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.
Church Family News
Peter Allen – a long-standing and faithful member of Christ Church sadly died unexpectedly on Monday 27th November. Please do pray for Sue his wife, and children Nathanael and Charlotte. His funeral will be on Monday 18th December 2018 at 1pm at Norse Road Crematorium.
Lesley Ashton died on Wednesday (6/12), peacefully at Bedford Hospital. Please pray for Steve Ashton and their children, Robert, Amy and Richard.
Congratulations: Michael & Wilma Bishop celebrate their Ruby Wedding Anniversary this weekend
Thank you to those who have designed and made the new banners that are now displayed in church and thank you to those who put them up for us.
Your Christmas Card from the Christ Church is ready for your collection TODAY. Inside you will find data consent forms, which we are required to have completed by adult church members and return to the Collection Basket at the back of church ASAP. Under new Data Protection rules, we need your permission to hold your data. Regretfully, non-completion means we cannot keep you informed of news and events.
Halls Redevelopment Project The cross laminated timber (CLT) panels for the halls continue to arrive and the hope is to complete the weather sealed roof before Christmas. Keep praying for good weather, smooth construction and easy parking in Dudley Street for each delivery. Thank you.
PCC news on 2017 finances – MESSAGE from RICHARD. “We are facing a deficit of at least £10,000 for this year's budget, not helped by unexpected necessary maintenance and heating costs arising from the building works. I know that Christmas is a really bad time to mention this, but I am caught by my return from Sabbatical. Our budget is there to advance God’s mission amongst us, to make His name known, to strengthen make new disciples. The largest annual expenditure is staff salaries, mission giving and maintenance. Please pray for God's overruling financially and for how you can respond even this month to ensure that we meet all our necessary missional expenditure.”
For your diary this week
A plea from the flower teamEvergreen greenery (ivy, holly etc) needed for Christmas church decorating. If you are able to offer this to the flower team, please leave on the fenced in patch of grass, at the end of the decking by the kitchenette, preferably on Friday 15th December or else by 9.30am on Saturday 16th December to use for decorating that morning. If you wish to assist in decorating the church for Christmas, please come along on 16th. Many thanks
Christmas at Christ Church
Sunday 17th December
10.00 am Family Nativity Service
6.30 pm Carol Service
(with mulled wine & mince pies)
Wednesday 20th December
3.00 pm Traditional Carol Service
(with afternoon tea)
Sunday 24th December
8.30am Morning Worship
10am Holy Communion
4.00 pm Messy Carols (with mince pies)
11.00 pm Midnight Communion
Monday 25th December
8.30am Holy Communion
10.00 am Family Communion
Other news and notices
Posada an Advent Journey Ceremony where figures of Mary and Joseph go from home to home over the period of Advent, before being brought to church on Christmas Eve, has now begun. If hosting, please collect an information leaflet from your pigeon hole or from Margaret Tufnell (215440)
Christmas Cards – if you would like to send a Christmas card to the whole church family please give it to Lucy Waters, who has kindly agreed to display them all in church again this year.
Bedford Foodbank – please bring non-perishable donations any Sunday and place in the labelled box at the back of church. They are particularly in need of jam, coffee, tinned rice pudding, long life fruit juice, squash, sponge puddings (long life), tin openers and laundry tablets.
Ladies Christmas Social Thursday 21st December 7-9pm at the puddin club on Castle Road. All ladies welcome. Mulled Wine, puddings, soft drinks, cheese/biscuits. No booking, just turn up.
Ladies' conference 'Planting the Heavens' in Kettering, 27th January 2018. A great day of word and worship with ladies from all around the region. The two main speakers are Amy Orr-Ewing and Tanya Walker. Tickets are £15 if we purchase by 15th December. Contact Rachel Bennett for further details/booking.
Next Alpha Course Starts: Tuesday 23rd January @ 7.30pm at the puddin club, 120 Castle Road Bedford, with light refreshments
Easter Story Trail 2018 – Following the success of this venture at a number of Bedford churches in recent years, Priory Methodist Church will host the trail from 19-23 March 2018. 350 children already booked to visit. We need story-tellers to add to current team to take groups of children round the trail; a script and costume will be provided. If you can help, or would like to know more, please contact the church office. Thank you.