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
Travel Survey – as part of our environmental commitment and planning permission, today there is a ‘jam jar’ travel survey. Can you environmentally change your journey to church? Can you use the school playground as the place to park your car?
Confirmation Service – Sunday 25th November 6.30pm. Please support our candidates: Briony and Min Min; those from Milton Ernest and Pavenham (Peter Kay’s parish): Natalie, Cecilia and Katherine; and those from Kempston and Biddenham: Katherine, Peter and Melissa. Castle Newnham School south site will be open for car parking and there is a collection towards training Diocesan candidates for ordination.
PCC update from its meeting last week
PCC noted the following key matters for all our prayers and action:
Our 2018 ‘£20000 shortfall’ needs prayer to be covered, and an additional £3900 for the urgent need to replace the church projector, which is at the end of its serviceable life.
Our 2019 budget was approved which showed a faith increase in giving of £50,000
Our HRV shortfall is looking much better, and projected as under £100,000. Snagging and operational issues continue and prayer for their swift sorting is requested.
Children’s and Youth strategy was reviewed and thanks offered to Becky and AJ for the good news, and concern and encouragement for areas of present weakness.
PCC wants to review our worship services, but has to return to this at its January meeting.
Please pray for God to provide all we need, and give as you are able.
PCC bank details: Sort Code: 40-52-40 Acct No. 00020562 Acct name: Christ Church Bedford PCC
Thank you – Cantamus concert raised £354.50 for the Halls Redevelopment Fund.
Events coming up soon and notices
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
To Book your place: click here
“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.
Men's Social – Rugby: Bedford Blues vs Cornish Pirates on Saturday 8th December. 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. We’ll be standing near the goalposts nearest the entrance to the ground. Purchase your own ticket.
Rapid Response meals – bringing back this much appreciated service to those in need. Two volunteer coordinators required – could this be you? Meals provided by others. Freezer needs monitoring. Not a big job but much needed as we support those who are in need for all sorts of reasons. More info: Rachel Bennett.
Raising funds for Malawi I would love to do babysitting/equivalent. Please contact the church office. Many thanks. Stanley Bunting.
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 join the others offering and walk round one evening a week for this vital role?