Bishop's Stortford Methodist Church

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Special Prayer Events throughout August on Sunday evenings at 6.30pm. While we have no evening service, we will be open for prayer – open to everyone.How should Christians respond to terrorism/disasters? Leave nothing to chance:let’s together ask God to help. Join us for these Sunday evening Prayer events.

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.

Saturday 9 September  Swimming for Macmillan Following last year’s successful fund raising, this year Zoe & Karen Quelch are swimming 2km at Letchworth Lido on 9 September. All sponsorship would be greatly appreciated and can be madeat https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Karen-Quelch2. Thank you.

Saturday 9 September 
For anyone wanting gentle exercise visiting local 
churches, Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust have a sponsored walk/cycle weekend. More details from Norman on 655985.

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..

How well do you know European Birds? The Knebworth Christian Aid group have set a cryptic quiz, with 100 clues, and there are WH Smith Vouchers for the two highest scores. Quiz sheets are £2 each from Frieda Wilson and the closing date is 24 September. All proceeds to Christian Aid.

Kickstart Pens We have a new selection of pens with the Kickstart logo at £1.50 each. Please buy one and show your cotinued support for Kickstart - now in our 23rd year! Many thanks for all your support over the years. Kath & Peter Scarlett

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Singing Lessons with Isobel Bradshaw AGSM, a previous member of Royal Opera House with 20 years’ experience teaching all ages and styles. A member of St Joseph’s, she comes highly recommended by several members of both our church and the Community Church. Contact Isobel on 07910 407871 orIsobel.bradshaw@ntlworld.com.

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

Kickstart is one of the charities to benefit from Waitrose Community Matters this month. If you shop there, please put 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 which are available to borrow immediately after the service, so you can catch up now! Speak to the person manning the audio/visual desk.