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Saturday 14 October Christian Aid Coffee Morning at our church. Do come along to support Christian Aid’s work – especially at this time of such great need. Plants, cakes, home made cards, bric-a-brac and Traidcraft stalls.
On Sunday 15 October we have accepted an invitation to join WEBS at the URC church in Water Lane for their Morning Service at 11am. This is to Commemorate the Reformation 500 years ago. Guest preacher and speaker is Revd Dr David Cornick, General Secretary of Churches Together in England and noted Church historian. The service will be followed by a bring and share lunch (please bring savoury). Note there will be no service at our Church that morning.
Knitted Bible This popular exhibition of 33 knitted Bible scenes is open to the public at three churches in the Huntington area from 15 October to 5 November. Entry free (donations welcome). Quiz booklet for children. Refreshments available. More info from the Circuit Administrator on snhmcc@outlook.com.
Tuesday 17 October MWiB District Day at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Harlow, CM20 3AF.
“Hospitality - more than a cup of tea”. All welcome. See flyer.
Saturday 28 October 2017 ‘1517 and all that .. .. The Relevance of the Reformation Today’. This is a day conference (10.30am to 3.30pm) run in partnership with the Newman Association and St Albans Cathedral Study Centre at St Columba’s College, St Albans, AL3 4AW. Four speakers from a range of Western Christian traditions will give their views, followed by a panel discussion. More details to follow.

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The Fund for Human Need is a small charity founded The Fund for Human Need in 1960 by Methodists who believed they had a responsibility to heed Jesus’ words and offer help to the poorest and most needy people. They give small one-off grants up to a maximum of £125 to tide people over when they are destitute and desperate.They aim to double their grants, but need more income to do this. Will you help? See leaflet on Upper Foyer notice board or www.fundforhumanneed.org.uk.
Church Bookstall From Sunday 1 October: our selection of Christmas cards will be reduced by 10% so get in early and choose your cards supporting the Leprosy Mission. Newer range available from November. If you require a Methodist diary please let me know. Ruth Banks
Karen & Zoe's Swim Thank you everyone who sponsored us. We raised an amazing £1165.00! I will be collecting the last of the sponsorship money over the next couple of weeks & hope to get it sent away ASAP.
Action for Children Boxes If you think you may have put an old £1 coin in your AfC box, please let me have the box for emptying as soon as possible, as they will cease to be legal tender on 15 October. Thank you. Frieda
JMA Collectors please hand your pots in to Kate Rowe for emptying. Many thanks.
Do you know someone who will be on their own on Christmas Day who would like to come to Company at Christmas? Speak to either Mione Goldspink or Frieda Wilson. Also, drivers are needed drivers are needed to ensure all our guests can get to
and from the hall and to take meals out to the housebound. If you could spare some time on Christmas Day to help with the transport, let Frieda know on 507138 or 4friedawilson@gmail.com. Thank you.


Friday Evening Prayer Drop In: 7.00-8.00 pmPlease do feel free to drop in to the Oasis at any time to pray for the things that are on your mind and in your heart.   

Don’t forget the B2G (Buy to Give) box that is out each week. The YMCA will be glad of the following food items for their vulnerable young people: pasta, tinned ravioli, tinned tuna, tinned spaghetti, baked beans, tinned meat (sausages, corned beef, meatballs), instant noodles, pasta sauces, tinned fruit, tinned vegetables (e.g. sweetcorn, peas, potatoes, carrots), rice, cous cous, mayonnaise, cereal, ‘pour-over’ sauces, crackers. In addition, the following toiletries are also very useful to their ‘Crash Pad’ Residents, who often arrive with nothing: toothpaste, toothbrush, shower gel, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper, comb/brush, toilet bags. 

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.