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
Thank you - to those who have already returned their data consent forms, which we are required to have completed by adult church members. 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. Please return to the Collection Basket at the back of church ASAP. If you have lost your form there are spares at the back of church and by the pigeon holes.
Faith Knight – member of Lunch Club and Three Rivers East Church, died just before Christmas. Her funeral is on Wed 17th January at 1.15pm at Three Rivers East Church, Denmark Street, Bedford, followed by burial at Norse Road and then tea and cake at Three Rivers.
Richard’ Epiphany 2018 Pastoral Letter – print copies available today or ask at the church office.
PCC news on 2017 finances - Thank you to those who were able to contribute towards the impending deficit. Pray for Ruth Janes and Richard Lindley as they prepare our 2017 Accounts.
For your diary this week
Saturday 13th January Home Group Leaders meeting 9am to 11am in Church.
Sunday 14th January – Uganda Lunch – Sidney & Judy Miller invite you to stay in the church for this annual lunch after the 10am service, to hear the amazing stories of Walk Uganda 2017 and the plans for 2018 with Paul Boulter going this year as well. All welcome to share homemade soup, a finger buffet and cake. Gluten free/vegetarian options available. The lunch is free but contributions for the people of Uganda are encouraged (cheques payable to Christ Church Bedford PCC marked “Uganda Appeal” on the reverse).
Dates for your 2018 Diary
Tuesday 23rd January – Next Alpha Course starts: 7.30pm at the puddin club, 120 Castle Road Bedford with light refreshments. All welcome to explore who and what Jesus is for today.
Alpha explores the meaning of life over the autumn term, whilst finding out about Jesus and the Christian faith. Topics include: Who is Jesus? Why did he die? How do I pray? Does God guide? How do I read the Bible? Each session involves refreshments, a talk & discussion. Is this for you this autumn or for a friend/neighbour? More info: from the clergy team. Invitation cards now available from the back of church.
Wednesday 14th February - Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. There will be services at 10am at 2 Abrahams Close and at 8pm in church that day.
Tuesday 13th March - APCM. Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in church at 8pm. This is the most important church family business meeting of the year, when we have the opportunity to look back on what God has done over the past 12 months, rejoice in His goodness and together commit ourselves to the journey ahead in the rest of 2018 and beyond.
Sunday 1st April - Easter Sunday. There will be services in Holy Week at 8pm in church too.
Other news and notices
Home Groups January is an excellent month to join a Home Group. These small groups meet in people's homes at various times both daytime and evening. They provide opportunities for us all to be encouraged in our faith, deepen our friendships, to pray with one another and discuss things in more depth as we live out our faith during the week. This term most groups will be discussing the issues raised by the Sunday morning sermon series. If you would like more information or to join a group please contact Susan Mountford.
Quality Street chocolates – if you enjoy these over Christmas, please bring the colourful cellophane wrappers to hand to Becky in person or place in her tray at the back of church.
Foodbank - Please bring non-perishable donations any Sunday. Please place them in the labelled box at the back of church. The Foodbank is currently in particular need of long life fruit juice, UHT milk, sponge puddings (long life), tin openers, washing up liquid, spray surface cleaner and laundry tablets.
Being green in 2018:
Refreshments Please remember to bring your own mug to church so we can cut down on our use of the paper cups, as part of our good stewardship of creation and to lessen the environmental impact.
Wood available any church member is welcome to take some of the wood from The Vicarage driveway. Please help yourself.
Good Friday Witness 30th March at Noon in Harpur Square. We are looking for a lead volunteer to coordinate a small team from Christ Church (3 or 4 further volunteers) to help at this event with setting up or setting down or stewarding and to liaise with HOPE BEDS. Please volunteer to Kathryn Hughes.