Sunday 25th December 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 24th December




4pm - Carols on the Church Lawn - outside – David Thomas - Download the words in advance to your mobile/tablet from here or use the QR code 


11.15pm - Christmas Eve Midnight Communion – David Thomas
 

Sunday 25th December


Christmas Day (First Sunday of Christmas)

9am - Holy Communion  – Isaiah 9:2-7 & Luke 2:1-20 - David Thomas

10.30am - Family Service – as above – David Thomas

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

6/7pm - No prayer meeting and no service
 
 

Services in the next fortnight


Wednesday 28th December
10am - No service

Sunday 1st January
New Year’s Day (Second Sunday of Christmas)
9am -  No Service
10am - Holy Communion – David Thomas (not livestreamed)
6pm - Prayer Meeting – in Room 4 for approx. 40 minutes
7pm - Sundays@Seven – New Year!

Wednesday 4th January
10am - Holy Communion 

Saturday 7th January
9.30am - Prayer Meeting by Zoom (link here)

Sunday 8th January
9am - Morning Worship – New Series: Why Church? 1. We Gather Together (Heb 10:19-25) – David Thomas
10.30am - Holy Communion - as above
6pm - Prayer Meeting – in Room 4 for approx. 40 minutes
7pm - Sundays@Seven - AJ Wade
 

Christmas and New Year arrangements

 
Please note: -
  1. - That on New Year’s Day we will have services at 10am and 7pm.
  2. - The Church Office is closed for Christmas & New Year, re-opening on 3rd Jan.
  3. - This notice sheet covers 2 weeks.  A new notice sheet will be available for Sunday 8th January.
 
A Word from the Vicar

Anticipation. The dictionary usually describes it in a positive way, something along the lines of feeling excited about something that you know is going to happen. Anticipation. Christmas Day is so close we can (almost) touch it. If it is Sunday and you are reading this, well then we have arrived. Jesus’ birthday. The great Christian festival is upon us. Christ, the saviour of the world, is born to the virgin Mary. God’s plan for redemption is in full swing. BC is now over.  
 
I don’t know about you, but sometimes the anticipation is the more exciting part of things, or perhaps it is because I am always looking for the next thing that I forget to pause and enjoy the moment. And now is a good time to pause and enjoy the moment. Whether it’s a well-earned break from work or school. Whether it’s spending time with loved ones. Or perhaps spending time alone with God. The anticipation of advent leads into the presence of Christmas. Emmanuel, God with us. The prophet Isaiah was anticipating this when he said:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Let’s linger in this holy space of Christmas, and remember Jesus Christ, who came down from heaven to earth, and revealed God’s great love to you and I.
 
For your prayers this week

Prayer for Christmas Day
Lord Jesus Christ, your birth at Bethlehem draws us to kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth: accept our heartfelt praise as we worship you, our Saviour and our eternal God

Please Pray:
  • For those whom Christmas and New Year is full of pain and struggle.
  • For those who are ill, facing long recoveries or awaiting operations.
  • For those who are having a break that they would get the rest that they need.
  • For those who have not had a break would have the strength to keep going.
  • That we would all know something more of Emmanuel, God with us.
 
A Prayer for a New Year
 
And the one who was seated on the throne said ‘See, I am making all things new.’  (Rev 21.5)
 
God of new beginnings, of hope and deliverance, dawn us with fresh opportunities, equip us for new tasks, fill us with eager longing, thrill us with fresh starts, that with the past behind us we may look to all that lies ahead with faith in Jesus, hope in you and love for all.  Amen.

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 
 
Church Weekend Away Children's Team:

If you are coming to the CWA and would like to have an exciting time with the children join us for our next team meeting!

SUNDAY 22nd JANUARY at 3PM in Room 7. 

 
























COMING UP IN 2023:


For more information about our regular groups please look on our website here.  
 
Youth Ministry and Events
 
Friday Night Youth Returns on 6th January starting at 7.30pm

J-Team Returns on 8th January during our 10.30am Service

For more information on the above, please contact Ellie.
 

Church Family News

 
Prayer Diary: January’s Prayer Diary is now available to collect from church.
 
Our giving at Christmas this year is going to be split 3 ways:
  1. Bedford Foodbank
  2. SMART Prebend Centre
  3. Ministry of Christ Church
Winter Fuel Help: a number of people have expressed desire to give their government winter fuel payment to those who might have more need. If you would like to give towards this then you can do so by bank transfer to Christ Church with the reference FUEL or speak to Chris Stevens.  Details regarding redistribution will be shared shortly.

Bedfordshire Live came to Foodbank on Tuesday.  See the article here
 
What is happening at Christ Church and beyond?
 
Boxing Day Fun 4 All! Christ Church halls. From 12 Noon on Monday 26th December. Come and join the fun time together. Films with Pop Corn/Ice Cream, Table Tennis, Sing-a-longs, Quiz, Table top games, Pool Table, Chit Chats, Cream Tea! Bring your own packed lunch. Teas/Coffees available. Suggested donation £4. If you can please let Rachel know you are coming.

Coming up in the New Year

Sunday Walk: Sunday 1st January. 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. NB We are not open on 30th December

Go4Gold Film Club: Friday 6th January 2-3.15pm Refreshments included. No booking needed, just turn up if you are free.

 
 

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.

PLEASE NOTE: The Foodbank volunteers are taking a break from 24th Dec-3rd Jan (inc) and the next distribution from Christ Church is on 10th January.
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