Newsletter and Notices

The latest Parish weekly newsletter is here.

Other notices are as follows -

Ukraine crisis:
Support for those fleeing the conflict and aid to those who cannot leave –
May we commend to you the appeals led by the Disasters Emergency Committee and Christian Aid, in case these links are helpful to you.
Hospitality Support for Ukrainian Refugees – Jenny Klincke has kindly offered to be a Church Representative for St Michael’s, liaising with Churches Together in Bishops Stortford and Herts Welcomes Refugees.  If you’d be interested in helping in offering hospitality to refugees in some way, please let Jenny know (jennyklincke@gmail.com / 833523).  Many thanks.
Bishop's Stortford Hospitality Support, Wednesdays from 11:30am-2pm – St Michael's is providing space at the WCC for Ukranian refugees and their host families to meet together, along with some informal language lessons, once a week.  We need to provide some volunteers to be on hand during this time, hopefully for a two-hour slot each.  We’ve some great sessions, offering a very light lunch, but we will have no idea how many people will turn up each week or for how long they will want to stay.  This is an evolving situation, depending on what amount of support hosts and their guests would like, and I hope, as St Michael's rep on the BS Hospitality Support Group, there are other volunteers who I can ask to come along.  Please let me know if you are willing to help with these support sessions.  Jenny Klincke (833523 / jennyklincke@gmail.com )

Dear all,

Thank you for your patience while necessary post-interview processes have been taking place over the past couple of months since we interviewed our Director of Music candidates.

I can now let you know that these have been successfully completed, and that I can announce Nathan Collins as Director of Music designate. I am pleased to be able to do this!

As we are rebuilding our worship, and choral and other music within this, there is a further step of conversation, to frame with clarity the appropriate working patterns and duties for the DoM at this point in time. So Nathan and I are engaging on this currently. I hope a formal appointment on a contract basis will begin later this Spring.

But in the meantime, including the Lent and Holy Week worship we are planning this year, Nathan will continue to lead and resource our musical worship on the current occasional basis, with intention gradually to increase its depth and frequency as we move forward.

Please pray for Nathan, his family, our congregation and choir, with thanksgiving, and that God will lead us all forward into richer and deeper worship, singing and music, praise and prayer!

Derwyn Williams, Vicar


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.  The Parish Office will be closed until October whilst the bells restoration project is underway but the answerphone will be checked regularly and Katharine may be reached via email as usual.
 

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.

Teaching Eucharist Talks - The four talks given by The Revd Derwyn Williams at a Teaching Eucharist  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.  Unfortunately, there will be minimal parking in the churchyard until September, whilst the bells restoration project is underway.

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.
 
For visitors to St Michael’s, a different 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!