News ROUNDUP VICAR'S APPOINTMENT Recently, I shared the news that I have been appointed Priest-in-Charge (Rector Designate) of St Nicholas, Sutton, in the Diocese of Southwark. My last Sunday here will be on 24th February. My Licensing Service (the start of my ministry at Sutton) will take place on 3rd April. For me this is a real call to something new, not just to a team/group ministry in an Outer London borough, but also to a Local Ecumenical Partnership with the Methodist and Baptist churches. I will be sad to leave, but in the meantime I look forward to seeing you and will keep you in my prayers. With warmest good wishes for Advent. Revd Frances
IMPRESSIONS OF ETHIOPIA (2018) I will be giving an illustrated talk about my visit to Ethiopia during my sabbatical earlier this year. It will take place in Church House immediately after the (shortened) 9.30am communion service on Sunday 20th January. This replaces the talk I was due to give to the Mothers' Union on 19th March. All welcome. Revd Frances
PARISH OFFICE: We are delighted that CHRISTINA (CHRISSY) GOAN has joined us this week as PARISH ADMINISTRATOR. Chrissy, who lives it Sawbridgeworth, started work here on Tuesday.
Please note that, although Chrissy's daily hours vary, she will be in the office from at least 11.30am to 1.30pm each day.
Phone: 01279 726629
It would be appreciated if any requests for administrative assistance from Chrissy could be directed to the Vicar in the first instance. Revd Frances
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Alban Life is a new quarterly printed magazine. To be published at Advent, Lent, Pentecost and Harvest, each edition will give you encouraging, informing and inspiring stories about current issues and themes relevant to the life of people and churches in St Albans Diocese. The first few copies of Alban Life are distributed free of charge so we can get to know it. Please take a copy today. A short survey will be available after the magazine has been released, and the diocese would be grateful for any feedback as planning and writing future editions begins.
FOODBANK Our next collection will be on Sunday 10th February and our next sale will be on Sunday 17th February.
Thank you so much for all your generous support. This year, the money raised is much appreciated by the Michael Roberts Charitable Trust, for whom every penny is important. Ann and Cathy
STEWARDSHIP ENVELOPES for 2019 are available for collection. Please speak to me if you would like to learn more about this and other methods of supporting the work of the church. Many thanks, Huw Lewis
CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS: Our Christmas collections this year (Nine Lessons and Carols, Crib Service, 11.SOpm Christmas Eve and Christmas morning) are going to the work of CRISIS UK (formerly `Crisis at Christmas'). If you haven't yet returned your Christmas envelope then please do so as soon as possible so that we can make the donation, Church Wardens
ADVENT LUNCHES: THANK YOU to all who attended these. We were very pleased to see so many there on each of the three Thursdays. A particular thank you to those who helped with soup-making, setting up, serving tea/coffee and clearing-up and washing-up. The help was very gratefully received. Your generosity was marvellous and a profit of £210.00 was made, which has been sent to the Children's Society. So, thank you all again and see you at the Lent Lunches. Shirley and Di
CAROLS ON FAIR GREEN. Thank you David and the Choir, Revd Frances and all who took part. The collection raised £1000 for the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind, another £1000 for the Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service and nearly £500 for other local Rotary charities - and the singing was excellent. Sawbridgeworth & District Rotary
FAREWELL to JAYNE MACKIN We are very grateful to Jayne for all she has done in the 2 years she has been working in the Parish Office and wish her well.
Please note that notices for the PEW LEAFLET should be submitted by 5pm on Thursday for printing on Friday morning. Please ensure that notices are copied to The Vicar as well as the office and PLEASE INDICATE (IN THE SUBJECT BOX) THAT THE EMAIL IS FOR THE PEW LEAFLET. There is limited space. Please try to keep them brief. Thank you.
DEANERY CHURCH ES TOGETHER EVENTS-further information at back of church Holy Trinity, Bishop's Stortford - 7pm TONIGHT, 13 January - concert in aid of Night Shelter
St James, Thorley - 6.30/7pm Saturday 2 February - Annual Quiz Evening
Bishop's Stortford Methodist Church - Saturday 6 April - Choir for a Day
CALLIGRAPHER needed for occasional work. Please see the Vicar if you are able to help or can recommend someone. Revd Frances