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Church Family News
Brenda Topping - her funeral is on Thursday 10th May at 10am at Norse Road Crematorium. All are welcome to support Brian and the family.
Ascension Day – Thursday 10th May – Celebrate the bodily return of Jesus Christ to the right hand side of God the Father, reigning in glory, His work complete. We are joining with St John's Church, St John's Street Bedford MK42 0DH at 8pm for a joint service of Holy Communion. Richard is leading and a member of St John’s is preaching.
Thy Kingdom Come 10th-20th May – Considered one of the most dynamic prayer initiatives to emerge from the Church of England in recent years, Thy Kingdom Come is a simple invitation to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for friends and family to come to faith. Prayer booklets to help you are available from TODAY
Pray throughout these 10 days and then join other Christians from across the Diocese at Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Celebration Event – Saturday 19th May 2018, 6.30pm at St Albans Cathedral. Archbishop Justin is the guest speaker. Soul Survivor lead worship. Join with other Christians in Bedford for Praise Pentecost in the Park on Sunday 20th May in Bedford Park (near the Pavilion) at 3pm. Organised by HOPE in Bedfordshire, with George Verwer of Operation Mobilisation as guest speaker.
Halls Redevelopment Update Completion is delayed until August. Our contractors are seeking to minimise further delays. We will need about 4 weeks to prepare the buildings for actual daily use. It will be a great moment when 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 can still donate and have yet to do so, please place in a sealed envelope, marked HRV, in the Collection Basket, or drop through Vicarage letterbox (115 Denmark Street) ASAP. There are HRV pledge/donation forms for you at church.
Vicar's PA - maternity leave. During Kathryn’s absence, Paul and Sue Templeman will be standing in as Safeguarding Administrators and Paul Templeman will update the Christ Church website.
PCC News: The PCC received, with regret, Penny Cooper's resignation as PCC's Safeguarding Officer. Please pray for a new person for this important role.
For your diary this week
Church WalkTODAY Meet at church at 2pm to drive to Manton Heights to walk across fields to Clapham Woods, enjoy the Bluebells and return to the home of Sue Bradley for a cuppa and cake. All very welcome to join us, lifts from church. If you need, contact Rachel Bennett.
New Alpha Course continues – Tuesday 8th May at 2 Abrahams Close at 7.30pm with light refreshments. All welcome to explore who and what Jesus is for today.
Alpha explores the meaning of life over the summer 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 summer or for a friend/neighbour? More info: from the clergy team. Invitation cards available from the back of church.
Events coming up soon
St Albans Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship conference – 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 Tuesday 15th May 10:30am-2:30pm, tickets are £13, more info from Paul Boulter. Join the staff team and others to hear this great speaker/teacher.
Ladies’ discipleship group - beginning Thursday 17th May, 9.30-11.00am - for those new to faith as well as for those who have been Christians for much longer. Childcare available. Contact Gillian Lindley for more details.
“Newcomers” Afternoon tea – Vicarage Garden – Sunday, 10th June from 4.30pm. Tea and cake, chat and a chance to meet other church members. If you’ve recently started worshipping here, we would like to send you an invitation, please let the office know.
Accommodation needed early/mid-August - mission partners YP and Jude Gayet in Belgium, teach English as part of their ministry. They have two eleven-year-old boys who would like to spend a week in England, together, to improve their English. Are you the Christian family home to do that in? If interested, contact Ann Roberts/Gillian Lindley.
Church Halls/Centre Manager (part-time) and Impact (local Christian schools work) Vacancy (full-time) for a secondary schools worker - see adverts at the back of church.
Volunteer Family Support Assistant - The Grove (Brickhill Drive) supports all parents to be, families and individuals, for whom a pregnancy is causing financial hardship. All services are free and confidential. This role facilitates loaning donated items to parents to be, families and individuals, with sorting, checking and organising donations and assisting the Centre Coordinator with stock. Are you available to serve a few hours weekly on a Tuesday/Thursday? If you feel you would like to be involved with the work of The Grove please contact Karry or Chris at The Grove.