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
Thank you message from Ashley, Site Manager - "I just wanted to thank you all for the help, co-operation and friendship during the project. Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming to both myself and Karen. We still have our meal to look forward to with the voucher you kindly gave me. We will pop in on a Sunday now and again to keep in touch with all you all. This has been a very special project and it has been a pleasure to have helped it come to fruition." Ashley
Congratulations to Michael Bishop on gaining a Merit in his Master of Arts in Theology, Imagination and Culture.
New Halls and Rooms – Security Team – will you join Richard as part of a team locking up at about 10pm? Full induction given by Richard, who is doing this job at present. It takes about 10 minutes to walk round, check the locks and secure the main doors. Will you do one evening a week for this vital role?
The Church Office is now back on site. The postal address of the Church Centre is Christ Church, 140 Dudley Street, Bedford, MK40 3SX. Email and phone number as before.
Carpet cleaning The church carpet is being cleaned on 7th and 8th November.
Car Park The church car park in Dudley Street has been surfaced and is available for use. Please continue to park in the school car park at 10am, if you are able, leaving the car park free for those who need short walk access to the church.
Driving to Woodbridge, Suffolk – can you drive to Woodbridge to collect and/or return the baptistery pool for the full immersion baptism during our Confirmation service? Collection/return to be for Sunday 25th November, between Wed 21st and Wed 28th November. Please let Church Office know ASAP.
Church Walk today – this regretfully has had to be cancelled. Our next walk: spring 2019.
Events coming up soon and notices
Little Fishes - We are restarting our under 1's and parents/carers group, Little Fishes. Join us on Wednesday 7th November, 1.30pm-3.00pm, in Room 4. For more information please contact Becky Guynn
Christmas Open Evenings at The Word and The Jaffa. At The Word there will be displays of Christmas cards & calendars and Christmas gifts, books, CDs, DVDs, mugs, prints and journals for sale. Thursday 8th November 5-7pm (Local crafts at Jaffa) Wednesday 14th November 7-9pm (Coffee & cake at Jaffa for £3.50) Tuesday 27th November 7-9pm (coffee and cake at Jaffa for £3.50). All welcome.
Lunch Club Christmas LunchTuesday 11th December, 12.45pm. If you, a relative, friend or neighbour, would like to come along to our Christmas Lunch for seniors, £8 for a wonderful Christmas lunch, buy your ticket from the Church Office: only five tickets left.
Cantamus Concert Sunday 18th November – 3.15pm at Christ Church. Proceeds kindly being donated to the halls redevelopment fund. Refreshments provided. All welcome.
Confirmation Service – Sunday 25th November 6.30pm. Please come and support our candidates: Briony, Min Min and Eleanor; and those from Milton Ernest (Peter Kay’s parish): Natalie, Cecilia and Katherine.
Leading Your Church into Invitation – 1st December @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Christ Church, Dudley Street, Bedford, MK40 3SX – Cost £15pp
The Culture of Invitation workshop is for churches and Individuals who want to get better at becoming invitational. Most churches call themselves welcoming, but not many would name themselves as welcoming and inviting. The workshop will be presented by author Michael Harvey who has researched what it means to be an Invitational Church across 18 countries and 5 continents.
The workshop will be interactive, and will include an opportunity to research your own local situation and make a comparison with other churches. It will be fun and highly suited to churches who want an example of a practical outworking of Living God’s Love
You will leave with best practice ideas to try out immediately in your own parish which will benefit your upcoming Advent and Christmas Services and Events.
Please help support Youth Inspired. Youth Inspired (Christ Church members Min-Min Peaker and Jude Hamilton are non-executive directors), has been successful in getting through to round 2 of the Aviva Community Fund. They need votes, access via the link below and after registering, search for the Youth Inspired project - Social Cafe, Bedford; individuals can vote up to 10 times, so please ask family & friends to vote too. The link is as follows: https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/4-1384