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Here are some notices that you may find of interest. Please check this page regularly for updates and let us know if you have some news to share...


Autumn Exhibition: 9-17 October
We are planning to put on an exhibition called ‘Our Lockdown in 30 Objects’, with items (from the everyday to artistic expressions) accompanied by stories from their contributors illustrating their experience of the pandemic. We hope that the event will give us an opportunity to come together as a wider community to gain a deeper insight into how we have each experienced this time. We plan to set aside areas of the church for people to show their gratitude and to express their sadness.
 There are plans to create a churchyard display at the same time as the exhibition with the theme being ‘gratitude’, which will also be reflected in our Harvest Festival on Sunday 10 October. St Mary’s will have a photo exhibition of animals and pets. There are more details here: Autumn exhibitions


The funeral of Brenda Squires will take place at St Andrew's Church at 12noon on Wednesday 23 June.


Can you help with building insect hotels?
I’d love to have a chat with anyone that could make us the framework for an ‘insect hotel’. Basically the shape of a house in wood that we can get the children to fill with cones and sticks. Maybe two. A3 size. Thank you. Tracy Plumpton (standrewstracy@gmail.com)


All-Age Services return!
Our monthly All-Age service will return from Sunday 11 July - join us for a shorter, child-friendly, interactive communion service with songs, prayers and some new surprises. Dates for 2021: 11 July, 8 August, 12 Sept, 10 Oct (Harvest), 7 Nov, 12 Dec & Christmas Day.


Plans for our Sunday morning worship on Zoom:
While Covid-related restrictions on our in-person services ease, we continue with Zoom worship on Sunday mornings - through into September, and beyond as long as there is a reasonable level of participation. With Wendy’s approaching move to a new parish, clergy resources are more limited, so we are no longer able to offer a weekly communion service on Zoom. From 20 June, there will be a Service of the Word, with praise, prayer and teaching, usually led by a Lay Reader or Lay Leader of Worship.
  We plan to explore ways to make more use of music and visual imagery, and different, creative forms of teaching in the Zoom format, as we see Zoom worship as a long-term platform for outreach and growth in our community, and not just as a temporary fall-back for the duration of the Covid crisis. We look forward to welcoming you to continued worship and fellowship online.


In-person services - what are the rules?
For a summary of the latest rules for in-person services (including funerals, baptisms and 10.30am Sunday Holy Communion) please see our dedicated page for more details.


Rainbow colours for St. Andrew’s, please!
Thank you for supporting St. Andrew’s through our previous churchyard displays such as the Missing You trees and Living Nativity. We are excited about our plans for the summer display but WE NEED YOUR HELP!
  We are looking for large pieces of plain fabric (i.e. sheets, duvet covers, pillowcases) in any of the colours of the rainbow or rainbow coloured. If you have any that you no longer need and would be happy to donate, please leave them in the church where they will be collected at the end of the day. Alternatively, if you're stuck, please email Lou (loucobb73@gmail.com) or the church office (standrew.hertford@btinternet.com) so we can arrange safe collection from you.
  With a big THANK YOU for any help you can offer. We will be collecting through June and July!


Au Revoir, Wendy
Wendy Sellers 150718Our Curate, Wendy Sellers, is leaving us to be the Vicar of Sandridge, near St Albans.
Wendy says: “I’m very sad to be leaving both my church families, but excited about what lies ahead. I hope people will stay in touch.” Please continue to pray for Wendy and Dale as they prepare to move house, and for Wendy’s new parish as they prepare to welcome her.

A message from Wendy about her licensing:
My dear friends, as you know I am due to be licensed Vicar of Sandridge. The date is 7.30pm on Monday 19 July. My new church building is not a large one and is currently risk assessed to hold 30. We have planned the service based on this number and by the time we had listed everyone who has to be there plus a few family members we were beyond that number. So sadly that means I can’t invite any of you to be there in person. Alan has an official role and will represent the parishes and the Deanery, as well as supporting me as my friend and mentor. We are hoping to live stream, but this presents a challenge with no WiFi. Once we found a way (there must be a way), we will send out more details.


Volunteers, please! Summer spruce-up for the Church and Churchyard on Saturday 10 July
We plan to have work parties on 10 July, from 10.00am to 1.00pm, to do a general clear-up and clean of certain parts of the church building and to spruce up the churchyard. We welcome as many hands to the pump as possible to ensure we get the work finished quickly. Come for just part of the time if that is all you can manage. Subject to whatever Covid restrictions apply at the time (hopefully none!), refreshments, including a light lunch, will be available. So please put the date in your diary and join the party! For more information, contact Churchwarden Jane Cohen on 07818 532154.


