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..
New Electoral Roll:
This year, a new Church Electoral Roll is being prepared. By being on the Roll you are able to vote at the Church’s Annual General Meeting. Everyone who wishes to be included on the Roll must complete an application form. Paper copies of the form are available in church or the form can be completed on the website. Completed and signed paper forms can go to Phil (Parish Administrator) or Carol (Clerk to the PCC), or post them in the blue box at the back of church.
Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) will be held at St Andrew’s on Sunday 24 March at 12noon. Every member of St Andrew’s is welcome.
Wellbeing Church is a new initiative that has been established in Hertford as an experiment with the support of a network of several local churches. Have a look at the website www.wellbeing.church. You may have become aware of this initiative if you received a Christmas card with details of all the Christmas services around Hertford, including our own. This project seeks to be a kingdom outreach into the town, and the main public event at the moment is a Friday evening ‘Twilight Café’, held at Mudlarks Coffee Shop in town between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. Some young people from Youth Groups are involved in being baristas. There are drinks and snacks available, easy conversations, as well as opportunities for discussion, with other activities planned for the future. As an open and ecumenical effort, we’d encourage you to drop in on a Friday sometime and find out more. Maybe it’s something you can take a friend along to for a nice cuppa?
Bakers Galore: Would you like to join Bakers Galore? If you could bake for a monthly Coffee Morning twice a year (or contribute bought items), that would be wonderful. Please speak to Hazel (01438 747754).
Our theme for Soul Food on Sunday 3 March is ’Home’. Where do we feel at home? What can we do when we feel lost and unsure of where home is? Soul Food is our monthly café-style evening worship in the St Andrew’s Centre, 7.00-8.00pm.
The March Coffee Morning will be run by Tracy Plumpton and her family, raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK. Tracy’s husband, Chris, was diagnosed with prostate cancer last summer. Their sons, Ben and Bill, channelled their shock and upset at this diagnosis into training for the Brighton marathon, which is on 14 April, raising funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK. At the St Andrew’s Coffee Morning on 2 March, Prostate Cancer UK will be there to give a talk and host an awareness stall, and there will also be live music and a beer tombola. We all have men in our lives. Please come and support the event and bring the men! The great news is that Chris was given the all clear in January.
The World Day of Prayer service will be held at St Andrew’s on Friday 1 March at 10.30am. This is an ecumenical service, written this year by the women of Slovenia, with the theme of ‘Come – Everything is Ready’. Please do join us for the service, and for tea and coffee afterwards.
A Quiet Day in Lent:
In the busyness of life, an opportunity to prepare and reflect in beautiful surroundings - Saturday 9 March, 10.00am - 3.00pm, at The Grove, Port Hill. To book a place, please email the church office: email@example.com. All you need to bring with you is a packed lunch.
LENT EVENTS 2019
There will be many events happening at Hertford Churches during Lent in support of Christian Aid - please see the posters for more details.
March Quiz! Hertford & District Churches Together Quiz Lent Event—Saturday 9 March at URC Cowbridge, 6.30pm for a prompt start at 7.00pm. Tickets £8 (payment can be made on your table during the evening). Ploughman’s Supper included. All proceeds to Christian Aid. More details on posters around the church.
Handmade quilt for sale:
We have a beautiful handmade quilt for sale, made specially for St Andrew’s. It is cotbed-sized and you can see a photo on the board by the office at the back of the church. We welcome any reasonable offers and all proceeds will go to St Andrew’s Church funds. If interested, please speak to Hazel Risby (01438 747754).
Does anyone need a perching stool? Really useful if your balance is a little unsteady and great for use in the kitchen while preparing food or while washing and dressing. Call Viv (01992 584004).
Are you feeling you need to do some exercise but you are worried you may not be able to cope with anything too strenuous? We have spaces in the Chair-based exercise class which is held bi-weekly in the Centre and would welcome anyone over 60. Call Viv (01992 584004).
Time Out For Parents: The Teenage Years:
FutureHope is holding a seven-week course, developed by national charity Care for the Family, for anyone parenting children aged 11-19. The sessions are on Monday nights, starting on 25 February, at Leaside Community Centre, Ware. The course is free but booking is essential. Please see the notices in Church or contact Jane Ring (01992 534915; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lunch Club help:
Are you free once a month on a Friday to help with our Lunch Club in the Centre, 11.00am—2.00pm? We would be grateful for more help, whether it is just setting up, serving or even cooking. Call Viv (01992 584004).
Phil is on leave in the half-term break (18-22 February), during which time the office won’t be open.
Friends of Hertford Museum are organising their Annual Quiz at Sele Community Centre on Saturday 2 March, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. £12 to include food. Please contact Charles or Debbie Ledsam if interested (01992 584426).
My Fair Lady:
If you’d like to see the Ware Operatic production of My Fair Lady at Hertford Theatre on 7 March, 7.30pm, please speak to Charles Ledsam (07771 841012) who has tickets available (£17 each).
We continue to receive regular donations for the Hertford & District Foodbank at St Andrew’s — thank you. Please check the Foodbank page here.
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 (email@example.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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