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
Room swaps On a trial basis the prayer room has moved to Room 4 and the bean bags to Room 1.
Congratulations to Verity Townsend on her engagement to Paul.
Thank you for your generosity our Christmas collection raised £1500 - a marvellous gift to the Menara Centre and Special Needs School in Menouf, Egypt.
Other key events include:
Alpha Course Continues: 7.30pm – still a good week to join
Tuesday 22nd January at Christ Church, Dudley Street, Bedford MK40 3SX
with light refreshments
Parenting for Faith Monday 21st January – 8pm in Room 5
Want to help the children and young people you love find God in everyday life? This course is for you! It’s not just mums and dads who long for children and teens to know God for themselves. Whether you’re a parent, carer, family member, friend, or church worker or leader, you can help the young people in your life develop a vibrant and connected relationship with God – whatever their age! The Parenting for Faith video-based course gives you confidence to share your life with God in a way that feels natural to you – and the tools to do it easily. More details from Becky or AJ or www.parentingforfaith.org. No pre-booking needed, though letting us know helps with refreshments.
Food for Thought – Tuesday 22nd January – discussion group. 11.30am before Lunch Club.
Men's Breakfast - Saturday 26th January - 9-10.30am. Venue: Christ Church. What’s it about? This month we’re looking at stress in the workplace (and elsewhere). What’s the food? Cereal, orange juice, bacon & egg bap, toast & jam plus coffee or tea Cost: £3.00.
How to book? Email John Betteley or look out for the email to the men in the church.
Malawi Lunch - Sunday 27th January – 12.30pm – You are warmly invited by the Malawi team to stay for lunch after the 10am service to learn more about the Home of Hope orphanage and meet the team going to Malawi in summer 2019. There are no tickets for this event but if you are able to sign up on the list in the Hub to indicate your interest (see Kay Berrington or Jo Addis) that would help greatly with catering. Donations given will be split between Home of Hope and contributing towards the air fares.
Christ Church Has Talent!! – Saturday 2nd February7pm An evening of home grown fun and entertainment in church. Bring friends, family and neighbours for a great night out. Bring your own nibbles & drinks, hot drinks available. Submit acts by Sunday 27th Jan to Clare Broughton-Welsh
Men’s Social - Curry Night, Friday 8th February Meet at Deshi Spice at 60 Tavistock Street at 8pm. Pay for your own meal/drink only (not divided bill). Please let John Betteley know ASAP if you would like to join us.
Other notices and activities
A book club – grappling with books on Christian theology and modern life? If you like to stretch your intellectual muscles and have serious discussions, then join Jude Hamilton and others to reflect and discuss an interesting book (E.g. Paradoxology by Krish Kandiah, A Better Life by Glynn Harrison, God’s Undertaker by John Lennox, According to Plan by Graeme Goldsworthy). Perhaps not mainstream, but if you’re out there, prepared to commit to the reading, and unintimidated by robust discussion, please contact Jude.
Morning Out – help needed– serving Bedford families for over 40 years, we still see over 40 children and their carers each Friday (last week 102, incl. helpers). Most carers have made it part of their weekly routine, bringing siblings and making friends. We need more volunteers to keep it running effectively, serving refreshments, helping on the craft table, preparing resources and just having a chat with someone. There’s a great ministry in putting a cup of tea into a mum’s hands, talking about last night's TV or doing a jigsaw with a child that should not be undervalued: it may be the only time that week when a mother/father/carer feels cared about. Contact Jen McAdam for more info.
New Wine United 19 - 4th-10th August 2019 : A group from Christ Church will be attending New Wine's United conference this year which is held at The East of England Showground in Peterborough. It is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a week of worship, teaching and fellowship, with a packed programme for adults, children and youth. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Laura Jewell for more information.