Junior Church at 10am each Sunday (except 1st Sunday of the month and school holidays)
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.
Youth Groups begin the new half term! Alternate Tuesdays and Sundays
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.
Please come along and help our big annual Church Clean, Saturday 17th February, 10am-12noon
Even if you can only spare half an hour your input will be appreciated. Perhaps bring along your whole family? Refreshments will be served. Maureen Smith.
Sunday 18th February
Please note that there is no evening service on this date
Pastoral Ministry: Principles & Practicalities Course, Barnabas Centre
5 sessions from Monday 19th February (7:30-9:30pm)
The course is produced by the Diocese of St Albans and aims to support and equip anyone who is seeking to share Christ’s love and compassion with those they meet, be that simply as a friendly ‘good neighbour’, popping in for a chat or helping with a coffee morning, or as part of a more formal church team such as pastoral visiting, bereavement, healing or prayer ministry, or taking home communion. It is based on the premise that every situation where there is human encounter and interaction has the capacity to be pastoral.
Session 1: Called to care: pastoral ministry and Christian discipleship
Session 2: The pastoral encounter: building relationships
Session 3: Talking about God: praying with people
Session 4: Challenging encounters: dealing with difficult situations
Session 5: Safe practice: confidentiality, communication and accountability
Contact St James Parish Office (506753) so they have an idea of numbers.
Lent Devotions, Tuesdays from 20th February
These will be in the Lady Chapel from 12:30-1pm on Tuesdays from 20th February to 20th March, followed by soup lunch at 1pm in the WCC. We’ll be studying a psalm each week in various ways – including reading, meditation, music and personal reflection.
Thursday Lunchtime Recitals, 1:30-2pm
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. All are most welcome to come along. Retiring collection to the work of St Michael’s church. On Thursday 22nd February we Emma Haythornthwaite and Daniel Evans (piano, horn and violin). More information here
Mums of St Michael’s Prayer & Fellowship Group, Friday 23rd February
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, next on 23rd February. Coffee at 9am; 9:15 start.
Would your child like to try singing in the choir? Friday 23rd February
We’re having an open rehearsal for new children (aged 7-15) on Friday 23rd February; do come along if you’d like to know more. Speak to Richard Carr for further information about the Choir.
Quiz Night for Nabikabala, Saturday 24th February
Come and have some fun and raise money for the building of the school in Uganda! Tickets £10 including a Ploughman’s Supper. Bring or join a table of 8. It’s at 7 for 7:30pm in the Windhill Churches Centre. Contact Val Ashwood on 07845 166251.
Cake with the Clergy, Sunday 25th February
From 3-5pm in the WCC. An opportunity for the more senior members of our congregation to meet together for tea, fellowship and entertainment (if you attended last year you will automatically receive an invitation). Contact Pam (firstname.lastname@example.org / 504012) or Elspeth (654808) if you’d like to join us or know of anyone who might be interested.
Next Men’s Group Meeting Wednesday 28th February – Cop to Criminal to Christian – an evening with Simon Pinchbeck
For the next men’s group meeting we have a fantastic speaker lined up in Simon Pinchbeck who will share his fascinating story that led him from upholding the law to breaking the law and his journey back into society and the important role Christianity played in his rebailitation. Simon is an engaging speaker and has a lot of experience working with Men’s Groups around the country.
The evening will take place on Wednesday 28th February at Windhill Churches Centre at 7pm and be finished by 10pm. In keeping with the social nature of these events please bring along a few beers or bottle of wine to share with friends on the night as we continue the chat and fellowship after Simon’s talk. To assist in managing numbers please confirm your attendance in advance by emailing:email@example.com
Women’s World Day of Prayer Service, Friday 2nd March, 11am at Holy Trinity
The service is called ‘Gods creation is very good’, and has been arranged by women from Suriname, South America. This joyful and informal service will focus on our responsibility to care for planet Earth and show pictures of the way of life in Suriname. There will be a mix of traditional and modern Christian music. Everyone is welcome to attend – it is not only for women! Refreshments will be served after the service.
Deanery Safeguarding Course, 8th March
All who work with children and vulnerable adults in church must complete this course by the end of April. There is a course on 8th March from 7-10pm at Church House, Sawbridgeworth. Please sign up at http://www.stalbans.anglican.org/event/deanery-safeguarding-sfg-08032018/ and give the Parish Office a copy of your completion certificate after the event.
Exploring Prayer morning, Saturday 10th March
More details in due course but note the 10th March in your diaries! A morning of teaching about prayer and praying together. We’ll be considering the Psalms with creative methods.
Parish Breakfast, Sunday 25th March, 8:50-9:50am
We’d love to set up a rota of helpers/organisers, with the next date being 25th March (Palm Sunday). If you can assist, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org: it’s only every two months so not too onerous!