Projects

Social Action

We’ve been involved in lots of social action projects, painting a subway, washing cars, litter picking, clearing gardens, and more! We still organise these projects, generally two or three times a year.

Fun Days

We ran free family fun days in the summers of 2008 and 2010. Both were well attended, with 2000 visitors to the 2010 event, which meant a lot of free burgers and sausages from our barbecue! Additionally we have entertainment from sideshows and a stage, much of which was provided in partnership with Urban Saints in 2008, and entirely by local churches in 2010.

Concerts & Performances

Back in 2008 we were involved in the youth music event Re:velation Bedford at Esquires. In 2009 we organised a Graham Kendrick Christmas celebration, ‘Dreaming of a Holy Night’ at the Corn Exchange in Bedford. We were connected with and supported the ‘A Passion for Life’ events in Spring 2010, which included comedy, music and celebrity interviews, alongside an explanation of the Christian faith. In December 2010 we will be hosting Saltmine Theatre Company in Bedford for a Christmas performance.

Conferences

We’ve been involved in and inspired the organisation of several conferences, including bringing Colin Urquhart to Bedford, and a number of other themed conferences. In March 2011 we plan to host a day conference for Christian children’s and youth workers both paid and voluntary, entitled ‘Hope for the Future’.

Festivals and Events

We ran a float in the 2008 River Festival, and again in 2010. We also ran a children’s story tent during the two days in association with the ‘Open the Book’ teams from across Bedford. We’ve also been involved in the Victorian Fair in Bedford, and have plans to explore a free nativity photography market stall in the future. We have supported the Good Friday Witness service in Bedford town centre since we began in late 2007.

Youth Involvement

Young people have been involved in delivering many of our projects, particularly social action and fun days. We have worked closely with ‘Embedded’ – a joint youth worship service initiated by the IMPACT Schools Work Trust. The service provides an opportunity for young people aged 11 upwards from many different churches and backgrounds to meet, worship, pray and learn together.

Cross Agency Working and Networks

We have strong ties with a number of churches in Bedfordshire, and this forms the basis of the organisation. We support and partner with other organisations too, sometimes as part of ongoing projects and sometimes for shorter term goals. One such organisation is Bedford Street Angels, who regularly send representatives to our meetings and report on progress there. We are always open to new collaborative partnerships and member churches, and best of all, it’s free!


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