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
Thy Kingdom Come 10th-20th May – a simple invitation to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for friends and family to come to faith. 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 from across North Beds for Pentecost Praise in the Park on Sunday 20th May at 3pm in Bedford Park (near the Pavilion). Organised by HOPE in Bedfordshire, with George Verwer of Operation Mobilisation as guest speaker.
Halls Redevelopment Update – Lime rendering completed, rainwater goods still to go on and then scaffolding can come down. Completion is delayed until August. 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.
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
Alpha Course continues – Tuesday 15th May at 2 Abrahams Close at 7.30pm with light refreshments. All welcome to explore this week Why did Jesus die?
Alpha explores the meaning of life over the summer term, whilst finding out about Jesus and the Christian faith. 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.
Ladies’ discipleship group - beginning Thursday 17th May, 9.30-11.00am - ‘Life Explored’ 7-week course, 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.
Sew for Malawi Saturday 19th May 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 or Jo Addis.
Events coming up soon
“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.
Exams: If you (or your parents) would like forthcoming school or public exams prayed for, please do forward the timetables to Judy Miller and each exam will be prayed for.
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.
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), squash, tinned fruit, sponge puddings (long life), custard, cup a soup, tinned spaghetti, jars of pasta sauce, rice (up to 500g), tinned fish, tinned meat washing up liquid, deodorant (unisex), shower gel (unisex) and laundry washing tablets.
Local Job Vacancies
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.
The Stables Bolnhurst This Christian project supports small groups of the learning disabled, the autistic, ex-offenders and those with mental health problems by offering practical help and friendship within a working environment. They care for 5 acres of woodland, hedges and meadow and grow herb and wildflower plants to sell. They also produce their own preserves, cards and gift items for sale. They are seeking to recruit for two key part-time positions that have arisen within their small team: Charity Operations Manager and Garden and Grounds Manager. For both posts the main hours of work are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. To find out more, please go to www.stableschristiancentre.co.uk Closing date Friday June 22nd June 2018.