Notices 20th 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 20th November


Christ the King / Sunday Last before Advent

9am - Holy Communion – The Beatitudes (Matt 5:3-12) – Sue Marshall

10.30am - Morning Worship – as above

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

7pm - Sundays@Seven – Prayer: When God is silent – Alan Cottenden
 

Services in the coming week


Wednesday 23rd November
10am - Holy Communion

Sunday 27th November
9am -   Morning Worship  – Salt & Light – (Matt 5v13-16) – David Thomas
10.30am -  Holy Communion – as above
6pm - Prayer Meeting – in Room 4 for approx. 40 minutes
7pm - Sundays@Seven – Prayer: So What Next and How Do We Become a Praying People? – David Thomas
 
A Word from the Vicar
 
 
One of my favourite bands has a song with the line - woke up praying with my soul on fire. Recently I have found myself waking up and my first thought is prayer. I share this because it is not a usual thing for me. Normally my first thought is coffee. But there has been an urgency, which I can't explain but am trying to embrace.
 
Alongside this, at Staff Team Morning Prayer we have been simultaneously reading Daniel and Revelation. Which makes for some interesting discussions! However the thing which jumps out at me is how both of these two books are full of prayer. Daniel was a person of prayer. He set aside time three times a day to pray (it got him in, and out of trouble!). John was praying on the Lord's Day when he had the vision. 
 
Scripture is full of encouragement and reminders to pray, here are a beautiful couple of verses from Phillipians 4:6-7 (NIV)
 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
 
Let's keep praying, let's present our petitions to our God, knowing he loves us and he hears us. Amen.
 

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 was licensed to his new role on Sunday 13th November.  Here is a picture of the family taken at the end of the service in All Saints Church Stranton, one of the churches that John is now priest-in-charge of.
 
Please continue to be praying for John as he gets to grips with looking after four churches, for Sophie and Daniel as life begins in their new schools, and for Rebecca as she discerns her next steps.

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 Christ the King / The Sunday next before Advent
Heavenly Lord, you long for the world’s salvation: stir us from apathy, restrain us from excess and revive in us new hope that all creation will one day be healed in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Please Pray:
  • For those who are struggling at this time.
  • For those facing relationship breakdowns.
  • For those mourning the loss of loved ones.
  • For those unsure how to put food on the table.
  • For those unable to pay their bills.
  • For those who are unwell in mind, body or spirit.
 
The Living God’s Love Prayer (Diocesan Prayer)
Living God, draw us deeper into your love; Jesus our Lord, send us to care and serve; Holy Spirit, make us heralds of good news.  Stir us, strengthen us, teach and inspire us to live your love with generosity and joy, imagination and courage; for the sake of your world and in the name of Jesus,  Amen.
 
Children's Ministry and Events 

Big news: we have a stack of Discover magazines free to take to read at home! Grab one from the children's register point!
 
 

Don't forget to tell a family you know about Wild Church - it's coming up this Sunday afternoon 4:30pm at Leslie Sell Activity Centre, Molivers Lane Bromham. It's great for those who can't attend the 10:30am service. We advise you to wrap up warmly and prepare for a spot of rain.

Coming to 10:30am service this Sunday? 
Please register your children at the children and youth check in desk in the hub. This will be available from 10:15am. 
 



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

 
Youth Ministry and Events
FRIDAY 18th 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 20th 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?

The Big Quiz Night - raising funds for Tearfund
Get together with your friends, family and community for an epic evening of poverty-beating fun at Christ Church, Bedford.

Saturday 19th November 7.45pm for an 8pm start 
Don't forget to organise your snacks and drinks for the night and to bring them with you

If you would like to come but haven't got a team, then please let Hannah know on
 editor@ccbedford.org, and she can help place you in a team, or just turn up on the evening

Sunday Walk: Today, 20th November. Meet at Christ Church car park at 2.30pm.

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.

Go4Gold - Fridays in the Church Halls 2-3.15pm. Come & be Warm & Cosy this autumn! 
This week, 25th November will be a social time, for tea, cake and chat.  All welcome.

Men’s Breakfast Saturday 26th November at Christ Church. Breakfast from 9am, discussion from 10 till 10:30am. Numerous breakfast options available with the most popular being the egg and bacon bap plus tea/coffee etc.  Also available are cereal, croissants, toast, jam, orange juice … (please let us know if you would prefer a veggie option). Cost: £3 (free on first visit) To book email
 mens.breakfast@ccbedford.org or just turn up; you would be most welcome.  This is a valuable time to build up friendships and develop support networks.

Fundraising Concert Sunday 27th November at 1.15pm at Quaker Meeting House, 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford, MK40 2BY.  Alex Mnatzaganian is performing a concert of his songs in aid of University Students from Home of Hope Malawi
 (unlockuni.org). Donations welcome on the day. 

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
 
 

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