From this week’s news-sheet

Dear Friends

Our prayer for the week:

Risen, ascended Lord,
as we rejoice at your triumph,
fill your Church on earth with power and compassion,
that all who are estranged by sin
may find forgiveness and know your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen

Worship this week
Sun 10 am Service of Holy Communion.
Sun 11 am Young Church (see below for how children & young people can join in).
Sun 11 am Service of the Word via conference call – see below for details.
Tue 7:00 pm  Service of the Word with Reflection.  
Thur 10 am Service of the Word via Zoom & Dial-in

Services are ‘live streamed’ at:  https://www.facebook.com/stmichaelshls/
We can also view on youtube – details advertised with each service.

Young Church
Young Church will again meet up for another fun session this Sunday at 11am.  If you’d like your child to be a part of this email Clare our Young Church leader at stmichaels.youngchurch@btinternet.com.

‘Dial-in’ Church!
Especially for people without internet access we hold a Service of the Word via a telephone conference.  The way of accessing the service is to dial 0203 481 5240, put in the meeting id 584 584 0191 followed by # and if prompted for a further id just enter #.  (The cost is that of a standard call from your phone provider)

An invitation – to join our Book discussion Group
Following our shared reading of The Shack during and after Lent a number of people continued their ‘discussion’ and reflections about faith using ‘Whatapp’.  We want to continue & extend the discussion and have selected another book to do that!

The book is 2017’s Book of the Year entitled ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine!’ The book will alternately make you laugh and weep, it is an enjoyable read which we hope will help us reflect together.  We’re planning to do that in a number of different ways including a weekly ‘Zoom’ meeting, with dial-in access, also through a Whatsapp group and publishing questions in our magazine Signpost.
 
The book is available to buy on Amazon @£4.99 or for just 99p on Kindle.  Please let Margaret Lee know if you wish to join us, and your preferred means of participation, by sending your email or mobile number to Margaret on 07757927048 or marglee372@outlook.comSpace4 Festival
Over the bank holiday weekend our Space4 Facebook page hosted a two-day festival of creativity and talent.  
We were well entertained with a wide variety of talented acts along with films reminding us how much support our amazing project gives to our wider community.  As well as having great fun, an important part of the festival was to raise funds for our project currently doing such a lot to help folks who are struggling with food poverty and well-being during this time of isolation.  
A huge well done and thank you to Jorgie Carmichael for organising the event and to everyone who shared their talents with us and made it all possible.  It’s not too late to view any of the acts still there on the Space4 Facebook page so you can enjoy your own festival whenever you want to!

DailyHOPE – a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers
This is a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus.  Daily Hope, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.  The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

Signpost
Our June edition of the Signpost is due to be available via the Church website on Monday 1st June. If you know anyone who may wish to have a paper copy please get in touch with Malcolm Foster our editor  (emme0707@gmail.com) telephone 07860 250300 and we will try to get copies sent out.

Money matters!
As you’d imagine, with not being in our church buildings financial giving to church is down significantly while many of our financial commitments have not gone away.  This week we’re trialling a new way of giving to church with our ‘on-line collection’ – a bit like a collection plate being out on the way into church!  We’ll send a link to this with our service invitation or you can access it here.  If you would like to find out about regular giving to St Michael and All Angels please contact our Treasurer Alastair Bradley at email HoughtonTreasurer@aol.com.

Staying in touch, church office & telephone contact
Our website and facebook page contain details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life.  We will send regular updates via our church distribution list – please ask people to email us if they’d
like to receive this and other email contact.
Find us online at:   
website: http://www.stmichaelshls.org.uk/facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/stmichaelshls.

You can contact us through our ‘remote’ church office on 0770 7043395 between 10am & 2pm on a Tuesday & Thursday or you can email us at stmichaels.hls@gmail.com.  Please let us know if you would like us to be in touch with you by telephone.  For urgent issues contact Rev’d John Barron on 0191 584 7657.

With prayers and very best wishes.


Rector John