Bishop's Stortford Methodist Church

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October 2020

Following the recent flood,  the back of the church is now dry and we are beginning to get it all ready again so the Foodbank and Kickstart can use the back rooms again. The front window and notice board are to be repaired due to  an act of vandalism. We look forward to getting the church back to good order shortly.

Other News

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, 
The Community Church 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
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
Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem: Sundays 10:30am on and
Methodist Central Hall Westminster Sundays at 11am
Sthie ('At home') A very different worship experience: join in live on Sundays on their Facebook group. For details see 2020/03/15/sthie-at-home-online-worship/. You can watch previous live-streamed videos at

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.

Recycling – Unfortunately, the Pringles recycling scheme has been withdrawn and there is no public recycling point 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.