St Andrew's 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..
Lent Events for Christian Aid:
Churches in Hertford are hosting events throughout Lent to raise funds for Christian Aid. These replace the previous ‘Lent Lunches’ and offer an opportunity to explore each other’s churches in fellowship as we fundraise. Please follow this link for more information.
Quaker Quiet Time:
All are welcome to join the weekly Quiet Time at Friends Meeting House, Railway St, Thursdays 12.30-1.00pm during Lent. Half an hour of silence during which people can pray, meditate, think, read or dream!
If you’re considering being part of The Easter Journey, please come along to All Saints’ Church on Tuesday 28 March, 12.45/1.00pm, to pray with the team and see it set up and in action. See the magazine or speak to me to find out more about The Easter Journey. Tracy Plumpton
Prayers for our Parish Weekend Away:
Please join us as we continue to pray together for the Weekend Away in April. We will meet on Sat 1 April, 9.00am at 39 Port Hill; Sat 8 April, 9.00am in the Chapel at St Andrew’s (during Breathe); and Wed 19 April, 7.30pm in the Chapel.
Lovely Grub Garden Open Day:
Sunday 2 April, 2.00-5.00pm. Family event with Easter theme, launching our fruit & veg growing season. Sow seeds, enjoy Easter egg/bunny hunt, tombola, plant and seed exchange. Refreshments available. Donations towards the Community Garden. More details on Facebook, ‘Lovely Grub Garden Sele Road’. Find us at the top of Sele Rd, by Camps Hill Footpath, SG14 1NQ.
Interchurch Sele Farm Prayer Group: Every fourth Tuesday of the month, a time to meet others who live near or have an interest in Sele Farm and pray together for the area. For more details please email John or Claire Wacher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Time, Your Space—SHAKE After-School Club is back!
Please see details here.
A Quiet Day in Lent:
Take time on Saturday 1 April for short, guided reflections, followed by time to relax, read or enjoy the gardens. From 10.00am—3.00pm at 39 Port Hill, Bengeo. All you need to bring is a packed lunch. Contact Phil to book: 01992 504373 ; email@example.com.
DIY arrangement kits for decorating our church windows will be available on Sunday 9 April. Please take one and return your completed arrangement on Saturday 15 April. Carol Kemp (01992 587511)
Easter Morning breakfast:
There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the church if you would like to have breakfast at the Rectory following the 5.30am Dawn Eucharist at St Mary’s.
Easter Monday Pilgrimage:
Now in its eighth decade, the annual Easter Monday Pilgrimage to St Albans Cathedral and service has become a family event and a highlight of the year for many. It’s a wonderful opportunity to join with other pilgrims to celebrate the risen Christ. Details can be found via the St Andrew’s website and on posters in the church.
A suggestion for those going to the Parish Weekend, 21-23 April:
There are interesting-looking bike rides in the area around the Belsey Bridge Conference Centre so, if you can bring your bike with you, why not spend a couple of hours on the Saturday (Earth Day) cycling through the East Anglian countryside? Please let me know if this is of interest before 21 April so we have an idea of numbers. We can choose our route(s) on the day. Andrew Goodman
For all the details about services and events taking place in Holy Week, please see the yellow flyers/posters or visit the St Andrew’s Church website.
Mental Health Awareness Workshops:
There are two MIND workshops happening at the St Andrew’s Centre on Saturday 6 May; one is a more general session on mental health issues (12.30-2.30pm) and the other is based on health concerns for teenagers and recognising the signs (3.00-5.00pm). The cost is £5 per workshop. More details are on posters in church and on this website. Please speak to Catherine Sleath to book a place: 01992 537867.
A walk for Christian Aid will take place on Saturday 13 May. It starts at 9.30am at Wodson Park with a total distance of approx 21km. If you would like to join the walk, registration details can be found at www.christianaidwalk.org (see pages About...21K 4CA). Chris Seward
Ground Faith Day:
Please make a note in your diaries—our next Ground Faith Day is on Saturday 13 May. We will need help with high-level cleaning in the church and tidying in the garden, so if you can spare some time between 10.00am—3.00pm, please join us. Refreshments and lunch provided!
Is prayer a struggle?
Do you feel guilty that you don’t pray enough or get bored when you do? Prayer can change the world… by first changing us; it is the oxygen of the church. You are invited to three nights of teaching and inspiration, called A House or Prayer, followed by a Taizé-style Service on Ascension Day. Monday 22—Thursday 25 May, 8.00-9.15pm at St Andrew’s Church. Please make this a priority.
Revision of Electoral Roll:
The Electoral Roll is being revised. If you would like to be on the Electoral Roll but are not currently, please complete a form to be found at the back of the church by the entrance, and leave there for collection in the envelope provided. Completed forms must be returned by 2 April. The Roll is also on display - please check your details and amend any changes on that copy, eg change of address. If you no longer wish to be on the Electoral Roll, please let us know. Any queries, please contact Carol Muhr, Clerk to the PCC, or Phil Probert, Parish Administrator.
Phil and Carol are on leave in Holy Week and the Church Office will be closed. The Messenger for Easter Sunday will be printed in advance, so please let Phil know in good time if you have any notices to be included.
Save the date:
Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) will be held at St Andrew’s on Sunday 30 April at 12noon. Every member of St Andrew’s is welcome. We will talk about the year that has passed and plans for the year to come.
Raising money for The Lauren Page Trust:
Philip Burridge, grandson of Barbara and Eric, is running in the London Marathon on Sunday 23 April to raise money for The Lauren Page Trust. To donate, you can visit: www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/philipburridge1 The Trust is a charity set up to raise money to further the work of consultant obstetric physicians who deal with women who have serious health problems during pregnancy, often resulting in premature births. Also, they support the work of Neonatal Units within the Greater London area in the form of research specialist staff and equipment.
Please note, it’s been decided that there will no longer be a monthly Compline service on Thursday evenings.
Is there a hymn that you always enjoy singing and haven’t heard in a while? Let us know what your request is by filling in the slip of paper on the back pew in the church. You can also email your request directly to Alan (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you. Hazel Risby
Please see the page about our local Foodbank for information on how and what you can donate and how you can be helped.
St Andrew’s Library:
Please take a look at the library book trolley in the North Transept—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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