Would you value a 45-60 minute conversation about your Christian journey? The team is offering opportunities for conversation in Lent and Eastertide. Contact Derwyn, Derek, June or Rob directly, or call the Parish Office. Other Lent worship information may be found in flyers by the entrance.
Churches Together House Groups during Lent 2017
Monday Afternoon – 25 Oaklands Park. Leader Miss Joyce Hammersley
Monday Evening – 55 Rochford Road. Leader The Revd Allen Morton
Tuesday Morning – 215 Stansted Road. Leader Mrs Elaine Owen
Wednesday Evening – 10c Wetherfield, Stansted. Leaders Mr and Mrs Tony Crosby
Thursday Evening – 100 Heath Row. Leader Miss Jill Beardwood
Email the Parish Office if you’re interested!
We continue to welcome students from the College during these weeks in Lent for recitals from 1:30-2pm. Don’t miss out, there aren’t many weeks left! Retiring collection for Music at St Michael’s.
Crosslight Passion Play, 24th March
During the night and day following Jesus’ crucifixion, his mother Mary and the disciples Peter and John gather in an upper room. Shattered by what they have witnessed, ashamed, guilty and confused, they try to make sense of Jesus’ life, their own part in it and how it ended. But the dawning of Easter morning brings fresh understanding and a new beginning for all of them.
Churches Together in Bishop’s Stortford is presenting Crosslight, by Paul Burbridge and Les Ellison, on Friday 24th March 2017 in the Charis Centre, at 7.30 p.m. It is suitable for adults and young people aged 12 and upwards. Tickets £12/£10. Tickets via www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/32161084670, 07487 328972 or see John Emmett.
Riding Lights is a fully professional, Christian theatre company which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017. It is based at Friargate Theatre in York.
Youth Alpha! Next on 26th March at 7:30pm
This term Youth Discussion Group with Bridge Youth Church will be running Youth Alpha on alternate Sundays at 7:30pm at Cowell House. Hot food provided! If any other young people aged 11+ would like to join us for these discussions or just know more, please get in touch with Emily or Val.
Parish Praise on 2nd April
This will take the theme of ‘Christ’s Passion for our world’, exploring some of the work of the Charities Support Group on behalf of St Michael’s. There will be a Red Bucket collection, giving the opportunity to support the three charities we will explore during the service: Portland Child Contact Centre, Falcon Camps and Hope and Homes. Thank you.
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.
Messy Church at St Michael’s – next on 9th April!
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.
Last Night of the Spring Proms, Saturday 29th April
Last chance to book tickets for our outing on Saturday 29th April! £45 (including travel and discounted tickets). Please sign up in the folder on the Welcome Desk asap. Queries to Rosemary (758389).
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. If you are not sure whether you are on the Roll, a copy will be in the Publicity area, along with application forms, until 12th April. Please leave forms in the box provided asap. 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. Time to be confirmed. For more information, please contact Emily or speak to Al Evans.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>; 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: email@example.com or contact Emily.