High Street Recovery - Have Your Say
Last year, Hertfordshire County Council made changes to high streets and town centres to create extra space for social distancing. We have been invited to give our views on how the changes made in our town centre could continue to support long-term high street recovery. For more information and to comment, visit:
www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/highstreetrecovery. Comments are invited until 20 June.
Your feedback will help to shape how the schemes are progressed. For any alternative formats, please contact: Email: HighStreetRecovery@hertfordshire.gov.uk / Telephone: 0300 123 4047

 

Fascinating talks on offer with St Albans Cathedral

There are many online talks being offered this summer, including:
 

A Medieval Summer Solstice: Science in the 14th-century Abbey of St Albans (21 June)
Celebrating the summer solstice with a talk on how the seasons shaped the lives – and the scientific knowledge – of the monks of St Albans Abbey. The speaker is Seb Falk, a historian at the University of Cambridge, and a BBC New Generation Thinker.  His book The Light Ages: A Medieval Journey of Discovery was a 2020 Book of the Year in The Times, The Telegraph and BBC History Magazine.
 
God Is Not A White Man  (1 July)
What does it mean when God is presented as male? What does it mean when – from our internal assumptions to our shared cultural imaginings – God is presented as white? In this talk, Chine McDonald draws on her recently-published book, God Is Not a White Man, to discuss these issues. Part memoir, part social and theological commentary, this book is a must-read for anyone troubled by a culture that insists everyone is equal in God’s sight, yet fails to confront white supremacy; a lament about the state of race and faith, and a clarion call for us all to do better.
 
Living Light and Martyrdom (7 July)
This presentation will explore the artistic composition and underlying theological implications of their depictions of Christ, focusing especially on Hildegard’s “The Trinity in the Unity” and Chagall’s “White Crucifixion”. The speaker is Larissa Rosendale, University of Aberdeen.


Update from Citizens Advice East Herts
"As an advice service our focus is on making sure people are able to access the support they need in a way that works for them and we've found many people like being able to access us remotely. As lockdown restrictions lift we won't be going back to a 'drop-in' service from our offices, which only worked for a minority. Instead, we'll operate our service across multiple channels, helping people by phone, email, webchat, video and online. We'll continue to offer home visits and in-person appointments in community locations to those who need them. This short video explains more. For more info on our services and how to access them please visit the website."


Missed a sermon? Fancy listening again?
Recordings of our sermons during worship on Zoom are available in our Media Library and you can read earlier sermons on our Sermons page.


Daily Hope phone line
DH FreephoneDaily 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. Daily Hope information here.

 
St Andrew’s Facebook page:
You can find event and service details, thought for the day, sermons, photos and updates on the St Andrew’s Facebook page.


Safeguarding at St Andrew’s:
Catherine Sleath is our Safeguarding Officer. If you have any questions or concerns relating to safeguarding for people of any age at St Andrew’s, please get in touch with Catherine (01992 537867).
Glenys
Hello and welcome to St Andrew's. If you are new, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning. During the period of Covid-19, please see the information at the bottom of this page.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our main Sunday Service starting at 10.30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you find a parking space and can settle in before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team who will be wearing a Welcome Badge.

Plan your journey:
Unfortunately, St Andrew's does not have its own carpark. However, there is a council-run pay and display carpark a short distance along St Andrew Street, to the east of the church - there is no charge for parking in this carpark on Sundays, but please check for charges on other days.

This is a useful East Herts Council website page for full details of parking in Hertford.

There are single yellow lines outside the church with parking restrictions, but some 30-minute parking bays are situated on the opposite side of the road for short stays (longer on Sundays).

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilet towards the back of the church, behind the kitchen.

Our Service

The service will usually begin promptly at 10.30am and will last between 60 and 75 minutes. We enjoy the presence of an excellent choir who help us sing hymns (modern and traditional) as well as provide anthems and special songs through the period of communion. We have a traditional organ but also benefit from music played on the piano and by our band (eg on the Second Sunday of each month when we have an All-Age Service in which our children and young people are fully involved).

Each 10.30am service includes a sermon, prayers and eucharist.

After the service, everyone is invited for coffee and conversation - some like to stay for a  quick chat while others remain in the church for a longer time.

Communion

Children and Young People

We have a great programme lined up for our children. This is organised by our Family, Children and Youth Worker, Tracy Plumpton, who is always delighted to welcome new faces. Those arriving before their first service at St Andrew’s can ask to see Tracy or one of the other leaders.

We really value worshipping God together as a family, so children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service before being invited to leave for the age appropriate activities after the first hymn. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy.

The children and young people then return to the main service in time to join the eucharist and, if confirmed, take Holy Communion or, if not, receive a blessing.

There is a Children's Corner in church where you can go at any time. You will find books, toys and drawing materials there.

Toilet and baby-change facilities are located at the back of church, behind the kitchen.

Junior Church celebration

Getting Connected


Home Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week. Check out Home Groups on our website and see if there’s one that you could join. Alternatively, speak to a member of the Welcome Team who will give you the information that you need.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. Please contact Phil in the Church Office.

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS DURING COVID-19:
What we describe above reflects our normal practice on Sunday mornings. However, since March 2020 we have had to adopt new ways of organising ourselves. For up-to-date information about current services (in church and online via Zoom), please look at details on our Worship and Prayer Page and note that when we're able to worship inside the church building, we ask you to book places at our 10.30am Sunday Service in church (book here). Everyone entering the church is asked to wear a face covering (don’t worry if you forget, we have a supply!).
 
Get in touch with us
If you have any questions, please do get in touch. You'll find our contact details here.

We hope that you will feel at home at our church.