4th November 2018

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NOTICES                                                                                                               This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 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 RoomsSecurity 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.

To Book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leading-your-church-into-invitation-mdt-01122018-tickets-45648488859

“Newcomers” Afternoon tea – Church Halls (upstairs) – Sunday, 2nd December from 4.30pm. Tea and cake, chat and a chance to meet other church members. If you’ve recently started worshipping here, we would like us to send you an invitation, please let the office know 01234 327150 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Men's Events

Men's Breakfast - Saturday 24th November 2018

Men's Breakfast is on Saturday 24th November at 9:00am  meeting at Christ Church.  Please note the new time and venue.  We should conclude at 10:30am 

£ 3.00 gets you cereal, orange juice, bacon and egg bap and toast and jam with coffee/tea .

It would help enormously to know numbers in advance, so please reply to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  before 9pm Thursday ( 22nd November) to confirm your attendance.  If you forget it is OK to just turn up as we would love to see you.

We hope you can join us.  This week we will be looking at Christian Groups in the Workplace.  It is also suitable for those of us no longer working so please come along.


Men's Social - Rugby 8th December 2018

Meet at the Three Cups (45 Newnham Street) on Saturday 8th December any time from 12:30pm (food is available if required).  Leave at 2:30pm to make way to the ground on Goldington Road for 3pm kick off for the cup match against Cornish Pirates.  Meet up with others going straight to the match, near the goalposts nearest the entrance to the ground.  Please purchase your own ticket and collect in advance or on the day.  Tickets can be purchased online (see http://www.bedfordrugby.co.uk/tickets).  Hope to see you there.  Many people have already expressed interest in attending so should be a good afternoon out.  No need to say you are coming just turn up.

Music for Remembrance

Bedford based Chamber choir 'Cantamus' perform a truly sensitive programme of choral music to lift your spirits or aid you in your grief at this time of remembrance for lost loved ones.
Paul Edwards will conduct the choir at St Owen's church, Bromham, Tuesday 13 November, 7.45 pm and at Christ Church, Bedford on Sunday 18 November, 3.15 pm. Tickets £7.50 at the door. Organist Ian Runnells. 

An extensive range of short compositions include pieces by 16th century William Byrd (for Elizabeth I), 18th century J S Bach, and James Nares (The Souls of the Righteous), 19th century Brahms (O Heart subdued with grieving) and Mendelssohn (For he shall give his angels charge over thee, from his 'Elijah'), 20th century Hubert Parry (Songs of Farewell-selection) and Edward Bainton (And I saw a new heaven), 21st century Paul Edwards (For the Fallen).

Contact Info

Christ Church Bedford
140 Dudley Street,
Bedford, MK40 3SX

01234 327150