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 appointment: Vandon Grimley has been appointed Site Manager, as approved by PCC (Sept 2019). Regretfully, no applications for Children’s Minister were received and re-advertising will take place.
Bike n' Hikeraised over £900 for the Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust – THANK YOU
Other church activities
Rainbow party Thursday 31st October 5-6pm @ Christ Church. A chance to play some games, do some crafts, have a party tea and dress up in brightly coloured clothes (if you want to). It is aimed at those at Primary school, but all are welcome. If you are able to help with this event, for example making sandwiches, or coming to help tidy up, please contact Gillian Lindley.
Ladies Late Breakfast Saturday 2nd November 2019 10.30-11.45am Speaker Helen Atkinson Pro-Vice Chancellor of the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing at Cranfield University and married to the Bishop of Bedford. Continental breakfast served. Suggested donation of £1.50. If you need, contact Rachel Bennett.
Welcome Tea – Church Halls – Sunday, 3rd November from 4pm. Tea and cake, chat and a chance to meet other church members. If you’ve newly started worshipping here, please obtain an invitation from Kathryn Hughes
Men's Social - on Saturday 9th November. See the Bedford Blues against Newcastle at Bedford Rugby Club. Meet pre match at the Fox and Hounds, Goldington Rd from 12:30pm or at the ground at the start of the match. Purchase your own ticket online
Grease Night Saturday 9th November 7-10pm come to our American diner for an evening of good fun and dance - lesson included! Tickets £10 adults £5 children/students from Gillian Lindley. Proceeds to Home of Hope Malawi.
The Big Quiz Night Saturday 16th November 7pm, an epic evening in aid of Tearfund. Every pound raised will help transform the lives of people living in poverty. Max team size - 6. Suggested donation per team - £20. Hosts - Claire Broughton-Welsh and Nick Hearn. Just turn up on the night, bring a team or form one on the evening. Please bring your own drinks and nibbles. For more details see tearfund.org/quiz
Lunch Club Christmas LunchTuesday 10th December, 12.45pm. If you, a relative, friend or neighbour, would like to come along to our Christmas Lunch for seniors, £8 for a wonderful Christmas lunch, please buy your ticket from the Church Office. First come first served - just 10 tickets left.
Christmas Carol Service: singers wanted Please join the choir for this year's Carol Service at 6.30pm on Sunday 22nd December. Rehearsals from 8-9.30pm in church on Fridays from 8th November. Expressions of interest or questions to Ruth Rawes.
Helping others here, in Bedford and beyond
Bedford Foodbank - Tesco Food Collection (both Bedford stores) from 21st to 23rd November. Can you spare 1 or 2 hours to assist, handing out shopping lists and inviting people to contribute? To volunteer speak to any of the Christ Church Foodbank team.
Yarl’s Wood Befrienders are looking to recruit a new full-time CEO. If you’d like to find out more, talk to Michael Bishop.
Bedford Soup Run - Volunteers needed (approx once a month) to help at the Bedford soup run on De Parys Avenue on a Friday evening at 7pm for about 30 minutes. You would always be on duty with others. Please see John and Fiona Betteley.
The Rapid Response Freezer (situated in the church kitchen) is stocked with meals, all provided by willing church members. It is available for anyone who would value a prepared meal at short notice. For more information, please contact Fiona Betteley (see above) or Laura Jewell, who can also provide you with the necessary food hygiene information etc., if you would like to be part of the team who provides these meals - we would love to increase the number of willing and able cooks.
Vicar’s Discretionary Fund – If you are able to support this Fund, which assists those struggling, please donate by Bank Transfer to Sort Code 40-52-40 / Account: 00020562 reference: VDF, or by cash/cheque (“Christ Church Bedford PCC”) via a church collection basket in an envelope marked ‘VDF’.
Modern Slavery: the CCB Abolitionists (Will Eves, Sarah Walker and Jude Hamilton) will be around after the 10am service to answer any questions you have on modern slavery. For those interested in finding out more and getting involved there is a meeting on Thursday 31st October at 7.30pm in Room 5. Please do join us.