This is our "go to" bookshop for all we need. It's great to support local businesses and great to have a Christian mission presence in the heart of the community.
Richard Hibbert, Vicar of Christ Church Bedford
In September 2011 Joy & Martin Denny, obeying the Lord in faith, opened The Word Bookshop on Castle Road. Both as their pastor and as a former retailer, I sought to encourage them but also to be cautious and realistic in my advice. 

Despite small premises, adverse economic conditions and online competition, which has led to the closure of many Christian bookshops, Martin and Joy have traded successfully now for almost five years. The shop is managed in a friendly, godly and businesslike way. They have sold many books, particularly Bibles, and give helpful and practical advice to customers.

I recommend the bookshop wholeheartedly and unreservedly. I use it myself and encourage my congregation to invest in books both for themselves and their family and friends, as well as finding resources for our children’s and youth work.

 Paul Sands, Senior Leader, Three Rivers Church Bedford

We use The Word Bookshop for resources for services and children’s groups as well as for books. 

We couldn’t go anywhere else if we suddenly needed 40 pencils with Bible verses on them at short notice! When that happened recently the team pulled out all the stops to make sure we had what we needed.  If I can’t get into the shop in person I know I can ring up and order over the phone.  

It’s great to be able to recommend a book in church and know that a local shop will be able to have them in stock for anyone who wants to follow up on the suggestion.  We value the ongoing personal partnership we have with The Word; that can’t be replicated with an online company.

Fiona Gibson, Vicar of Cople, Moggerhanger and Willington

The Word Bookshop is an excellent resource for us as a church. It is very useful to be able to order materials for both our house groups and Sunday School and having a church account simplifies the process. The regular newsletters keep the whole church up to date with all the latest offers. 

There is always such a good range of books, cards and CDs for us to browse and Joy and the team are extremely helpful in finding and placing our orders.

John Heron, Pastor of Sharnbrook Evangelical Church

The Word Bookshop is our supplier of choice. We use it for various items - for courses, gifts, and also children's resources. When I'm in the shop I often spot a book to enjoy personally, too. 

I believe in supporting the bookshop as an important local Christian presence in Bedford, but their friendly, quick ordering service is also a great help. I also value that they invoice the church directly - I don't 
need to go through the extra hassle of claiming things back on expenses! 

Peter R. Kay, Priest in charge of Benefice of Milton Ernest, Pavenham & Thurleigh
The Word Bookshop has been a real help to us in our ministry. Being able to go in and ask about books and resources, finding folk there who are able to advise or find out the information, has been so helpful - even down to checking page numbers in Bibles so that replacements purchased match the page numbers in the existing pew Bibles! I regularly encourage folk to visit or make their purchases from The Word.

Steve Le Page, Associate Pastor, Three Rivers Church Bedford
The Word Bookshop is a WONDERFUL resource for the people and churches of Bedfordshire. Not only do they hold a useful and wide range of resources, books and materials, but Joy and her team are only too willing to go the extra mile to track down items not held in stock. 

Service is always prompt, pleasant and helpful. It is a real blessing to have such a support for faith and ministry on our doorstep!

Stephen Liley, Vicar of Clapham Parish Church
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