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
Congratulations to Marcus Ottaviani on his appointment as curate at St Mary's Goldington from June 2020.
Becky Guynn is leaving her job as our Children's minister to go and work for IMPACT on 31st August. We want to give her a thanksgiving gift for all that she has done over the past three years, as well as to pray for and support her in her new role. If you wish to contribute to that thanksgiving gift, please place any gift (cash or cheques payable to “Christ Church Bedford PCC”) in an envelope marked “BG” in one of the collection baskets or pay directly by bank transfer (sort code: 40-52-40 Account No: 00020562 Ref: BG).
We are delighted that Becky and her family intend to remain worshipping with us and to continue to contribute to church life at Christ Church.
Your child and Holy Communion – Richard and Becky are keen to meet all parents/carers at a Q&A session regarding our consultation on children receiving Communion before Confirmation. Meet after the 10am service on Sunday 8th September in Room 5 (children are welcome either to join in the discussions or we will provide something to keep them entertained). This will give you the opportunity to find out more about what it means, why we are proposing it and to ask any questions you may have.
TWO SPACES available for Holiday at Home outing to Leighton Buzzard railway and MK museum, with posh Lunch at Moore Place Hotel, Aspley Guise – Wednesday, 21st August, departing 8.45am/returning 5.30pm. £20 pp – please enquire at Church Office ASAP
Giving to Christ Church – Thank you to all who give by Standing Order regularly. We are really grateful for your support. Your regular giving helps us budget wisely.
If you’d like to support our mission and ministry – enabling everyone tobe maturing followers of Christ, who experience and live out God’s love in every part of their lives – then please give via the collection baskets at church entrances (Gift Aid envelopes available) or set up your own Standing Order, say £30/month (just a £1 a day to help cover our church’s running costs). Bank details: 40-52-40 / 00020562 / Christ Church PCC
Other church activities
Foodbank Current urgent needs: long life fruit juice; tinned vegetables, spaghetti & fruit; rice 1kg; jars of pasta sauce; tin openers, cleaning spray & washing-up liquid.
Bike n' Hike 2019 in aid of the Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust is on Saturday 14th September. If you would like to join Richard and others on bikes – you can also walk/drive – please speak to him. Sponsorship is for the number of churches you visit between 9am and 5pm on that day. Sponsor form is in church or donate via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ccbedford-bike-n-hike2019
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 2020Richard and Sarah Hibbert, and others are going to Minehead 2 from 13th-17th April 2020 and are looking for more people to join them. Please let Richard know ASAP if interested. (Spaces for couples/singles in shared accommodation available) Early bird booking rates (£10pp discount) are available until 30th September.
The Crosslinks Prayer Conference will be taking place at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire from Monday 7th October to Thursday 10th October 2019. Speaker: Richard Hibbert. For details, costs, programme etc. contact Edward Tufnell.
Alpha – Next course starts Tuesday 1st October at 7.30pm. Alpha explores the meaning of life over 10 weeks, whilst finding out about Jesus and the Christian faith. Topics include: Who is Jesus? Why did he die? How do I pray? Does God guide? How do I read the Bible? Each session involves refreshments, a talk and discussion. Is this for you or for a friend/ neighbour? Invitation cards are available in church and in The Hub.
Malawi 2020 & 2021 Plans for future visits to Home of Hope are under way: Adults in 2020, and Teens in 2021. To register interest contact Alex Mnatzaganian, then find out more by coming to an information meeting 3.30-5pm on Sunday October 6th in church.
4 Counties Ministry Training Course (4CMTC) This year long course (30 weeks) will be taking place at Christ Church on Thursdays (10.30am-4.30pm) from September. Cost £200 per term. The course aims to equip Christians across Herts, Beds, Bucks & Northants with high quality Biblical teaching for all who want to be better equipped to serve the gospel in their churches and everyday front-lines. The Course covers the whole Bible in good detail, together with important doctrines and practical pastoral work. This is a great way to deepen and strengthen your Bible knowledge and learn to apply it. Former students include: Sidney Miller and AJ Wade. Brochures: back of church / in the Hub.