Normally, each week we print notices in the Messenger, our Sunday service sheet. While the Messenger 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...
We remain Here with you and Here for you. Please see further information on our Together while Apart
Alan updates us on how and when our church buildings will re-open for public worship.
The church is open for private prayer during these times:
Tuesdays 10.00am - 12noon
Fridays 2.00pm - 4.00pm
We welcome you to spend some time in prayer and contemplation. Stewards will be present to offer guidance during your visit. (Please do not come to the church if you are in an at-risk group or you are feeling unwell or you are self-isolating due to symptoms in your household.)
Find out when Hertford Churches are open for prayer
Over-70s coming to the church
We'd like to make it clear that, following the Bishop's advice, we invite those aged 70+ to decide themselves whether they attend church for prayer and any future services. While we do not suggest over-70s take on stewarding duties at church, we believe each person should make their own decision about visiting.
We ask that you do not come to the church if you are in a high-risk group (clinically extremely vulnerable
) or you are feeling unwell, have Covid-19 symptoms or you are self-isolating due to symptoms in your household.
You can read the government advice (updated on 24 June and referring to the changes from 4 July), which answers the question: 2.1 Does easing restrictions apply to 70 year olds and over?
We are delighted to share the news that Penny Wiggins, who was our Churchwarden at St Andrew's until moving to Cornwall in 2019, will be licensed as a Reader in October and has been recommended for ordination training to become a priest. We send Penny our very best wishes and congratulations.
Hertford & District Foodbank
We quite often receive enquiries from people asking how to donate to the Foodbank
at the moment. While we can't accept donations at St Andrew's for the time being, we suggest that you take any donations to the local supermarket (Tesco or Sainsbury's), where there are collection points near the main entrances. If you want to find out more about donating to, or receiving support from, Hertford & District Foodbank, please visit their website:
Coffee Mornings - recipes and quizzes!
Take a look at our Coffee Mornings page
for some summer recipes and fun quizzes to try - this month, Key lime and Elderflower Pie and a Quiz about the food of the British Isles!
You can help fight COVID-19 by aiding research
Help slow the spread of COVID-19 and identify at risk cases sooner by self-reporting your symptoms daily, even if you feel well. Almost 4million members of the public are already taking part - why don't you? Download the app https://covid.joinzoe.com
/ The COVID Symptom Study app has been developed by health science company ZOE. It is endorsed by the Welsh Government, NHS Wales, the Scottish Government & NHS Scotland. Data collected is shared with and analysed by King's College London & ZOE research teams.
Read all about it!
The July issue of the St Andrew's parish magazine is available and you can read it here:
The parish church of Hertford St Andrew
Watch our Zoom service sermon recordings
Did you know you can now view recordings of the readings and sermon from our Zoom worship? You'll find the link for Zoom recordings here.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): When it’s all over… take part in our exhibition!
We are all very aware that we are living in unusual times and that this has changed our daily lives in so many ways. As Alan mentioned in one of our first Zoom services, we are hoping to mark this time at some point in the future with an exhibition.
We would like this exhibition to showcase the outpouring of creativity which many have experienced and we would also like it to be a space where we can share our collective memories, a sort of time capsule of how we all experienced living through the coronavirus.
We would hope to include:
Art in all forms (painting, drawing, collage etc)
Writing, both prose and poetry
Journal and diary entries
Children’s contributions of paintings, drawings, writing, things they have made
Photos of ourselves and our everyday life, especially of the things which are different at the moment
We would like the wider community to participate in the exhibition so will be advertising our plans more widely in the coming months.
If you have any contributions to offer, or would like to know more, please contact the church office: email@example.com
Migration and Refugees
Filmmakers Catherine Henderson, Rosie Wyllie and St Andrew's Katie Seaton (pictured left) are working on a new animation project! Last September their first film on which they worked together, Suspended
, was premiered in St Andrew’s Church. It was made in conjunction with Herts Welcomes Refugees and tells the story of a man resettled in Hertfordshire under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme, a former restaurant owner who had to flee Syria to protect his family. Their new project is also about migration issues, but takes a much more holistic view, and is more like animated poetry. Find out more about the project and how you can contribute. "A film for children as well as adults... a story that places us all at its centre" (Catherine Henderson).
