Notices

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..
 
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Exciting News!
We are starting a once-a-month ‘Sunday Social’ from 3.30-5.30pm here at St Andrew's Church on the 4th Sunday.
Who’s it for?
This is for parents and children in primary school (if there are older siblings that would like to come, they are welcome, too). The idea is that parents have a chance to get to know each other better and children get to know each other better, too, hopefully forming strong friendships.
What will it include? The afternoon will comprise tea/coffee/squash served from the church kitchen, with games, crafts, activities and possibly a quiz, story, reflection. We’ll finish with a family meal together.
Can you help? If anyone is able to come on board to form a team, that would be great. Job roles:
1. Helping Tracy set up
2. Serving teas/coffees
3. Planning/providing and manning craft table
4. Planning and running games
5. Leading songs
6. Cooking a meal for the end
7. Tidy up

If you feel you would like to be part of this VALUABLE opportunity please speak to Tracy or email her: standrewstracy@gmail.com


East Herts Green Drinks:
A Greener Future? - What to do? - Greta Thunberg? - Sustainability?- Carbon Footprint? - Extinction Rebellion? - INTERESTED? Want to meet like-minded people? Then welcome to East Herts Green Drinks. We are a friendly ‘green’ group meeting monthly in Hertford. Contact us: easthertsgd@virginmedia.com or online at www.greendrinks.org/east herts (yes, that’s a space!). We meet every 4th Thursday of the month in The White Horse, Castle Street, from 8.00pm in the bar on the right.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:
The United Service during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held at Quaker Meeting House, Railway Street, on Sunday 26 January at 3.00pm. The service title is ‘Unusual Kindness’.

Can you help?
We are asking for one, preferably two, clothes rails to hang clothing donations at the Hot Meals venue. If you are able to help, please contact Jane Cohen on 07818 532154.


Volunteer Administrators:
The Diocesan Board of Education wishes to appoint two volunteer administrators to support its general and governance administration, and its course and conference facilitation. Are you looking for a flexible volunteer role where you will be able to make a difference? If so, we would love to hear from you. The location is Holywell Lodge, St Albans. Hours are flexible up to 10hrs a week. Closing date for expressions of interest is Wed 29 January. For further information, please contact Vicki Barriere on 01727 818170 or email schools@stalbans.anglican.org.  
 
February Coffee Morning:
Join us at the next St Andrew’s Coffee Morning on Saturday 1 Feb, 10.30am—12.30pm, being run by Connect Bible Study Group. Apart from the mouth-watering cakes and freshly-made coffee, loose fruit and veg will be available to buy in string bags—encouraging us to drop the plastic in favour of something more environmentally friendly! Connect Bible Study Group are raising funds for those affected by the Australian wildfires.

Westminster Abbey—behind the Monuments:
A talk by Malcolm and Dorothy Elliott on Tuesday 18 February in the St Andrew’s Centre, 7.45pm for 8.00pm. Malcolm was a boy chorister at the Abbey and has served there all his life in various different capacities. Dorothy has been a steward at the Abbey for over thirty years. That’s a great deal of combined experience and knowledge of what goes on in Westminster Abbey. The event is organised by the Friends of Hertford Museum. Entrance is £3 if not a member. Malcolm and Dorothy and their family worshipped here until they moved from Hertford to Thundridge.


Hertford URC Quiz Supper:
As part of the Lent Events season at Hertford churches, the URC are holding a Quiz Supper on Saturday 29 February, 6.30pm for a prompt 7.00pm start. All proceeds will go to Christian Aid. Tickets are £8 and payment can be made on your table during the evening. Tables of 8. Please bring your own drinks with a glass. Ploughman’s Supper included. If you have special dietary requirements please let your table organiser know or call 01992 586585.

Three-night retreat, 19-22 October:
Wendy Sellers and David Sheppard (St Mary’s, Ware) are planning a guided retreat which will include the opportunity to make creative work, walk and pray. Services will include Holy Communion, prayers led by the house chaplains, and compline. Location: the Chelmsford Diocesan House of Retreat, Pleshey. Fully inclusive cost tbc but c.£270, please contact Wendy if you’re interested(Revwendy55@gmail.com ; 01707 472315). 

 
Funtime Friday:
On Friday mornings at St Andrew’s School, Calton Avenue, 9.00-10.30am, a new Toddler Group for families in the Sele Farm area. More details from Wendy (Revwendy55@gmail.com) or Kath (oates13@virginmedia.com).

 
Let’s pray for our town:
A new regular meeting for all who wish to pray for the people of Hertford and for God’s kingdom to come in this place and in the lives of our neighbours and friends. First Monday of the month, 12.30-1.30pm, at Hertford Baptist Church.

Sunday stretch:
‘Walk, jog, run’ is an opportunity to get some fresh air, stretch those legs and have a chat. Meet at Hartham Skatepark at 4.00pm (note the earlier start time in winter) for a walk, jog or run following the mile loop (feel free to do as much or as little as you want to). Fourth Sundays in the month—next on 26 January 2020. All welcome—including friends/neighbours who don’t attend church. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Rachel: rloustewart@icloud.com.

 
Supporting our Local Foodbank:
We continue to receive regular donations for the Hertford & District Foodbank at St Andrew’s — thank you. Your prayerful support and generosity is more important than ever. Food donations can be left at St Andrew’s, in the box at the back of the church by the office door. 

St Andrew’s Facebook page:
You can find event and service details, sermons, photos and updates on the St Andrew’s Facebook page. We have more than 100 followers but we’d love for that number to grow!

 
Belsey Bridge 2021:
You can’t accuse us of not giving you enough notice — here’s a date for your diary the year after next! We will return to Belsey Bridge, Suffolk, for another Parish Weekend Away in 2021, Friday 23—Sunday 25 April. You can see more about our earlier Parish Weekends Away here.


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Safeguarding at St Andrew’s:
Catherine Sleath is our Safeguarding Officer and you can read her report to the APCM here. 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).


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 (h.alanstewart1@gmail.com).

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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Let’s pray for our town:
A new regular meeting for all who wish to pray for the people of Hertford and for God’s kingdom to come in this place and in the lives of our neighbours and friends. First Monday of the month, 12.30-1.30pm, at Hertford Baptist Church, from 4 November.