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Monday

19th

7.45pm Bell Ringing practice
7.45pm House Group - The Forebury
Tuesday 20th 9.30am Tiny Tots Service in Church
2pm Mothers' Union Tea Party in Church House

Wednesday

21st

 

Thursday

22nd

Birth of John the Baptist

Alban, first martyr of Britain, c.250

9.30am Eucharist 

7.30pm PCC Committee meetings

Friday 23rd Etheldreda, abbess, c.678
7.45pm Choir Practice
Saturday 24th 9.30am Churchyard Working Party
1.30pm Memorial Service - David Dore

Sunday

25th

2nd Sunday after Trinity

8.00am . Eucharist 

9.30am . Parish Eucharist

6.30pm  Evensong

 

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DIOCESAN PRAYER DIARY can be found on the St Albans Diocesan website at

http://www.stalbans.anglican.org/ministry/prayer-diary/

PARISH PILGRIMAGE - SAVE THE DATE: Following our very successful trip to Canterbury last autumn, we have now confirmed that this year's pilgrimage will be to Rochester Cathedral on Saturday 2nd September. We hope to run a coach as last year. Booking forms will be available from June but for now, if you'd like to come, please put the date in your diaries. Rachel Moate

MOTHERS' UNION members invite you to our summer fundraiser "MAD HATTER'S TEA PARTY" on TUESDAY 20th JUNE at 2pm in Church House. Tickets, price 2.55p (2.10s, 6d) each, are now on sale with Cathy Battson. Includes a delicious tea. There will be stalls, competitions, a raffle, and a prize for the craziest hat! So come along and join in the fun. All proceeds for the Mothers' Union Summer of Hope Appeal to further its work in this country and worldwide.

THE CHURCHYARD WORKING PARTY will next meet on Saturday 24th June.

PROPOSED RELOCATION OF SAWBRIDGEWORTH LIBRARY There will be a public exhibition of current town planning application proposals relating to the relocation of Sawbridgeworth Library to the Fire Station complex on 19th June 2017 from 3.00pm to 8.00pm at the Fire Station. This affects all of us in Sawbridgeworth, so please do attend the exhibition and make your voice heard.  Diana Jones

PRAYER FOR STREET PASTORS INITIATIVE is taking place at Bishop's Stortford Baptist Church, Twyford Rd CM23 3LJ on Monday 3 July from 7.30-9pm. RSVP Daphne Bagley, Prayer Pastor Coordinator daphne.bagley@tesco.net 01279 721753

EQUIPPING GOD'S PEOPLE PROGRAMME, January - September 2017: Events and courses open to all. details available at back of church. 

THE PARISH OFFICE: JAYNE MACKIN's role includes the work formerly done by Carrie, except that Carrie will continue to do the pew leaflet and worship rota. It would be appreciated if, during this transitional period, any requests for administrative assistance be directed to the Vicar in the first instance.

CARRIE JOHNSON is the FINANCE ADMINISTRATOR. Her job covers all aspects of church finances.

The Parish Office is open from 9am to 1pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

At the PCC MEETING on 27 April 2017 the following key matters were discussed:

Planning for Safeguarding Training and a PCC Away Day *Approval of a Parish Hall Survey to be conducted

Election of officers - all positions filled

Composition of Committees confirmed - lack of Chairpersons means that the full PCC may have to take back responsibility for certain tasks

Decision to hold an event to thank Church and Town Deliverers and others who volunteer in similar ways

Confirmation that Jayne Mackin is now responsible for Church House and Parish Hall lettings

The ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING was held on 6th April. The Annual Report and Financial Statements of the PCC (2016) were in draft form and were tabled for comment only. They were not part of the business of the meeting. Consideration of the Annual Report and Financial Statements will take place at a SPECIAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING on 16th July in Church, immediately after the 9.30am service.

WW1 COMMEMORATIONS:  Our bells were rung on Thursday last from 6.30 in remembrance of Rifleman Herbert Cecil Reed, 10th Bn., Royal Irish Rifles who died of wounds on 14th June 1917, aged 28 and Sgt., Herbert Sidney Monk, 2nd/4th Bn., London Regt. (Royal Fusiliers), who was awarded the Military Medal on 27th May 1917, but was killed less than a month later on 16th June. This ringing also supported this year's BBC Music Day when the BBC requested ringers nationwide to ring the bells in celebration of the event. Clive Moore

 

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