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Church Family News
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.
Due to the above, there will be no service of Holy Communion on Wednesday 19th September.
Thank you from the Guynns Becky writes "A huge thank you to everyone that helped in any way with Holiday Explorers and Messy Family Fun over the summer. Your help and support has been very greatly appreciated. Thank you also to everyone for your prayers for Maddie over the summer, her time at Great Ormond Street Hospital has answered lots of questions for us. There will be more day appointments to come but hopefully the measures they are putting in place will help with her pain levels and will help her to cope better longer term."
Events coming up soon and notices
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”.
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.
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 - We really need help with the set up and set down teams and the welcoming team on 23rd September: we want everyone to be involved. If you can help please talk to Lizzie Payton or message her. Thanks!
Toilets from 10th September – the temporary toilets and kitchen will be handed over to Jeakins Weir and we will only have use of the new hall toilets, for the following week.
Church Office – remains off-site at 2 Abrahams Close for the time being.
Other news and Notices
Bedford Foodbank We have had a specific request this week for Jars of Pasta Sauce 250g/500g rice, teabags (80s), tinned vegetables / fruit / tuna / chicken meat. Please place items in labelled box at church.
Wanted: washing up liquid The CU at the University of Bedfordshire are running a promotion project for students. Free gifts of washing up liquid with CU branding and info will be given to every flat on campus! Please consider donating as many bottles of washing up liquid as you are able to. Just bring them to church and leave with AJ; for more info contact AJ Wade
Malawi Car Wash 30th September 9:30 - 12:00 Tickets on sale now £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.
Sunday 7th October – Harvest Sunday
We will be supporting the Bishop of St Albans’ Harvest Appeal, Give Peas a Chance, helping farmers in Malawi turn peas into profit – a great way to support Malawians.
Deanery of Bedford Choral Evensong – 6pm at St Andrews Bedford. Guest Preacher: Revd Canon Dr Tim Bull, Diocesan Director of Ministry. All welcome.
reason – 6.30pm at Christ Church – “He knows, the woman at the well” - Guest Speaker: James Pickin. All welcome.
New Wine United 2019: This family conference sees Christians from all over the country gather to celebrate God, encounter Him afresh together and take His blessings back to local churches and communities. There is great worship, an excellent programme of seminars and talks and lively entertainment, activities and groups for all children and young people. Dates: week 1: 27th July-2nd Aug, week 2: 4th-10th Aug. Want to know more? Please speak to Laura Jewell or AJ Wade for further information.