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.

CANCELLED FOR THE TIME BEING - Bridge at Thirst takes over Thirst Café, Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm/8:15pm (term time)Bridge Youth Church
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

 
ZOOM WORSHIP ON SUNDAY 27th SEPTEMBER
OUR PATRONAL FESTIVAL!

8am Holy Communion in Church

Please note that you will need to print your own order of service if you are coming to Church.  It's available here.
10am Service of the Word in Church and broadcast by Zoom
Please note that you will need to print your own order of service if you are coming to Church.  It will be available here.
When you are signed in you can ‘Join a Meeting’ (Meeting ID 846 662 9590, Password 834900).
Alternatively you can phone in (
Call 0131 460 1196 then follow instructions, entering Meeting ID and Meeting Password, followed by hash (#), as instructed).
Whether or not you might like to do this, let’s be aware of the prayerful communion in God’s Spirit that we all share, wherever we are, whether or not we are able to talk, video-conference or communicate with one another.
I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will, I may succeed in coming to you. For I long to see you, that I may impart some spiritual gift to strengthen you, that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. Romans 1.9-11.
This comes with my prayers and blessing, Derwyn

Fellowship by Zoom after the service will be hosted at 11am or soon after, with Derek:
 927 480 8728 (Password: 889123)

Pentecost prayer rainbow
Pentecost Prayer Rainbow
Jesus promised the Holy Spirit in John 14:26, who would be the Helper for his people:
"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”

On the Day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit descended onto those scared disciples after Jesus' death and gave them the courage to tell people about Jesus.  Today we celebrate and ask the Holy Spirit that we too have the courage to share the Gospel with others.
 
To celebrate Pentecost, a painted prayer rainbow is displayed in the North porch of the church.  We invite you to bring along and attach a paper dove with a safety pin.  You might like to use this template and the dove could be either white or painted in one of the colours of the rainbow.  Perhaps you might like to write a prayer on the dove?  
 
The Marriage Course online
‘The lockdown has put relationships under great strain’.  If this is you, help is at hand. The Marriage Course is available online to guide you through these times together.  Why not give it a try at htb.org/marriage? For further details contact Derek on derekhinge@gmail.com
 
Daniel Robinson Macmillan Cancer Support, Saturday 26th September
Come and buy and coffee/cake/raffle ticket between 10am-1pm, outside Daniel Robinson & Sons on South Street.  Grab your refreshments (for a donation of your choice) then take them away.

Prayers for our Community, 9:30am, Saturdays 26th September and 3rd October
We meet in Church each Saturday for a half hour session of informal prayer.  All welcome.

The Children's Society Box Collections, Sundays 27th September and 4th October at 10am
The Children’s Society consider it appropriate for the emptying of house collecting boxes to start again.  Since a box-opening coffee morning is still not feasible, we’ll collect boxes at 10am Sunday Services, using suitable Covid precautions. For the next couple of Sundays we will bring a container in which to place your box, and will contact you after counting.  If you’re unable to come to Church, please phone the Parish Office and we can make alternative arrangements.  Many thanks to our box-holders for all their help, Pat and Alan Matthews.
 
Holy Communion in Church, Wednesday 30th September
This will also be broadcast by Zoom.  When you are signed in you can ‘Join a Meeting’ (Meeting ID 846 662 9590, Password 834900).
Alternatively you can phone in (Call 0131 460 1196 then follow instructions, entering Meeting ID and Meeting Password, followed by hash (#), as instructed).
 
Harvest
Sunday, 4th October
Next Sunday we will celebrate harvest at 8am and 10am services
 
There will be a Red Bucket for the Bishop’s Appeal, Creating a Buzz in Nepal.  Since the devastating earthquakes in 2015, Nepalese people are growing to appreciate the value of beekeeping.  Bees help to maintain the fragile biodiversity, as pollinators, to enhance crop production and a good income can be generated from sales of honey.
 
We are also requesting food gifts for Bishop’s Stortford Food Bank.
It’s going to be a little different this year.  We are asking people to leave their items in a box in the North Porch as they arrive.  The boxes will be taken to the Food Bank a few days later.  Please see this page for recommended donations.
Please may we encourage those present on Zoom to take their food items to one of the supermarkets that have one of the Food Bank donation boxes.
Thank you in advance for your support.

 
Royal School of Church Music Area Choirs Festival, Saturday 17th October
It’s a virtual choir this year, with music recorded in advance.  Links for recording available soon and the deadline for sending recordings will be Sunday 4th October. The Bishop of St Albans will preach and the Dean of St Albans will host the service in the Cathedral via Zoom.  See the RSCM St Albans website for more information.
 
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) is now on Sunday 25th October at 11am in Church
This is the Church's AGM and was postponed from last April to Sunday 25th October, after our morning service.  The reports have been prepared for the meeting and are available here, along with the agenda.
We invite you to consider standing for the PCC, Churchwarden or Deanery Synod or to be appointed as a Sidesperson.
Please note we also plan to broadcast the APCM by Zoom, details to follow.