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6th October 2019

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NOTICES                                                                                                                                  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.  

Welcome to: Revd Canon Dr Tim Bull, Diocesan Director of Ministry, who joins us this morning to celebrate Harvest and the Bishop of St Albans’ Harvest Appeal (Light Up Tanzania), and Welcome to: Hannah Woodhouse of Youth for Christ who joins us for our evening service.

Harvest Gifts All gifts of food will be given to Food Bank after Harvest weekend. All Gifts of money go to Bishop of St Albans' Harvest Appeal - use cash, contactless card, or cheques payable to Christ Church PCC Bedford and with Harvest 2019 on the reverse.

Church Family News 

New jobs at Christ Church

Site Manager (5 hrs/week) - develop, manage, maintain our buildings and grounds combinable or not with Weekend cleaner (5 hrs) – especially carpeted areas

Children's minister (24 hrs/wk) – coordinate/develop children’s ministry/evangelism

More details for all new roles from Church Office or link on website.



1)      How can we afford more people looking after the halls?

2)      How can we afford a Children’s Minister?                  Answers in last week’s notices 

3)      Does that mean our general PCC finances are ok?

 Other church activities

Church Walk  Our next church walk is today, Sunday 6th October.  Meet at the church car park in Dudley Street at 2pm for walk around the embankment and tea with Pat Mathias.

Malawi 2020 & 2021 Plans for future visits to Home of Hope are underway: Adults in 2020, and Teens in 2021. To find out more come to an information meeting 3.30-5pm TODAY, Sunday 6th October in church.

Exploring and Growing your faith and your family’s faith

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. Tuesdays at 7.30pm in church halls (Room 5). Still space to join. For more info, please see Michael Bishop.

Alpha –Course continues Tuesday 8th 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.

Open to ALL Parish Meetings about the Admission of Children to Communion before Confirmation will be held on Sunday 20th October (Room 5) and Wed. 23rd October, both after the 10am services. For a copy of PCC briefing paper, please ask the church office. 

Home Groups – Sunday morning sermon series always bears further discussion. Home groups offer opportunities to deepen faith & friendships as we live out our faith during the week.  Groups meet at different times/locations. Some have vacancies. To join a group, contact our coordinators: John Bell and Pauline Barber

Home Group Questionnaire – Please complete TODAY on-line or paper version in Hub.

Key Voluntary roles available

AV Team Audio-Visual operators - Do you enjoy being able to follow our services on the screen? Please consider joining the AV team!  We need more volunteers to help project our services – approx. once/month. Full training given. Please speak to David Currie.

Sound Desk Operators Would you like to be an important part of the services in Christ Church?  If so we are looking for more people to help operate the sound desk.  This is a vital job without which it would be very difficult for everyone to participate in the services. No previous knowledge or experience required as full training will be given. Please speak to Simon Platt.

Lock Up Security Team – We need a few more people to join the team locking up at about 10pm? Full induction and training provided. It takes about 10 minutes to walk round, check the locks and secure the main doors. Will you join them and walk round one evening a week/fortnight for this vital role?  If you are interested in offering or would like to know more please contact Dawn Hire.

World Day of Prayer - conference Monday 21st October

10:30 am - 3:00 pm at Priory Methodist

Germain and Barbara are going – join them for this great day of prayer, worship and conversation. Please see Germain or Barbara to register by Monday 14th Oct. Cost (to cover lunch & materials) is £7.

Upcoming Events

Prayer and Thanksgiving service

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