Bishop's Stortford Methodist Church

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 Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 4 July 10am-12.30pm Morning Tea Party organised by Knit & Natter to raise funds for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance.  Everyone welcome -please spread the word!

Food Bank Coffee Morning - Sat 8 July - offers of help and cakes gratefully received but biggest need is customers! Thank you. Mione Goldspink

Friday 14 July 10am for 2½ hours Defibrillator training The East of England Ambulance Trust will deliver a course that covers basic life support in adults and children with the use of the defibrillator and plenty of time for practice. The course is for up to 12 people and you get a certificate.   I will contact those who have already shown an interest.  If you would like toattend please let me know, preferably before the end of June, by email or otherwise.  Richard Ling:

Annual Church Meeting Minutes of the meeting on 4 June are on the notice board in the Upper Foye

Sunday 2 July WiLos Lunch for anyone on their own (Widow(er)s or soLos) and not just women – men welcome too! We will go over to Wetherspoons for lunch after the morning service. No need to book, but if you let Angela Finbow or Frieda Wilson know you are coming, we will make sure you are not left behind!

Sunday 23 July. David Mullins’ Farewell Lunch will take place after the farewell service on the list to sign up for this is in the Upper Foyer and the absolute last day for signing will be Tuesday 18 July.

Thursday 31 August, 7.30pm – Revd Gillian Hulme’s Welcome service – a Circuit service at our church led by Revd David Chapman, Chair of the Beds, Essex & Herts Methodist District, and including an ecumenical welcome.


The Tendring Circuit are seeking a Part Time Youth Worker for 15 hours per Worker week. See the advert on the Upper Foyer notice board. Applications by 31 May. 

The Anglican- The Anglican-Methodist Covenant is seeking volunteer champions Methodist Covenant is seeking volunteer champions Methodist Covenant is seeking volunteer champions to raise the profile of the Covenant. See poster in the Upper Foyer. Closing date Friday 2 June. 

Kickstart is one of the charities to benefit from Waitrose Community Matters this month. If you shop tokens in the Kickstart box

The Courtman Caminos 

The Courtman Caminos  latest newsletter is now out, with news of rain, summer holidays, the arrival of Chris and Fiona’s carnés (residence visas), and a new bible verse: “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19.21. There are a few copies of the newsletter in the upper foyer. (Prayer points for Chris, Fiona and the children next week.)

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 and available to borrow immediately after the service, so you can catch up now! Speak to the person manning the audio/visual desk.