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While our Sunday 'Messenger' pew sheet isn't being printed at the moment, you'll see here 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...
 

Worship with us on Zoom this month
Following the latest government guidance, we are unable to offer services inside the church building until after 2 December at least. Please join us as we worship on Zoom - Together while Apart. You'll find information about our Zoom services, here. The church remains open daily for private prayer. Read the 6 November Letter from Alan and join the call for #Prayer for the Nation from Thy Kingdom Come this month.


Advent and Christmas at St Andrew's
We welcome you to celebrate this festive season with us - we hope to be able to have services in church but, whatever happens, we would love to 'see' you at any of our Zoom services over the festive period. Advent and Christmas at St Andrew's.


selection of suitable gifts.JPSt Andrew's Christmas Appeal
Help vulnerable adults and children in our area experience some joy this Christmas
During December we are requesting donations that will be sent as Christmas offerings to Haven First, a charity supporting the homeless in Stevenage and North Herts, and to local families, known to St Andrew’s and Hollybush Schools, who are experiencing particular financial hardship at this time.


Parish Administrator Vacancy, Hoddesdon
St Cuthbert's Rye Park are seeking to appoint an Administrator to work 12 hours a week in the church office - someone to assist Rev. Nick Sharp in his work, to be a friendly voice on the phone or face at the door, and to keep the life of the church running smoothly. You can view the advert here. If you are interested, please contact Nick for an informal chat, and for a detailed job description and person specification: vicar@ryepark.com; 01992 468335

 

Foodbank Christmas Hampers

Christmas 2020 Shopping List A
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP
This year, in collaboration with Christmas Alone, Hertford & District Foodbank will be issuing Christmas Hampers, filled with lots of seasonal goodies, to help give a little cheer to families/people in need in these challenging times.

If you are able to help, please put contributions from the shopping list into the supermarket collection bins. Thank you. View/download a pdf of the poster here

Christmas 2020 Shopping List: Tinned salmon, Tinned ham, Tinned potatoes, Mince Pies, Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, Tinned fruit, Tinned custard, Jars of jam or marmalade.


Our 2020 Christmas CardChristmas Card image 2020
Thank you to all those who have already taken bundles of our parish Christmas cards and delivered them door-to-door. If you're able to get out and about and would be willing to deliver cards yourself, please pick them up from the church (open between around 9.00am - 4.00pm every day). They need to be delivered by Sunday 29 November. Thank you!


Elves and Shoemaker, e-flyer-1The Elves and the Shoemaker
The small-scale family storytelling event is 'The Elves and the Shoemaker', a new fun-filled, contemporary, Christmassy take on the Grimm classic. It's a 45-minute, socially distanced, bring-a-blanket family production ideally suited for anyone aged 4-124 years old (and either side of that is still very welcome!) Tickets are just £5 each plus a small Eventbrite fee and booking is online, in advance only, via www.southernmaltings.co.uk.
The production is brought to us by Vicki Holden-Swinton of The Listen Inn - Vicki was part of our wonderful 'First Light' Passion Play production at St Andrew's in 2015.



TFTD Book PosterThought for the Day - The Book!
On 23 March this year, the first ‘Thought for the Day’ was written. This was the same day that the Prime Minister told the country that people must stay at home. A ‘Thought’ is still being published daily and read by many, including the congregations of St Andrew’s and St Mary’s (via email, Facebook and WhatsApp) providing comfort and support to many, particularly those feeling isolated and finding social distancing challenging.

It was decided to publish a selection of the ‘Thoughts for the Day’ in a book and so Every Storm Runs Out of Rain has been produced! The book provides a special record of this time, is thought provoking and will help to raise funds for both churches. This illustrated book is now available and makes a perfect Christmas present. The price is £5.  More details here
 

'Stir Up Sunday' Invitation to PrayerStir Up Sunday
On Stir Up Sunday and the next day (22-23 November), Bishop Alan is inviting you to join in a focused time of prayer across the diocese, so that together we can ask God to stir up fruits of the Spirit in the ministry and work of the church at this challenging time.
 We can come together to pray that God will strengthen and renew us in our work as heralds of the gospel of Christ.  The time of prayer will run from 5.00pm to 9.00pm on 22 November and from 5.00pm to 9.00pm on 23 November. Words and music to fuel our prayers will be available on the hour via social media and the website
 We very much hope you will be able to pause on the 22 or 23 of November to take time out from the many tasks that need to be done in order to spend time with the Lord in prayer.  For those who cannot, the resources will remain online so that they can pray at another more convenient time.


Operation Christmas Child 2020 (with update)
For those of you who would like to support the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal, please follow the instructions on the latest leaflet (remembering to provide £5 per box towards transport costs).
UPDATE
Because of the new national lockdown, Collections Week for OCC shoeboxes has been postponed.  If you have already prepared shoebox gifts, thank you, please hang onto them.  Rest assured, OCC are going to make sure that all boxes are collected and processed, however late that is.  Once lockdown is over, the drop-off point at Christ Church, Ware will re-open.  Please bring them (in the morning) to the ground floor of the church centre in the week 7-14 December. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew du Boulay: aduboulay@ntlworld.com
 As an alternative, you can prepare a box entirely online. It costs £20 (which includes the £5 for shipping) and you can choose which items you want to go in your box. You can also include a photo and a message. These online boxes will be going to children in Moldova.


Bus stop changes by St Andrew's Church
We've been sent details from Hertfordshire County Council about upcoming bus stop upgrade works in St Andrew Street. If you'd like to see the details, please view the letter here and the plan here.


Worried about scams? Citizens Advice can help
Help for you to stay safe from scams with practical advice and information about protecting your money and your home. If you have been scammed Citizens Advice can help you report it and help you prevent it from happening again. You can also use our scam checker on the website or over the telephone with one of the advisers if you are worried that something could be a scam. Citizens Advice Scam Leaflet
Adviceline (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) 03444 111 444
Message Line (anytime) 01920 459 944
citizensadviceeastherts.org.uk



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).
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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).

Open Google Maps

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 by the entrance door!).
 
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.