Newsletter and Notices

The latest Parish weekly newsletter is here.

Other notices are as follows -

Giant Christmas Card – Many thanks to everyone who supported this event.  A total of £294.50 was raised for the work of The Children’s Society.  Gift Aiding of donations means that an additional £54.20 will be collected.

Families Minister Advert LIVE – The post of Families Minister, to work with children, young people and their families at St Michael’s is now being advertised.   All information, including Mission Statement, Personal Profile and Job Spec, is on the vacancies webpageClosing date for applications this Wednesday 8th January.  Please feel free to share this information with any individuals and organisations that you think may be appropriate and please pray for possible candidates and for those who are seeking to make this appointment.

Director of Music Vacancy – All information is on the vacancies webpage, along with supporting documentation.  Please feel free to disseminate this information and documents through any channels you think may be helpful.  Please pray for God’s guidance in this process, and for his call to be heard by the right person and discerned by us here.  We plan to readvertise soon.  In the meantime should you be interested, please contact me at stmichaelsbsvicar@gmail.com or by telephone on 01279 899261.  Many thanks, Derwyn.

Follow the star#FollowTheStar 2019 – Don't forget to sign up now for the Church of England’s 12 Days of Christmas Wonder reflections .  

Parking in the Churchyard – Please be aware that the churchyard is needed intermittently for workmen attending to repairs, so parking is not always available.

Recycling – St Michael’s School has inspired us to collect crisp packets.  The school council team collects, sorts and takes them (along with other items) down to the night shelter collecting point so the shelter benefits from the money and the school benefits by knowing they are doing a tiny bit to keep the planet clean.  If you bring your crisp packets to Church we will take them directly to the night shelter.

Foodbank Christmas Appeal 2019Bishop’s Stortford Food Bank – If you would like to support our Winter appeal you could donate some food from the list here and either bring it to the Food Bank at the Methodist Church one morning when we are open or pop it into one of our boxes in the local supermarkets.

Teaching Eucharist Talks - The four talks given by The Revd Derwyn Williams at the Teaching Eucharist on 24th March have now been posted on the website if you want to listen to them again or if you missed them.  Click on the purple 'Recent Media' button.

Church Opening – On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays the Church is generally open from 9:15am–3:30pm, and open until later on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Please can tasks and activities be scheduled within these hours.  If access is sought outside these hours, please contact the Parish Office to request, or make an arrangement with a keyholder.  Many thanks, Derwyn.

Guide to Holy Communion – Copies of this useful guide, written by Derek, are freely available to members of the congregation.  Please help yourself. They can be found in the Publicity Area.
 
Divine Loves – David Arkell, one of our organists, has written a poetry collection to raise funds for the Bible Society.  Click here for a taster selection.  The book of 52 poems with Christian themes costs £6.50 (including p+p) and is available from David Arkell via email: davidharkell@yahoo.co.uk. 

Books to read – If anyone has any devotional/spiritual books in good condition that they would like to add to the glass bookcases for others to read (in the understanding that they may not be returned), please place them in the bookcase.

For visitors to St Michael’s, a new way of giving – We have a text messaging giving account.  It will accept donations from £2 to £20.  Text STMIC followed by any amount between 2 and 20 to 70085.  Try it, it works quickly and easily!  Many thanks!

Trailblazers, for retired men or those not in work – We meet every first Thursday of the month in the Emmaus Centre at St James’ Church.  There’s a short meeting from 11am-12 noon then lunch in The Harvest Moon.  Contact ken.mollison@ntlworld.com for more information.

Bishop’s Stortford Money Advice Service - helps set people free from debt and money worries.  We are an Associate Member of Churches Together in Bishop’s Stortford.  Due to increasing demand, we urgently need more volunteers with a heart to help people with money issues to strengthen the team and keep the service running.  If you would like to know more about being an adviser or praying for us, please email us at bsmoneyadviceservice@ntlworld.com or telephone the Manager, Heather Clapham for a no-obligation chat on 07857 209870.

Unwell and needing contact from us?  Please make sure to inform the Parish Office if you are unwell and would value contact from the Church, or would like to request a visit or communion at home because you are housebound.  Please don’t rely on the ‘Grapevine’ to communicate for you: do contact the Office direct (01279 654416 / church@saintmichaelweb.org.uk).  Thank you very much!