From this week’s news-sheet

Dear Friends


Our prayer for the week:
 

Creator God,
you made the goodness of the land,
the riches of the sea
and the rhythm of the seasons;
as we thank you for the harvest,
may we cherish and respect
this planet and its peoples,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Worship this week

Sun 18th 10 am HarvestFestival (streamed live) from St Michael’s.
Sun 18th 11 am ‘Worship Together‘ via Zoom & Dial-in with ‘Young Church’.
Sun 18th 9 pm Reflection
Tue 20th 7:00 pm  ‘Tuesday at 7‘ via Facebook
Thur 22nd 10 am ‘Worship Together‘ via Zoom & Dial-in
Sun 25th 4 pm  APCM (via Zoom & Dial-in) live from St Michael’s.

Harvest Festival and our Harvest Appeal
We are celebrating our Harvest Festival next Sun 18th Oct.  While we’re not able to collect and distribute food donations at our Harvest Festival we are delighted to announce that this year we will have a Harvest Appeal on behalf of Mary Meals and St Benedicts Hospice.  Please click on the links to find out more about the work of these charities.  In a year when the pandemic means that many in our world are going hungry and many in our local communities have faced the tragedy of losing a loved one it felt very important to us to support these two organisations through our appeal.

APCM
Our APCM our Annual Parochial Church Meeting is scheduled to take place on Sunday 25th October. At the meeting will be electing Churchwardens of which we have a vacancy as well as 3 deanery synod representatives and 3 further members of PCC.  Please pray about who might take on these important roles in church.  In your prayer please consider whether you could take on one of these roles in church.  By law, the meeting needs to physically take place in church but we will have ways to participate set up through zoom and telephone so as many people as possible can be present. The official notice for the meeting can be found here.

You can give to our Harvest Appeal in two ways either through a special Harvest Appeal envelope in church or passed to our Treasurer Alastair Bradley.  Alternatively you can give through this link: Harvest Appeal which will be live over the next two weeks.

We also want to take this opportunity to ‘gather in’ any Regular Giving Envelopes that people have not been able to bring to church.  If you would like us to pick these up then please contact our Treasurer Alastair (tel: 0191 584 1455 or email: HoughtonTreasurer@aol.com and he will arrange a convenient time with you to do that

Sparks
We were thrilled that our first ‘Sparks’ service on our Facebook page went so well last week!  The video of the service is available for you to watch as you are able to fit it in so please go and check it out if you’ve not had the chance already.  Sparks is our monthly children and families bible story, told by Moses our Church cat. We send our children’s activity pack each month. If you would like one for November please email stmichaels.hls@gmail.com or ring the remote church office (07707043395) on a Tuesday & Thursday between 10am – 2pm.

All Souls Service
A service to remember our loved ones who have died will take take place on Sun 1st November at 4pm on our Facebook page. If you would like a loved on remembering at this service please get in touch with Rev’d John D’Silva or email the church office.


Young Church
Our next Young Church will take place during our Zoom Service on Sunday 4th October at 11:30.  Hope you can join us! If you’d like your child to be a part of this email Clare our Young Church leader onstmichaels.youngchurch@btinternet.com


Crafty ways to be together at Space4!

Whilst we are unable to physically meet during the Coronavirus pandemic the Space4 Craft Group are launching a new initiative delivering sessions through Zoom meeting.  Activities planned include stone painting, decoupage wooden boxes, scratch art, raffia work, mosaic coasters, woven bracelets and diamond art, also the offering an opportunity to socialise with others.  All materials will be provided.  If you would like to join in with the fun please register by email to space4zoom@gmail.com by 20th September.  Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, but if oversubscribed will be give in the following week.  Sessions will be held on Wednesdays 11.00 am to 1.00 pm.  We hope that you will join us!  If you need any help with Zoom, just let us know and we will do our best to help you.  Carole and Anne

Services in St Michael’s

If you would like to be part of the congregation in St Michael’s and are able to attend then please book in for this by ringing the parish office on 0770 7043395 between 10 and 2 on a Tuesday or Thursday.  It is now strongly advised that anyone attending the service in Church should wear a face mask.

Services on Facebook
Services can be found on our facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/stmichaelshls/


Services via ‘Zoom’/Dial-in
These services are really easy to access and you can do that in a couple of ways.  You can join us using your PC, ipad or smartphone using the zoom application – we’ll even send you an email invite on a Saturday with a direct link to the service – just contact the Church office to let us know you want to be on our distribution list. You can also dial-in using an ordinary phone by dialling the number 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).  
 

Money matters! 

There are lots of ways of giving to church to support our ministry and mission including our ‘on-line collection’ which you can access 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/
Facebook: https://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.  If you want to contact me at the Rectory then my number is 0191 584 7657 if I’m not able to take your call leave me a message and I will get back to you.

With prayers and very best wishes.

Rector John