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WCC cleaning, Saturday 19th August,10am–12noon
We are having a morning in the WCC to tackle a wall wash on areas which are frequently used and could do with brightening up. If you could manage any time we would be pleased to have your help. Just bring a bucket and sponge and we will provide the rest … and refreshments will be served around 11am!  Many thanks, Rosemary.

Safeguarding Training dates, 19th, 26th and 30th August
For any who weren’t able to make the session here at the beginning of the month, please note that there are courses locally: Saturday 19th or 26th (Puckeridge) or Wednesday 30th August (Ware).  Please book via

Anointing for healing and wholeness – Sundays 20th August, 17th September, 22nd October and 19th November; Wednesdays 23rd August, 27th September, 18th October
The Ministry team have been considering how to give opportunities for people to experience prayer with the laying on of hands together with anointing of oil.  We are offering this ministry, as an option, in the Lady Chapel after a Sunday 10am communion service, once a month.  Sundays this year are 20th August, 17th September, 22nd October and 19th November.  The option is also available during the Holy Communion service on Wednesdays 23rd August, 27th September and 18th October.

Soul Survivor Festival
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: or contact Emily.

Rainbow Rhapsody: Festival of Flowers and Music, 26th-28th August
At St James the Great, Thorley, 12 noon–5pm during the bank holiday weekend; with craft fair, talks, refreshments, plants and gifts.

Music for a Sunday Afternoon, Sunday 27th August at 3pm
Enjoy a 45 minute concert with Margaret Savage, Delia Gow, Ray Cheal and Graham Savage (Vocal Quartet).  Free admission, tea and cake afterwards, retiring collection. 

Festal Evening Service, 27th August
There will be a special service at 6pm at St James the Great, Thorley, to coincide with their Festival of Flowers and Music.  All are warmly invited to share in the worship and then tea and coffee afterwards.  There will be no evening service at St Michael’s on 27th August.

Parish Praise discussion, Wednesday 30th August
As part of our follow-up to the Awayday, the Worship and Music group is holding a discussion about Parish Praise which is open to all. If you’d like to share thoughts and volunteer involvement in developing Parish Praise, please come to the meeting at 4pm on Wednesday 30th August in the WCC. Please let the Parish Office know if you are coming so we can plan for numbers. If you can’t come but would like to share some ideas, do email the parish office. Thank you.

Services on 3rd September
8am Holy Communion, 10am Parish Praise and Civic Service with Sung Eucharist at 11:30am.  All are welcome to all services.

Bridge Youth Church, Sunday 3rd September
We’ll meet at 5pm at Holy Trinity for worship.  We welcome all young people aged 11-16 and their families

Bike ’n Hike, Saturday 9th 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.

Junior Church returns on 10th September
In the meantime, we have prepared some activity sheets for children to work on, should they wish, during the services.  The sheets, plus a box of glues, pencils, scissors and plain paper is available at the back of the church.  (Please return the stationery items to the box afterwards).  The Footprints sheets relate to the Gospel reading each Sunday so we have tucked 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.

Parish Breakfast, Sunday 10th September at 9am
Please join us on Sunday 10th September from 9am in the Windhill Churches Centre. We will be serving coffee and tea, bacon sandwiches and pastries. It would help us to gauge numbers for catering if you could sign up on the sheet at the back of church – don’t worry if you forget as everyone is welcome.  No charge for breakfast but donations will be invited.  For more details contact

Beer, Discussion & Friendship, Half Moon, Tuesday 12th September at 8pm
Thank you to everyone that responded to the note about the ‘men’s’ group.  I’m pleased to say we’ve had a strong response.  The plan is to to give everyone a chance to socialise and get to know each other for our first meeting on the evening of Tuesday 12th September at 8pm in the lower bar of the Half Moon pub.  All are welcome, so if you have not yet got in touch please feel free to come along on the night.  If you want to contact me please drop me an email at