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 9th MAY 2021

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 via 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, Passcode 834900).
Alternatively you can phone in (
Call 0131 460 1196 then follow instructions, entering Meeting ID and Meeting Passcode, 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
 
 
Individual personal prayer, 11am-1pm every day
Piano music is played on Tuesdays 11-11:30am and on Fridays 12-12.30pm
The church is open from 11am to 1pm every day.  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.  In this time of Lockdown and during these shorter days our sessions 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.
 
Prayers for our Community, 9:30am, every Saturday, in church and via Zoom 
We meet each Saturday for a half hour session of informal prayer for those within our community and issues which affect our town and community.  All welcome.  (Zoom ID 458 034 0358, Passcode 435609).

Alpha Youth Series, Sunday 9th May, 7:30-9pm
Our ninth and final session and the topic for the evening will be - 'Church: What About the Church?'  We'll look at why the church is important and ways we can continue to be a community dedicated to Jesus and spreading and sharing the Good News of the Gospel.   Join via Zoom (ID: 869 9900 8274, contact Al Evans for Passcode at bridgeyouthchurch@gmail.com).
 
Wednesday Holy Communion service, 10am, 12th May
Derwyn will be presiding at Holy Communion in church on Wednesday 12th May, and the service will also be broadcast by Zoom for those unable to attend in person. Meeting ID 846 662 9590, Passcode 834900.  Please note that you will need to print your own order of service if you are coming to Church.  It's available here.
 
Tiny Tots relaunch‘All new’ Tiny Tots, Wednesday 12th May, 11 for 11:15am
We’re delighted to be offering a new style of worship for babies/toddlers and their parents/carers.  Social distancing measures and Covid precautions will be in place.  Contact the Parish Office to reserve your space!







 
Christian Aid Week, 10th-16th May
This year Christian Aid is focusing on the climate crisis: raising funds to help families struggling in drought conditions, to access sufficient water to survive and thrive.

We’ll be distributing ‘Delivery Only’ envelopes to highlight the campaign
encouraging people to donate online/by phone

A Red Bucket will be in church at the 10am Sunday service during Christian Aid Week
Please click here for details on how to donate directly to Christian Aid.

Quiztian Aid online quiz, Saturday 8th May, 7pm

Our fun filled online quiz has returned and is suitable for all of the family.
It'll be hosted by special guests Tobi and Prisca Bakare, Rhidian Brook, Kris Marshall, Kate Bottley and Rowan Williams.
Use the form on the Christian Aid website here to sign up.

Song of the Prophets: A Requiem for the Climate, Wednesday 9th June, 7-8pm
Join us virtually to witness the debut performance of a new orchestral work Song of the Prophets: A Requiem for the Climate. There will be an address from Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, and a panel discussion with climate campaigners.
Christian Aid has collaborated with Chineke! Orchestra - Europe's first majority-BME orchestra - and St Paul’s Institute, on the performance of a new piece of music based on Christian Aid’s climate change work.
You must sign up to join, click here to sign up.

Thank you.  Together we can STOP this climate crisis.

A note for your calendar for Ascension Day, Thursday 13th May
We’ll be celebrating with an Ascension Day Communion with Music at 7:30pm, also on Zoom.

'Light up the world with prayer', 13th-23rd May
Join in with the global prayer movement ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ which invites Christians around the world to pray, in the period between Ascension and Pentecost, that more people will come to know God's love for them through Jesus Christ.  There are many resources on the national website here and we’ll be sharing on our social media pages short daily prayers by leaders from different traditions within Churches Together in Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire.

APCM, Sunday 23rd May after 10am service
We invite nominations for PCC members and Churchwarden elections, please note that the nomination forms are in church and completed forms should go to Christine Solway, via the Parish Office.  The APCM documentation is published from the PCC page here.  Please note that the finance documents will be added after approval at the PCC meeting on 10th May.

Town Project invitation, Monday 24th May
Would you like to help with planting some trees and shrubbery in a newly created ‘wet woodland’ near to Old River Lane?   It’s anticipated this will take place on 24th May so for now, if you’re interested in being kept up to date, please register your interest at megan.kervin@salvationarmy.org.uk / 01279 507464.

Churches Together in Bishop's Stortford, Week of Prayer, 7th-13th June 
The annual Week of Prayer is scheduled to take place from 7th to 13th June with different churches hosting and taking the lead on different topics.  St Michael's will be hosting a session on the Persecuted Church on Monday 7th June.  More details in due course.

Bridge Worship Sunday 6th June, 5:30-6:30pm on Zoom
More details to be confirmed in due course.  If you'd like to join, please contact Al Evans at bridgeyouthchurch@gmail.com

Holiday Bible Week 2021 ‘Eyewitness’, 2nd-6th August
The committee continues to meet online to pray and plan for HBW 2021.  We are sad that we cannot holdHBW logo HBW in person this year for all the safety of all involved.  HOWEVER - we are feeling very hopeful as plan for an online virtual HBW with entertaining games, crafts, songs and teaching for children of our town!  Keep your eyes peeled for the registration forms on the HBW website or via Facebook!
 
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.

Prayer Rainbow
Jesus promised the Holy Spirit in John 14:26, who would be the Helper for his people:Pentecost prayer rainbow"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