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...
Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) - Thursday 22 October, 8.00pm, on Zoom
You'll find information about our worship, in church and via Zoom, here
What can I expect when worshipping inside church?
Details are outlined at the bottom of the bookings page.
Our annual meeting should have taken place in April and would have done so but for lockdown. This is the meeting at which we elect our Churchwardens, appoint new members of the PCC, and talk about the year that has passed and plans for the year to come. An invitation will be emailed on the morning of Thursday 22nd (sent in the same way as invitations to Zoom services). If you aren't on the mailing list already, please contact Phil in the church office
. If you may be interested in joining the PCC or becoming a representative on the Deanery Synod, please contact Carol Muhr, Alan Stewart or one of the Churchwardens (Contact Us
). You can view the Annual Reports here
All Souls & All Saints Service, Wednesday 28 October
Revision of the Electoral Roll
Prior to the APCM, the Electoral Roll will be open for revision. If you would like to be on St Andrew’s Electoral Roll but are not currently, forms are available at the back of the church or you can apply here on the church website. If you’d like to check your details on the Roll, or you no longer wish to be on the Roll, please let us know. Speak to Carol Muhr, Clerk to the PCC, or Phil Probert, Parish Administrator (Contact Us).
We will hold our All Souls & All Saints Service on Zoom on Wednesday 28 October, 10.30am. Find out more here: All Souls & All Saints Service
Light Party, Saturday 31 October at All Saints' Church
Unless government restrictions prevent it, we are going to have an outside pumpkin hunt at All Saints' Church for
primary-aged children and their families! This will be great fun, finishing with a short time of reflection together. If you're not already on Tracy's mailing list, please get in touch with her to be sure of receiving all the details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Could you provide a carved pumpkin or two for our Light Party? If so, it would be perfect if you can bring them to All Saints' Church on Saturday 31 October for 3.00pm. If you can't get there then, you can leave them in St Andrew's Church, in the North Transept near the piano, during the week beforehand (but taking them to All Saints' is preferable!). If you're able to help, please contact Tracy so she has an idea of how many pumpkins to expect! Thank you: email@example.com
Annual Service for the Bereaved, Sunday 1 November
Each year we gather for a special service where we remember by name those who have died in the previous two years. It’s a short service with some music and readings and an opportunity to light a candle in memory of loved ones. Because of social distancing, numbers will be limited, and we therefore ask those planning to attend to book a place in advance. Find out more here: Bereavement Service
Remembrance Sunday Service, 10.30am on Sunday 8 November
Our annual Remembrance Service at St Andrew's Church will be on Sunday 8 November at 10.30am (note, not the usual earlier start time of 9.15am).
Lost Love: Wednesday 11 November, 1.00pm at St Andrew's Church
A concert with soloist and piano. Socially distanced audience with limited seating. The main work is a setting of Tennyson’s ‘Maud’, along with some Finzi songs and compositions by Richard Prince. Free admission, with a retiring collection for Royal British Legion and St Andrew's Church.
Operation Christmas Child 2020
Hertford & District Foodbank: October Update
We're delighted to share an update from our local Foodank, and the first piece of good news is certainly deserving of CONGRATULATIONS! The H&D Foodbank Team has received a ‘Heroes of Hertford Award’ by the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire. Certificates and badges have been given to those volunteers who have been helping over the last seven months, all of whom were really pleased to have received the recognition.
From April-September this year, H&DF have fed 1880 people, of which 806 were children. (For the same period in 2019, H&DF fed 947 people, of which 256 were children.) Those certificates and badges have been very well earned by the volunteers.
THANK YOU: Hertford & District Foodbank has seen a huge number of donations from various Harvest Festivities, particularly local schools, as well as the continuous flow of donations from the Collection Points in local supermarkets. H&DF is pleased to report that it is in great shape heading towards winter. H&DF offers gratitude to Tesco for 'fresh food' vouchers and to the allotment holders in Hertford Heath for their supplies of fresh fruits and vegetables over the past few months; both of these additions have helped to make our food parcels more interesting and nutritious.
As it is pretty certain that there will be no ‘Christmas Alone’ this year at Sele School, thought will be given to combining an initiative between Christmas Alone and H&DFoodbank to do something at Christmas.
Please continue to take any donations for the Foodbank to local supermarket Collection Points - thank you.
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).
You can drop shoeboxes off at Christ Church, Ware
, during National Collections Week (9-16 November)
; the drop-off point will be open Monday 9th to Thursday 12th, 9.00am - 3.00pm, or Friday 13th, 9.00am - noon. Please take your boxes or fillers to the ground floor of the church centre - it will be obvious where to leave them. The shoeboxes this year will be going to children in Albania, Belarus, Central Asia, Liberia and Nigeria.
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.
Baby Loss Remembrance and Support Service, 15 November, 6.30pm in Ely Cathedral
(part of the Mariposa Trust
) are returning to Ely in November with a Baby Loss Remembrance and Support Service (part of a Nationwide chain of events). Due to Covid-19, this is not the traditional service. While places are free, they should be booked online via https://www.sayinggoodbye.org/sgmbep-20-booking-page/
to guarantee a space, as space is limited to strictly 40 people per service.
Worried about scams? Citizens Advice can help
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Adviceline (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) 03444 111 444
Message Line (anytime) 01920 459 944
Coming soon - an illustrated compilation of Thoughts for the Day
Since we went into 'lockdown' in March, we have been posting a Thought for the Day (TFTD) in our WhatsApp group, on our Facebook page and via our church email. Specially selected and edited by the authors as a reminder of the support, comfort and guidance offered by the Church during lockdown. Available in early November and ideal as a Christmas present! You can see all the TFTDs so far here
Daily Hope phone line
Daily 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).