Bishop’s Harvest Appeal

This year, we celebrate the Harvest Festival on Sunday 5 October and we will be raising funds for the Bishop's Harvest Appeal, which is directed this year at improving literacy among women in Egypt, through the work of Christian Aid's partner, the Coptic Orthodox Church Bless (COC Bless). COC Bless works in a village for five years and sets up a village development committee, which focusses on education, health and economic development and supports the community in learning new skills, cleaning up their environment or sharing tools and expertise. The education programme of COC Bless sets up literacy courses for women and training for new teachers.  At the Harvest we will also be collecting non-perishable foodstuffs and toiletries for the Prebend Day Centre in Bedford as usual.  Stephen

Transforming Communities

We will be holding a five session course on this aspect of the Diocesan vision of Living God's Love on five Mondays in September, October and November at All Saints Church Hall at 7.30pm. Monday 15 September: The Mission of God. A Study of Luke 4.14-21. Monday 22 September: Engaging with a Multi-cultural Society. What does the Bible teach about our relationship with the world. Exploring multi-faith relationships. Monday 13 October: The Church of England's role at a national and local level. Monday 27 October: Applying Christian Values to Ethical Issues. Monday 3 November: How can God be all-loving and all-powerful when there is so much suffering. I hope there will be something to interest everyone in this course. All are welcome. Stephen

Friends for Life

Friends for Life is holding an information evening for members and new volunteers. Margaret Anne Tibbs will explain how care homes work and what to expect when visiting. Talk in Holt Room at St Andrews, Bedford on Tues 1 July, 6.30pm. Contact Joanne Barrow (213038) to book a place.

Open Church Sunday – 22nd June

All Saints, Kempston Open Church Sunday at All Saints 22 June Come and join us. Open all afternoon, cream teas in hall from 1-5pm St James, Biddenham Open Church Sunday at St James 22 June. Come and join us. There will be: Teas in the Barn from 2.30pm to 5.30pm; The Bell Tower will be open between 2.30pm and 4.30pm; Guided tours of the Church at 3.30pm and 4.30pm and a Plant Stall. Contributions for the Plant Stall to Jane (359014) and Pam (327025)

Celebrate 100

This year, on Monday 25th August, the Diocese of St Albans is celebrating its centenary in its present form. 1914 was the year that Essex left the diocese to form the Diocese of Chelmsford and Bedfordshire left the Diocese of Ely to become part of the Diocese of St Albans. If that all sounds a bit of a mouthful, don't be put off, because I am reliably informed that this year's celebration of this event will be a day of great fun and festivity, which will appeal to everyone and not just churchgoers. It is taking place at the Keysoe Equestrian Centre from 10.00am until 5.00pm. Our cluster has a coach leaving the transfiguration in Kempston at 10.00am, so do sign up for this in church. There will be the Essex Dog Display Team, various Classic cars, It's a Deanery Knockout (which of course the Bedford Deanery is aiming to win) and there will be various craft displays, music, seminars and speakers from J.John to Jeffery John. Pam Rhodes will be there and the Holy Kapow Circus (whatever that [Read more...]