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
PCC news from our meeting last week
Children’s Minister – replacing Becky: We approved a draft job description, but had to put any recruitment on hold as the church general account is running in deficit.
Church general account: delighted by the generosity of God’s people towards our final Halls amount, we have seen few new donors so our deficit continues. Becky’s resignation has offered some slack but a recruitment freeze continues as PCC look to increase donors through July/August. Can you set up a Standing Order for £30/month (just a £1 a day to help cover our church’s running costs?). 40-52-40 / 00020562 / Christ Church PCC
Children and Holy Communion: we agreed to explore the option of baptised children aged 7+ receiving Communion before confirmation, and our new sermon series assists us.
Summer Sermon Series
The Apostle Paul in Philippi also welcomed whole households in to baptism and faith: “One of those listening was a woman … named Lydia … The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptised, she invited us to her home. … [Later] The jailer … fell trembling before Paul and Silas … ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ They replied, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.’ … immediately he and all his household were baptised. … The jailer … was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God – he and his whole household.” (Acts 16)
In Richard’s APCM report, he highlighted the need to welcome and grow the number of young families worshipping with us. We will explore over the summer weeks how the early church welcomed and included children in all parts of our worship.
HRV – “Let this be our final” Gift Day
We are not in a position to offer an update this week. If you wish to give, and are able to do so, please arrange to donate ASAP: Our special HRV account: Christ Church PCC Bedford / 40-52-40 / 00024581 / Ref: HRV [your surname]. How is this money still required? Only £5,000 is needed from this final £70,000 Gift Day. This is added to the continuing pledges so as to fulfil all costs, pay off the interest-free loans, and conclude fund-raising.
Other church activities
Church Walk The church walk today has been cancelled. The next walk will be in Pavenham on 4th August.
Beach Trip There is a coach booked going to Hunstanton on Saturday 10th August. Leaving Bedford at 8am & returning by 7.30pm. Cost £13 a seat. Fun for all: swimming, sandcastles, games, boat trips, fun fair, fish and chips, ice creams, shops, cafés, Sea Life Centre, lavender farm and more. Limited spaces on the coach, so sign up on the list in The Church Hub or contact Rachel Bennett to book your place.
Create! Saturdays 10th and 17th August 10am-1pm, Christ Church Halls. Bring along your favourite creative hobby and enjoy homemade refreshments, music and company. Optional lino printing workshop (by ticket only) available during the session. More details - pick up a flyer from the Hub. Suggested donation £4.50 (and £2 extra for optional workshop)
Confirmation (and/or Baptism) – our next such service is Sunday 24th November at 10am 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. Opportunities to discuss faith, God and Confirmation will be Tuesday evenings from 7.30-9pm, beginning 17th September.
Spring Harvest 2020 Richard and Sarah Hibbert are going to Minehead Two from 13th-17th April 2020 and are looking for others to join them. Please let Richard know ASAP if you are interested. (Spaces for couples/singles in shared accommodation available)
Open The Book Holiday Club - On Wednesday 28th-Friday 30th August from 10am-2pm we are running a three-day holiday club based on the Open The Book style of storytelling. We are hoping on one of the days to walk to Russell Park and measure if Noah's Ark would have fitted in the park, to be able to do this we need to ensure an adequate adult: child ratio to keep the children safe, so if you are able to help please let Becky know as soon as possible. Places for the holiday club are strictly limited so if you would like to book a place for your child to take part please do so now.
"Messy Family Fun" Help needed Jobs available - help to set up/set down, general helpers, food preparation etc. Sessions will all run 11.00am-1.00pm on: Wed 24th Wed 31st July and Wed 14th August For more information, offers of help to Becky Guynn
Foodbank current urgent needs: UHT Milk, UHT Fruit Juice, Tinned Fruit, Jelly, Rice Pudding, Toilet Rolls, Washing Up Liquid, Deodorant (male+female). Please place any donations in the collection box in The Hub. Thank you.
CAN YOU HELP WITH ITEMS FOR HOME OF HOPE?
Each of us will be taking 2 extra suitcases with things for the Home of Hope. Items that we are collecting are listed below; if you are able to help in any way, we would be most grateful.
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Please give any items for Home of Hope to one of the team or bring to Christ Church reception by 20th July.
Thank you for your support.