Services, mediations and events during the period of Lent. Download the flyer (PDF) for details. PDF

Thursday Lunchtime Recitals, Thursday 19 January to 23 March
We are delighted to welcome students of Bishop’s Stortford College to the church over the coming weeks for a series of lunchtime recitals from 1:30-2pm.  Do come if you can.  Retiring collection for Music at St Michael’s.
Giving Sunday
Many thanks to those of you who have prayerfully considered your giving – financially and of time and talents.  Please continue to place your responses in the box in the Publicity Area or pass them to the Parish Office by next Sunday, 26th February.  We are collating the offerings of time and gifts and will be in touch!  If you have not yet picked up a Giving Sunday envelope, please feel free to do so.

Big Spring Church Clean, Saturday 18th February
An important date for diaries: please support us with your help on Saturday 18th February from 10am-12noon. Refreshments served.


St Albans Cathedral Choir in Concert, Saturday 25th February
 with Conductor and Director of Music Andrew Lucas and organist Tom Winpenny.  7pm in St Michael’s Church.  Free admission, donations invited.

St Michaels Church Choir sing Bob Chilcott’s Jazz Mass, Sunday 26th February
All are welcome to join us for this special service of Parish Communion at 10am on Sunday 26th February.

Cake with the Clergy, 26th February at 3pm
If you are one of the more senior members of our church family and haven’t yet responded (or haven’t received an invitation and would like to come), please contact Pam J-C on 504012.

Soul Space service at All Saints’ Church, Sunday 26th February at 6:30pm.
An informal Mass for all ages: the All Saints youth groups take an active part.  Light refreshments are served after the service.

Youth Alpha! Next on 26th February at 7:30pm
This term Youth Discussion Group with Bridge Youth Church will be running Youth Alpha on alternate Sundays at 7:30pm at Cowell House.  Hot food provided!  If any other young people aged 11+ would like to join us for these discussions or just know more, please get in touch with Emily or Val.

Lent Worship, from Ash Wednesday 1st March
More information next week but do note 4 sessions on Mondays from 6th March at 8-9:15pm in the Lady Chapel: Jesus And Israel – The Old Testament in the New.  Also, Lent Meditations start on Tuesdays from 7th March at 12:30pm in the Lady Chapel; followed by a simple soup lunch at 1pm in the WCC, on the theme ‘Things Jesus carried’.

Churches Together House Groups during Lent 2017
Churches Together are again sponsoring inter-church discussion/study/friendship groups during the coming season of Lent.  The groups last year seem to have been very successful and to have allowed members of different churches to get to know each other in new ways, so it is hoped that there will be support this year.  The groups will run for five weeks, from Monday March 6th 2017 to Friday April 7th 2017.  The subject will be ‘The Psalms, Prayers for today’s church’, a course written by Stephen Cottrell.

Monday Afternoon – 25 Oaklands Park.  Leader Miss Joyce Hammersley
Monday Evening – 55 Rochford Road.  Leader The Revd Allen Morton
Tuesday Morning – 215 Stansted Road.  Leader Mrs Elaine Owen
Wednesday Evening – 10c Wetherfield, Stansted.  Leaders Mr and Mrs Tony Crosby
Thursday Evening – 100 Heath Row.  Leader Miss Jill Beardwood

Email the Parish Office if you’re interested!

Women’s World Day of Prayer, Friday 3rd March
Men and women are invited to the Women’s World Day of Prayer on 3rd March at 10:30am at All Saints Hockerill . The service ‘Am I being unfair to you?’ has been prepared by the women of the Philippines. This is a wonderful opportunity to have a time of prayer and praise with our fellow Christians in Bishop’s Stortford and also around Britain and the world.

Messy Church at St Michael’s – next on 12th March!
All are welcome to join us for this fun and informal expression oMessy Church Logof ‘church’ during which we get messy and creative as we explore the Christmas story. Particularly fun for all the family. We finish by sharing in a cooked supper together.  We meet on the second Sunday of the month at 4pm and will now be meeting in the Windhill Churches Centre.


Crosslight Passion Play, 24th March
During the night and day following Jesus’ crucifixion, his mother Mary and the disciples Peter and John gather in an upper room. Shattered by what they have witnessed, ashamed, guilty and confused, they try to make sense of Jesus’ life, their own part in it and how it ended. But the dawning of Easter morning brings fresh understanding and a new beginning for all of them.

Churches Together in Bishop’s Stortford is presenting Crosslight, by Paul Burbridge and Les Ellison, on Friday 24th March 2017 in the Charis Centre, at 7.30 p.m.   It is suitable for adults and young people aged 12 and upwards.  Information on how to book tickets, priced at £12 (£10 for concessions) will be available shortly.

Riding Lights is a fully professional, Christian theatre company which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017. It is based at Friargate Theatre in York.

We are planning another Parish outing, 29th April
The Last Night of the Spring Proms (similar to the Last Night at the Royal Albert Hall with well-known classics and flag waving at the end!) at the Southbank Centre on 29th April at 7:30pm.  It will cost £45 (including coach travel).  If you’d like to come please complete the booking form in the folder on the welcome desk asap and once you have given payment – cash or cheque payable to St Michael’s PCC – you will receive the confirmation with all the final details.   Any queries do speak to Rosemary (758389).

St Michael’s Awayday: ‘Building up Our Church’, Saturday 6th May
Please note the date of an Awayday we are planning, to be held at Thorley – Saturday 6th May. Details to follow: we want to offer a time of prayer, fellowship, teaching and conversation for all our church family.  Everyone welcome!

Holiday Bible Week, 7th-11th August 2017

HBW is a ‘Churches Together’ project that has been running for many years, involving all the churches of the town in providing Christian fun activities on a school field in the town on the first week of August. We cater for 4/500 children – depending on the number of helpers who volunteer to assist – and Tent Leaders are crucial to the success of the event. They are responsible for arranging activities for a few hours each day for a tent full of 40-60 boys and girls of the same age, with the assistance of a couple of dozen helpers. Many of the activities are planned centrally, but the rest are devised by the Tent Leader and staff.  If you would like to consider being a Tent Leader, please contact Eric Curnow, the Churches Liaison, who will ensure any help you need will be given. Email him at <>; telephone 8am – 4pm weekdays on 020 7035 4684; or write to 4 West Road, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3QP. You will need to be a committed Christian, have experience working with children and be a good organiser.
Other dates for the diary – AGM, 16th March; Helper training, 15th June – both at Bishop’s Stortford Baptist Church