Notices 11th September 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."
 

Saturday 10th September 2022

 

At 10am tomorrow (Saturday) there will be prayers in Church (in place of the usual Zoom prayer meeting).  We will gather together for 30 minutes and pray for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, His Majesty King Charles III, for the Royal Family, our nation, and all affected by the sad news of the Queen's death. 
The church will then remain open until 5pm for anyone to reflect, pray, light a candle or write a message of condolence.
 

Sunday 11th September 2022


Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

Sunday 11th September
9am -  Holy Communion – Joy in trials (James 1:1-18) – David Thomas
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 – Prayer: The Lord’s Prayer - AJ Wade

All our services will include prayers and moments of reflection for our Queen, praising God for her life and faith.
 

Services in the coming week

Wednesday 14th September
10am - Holy Communion

Sunday 18th September
9am -  Holy Communion – Listen Well (James 1:19-2:13) - David Thomas
10.30am - Morning Worship Listen Well (James 1:19-2:13) – Jonathan Templeman
6pm - Prayer Meeting – in Room 4 for approx. 40 minutes
7pm - Sundays@Seven – Prayer: A rule for life – Alan Cottenden
 
Church Weekend Away 2023
 

At King’s Park Conference Centre, Northampton. 10th – 12th March 2023.  
 
Here are some photos of the venue and there is one really important thing missing in them – you!  We want to fill the centre with members of Christ Church.   If you can, please book now (deposit deadline 25th September), or at least let us know that you are coming (sign-up sheet by the pigeon holes).  
Brochures and booking forms are now available here.  Please return your completed booking form to the red post box in the Hub (or hand in to the office if paying your deposit in cash).

 

Church Family News

New Sermon Series: Our new morning services series is looking at the book of James. The theme is “Genuine Faith”. We are using The Good Book Guide to James written by Sam Allberry, who is a pastor, author and speaker. We will be exploring what Christianity looks like, and asking questions like how do we know our faith is real and not just theoretical? 

Home Groups: It’s the start of a new academic year and a new sermon series, so if you’re not already a part of one, why not join a Home Group! Many of them are restarting after a summer break so this is an ideal opportunity. They are opportunities to deepen faith & friendships as we live out our discipleship. Contact our coordinator: Pauline Barber or look at the page on our website here.

Church Weekend Away at King’s Park Conference Centre, Northampton. 10th – 12th March 2023.  We want to fill the centre with members of Christ Church.  If you can, please book now (deposit deadline 25th September), or at least let us know that you are coming (sign-up sheet by the pigeon holes).  Return your completed booking form to the red post box in the Hub (or hand in to the office if paying your deposit in cash).
 
For your prayers this week
 
Eternal God, our heavenly Father, we bless your holy name for all that you have given us in and through the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth.

We give you thanks:
   for her love of family and her gift of friendship;
   for her devotion to this nation and the nations of the Commonwealth;
   for her grace, dignity and courtesy;
   and for her generosity and love of life.

We praise you for:
   the courage that she showed in testing times;
   the depth of her Christian faith;
   and the witness she bore to it in word and deed.
 
We pray for our Sovereign Lord the King
and all the Royal Family,
   that you might reassure them of your continuing love
   and lift them from the depths of grief
   into the peace and light of your presence. Amen
 
Eternal God, our maker and Redeemer.
Grant us with Queen Elizabeth the Second and all the faithful departed the sure benefits of your Son’s saving passion and glorious resurrection.
But in the last day when you gather all things up in Christ, we may with them enjoy the fullness of your promises.
Through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
Prayer for Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity: Almighty God, you search us and know us: may we rely on you in strength and rest on you in weakness, now and in all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
 
Prayer for our Church
Lord of heaven and earth, as Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer, give us patience and courage never to lose hope, but always to bring our prayers before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
Children's Ministry and Events 

SUNDAY 11th September

Please register your children for their groups before the service at the welcome desk in the hub. This will be available from 10:15am. 

This Sunday we will all start together in church and then the groups will come out to the main hall part way through the service.

Daring Disciples, our church group for 0-7s, we are looking at 'God the Maker',

Passports, our church group for Yrs3-6, will join the service for Holy Communion. The Passports topic this week is 'The Nature of God - Love'

 
MIDWEEK GROUPS

WEDNESDAY 14th September
Little Fishes Wednesdays 1:30-2:30PM. For babies and their carers - 0-12 months. A session of sensory activities, rhymes and supportive chat.   We have space to welcome more babies but please contact us if you are interested in coming along.

FRIDAY 16th September
Morning Out: A stay and play time for pre-schoolers on Friday at 9:30-11:00.  This week we are looking at 'Wild Animals - Daniel and the Lions.'

Forge: An after school drop in for Yr 5+6s. Fridays 3:30pm-4:45pm.This week the big question is 'What is the difference between a wish and a prayer?' If you know of a child who would like to come, please let us know as we may have more spaces in October.


For more information about our regular groups please look on our website here
 

Youth Ministry and Events
 
FRIDAY 9th September
Friday Night Youth restarts tonight, Friday 9th September, with fun, games, chat - join us from 7.30pm to 9pm.

SUNDAY 11th September
J-Team - for school years 7-9+ Sunday, 11th September, during the 10.30am service in Room 7.


For more information on the above, please contact Ellie
 
What is happening at Christ Church and beyond?

Alpha: Our next Alpha course is running from Tuesday 27th September.  It will be an in-person course in Room 7 (7.30-9pm) and led by Andrew and Helen Russell. Please take an invitation card or 2 and be thinking and praying about who you can invite.

Safeguarding Training : Thank you to those of you who have completed safeguarding training. If this is still on your ‘to do’ list please action and if you need help, please ask.

Exploring Confirmation (and/or Baptism) – Taking your next step on your faith journey.  We will be holding a Confirmation Service at Christ Church at 10.30am on Sunday 27th November.  We will shortly be arranging to meet those interested in exploring baptism and/or confirmation. Please let David Thomas know your interest.
 
Ukrainian needing Accommodation: One of the Ukrainians (a single woman) is looking for accommodation from November.  Ideally she would like to find someone willing to host her as a sponsor under the government scheme.  Contact the church office for more details.
 


The most needed food items at the moment are: UHT milk, breakfast cereal (but not porridge), cup-a-soup, fruit juice (longlife), tinned spaghetti, vegetables, tomatoes, fruit, coffee (100g), teabags (40/80), tinned meat in sauce (e.g. chilli, curry), jars of curry sauce, and non-food items: washing up liquid, anti-bac spray. Collection in the Hub.

DID YOU KNOW?  Bedford Foodbank are currently feeding over 1400 people and handing out over 13 tonnes of stock each month.

 

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 in 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 our 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