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
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
Messy Crafts Thursday 31st May 11am-1pm. Come & enjoy craft activities, music, story time & sandwich lunch in church based on a Noah’s Ark theme. For all the family; children need to be accompanied by an adult.
'Wood Party' Following the felling of two trees this week there will be cut wood to buy, donations going to the halls, on Saturday 2nd June from 10am-1pm on the north lawn. Refreshments on offer too! Contact Rachel Bennett (details below) if you would like some wood or just turn up. Please bring your own bags/sacks etc to carry your lovely wood away. A car or wheel barrow might help! Bring friends and neighbours, all welcome.
Church Walk Sunday 3rd June. Meet at the main door for the church at 2pm to car share to a walk in the Felmersham area with refreshments at the home of Clive and Ros Just. To help with catering it's useful if walkers could let Rachel Bennett know in advance if they hope to join us. However do come along anyway! All welcome!
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 know
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 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), toilet rolls 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.