Notices 23rd October 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 23rd October


Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

9am - Morning Worship – Wisdom in planning, patience in suffering (James 4:13-5:20) – AJ Wade

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: Set Apart and Seeking God – David Thomas
 

Services in the coming week

Wednesday 26th October
10am - Holy Communion

Sunday 30th October
9am -  Holy Communion – All Souls (Eph 1: 11-23) – Michael Bishop
10.30am - Morning Worship  – as above
3pm - Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving 
6pm - Prayer Meeting – in Room 4 for approx. 40 minutes
7pm - Sundays@Seven – Prayer: Learning to Lament  – Benjamin Hulme
 

A Word from the Vicar

I have been pondering how we receive criticism and negative feedback. A nice happy thought for us all! At Staff Team prayers, we have been working our way through the books of 1 and 2 Kings and I am struck by the responses of various Kings and Queens to the words from the prophets, usually prefaced with “Thus says the Lord…” There appear to be two main responses, the good response being to acknowledge the wrongdoing and ask God for mercy. The bad response being to ignore it and subsequently face the consequences of God’s judgement.
 
It’s not often that we hear people saying “thus says the Lord…” to us, but when someone complains that they feel ignored, not a part of the group, or that the music is too loud, there’s too much organ, not enough organ, too many hymns, not enough hymns, our response says something about us. If our response is to immediately defend ourselves, the church, whoever, and to belittle (whether deliberate or not) the lived experience of another, then we have responded badly. And this is a hard thing to hear!
 
Whether I like it, or not, negative feedback is a gift, because it gives me an opportunity to learn and grow, even if that feels a bit hard. I am learning that my first response is not to defend myself, but to listen. My response is to love. And sometimes that means I need to admit that I am wrong. And sometimes it means that even if I am right, I should do something different for my sister or brother, because they are suffering in some way. I think this is something of what it means to be family, to put the needs of others first – there’s probably a scripture somewhere that says that!
 

Church Family News

John Bell’s licensing John Bell will be licensed to his new role at All Saints’ Church Stranton (TS24 7QT) on Sunday 13th November at 4.30pm.  If you are interested in attending please could you let Kay Berrington or the church office know as soon as possible.

Ukrainian needing Accommodation: Yana Volovich (a single woman) is looking for accommodation from November.  Ideally, she needs a sponsor under the government scheme in Bedford. 

Word for Today for November to January is now available from Christ Church.

Room for Rent in Castle Road Area for female Christian. 
 
Don't delay, book today for the
Church Weekend Away 2023
 

At King’s Park Conference Centre, Northampton. 10th – 12th March 2023.  

Church Weekend Away at King’s Park Conference Centre, Northampton. 10th – 12th March 2023. More details regarding what is going to be happening will be coming soon. There are still spaces available, so please sign up – either via form or on 
My ChurchSuite (log in, click on My Events and then search for Church Weekend Away).

 
For your prayers this week

Lord, you are ever watchful and bless us with your gifts; as you provide for all our needs,
so help us to build only what pleases you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
Thank God for
  • Teachers, lecturers, support staff and all working in our schools, colleges and universities.
 Pray for 
  • All those on half term this week, that they may be richly blessed during this time of rest and be refreshed for the period ahead.
  • The Light Trail happening this Half Term, and for the families taking part.
  • The work of Impact in schools in the Bedford area, and for the schools’ workers, Hayley, Becky and Trish as they prepare for the busyness of the next half term.
  • Families as Halloween approaches and how we can all know Jesus as the light.
  • For Hills Academy school.
  • The planning of the Church Weekend Away, that it would be a great time for all the church, for relationships to grow, and a real sense of God at work with us.
  • for those who continue to work in Government as they contemplate the many serious challenges ahead and for our nation during this time of uncertainty.
  • For local government and charities/businesses/churches to know how to respond to the winter fuel crisis and the warm spaces initiative.
  • Those within our congregation who are suffering, especially with covid, at this time.
  • Ongoing conflict in Ukraine, for leaders to actively seek peace and resolution.
Prayer for Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity: Faithful Lord, whose steadfast love never ceases and whose mercies never come to an end: grant us the grace to trust you and to receive the gifts of your love, new every morning, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer for our Church
Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us your gift of faith that, forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to that which is before, we may run the way of your commandments and win the crown of everlasting joy; 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 for ever. Amen!
 
Children's Ministry and Events 

SUNDAY 23rd October
 
This week is half term and so it's Splash in our 10.30am service! Please register your children at the welcome desk in the hub. This will be available from 10:15am.

We will all be starting in the service and going out to groups. 

Little Splash: for those aged 3 and under- Room 7
Big Splash: for those aged 4 and over - Main hall

We will both be exploring the story of the boy who shared his sandwich (John 6: 5-35) and thinking about God the provider.

MID WEEK GROUPS - ON HALF TERM THIS WEEK

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. This week we are on a break for half term and will be starting again on Wednesday 26th October. 
 
Morning Out: Fridays 9:30am-11am. Our stay and play parent toddler group is taking a half term break and will be back on 4th November! 
 
Forge: Fridays 3.30-4.45pm An after school drop in for years 5+6s. We play games, ask big questions and watch movie clips. We have space for more children, if you know a child who would like to come, please ask Ruth for a consent form. 

 
 
LIGHT UP OCTOBER
 
 

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

 
Youth Ministry and Events
FRIDAY 21st October

Friday Night Youth tonight with fun, games, chat - join us from 7.30pm to 9pm, meeting at Christ Church.

 
For more information on the above, please contact Ellie.
 
What is happening at Christ Church and beyond?
 
Light Up October –There is a light trail for families to complete in the streets near the church during this half term and a Light Party on Monday 31st October for those aged 5-11 from 5-7pm in the Halls.  See the Children's Ministry section of the notices or contact Ruth Hulme (07554 537757) for details.
 
Go4Gold - Fridays in the Church Halls 2-3.15pm. Come & be Warm & Cosy this autumn! 
This week, 28th October, will be a social for a cuppa, cake, chat and cosy warmth why not come along - all welcome (these Friday afternoon sessions are not just for retired/elderly, they are for everyone, all ages etc.).

Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving: we will once again be holding a service of reflection and thanksgiving for all those who have lost a loved one, whether family member or friend.  The service will be on, Sunday 30th October at 3pm in church followed by tea, coffee and cake. 

The Big Quiz Night - raising funds for Tearfund - Saturday 19th November 7.45pm for an 8pm start - see page 10 of
 our current life magazine for more information.

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.
 

Bedford Foodbank: 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.
If you have other items that maybe useful for Foodbank clients, such as cutlery, crockery, pots and pans, children’s clothes, toys and books and bedding – sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers then please let Penny Cooper know – 01234 824152/ 07758 236417 / pennyj.cooper@ntlworld.com
 
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