Newsletter and Notices

The latest Parish weekly newsletter is here.

Other notices are as follows -

Parish Office contact and availability – As well as working from home each weekday from 9am-1pm, Katharine is generally available in the office on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to midday.
 

Bishop’s Stortford Food Bank 
 
HOW TO DONATE:
Put items into boxes near check-outs at Waitrose, Tesco at Lancaster Way or Sainsburys or when doing shopping.  Please don’t be put off donating if the box seems full.
Food Bank at the Methodist Church (Monday 10am-1pm, and then Tuesday and Thursday 10am-4pm)  To avoid unnecessary contact, we will leave a trolley in the doorway at the side path entrance. 
 
Donating money:
https://www.justgiving.com/bishopstortfordfoodbank  or send a cheque or make a BACS payment direct to our bank.  For further details please contact our Coordinator.
 
To work as a volunteer: The Food Bank currently have a waiting list of people wishing to work as a volunteer packing food at the Methodist Church, but it is looking for more drivers to delivery boxes of food items in and around town.  People must own their own transport and be available on Tuesday or Thursday afternoon.  If you are interested, you will need to request an application form by contacting Hana Hainsby, the Food Bank Coordinator at bsfoodbank.coordinator@gmail.com.


Activities in Church.  If you need to carry out any currently permissible activities in Church, please co-ordinate this with the Parish Office and make arrangements with a keyholder (such as a Warden) to access the Church at a suitable time.  Please arrange any such activities to take place outside the times when the Church is open for private prayer.  

Oneness, David ArkellDivine Loves – David Arkell, one of our organists, has written a poetry collection with all proceeds going to the Bible Society.  Click here for a taster selection.  The book of 52 poems with Christian themes costs £5.00 and is available from David Arkell via email: davidharkell@yahoo.co.uk.   David has written a new poem relating to the pandemic, one which looks forward as well as back.  Click here to read it in full.

Teaching Eucharist Talks - The four talks given by The Revd Derwyn Williams at the Teaching Eucharist in March 2019 are posted on the website if you want to listen to them again.  Click on the purple 'Recent Media' button.

Church Opening –  The Church is generally open from early morning to mid/late afternoon.  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.  

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

A message about money - Please see the attached message from the Vicar.
"Since the Coronavirus pandemic began, we have had much bad news about money matters. The finances of governments, businesses, families and institutions have all been hit hard, and will continue to be under strain for a long time ....  read on ...
Thank you to everyone who has responded with gifts to help the church’s finances.  

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.
 
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!

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!