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10th November 2019

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Church Family News 

Confirmation Service – Sunday 24th November 10am Please come and support our candidate: Kirstan; and those from All Saints Queens Park: Khalon, Isla and Kamna.

Other church activities

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.  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.

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


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. 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.

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 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’.

Carol Singing Join with the town centre churches on Saturday 23rd November to sing carols from 10.30am for 30 mins in Harpur square.  Meet at St Paul's church at 9.30am.

Job Vacancies

The Eastern Region Ministry Course seeks to appoint an Administrator (0.8FTE) starting on 6th January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. Based in Cambridge. 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.

Other matters of importance

Fire Emergency Evacuation

There will be a fire evacuation drill next Sunday at 10am. Please be aware the fire alarm is loud and may be distressing to some people.

Procedures Policy This revised document has been circulated to wardens, group leaders and hall users by email this week.  If you have not received a copy and would like one, please contact Dawn Hire


Friday 13th December 

6.30 pm

Carols in the Orchard: Devon Park 

Sunday 15th December 

10.00 am 

Family Nativity Service

Sunday 15th December 

6.30 pm 

Alternative Contemporary Carol Service

Wednesday 18th December 

3.00 pm 

Afternoon Carol Service 

Sunday 22nd December

6.30 pm 

Carol Service

Tuesday 24th December


Carols at the Kiosk: Russell Park

Tuesday 24th December

11.00 pm 

Midnight Communion

Wednesday 25th December 

10.00 am 

Family Communion

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