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 Youth Church

CANCELLED FOR THE TIME BEING - 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
 
ZOOM WORSHIP ON SUNDAY 6th DECEMBER

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
 

Pentecost prayer rainbow
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?  

Prayers for our Community, 9:30am, Saturdays in November
We will meet via Zoom (Roger’s Meeting ID: 458 034 0358, Password: 435609) each Saturday in November for a half hour session of informal prayer.  All welcome.  

Zoom prayer with June on Mondays
June is holding a support chat and prayer room each week.  If you’re interested in joining, please call her for more details (771756).  Everything shared in the session is totally confidential, naturally.

Individual personal prayer, 11am-1pm every day, and also 4-5pm
Please note that we have extended our church opening times for individual prayer during this period of lockdown.  The church will be open each day between 11am-1pm and 4-5pm.  We are extremely grateful to all our steward volunteers for enabling these sessions.  Please do publicise this amongst those you know: there must be many people who would value an opportunity to spend some comforting time in prayer, peace and reflection in these times.  And in this time of Lockdown and during these shorter days our 4-5pm session might be an extra opportunity for our church’s light to shine in the darkness.  Please contact the Office if you’re interested in stewarding.

'Connect' discussion group on Zoom, Sunday 29th November, 7:30pm
We're talking on the subject of 'Unity' - how can we be united and cooperative with those people we disagree with - an interesting topic with a couple of fun exercises to work through as we explore this very topical issue! For all the meeting details email bridgeyouthchurch@gmail.com

Wednesday Holy Communion service, 2nd December
Derwyn will be presiding at Holy Communion in church on Wednesday 2nd December, and the service will also be broadcast by Zoom for those unable to attend in person. Meeting ID 846 662 9590, Password 834900.  Please note that you will need to print your own order of service if you are coming to Church.  It's available here.

Foodbank reverse advent calendFoodbank Reverse Advent Calendar, throughout November and until 14th December
In the run-up to Christmas, the Foodbank is expecting a rise in demand.  Would you be interested in joining their initiative?  If you like, you could collect your items at home and, when you come into the church for private prayer, bring them along with you and place them in the box provided as you walk in.  You can also leave items in donation boxes at the town’s Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose supermarkets.

The Foodbank explains why the 'Calendar' is running in November: "If you collect all your wonderful donations throughout December and then come to donate to us on Christmas Eve, we won’t be there and we wouldn’t want all your hard work to go to waste.  We actually need your donations at the beginning of December, allowing us time to sort, organise and donate them to who they need to go to.  So with this in mind, we have put together a plan for November. This is just to give you a rough idea of the kind of items that we would love to receive. You don't need to stick to this list at all."
Please don't feel an obligation to add an item every day, it's simply a guideline as to the gifts the Foodbank would value.
Salvation Army Christmas Prese

Salvation Army Christmas Present appeal, throughout November and to 18th December
Once again this year we are striving to provide families who are finding things difficult, in Bishop’s Stortford and across wider East Herts, with toys and food to enjoy on Christmas day.  COVID-19 may have drastically changed our approach but it won’t prevent us from doing everything possible to see that it happens!

Items may be taken to the Bishop’s Stortford Independent offices.  More details here, plus ways of offering monetary donations, if you’d prefer.

The Travelling Crib, Advent 2020
This year we are planning a virtual journey around the parish! Please join in with this special opportunity to share the anticipation of Christ’s birth and fellowship with other families, young and old.  It’s just two 10 minute Zoom sessions.  There will be special pictures of our Crib figures to download, then why not display them in your window for all to see and send us a picture!  At Christmas we’ll share a visual representation of the Crib’s journey.  To sign up, please contact Sarah Copley (sarahrussell1711@gmail.com).  Katharine will host the Zoom sessions and the login details will only be available to those who sign up to share in the Crib’s journey.  

Participation at Advent services in Church or via Zoom
It’s good to share the leading of our services between a range of voices.  If anyone else would like to volunteer to participate in services – reading, praying, etc., do please let us know. 

Bridge Christmas Worship, Sunday 6th December at 5:30pm
Our last Bridge worship of 2020 and - hopefully - one of the last held over Zoom. We know it's been tough not being together at Holy Trinity or one of our other parish churches this year, but we'd really encourage you to come along to this session where we'll sing some Christmas classics, think about that hope for the future and 2021 (!!!) and have a fun mini-quiz at the end, with questions - hopefully - on topics chosen by our young people. We'd love to see you there!  For all the meeting details email bridgeyouthchurch@gmail.com

'Connect' discussion group, Sunday 13th December at 7:30pm
Topic to be confirmed. Watch this space!  For all the meeting details email bridgeyouthchurch@gmail.com

Bridge Worship, 3rd January 2021, 5:30pm
And finally, our first Bridge Worship of 2021 will be on Sunday 3rd January 5:30pm. More details will be confirmed a bit nearer the time.  For all the meeting details email bridgeyouthchurch@gmail.com

The Bells Appeal needs your nomination! Now until 21st December
Ecclesiastical will be donating a total of £120,000 to 120 charities over 12 days in December and we’d love to be one of them.  £1,000 will bring us closer to our target of £280,000 to refurbish the historic bells at our Church, to help safeguard a long tradition of church bells ringing out to call worshippers to church for future generations.  Do see the Bells page for more details.

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