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
Access this Sunday – after the services, refreshments will be served in The Hub (you don't need to bring your own mug), and you are welcome to walk round the new halls, mindful that there is still internal finalising work to be completed. Our hirers have been pleased with the new spaces. Many thanks to Laura Turpie and Jude Hamilton for inducting old existing and new hirers into the halls.
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.
Programme includes :
1pm Dance4all (halls)
1.15pm Christ Church Band
1.45pm Puppets (halls)
2pm Town Brass Band
2pm Jugglers (halls)
2.45pm Messy Church
3.30pm Christ Church Band
4pm End of the day
Help needed – Celebration Day – 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 on 07516444838. Thanks!
Help needed – temporary additional voluntary help with cleaning the new halls from now till 31st October. Please contact Rachel Bennett asap so a rota can be set up.
Church Office – remains off-site at 2 Abrahams Close for the time being.
Greenery for Grand Celebration weekend decorating – If you have any spare foliage in your garden which you could donate, the flower arranging team would love to receive it between 9 and 10 am on Saturday 22nd September. Info: Ruth Templeman
Events coming up soon and notices
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.
Wanted: washing up liquid University of Bedfordshire CU 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 donate washing up liquid as you are able; leave in box at church; for more info contact AJ Wade
Malawi Car Wash Sunday 30th September 9:30 - Noon Tickets on sale now £5 Venue: Castle Newnham School Goldington Road, Bedford MK40 3EP This is a fundraiser to help send the teens out to Malawi in the summer of 2019. For more information contact Tracey Emmott or AJ Wade or 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.
Harvest decorating on Saturday 6th October, again between 9 and 10 am. For Harvest we are also asking for donations of fresh fruit and vegetables plus tinned/packeted foods which will be donated to Food Bank after the Harvest weekend. Thank you! Please contact Ruth Templeman with any queries.
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.
Alpha next course starts on Tuesday 2nd October in Christ Church Halls with light refreshments. Alpha explores the meaning of life over 10 weeks, whilst finding out about Jesus and the Christian faith. Topics include: Who is Jesus? Why did he die? How do I pray? Does God guide? Is this for you this autumn or for a friend/neighbour?
Bedford Foodbank We have had a specific request this week forJars of Pasta Sauce 250g/500g rice, teabags (80s), tinned vegetables / fruit / tuna / chicken meat. Please place items in the Foodbank collection box in The Hub (by the refreshment area).
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