Newsletter and Notices

The latest Parish weekly newsletter is here.

Other notices are as follows -

Employing a Families Minister – The PCC has decided that the Church should employ a Families Minister, to work with children, young people and their families.  The post will shortly be advertised but in the meantime information on the post, including the Mission Statement, Personal Profile and Job Specification, can be found here 

Director of Music Vacancy – This is now entered on the vacancies webpage, with supporting documentation available there.  Please feel free to disseminate this information and documents through any channels you think may be helpful.  And 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.  Many thanks, Derwyn.

Cake for the Feast of St MichaThank you to all who made our Patronal Festival of St Michael such fun recently! We enjoyed some wonderful celebratory services, and at our Parish Communion service we were delighted to welcome some of our young trebles as full members of the Choir, as well as awarding medals for achievement to our older trebles.  Our thanks to Daphne Birchmore for the wonderful cake after the 10am service and for the Friends of St Michael's for providing refreshments after our special Songs of Praise service at 6pm.

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.

CTBS – St Michael’s needs a new representative for Church Together forum as Margaret Fox is standing down.  Please speak to Margaret, or Derek Hinge, John Emmett or the Vicar for more information.

Salvation Army Toy Appeal Salvation Army toy appeal – Once again our local Salvation Army is hoping to provide for over 300 East Herts children (100 families).  If you’re able to help by donating new toys/books/crafts (for 0-12 year olds), chocolates, wrapping paper or tape to the Salvation Army Shop on South Street by 14th December then it will most definitely be appreciated!  (The Entertainer Toy Shop is matching toy for toy bought until 16th November!)  Take a look at this letter for more precise information.

Offer your hand for international friendship this Christmas!  Adult international students in the UK face a lonely holiday on a university campus and would love to spend a few days with you experiencing Christmas festivities.  Hosting is voluntary and suitable for all ages with the HOST charity. www.hostuk.org / 020 7739 6292.

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!