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 is new and taking place at Thirst Café, Wednesdays from 6:15-8:15pm
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. Do speak to Al or Emma Evans if you’d like to know more. 

Music for Four Hands Concert
Forthcoming Concerts, 18th May and 8th June
Please note the Three Valleys Male Voice Choir concert at 7:30pm on 18th May, in aid of the Bells Appeal.
Also note the Music for Four Hands Piano Duet, Saturday 8th June at 7:30pm,
 with Martin Huggett and Oliver King.  Retiring collection in aid of work on the church following the break-in.  The repertoire will include works by Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Fauré’s ‘Dolly Suite’.

Anointing and laying on of hands – At Parish Communion on Sundays 19th May and 21st July, and at the 10am service on Wednesday 19th June, we will offer anointing and laying on of hands for healing.

Churches Together Week of Prayer, 20th-24th May
Please sign up today to pray at the URC, at some or all of the time between 7pm and 9pm on Thursday 23rd May.  More information in the Publicity Area, along with the sign-up sheet.
 
Ascension Day Sung Eucharist – Do consider coming to this special service for one of the most important but under-rated festivals of the church year.  Stirring hymns, a powerful message of Jesus' triumph and lovely music.  Do join us if you can: Thursday 30th May at 8pm.  

Thy Kingdom Come: Join the global wave of prayer, 30th May-9th June
There are a number of resources for this at www.thykingdomcome.global and note the Beacon Celebration at St Albans on Saturday 9th June at 6:30pm.

Special Services, 1st June and 23rd June
Alison Jordan and Gary Jones are to be married at St Michael’s at 12noon on Saturday 1st June and they invite all in the congregation to be with them in church for their Wedding with Holy Communion.
On Sunday 23rd June at 10am we warmly invite you to our Family Eucharist, when we will be celebrating The Rev’d June Knight’s 25 years as a priest, and giving thanks for the ministry of women in the Church of England.

Company on Sunday Lunch, Sunday 2nd June
Whether you’re alone or just fancy a change for lunch once a month, do bear these occasions in mind and sign up on the sheet in Church or contact the Parish Office.

Love Stortford (10th-15th June)
This project is being supported by Churches Together in Bishop's Stortford during the week before the Carnival on 15th June.  The idea is that each church makes whatever contributions it wishes in order to demonstrate the love of God to our Community.  Please pick up a booklet which contains lots of ways to get involved. We want this to be a visible demonstration of our love for the town, so everyone is invited to wear a special t-shirt during the week.  Orders may be placed in the Publicity Area before 21st May.  Any ideas or questions?  Email derekhinge@gmail.com

 
Mums of St Michael’s Prayer & Fellowship Group, next meeting Friday 14th June
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 14th June. Coffee at 9am; 9:15 start.

Outreach to Stortford North meeting, 7:30pm, Tuesday 18th June, WCC
For those who have undertaken this outreach, in December and/or this Spring, and for those who have expressed interest but not yet been actively involved.  Anyone else who may be interested in getting involved is most welcome too.  We’ll reflect on the experience of our outreach so far and consider next steps for the future.

Service of Thanksgiving for Ian Shaw, 24th June
This will be at 2pm on Monday 24th June.  The family warmly invite everyone who would like to give thanks for Ian to join them.

Holiday Bible Week 2019 ‘The Incredible Journey’, 5th-9th Augusthbw-poster-2019
URGENT NEED FOR HELPERS!!  HBW has received more than 400 applications from children for this year’s event: ‘The Incredible Journey’.  It needs more adult support to welcome these numbers so please sign-up as soon as possible on the HBW website.  Do look at the display at the back of the church to get a feel for the event.
The launch event for helpers on 6th June
and it would be wonderful to have as many volunteers there as possible as that is when we meet the others in our tent teams.  We have tent leaders already this year so all volunteers will be joining experienced leaders!
Please continue to pray for HBW and its success in sharing God's love with as many children as we can.

 

Oberammergau 2020
Just to advise that the booking for Oberammergau 2020 will remain open for a few more weeks. 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.