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Wool Drops If anyone would like to do some knitting or craft whilst they are at home I can organise wool, needles, patterns etc to be dropped round. Please call me, Kate Rowe, on 07763 863954 to discuss what you would like. You can join in with the Knit and Natter projects, some of which are easy to do, or you can make whatever you like. I can provide some sewing kits as well if you prefer to sew. Craft activities are very good for you, apparently – particularly knitting!

Services on the radio For those not online:
Sundays 8.10am - Radio 4 FM (radio or tv Freeview channel 704)
Daily 8.10am – Radio 4 Long Wave (radio or tv Freesat channel 710,
Sky channel 0143, or Virgin channel 911)

Online Church Services

From local churches: as well as our own Sunday morning service on
Bishops Stortford Methodist Church https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-Vwyj1TcXfJlm1-IYxJn0Q/, 
The Community Church https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0ZOyywWi3eEhdhjnJKw0gA has a Sunday service, and Daily Mass is being streamed from St Joseph’s at 9.30am Mon to Fri, with weekend Masses at 6pm Sat, and 9am, 11am, and 6pm on Sunday at www.churchservices.tv/bishopsstortford.
In addition, the central Methodist Church is working in collaboration with the following churches to provide Sunday worship: 
Wesley's Chapel London Sundays 11am on www.youtube.com/channel/UCUAUqhmhevz5sqhh72LIMxA.
Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem: Sundays 10:30am on www.youtube.com/user/SwanBank and www.facebook.com/swanbank/
Methodist Central Hall Westminster Sundays at 11am onwww.youtube.com/mchwevents.
Sthie ('At home') A very different worship experience: join in live on Sundays on their Facebook group. For details seewww.andyfishburne.com/ 2020/03/15/sthie-at-home-online-worship/. Youcan watch previous live-streamed videos atwww.youtube.com/andyfishburne.

We hope these four options will offer some breadth from our tradition.

Do you need help coping during the coronavirus crisis? Or can you offer help? Now is the time for Christian love in action – between us, we can ensure that people’s needs are met. If you need help,speak first to your pastoral visitor. If they are unable to help, Maureen Draper has kindly agreed to liaise with people so those who offer help are able to assist the most needy. Equally, if you are able to help with shopping, collection of medicines from a pharmacy, or anything else,please let Maureen know. Maureen’s number is 656255. Let’s all pull together, while remembering to take care of ourselves too – we are all beloved children of God.

The Food Bank is short of a number of items at the moment, so if you are thinking of donating items during Lent, please pick something from the following list: Fruit Juice (long life cartons), Tea Bags, Coffee (Instant),Meat (tinned), Fruit  (tinned), Rice Pudding and Custard (tinned), Sponge Pudding  (tinned), Tomatoes (tinned), Vegetables  (tinned), Milk  (Long Life/ UHT/dried), Rice  (500 g packs), Sugar  (500 g packs), Hot Chocolate, Biscuits, Chocolate/Snack Bars,Noodles, Breakfast Cereals (medium sized packets), Washing Up Liquid,Washing Powder or Capsules, Toiletries (e.g. shampoo, shower gel and deodorant), Toilet Rolls.

Mark Wiffen is raising money for the children's charity Holibobs. The charity provides holidays for children suffering from cancer and leukaemia. The challenge is to complete as many climbs as you can in 24 hours of Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons. At 2,907 ft, completing 10 Y Fan is the equivalent of climbing Everest.….. tenuous maybe, but it just shows the enormity of achieving the full ten climbs. For your sponsorship Mark has set up a Just giving page, alternatively Mark also has a sponsorship form should you wish to donate directly to him. The challenge takes place over the 24 hrs from 6 pm on 9 May.
Recycling – Unfortunately, the Pringles recycling scheme has been withdrawn and there is no public recycling points for Pringles in the Bishop's Stortford area. We are now using the large bin for the crisp packets for Holy Trinity Night Shelter. We can still also collect the plastic ring can holders.You may put them in the same bin as the crisps but please do not enclose them in a bag with the crisp packets. DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE MORE CRISP PACKETS IF THE BIN IS FULL - TAKE THEM TO THE HOLY TRINITY NIGHT SHELTER OR KEEP THEM AT HOME. THANK YOU.