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.
Giving Street, St Michael’s as a featured cause
Have you come across the jars in our local community? Customers get a token when they shop with participating local businesses which they can give to their chosen cause. Both St Michael’s School and Church can benefit since we have Giving Machine accounts. So why not help raise funds as you shop locally (supporting the local high street at the same time). More details at https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/giving-street-bishops-
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.
Lunchtime concerts at the United Reformed Church, from 24th January
These concerts, presented by pupils from Bishop’s Stortford College will take place on Thursdays from 1:30-2pm in the United Reformed Church on 24th, 31st January, 7th, 14th, 28th February and 7th, 14th March. Free admission.
Giving Sunday – Action from 10th February
Please pick up a Giving Sunday envelope. We’ll be focusing on funding our vision for outreach to Stortford North, and encouraging more direct giving to avoid forthcoming bank charges. We find it extremely expensive to handle cash because from the 15th January 2019 our Bank has begun charging us £1.50 per £100 paid in, both for cash and cheques. If you are able to change your weekly/monthly contribution into a regular payment direct into our bank account, there is no charge. This is not only more helpful to us but also allows us to make use of a regular source of income when budgeting. Please reconsider how you contribute to this church, and also remember that gift aiding will allow us to claim back 25% from the tax you pay.
Youth Groups – alternate Tuesdays and Sundays, next meeting Tuesday 12th February
All in Year 7 or above are warmly invited to join us on alternate Sundays from 7:30-9pm for ‘Connect’ Youth Discussion Group at Thirst Café. Drinks and snacks always available! Contact the Parish Office for more information.
Those in Year 7 and above are welcome to come to Tuesday Youth Group at 5pm in the Windhill Churches Centre. Tuesday 12th February: Quiz and Challenges. Tuesday 5th March: Pancake Party to raise money for the Church Urban Fund. All young people in Stortford (Year 7 and above) are welcome. Bring your friends! Contact the Parish Office for more information. Carole, Katie and Val.
Bishop’s Stortford Vineyard Church offers the CAP money course, Wednesdays 13, 20 and 27 February at St Michaels School at 7:30pm
A free course that teaches budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system that works. In just a few weeks, you’ll get to grips with your finances so you can budget, save and prevent debt. Sign up at capuk.org/i-want-help/courses/cap-money-course/find-your-local-course.
Mums of St Michael’s Prayer & Fellowship Group, next meeting 1st March
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 1st March. Coffee at 9am; 9:15 start.
Women’s World Day of Prayer, Friday 1st March
Many thanks to Ainslie James for her commitment over recent years as our representative for the annual service for the Women’s World Day of Prayer which is organised on a rota basis around the town’s churches. This year we will meet at the Baptist Church on Friday 1st March at 10:30am with focus on Slovenia. Planning meetings are held 4 times a year and our next hosting will be in 2022 and so we are looking for a willing volunteer to take on this role. If you would like to speak with Ainslie or myself please do as we need someone soon! Many thanks. Rosemary, Churchwarden.
Company on Sunday Lunch, Sunday 3rd March
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.
A few special events in Lent to note
All Age Communion at 10am, then Choral Matins at 11:15am on 3rd March. Ash Wednesday services on 6th March at 10am and 8pm, including acts of penitence and an opportunity to receive the imposition of ashes. A Taizé Service at 6pm on Sunday 10th March, and at Parish Communion on Sunday 17th March we will offer anointing and laying on of hands for healing. Lent Devotions in the Lady Chapel from 12:30-1pm on Tuesdays from 12th March to 9th April, with the theme ‘Meeting Jesus’. Soup lunch at 1pm in the WCC afterwards. An ‘Exploring Prayer morning’ of teaching about prayer and praying together on 23rd March.
Choral Matins at 11:15am on 3rd March
The Choral service on 3rd March will be Sung Matins from the Prayer Book, as the Eucharist will be celebrated at 8am and 10am. All are welcome to this beautiful, reflective service of musical praise and prayer. If you haven’t ever experienced a Matins, or haven’t attended one for a while, why not give it a try?
Quiz Night for Nabikabala, Saturday 16th March
Come and have some fun and raise money for the building of the school hall in Uganda! Tickets £12 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.
Anointing and laying on of hands, Sunday 17th March
At Parish Communion on Sunday 17th March, we will offer anointing and laying on of hands for healing.
Save the date, Sunday 23rd June
On Sunday 23rd June we will have the opportunity to celebrate the 25th anniversary of June Knight’s ordination to the priesthood. Details to follow, but do note the date at this stage. Thank you, Derwyn.
HBW 2019 ‘The Incredible Journey’, 5th-9th August – The HBW website is now live, so adult volunteers and children do sign-up as soon as possible to guarantee your place! There will be an opportunity to chat to some of the helpers and watch a short video over refreshments in the WCC one Sunday soon!
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.