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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 Resources
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.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) - Thursday 22 October,  8.00pm, on Zoom
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.
 
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).

All Souls & All Saints Service, Wednesday 28 October
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 LightParty311018PorchPumpkinprimary-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: standrewstracy@gmail.com

PUMPKIN APPEAL!
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: standrewstracy@gmail.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.
 

Hertford & District Foodbank: October Update


trussell-trust-logoWe'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.
https://hertforddistrict.foodbank.org.uk/

Operation Christmas Child 2020
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
Saying Goodbye (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
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


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
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).

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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 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.