Every week we print notices in The Messenger, our Sunday service sheet. Here, you'll find the notices that are published there, along with any we haven't been able to include on paper. Please check this page regularly for updates..
Wednesday Welcome - weekly, 2.00-4.30pm
A space at St Andrew’s where you can sit and read the paper or a magazine, do a jigsaw, play cards or a board game and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.
Light Party on 31 October!
St Andrew’s will be marking All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween) with a Light Party, 4.30-6.30pm! All are welcome for crafts, games, food and pumpkin carving. If you could carve a pumpkin for our light display, that would be great —you can bring it to church on Sunday 28th or any day before 31st. And if you have any fancy dress outfits for primary-aged children that you no longer need, we’d be grateful for your donations. Thank you! Tracy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Opening our eyes to human trafficking
A global anti-human trafficking organisation, A21, will be holding a session at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday 21 October at 1.00pm to discuss what human trafficking is, what we are doing about it and what you can do to help end it altogether. If you would like to attend, please leave your name on the sign-up sheet at the back of the church. Unfortunately, the presentation is not suitable for children in Year 8 or younger. If you have any further questions please either speak to Andrew Goodman (email@example.com / 07939044357) or Joely Eyre (firstname.lastname@example.org/ 07795199471). There are more details in the October parish magazine.
Herts Welcomes Syrian Families - the movie!
Katharine Seaton, St Andrew's Church member and co-founder of Herts Welcomes Syrian Families, is crowd-funding to create an important film. Katharine explains:
" Three years ago, five people were drawn together. They were each trying to help their councils bring vulnerable people from refugee camps to Hertfordshire, UK. I was one of those five. We are now hundreds. Elsewhere a man and his family were fleeing great danger. They live in Hertfordshire now. As an aspiring maker of sound and music for multimedia forms, I want to use sound and animation to help us all understand what it was like for him, and how our community united to welcome him." Please visit the crowd-funding page to find out more.
Our next Coffee Morning: There’s a Remembrance and a Christmas theme on Saturday 3 November. We will have Poppy Appeal items for sale, local charities selling their cards & gifts, a beer tombola, orchids, plus—of course—delicious cakes and bakes, fresh coffee and tea. Proceeds will go towards The Royal British Legion.
Would you be interested in becoming a governor at our church school?
We have a vacancy and are looking for someone who has time to commit to working with the Governing Body in its strategic direction of Hertford St Andrew School to ensure children get the best education possible. If you are interested or would like more information on the role of a governor please contact Laura Ramsay, Chair of Governors (Tel: 07836 725135).
A question from HStACT:
The Trustees of the Hertford St Andrew Community Trust, which oversees the running of the St Andrew’s Centre, have a question for you: the Trust was set up by the PCC to encourage and enable well-being of residents in and around Hertford through the use of the St Andrew’s Centre; do you know of a need that the Trust may be able to meet, say by hosting a course or event in the Centre, supporting groups, charities or causes in the community with a well-being objective? If you have a suggestion, please contact Richard Taylor, Chair of Trustees (01992 302995 ; email@example.com). Thank you.
Parkrun is a 5km timed run in Panshanger Park every Saturday at 9am. It’s open to everyone regardless of ability, it’s free, and it’s made possible through the time and effort of volunteers.
St Andrew’s and St Mary’s would love to support this wonderful community asset by creating a team of volunteers who are able to marshal the run when the need arises. We’re also hoping to provide most of the volunteers on Saturday 15 December, when we will give out mince pies and Christmas cards!
That same day there will be a charity collection of any unwanted football kits for Kit Aid, which distributes kit to underprivileged children and adults in some of the world’s poorest countries. Please bring along on the day.
Marshalling is very straightforward and guidance will be offered. Volunteers should arrive by 8.30am. In order to get involved folk will have to register with Parkrun (https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/). For more details, please contact Robin Bishop firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Aid Training:
The PCC would like to ascertain how many members of our congregation are First Aid trained. If you have attended training within the last three years on behalf of your work or another organisation, and if you would be willing to administer basic first aid during a church service or at a church event, please let me know. Thank you. Catherine Sleath(email@example.com)
You are invited to support the Operation Christmas Child Appeal, either as an individual or as a group. There are pre-prepared shoeboxes at the back of church with instruction leaflets (please check the guidance carefully). Completed boxes can be left with Phil in the church office by Sunday 18 Nov. If you have any questions, speak to Phil Probert (01992 504373).
Mark’s Gospel presentation:
Tickets are on sale for a dramatic one-man performance of Mark’s Gospel at Hertford Baptist Church. The story of Jesus will be brought to life by actor and Baptist pastor Howard Jones. Friday 9 November, 7.30pm. Doors open for refreshments at 7.00pm. Tickets £3 in advance from firstname.lastname@example.org or 01992 582951.
St Oscar Romero Thanksgiving:
You are invited to attend a Solemn Evensong to celebrate the Canonization of St Oscar Romero at Westminster Abbey, Saturday 17 November, 3.00pm. The address will be given by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Evensong will include chosen readings and music reflecting this special occasion. Tickets can be booked online: http://bit.ly/StOscarRomero.
The BIG Audio Visual Quiz!
It’s time for Young Life International Hertford’s Annual Audio Visual Quiz - taking place on Saturday 17 November at Morgans School SG13 8DR, 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start. Tickets are £12 with 8 people per table. Raffle during the Interval. Option of Fish/Pie/Veggie burger and chips. Bring your own drinks, cutlery and nibbles. Please contact email@example.com with names of members in your team, food choice or any further questions.
Christmas with a difference!
Can you make some room for an international student to learn what true British Festive hospitality can mean? Should you like to add that international element to your Christmas, learning another countries traditions and enjoying the connection and friendship that such sharing brings? HOST UK arranges for international students to enjoy brief homestays with UK hosts, one day, a weekend or, over the festive period-a three day visit. We need more hosts so that a smile such as Marine’s can spread across many more faces…and across our fragile world. If you should like to know more, please go to our website www.hostuk.org or leave us a message on http://visits.hostuk.org/Public/ApplyToBecomeAHost
Team Service, 25 November:
We have had very successful and popular Team Services together in the past and this year we are invited to come together to worship as the body of Christ at All Saints’ Church, starting at 10.00am. There will be no 10.30am service at St Andrew’s that morning.
Safeguarding at St Andrew’s:
Catherine Sleath is our Safeguarding Officer and you can read her report to the APCM on the Church website. 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).
Thank you for your continued donations for local people in crisis. The Harvest shopping list for the Hertford & District Foodbank—is on posters and flyers in church. We continue to accept food at St Andrew’s but do check your local supermarket as many also take Foodbank donations, with some topping-up donations.
Send us your hymn choice!
Is there a hymn that you enjoy singing and haven’t heard in a while? Let us know your request by filling in the slip of paper on the back pew in the church. You can also email your request to Alan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
St Andrew’s Library:
Please take a look at the library book trolley near the church entrance—it is there at all times for you to peruse the books and choose a title or two to borrow. Carol Crowhurst.
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