Notices 18th 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."
 

Sunday 18th September 2022


Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

9am -  Holy Communion – Listen Well (James 1:19-2:13) - David Thomas
10.30am - Morning Worship with baptism  – Listen Well (James 1:19-2:13) – Jonathan Templeman

** The 10.30am service will be livestreamed via the Christ Church Bedford YouTube channel **
4.30pm - Wild Church at Leslie Sell Activity Centre, Bromham         
6pm - Time of Reflection and Prayers – in church
7pm - Sundays@Seven – Prayer: A rule for life – Alan Cottenden
 
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we are continuing to open the church between 10am and 5pm up to and including Monday 19th September, for anyone who wishes to come in to reflect, pray, light a candle or write a message of condolence.
 
On Sunday we will meet for worship at our normal times.  At 6pm we will have a special time of prayer and reflection in Church, all are welcome to attend.  There will be a minute’s silence at 11am and 8pm. 

On Monday the church will again be open for prayer and reflection and in addition we will be showing the livestream of the funeral in the church hall.  Doors open at 10am and the service begins at 11am.  If you are interested in coming to watch the funeral, please let us know or just come along.  Tea and coffee will be available.
 

Services in the coming week


Wednesday 21st September
10am - Holy Communion

Sunday 25th September
9am -  Morning Worship - Faith works (James 2:14-26) – Michael Bishop
10.30am - Holy Communion – as above
6pm - Prayer Meeting – in Room 4 for approx. 40 minutes
7pm - Sundays@Seven – Prayer: Pleading with God - AJ Wade
 

A Word from David


This last week the words from Psalm 62 have been my prayer and meditation:
 
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. 
Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I shall never be shaken.
Psalms 62:1-2 NIVUK
 
As we face up to the loss of our Queen, a change of Prime Minister and all the uncertainty around, concerns over a cost of living crisis, a world where inequality is rife, where racism and other prejudices are rampant; we can lean on the rock who will never be shaken. 
 
One of the things that I am continually learning and often challenged by is this, that so often God calls us to step out of our comfort zones and to be brave. He is our salvation, he is our rest, he is our fortress. And this means that we can allow our defences to lower and grieve, it means we can pray for our leaders, it means we can work towards a more equitable society, it means we can challenge racism and the other prejudices that we see going on around us. And yes it's scary, but God is our safe space, and so we can pray but also work for the building of his Kingdom.
 
So let us meditate on these verses and see what God might be saying to us. Amen.
 

Church Family News

Harvest – We are celebrating Harvest on Sunday 2nd October.  We are encouraging
everyone to bring donations for Bedford Foodbank.

Car Parking Thanks to Castle Newnham School, the south site school playground is open for car parking Sunday mornings (9.30am to 1pm).  To bless our neighbours, please use this or the church car park (Dudley Street) rather than park in the side streets.

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. https://ccbedford.org/Groups/325954/Home_Groups.aspx

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? 
 
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).

 
For your prayers this week
 
For your prayers this week
 
God of love,
We thank you for the life of The Queen,
for her service to our nation,
and for her faith in you.
Be close to all of us who mourn,
that we may we find comfort and hope in your love,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Everlasting God, we pray for our new King.
Bless his reign and the life of our nation.
Help us to work together
so that truth and justice, harmony and fairness
flourish among us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
 
Pray for
  • Phil & Ruth J and Alex M as they spend a week at the Home of Hope in Malawi.
  • Our Alpha course starting on Tues 27th September for whom you can invite.
  • Our Prime Minster, Liz Truss, and the government that they make wise decisions.
Prayer for Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity: Merciful God, your Son came to save us and bore our sins on the cross: may we trust in your mercy and know your love, rejoicing in the righteousness that is ours 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 18th 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. 

Daring Disciples, our church group for 0-7s, we are looking at 'God plants a garden, Genesis 2:4-15'. Parents are welcome to stay with young children and babies.


Passports, our church group for Yrs3-6, aged 7-11s. The Passports topic this week is 'Harvest :Leviticus 23:39-43 '

Wild Church is this Sunday! Can you invite a family?
MIDWEEK GROUPS

WEDNESDAY 21st September

Little Fishes Wednesdays 1:30-2:45 PM. 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 or book in on Eventbrite.


FRIDAY 23rd September
Morning Out: A stay and play time for pre- schoolers on Friday at 9:30-11:00.  This week we are looking at 'Farm animals (David the Shepherd)'.

Forge: An after school drop in for Yr 5+6's. This week the big question is 'What new beginnings have you had so far in life?' 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 16th September
Friday Night Youth tonight with fun, games, chat - join us from 7.30pm to 9pm. They had a great start to the term last week - don't miss out on the fun.

SUNDAY 18th September
J-Team - for school years 7-9+ during the 10.30am service in Room 7.


For more information on the above, please contact Ellie.

Next Friday our Youth are going to the HOPE to Bedford 2022 Youth Night and there are also events for all, next week.  See the poster below for details.
 
 
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.

Sunday Walk: 2.30pm on the 18th September. Meeting at Christ Church car park for a walk followed by refreshments. No previous walking experience necessary.

Men’s Breakfast: please note change of venue for this month. Date: Saturday 24th September. Time: 9am - 10:30am Venue: Home of the Hamilton's Topic: Alan Doughty will be talking about his work with victim support. Usual selection of goodies on the day.  Egg and bacon bap, tea/coffee, orange juice, cereal, toast etc. Please let know if you can join us. To book email 
mens.breakfast@ccbedford.org

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