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Can you help?  The Food Bank has been very busy and is desperately short of volunteers at present.  We are open 10.00-12.30 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, and we have two shifts a day 09.30-11.30 and 11.30 -13.00.  We require people for Tuesday and Thursday 09.30-11.30 and Monday and Friday 11.30-13.00.  If you could help, please contact us on bsfoodbank.coordinator@gmail.com or 07432785976 or 01279 501745.  Many thanks.

The Incredible Journey - HBW 2019 Plans are well under way for this year’s Holiday Bible Week. We especially need adults to volunteer as part of the tent teams - we have tent leaders in place already! The launch night date for adult volunteers (previously known as the training night) was Thursday 6 June and when leaders met the others in their tent teams, and the plan for the week was outlined. A DBS check will need to be done for those volunteers who don't have one for HBW, but that is a straightforward process! Do consider now whether you can volunteer so we can offer places to as many children as possible usually about 500).

Saturday 29 June 10am-3pm Women’s Conference: Roar! at Sawbridgeworth Congregational Church, London Rd, CM21 9EH. With all the changes we are facing this year as a country, here's an opportunity to remember our God who roars over His people (Joel 3:16).  Come to learn, worship and get to know new friends.  Rachel Hickson, International Speaker and founder of Heartcry for Change, is speaking this year.  Tickets are £10 (including lunch) and can be bought at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-conference-called-equipped-growing-roar-tickets-44299181043.  We really hope you can join us.

Saturday 29 June 7.30pm Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society will be singing A Day at the Fair by Jonathan Rathbone, in our Church.  A Day at the Fair is a set of lighthearted contemporary style folk songs about the stalls and games at an Edwardian Fair.  Rathbone wrote the songs in 2015, drawing on his experience with the Swingle Singers and his other wide-ranging work with leading musicians, including the Beatles producer, George Martin, Sir Cliff Richard and singers Katherine Jenkins and Lesley Garrett.  Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society will also sing arrangements of some traditional folk songs, including The Oak & the Ash and Swansea Town.  Information and tickets can be found at: www.singwithbscs.org.uk or through Bishop’s Stortford Tourist Information Centre.


Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June, opening from 10am to 4pm on Friday and Saturday and from 2-4pm on the Sunday Displaced Persons Exhibition  2/3 of people worldwide who are forced to leave their homes remain in their own country;  more than 40 million people are displaced within their own country;  and one person every second, since 2008, has been displaced by disasters.  Seeking safety but unwilling or unable to cross a border, they are largely ignored by the international community and denied the official protection afforded to refugees.  Water Lane United Reformed Church is hosting the touring exhibition from Christian Aid regarding displaced people around the world.  On the Saturday, Adrian Whalley from Christian Aid will be speaking about displaced people he has met in Columbia, starting at 2.15pm.  Do make a note of the date now.  For more info, go to https://www.christianaid.org.uk/campaigns/uprooted-overlooked or see the Upper Foyer notice board.

Stort Valley Schools Trust urgent message:  We are asking you to pray.  You may be aware there has been some negative press on Facebook about It's Your Move, from some parents who are not happy about the Christian content of the book.  The situation has escalated very quickly and news has spread to schools, both primary and secondary. The image of us and our workers that is being portrayed is quite concerning and most importantly, not true.We would really appreciate your prayers and support but ask that you do not respond to any Facebook posts or comments please.Please pray for our workers, that they feel safe and confident; for wisdom in dealing with the situation; for continued open doors to schools and It's Your Move and that this is quickly stopped. Our God is a great God and His plans will not be thwarted.  Psalm 93:4 tells us 'But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore, the Lord above is mightier than these.’               Thank you for your prayers.

18 & 19 October The Baptist Church Centre will be hosting the Global Leadership Summit again.  This is an excellent opportunity for teams, or individuals, to be encouraged to grow in their leadership. It is not limited to those in specific church leadership positions: it has huge benefits for those in business, maybe as part of their CPD requirements, and also for others who have a more informal leadership role.  Super early bird tickets are available at £55 per person until 30 June, saving £40 on the full price.  See https://globalleadershipnetwork.org.uk for more info/to book tickets