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..
Sele Farm Toddlers is due to launch on Friday 8 November, running 9.00—10.30am at St Andrew’s School, Calton Avenue. We need some more helpers, please, both regularly with the families and occasionally with the refreshment rota. Please let Wendy or Kath Oates know if you might be able to help. We also need quite a few items for the Toddler Group. Wendy has a sign-up sheet in the hope that you can donate unwanted items or even buy something to help out. Or you can contact either Wendy or Kath by email: Revwendy55@gmail.com ; email@example.com
Supporting our Local Foodbank:
For the Light Party at St Andrew’s on 31 October, we are asking for donations of small pumpkins that the children can carve and/or large pre-carved pumpkins to decorate the church and grounds. Please deliver to the church Sunday 27 October (not before). It would be ideal if you can tell Tracy what you’re able to donate, so she can make up the shortfall. firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a sheet at the back of the church that you can fill in. Thank you!
A quiet space to be still, with music, readings, mindfulness, silence and prayers. Wednesday 23 October, 8.00-8.40pm at St Andrew’s; 7.30pm for refreshments. Meeting again on Wednesday 27 Nov.
A time to pray for the UK:
Following the Bishop’s open letter on the need for national reconciliation, an opportunity to pray for the UK—for truth, kindness, welcome, inspiration and togetherness; for reconciliation and peace. Thursday 24 October, 7.30-8.30pm, in the Chapel at St Andrew’s, and Thursday 31 October, 7.30-8.30pm at Friends' Meeting House.
Bike Ride proceeds:
Peter Ruffles would be pleased to receive any funds earned this year by St Andrew’s people who took part in the Historic Churches Trust Bike Ride this year. He has already sent well over £300 to the central fund, half of which will be returned to St Andrew’s to support our own building maintenance programme.
One World Week Service:
You are invited to attend a Service for One World Week (20-27 October) on Sunday 20 October 5.30pm at Trinity Church, Park Lane, Knebworth. The speaker is Tony Shepherd from greenchristian.org.uk. Climate Changes Everything. All Welcome. “We must all share responsibility for the future of life on Earth” - David Attenborough. oneworldweek.org
We are Hertford:
What do you want from your Town Centre? A group of local people are campaigning to give a genuine voice to local people. The Group have adopted the name ‘We are Hertford’. The Campaign Group say: “We want our town back. Shops have closed and jobs have been lost. We, as local people, must have a genuine say in the reconstruction of our town Centre.” You are invited to come to a public meeting on Tuesday 22 October, 7.30pm, at St Joseph’s Church Hall, St John’s Street, and have your say - tell the campaign organisers what you think. Ideas put forward at the meeting will be taken to East Herts Council by the We are Hertford campaign. More details on posters.
Jog & drinks:
A new monthly event continues, Sunday 27 October, 5.00pm: meet by the skatepark at Hartham and walk/jog/run around Hartham following the mile loop (feel free to do as much or as little as you want to). Afterwards we’ll have drinks at a local pub. All welcome—including friends/neighbours who don’t attend church. There is a WhatsApp group for those that are interested. Please speak to Rachel Stewart for more details: email@example.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. Starting 4 November 2019.
What is a good death?
Is it possible to die well? An evening with Rachel Allen, Spiritual Care Lead at Isabel Hospice—a space to be honest about those things that we find difficult or fearful around death; a time to think about how we would like to end our time on Planet Earth; an opportunity to connect with our own sources of comfort, strength and hope. Ultimately, it’s an evening about life. And it’s for people of all religions and none. Thursday 7 November, 8.00pm, at St Andrew’s.
At Evensong on Wednesday 20 November, 5.00pm, at St Albans Cathedral, the Diocese will be remembering the 15th anniversary of Rev. Alan Stewart becoming a priest. Members of St Andrew’s congregation are welcome to attend.
The church appeal for this Christmas will be on behalf of Stevenage Haven (homeless shelter). More details will follow nearer the time, but anyone who would like to contribute to Operation Christmas Child (our charity in recent years) can do so online at www.samaritans-purse.org.uk.
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. Posters and flyers in church include a list of the items most needed this Harvest season. Thank you.
Remembering loved ones
If you would like a loved one to be remembered at the
All Souls & All Saints Service on 30 October,
10.30am (for those in our parish from years past
who have died), or at the
Service for the Bereaved on 3 November,
2.00pm (for those who have died in recent years), please write their
name on the list at the back of the church.
A date for your Christmas diary!
St Andrew’s is delighted to welcome The Melrose Quartet on Thursday 12 December, 8.00pm, for a Christmas concert like no other! Featuring Nancy Kerr (UK Folk Singer of the Year, 2015), James Fagan, Jess and Richard Arrowsmith, the band will perform a concert of seasonal music that will be stunning for its quality of singing and musicianship. With a lit Christmas tree, mulled wine and mince pies, this will be a memorable way to lead into Christmas. Put the date in your diary! Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk/st-andrews-church.
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.
Come along to St Andrew’s any time between 2.00-4.00pm on Wednesdays - a space to read, work on a jigsaw, play cards or dominoes, enjoy a cuppa. Families welcome.
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).
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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