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Diary Dates and News

Wednesday 15 January 8.00pm Celebrate Recovery A Christ-centred, Bible-based recovery programme designed to help people address a variety of hurts, habits & hang-ups. Do you have a habit or temptation in your life that you cannot overcome? Are there things in your life that cause hurt to you or others? Is there something that you wish you could live without? Have other people hurt you and you find the pain won’t go away? Are there things that prevent you from developing a closer relationship with God? If you can answer yes to any of these things, then please come along and see for yourself if God can use CR to bless you. He’s used it to bless thousands of people around the world. The next course begins at Bishop’s Stortford Baptist Church on Wednesday 15th January at 8pm. To Sign Up: call or email the Baptist Church Office on 01279 836695 or bsbcpa@stortfordbaptist.org; or sign up online; or simply turn up on the 15th! (Registration is not essential but helps with planning).

From the Salvation Army a thank you letter from Megan Kervin for all the donations made to their Christmas appeal is on the Upper Foyer notice board. They were blessed with ample donations for the families they wanted to help and are very grateful.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18-25 January There is a booklet ofdaily reflections available at www.ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer. Written by the churches in Gozo and  Malta, this focuses on Paul’s shipwreck on Malta and the material for each day is very powerful. A few hard copies will be available for those not online.

Sunday 19 January 4.00pm CTBS United Service for Christian Unity at the Barnabas Centre at St James’ Church, Thorley, CM23 4BE. Everyone welcome!

Churches Together in Hertfordshire Prayer Calendar for 2020 This brings together prayers from across the churches with a local monthly Focus for Hope and also provides information about the different ways Christians work together ecumenically. This is the second year Churches Together in Hertfordshire has produced this document and they hope you will find it helpful throughout the year as we pray and work together for greater Christian Unity, both across Hertfordshire and further afield. There are some copies of the Prayer Calendar for those not online but it is also available on the CT Herts website at www.ctherts.org.uk.

Saturday 25 January 10.30am Welwyn Garden City Quaker Sustainability Group is hosting a sustainability and climate justice workshop at the Quaker Meeting House at 109 Hanside Lane, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6SP. The theme will be "A new economy for the climate crisis" and it will focus on practical action we can take to tackle sustainability and climate justice. Anyone who would like to learn more about, or meet with others interested in, these issues is very welcome to attend. More details from Alicia Mendonca-Richards of WGC Sustainability Group on aka.mendonca@gmail.com.

SVST Prayer Request Stort Valley Schools Trust are seeking new trustees for the charity, following the retirement of our Chairman, David Williams. We currently have 5 trustees, 2 of whom live some distance from this area and who continue to be faithful and active supporters of the work of the Trust. Their particular insight and advice is invaluable, however their physical distance means that it is hard for them to remain actively involved. We are immensely grateful and praise God for all the years in which David has served the Trust, many years as Chairman, but it is right for him to step down now as other commitments become increasingly pressing. The current trustees have agreed that an increase in our number is imperative to ensure that the work in schools may continue. Please join us in praying that God will send along the right people to continue to lead this invaluable work forward. Many thanks.The Trustees.