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Sunday 22 April 4.00pm Songs of Praise Heart & Mind & Soul service at our church. A short inclusive service featuring favourite hymns and followed by afternoon tea.

Saturday 21 April 7.00pm Enfield Salvation Army Band Bishop’s Stortford BibleSociety Action Group invite you to a Salvation Army Musical Evening at our church in aid of the Bible Society. £5 on the door – everyone welcome. 

Renewal House Group starts again on Tuesday April 10th at 7.45 for 8.00pm at the home of June Whitbread. We shall be listening to and discussing talks given by Revd David Coffey, a well-known Baptist Pastor and Church leader at the Time Out Conference last October. The first one is entitled Up the Mountain (Matt.5:1-6). Please feel free to join us. 

Sunday 29 April Annual Church Meeting after  morning service. The minutes of last year’s meeting are now available on the notice board in the Upper Foyer. We need people to serve on Church Council, we have two vacancies for Stewards, and a Chair for the Property Committee is also needed. Please give prayerful consideration as to whether God is calling you to use your gifts in one of these ways - and speak to Gill Hulme or Sue Unitt for further details.

Sunday 6 May 
WiLos lunch anyone on their own is welcome to join us at Wetherspoons for lunch after the morning service. You can decide on the day – just let Frieda Wilson or Angela Finbow know. 

Christian Aid Week is coming – 13-19 May 2018. Christian Aid Week This year, the focus is on Haiti and how together we’re stronger than the storms. 

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Art Classes Ken Mark will be taking art classes for both beginners and experienced artists at Wicken Bonhunt from 18 April. £3 a session including refreshments. See Chris Neal if you would like to take part. 

Courtman Caminos In their March newsletter, Chris & Fiona Courtman ask for the following prayers:
Give Thanks: for the opportunity to attend the Latin Link conference in Lima and receive support and encouragement from fellow workers;
for the warmth of the 
people on the alpaca reserve in the highlands,
for the encouraging conversations 
with Chris and their openness to studying the bible; for a wonderful visit from Fiona’s brother, Joe; for additional language study for both Chris and Fiona, to improve their Spanish.
Pray for: the success of the Youth Alpha course Chris will be running at Colegio International;
the children as they return to nursery, that they will adapt to the
routine and to speaking Spanish;
Chris, who has been invited to speak at a
church service at the alpaca reserve, for his safe travel (the road is dangerous)and for open hearts in the people to whom he speaks.

A message from Gill Hulme: I have been thinking for a while how to make more links within our local community, something that was requested when Graham and I came on our first visit to Stortford. I'm therefore going to be available roughly fortnightly on a Wednesday morning - over the road in Coffee Corner. The first one of these 'coffee & chats' will be on Wednesday 24 January between 10am and 12noon in the cafe. I know that often there isn't time on a Sunday morning to chat at length and I hope that this will offer another opportunity (I am also often around on Thursday and Saturday mornings). I hope that it will also mean that I am seen out and about by the local community! If no-one arrives, then that is OK as Coffee Corner has wifi so I can work if no one wants to chat.

New Fairtrade catalogues have arrived, with a wide New Fairtrade catalogues range of Home and Gardenitems as well as the usual fashion items and food and drink. Remember that now we have started Lent, you can look forward to Easter and so we are taking orders for the Real Easter Egg. These eggs contain the story of Easter and chunky milk chocolate buttons in addition to the normal egg. Other eggs are available, so call round to see the range in our new catalogue.

Liz Parrish is intending to man a stall outside the Liz Parrish church on various Saturday mornings during the year for the Church De Development Fund . If you are organising a Saturday Coffee Morning and are not intending to have a stall, please let Liz know (tel 656675) so she can organise one (depending on the weather). Meanwhile, if you are clearing out and wish to donate anything, please let Liz know. If leaving items at the Church, please ensure they are marked for Liz Parrish; however please stagger your donations throughout the year as storage space at the Church is limited

The Key Code to access the church key safe has been changed. If you need this, please contact Lynn Graseman during office hours(10am-1pm, Mon-Fri). The code will be changed regularly, so it’s best to ask for it just a few days before you will need it.

The Weekly Collection Envelopes for the year beginning in March are now available for those people who make their offering in this way. If there is anyone else who would like to join the envelope scheme, please see Christine Leach – she has some spare boxes.

At the Heart ... A MWiB writing competiton for meditative or reflective writing (max 500 words) on the theme of ‘At the Heart...’ in prose or poetry. Closing date: midnight, Wed 25 April. For more info see poster in the New Hall, or
http://mwib.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/WritingComp-2018-flyer.pdf.

Encountering Rome – then and now A MWiB 6-day pilgrimage exploring what it means to be a Protestant in Rome today in the light of the importance of Rome to the spread of the Christian Gospel. Tuesday 5 March to Sunday 10 March
2019. Cost: €500 to €750 PLUS travel. See poster in the Upper Foyer

Did you miss one of our services? Every service is recorded on audio cassette which are available to borrow immediately after the service, so you can catch up now! Speak to the person manning the audio/visual desk.