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 July meeting
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.
Home of Hope Malawi Thank you for supporting the quiz and garden party (raising £905 to support the young people going to Malawi later this month £375 forProtection for Education - a project to keep girls in education in Malawi). Lists of items you can donate for the team to take are available from The Hub, where you will find a box to place the items, by 20th July, please.
HRV – “Let this be our final” Gift Day
We are not in a position to offer an update this week. Gifts can be made to: Our special HRV account: Christ Church PCC Bedford / 40-52-40 / 00024581 / Ref: HRV [your surname]. Only £5,000 is needed from this final £70,000 Gift Day.
Other church activities
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. For more details pick up a flyer from the Hub. Suggested donation £4.50 (and £2 extra for optional workshop)
Helping Hands Day On Saturday 17th August from 9am-4pm we will be holding a Helping Hands Day. Please make a note in your diaries and come and help clean and tidy.
Bike n' Hike 2019 This annual event in aid of the Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust takes place on Saturday 14th September. If you would like to take part, either on foot, by bike or by car, gathering sponsorship for the number of churches you visit between 9am and 5pm on that day, information packs are now available in the Hub.
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, and others are going to Minehead 2 from 13th-17th April 2020 and are looking for others to join them. Please let Richard know ASAP if interested. (Spaces for couples/singles in shared accommodation available)
Summer Sundays - During the summer holiday we like to try to give our usual children's group leaders a bit of a break so if you are able to help with our summer Sundays children's group then please let Becky as soon as possible.
Open The Book Holiday Club - Wed to Fri 28-30 August, 10am-2pm: three-day holiday club based on the Open The Book style of storytelling. Adults required to assist with ratio numbers, especially for Noah’s Ark trip to Russell Park. If you can help, please let Becky know ASAP. Places for the holiday club are limited - book your child’s place TODAY
"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 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)