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 from Bedford Foodbank. In 2017, 73,662 kilograms were distributed to feed 6570 people of whom 2245 were children. Remember you can bring non-perishable donations any Sunday. Please place them in the labelled box at the back of church.
Thank you from the King's Arms Project. Our Christmas collections will help them own the Nightshelter building and enable them to sustain and develop their support for the homeless in the future. Their grateful Thank You letter is displayed at the back of church.
Preparing to spread God’s Good News this 2018 and beyond
Thank you to all who have responded to our financial vision to be God’s mission in our community and town. There is still time to review our giving – any increase you can make is a helpful increase – as we seek to spread the Good News of Jesus here, through each of us day by day and out to our Mission Partners around the world.
Please continue to PRAY for God’s resourcing of all our ministry, ACT as you listen to God’s prompting, and GIVE to God’s mission and ministry.
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 Standing Order form, available in the church porch.
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.
Be kind to our neighbours – if driving to the 10am service please park your car at Castle Newnham school next week.
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.
Simple Worship and Prayer for Church, Community and Nation
Meeting in the lounge at 2 Abrahams Close from 8pm to 9pm
Mondays during Lent: 12th Feb, 19th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th Mar, and 19th Mar
EXCEPT Tuesday 13th March – 7pm to 8pm before our Annual Meeting
For your diary this week
Candlemas Flower Festival FINAL DAY at St Paul's, Bedford, 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.
CURRENT ALPHA COURSE – continues on Tuesday 13th February from 7.30pm at the puddin club, 120 Castle Road, Bedford with light refreshments. Last chance to join the group, 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 still available from the back of church.
Gravetalk - Join the group meeting on Thursday 8th February 10am at the puddin club, 120 Castle Road, for discussion about life, death and funerals. More information from Janet Williams.
For those with big questions about death, dying and funerals, having someone to talk to can be invaluable. But how do you start those conversations, and with whom? Join the growing number wanting space to think these thing through at our Gravetalk café space.
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 2018more wood is available, free to take from the vicarage driveway.
Mugs for refreshments – please bring your own and take home to clean
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