would like to come along to our Christmas Lunch for seniors, please buy your ticket (£8) from the Church Office.

Richard and Sarah’s last Sunday: Sunday 30th January 2022 – they will move the week after and Richard's Licensing is Monday 7th March at 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Coventry. Plans are in place to prepare our farewells and to attend Richard’s Licensing. More details to follow.

Homegroups - Are you new to Christ Church, or just glad to be back? Would you like to join a Home Group?  We'd love to hear from you as we have groups actively looking for new members. Please contact John Bell (
curate@ccbedford.org) so we can put you in contact with one of our Home Group Leaders.

Advent Countdown – Information on Children’s ministry
Our children and families are working together to create 25 quiz question video clips to share on our Facebook and YouTube. Each day, we can share the excitement of opening the calendar together and seeing what’s inside with the added excitement of cracking the quiz questions!
 

Bedford Foodbank – food items needed: tinned: tuna, ham (small), peas, carrots, sweetcorn, fruit, rice pudding; UHT milk, cup a soup, rice (250g / 500g/ 1kg), jam, jars of pasta sauce, teabags (40/80), coffee, biscuits, long-life fruit juice. Non-food items: toilet rolls, soap bars, shampoo, tissues, hand cream, Christmas decorations and shopping trolleys. Collection basket in the Hub.
 
FOR YOUR PRAYERS 

 
Give thanks for:
  • Confirmation candidates: Almira, Cheryl, Ellie, Marcus, Rebecca, Tony
  • Baptism family of Chidinma Adindu
  • Andrew Russell elected as our new Church Warden
Pray for:
  • PCC, meeting 25th November: considering forthcoming vacancy, 2022 budget, future teaching, sustainability
  • Pledge Day – 28th November – and a spirit of generosity to be manifested
  • Pledge Day – 24 hours of prayer – space for all to join in prayer for at least 30 minutes:
    • investing in God’s mission here of making new disciples through our witness and evangelism
    • deepening our faith through learning together
    • transforming our community through social action and involvement
  • Resourcing Impact Group: Richard, Keith, Richard, Steve, Ian, Chris and new members needed
  • Those known to you, who need God’s gift of grace and healing.
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.
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.
Click here to see more.

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 family 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