When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Christmas is a season where presents are both given and received in abundance. We know that the ultimate expression of generosity is found in the gift of Jesus to us who has saved and rescued us, transforming our hearts and filling us with joy!
It is our privilege as a church to demonstrate the generosity of God towards us by being a blessing to others. We have the joy of being good news to Bedford and the nations, serving loving and encouraging those in need.
All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along. - Galatians 2:110
We believe that our generosity, motivated by the compassion of Jesus changes lives and shows the gospel at work. Our prayer is that throughout 2018 we will continue to eagerly love and serve the poor with a deepening compassion.
The offering is open until Sunday 7th January and you can give in with the regular offering in an envelope marked Christmas offering, in a Christmas offering envelope or by Electronic Transfer using RE: HEAP <Surname> . We'll also be having a special opportunity to give into the Christmas Offering during the service on Sunday 10th December.
Breakfast outreach is now in its second year of serving Bedford’s homeless on Sunday mornings with breakfast and the love of Jesus. We get to meet, love and pray each week for those who have found themselves, for many different reasons, without the basic comforts and securities of life. Now having established good relationships of trust among many on our streets we feel the need to look now at how we can develop that ministry further. One of the areas we would love to be able to serve them in is to provide a place where they can regularly make use of a shower and a change of clothes. This is likely to take the form of a mobile facility that will be local and convenient to them within the town centre area. To buy and kit out a basic mobile shower trailer.
We feel that God is stirring our hearts afresh for our brothers and sisters in Malawi, the women who recently went out to visit were massively impacted by their reliance on God and their hunger to know him more. Poverty in the rural areas is a big issue and the Banda family are committed to working to relieve food poverty particularly for the widows and orphans in their village. We would like to bless the work of the orphanage out there by providing some beds and also the work they do with the poor paying for dairy cows. It is our privilege to stand with our brothers and sisters out there.
At a time when Christianity is being pushed out of Education we are encouraged that our Young Adults and Students group (YAAS) are starting to build a relationship with the Bedford University Christian Union. We are excited with what God has opened up and the opportunities that might come out of this relationship. We would like to bless these guys with a donation to the running costs of the Christian Union.
Throughout the year Foodbank serves and bless literally thousands of people in Bedford who have no food. A team of around 85 faithful volunteers make this happen week in and week out. This Christmas we want to be able to support this work with some of our Christmas Offering. The money will go to a mixture of things such as fuel cards so that people are able to cook the food they are given and fuel for the Foodbank van which goes all over Bedford collecting and delivering food.
We are reaching out to local people in our community who are in crisis at Christmas time by putting together boxes of food. This is a great opportunity to make a difference to those who are really struggling. These are real people in real situations where life is a struggle and times are hard. We get to reach out and show them somebody cares and that they haven’t been forgotten. We also have lots of contact with local schools, businesses, and the general public, who are eager to get involved in this amazing community project.