Forthcoming Events 

See the Church Calendar for information about services and events.  Below is further information about some of these events and information about other events that we have been asked to publicise.

SUNDAY WORSHIP 
 
SUNDAY 15th MAY
8am Holy Communion (Order of Service booklets in church)
10am Service of the Word in Church and via Zoom (Order of Service available here)
Please note that you will need to print your own order of service if you are coming to church. 
Godly Play session for children and young people in the Lady Chapel during the 10am service.
We’re delighted to offer refreshments to enjoy in (or outside) the WCC after the 10am service.
 
Zoom
When you are signed in you can ‘Join a Meeting’ (See newsletter for ID and Passcode).
Alternatively you can phone in (
Call 0131 460 1196 then follow instructions, entering Meeting ID and Meeting Passcode, followed by hash (#), as instructed).

Whether or not you might like to do this, let’s be aware of the prayerful communion in God’s Spirit that we all share, wherever we are, whether or not we are able to see one another.
I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will, I may succeed in coming to you. For I long to see you, that I may impart some spiritual gift to strengthen you, that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. Romans 1.9-11.
This comes with my prayers and blessing, Derwyn
 
Godly Play posterWe’re delighted to share a short session for children and young people during our Sunday 10am service, EVERY WEEK!
We invite them, with their adults, to come into the Lady Chapel during the sermon and prayers, and share in a short Godly Play (a visual storytelling of scriptures, with wondering questions to share together).

Individual personal prayer, early morning to mid afternoon each day
The church is generally open from early morning to mid afternoon every day.  Please do publicise this amongst those you know: there must be many people who would value an opportunity to spend some comforting time in prayer, peace and reflection in these times.  May our church’s light shine in the darkness.

Prayers for our Community, 9:30am, every Saturday, in church
We meet each Saturday for a half hour session of informal prayer for those within our community and issues which affect our town and community.  All welcome. 


GIVING SEASON RESPONSES
Thank you for responses received so far during our Lent Giving Season.
Further responses, for Time and Talents and/or Financial Giving, can be placed in the wooden post box in the corner of the North Porch, or handed to a Warden.
Thank you very much for considering your response to our appeal this year. Derwyn


The bells restoration from April until September
The Church kitchen area and toilet will not be available for some time. However, we are very fortunate to have alternative facilities in the Churches Centre, so Wednesday morning refreshments will take place there until the bells project is complete. This will enhance our social time with more space and during the summer we will aim to serve tea and coffee outside in the sunshine!
The Parish Office is closed for the duration of the bell restoration works.  Katharine is working from home and may be readily contacted by email, or chat to her after the Wednesday Holy Communion service.

Charities Support Group Talk from Red Kite, Sunday 15th May
Siobhan Nundram, Chair of the charity Red Kite, will be joining our 10am service and will speak to us during refreshments in the WCC afterwards.  Red Kite aims to provide comprehensive services to survivors of historic or recent rape, sexual abuse or violence, to enable them to thrive once more in their communities.  Siobhan will tell us how this is being worked out in East Herts.

Tiny Tots relaunch
Holy Communion, Wednesday 18th May, 10am
A service of Holy Communion, with music and a hymn, in church.  Refreshments afterwards will be held in the Windhill Churches Centre.

Tiny Tots, Wednesday 18th May, 11 for 11:15am in the WCC
Worship for babies/toddlers and their parents / carers; with a story, singing and instruments for little ones too!  Join us for refreshments, fellowship and a little chance for the children to play before/after the service.
 
Bishop's Stortford Hospitality Support, Wednesdays from 11:30am - 2pm, commencing 18th May in the WCC
St Michael's will be providing space at the WCC for Ukranian refugees and their host families to meet together once a week on Wednesdays between approximately 11:30am - 2pm, commencing 18th May.  We need to provide some volunteers to be on hand during this time, hopefully for a two-hour slot each.  It is suggested we provide a very light lunch on the first week, but we will have no idea how many people will turn up or for how long they will want to stay.  This will be an evolving situation, depending on what amount of support hosts and their guests would like, and I hope, as St Michael's rep on the BS Hospitality Support Group, there are other volunteers who I can ask to come along.  Please let me know if you are willing to help with these support sessions.  Jenny Klincke (833523 / jennyklincke@gmail.com )

Christian Aid Week, 15th -21st May
Help turn hunger into hope.  With every Gift, Every Action, Every Prayer.  Every one of us can change lives.

