Bishop's Stortford Methodist Church

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The next WiLos lunch, for anyone who would otherwise be on their own, will be on Sunday 21 July.  Put it in your diary now!  Speak to Angela or Frieda for details.

Tickets are now on sale for the British Georgian Music Academy concert on Saturday 20 July – if you could take a pack of 9 to sell to friends, please see the stewards.  And if you can put up some posters advertising this event, these and flyers are available

Lunch Bunch is aiming to tackle holiday hunger, but urgently needs volunteers for Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes during the school holidays.  Mondays will be at BSMC on 29 July, and 5, 12 and 19 August, while Wednesdays and Fridays will be at Holy Trinity. We need people to help with crafts and with cooking, serving meals and just being an extra pair of hands. There will be a volunteers’ morning next Saturday, 29 June, 10am-12noon at Holy Trinity – do come along with any ideas you may have, or to sign up for a shift.  Please speak to Gill or Mione for more details, or you can ring 01279 651671.  Please consider volunteering – even one session will help – and please keep this new initiative in your prayers

Flower Group  Although many different people ‘provide’ the flowers each week, for many this simply means paying for the flowers, not arranging them.  The group which arranges the flowers is now down to just 3 people, and all are older ladies, who are finding it increasingly difficult to keep up.  There is one younger member joining the group after the summer but if one or two others could also join the load will be spread and each member will only have to arrange flowers once a month.  Current members are more than happy to train new members, so if you feel you could bless our church in this way do please have a word with either Cynthia Friend or Susan Hayter.  Otherwise we may not have flower displays on such a regular basis.

The Foodbank have again had a very busy week and are in need of long life milk, tinned tuna, spreads (marg or spreadable butter) and toilet rolls.  All gifts greatly appreciated – use the box on the table in the Lower Foyer.


Sunday 14 July 3.00pm Sankey Service at Abbey Lane URC.  We’ll be singing some of the Songs and Solos popularised by the 19th century evangelists Sankey and Moody - Blessed Assurance, Bringing in the Sheaves, Will your anchor hold? - and many more.  The service will be led by Revd Stuart Veitch, who will help us to reflect on the continuing significance and message conveyed by these songs.  Do join us: we’d love to welcome you and there will be light refreshments afterwards.  If you have any special requests e-mail them to scrapkin@yahoo.com.sg.

Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June Displaced Persons Exhibition at Water Lane United Reformed Church.  2/3 of people worldwide who are forced to leave their homes remain in their own country;   more than 40 million people aredisplaced 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 URC is hosting the touring exhibition from Christian Aid regarding displaced people around the world on Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June, opening from 10am to 4pm on Friday and Saturday and from 2-4pm on the Sunday.  On the Saturday, Adrian Whalley from Christian Aid will be speaking about displaced people he has met in Columbia, starting at 2.15pm.  He is an experienced and enthusiastic speaker, so do come along if you can.  For more info, see the Upper Foyer notice board or go to https://www.christianaid.org.uk/campaigns/uprooted-overlooked.

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.