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, and for all the generous donations of items for the team to take out to Malawi with them on the 28th July.
HRV – “Let this be our final” Gift Day
Gifts can be made to: Our special HRV account: Christ Church PCC Bedford / 40-52-40 / 00024581 / Ref: HRV [your surname].
Only £1,100 is needed from this final £70,000 Gift Day.
Other church activities
Men's Breakfast - Saturday 27th July 9:00-10.30am Venue - Christ Church . What’s it about? Christianity, Politics and Culture (is Christianity being eroded around us?) aka “And now for something completely different.”
Beach TripThe coach to Hunstanton on Saturday 10th August is now full but do add your names to the standby list in the Church Hub (alternatively, why not travel by car and join us there). Contact Rachel Bennett (01234 341738) for more details.
Helping Hands DayOn 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. Sign up sheet in the Church Hub.
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 from Jude Hamilton 07921 095789 or Penelope Valleley 07835 017379 or pick up a flyer from the Hub. Suggested donation £4.50 (and £2 extra for optional workshop)
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)
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 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)