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.

CANCELLED FOR THE TIME BEING - Bridge at Thirst takes over Thirst Café, Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm/8:15pm (term time)Bridge Youth Church
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.  There's an optional 'Bitesize Bible' study from 8-8:15pm.  Do speak to Al or Emma Evans if you’d like to know more.  For other Bridge Events, don't forget to look at their website here

 
ZOOM WORSHIP ON SUNDAY 9th August

8am Holy Communion in Church
10am Service of the Word in Church and broadcast by Zoom
When you are signed in you can ‘Join a Meeting’ (Meeting ID 927 480 8728, Password 889123).
Alternatively you can phone in (
Call 0131 460 1196 then follow instructions, entering Meeting ID and Meeting Password, 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 talk, video-conference or communicate with 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

ZOOM FELLOWSHIP CHATS
There are a number of Zoom meetings scheduled for fellowship and conversation,
after the 10am worship session.
If you’d like to join one, please use one of the codes below:
10:40am - June 822 740 0814 (716922)
11:15am - Derek 927 480 8728 (889123) (not this Sunday 9th August)

Pentecost prayer rainbow
Pentecost Prayer Rainbow
Jesus promised the Holy Spirit in John 14:26, who would be the Helper for his people:
"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”

Today is the Day of Pentecost and this is the day the Holy Spirit descended onto those scared disciples after Jesus' death and gave them the courage to tell people about Jesus.  Today we celebrate and ask the Holy Spirit that we too have the courage to share the Gospel with others.
 
To celebrate Pentecost, a painted prayer rainbow is now displayed in the North porch of the church.  We invite you to bring along and attach a paper dove with a safety pin.  You might like to use this template and the dove could be either white or painted in one of the colours of the rainbow.  Perhaps you might like to write a prayer on the dove?  
 
The Marriage Course online
‘The lockdown is putting relationships under great strain. The irritating habits of our husband/wife are becoming magnified towards breaking point’.  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
 
Holy Communion in Church, Wednesday 5th and 12th August
This will also be broadcast by Zoom.  When you are signed in you can ‘Join a Meeting’ (Meeting ID 927 480 8728, Password 889123).
Alternatively you can phone in (Call 0131 460 1196 then follow instructions, entering Meeting ID and Meeting Password, followed by hash (#), as instructed).

ONLINE THIS YEAR - HBW 2020 ‘2020 Vision: Seeing and Believing’, 3rd-7th August
HBW might not be meeting in August but we still want to go ahead with the worksheets; they are available for children to download, which will give them something to do
HBW 2020
 while they are off school in the summer.
See the HBW website and social media in these summer holiday weeks.

Charities Support Group Treasure Hunt, 15th - 31st August
Raise money for St Michael's Charities Support Group causes whilst having some treasure hunt fun.  Questions will be available from 15th August, until 31st August when entries need to be completed.  More details to follow soon.

A very different Bike ’n Hike, Saturday 12th September
This is the most important fundraiser for the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust and they’d love at least one person from each parish to be sponsored to walk/cycle round as many churches as they can on this day.  Special protocols will be put in place this year and some churches may not be open, no register, perhaps no welcomers, and bring your own refreshments.  More details in due course but contact the Parish Office if you’re interested in taking part.

POSTPONED - The APCM is now postponed to Sunday 25th October at 11:40am in the WCC
We invite you to consider standing for the PCC, Churchwarden or Deanery Synod or to be appointed as a Sidesperson.  Most of the reports are available to view here.