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..
Hymns & Cake at Hertford Methodist Church
Come and sing some favourites old and new in the Methodist Church, Ware Road, on Sunday 18 February, 3.00-4.30pm. You can sing or come and listen to half an hour of (optional) hymn-singing, and enjoy tea, cakes and conversation with friends from other churches. And if anyone has a hymn they would like to have included, please send details to or call 01992 589730. 

Coffee Morning at St Andrew’s
Pop the date in your diary—Saturday 3 March, 10.30am—12.30pm. Delicious baked goodies, freshly-brewed coffee and tea, and also featuring ’A Tombola with a difference to make a difference’, highlighting the work of Christian Aid around the world. Frugal donations for the tombola gratefully received — inexpensive items only, please (see Hazel or Peter Risby for details)

Quiz for Christian Aid: 
There will be a Hertford & District Churches Together Lent Event at Hertford URC, Cowbridge, on Saturday 10 March—a quiz in aid of Christian Aid. Ploughman’s Supper included, 6.30pm for a prompt 7.00pm start. Tickets £8 (plus £1 or £2 for ’last person standing’ game). All proceeds to Christian Aid. Tables of 8, please bring your own non-alcoholic drinks with a glass. If you have a special diet, please let your table organiser know or phone 01992 586585.

Concert at St Andrew’s
Join Amici Cantate Choir at St Andrew’s on Saturday 24 March for an evening of choral music, ‘Together in Song’, spanning nearly 500 years. From Palestrina through spirituals and musical theatre by Hogan to contemporary works by Lauridsen, Jenkins, Gjeilo and more! Tickets: £12 (£6 for under-16s; £25 family ticket available in advance). Call 01279 506773 or email or visit Proceeds go to Christian Aid. 

Catering request:
We are hosting the Amici Cantate Concert at St Andrew’s on 24 March (see above) to fundraise for Christian Aid. Apart from coming to enjoy and support the event if you are able to, it would be wonderful if any volunteers could provide a small plate of bite-size food, savoury or sweet, for the evening. If you can help, please speak to me. Many thanks. Phil Probert
Hertford Churches Together - supporting Christian Aid

Wed 14 Feb All Saints Hertford, from 12.30pm        
Lunch & Soundbites Concert, with prayers at 2.15pm
Every Thursday in Lent Quaker Meeting House
'Quiet Time', 12.30-1.00pm, to reflect, pray, meditate, read or just 'be'DaffodilsSnowSergeBertasius
Every Sunday in Lent Holy Trinity Bengeo, 7.30pm
'Another Spring', poetry for Lent
Sun 18 Feb Hertford Methodist Church, 3.00-4.30pm
Hymns & Cake (more details above)
Sat 24 Feb Friends Meeting House, 3.00-4.30pm
Sanctuary: Talk & Reflection, followed by tea
Tue 27 Feb Saint Joseph’s, Hertford, 12.15pm 
Mass followed by light lunch
Thu 1 March Holy Trinity, Bengeo, 10.30am–12.30pm
Bengeo Coffee Pot at Church Hall, Duncombe Road
Sat 3 March Holy Trinity, Bengeo, 9.00am 
Taizé prayer service followed by coffee & croissants
Sat 3 March St Andrew’s, Hertford, 10.30am-12.30pm
Coffee Morning (more details above)
Sat 10 March URC, Hertford, 7.00pm
Quiz & supper (more details above)
Fri 16 March St Andrew’s, Bramfield, 7.30pm
Haileybury Choir Concert
Sat 24 March Hertford Baptist Church Prayer Room 12.00-4.00pm
Prayer Room open, refreshments served
Sat 24 March St Andrew’s, Hertford, 7.00pm
Amici Cantate Concert (more details above)

Choral Workshop Sunday 25 February at St Andrew’s
Gemma Milburn is a professional vocal coach and is offering a free workshop to help with singing technique. Two 45-minute sessions: 12.15pm for younger singers and 1.30pm for all-comers. Lunch served in between. Come to one or both - it’s open to anyone and you don’t have to be an experienced singer to join in. Contact Jane Eldred for details (01992 503658)

Women’s World Day of Prayer: This year’s service for the Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held at Hertford Baptist Church, 2.00pm on Friday 2 March. Everyone is welcome (not just women!) and the theme for 2018 is ‘All God’s creation is very good’.

Hertford & Ware Street Pastors has been at a crossroads; crises of funding, volunteers and the need for new Trustees called the organisation’s future into doubt. There has been a positive response to the appeal in November and the future looks brighter. If Street Pastors can just find two more people willing to become Trustees by 9 March, then there is confidence H&WSP is in good shape to continue. Please spread the news and pray for the right people to come forward. [Full update on the notice board by the church office.] Nick Sharp

A Quiet Day in Lent:
Take time on Saturday 24 February for short, guided reflections, followed by time to relax, read or enjoy the gardens. From 10.00am—3.00pm at The Grove, Bengeo. All you need to bring is a packed lunch. Please contact Phil to book: 01992 504373 ;
Hertingfordbury Race Night:
On Saturday 24 February, 7.30pm, it’s Race Night at St Joseph’s in the Park School, in aid of St Mary’s charities. Tickets (£10) include a fish and chip supper. Bar available. For tickets, please contact David Gorton (01992 551430).

Adrian Plass—Out of his Head:
Adrian and Bridget Plass, with Searchlight Theatre Co, will be presenting readings, poetry and dramatisations from many of Adrian’s books. Lots of memories, laughs and chat! Celebrating 30 years of writing and performance. At All Saints Church on Thursday 19 April at 7.15pm. Tickets from Janet Bird (01992 587544), £8 in advance or £10 on the door. 

Martin Simpson—live at St Andrew’s:
One of the finest acoustic and slide guitarists in the world is performing live at St Andrew’s on Saturday 21 April. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy Martin’s music right here in Hertford. All profits will go to support projects at St Andrew’s. Tickets (interval refreshments included):

HOST Lent Appeal:
Might you consider becoming a volunteer with HOST? The mission of HOST is to give a welcome to international students in British homes for friendship and cultural exchange. Our volunteer hosts can offer hospitality for one day (daytime only) or three days and two nights at the weekend. We operate all year round and would very much welcome more volunteer hosts to join us. More information can be found at:    Or email us on:    Or telephone us on: 020 7739 6292

Holy Land Tour 2019:
David Ronco, former pastor of Hertford Baptist Church, is leading another of his popular introductory trips to the Holy Land next year (3-11 April).  As well as enjoying a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience walking where Jesus walked, the trip provides opportunities to meet local Christians and understand how the Lord is working today through his church in Israel/Palestine. For more information visit or contact David on

Christian Mindfulness:
After Easter there will be a  quiet day led by Rev. Alan Stewart at Watton-at-Stone Methodist Church. It’s on Saturday 14 April, 10.00am—4.00pm (arrival from 9.30am). The cost is £5. You are asked to bring a Bible and a packed lunch and some shoes for gentle walking outside. To book your place, please email: or telephone: 07597 109819. More details are on the posters on the notice boards.

The 2018 Christian Aid Walk will be taking place on Saturday 12 May. This year's event will cover a similar route to the 2017 Walk, with funds supporting projects linked to the theme of Christian Aid Week 2018 (13-20 May). Last year's event raised over £6,000 and, with a full field of walkers, we expect to improve on that figure. Put the date in your 2018 diary, enjoy a beautiful walk through nearby Hertfordshire countryside and support a great organisation! For more details and entry details go to

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. There is a new Harvest shopping list for the Hertford & District Foodbank—you can find this 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 (

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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