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
Welcome to Oyana and her parents, Peter & Cassandra, family & friends as she is baptised this morning. There’s an opportunity in the service to create a gift for her.
Supporting God’s mission and ministry
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 to be 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
Carbon Offset your holiday travel – Neno Macadamia Trust, whom we support, have created an amazing way to offset your holiday travel CO2 through purchasing a Carbon Mitigation Certificate (http://nenomacadamiatrust.co.uk/CO2.html). Your money directly supports Malawi smallholder farmers, planting and sustaining healthy macadamia trees. The trees capture CO2, lessen soil erosion and provide a food security through the nuts macadamia produced and sold. What better way to steward our environment! More info from Andrew Emmott and Will Rawes
Supporting the struggling in Bedford – Foodbank urgently needs: long life fruit juice; tinned vegetables, spaghetti & fruit; rice 1kg; jars of pasta sauce; tin openers, cleaning spray & washing-up liquid.
Other church activities
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
Exploring Confirmation (and/or Baptism) – Taking your next step on your faith journey. Richard is meeting those interested in exploring baptism and/or confirmation this autumn with a series of Tuesday evening conversations, starting Tuesday 17th September, 7.30pm in Room 4. Such conversations can be marked with our Confirmation Service, Sunday 24th November at 10am with Bishop Michael.
Assisting Friday 27th September, 7-9pm Richard will be hosting a thank you dinner for the Church Wardens in the Deanery. We are looking for assistance with washing up. If you are able to help in any way, please contact Kathryn Hughes
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.
The Crosslinks Prayer Conference will be taking place at the Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire from Monday 7th October to Thursday 10th October 2019. Speaker: Richard Hibbert. Worship Leader: Stephen Liley. £250pp full board ensuite single rooms. For more details, contact Edward Tufnell
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 available for couples or two singles willing to share a room.) Early bird booking rates (£10pp discount) are available until 30th Sept.
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) Year-long course (30 weeks) taking place at Christ Church on Thursdays (10.30am-4.30pm) from 19th Sept. Cost £200/term or £100/half-term. The Course covers the whole Bible in good detail, together with important doctrines and practical pastoral work. It’s a great way to strengthen your Bible knowledge and learn to apply it. Brochures: back of church / in the Hub. Join those going.
A Pilgrims' Walk in support of the Pilgrims' Friend Society is being held in the Olney area on 7th September. See Rachel Bennett for details