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
New Sermon Series –Sunday mornings/Home Group studies on HOT TOPICS: those hard to get your head round matters. Sunday evenings on the always practical and rather hard-hitting Letter of James. Prepare to be challenged and encouraged.
Donation Day - Thank you to all who have been able to give/pledge so far. Praise God for what has been given so far (latest total £110,500) and pray the final balance is received soon, so that we no longer need to look back to paying for the construction, but can look forward to using these new halls and rooms for God's good purposes among us and our local community.
If you are able to help financially, please place ASAP your completed form in a sealed envelope, marked HRV, in the large Collection Box on arrival at church, or drop through Vicarage letterbox (115 Denmark Street).
Halls Redevelopment Update Weather permitting, external work continues next week. Internally, lots of detailed work being done. Completion is delayed till the very end of May earliest. Our contractors are seeking ways of minimising further delays. Please pray God’s blessing on the contractors and sub-contractors.
Job vacancy – part-time
[10hrs with possible increase to 20 hrs]
We are looking for a dynamic and well organised Centre Manager to take forward our work within the church and the community
- Eager to manage our new Church Halls, provide a warm welcome to all users / potential hirers and be the face of the church, and therefore of the Christian faith, to our community?
- Keen to reach out to those currently unconnected with church through the marketing of our halls?
- Confident to promote church activities and ‘way-in’ courses wherever possible?
- Able to inspire and manage a team of volunteers to support the day to day smooth running of the halls?
We seek a committed Christian, whose experience and passion prepares them to be a dynamic agent of God’s grace and love to our church and community.
Full Job Description and Person Specification available here.
Closing date: 6th May 2018 / Interviews 16th May 2018
This role has an occupational requirement to be filled by a committed Christian, active in church life. Equality Act 2010, Part 1, Schedule 9 applies.
Appointment will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.
For your diary this week
The Bereavement Journey - A Time to Grieve 6-week course starts 18th April 7.30-9.30pm at Three Rivers Church. The death of someone close to you can cause overwhelming feelings and emotions. Working through the grief and loss of a loved one takes time and this course can help any person who is bereaved; recently or many years ago. For more information, see flyers at back of church.
Events coming up soon
Sew for Malawi Saturday 28th April 2-5pm in church: sewing items to take to The Home of Hope Orphanage in Malawi - no experience needed. Please bring sewing machine if you have one. If anyone has any unwanted flannelette sheets, including cot sheets, they would be willing to donate to the project please pass them onto Gillian Lindley (07906 852867) or Jo Addis.
Study the Gospels with others - GOLD course at Maulden - The next GOLD (Group-Based Open Learning Discipleship) course begins Tuesday 24th April at 7.30pm at The Rectory, Clophill Road, Maulden, Beds MK45 2AA. Studying The Gospels of Matthew and Mark, cost £50. Sessions on 24/4, 8/5, 22/5, 5/6, 26/6 and 10/7. The course is especially helpful to those who are exploring a Vocation to Ministry both Lay and Ordained. For more information please contact Richard Janes
Vision Day Part of the vision of St Albans Diocese is to reach new people and to grow flourishing Christ-centred churches. To learn more, join in the Vision Day on Saturday 12th May at Rothamsted Conference Centre, Harpenden from 9.30am-1.30pm (including a free lunch) - see here for more details and book a place here.
St Albans Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship conference
The St Albans DEF annual conference will be addressed by Rev Lis Goddard, Vicar of St James the Less Pimlico, and chair of the AWESOME Network. She will speak on churches working together in mission and outreach, using 1 Corinthians 3 as a model. The conference is Tues 15th May 10:30-2:30pm, tickets are £13, more info from Paul Boulter or here and tickets can be booked here.
North Wales Holiday How about joining the 5 day/4 night Church holiday with Richard and Sarah Hibbert in North Wales – new hotel spaces available – travelling by comfortable coach. Monday 2nd - Friday 6th July. Please do think of coming with us. More information, booking forms etc through Rachel Bennett 01234 341738.
Notices to be aware of today
Simon Burns is running the London Marathon next Sunday in aid of Ormiston families. He writes "They are a charity that supports families who have loved ones in prison. It ties in with a lot of work I have done over the years and seen the affect first hand. If anyone would like to support me I have a fundraising page or will be at church today." http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/SimonAndAngela
Men’s Breakfast are canvassing the thoughts of the Men of the Church as to their views. Questionnaires have been emailed but if you require a paper copy, they are available at the back of the Church. Once completed, please return them to David Gundry. Thank you.
Exams: If you (or your parents) would like forthcoming school or public exams prayed for, please do forward the timetables Judy Miller and each exam will be prayed for.
Marc & Hilary Deneufchâtel – Mission Partners – need to borrow a car for June/July this year. Can you offer a family sized car to help them? Contact David Gundry.
Impact (local Christian schools work) Vacancy (full-time) for a secondary schools worker - see the advert here.
Website 6 months from May 2018 – Kathryn Hughes will be on maternity leave from 1 May. We need to find help for the Maintenance of Christ Church Bedford website: Uploading of event adverts, Life magazine & slideshow photographs, and some content updating is required. Please offer to Kathryn asap.
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 fruit juice (long life), tinned fruit, sponge puddings (long life), cup a soup, tinned spaghetti, jars of pasta sauce, rice (up to 500g), tinned fish, washing up liquid, deodorant (unisex), shower gel (unisex) and laundry washing tablets.