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Church Family News
Thank you from the Boulters – Paul writes “thank you so much for you incredibly kind gifts. We feel hugely blessed by your messages of thanks. These wonderful three years have gone too quickly, and we will miss you all deeply. Thank you for your prayers as we move to new surroundings, they are much appreciated.
Hotel & Coach for Paul Boulter's Licensing Service 7.30pm Tuesday 18th Sept. We have a "coach & Travelodge" plan to join Paul & Katharine as they start their new ministry. Coach departs Noon Tuesday 18th / returns 2pm Wednesday 19th. Booking forms from Church Office or Rachel Bennett.
Single occupancy = £69pp Two sharing = £54.50pp Three sharing = £49.60pp
Room sharing – Please liaise through Rachel Bennett to share a room. Meals extra, with light buffet after Licensing Service, but hotel is near several meal options. If the price is too much for you, please let Rachel know so we can seek assistance.
Janet Williams – Thank you to all those who have given generously to Christ Church in memory of Janet.
Centre ManagerDawn Hire has been appointed Centre Manager for 20 hours per week and will begin work on 1st October. We are hugely excited that Dawn will be coordinating the practicalities in the new halls, working alongside Pauline and the staff team. Please pray for her as she moves into this new role.
Events coming up soon and notices
"Messy Family Fun" Sessions will run 11am-1pm on: Thur 30th / Fri 31st August with an extra hour of 'family skills' running till 2pm. On Thurs 30th Margaret Baron is leading a sewing skills session, making bags and on Fri 31st you can learn some French with Aurélie.
Ladies Late BreakfastSaturday 1st September 10.30-11.45am at Christ Church. Helen Russell will share with us how God has been and is at work in her life. Summer time Continental style breakfast, suggested donation £1.50. If possible, please sign up in church. Contact Rachel Bennett.
Church WalkOur next walk is Sunday 3rd September led by the Barbers ending with a cuppa and cake at their home. All very welcome. Meet at church at 2pm.
Lunch Club – 11th September – Cancelled - Lunch Club’s first meal back in the new halls needs to be postponed to 25th Sept due to insufficient cooks for the new kitchen. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes. Please share with fellow “Lunch Clubbers”.
Sides and Welcomers Please come to a brief meeting on 2nd September straight after the morning service for an update, details of training courses etc. Thanks, Kay Berrington
Confirmation (and/or Baptism) – our next such service is Sunday 25th November at 6.30pm with Bishop Michael. This is a great opportunity to affirm publicly your faith. Anyone interested in exploring Confirmation (and/or Baptism), please speak to Richard Hibbert ASAP. There are 7 preparation meetings, exploring Christian faith and practice, from Sunday 30th September – 4.30-6pm.
Bike 'n Hike – Saturday 8th September. Richard Hibbert is cycling with Chris Brown to raise money for the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust (donors of £20,000 to the Halls Redevelopment). Sponsorship at back of church (£1390 raised as of 24th August) or direct by BANK TRANSFER (sort code: 40-52-40 Account No: 00020562, ref: BikenHike). People are needed to greet visitors to Christ Church. Sign up at the back of church.
Grove Pregnancy Advice Centre – New Christian based course exploring basic counselling skills and info needed relating to unexpected pregnancy, abortion and baby loss. Starts 13th Sept with 14 sessions on Thursday afternoons plus one Saturday, at All Nations Church. For those with a heart to support women, men and families affected. More information from Susan Mountford or Karry Hallsworth, Grove Centre Manager.
Halls Redevelopment –Our Grand Celebration and Opening is Sunday 23rd September, with Bishop Alan joining us for the 10am service and VIPs coming to our ‘ribbon cutting’ at 12.15pm. A chance to walk round the new halls and a complimentary BBQ.
Help needed – Rachel Bennett asks for help moving stored items from homes back into church, Sat 1st Sept from pm onwards. Also – Mon 10th Sept “Helping hands” day– we would love your help to clean the church as the new halls come on line. Contact Rachel Bennett to volunteer.
'Romans: the most influential letter ever written?'GOLD Project Study Day on Sat 27th October from 10.30am-4pm at St Mary's Church Welwyn - see poster at back of church
Accommodation request- The Royston Family (Tony & Patricia with Elliot aged 18), working with Mercy Ships seek accommodation between Sept 2018 and Jan 2019 locally. Ideally a house sit/free/very affordable. To find out more please contact Hannah Mulvihill at Mercy Ships.
Roger and Dee Dell would like to invite friends from Christ Church to join them in their Ruby Wedding Anniversary celebrations on Saturday 29th September 2018 from 6:30pm - 10pm at St John's Church Hall, Bedford, MK42 0DL. RSVP by 15/09/18 to their daughter Jess. If you can RSVP that's great but if not just turn up!