Newsletter and Notices

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The latest Parish weekly newsletter is here.

Other notices are as follows -

No parking in the Churchyard please – This applies from Monday to Friday, other than dropping off disabled parishioners, and is due to five year maintenance work on the church building. Our builders have almost finished this work but will be commencing the break-in repairs shortly.  Thank you for your patience.

Appointment of Headteacher – St Michael’s School is delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Joanne Fradd as Headteacher from September.  We invite the church family to pray for her and our school community.
 
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.

Volunteers needed for Bishop’s Stortford Foodbank – Please prayerfully consider whether this might be a role for you and contact bsfoodbank.coordinator@gmail.com
 
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 new 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!

Giving Street, St Michael’s as a featured cause - Have you come across the jars in our local community?  Customers get a token when they shop with participating local businesses which they can give to their chosen cause.  Both St Michael’s School and Church can benefit since we have Giving Machine accounts.  So why not help raise funds as you shop locally (supporting the local high street at the same time).  More details at https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/giving-street-bishops-

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!