It’s been good to have offers of involvement in creating recent services, from the Cursillistas (March) and the Charities Support Group (April). If any other groups (Home Groups, Committees or Organisations within St Michael’s) would be interested in helping plan and lead a Parish Praise, with direction from the Ministry Team, do please speak to me. Thank you, Derwyn.
Coffee Morning, Saturday 29th April, 10am-12noon
Stalls to browse, coffee to drink and homemade cake to eat!! Contributions of bric-a-brac, paperbacks, jewellery, and homemade cakes gratefully received. If you’d like a stall or know anyone who might be interested please contact Pam (504012, firstname.lastname@example.org
Godparents’ Sunday, Sunday 30th April
Godparents are really special people in our lives. We want to give thanks for Godparents and pray for them and their children at a special service at 10am on Sunday 30th April. Please take a card from the Welcome Desk to invite your own Godparent.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting, 11.40am, Sunday 30th April – Anyone wishing to vote must be on the Church Electoral Roll. We invite you to consider standing for the PCC or Deanery Synod. See the churchwardens for more information.
St Michael’s Awayday: ‘Building up Our Church’ 6th May – We’ll be at the St Barnabas Centre at St James, Thorley. We’ve chosen St James since it’s a different and pleasant environment for us, whilst still local enough to encourage as many as possible to come along. Ample parking is available. Lunch is provided, and children’s activities are proposed, alongside the sessions for adults, so that all the family can join in. We will offer a time of prayer, fellowship, teaching and conversation for all our church family. Everyone welcome! We’d love families with children to be able to come and join in: could you form part of a team to share in providing a crèche/children’s programme? If so, please tell us. Details in the attached flyer (PDF) or click on this link.
Soul Survivor Saturday Celebration
If you’d like to save the date, the next BYC visit to Soul Survivor, Watford will be on Sat 6th May. We’ll be leaving from Cowell House at 4pm, returning 10pm. For more information, please contact Emily or speak to Al Evans.
Bridge Youth Church, Sunday 7th May at 5pm
The next service will be on Sunday 7th May, 5pm at St Michael’s, with food afterwards in the WCC. It would be lovely to see any and all of our young people that can come! BYC is open to all young people aged 11+. Please contact Emily or speak to Al Evans for more information.
Messy Church at St Michael’s – next on 14th May!
All are welcome to join us for this fun and informal expression of ‘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.
Bishop’s Stortford Carnival, 17th June 2017
If you feel that Churches Together should have a float and feel called to lead/be involved in the planning team, please contact Margaret Fox via the Parish Office.
The Alban Pilgrimage, 24th June 2017
A celebration of the life of St Alban who gave the City its name. This unique and dramatic event sees giant carnival puppets retrace Alban’s steps and tell his remarkable story. Roman chariots, lions, roses and executioners all take their place in the procession. The Pilgrimage procession begins at 11am, setting off from St Peter’s Church and arriving at the West End of the Cathedral in time for Festival Eucharist at 12noon. This year’s preacher is The Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishops of Gloucester. The day concludes with Festival Evensong at 4pm and this year’s preacher is the Very Revd Martyn Percy, Dean of Oxford. This is a wonderful day to attend and a wonderful experience to be part of and all those who went along in 2015 were enthusiastic about the event, despite the poor weather! A coach has been booked to take us there leaving Bishops Stortford around 9am and a signing up list is already on the Welcome desk in Church. Depending on numbers we hope that we may be able to offer places to the other Anglican Churches in the town and so please do consider coming along. Further details from Rosemary Thomson, 01279 758389.
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 <email@example.com>; 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.
We’re planning to take some of our young people away to Soul Survivor Festival this summer. This is a Christian camping festival with worship, teaching and recreational activities for young people. We leave on Fri 25th August and return early on Wed 30th. For more information, or to enquire about cost, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Emily.