Notices 13th November 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 13th November


Remembrance Sunday / Second Sunday before Advent

9am - Morning Worship  – The Sermon on the Mount – an introduction (Matt 5:1-2 & 7:28) – David Thomas

10.30am - Holy Communion – as above

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

4.30pm Livestream of the Licensing of John Bell - in the main hall

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

7pm - Sundays@Seven – Prayer: Inspiration from Paul – Mhairi Brown
 

Services in the coming week


Wednesday 16th November
10am - Holy Communion

Sunday 20th November
9am -   Holy Communion  – The Beatitudes (Matt 5:3-12 - David Thomas
10.30am -  Morning Worship –  as above
6pm - Prayer Meeting – in Room 4 for approx. 40 minutes
7pm - Sundays@Seven – Prayer: When God is silent – Alan Cottenden
 
A Word from the Vicar
 
 
There is a song which I can’t get out of my head at the moment. It’s called King of my Heart by John Mark McMillan, the chorus repeats the words “You are good.” I’ve gone to sleep and woken up with those words looping around and around my head. And it occurred to me that this idea that God is good is somewhat controversial. For many believing in God is fairly easy, but believing that God is good, believing that God actually cares about his creation, that’s a bit more difficult. And I have been pondering about why this is? I think there are a number of reasons, but one of them is because the church has done a lousy job of showing that God is good.

We are the body of Christ, we are the representatives of God here on earth. We are the ones whom that message of the Kingdom of God being at hand and bringing freedom and liberty has been given to. We are given in so we can share it with those around us. We have the message of God’s goodness to share. That there is peace for the troubled soul, there is hope for the downcast, there is water for the thirsty and clothes for the naked. There is a roof for the homeless and a family for the lonely.

And a lot of that comes through the church acting in such a way that the goodness of God is displayed. The way we speak, the way we act, the things we do, the way we spend money, the way we welcome people on a Sunday, the way we speak to the cashier in the supermarket, the way we live our lives should display the goodness of God. Because yes God is good, but we are called to do likewise, in our brokenness, in our weakness, in our lives we can let the goodness of God shine through with the way in which we speak, act and behave. I see a lot of good here at Christ Church, but I also think we can do more, it’s all little steps, little acts of goodness. I was inspired this week by the way in which I saw a little child comfort another one who had fallen over. Children are such a gift to us! So let’s be like that little child and bring comfort to the one who is hurting this week.
 

Church Family News

 
Car Park Please note that during November access to the school car park will be by the gates nearest to town, please allow yourself an extra minute or 2 to get to church.
 
John Bell’s licensing John Bell will be licensed to his new role at All Saints’ Church Stranton (TS24 7QT) this afternoon, Sunday 13th November, at 4.30pm.  The service will be livestreamed on YouTube (link below) We will be showing the livestream of the service in Christ Church halls, for those who would like to come and watch it with others.  Arrive from 4.15pm for the 4.30pm service.  The Bell family’s new address is 34a Westbourne Road, Hartlepool, TS25 5RE.
 
 
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
 ChurchSuite.

 
For your prayers this week
 
Prayer for the Second Sunday before Advent
God, our refuge and strength, bring near the day when wars shall cease and poverty and pain shall end, that earth may know the peace of heaven through Jesus Christ Our Lord.

A prayer of commemoration for the fallen
Father of all, remember your holy promise,
and look with love on all your people, living and departed.
On this day we especially ask that you would hold forever
all who have suffered during war, those who returned scarred by warfare,
those who waited anxiously at home,
and those who returned wounded, and disillusioned;
those who mourned, and those communities that were diminished and suffered loss.
Remember too those who acted with kindly compassion,
those who bravely risked their own lives for their comrades,
and those who in the aftermath of war, worked tirelessly for a more peaceful world.
And as you remember them, remember us, O Lord;
grant us peace in our time and a longing for the day when people of every language, race, and nation will be brought into the unity of Christ’s kingdom.
This we ask in the name of the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
A prayer for peace
O God of the nations,
as we look to that day when you will gather people
from north and south, east and west,
into the unity of your peaceable Kingdom,
guide with your just and gentle wisdom all who take counsel
for the nations of the world,
that all your people may spend their days in security, freedom, and peace,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
 
Children's Ministry and Events 

FRIDAY 11th November

Forge: An after school drop in for Year 5+6s from 3.30-4.45pm. This week the big question is "Where is God? Can we find him?". We have space for more children. If you'd like a consent form please collect one from the office.


SUNDAY 13th November

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

Passports, our church group for Yrs3-6, aged 7-11 and we will be starting in Rooms 2+3 at 10:30am, then coming back into the service for communion. The Passports topic this week is God is Just : Isaiah 11:3-5. We will be observing the Remembrance Sunday silence in our group. 

Daring Disciples, our church group for 0-7s. Our theme this week is We Remember: Remembrance Sunday. Parents are welcome to stay with young children and babies. 

WEDNESDAY 16th November

Little Fishes Wednesdays 1:30-2:45pm. 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 so we can add you to the sign up list.


FRIDAY 18th November

Morning Out: A stay and play time for pre-schoolers on Friday at 9:30-11:00am. This week we are looking at 'Stories Jesus Told: The Rich Man.'


COMING UP

It's Wild Church next Sunday afternoon and our theme is Salt and Light. Can you invite a family?
 
 

Pop up breakfast - There's a breakfast coming up soon for children and families. Please let Ruth know you are coming before Friday 2nd December.
 

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

 
Youth Ministry and Events
FRIDAY 11th November

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

SUNDAY 13th November

J-Team - for school years 7-9+ 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?

Warm Space – As part of the Bedford Borough Warm Spaces Network, Christ Church Halls will be available on Fridays from Noon-2pm, as a free, non-judgemental space where people can go to stay warm and maybe enjoy some company and a hot drink, or simply spend time reading a magazine or book.

An Evening of Prayer and Worship Thursday 17th November, 8pm. A number of people have been asking me about prayer and worship and doing more of it. So I (David Thomas) thought I would get my act together and sort it out. So come along, we’ll worship Jesus and pray together!

Go4Gold - Fridays in the Church Halls 2-3.15pm. Come & be Warm & Cosy this autumn! 
This week, 18th November, is Questions and Answers with the Revd David Thomas.  All welcome to come along and find out more about our (fairly) new Vicar.

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. Have you got your team organised?  If not, do come along anyway and we will find you a team.

Lunch Club Christmas Lunch Tuesday 13th December at 12.45pm. 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. Tickets are selling fast: first come first served.

Steve Ashton: Former Bedford Blues rugby players Andy Whitehouse and Steve Ashton have committed to cycling 300 miles during November (10 miles a day) to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and WE REACH UK.

The help Steve received from Prostate Cancer UK after being diagnosed with the disease this summer was incredible and this is by way of thanking and supporting them.

Steve set up WE REACH UK to support a charity in Kenya that educates primary schools about Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). The impact of the program on the children's’ health reduces absenteeism significantly and helps them achieve their full potential. 

Although the main aim of the challenge is to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer and to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, it would be great to raise some funds for the kids as well.

Please donate to both or either charity  Find out more and sponsor Steve via the QR code or at 
https://www.justgiving.com/team/bedfordbluescyclers

Men’s Bike: Free metallic green, men’s Raleigh town bike, large, available. All working, but the brakes squeal.  Contact Nadine Mnatzaganian
 

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.
 
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