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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Festive Sounds with East Herts Concert Band:
Come and enjoy a selection of festive music and arrangements from East Herts Concert Band on Saturday 8 December at St Andrew’s, conducted by Al Nunn. The programme includes festive classics, Tijuana Brass and music from Home Alone. Starts 7.30pm (doors open at 7.00pm). Tickets £10 on the door. Includes raffle and interval refreshments.
 
Messy Christmas fun!
Come along to Sele Messy Church on Sunday 9 December, 3.00pm, at St Andrew School — there will be lots of Christmas crafts, games, songs and food to share together.

Blue Christmas Service:
For many this is a bittersweet time of year. On Sunday evening, at 6.30pm, our Blue Christmas Service offers music, readings, prayers and space to find strength and grieve. There will also be an opportunity to remember loved ones. You’re welcome to just come and sit quietly and leave when you need to.
 
Saturday’s Christmas Market & Coffee Morning:  
A huge thank you to all those who took part in, donated to or came and bought at the Christmas Market and Coffee Morning. The final figure raised was a fantastic £1,000. This amount will be split between St Andrew’s and St Clare Hospice (where the donor of the Father Christmas collection was so well looked after during his final days). Hazel & Peter Risby
 
Thank you to everyone who came to Keith’s funeral and to all who have sent us cards and messages. Mary Acheson
 
Many thanks to those who supported my silk painting coffee morning and bought my silk cards at the Christmas market. We raised a combined total of just under £400 for Mind in Hertford. Pauline Rhodes
 
Calendars:
Nik Wilson’s 2019 calendars, featuring his original cartoons, are for sale every Sunday morning. They are £6 each and all the money raised will go towards dictionaries for school children in Caboluan, the Philippines.
 
Hertford St Andrew Year 6 children are taking part in a Junior Dragons competition. As part of this they are holding a mini Christmas market and activity afternoon in the school hall from 1.00-4.00pm on Friday 14 December. They are raising money for the East & North Hertfordshire Hospitals Charity and would like to invite you to come along and enjoy the market.
 

St Andrew’ Centre:
May I ask that anyone organising an event in church who wishes to use or have access to the Centre, must first check with Carol Muhr, who manages all bookings for the Centre, as to its availability. We have had some instances where it has been assumed that the Centre can be used when, in fact, it has been booked out. The Centre is quite heavily used; you can soon check with Carol by emailing her at standrewscentre@hotmail.com or calling 07593 055223.  You can always find her contact details on the inside of the front page of the parish magazine or on Hertford St Andrew’s website. Richard Taylor, Chair of Trustees

Wednesday Welcome - Christmas break:
The last Wednesday Welcome of 2018 will be on 12 December—returning in the New Year on 9 January. 
 
Shining stars:
Thanks to all those who continue to keep the brass in St Andrew’s shining bright. We could do with a little more help on our brass cleaning team—if you can spare half an hour every few months to help on the rota, please speak to Ann Childs (01992 500299). Thank you!
 
Alone on Christmas Day?
Join us at Sele School for lunch and entertainment. Application forms at the back of St Andrew’s Church. Please see the details on posters in church. Contact Janet Bird (janet_l_bird@hotmail.com; 01992 587544).


Supporting Parkrun:
St Andrew’s and St Mary’s would love to support the Panshanger Parkrun. We’d like to create a team of volunteers who are able to marshal the run when the need arises. We’re also hoping to provide most of the volunteers on Saturday 15 December, when we will give out mince pies and Christmas cards! Marshalling is straightforward and guidance will be offered. For more details, please see the Parish mag or contact Robin Bishop robinhbishop@gmail.com.
 On 15 December there will also be a charity collection of any unwanted football kits for KitAid, which distributes kit to underprivileged children and adults in some of the world’s poorest countries. Please bring along to the Panshanger Parkrun on the day or leave at the back of church in a labelled bag before 15 December. Thank you!
 

Clean coats/jackets needed:
Refugees urgently need your help this winter. Becky visits Calais each Christmas so please help her by leaving donations of clean coats/jackets (all sizes) at St Andrew’s, in the large bag provided, before 16 December. For more
information, please call Cheryl Massey (07974 261744) 
 
Living Hope newsletters are available at the back of the church - please take one and speak to Dawn or Kevin Carter if you would like to learn more about Living Hope.
 
Boxing Day:
Please note that there will be no 10.30am Wednesday Communion Service on 26 December. 
 
Messenger & office notice:
Please note that Phil will be on annual leave for two weeks after Christmas, back in the office on Tuesday 8 January. Messengers for 30 December and 6 January will be printed in advance.
 

Wednesday Welcome - weekly, 2.00-4.30pm
A space at St Andrew’s where you can sit and read the paper or a magazine, do a jigsaw, play cards or a board game and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.
 
Friday Lunch Club: Helpers and cooks are needed for Friday Lunch (held on second Fridays in the St Andrew’s Centre). If you could help in any way, please contact Viv (01992 584004) or Sue (01992 421806).

 
Foodbank:
We continue to receive regular donations for the Hertford & District Foodbank at St Andrew’s — thank you. There is now a Christmas Shopping List of items most needed—please check the Foodbank page here.
 

Christmas with a difference!
Can you make some room for an international student to learn what true British Festive hospitality can mean? Should you like to add that international element to your Christmas, learning another countries traditions and enjoying the connection and friendship that such sharing brings? HOST UK arranges for international students to enjoy brief homestays with UK hosts, one day, a weekend or, over the festive period-a three day visit. We need more hosts so that a smile such as Marine’s can spread across many more faces…and across our fragile world. If you should like to know more, please go to our website www.hostuk.org or leave us a message on http://visits.hostuk.org/Public/ApplyToBecomeAHost


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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 (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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