Forthcoming Events 

See the Church Calendar for information about services and events.  Below is further information about some of these events and information about other events that we have been asked to publicise.

Bridge at Thirst takes over Thirst Café, Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm/8:15pm (term time)
This is an excellent venue and provides an opportunity for young people (Year 7+) to meet up with friends and make new ones in a fun, safe environment.  It’s run through Bridge Church.  There's an optional 'Bitesize Bible' study from 8-8:15pm.  Do speak to Al or Emma Evans if you’d like to know more.  For other Bridge Events, don't forget to look at their website here.

Coffee Morning 25.01.20Winter Sale and Coffee Morning in the WCC, Charnley Hall, Saturday 25th January from 10am-12noon
Donations of nearly-new items (perhaps those lovely but unwanted Christmas gifts?!), paperback books, cakes and raffle prizes would be very welcome.  Start the new year meeting friends and enjoying coffee, cake and companionship.  Pam J-C  (504012).

'Connect' Discussion Group: Bridge Youth Alpha has begun! Next on Sunday 26th JanuaryBridge Youth Church
If you've not been before Alpha Youth Series is a great way to meet and discuss what Christianity is, and what it means to us.  It's designed so that if you've missed a week or two (or even all of them so far!) you can still get something out of it, so please give Al Evans a shout if you'd like to join in!  If you (or your young people!) are planning on coming along please *do* let Al know, so we know how much food to prepare as the mealtime together is an important part of the series.
Thirst Youth Cafe, 7:30-9pm
26/01 - Evil: How Can I Resist Evil?
9th Feb - Healing: Does God Heal Today?
23rd Feb - Church: What About the Church and Telling Others?
 
C2 (leadership) safeguarding training, Thursday 30th January
At the Emmaus Centre, Thorley, from 7-10pm.  For details and booking, please go to:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/c2-leadership-deanery-safeguarding-sfg-30012020-tickets-88811875711

Company on Sunday Lunch, Sunday 2nd February
Do sign up in the Publicity Area nearer the time, or email the Parish Office, if you’d like to join us for a two or three course meal.  Whether you’re alone or just fancy a change for lunch once a month, do bear these occasions in mind.
 
Mums of St Michael’s Prayer & Fellowship Group, next meeting Friday 7th February
Being a mum can be tough.  Trade your anxiety for hope, joy and peace, in a friendly, prayerful environment.  Every other Friday in term-time in the WCC, next on 24th January. Coffee at 9am; 9:15 start.

Giving Sunday will be held on 9th February
Please pick up a Giving Sunday envelope form Church. (If there’s not a named envelope, please take an unaddressed one).  We’ll be focusing on Thanksgiving this year, and encouraging more direct giving to avoid the bank charges now imposed on us.  Please pass on / deliver any envelopes you can.  Thank you.

Lent – begins on Ash Wednesday, 26th February
Services at 10am and 8pm include acts of penitence and an opportunity to receive the imposition of ashes.

Lent Devotions
These will be in the Lady Chapel from 12:30-1pm on Tuesdays from 3rd to 31st March, with the theme ‘People of the Passion’.  The sessions will be followed by soup lunch at 1pm in the WCC.

Café Alpha, Saturday 28th March
Would you like a little taste of the Alpha Course?  We’re holding a session on the morning of Saturday 28th March in the WCC.  Further details to be confirmed.

Anointing and laying on of hands, Wednesday 8th April
At the 10am Holy Communion on Wednesday 8th April we will offer anointing and laying on of hands for healing.

Pre-Lambeth Visit, July 2020
Archbishop Howard Gregory of the West Indies will be in our Deanery from 14th-22nd July inclusive, ahead of the 2020 Lambeth Conference, with his wife Charmine.  Plans are being made for a Deanery programme of events, and the Archbishop will also be attending various diocesan, cathedral and other events during these days.  If you may be able to offer some transportation to the Archbishop and Mrs Gregory, to join a team of drivers willing to take them to/from various activities, at mutually convenient times, please contact the Parish Office for further details. Thank you for considering! Derwyn.
 
Oberammergau 2020
This wonderful play is being advertised in the national newspapers but not as good a tour, particularly cost wise, as the one promoted Tailored Travel through us! Further details from Rosemary Thomson.