Here is the latest round of updates from Churches Together in Hitchin (CTiH) members covering the next few weeks, including update and fundraising opportunities for Phase Hitchin. There's always a lot going on and we're happy to feature your story - email it to Donald and Leigh ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) who compile our CTiH updates.
Ecobricks with WRBC Hitchin - click here for more details
A simple and effective way to reduce your impact on the environment - you just need an empty 2-litre bottle and any non-recyclable plastic!
CTiH Prayer Tree for Christmas Tree Festival
This simple tree of paper cut out Christmas baubles is always available for people to write a prayer and hang it on. We need a church to take this on please. The tree is provided and put in place. It's the cut outs and any decoration that's needed. Full information from Helen Richardson on email@example.com and 07880 682681 - thank you
Christchurch Bubble Praise Party
Bedford Road - Sunday 6 October 3.30pm - 5.30pm
The awesome Dougie Doug Doug is bringing his Bubble Praise Party to Christchurch! It will be a great afternoon of fun worship for children and families - plus millions of bubbles! Tickets cost £3 including a hotdog - get your tickets and more details at www.christchurchbubbleparty.eventbrite.co.uk/
Built on Faith 3rd Healing Conference
New Testament Church of God, Hampden Road - Saturday 12 October 10am - 5pm
This is a time for healing and restoration. Come and hear teaching that gets right to the heart of the matter and receive prayer ministry that sets the captive free.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
For further information please contact Pastors Donald and Leigh Smith on 07737 451105 and 07931 833838 and book free tickets on Eventbrite.
Emily Barker: A concert for Brazil
Zeo Church, Bedford Road - Saturday 12 October 8pm
Emily Barker is an award-winning singer-songwriter, best known as the writer and performer of the theme to the BBC's hugely successful crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. Tickets cost £12 with all profits going to Mission Direct - purchase yours here.
North Herts Inter-faith Forum
Our Lady's Church, Nightingale Road / Grove Road - Thursday 17 October 7.30pm
The Forum is holding its Annual General Meeting which will include a session on `Beyond religion - to tackle climate change and climate refugees' led by Don de Silva, a former official of the UN Environment Programme. All are welcome.
Spiritual Warfare - from hindrances to wholeness
Zeo Church, Bedford Road - Saturday 19 October 9am - 1pm
Zeo are arranging a training session on the theme of spiritual warfare. Subjects will include:
- What is spiritual warfare? - Why do we need to be aware of it? - How do we engage in it? Exploring these questions and much more, in this faith-packed, inspirational and practical morning of Christian teaching, led by guest-speaker Pete Gilbert.
To find out more, and book your place, go to https://zeo.churchsuite.co.uk/events/d3rmsoza
THE ‘D’ WORD - Why do we find it so hard to say the words ‘death’ & ‘dying’?
Our Lady's Church Hall, 16 Nightingdale Road - Saturday 19 October 10am - 1pm
A workshop creating space to talk about death and dying. Join the team from this small but rapidly growing charity to learn more about what happens when we are approaching death, how to support others, why end of life planning is so important, and dispel many taboos around the subject. An informal, informative 3 hours of discussion & learning
To book, contact the Parish Office on 01462 459126 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Spaces are limited and are bookable on a first come first served basis
News from Phase
We are absolutely delighted that Emily Croucher has started at Phase. Here’s what she has to say about joining the team:
“I’m Emily and I’ve just joined the Phase team as the Early Intervention Lead. I am really passionate about young people and have been involved in youth work in many capacities, but am super excited to have the opportunity to be part of a team who are making a real difference and having a lasting impact on the wellbeing of young people.
“I have just moved to Hitchin from Bournemouth, where I worked as a teaching assistant for the past two years, as well as volunteering with youth work at my church and leading a detached youth work team. I also studied psychology at university and am eager to develop my learning and apply it to supporting and equipping young people with tools to develop resilience and a positive wellbeing.
“It’s been a great first week so far. I have felt instantly welcomed as part of the team and have enjoyed the variety of things to get involved with. Every day seems to be different! I am really looking forward to getting stuck in to schools and starting the “On your marks” programmes, as well as meeting so many different people and becoming part of the amazing community here in Hitchin!”
Fundraising opportunities and updates with Phase
There are simple ways you can help raise money for Phase and occasionally help the environment too!
London Half Marathon 2020 - We are very excited to have five spaces available for Phase runners for this event on 1st March 2020. It takes place around many of the iconic landmarks in London and is a great way to raise funds for Phase. Contact the office on email@example.com if you would like further information or are interested in taking up one of these spaces.
Tassimo Coffee Pods - Our Lady’s church collect these and give the proceeds to Phase. It saves them going to landfill!
Amazon Smile - If you register with Amazon Smile you can now select Phase as your chosen charity and then a percentage of your purchases go to Phase. Put the link to Amazon Smile on your desktop & click that before ordering - no need to do anything more!
Volunteering opportunity - Hitchin Fireworks
Hitchin Priory - Sunday 3 November
Phase has been given the opportunity by Hitchin Fireworks to help out at their display on Sunday 3 November at Hitchin Priory. Hitchin Fireworks will donate £20 for each person who helps them with the event during the evening. Donations for Phase will also be collected on Windmill Hill by some volunteers carrying donation buckets.
Gates open at 4pm on the day and the display starts at 6.30pm. Volunteer availability is therefore needed between approx 3pm & 9pm. All volunteers will need to be fairly fit and able as this could be quite an active afternoon/evening! If you are interested in helping out at this event, please contact the office on firstname.lastname@example.org