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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...


Mind in Mid Herts - your local mental health charity
1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any one year– that’s every workplace, every family and every community. No-one should face a mental health problem alone. Mind in Mid Herts offers essential support across Hertfordshire.
Call: 03303 208100 
Email: admin@mindinmidherts.org.uk 
Visit: www.mindinmidherts.org.uk/   
And if you can support the charity with a donation here's the link. Thank you.

 

Searching for Faith signpostSearching for Faith

This autumn there will be an online informal discussion course exploring Christian faith. This is an opportunity to think through these and other questions that are important to you: 'Is there more to life than this?'  'Who was Jesus and why did he die?'  'Why pray?'  'How do I read the Bible?'  The course runs for five weeks on Monday evenings (via Zoom) at 8.00pm from 20 September to 18 October. Please contact Alan if you're interested in attending: h.alanstewart1@gmail.com

 

Job Vacancy - Part-time Administrator - 10 hours a week

We invite applications for this combined role with St Andrew's Centre and St Andrew's Church. Follow the link for further details: Part-time Administrator. 

 

 

Climate awareness


2021-09-03 (2)Hertford and our Changing Climate
Saturday 25 September 2021

10.00am – 5.00pm at Friends Meeting House
(50 Railway Street, Hertford), Bircherley Green and other locations

Two weeks after the All Saints’ Church event (see above), ‘Hertford and our Changing Climate’ will offer a host of answers to the question, ‘What more can we do?’ with stalls, expert speakers and displays. Topics which will be covered include lower carbon homes, food and transport options.  For more details, please go to: www.hacc-herts.org/  



Live Music

Hertford Music Club presents Natasha Page and Friends
Welcoming you back to live music at the Quaker Meeting House! The programme includes: The Shepherd on the Rock by Schubert and Trois Vocalises by Vaughan-Williams. On Sunday 19 September 3.00-5.00pm at Quaker Meeting House, Railway Street. Admission £15 on door (cash only) www.hertfordmusicclub.co.uk

Sam Chaplin at Southern MaltinAn invitation from St Andrew's Sam Chaplin
I'm inviting you to a lovely afternoon of joyful jazz in the beautiful surroundings of the Southern Maltings in Ware on Sunday 26 September 3.00-6.00pm. Barbara Hopkin will be singing the first set then I'll be leading two sets with some of my own songs and interesting takes on jazz classics. We have a band of top London musicians including the very splendid Chris Eldred.
 
Throughout lockdown, Harold Chaplin held garden jazz mornings. It was a wonderful opportunity for local musicians to play when all the venues were shut. Barbara and Chris Eldred were the backbone of the sessions, with other local musicians joining in. I even dusted down my trumpet and had a blow! So it's such a treat for all of us to get into a jazz venue together! I hope you can join us for a very joyful time.
 
Tickets can be bought here: http://www.southernmaltings.co.uk/events/jazz-at-southern-maltings-4/
 


 

Harvest FestivalHarvest 2020

Harvest Supper
Saturday 9 October, 6.00pm at St Joseph’s in the Park School, Hertingfordbury.
With post-supper entertainment and an opportunity to say thank you to Wendy for all she gave to our two parishes as Curate. Tickets £13 (£8 for young children), available from Phil in the Parish Office (contact details on back page). Exact £ please!

All Age Harvest Service
Sunday 10 October, 10.30am at St Andrew’s

Feel free to bring non-perishable food and toiletries to donate to two local charities. Everyone welcome!

Churchyard display
Look out for another creation in our churchyard, this time with the Harvest theme of Thankfulness…
 



Exhibitions at our churches, 9-17 October

Our Lockdown in 30 Objects
at St Andrew's Church

A free exhibition with items, from the everyday to artistic expressions, accompanied by stories from their contributors illustrating their experience of the pandemic. 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 ‘thankfulness’, which will also be reflected in our Harvest Festival Service on Sunday 10 October.

The animals that got us through Lockdown
at St Mary's Church, Hertingfordbury

An exhibition of photos and paintings celebrating the animals that kept us going during the long months of Lockdown. The exhibition ends with an outdoor celebration service and afternoon tea at 3.00pm on Sunday 17 October. Bring your pets!

There are more details here: Autumn exhibitions

 

Eliza & Martin 4sml-1Martin & Eliza Carthy - Live at St Andrew's!
Saturday 30 October 2021

You may remember that Martin and Eliza Carthy's tour was postponed last year - well, we reckon this evening at Hertford St Andrew's in October will be worth the wait! Martin Carthy has been a trailblazer for folk music, playing with and influencing many of the top names in music - Steeleye Span, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and many more. His daughter, Eliza, is one of the top acts of her generation and has been involved in numerous projects which have led to awards and, on two occasions, nominations for the Mercury Music Prize. Tickets are on sale now, and going by the popularity of our previous folk gigs we suggest you snap yours up quick!

 
Tracy's appeal for jars and lids
Thank you for a great response - we now have enough jars and lids so there's no need to donate any more!
 

Latest news on worshipping inside the church building
As restrictions change, you'll find our current guidance for inside the church here. We emphasise the need to remain cautious and to consider the most vulnerable and anxious. We will continue to monitor and review the situation. Please be mindful of the ‘Hands, Face, Space’ message. Thank you


Looking for a hall or room to hire?
If you are looking for a hall or room to hire, whether it's for a children's party or other family event, for a club or society meeting or fundraising event, or you run a business, look no further than the St Andrew's Centre.
  Located behind the church, there is a modern, bright, large hall (approximately 12m x 5.75m) which can be split into two spaces (approx 6m x 5.75m), a large kitchen, two accessible toilets and also an art/utility room. The projector, screen and sound system, with loop, in the main hall are ideal for use with meetings and presentations, plus wi-fi is available. Upstairs there is a small room (the John Summers-Gill Room), suitable for small meetings, which is mainly used by counsellors.
  For booking enquiries, please contact Carol, the Centre Administrator: Tel: 07593 055223 / Email: standrewscentre@hotmail.com 
 

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).

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.
 
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.