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
Preparing to spread God’s Good News this 2018 and beyond
We face an important decision as Christ’s people, worshipping here.
For some years, our income has remained steady at about £300,000pa. That has provided for our staffing needs, mission support and running costs. Expenditure has often been trimmed by the delayed replacement of staff members, so no deficit has been recorded up to 2016.
2018 is the year when we have a full complement of staff and our new Church Centre comes on stream. However, over the past few years, though our income has remained steady, our costs are rising and we urgently need to review our giving as church members.
All the giving goes to help our Church spread the good news of God’s love, in Bedford, across all ages and through our mission partners around the world. Our mission partners are particularly feeling the effects of the lower Sterling exchange rate and are looking to us for further help – our giving to them is a percentage of our general income, so any increase in church income automatically helps them.
Please will you PRAY for God’s resourcing of all our ministry, will you ACT by listening to God’s prompt for you about increasing or beginning to give to our mission, and will you GIVE monthly by Standing Order with Gift Aid (if possible) so we can budget our income over the next year.
To set up a Standing Order, the Church account details are: Sort Code: 40-52-40 / Acct No. 00020562 / Christ Church PCC Bedford – or complete a SO form available in the church porch.
This is an urgent matter for prayer and action in these days as God’s people at Christ Church. Any increase you can make is a helpful increase.
Thank you for your partnership in the Gospel. God knows our means and our abilities – let us trust Him to look after each of us as we serve Him and make His Good News known.
Stanley Pullinger has moved to Flat 1 Dorothea Court; all other contact details remain the same.
Data Consent Forms – Thank you to those who have already returned their data consent forms. Please return yours ASAP to the Collection Basket. Spare forms at the back of church.
Thank you so much to all who came to the Uganda Lunch, for all who helped, cooked and contributed generously - £8678 already. There will be a box for items eg glasses, pens etc. for Sidney, Judy and Paul to take, at the back of church this Sunday.
Sign up for updates from the Millers and Paul in Uganda Their prayer card is available in church with email updates via the church office and then confirm as directed.
For your diary this week
CURRENT ALPHA COURSE – continues Tuesday from 7.30pm at the puddin club, 120 Castle Road Bedford with light refreshments. All STILL welcome to join the group from last week, exploring who and what Jesus is for today.
Alpha explores the meaning of life over the spring 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 spring or for a friend/neighbour? More info: from the clergy team. Invitation cards now available from the back of church.
Ladies Social Thursday 1st February 7-9pm at the puddin club on Castle Road. All ladies welcome. It would be helpful if ladies could sign up this Sunday or failing that, do just turn up!'
Go4GoldFriday 2nd February 2-4pm in church. Ni hao Zhongguo! Hello China! Reflections on Chinese contemporary culture and way of life. All are welcome to come and hear Jude Hamilton share about the family’s recent visit. Cuppa and cake with chat is included! Donation of £1.
Candlemas Flower Festival Please try and support this event at St Paul's, Bedford, open 2nd & 3rd February 10am-4pm and 4th February 2-4pm admission £2.50 under 16s free. Christ Church's flower team are responsible for decorating two tall candlesticks in the Chancel with the theme "The unfolding of Your words gives light" Psalm 119:130. There are 60 displays in total.
Other news and notices
The Marriage CourseDo you wish to invest in your marriage in 2018? Do you want to be equipped with tools to communicate better and strengthen your relationship? Nigel and Lesley Greenslade are hosting the Marriage Course at their home starting Thursday 8th February at 7pm. Refreshments followed by video input, then discussions in couples (you won't be asked to share anything publicly!). Topics covered include communication, finances and resolving conflict. Contact Nigel & Lesley for more details.
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 – more wood is available, free to take from the vicarage driveway.
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. https://www.advantage-international.com/
Foodbank – please bring non-perishable donations any Sunday. Please place them in the labelled box at the back of church.
Prayer Ministry– our Prayer Ministry Team is available after the 10am service if you would like to pray with them, or for someone. They are at the right-hand front of the church.