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.
Barbara Bowdendied last week aged 97. There will be a service of Thanksgiving for her life at Christ Church on Friday 29th September at 12:30pm. All are welcome.
Harvest we are celebrating Harvest on Sunday 1st October. Collection is for EpiscoCare for the work of Archbishop Mouneer and the Diocese of Egypt in supporting refugee families and fresh, tinned and packet foods for Bedford Foodbank. During the service the children, and anyone else who would like to, can bring the gifts forward to the front of the Church as a symbol of our thanks to God for all his gifts to us. If you can't be at that service but would still like to bring a food gift, please bring it to Church on Saturday September 30th between 9 and 10am when the harvest decorating group will be there. Stay after the 10am service to learn about EpiscoCare and then enjoy some 'Cup a soup' and bread. Bring your own mug!
TODAY Apples in the Orchard – family fun afternoon
To mark the beginning of Autumn, we are holding a family fun afternoon in the Orchard in Devon Park (off Seaton Drive/Dawlish Drive) on Sunday 24th September 3-5pm. There’ll be a bouncy castle, brass band, apple-themed games and refreshments. Please come along. All welcome.
Alpha Course – still a good week to join exploring the meaning of life & the person of Jesus
2 VENUES / 2 EVENINGS
- from Tuesday Sept @ 7pm, at the puddin club, Castle Road – with light refreshments
- from Wednesday Sept @ 7pm at 37, Harrold Priory (off Riverfield Dr) – with 2 course meal
Alpha explores the meaning of life over the autumn term, finding out about following Jesus. Topics include: Who is Jesus? Why did he die? How do I pray? Each session involves refreshments, a talk & discussion. Invitation cards now available from the back of church.
For your diary this week
Richard's “Sabbatical” – Officially called Extended Study Leave (ESL). A fact Sheet is available from the Church Office or the website. NB: Richard is not available till 4th December, 2017
For all pastoral and administrative matters, please contact Paul or Pauline, or the Church wardens, Andrew Turpie and Kay Berrington, who formally lead the church at this time.
Coming up soon events and notices
Confirmation (and/or Baptism) – our next service is Sunday 26th November at 6.30pm with Bp Richard. Anyone interested please speak to Paul Boulter. There are 7 preparation meetings, exploring Christian faith and practice, from Sunday 1st October – 4.30-6pm at 2 Abrahams Close.
The Marriage Course Do you wish to invest in your marriage? Nigel & Lesley Greenslade are hosting the Marriage Course, starting Thursday 5th October at 7:00pm with a meal, before video input and then discussion in couples. Couples spend time discussing issues like communication, finances and resolving conflict. For more information please contact Nigel & Lesley or speak to Paul Boulter.
One Week 'Wild' in Wilstead Woods Gareth and Farnie have successfully completed their One Week 'Wild' in Wilstead Woods challenge! Thank you to all who have sponsored them, helping money to be raised for the new Christ Church Halls. Kathryn Hughes will be collecting sponsorship money after the 10am Sunday services on 24/09, 1/10 and 8/10.
Getting Your Kids Through Church - Without Them Ending Up Hating God Course
Worried about your children’s faith? Claire Broughton-Welsh is hosting a course aimed at parents from Care for the Family. Over 8 sessions it will look at issues around stages of faith, belonging, and creating a welcoming church and family environment. Starts on Thursday 5th October at 7:30pm, please contact Claire for more details.
Ladies Weekend Away 2017 Friday 20th - Sunday 22th October at The Garden Room, Stamford. Ladies please pay your deposits and if possible the balance the end of the month. Thank you.
Parenting Children Course – this has been postponed until the New Year.
Other news and notices
Gospel of John Course A fortnightly study in John’s Gospel led by by Rev Lynda Klimas and Richard Janes. It starts on Tuesday 3rd October at 7.30pm at Maulden costing £50 (bursaries available). For more information please see www.goldproject.org or call Richard.