Newsletter and Notices

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Following the break-in to the Church that occurred on 19/20 February, and the damage that was caused, a 'Go Fund Me' fundraising page has been set up, in case members of the Church and supporters in the community may wish to help St Michael's at this time. 

Copies of the emails that the Vicar sent out concerning the break-in are here.




The latest Parish weekly newsletter is here.

Other notices are as follows -

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.  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.

Catching the Wave – CTBS is encouraging members to pray for our world during Lent, using the 40 day prayer guide Catching the Wave, part of the Try Praying Project.  Use www.thereishope.co.uk/40-days/ to download the guide or receive daily emails.  Hard copies can be ordered in groups of 10 or contact david.clapham@ntlworld.com asap.

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-

Waitrose Green tokens scheme for March 2019 - A message from The Portland Child Contact Centre.  “We have been selected by Waitrose as one of the recipients of their “Green token” collection during March. It would be great if church members, friends and families could support us by choosing us as your charity when you go shopping.  The money will be used to replace tired and damaged toys.  We now have to provide toys for children of quite a considerable age range, so this is really important. Thank you for your support.”

Collection of Christian Prayer objects – St Michael’s School is putting together a prayer corner, and small items which the children can hold are very popular.  They have asked if any of our congregation have Christian items at home which they wouldn’t mind donating.  Please pass any donations to the Parish Office.

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!