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3rd November 2019

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Church Family News 

WELCOME to James Pickin, our speaker this evening. He writes and works for Tearfund.

We’re Christians passionate about ending poverty. We're following Jesus where the need is greatest, working through local churches to unlock people's potential and helping them to discover that the answer to poverty is within themselves. When disasters strike, we respond quickly. We won't stop until poverty stops.

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

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, you would be very welcome to come.

Other church activities

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 07906852867. Bookings CLOSE Monday 4th November. Proceeds to Home of Hope Malawi.  

Lunch Club Christmas Lunch Tuesday 10th December, 12.45pm. If you, a relative, friend or neighbour, would like to come along to our Christmas Lunch for seniors, please buy your ticket (£8) from the Church Office. First come first served - just 3 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

Friday 8 November Richard and Sarah are hosting a thank you dinner at Christ Church for our worship group leaders and halls lock up team. To help the dinner run smoothly and bless these people, can you offer to help with washing up from 8pm? Please offer to: Kathryn Hughes

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.

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

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 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’.

Job Vacancies

Christ Church Pre-School is recruiting a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner for 23 hours a week, term time only.  Closing date 8th November - Details from church office.

The Eastern Region Ministry Course seeks to appoint an Administrator (0.8FTE) starting on 6th January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. Salary: £24,817 (FTE) / £19,854 (pro-rata) plus non-contributory pension. To discuss the position please contact the Principal (Alex Jensen) Closing date for applications is 22nd November 2019.


Upcoming Events

The Big Quiz

Children's Minister and Site Manager


Children’s Minister

Job vacancy

half-time (24 hrs/wk)

Promoting and developing the spiritual and numerical growth of children at church, in the community, and of their families/carers

Are you:

-        Eager to enable, support and enable this key ministry of discipling children in Christian faith

-        Ready to develop the good local school contacts to serve local children and families

-        Expand our children’s ministry to bless more children and families

We seek a committed Christian, whose experience and passion prepares them to be a dynamic agent of God’s grace and love to children and their families.

Full Job Description and Person Specification here.

Closing date: 18 October/Interviews: 28 October

Site Manager

Job Vacancy 5 hrs/wk

Enabling the Church’s mission and ministry to flourish through the development, management and maintenance of Christ Church Bedford’s buildings and grounds.

Are you able to maintain and keep our site looking good and working well whilst organising and working with a range of volunteers and professionals as required?

We seek a committed Christian, whose experience and desire is that our buildings and grounds serve the needs of the church and the local community.

Full Job Description and Person Specification here.

Closing date: 18 October/Interviews: 21 October




Contact Info

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

01234 327150