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
Welcome to Charlie Thomas Jacklin, his family and friends as he is welcomed into God’s family through his baptism and christening.
Pentecost Praise in the ParkJoin with other Christians from across North Beds this afternoon at 3pm in Bedford Park (near the Pavilion). Organised by HOPE in Bedfordshire, with George Verwer of Operation Mobilisation as guest speaker.
Centre Manager There were no applications for the role of Centre Manager. The position will be re-advertised in the summer.
Halls Redevelopment Update – Lime rendering being 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.
For your diary this week
Alpha Course continues – Tuesday 22nd May at 2 Abrahams Close at 7.30pm with light refreshments, exploring this week How can I be sure of my faith? Next course begins September. Alpha explores the meaning of life, whilst finding out about Jesus and the Christian faith. Each session involves refreshments, a video and discussion.
Ladies’ discipleship group - Thursday 24th 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. Come and join those already there. Contact Gillian Lindley, for more info.
Men's Breakfast - Saturday 26th May 8.30-10.15 Venue Fay’s Café at Riverside Tennis Club. What’s it about? The Me I Want To Be DVD study by John Ortberg – Discovering the Spirit
What’s the food? Bacon & egg bap plus coffee/tea Cost: £3.50 How to book? Contact church office.
Events coming up soon and notices
“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
Malawi Car Wash 17th June 2018 9:30 - 12:00 Ticket £5.00 Venue: Castle Newnham School Goldington Road, Bedford MK40 3EP fundraiser to help send the teens out to Malawi in the summer of 2019. For more information call speak to one of the Malawi Team.
The Marriage Course Do 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 7th June at 7pm. Refreshments followed by video input, then discussions in couples (you won't be asked to share anything publicly). Topics include: communication, finances and resolving conflict. Contact Nigel & Lesley or Paul Boulter for more details.
Holiday at Home - Letters are now available at the back of church for our annual Holiday at Home for the over 60s. It is being hosted at Three Rivers Church, 88 Denmark Street, Bedford on 6th & 9th August with a day out to Woburn Abbey on 7th August.
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
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.