Bishop's Stortford Methodist Church

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 Our Church News

Diary Dates

Mondays 19 Feb to 20 March 2.00-3.30pm or Tuesdays 8.00- 9.30pm, .Lent Course Exploring the Void – based on the gripping action film and book “Touching the Void”. How and what can we learn from life and death decisions? At our church, led by Revd Gill Hulme,  All welcome – just come along.

Monday 19 February, Tuesday 27 February, Thursday 8 March, Wednesday 14 March and Saturday 24 March Lent Lunches will be held at our church or at Gill’s  manse on  – sign up on the sheets at the back of the church/on the Lower Foyer notice board.

Saturday 24 February for Children with Cancer – Liz & John Parrish’s son is running the marathon for this good cause.
Sunday 4 March – Sunday 4 March –WiLos(Widows & SoLos) Lunch Los)  Lunch after the morning service at Wetherspoons. All welcome – just let Angela or Frieda know if you’re coming.

News
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 ChristineLeach – 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 Romethen 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.