Junior Church returns on 9th September
In the meantime, we’ve prepared some fun activity sheets for children to enjoy, should they wish, during the services. The sheets, plus a box of glues, pencils, scissors and plain paper will be available at the back of the church. (Don’t forget to return the stationery items to the box afterwards!) The Footprints sheets relate to the Gospel reading each Sunday so we’ll tuck the Sunday reading sheet in too; do help your child to follow the Gospel as it is read! There is still a quiet space for the older children / staffed crèche for young ones behind the screen doors each Sunday.
In term time Junior Church is at 10am each Sunday (except 1st Sunday of the month). All children aged 3+ are welcome to come to the Windhill Churches Centre just before 10am to share in a short worship and activities before returning to church just before Communion is taken. There is also an activity for older children in the Lady Chapel, during the sermon, plus a creche at the back of the church for the smallest children.
Holiday hours for Parish Office
The office will be closed from Friday 17th August for two weeks. Answerphone messages will be checked regularly.
Gravetalk, Wednesday 22nd August at 2:30pm – approximately 3:30pm
All Saints Church
It’s not easy to think about your own funeral. Talking about death, dying and funerals raises big questions that we need to face at some point, but it’s hard to talk to family and friends.
The Church of England has been helping people think about these questions for centuries.
GraveTalk is a café space, where people can talk about these big questions. The conversation is helped along by GraveTalk conversation cards. Events have been held in locations across the country, and people of all ages have gathered to talk and share their thoughts about death, dying and funerals.
What happens at a GraveTalk event?
There is tea, coffee and cake! People are welcomed and then the GraveTalk cards will be on the tables, and each person can pick a question and uses it to start a conversation. It doesn’t matter if you only use one question – or work through all of them! The purpose is to talk and listen.
Company on Sunday Lunch, Sunday 2nd September
Needing some company for lunch at the weekend? On the first Sunday of most months we share a lunch together in the Windhill Churches Centre. The next lunch will be at 1pm on Sunday 2nd September: more details and a sign-up sheet in the Publicity Area in church.
Bike ’n Hike, Saturday 8th September
The annual Bike ’n Hike offers the opportunity to raise money both for our church and for the Beds. & Herts. Historic Churches Trust. Of every £1 that we raise in sponsorship, 50p is returned to us. This makes the Bike ’n Hike a very effective way to raise funds for our church. All the organising is done for us; all we have to do is to take part! The other half of the sponsorship money goes to the Trust which is distributed, in the form of grants, to local communities struggling to raise funds for vital repairs to their church or chapel. Taking part involves being sponsored for cycling/walking to visit other churches (you plan your own route). We also need “welcomers” between 10am-6pm and welcomers can also be sponsored.
Parish Breakfast, Sunday 9th September
from 8:50-9:50am in the WCC. Please sign the sheet in the Publicity Area if you’re coming (and if you can help on the day that would be fabulous!) but don’t worry if you forget, everyone is welcome.
Mums of St Michael’s Prayer & Fellowship Group, Friday 14 September
Being a mum can be tough. Trade your anxiety for hope, joy and peace in a friendly, prayerful environment. Every other Friday in the WCC in term time, next on 14th September. Coffee at 9am; 9:15 start.
Youth Groups – alternate Tuesdays and Sundays. NEXT MEETINGS IN SEPTEMBER
Those in Year 6 and above are welcome to come to Tuesday Youth Group at 5pm in the Windhill Churches Centre. All in Year 7 or above are warmly invited to join us on alternate Sundays from 7:30-9pm for Youth Discussion Group. Contact the Parish Office for more information.
The Friends’ Outing, Saturday 22nd SeptemberThis year we’re going to the North London medieval buildings of the Charterhouse, St John’s Priory and Sutton House. We will travel by coach (leaving 9am latest), visit the three properties, enjoy lunch and tea and return to Bishop’s Stortford at about 6pm. Sign up in the Publicity Area in church or contact Rob (email@example.com / 833523) or Helen (firstname.lastname@example.org / 654970).
Music for a Sunday Afternoon,
Sunday 23rd September
Our final concert of the summer season is on 23rd September at 3pm when we welcome The Bishop Ensemble, a dynamic trio of young classical musicians, formed of alumni of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. The recital will last about 45 minutes and is followed by tea and homemade cake.
Bring and Share Lunch, Sunday 30th September
Come along at 12:30pm to the WCC to celebrate our Patronal Festival. Meat will be provided but please bring a salad or dessert to share. Please look at the lists at the back of church and add your dish and how many will be attending. You will also need to bring your own drinks and glasses. Any queries contact Pam Johnson-Cook (504012 / email@example.com )
A Cursillo weekend, 25th-28th October at Felden Lodge near Hemel Hempstead
We would welcome anyone seeking to continue their Christian journey and further explore their faith. More information in the magazine and you can also speak to Mike/Val Ashwood, John/Viv Emmett, Di Cox, Val Jones, Derek/Pauline Hinge, Claire Conquest (or anyone else who’s been on a weekend).
Gospel Street by Riding Lights Theatre Company, Saturday 10th November, 7:30pm at the Charis Centre
Gospel Street is a fast-moving show which presents gospel stories in 21st century terms and is designed to make the audience think and respond – just as the 1st century audience did. The show was devised to appeal to a youth audience but last year’s tour proved that all ages will find it both entertaining and thought-provoking. Prices to be confirmed but expected to be around £10 (concessions £8).
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.