Notices 9th January 2022 

 

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 9th January 2022

The First Sunday of Epiphany

9am - Morning Worship - Revelation: Faithfulness in testing times - seeing God afresh (Dan 7: 1-14 & Rev 1:1-11) - Richard Hibbert
10.30am - Holy Communion - 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 - Sundays@Seven - Waiting for the Holy Spirit (Acts 1) - John Bell

Covid guidance: Face coverings remain compulsory in most public indoor venues, including churches. Please use the hand sanitiser provided.
 
New Sermon Series: The Book of Revelation
Futuristic prophecy, a roadmap of God’s judgement, a letter of encouragement to friends? This last book in the Bible has caused much concern and many words, but it’s a letter to seven churches in Asia Minor, in which John shares the vision he was given by Jesus. There’s lots of symbolism and imagery, but the basic message is that God is in control and evil has been vanquished. Join us as we study key chapters through Sunday morning sermons and midweek home groups, encouraging one another to stay faithful despite the world’s pressures to compromise.
 
Services in the coming week

Wednesday 12th January @ 10am – Holy Communion in Church 

Sunday 16th January 
9am  – Holy Communion – Revelation: Faithfulness in testing times - Heeding God's Perspective (Rev 3:14-22) - John Bell
10.30am Morning Worship - as above
6pm Prayer Meeting – in Room 4 for approx. 40 minutes
7pm Sundays@Seven -  Empowered by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2) – AJ Wade
 
New Alpha course starts 18th January 

Please pray to know whom you can invite ...

An invitation to forward or print and hand out can be downloaded 
here

If you wish to attend an on-line/Zoom version, please let the office know ASAP.
 
CHURCH FAMILY NEWS
 
Congratulations to Christ Church – we have been awarded the Bronze Eco Church award as a mark of making sustainability part of our mission.

Michael Carter – Michael’s Service of Thanksgiving will be at Christ Church on Monday 17th January at 12 noon. All are welcome. Please let the office know if you are attending to help know numbers for the service and reception.
 
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY AND EVENTS 
 
This week:
FRIDAY 7th JANUARY
Morning Out: Friday 09:30-11:30. Our theme this week is Rainbows: the story of God's Big Promise and next week (14th Jan) Famous People: Esther.  We are welcoming new families weekly, no booking needed. £2 per family, first time free. 
 
Forge: Friday 15:30- 16:45. This week we are watching a clip from  "Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne” and thinking about bringing the fruits of the spirit into the new year. We have the space to welcome more children. If you know someone who is interested, please encourage them to complete a consent form before the child arrives. 

SUNDAY 9th JANUARY - during the 10.30 service
Daring Disciples, aged 0-7s. This week we are looking at The Magi's Journey. 


Passports, aged 7-10s. Passports Group are using the Energize Syllabus and this week are looking at Jesus' Childhood. 

WEDNESDAY 12th JANUARY
Little Fishes: Wednesdays at 13:30. We have space to welcome more babies, come along for a session of sensory activities, rhymes and supportive chat. We will be starting the Starting Rite course again this week, the perfect time to join the group for the first time.

 
 
Coming soon:
Wild Church is on the 16th January: a missional venture with Bromham Benefice for families who do not currently come to church on Sunday mornings or evenings, this is an alternative expression of worship focussed at families with primary aged children. If you know someone who is interested in Christianity, spirituality and worship, but can not attend in-church meetings, please ask Ruth for a flier to hand them with the information. 
 
For more details about any of our Children's events please contact the Children's Minister : Ruth Hulme
 
YOUTH MINISTRY & EVENTS

For more details about any of our Youth events please see the Christ Church Youth
 Instagram
Friday Night Youth - returns Friday 7th January
J-Team - returns Sunday 9th January
Tuesday Bible Study - returns shortly - please look to WhatsApp group for information or contact Richard Hibbert
 
A Word From Richard - The Year of the Squeeze
 
WHAT IS HAPPENING AT CHRIST CHURCH 
 
Welcome Tea – Church Halls – Sunday, 23rd January from 4pm. Tea and cake, chat and a chance to meet other church members. If you’ve newly started worshipping here, you would be very welcome to come.

Richard’s Licensing Service: Monday 7th March @ Holy Trinity, Coventry – all welcome
A 53-seater coach has been booked for those wishing to not drive. Please book the date, await further details or contact Rachel Bennett 


Farewell Gift – if you wish to contribute to a leaving gift for Richard and Sarah, please give directly via BANK TRANSFER (sort code: 40-52-40   Account No:  00020562   Ref: HIBBERT) or give donations of cash/cheques (payable to “Christ Church Bedford PCC”, marked on reverse HIBBERT) to Kay Berrington.

Monday 4th-Friday 8th July: Church holiday, open to all, staying in Eastbourne. 
Publicity is now available. Early booking will secure your place. Do join the trip if you can. Brochures available from The Hub or Rachel Bennett
 
Mission Impact Group – update on your generosity
 
At Christmas we were able to distribute a further £3,300 to our Mission Partners including:
  • YP & Jude Gayet - working with young people & a home church in Belgium,
  • Impact (BASCT) – supporting Bedfordshire schools with Christian study materials & assemblies,
  • Hilary Deneufchâtel - working for SIM and helping Bible translators in Africa,
  • Johannesburg Bible college (offering bursaries to help poor students in South Africa access study)
  • Rob and Ruth Strange in thanks of their 12 + years of service as Mission Partners in the Middle East, having returned home in June.
We also distributed £4,200 between the following charities: 
  • Neno Macadamia Trust for sustainable farming, Malawi
  • Egypt Deaf School, Cairo
  • Ras Morbat Eye Clinic, Aden, Yemen
  • Bedford Foodbank
  • Bedford Street Angels
  • Barnabas Fund (Persecuted Christians)
  • Just Love (University students - Christian support)
  • King’s Arms Project for the homeless (Bedford)
  • Friends for Life for lonely care home residents (Bedford)
And a sum of money for Bedford Prison Chaplains’ appeal to support prisoners who are isolated in cells due to Covid, including 29 children’s bibles to those prisoners with poorer reading abilities.
Thank you Christ Church, for through allocating 13% of your general giving we can support God’s mission and ministry through these partners and organisations. 
 
Richard is Vice Chair of the Friends of the Anglican Province of Alexandria. Some 8 church members have previously visited Egypt and been inspired by the work of the Diocese and Province. This is a great opportunity to listen to a top-class group of speakers on the life of the Church in Ethiopia and Egypt.
 
Click here for the brochure with more information
 

Bedford Foodbank – food items needed: tinned: meat (in sauce e.g. chilli, curry), potatoes (large), jumbo hotdogs; UHT milk, cup a soup, long-life sponge puddings, long-life fruit juice, coffee (100g), teabags (40/80). Non-food items: shower gel, tissues, hand cream and shopping trolleys. Collection basket in the Hub.
 
FOR YOUR PRAYERS 

 
Give thanks for:
  • Jess Walker’s ministry over 4 ½ years with our young people
  • Generous giving that supports a wide range of mission partners & organisations
Pray for:
  • Alpha Course, starting Tuesday 18th January, led by AJ, and for whom you can invite
  • Children’s ministry, led by Ruth, and seeking further leaders & co-leaders
  • Youth ministry, needing new leadership, and for its spiritual and numerical growth
  • Seniors’ ministry, to be a rich blessing to more & more seniors from our community
  • Standing Committee and PCC as both prepare for the vacancy
  • Richard and Sarah as they prepare to move to Coventry
  • Those whom you know are unwell to know Christ’s healing and restoration
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