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.
Bridge Youth Church

CANCELLED FOR THE TIME BEING - Bridge at Thirst takes over Thirst Café, Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm/8:15pm (term time)
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 17th JANUARY 2021

8am Holy Communion in Church
Please note that you will need to print your own order of service if you are coming to Church.  It's available here.
10am Service of the Word in Church and broadcast by Zoom
Please note that you will need to print your own order of service if you are coming to Church.  It will be available here.
 
When you are signed in you can ‘Join a Meeting’ (Meeting ID 846 662 9590, Password 834900).
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
 

Pentecost prayer rainbow
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.”
On the Day of Pentecost 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 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?  

Prayers for our Community, 9:30am, every Saturday 
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.  On Saturday 16th January we'll meet via Zoom on 458 034 0358 (435609).

Zoom prayer with June on Mondays
June is holding a support chat and prayer room each week.  If you’re interested in joining, please call her for more details (771756).  Everything shared in the session is totally confidential, naturally.

Individual personal prayer, 12noon-1pm every day (from 18th January)
The church will be open 12noon-1pm every day.  We are extremely grateful to all our steward volunteers for enabling these sessions.  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.  In this time of Lockdown and during these shorter days our sessions might be an extra opportunity for our church’s light to shine in the darkness.  Please contact the Office if you’re interested in stewarding.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18th-25th January
There are a number of opportunities to share in ecumenical prayer and worship this coming week:
  • Derek will be hosting a prayer session via Zoom each weekday (18th-22nd and 25th January) from WoPCU12noon - 12:30pm.  Meeting ID: 927 480 8728, Password: 889123.
  • Churches Together in Hertfordshire are holding a short zoom service of prayer on Monday 18th January at 7:30pm, led by Bishop Paul McAleenan (Meeting ID: 854 7616 4857, Password: 850163).  The order of service is available here.
  • See our Facebook (@stmikesbs) or Instagram (stmichaelschurch_stortford) pages for a daily prayer from different churches and denominations in Hertfordshire.

Wednesday Holy Communion service, 20th January
Derwyn will be presiding at Holy Communion in church on Wednesday 20th January, and the service will also be broadcast by Zoom for those unable to attend in person. Meeting ID 846 662 9590, Password 834900.  Please note that you will need to print your own order of service if you are coming to Church.  It's available here.

Youth Alpha via Zoom, Sunday 24th January, 7:30-9pm
Starting on the fourth Sunday in January we’ll be starting a new Youth Alpha series. If the last year has been a struggle for you with your faith or if you’d just like to reconnect with Jesus, then we’ll be running a new Youth Alpha course fortnightly in term time beginning on 24th Jan.
For more information click here.

If you'd like to join, please contact Al Evans at bridgeyouthchurch@gmail.com

DIY Christingle 2021, Sunday 7th February, 10am
More details next week but we are planning to make Christingles (in church or at home) during our 10am worship (in person and on Zoom) on Sunday 7th February.  There is no need to make a special trip to the shops: all that is needed is a large round fruit, some small sweets or dried fruit and red ribbon/paper/cloth. However, you might not have cocktail sticks or small candles so we will carefully prepare individual sets of those, laid out on a table in Church from next Sunday 24th January, to collect if you come in to worship or for private prayer.

Our Christingle services are usually in conjunction with The Children's Society.Donate now
If you'd like to make a donation, please click on this link: 
 
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