Newsletter and Notices

The latest Parish weekly newsletter is here.

Other notices are as follows -

PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME OF THESE NOTICES DO NOT APPLY IN THE CURRENT CORONVIRUS SITUATION.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) - This is the Church's AGM and, subject to developments of the coronavirus situation, is on April 26th 2020 at 11.40am, after our morning service.  An alternative date has been set as 25th October.  Copies of the reports prepared for the meeting are available here.
Foodbank Lent-Easter appeal 20

St Michael's School will need a new school governor from September – Experience in finance, education or HR would be particularly helpful but all applications are very welcome. If you are interested in finding out more about this voluntary role, please speak to Maggie Jarman or Katharine Stanley.

Bishop’s Stortford Food Bank – If you would like to support our Lent/Easter appeal you could donate some food from the list here and either bring it to the Food Bank at the Methodist Church one morning when we are open or pop it into one of our boxes in the local supermarkets.  The Food Bank have asked us to clarify the position with regard to providing food for the sick or those who are self-isolating.  Whilst they are hoping to provide emergency food boxes for people in need, and may be seeking help from the churches to deliver them, these can only be provided for those in poverty.  They simply do not have the resources to provide food for other groups.  Although many of the agencies, such as Citizens Advice, who normally issue food vouchers have closed - arrangements are being made to continue to allow them refer people to the Food Bank.
Oneness, David ArkellDivine Loves – David Arkell, one of our organists, has written a poetry collection with all proceeds going to the Bible Society.  Click here for a taster selection.  The book of 52 poems with Christian themes costs £5.00 and is available from David Arkell via email: davidharkell@yahoo.co.uk. 

Vacancies – Both our Director of Music vacancy and our Families Minister vacancy are open for enquiries.  Please see the Church website vacancies webpage for documentation.  Please feel free to disseminate this information and documents through any channels you think may be helpful.  And please pray for God’s guidance in this process, and for his call to be heard by the right person and discerned by us here.  Please contact me if you’d value an informal conversation.  Many thanks, Derwyn.

Teaching Eucharist Talks - The four talks given by The Revd Derwyn Williams at the Teaching Eucharist on 24th March 2019 have now been posted on the website if you want to listen to them again or if you missed them.  Click on the purple 'Recent Media' button.

NOT DURING THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS SITUATION - Church Opening – On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays the Church is generally open from 9:15am–3:30pm, and open until later on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Please can tasks and activities be scheduled within these hours.  If access is sought outside these hours, please contact the Parish Office to request, or make an arrangement with a keyholder.  Many thanks, Derwyn.

Parking in the Churchyard – Please be aware that the churchyard is needed intermittently for workmen attending to repairs, so parking is not always available.

Recycling – St Michael’s School has inspired us to collect crisp packets.  The school council team collects, sorts and takes them (along with other items) down to the night shelter collecting point so the shelter benefits from the money and the school benefits by knowing they are doing a tiny bit to keep the planet clean.  If you bring your crisp packets to Church we will take them directly to the night shelter.  We are also collecting toothpaste tubes and broken pens.

Guide to Holy Communion – Copies of this useful guide, written by Derek, are freely available to members of the congregation.  Please help yourself. They can be found in the Publicity Area.
 
Books to read – If anyone has any devotional/spiritual books in good condition that they would like to add to the glass bookcases for others to read (in the understanding that they may not be returned), please place them in the bookcase.

For visitors to St Michael’s, a new way of giving – We have a text messaging giving account.  It will accept donations from £2 to £20.  Text STMIC followed by any amount between 2 and 20 to 70085.  Try it, it works quickly and easily!  Many thanks!

Trailblazers, for retired men or those not in work – We meet every first Thursday of the month in the Emmaus Centre at St James’ Church.  There’s a short meeting from 11am-12 noon then lunch in The Harvest Moon.  Contact ken.mollison@ntlworld.com for more information.

Bishop’s Stortford Money Advice Service - helps set people free from debt and money worries.  We are an Associate Member of Churches Together in Bishop’s Stortford.  Due to increasing demand, we urgently need more volunteers with a heart to help people with money issues to strengthen the team and keep the service running.  If you would like to know more about being an adviser or praying for us, please email us at bsmoneyadviceservice@ntlworld.com or telephone the Manager, Heather Clapham for a no-obligation chat on 07857 209870.

Unwell and needing contact from us?  Please make sure to inform the Parish Office if you are unwell and would value contact from the Church, or would like to request a visit or communion at home because you are housebound.  Please don’t rely on the ‘Grapevine’ to communicate for you: do contact the Office direct (01279 654416 / church@saintmichaelweb.org.uk).  Thank you very much!