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..
Junior Church takes a break this summer:
Please note that there will be no Junior Church from Sunday 23 July through to and including 3 September. Families are invited to make use of the Children’s Corner in the 10.30am Sunday services during this break.
On display in the church throughout July is a collage that Alan created for an Easter project. The piece depicts a ‘Peace Wall’ stencilled with the outlines of three faces — on Christ’s right is the face of Khalid Massoud, the Westminster Bridge terrorist, and on his left the former terrorist Martin McGuinness.
Christian Aid Walk 2018:
We are looking for new people to join the committee (approx. six meetings per year). We especially are looking for a secretary (i.e. agendas/minutes) and someone who can support publicity (e.g. maintaining a website). Please speak to Chris Seward (07902 540561).
Inspirational music-making in an intimate setting:
An Evening Recital by Rhys Watkins with Rowena Calvert, performing works by Bach, Biber and Ysaye. Saturday 29 July, 7.30pm at St Leonard’s Church, Bengeo. Tickets £15 (£10 for Friends of St Leonard’s). To book tickets, please phone 01992 314003.
Sing God’s Glory:
Explore the praise of God through a variety of music, ancient and modern, in a relaxed informal service. Sunday 30 July, 6.30pm, at St Leonard’s Church, Bengeo. Led by professional musician Sue Graham Smith.
The July Coffee Morning:
Raised more than £160 for the Church and the National Autistic Society. The Wimbledon Winners Sweepstake was so enthusiastically received that it might be worth making it an annual event. Laura Sharman and Connie Moules each received £5 as holders of the runners-up tickets and Toby Dutt received £10 for drawing the name of the Women’s Singles winner. Federer’s name was not drawn so the proceeds benefitted by an extra £10, making a further £70 in total to the figure above. Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way.
August Coffee Morning - Saturday 5 August:
As well as enjoying freshly-made coffee and home-made cakes, buy a rose to celebrate someone or something special. Proceeds will go to Cruse Bereavement Care, a national charity for the bereaved, which offers support, advice and information with a special helpline for children and young people.
Drop-in meditation at St Leonard’s Church, Bengeo, Saturdays 19 August and 23 September, 9.00am to 10.00am.
Thanks from LatinLink:
Julie Noble a prisoner support activist from LatinLink came to talk to us last year. We were able to send a donation to the charity and in response we have had some wonderful photos, drawings and letters from the children and workers with the Angel Tree Centre and Restoring Hope programme. Please do take a look at the display on the wall between the church kitchen and toilet at the back of the church.
Free Holiday Club:
Fun, food, big games, challenges, Bible stories, crafts, activities, puppets, songs and more! Mon 21-Tue 22 August, 10.00am—4.00pm in the St Andrew’s Centre. School years: Reception to Yr6. There are limited spaces so book soon! Booking forms and details are available from Tracy: email@example.com
St Mary’s Annual Arts Festival:
On Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September St Mary’s, Hertingfordbury, our sister church, hold their annual arts festival—this year’s theme is Star Wars. There will be an exhibition of art in the Church, Teddies and Friends parachuting from the Tower and a Star Wars Trail on the Saturday afternoon, and on the Sunday there is the traditional Open Air Service at 3.00pm, followed by a tea party.
Would you like to learn the art of handbell ringing? The ringers at St Mary’s, Hertingfordbury, (including some St Andrew’s folk) are in need of more people. If you would be interested, please speak to Jane Eldred (01992 503658).
Bike ’n’ Hike:
The sponsored annual fundraising event organised by Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust is back this year on Saturday 9 September. For more details about taking part, you can contact Peter Ruffles (01992 582722). For every £1 of sponsorship, 50p is returned to St Andrew’s. Carol Muhr will soon be looking for volunteers to bake for the Bike n’ Hikers who visit St Andrew’s on the day and also for people to welcome them (welcomers can be sponsored, too!).
Do you get tongue-tied when people ask you about your faith? Coaxing Questions is a workshop led by Life Coach and Theologian Rachie Ross, designed to help build confidence in conversations about faith. After the success of the workshop here last November, Rachie is back to build on the coaching principles many of us found so helpful. Coaxing Questions at St Andrew’s, 10.00am—1.00pm on Saturday 23 September.
Thank you for your continued donations for local people in crisis. There is a new summer shopping list for the Hertford & District Foodbank—you can find this on posters and flyers in church. We continue to accept food at St Andrew’s but do check your local supermarket as many also take Foodbank donations, with some topping-up donations.
We have had news from TearFund about their Yemen Appeal and they have asked this to be shared among the congregation. You will find the update on the notice board by the church office and there is a copy of the news available here.
Mission Shaped Ministry:
St Albans diocese is promoting a one-year, part-time learning journey for those exploring how to begin, sustain and grow fresh expression of church. The course is described as a significant resource for building the Kingdom of God in our local community. Individuals are most welcome, but the hope is that small groups will participate as this will deepen the impact of the course. Leaflets are available at the back of the church or you can find out more at www.msmstalbans.org.
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).
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
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.
Copyright: Image by erix! at flickr