Sunday 22nd January 2023 

 

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 21st January


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Sunday 22nd January
The Third Sunday of Epiphany

9am - Morning Worship - Why Church? We Worship Together (Colossians 3:15-17) – Jonathan Templeman

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 – as above – Mhairi Brown
 

Services in the coming week

Wednesday 25th January
10am - Morning Worship 

Sunday 29th January
9am -  Holy Communion  – Why Church? We Read the Bible Together (2 Timothy 3:14-17) – Michael Bishop
10.30am - Morning Worship - as above
6pm - Prayer Meeting – in Room 4 for approx. 40 minutes
7pm - Sundays@Seven - as above – Andrew Russell
 
A Word from the Vicar

My apologies to the faithful who attended this week’s midweek Holy Communion service and heard some of these musings! In the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) the question is asked “Who is my neighbour?” And Jesus tells the story of a man who is beaten up and one character (#spoiler the Samaritan man) shows mercy and looks after the man who is in need. The minor epiphany that I have had is this; when we ask ourselves who is my neighbour, a correct answer (amongst several possible answers) is those who are in need.
 
Now depending on your perspective that might be a rather radical answer. Our neighbour, as God would have us think, might not actually be the person who lives physically next door to us, our neighbour might not be the person who looks and sounds like us, our neighbour might not even come from round here, our neighbour might in fact be the one who we stumble across and see is in need. That is our neighbour, the one who is in need, and that is the one we are called to love. Remembering that earlier in this story Jesus says the law is summed up by loving God with all you’ve got, and loving your neighbour as yourself.
 
So who do we know who is in need? And how can we help them, how can we love them, how can we do the things that God is asking of us? 
 
For your prayers this week
 
Prayer for Third Sunday of Epiphany
God of all mercy, your Son proclaimed good news to the poor, release to the captives and freedom to the oppressed: anoint us with your Holy Spirit and set all your people free to praise you in Christ our Lord.
 
Please Pray:
  • John & Jenny – as they serve and teach in South Africa.
  • For the Neno Macadamia Trust, Malawi.
  • For Bedford Prison Chaplains.
  • For all those who live in Care Home communities including Dame Alice Court.
  • For volunteers to join in serving on the AV team.
  • For the PCC meeting this week.
  • For the Church Weekend Away as plans take shape, that there would be a sense of God’s leading and guiding.
 
Prayer for our Church
Lord of the Church, empower by your Spirit all Christian people, and the work of your Church in every land. Give us grace to proclaim the gospel joyfully in word and deed. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
 
Children's Ministry and Events 
 
THIS SUNDAY 22nd January:
 
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Please register your children at the welcome desk in the hub before the service - this will be available from 10:15am. Visitors are most welcome to join in with the children's work and can also register at the welcome desk. 
20230120 Notices Midweek
 
For more information about our regular groups please look on our website here.  

Youth Ministry and Events
 
Friday Night Youth for 11-18 year olds with fun, games, chat - join us from 7.30pm to 9pm, meeting at Christ Church.

J-Team for school years 7-9+ during the 10.30am service in Room 7 on Sundays.
 

Church Family News


New Grow Group is starting - Grow is for anybody who wants to make progress in their faith - to think a bit more, learn, discuss, share together. Time undecided as yet but we will meet at church. Interested? Have a chat with Michael Bishop (07712 563642).

Word for Today for February to April is now available from Christ Church.
 
Church Weekend Away 2023 UPDATE

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

Church Weekend Away: This is just SEVEN weeks away (10—12 March) at King’s Park Conference Centre, Northampton.  We are all really excited and looking forward to it.

If you have already booked you should have received an email via ChurchSuite reminding you that the balance for the weekend is due by 8th February. The outstanding balance is £135 per Adult and £65 per child (aged 5-16), assuming the deposit of £50 per adult and £20 per child (aged 5-16) has already been paid. Under 5s are free.  
If paying by bank transfer please use sort code 40-52-40, account number 00020562 and include a reference of CWA followed by your name. If paying by cheque write CWA23 on the back. If paying by cash or card please do so via the office and ensure that Pauline knows it is for CWA.  Any concerns please speak to either David (vicar) or the wardens.

We hope you have booked to join us, there is still some space available for the whole weekend and it is possible to join us as a day visitor.  If you would like to come, including if you would like to book as a non-residential guest, please use this link  or please let us know by speaking to the Vicar or to one of the wardens, as we need to confirm numbers with the centre. let us know by speaking to the Vicar or to one of the wardensas we need to confirm numbers shortly. 
 
What is happening at Christ Church and beyond?
 
Warm Space: Our warm space is open again now 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 Social: Friday 27th January 2-3.15pm Refreshments included. No booking needed, just turn up if you are free.

Malawi Meal Enjoy a simple meal together and find out more about the work of the Home of Hope on Sunday 29th January after the 10.30am service. Children very welcome and dietary requirements can be catered for.  To help us know the options required, and to have an idea of numbers, please see Phil or Ruth Janes in the Hub after the 10.30am service.
  Offers of puddings for this lunch will be gratefully received – contact Ruth Janes as above.  There will be an opportunity at the mission lunch to donate to the Home of Hope’s work. Cash and card donations welcome on the day, please make any cheques payable to Malawi Orphan Fund.

Organ Recital 2023
 
 

Bedford Foodbank: There is a specific need for toiletries (except shampoo and conditioner) at the moment. The most needed food items at the moment are: UHT milk, cup-a-soup, fruit juice (longlife), tinned spaghetti, vegetables, tuna, tomatoes, fruit, coffee (100g), tinned meat in sauce (e.g. chilli, curry), jars of curry sauce and pasta sauce, and non-food items: toilet rolls, 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