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.
Donation Day – Sunday 25th March
Please place your completed form in a sealed envelope, marked HRV, and place in large Collection Box on arrival at church, or drop through Vicarage letterbox (115 Denmark Street)
More details on the sum needed, £250,000, and on ways to give are to be found below and on a separate flyer.
£250,000 seems an awful lot of money, so can you set up a Standing Order for £40 for 24 months, or £80 for 12 months, or £100 for 10 months, or donate today £1000. With 318 people on our Church Electoral Roll, imagine if just 250 of us gave £1000 each as above, the final funding would be reached. It’s a large Costa cappuccino a day!
For your diary this week
Holy Week and Easter Services
Monday 26th March
Tuesday 27th March
Wednesday 28th March
10am Holy Communion @ 2 Abrahams Close
Maundy Thursday 29th March
8pm Holy Communion Preacher: Richard Hibbert
Good Friday 30th March
10am All Age Worship Preacher: Richard Hibbert
Noon Town Centre: Act of Witness Preacher: Paul Boulter
8pm Reflections on the Cross worship Preacher: Fiona Gibson
Easter Day 1st April
8.30am Holy Communion
10am Family Communion Preacher: Richard Hibbert
Church Family News
Halls Redevelopment Update Poor weather, as in too cold overnight to enable the exterior works to be completed, hampers the contractors. Completion is delayed till the end of May. Our contractors are seeking ways of minimising further delays. Please pray God’s blessing on the contractors and sub-contractors.
Please pray for warmer weather – Jesus said, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Annual Meeting - PCC and Deanery Synod elections - RESULTS
Elected as Church Warden: Kay Berrington and Andrew Turpie
Elected to Deanery Synod: Keith Priddin and AJ Wade
Elected to PCC for 3 years: Simon Berrington, Tracey Emmott, Ruth Janes and Sue Templeman
The Vicar's report available now on our website under A Word From Richard
Coming up soon events and notices
Easter Monday Pilgrimage to St Albans Abbey – A group will meet at Christ Church to make a banner and pray together at 9.30am before setting off for our journey to St Albans (please make your own arrangements for your journey there). We will re-meet up at 1pm at St Albans Cathedral for a picnic (and maybe some yummy Albans Buns too!) before the procession and service at 3pm. Join us 9.30am at Christ Church or at 1pm outside St Albans Cathedral. To walk the whole way, you’ll need to leave before 9.30am. For more info, please speak to Becky Guynn.
Go4Gold – Gardeners’ Question Time Friday 6th April 2pm in the church building- sharing ideas, expertise and experiences with one another. Please contact Janet Williams, Pat Mathias or Rachel Bennett with your questions Please bring any seedlings/plants to sell for the halls redevelopment
Africa Themed Evening The first fundraiser to help send the teens out to Malawi in the summer of 2019 is coming up. The event is to take place on Saturday 7th April, from 7-9pm in the church building. It’s an Africa themed evening, with an African meal, games and dancing. Tickets £3.00 pp, available from Liz Fordham, Kay Berrington or Tracey Emmott.
Quiz Night Saturday 12th May 7.00pm, St Andrew’s Church Centre, Kimbolton Road. Fish and Chip Supper, bring your own drinks. A fun general knowledge quiz. Teams of six, £6 per person on the night. Contact St Andrew’s Bedford to reserve places. All proceeds and donations to Christian Aid.
North Wales Holiday How about joining the 5 day/4 night Church holiday with Richard and Sarah Hibbert in North Wales staying at The Grand Hotel, Llandudno? We will be travelling by comfortable coach. Monday 2nd - Friday 6th July. Please do think of coming with us. More information, booking forms etc through Rachel Bennett..
New Wine 2018 Summer is fast approaching, so what would be better than a good old-fashioned camping holiday? We are organising a church family trip to New Wine this year. For those who don't know what New Wine is, it is a Christian summer festival, where Christians from all over the country come and gather on Royal Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet - see united.new-wine.org. We are planning to go both weeks, week one is from the 28th July -3rd August and week two is from 5th-11th August. If you are interested please do speak to Kay Berrington or AJ Wade.
Being green in 2018 free wood/pallets available. Please collect from vicarage driveway. Mugs for refreshments – please bring your own and take home to clean.