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1st September 2019

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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 

New Sermon Series this autumn

 

Sunday mornings September

Sunday evenings September - December

Frontline Sundays

Living your life, making a difference

We are the church in mission – gathered and scattered – and we make all the difference in the world. The church is a body of people living a rhythm of gathering and scattering; usually gathering on Sunday and scattering for the rest of the week. Despite being a minority, Christians make all the difference in the world for Christ – wherever they are, whatever they do, whoever they are – Monday through Saturday. To grow as disciples for these frontlines, we need one another; we need to be together as a worshipping community, we need to encourage one another to serve Christ day by day and week by week, from Gathered to Scattered to Gathered.

Jesus’ followers are to be different, different from the religious, the secular, the worldly and the worldly-wise. Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” (Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5 to 7) is universally recognised as of the highest ethical and spiritual teaching, even other faith leaders discern its power to change communities. It’s a Christian value-system, ethical standard, religious devotion, covering attitudes to money, lifestyle and relationships. Lived out fully it’s counter-cultural and profoundly attractive. We need to hear these words, let them shape us, so that we may shape the world.

Exploring and Growing your faith and your family’s faith

Your child & Holy Communion – Richard & Becky wish to meet all parents/carers for Q&A session regarding PCC consultation on children receiving Communion before Confirmation. After 10am service, Sunday 8th Sept in Room 5 (children welcome, care provided). Good opportunity to find out more, theological reason, answer questions. 

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 Sept, 7.30pm in Room 4. Such conversations could, if wished, be marked through our Confirmation Service, Sunday 24th November at 10am with Bishop Michael.

4 Counties Ministry Training Course (4CMTC) Year-long course (30 weeks) taking place weekly at Christ Church from Thursday 19th Sept (10.30am-4.30pm). 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. Website here. Join those going.

GROW Group – new course for all those recent (and fairly recent) Alpha guests wanting to know so much more. Studying a Bible overview this term. Starting Tuesday 24th Sept at 7.30pm in church halls (Room 5) – for more info, please see Michael Bishop.

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.

Other church activities

Church Walk Our next church walk is today, Sunday 1st Sept.  Meet at the church car park at 2pm for Cople Adventures and tea with Dave and Fiona Gibson.

Go4Gold our next Seniors' Social is on Friday 6th Sept at 2pm.  John Hartup will lead a quiz and sing along, refreshments included. Suggesteddonation of £1

Ladies Late Breakfaston Saturday 7th Sept from 10.30-11.45am.  Speaker: Carolina Kuzaks Cardenas who is involved with the organisation Restored Relationships. Light breakfast served. Donation £1.50 – please sign up on the list in the hub to assist with catering. More info, contact Rachel Bennett. Crafts on sale.

Bedford Street Angels Open invitation to all: food, awards, worship, thanksgiving, AGM. Saturday 7th Sept 3.45pm-6.00pm at St Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton Road.  RSVP by Monday 2nd September to Martin Denny.

Funeral of Pauline Curran (recent regular at 8.30am) is at Bedford Crematorium on Tuesday 10th September at 12.15pm.

Bike n' Hike 2019 in aid of the Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust is on Saturday 14th Sept. We need people to greet visitors to Christ Church from 9am-5pm, please sign up on the form in the hub if you can help.  Also in the Hub is Richard's sponsorship form or donate via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ccbedford-bike-n-hike2019.

Malawi 2020 & 2021 Plans for future visits to Home of Hope are underway: Adults in 2020, and Teens in 2021. To register contact Alex Mnatzaganian, then find out more by coming to an information meeting 3.30-5pm on Sunday 6th October in church.

Upcoming Events

Men's Breakfasts Autumn 2109

Crosslinks 2019

Contact Info

Christ Church Bedford
140 Dudley Street,
Bedford, MK40 3SX

Telephone
01234 327150