Pray for Hertford - now every other Sunday at 7.00pm
You are invited to take part in a shared time of prayer for our town. Now meeting on Zoom every other week on Sunday evening at 7.00pm (next on Sunday 19 July), please see the Pray for Hertford flyer
for details of how to get in touch with Luke about joining the Zoom call.
The virtual offertory
If you would usually donate to St Andrew's during our church worship and would like the opportunity to give while the church building is closed, it is possible to do so online or via text message. Please see how Giving made simple
page for more details.
Thought 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. The thoughts have been written by members from both congregations (St Andrew's and St Mary's), with each author submitting their work every day for a week. You can see all the TFTDs so far here
and find out more about the book that's being planned in time for Christmas!
Live Local - Love Local - Shop Local
Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, says: “It goes without saying that the last few months have been extremely worrying for our local businesses. Many have had to stop trading for a period of time, or innovate and completely change the way that they operate.
A lot of work has gone into ensuring our town centre re-opens safely, to provide a comfortable shopping environment that people can feel confident to be in. Businesses are also putting new health and safety measures in place to provide a safe shopping experience for customers.
We’re asking that when you need to shop, please shop local – Hertford shops need your support.”
For more information on all Hertford businesses visit gohertford.co.uk
Hertfordshire Local Resilience Forum Stakeholder Update
19 June 2020
We are sharing with you a message from Cllr Linda Haysey
, Leader of East Herts Council, and Chair of the community reassurance cell of the Local Resilience Forum - this covers issues such as the following:
The safe re-opening of Hertfordshire’s high streets
COVID-19 swab testing update
New rules on wearing face coverings
Support to Residential and Nursing Homes
Supporting our most vulnerable residents
Community impact assessment questionnaire
CORONAVIRUS, CHURCH AND YOU: An in-depth look at the preliminary survey results!
In discussion with bishops, clergy and lay people, York St John University developed a survey, 'Coronavirus, Church and You', with the aim of reaching a large sample of churchgoers, clergy, and lay people.
How well did people cope with the pandemic? Did it strengthen or weaken their faith? How was it for clergy and ministry teams trying to work in this new environment? How have those receiving ministry found this novel experience? Will virtual ministry become part of the post-pandemic landscape, and will this be a good move for churches?
The initial report on the data is now available and be seen on the Church Times website.
You can still take part in the survey yourself - https://yorksj.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cAYhUS8YSvn0ir3
The survey will take you about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. It can be done in one go, or returned to within a week. Most of the questions simply require you to tick boxes, although there is an opportunity at the end for you to add your own views. The survey can be completed on mobile phones, although it might be easier on devices with larger screens such as tablets or computers. The answers you give are anonymous and will be treated confidentially.
Citizens Advice - here to help!
If you need advice during the coronavirus outbreak, Citizens Advice is still here to help. While we’ve had to temporarily close our face-to-face service, you can still contact us in a number of ways if you are an East Herts or Uttlesford resident:
NB. We will do our very best to answer all calls and emails but, due to a reduction in the number of staff and volunteers we have available, please bear with us at this difficult time. It may be that we have to offer to call you back with more advice at a later time. You'll find all this information on a poster here.
Citizens Advice - complete a quick survey...
Citizens Advice have just launched a very short access survey online to help plan for future delivery: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XBM3Y39
Since lockdown began on 23 March Citizens Advice have helped over 1,200 people by phone, email and webchat. The most common issues we are helping with are employment, housing and universal credit. We are also proactively calling some vulnerable clients (age 70+) to check on their welfare and are giving advice or referring on for further support to around 1 in 3.
Like so many other organisations the crisis has given us the opportunity to reassess the way in which we operate and how in the future we might deliver our service in the most efficient, flexible and use-friendly way.
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
Beware of COVID-19 scams:
Unscruplous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and more vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. Read more of what to be aware of 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
Sele Messy Church Facebook page:
For live feeds and resources from Tracy (Children and Youth Worker), head to the Sele Messy Church page on Facebook
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).