10th June 2018

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Church Family News

Halls Redevelopment THIS WEEK’s News – Questions and Answers

Why is there such a delay in finishing? Basically, up to Christmas, all ran on time as the CLT was put up and the roof made good. The main exterior work of Lime Render required a few days of min 5°C to allow for it to cure. The cold weather with temperatures consistently below 5°C lasted from December to March, so you can see how the exterior work has delayed completion.

What has been going on then? Interior work has proceeded apace and if we could look round the inside we would be amazed at how much progress has been made.

Is the delay all about weather?  There was a delay early on when asbestos was found and had to be removed. Jeakins Weir was well on the way to catching up the two week delay this caused when sadly the weather hit. A consequence of weather delays is that sub-contractors/supplies are put on hold and then rescheduled once progress can be made again. This challenge is being managed well by Ashley and his team.

Is there good news to report? Yes, the interior is coming together really well. The exterior lime render is complete and the exterior ground work can at last commence as more scaffolding has been taken down. It’s great to actually begin to see what the new buildings will look like. We will now be able to see further exterior progress, just as there has been unseen interior progress.

Any other good news? Yes, there is: it still looks increasingly likely that we shall not exceed our £2.5 million budget. HRG and our consultants are continuing to work hard to minimise possible risks to bring the cost in within our budget.

How are we preparing for the use of our new halls and rooms? There are 2 groups working hard. The Fit Out Team (FOT) is preparing how to furnish the complex properly for 21st century use; and the Halls Usage Group is looking at policies, hire agreements & space usage. Also Laura Turpie, Chair of HRG/FOT, has obtained confirmation from our existing hirers of their desire to return to the new spaces and their agreement to the new hire charges as prepared by RIG and approved by PCC.

Are we there financially? No, not yet. We still need to pray that those who have not given recently or at all would donate, if able to. In addition, the Grants Group under Ken Barber has begun one last trawl of possible grant-making bodies – if you can help make phone calls of enquiry, talk to Ken.


Thank you from Mary Shaw: Dear friends:  thank you all so much for continuous prayer support, as I faced my health recovery programme, whilst in Australia.  It was so reassuring knowing I was lifted in prayer, by so many of God's people around the world; knowing He is my rock in times of difficulty; knowing His comfort, presence and protection, whilst enduring a continuing programme of healing.  May God bless you all abundantly, love Mary

Thank you from Penelope Valleley: thanking God for all of YOU and His goodness to us all and my family, for His great protection and for all of the staff at Addenbrooke's, for all the love and support from CCB. Penelope

For your diary this week

Deanery Evensong – This Sunday at St. Nicholas Hulcote (near M1 Junction 13) - our smallest Deanery church building, the only one accessed across a field - at 6pm, with cheese and wine to follow. Do come and bring your friends. Great chance to visit this gem in our Deanery.

Sew for Malawi Saturday 16th June 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.  More details from Gillian Lindley or Jo Addis.

10k Run Bedford Sunday morning, 17th June – give yourself more time to get to church next Sunday morning, as road closures will affect access to the Castle Road area for the 10am service. Certain roads will be closed in the direction of the race from 9am until 10.30am. Signed diversions will be in place but delays are to be expected. DO LEAVE EARLIER THAN USUAL TO ARRIVE ON TIME. More info www.runbedford.org/email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Events coming up soon and notices

Plant Sale and Coffee Morning Saturday 23rd June 10am-12.30pm @ 219 Kimbolton Road (Bungalow at corner of Kimbolton Road & Rowallan Drive). In aid of a Learning and Training Centre for bee keeping in Malawi.  Cost £3 including coffee and biscuits.

Diocesan Synod elections – July 2018. Nominations required from church members to serve on Diocesan Synod, which meets 3 times a year (Saturday morning) with additional, voluntary opportunities to influence the Diocese’s ministry & mission through its Boards/Committees. 2 church members already nominated – will you consider joining them. More info from Richard

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

Emailed Notices: If you did not receive these notices via email this week, but have done so previously, this is probably because we have updated our email mailing list so as to contact only those we know have completed a GDPR consent form/equivalent via email for us.

GDPR consent forms available TODAY at the back of church or from Pauline Grimley.

Only those who have fulfilled GDPR consent will be entered into the Prayer Diary and Church Directory and eligible to receive a copy of the Church Directory (next one out soon)

Local Job Vacancies

King’s Arms Project is recruiting! new Support Workers to help bring hope, community and opportunity to the homeless. If you’re passionate about supporting the poor/disadvantaged, applications by 21st June. More info/application pack www.kingsarmsproject.org/jobs


Upcoming Events

Men's Breakfast Term Card: May - October 2018

Holiday at Home 2018

Contact Info

Christ Church Bedford
117 Denmark Street,
Bedford, MK40 3TJ.

01234 327150