If you wish to find out more or to make a donation, go to the Christian Aid website or give via the CA Red Bucket in church on Sunday 22nd May.  Why not have fun and try the CA Quiz with family and friends!  Thank you so much.  Carole Macdonald.

A quiet day at Albury, Thursday 26th May, 10:30am-3pm
These popular days of reflection and contemplation in June’s home have returned.  Places are limited, please contact June on 07539 058946 to book, or for more information.

Our APCM is on 29th May after 10am service
We invite nominations for PCC members and Churchwarden elections.  Please note that the nomination forms are in church and completed forms should go to Christine Solway, via the Parish Office.  All the documents for the meeting are available to view here.

Flower Festival
Flower Festival for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, 2nd – 5th June 2022
Save the weekend!
We need your help! Are you a flower arranger?  Can you help arrange sponsorship?  Please contact Claire (07944 431873 / claire.conquest62@gmail.com) or Jenny (jennyklincke@gmail.com / 833523).  Proceeds to our Bell Restoration Fund.
If you are able to help during the week of the flower festival – please sign up in church.
Thanks for some excellent offers of hymns to sing at the Festival Songs of Praise at 4:30pm on Saturday 4th June.  I’d love to have any more suggestions - and you have the option (no obligation) to say a few words about your hymn choice if you would like.  Do come along to join in the praise if you can.  Thank you, Derwyn.

TLC Tuesday 7th June, 2:15pm for 2:30pm, WCC
n opportunity to be able to join in with tea and talk, read the paper, play board games … and then later in the afternoon we welcome families after school for a short while, to share in reading/play and enjoy a biscuit/cake/fruit snack.  Do come along … and tell your friends too!  We’ll begin with a short time of prayer just after 2:15pm before our session at 2:30pm, until about 4:30pm. This coming month, we’re planning a Jubilee themed tea party to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!


Picture1Love Stortford 2022, Saturday 18th-Friday 24th June
Love Stortford is a week of activities designed to highlight how churches aim to bring the Love of God to our community. It is organised and carried out by members of Bishop’s Stortford Churches.  The week begins with a Prayer Meeting and Prayer Walk through the town on Thursday 16th June from 7:30pm at St Michael's to 8:30pm at the Methodist Church.
Then come along on the Churches Together Float and join in the Carnival Parade at midday on Saturday 18th June as we share in 'Love Stortford 2022' and demonstrate the love of God to our community.

Strictly Stortford, Sunday 19th June, South Mill Arts CentrePicture1
Come and support your friends from Stortford who are raising money for Hope for Justice, whose aim is to  stop Modern Slavery.  It will be a great performance with dancers trained by professional, judges, prizes and international singer.  Tickets from South Mill Arts Centre.  Hope for Justice will also be giving a short presentation.

Bell Fittings Auction, Friday 24th June in the Windhill Churches Centre
We're holding a special auction of some of our bells fittings, in the evening of Friday 24th June.  The Charnley Hall will be open for viewings during the afternoon. 

Friends of St Michael’s, Saturday 2nd July
Another date for your diary!  Family Fun Day, then Gilbert & Sullivan Concert.  More details in due course.

HBW 2022Holiday Bible Week, Monday 1st - Friday 5th August 2022
After two years, we're delighted to be able to return to host a live Holiday Bible Week for 2022.
This year's theme is all about celebration and we hope your children (ages 5 - 11) will be able to join us to celebrate an action packed week full of stories, puppets, music and games.  We'll be announcing more details on Facebook and Instagram over the coming weeks.  Places will be allocated according to our Child Allocation Policy. So don't miss out, register here now!
Please may we also emphasise the importance of adult volunteers signing-up too so that we can offer places to as many children as possible (usually about 500).  Register here!

The Marriage Course online
‘The lockdown has put relationships under great strain’.  If this is you, help is at hand. The Marriage Course is available online to guide you through these times together.  Why not give it a try at htb.org/marriage? For further details contact Derek on derekhinge@gmail.com