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..
Help save the beautiful Hertford countryside by Beane Road for wildlife and the community:
The land by the River Beane adjacent to Beane Road near Hertford North station is up for auction in four lots. Beane Marshes Conservation Group would like to try to purchase as many of these lots as possible to ensure the land remains in its natural state and is preserved for the community. The auction is on 19 June, so there isn’t long. To find out more about how you can help, please see the poster here or go to the Facebook page or the Crowdfunding page.
If you have signed up to travel on the coach to Wendy’s ordination at St Albans Abbey on Saturday 29 June, you will contacted with details soon. Sorry, there are no more seats available.
Service of celebration:
Wendy will preside at the Eucharist for the first time on Sunday 30 June, 10.30am at St Andrew’s, in a joint service of celebration with St Mary’s. Please do join us for this special occasion and please keep Wendy in your prayers as she and her family prepare for this significant weekend.
We are putting together a Welcome Team to greet newcomers at our services and are having an introductory meeting at St Andrew’s on Saturday 6 July between 11-12. If you would like to be involved or would like more information please contact Peter Risby firstname.lastname@example.org or Kath Oates 07708 580428.
Should a wife submit to her husband?
You are warmly invited to a talk about how women today read a biblical passage about marriage – Ephesians 5:21-33. Jo Logan will be summarising the results of her recently completed PhD, called ‘Marriage made in heaven?’, which was based on research carried out among groups of women living in Hertford and Welwyn Garden City. Anyone interested in the topic is very welcome to the talk, which will be at St Andrew’s Church on Saturday 22 June from 10.30am to 12noon.
Hertford & District Churches Together has received a letter of thanks from Adrian Whalley, Regional Coordinator for Christian Aid. He writes that ‘it is so great to see so many of your churches involved in many different ways over Lent with fundraising activities for Christian Aid. Overall you raised a grand total of £2,155.30, which is a really fabulous effort’. Adrian’s full letter can be read here.
Julie Noble, Missionary in Bolivia:
On Sunday 23 June, St Andrew’s welcomes the second visit of Julie Noble, an English missionary in South America. Julie has been a missionary in Bolivia for over 20 years and will be talking about her life and work at The Angel Tree Centre in Oruro. Do please stay after the 10.30am service and listen to what I’m sure will prove to be an interesting and enlightening talk. Jenny Aitken
Joint Choral Evensong:
The St Andrew’s and St Mary’s Choirs will come together for a Joint Choral Evensong on Sunday 23 June, 6.30pm at St Mary’s Hertingfordbury. It will feature music from Tallis to Vaughan Williams, reflecting the centuries-old English tradition of daily Choral Evensong still practised in many cathedrals and chapels of the Anglican Communion. Come and join a meditative service for a summer Sunday evening.
St Mary’s Arts and Crafts Weekend:
Friday 5 July
7.00-9.00pm Exhibitions of drawing, painting, photography & embroidery. Floral displays. Produce and craft stalls featuring local designers. Refreshments
Saturday 6 July Family Fun Day
2.00pm Music from the U3A Choir
2.00-5.00pm Cream Teas
3.00pm Teddies and friends parachute or zip wire from St Mary’s Tower. Children’s fun and games
Sunday 7 July
8.00am Holy Communion
9.15am All Age Service
3.00pm Open Air Service followed by a Tea Party
Tour of Holy Land:
Rev. Alan Perry, Team Vicar in Southwold, is leading an ecumenical pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine in May/June 2020. Would you interested in going? There is more information about the Biblical Tour on the noticeboard by the office door. If you would like a booking form, please speak to Rev. Alan Stewart.
A Christian with vision, enthusiasm and drive is required to continue the work of the BRAVE Trust, an initiative started in 2007, re-establishing opportunities to work with young people in the middle schools in Buntingford and Royston. Applications by 28 June. For more details, please see the notice on the board by the office door in St Andrew’s Church or go to http://thebravetrust.org/schools-worker-vacancy.
Cancel out Cancer is a one-hour FREE interactive talk to help share the available knowledge to fight cancer, supported by Cancer Research UK. There is a Talk on Tuesday 2 July, 6.45pm for 7.00pm in the St Andrew’s Centre.
Feeding the Darkness:
Shining a light on state-sanctioned torture through story, poem and song—a performance by Journeymen Theatre at Hertford Quaker Meeting House, 3.00pm on Sunday 7 July. Donations on the day welcome for the Sanctuary Meetings Appeal.
A Short evening service of Prayers and Poems from Iona at St Leonards Church, Bengeo, 7.30pm on Tuesday 30 July. Followed by tea and coffee. Part of Hertford and District Churches Together.
Table Tennis equipment:
If you have any surplus table tennis bats or balls, or could perhaps donate some new ones, these would be really helpful for use with Shake After-School Club and our Coffee Mornings. Please speak to Tracy or to Phil. Thank you.
Help needed at OASIS Cafe:
OASIS is a cafe at the front of the Methodist Church in Hertford. It is run by volunteers from churches across the town. It’s been open for nearly 9 years and more people are needed to join the team. Please come along and see whether you could spend some time once a week or fortnightly the other side of the hatch. For more information, speak to Chris Lawn (01992 552669) or Anthea (01992 421784).
Supporting our Local Foodbank:
We continue to receive regular donations for the Hertford & District Foodbank at St Andrew’s — thank you. There has been a large rise in the number of people relying on our local Foodbank and donations tend to drop in summer months, so 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 at the moment. Thank you.
Save the date!
We are told that St Andrew’s Clergy and Readers have accepted the challenge of providing the two teams in what will be an entertaining evening based on the popular TV gameshow Would I Lie to You?! The event is planned for Saturday 12 October in the St Andrew’s Centre. Churchwarden Sue Mulligan will be taking on the role of Rob Bryden (she’s already working on her Welsh accent). If you are interested in helping in any way with the event, please contact Hazel & Peter Risby (01438 747754).
Snowdon Trip 2020:
I have provisionally booked Cae Canol in Snowdonia from 14-18 April 2020. As some will recall from previous trips, it is a fab (though basic) base from which to walk up Snowdon and to explore the local area. Accommodation is mainly in dorms. All hands on deck for cooking, washing-up, and cleaning at the end. All ages welcome though young children will need an adult! Contact Rachel Stewart for more info: email@example.com
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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