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Notices 002

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...


Message re church services
The PCC met on 11 January and, as mentioned in Alan’s 2 January email, reviewed the suspension of Public Worship. It was agreed unanimously to extend the suspension of Public Worship until the end of February but for the Church to remain open for Private Prayer during daylight hours. Although government guidelines still allow for public worship in church buildings, the Diocese have asked each parish to consider its own context. We believe that, for the time being, this is the safest option. The situation will continue to be monitored. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Churchwardens Sue (01992 421806), Jane (07818 532154) or Chris (01992 554217). We will, of course, continue to worship 'together while apart' via Zoom.


Project Team appeal!
The Project Team need some things that you may have... We are asking for old tights/stocking, bubble wrap and old broom handles (all for scarecrows). We are also looking for things for Palm Sunday: does anyone have Bamboo growing or Pampas grass that they would not mind cutting - say about 20 fronds? Or do you know any in the wild for us? Also - long pieces of plain material in rainbow colours. Items can be left at the back of the church and we will gather up as and when. Any questions, please contact Rosemary: Rosemarywillis77@hotmail.com. Many thanks from Rosemary, Sue and Louise. Earlier Project Team creations (Scarecrow Fest and Nativity) can be seen here.

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COVID Vaccinations Update - 14 January 2021
We have been sent a Message from our Patient groups in liaison with Practice staff explaining the current situation with the Covid-19 vaccinations in Hertford. Everyone is asked to please NOT ring your surgery about when you will be offered the vaccine. Telephone lines are extremely busy and the surgeries will ring every patient who is due to have a vaccine to book an appointment time.


Parish Office
Please note that for the time being the Parish Administrator, Phil Probert, will be working primarily from home. She will only be in the office on Friday mornings. Please try to contact the office via email rather than by phone as emails will be seen remotely. If you need to contact someone by phone, try Clergy or Churchwardens (Contact Us).


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18-25 January
As we prepare for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Churches Together in Hertfordshire invites you to an online service on the evening of 18 January, 7.30pm. This is hosted by Rev. Dr David Chapman, Chair of Churches Together in Hertfordshire, and there will be a short service of prayer led by Bishop Paul McAleenan. More details, including the Zoom invitation and the Order of Service can be viewed using the links below. Everyone is welcome.
 Throughout the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity we will also be sharing prayers and reflections from Christians across the county online, a selection of which are available online at www.ctherts.org.uk
- Zoom invitation for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service on 18 January
- Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021 Online Order of Service
- Churches Together Hertfordshire - WPCU Prayers and Reflections 2021


WWDPWorld Day of Prayer Zoom Service - Friday 5 March, 3.00pm
The theme of this year's World Day of Prayer is 'Build on a strong foundation', prepared by the Christian women of Vanuatu. Hertford Churches will join together on Zoom for a service at 3.00pm on Friday 5 March (details about the link will be shared nearer the time). World Day of Prayer is a worldwide, women-led, ecumenical prayer movement, not for just one day a year but throughout the year. Please use this monthly prayer diary to help you focus on the prayer needs of the Movement and add your local needs in the space provided each week.


If God exists... why doesn't he come and sort this mess out? 
There are no easy answers to that, but we explored this BIG question and more together on zoom on 19 January. Our article from 2015 touches on similar themes - Why do bad things happen to good people?


Wednesday 27 January
The Hertford and District Service for Christian Unity will be held on Wednesday 27 January at 7.30pm via Zoom. Further details will follow.


Listen to Alan's Christmas radio interviewAlan
Rev. Alan was interviewed by Bernie Keyte on East Herts Radio - you can listen to the interview by going to our Media Library or you can listen via YouTube. As Bernie summarises, "AIan gives a full and very honest in-depth interview about his life, on his journey to becoming a vicar. His account is incredibly touching and his path to forgiveness is inspiring. Alan is the team leader of a wonderful church community in Hertford... Alan has become a master of Zoom and his wonderful church website bursts with friendliness, caring and a genuine warm welcome. All the activities are so fantastic and diverse and I for one can't wait for the Beer and Carols event next Christmas."
Bernie is a radio presenter at East Herts Radio CIC Out and About Show 4.00-6.00pm, Monday to Thursday


Contactless givingSt Andrew’s new contactless donations device is here!
Our new donation point has been installed on the wall near the entrance to the church and is easy and secure to use with your contactless card. You can make a donation of £3, £5 or £10. You can donate as many times asyou like. The default setting is for £3. 

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 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.