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Here are some notices that you may find of interest. Please check this page regularly for updates and let us know if you have some news to share...

 

Mick Hartnett
Mick's Coast to Coast Walk for Dementia

Mick Hartnett - a member of our congregation at St Andrew's - is currently walking solo across the breadth of Ireland, the beloved country of his parents, to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society.  Mick says, 'I’m walking between 15-20 miles a day, from east to west coast - I got off the ferry at Rosslare on 16 May and, all being well, I will be paddling in the sea at Doolin on 28 May. In honour of my parents, both of whom I lost to dementia, I’m walking via both of their birthplaces on route: Kilkenny (Mum) and Doon (Dad).' If you want to read more or even donate, please visit:  www.justgiving.com/fundraising/michael-hartnett. You can also follow Mick's progress by logging into Facebook and searching for his page: Micks-Coast-to-Coast-walk-for-Dementia
 


Hertford St Andrew School needs volunteers to help with the Walking Bus

It’s a good way to start the day with fresh air and exercise as well as providing a helping hand to get children to school. Volunteers start at the school at 8.00am and there is roughly a 2km round walk through the estate gathering children for the school. Usually this takes about 40 minutes. School staff are present. We're asking for a one-day-a-week commitment. Please contact Rev Alan Stewart on 01992 582726 or h.alanstewart1@gmail.com if you can help or need more information. Hertford St Andrew School


First Aid TrainingFirst Aid

Would you be willing to take part in All-Day First Aid Training for the church? We need people who are prepared to provide First Aid cover at large church events and services, as well as sidespeople and those involved with Junior Church and other young people’s groups. Please contact Shirley Taylor: 01992 302995 / shirleytaylor06@gmail.com. Thank you.


 

What matters to you? 

As part of a parish-wide listening project, we are asking two important questions: 'What matters to you?' and 'What do you hope for?'. Our hope is that these questions will help us in thinking through how we reach out and respond to the priorities and longings of folk within and beyond the church community. Please fill in a card at St Andrew's Church or share your responses with us online: What matters to you?
 

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Photos of the work on St Andrew's spire

If you've visited St Andrew's Church in recent weeks, you may have noticed the ladders attached to the spire. We have had repair work being carried out on the tower and the spire by Rodells Ltd. Local photographer, Barry Goodey, took some fantastic photos and footage of the steeplejacks high up at work recently and you can see the images here!

Swift action!

Twelve swift boxes have just been installed in the belfry at St Andrew's! These sit behind louvres and can be very successful way of providing for a colony to build (amazingly, swifts are oblivious to the sound of bells!). Find out more about the new homes we have for swifts at St Andrew's Church.


Coffee Morning and Plant Sale, Saturday 28 May
10.00am - 12noon at Hertford Methodist Church

Plants, coffee, cakes, bric-a-brac and more. In aid of Action for Children & CHIPS (Children's Integrated Playschemes). 



St Andrew’s Choir are part of a right Royal musical celebration!

As part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, under the auspices of Herts Festival of Music, St Andrew’s Choir are taking part in a right Royal musical celebration! We will be singing two pieces by ourselves and joining forces with All Saints’ Choir and the Hertford Chamber Choir. We want to fill All Saints with an enthusiastic audience of all ages!
 The concert is at 5.30pm on the Bank Holiday Friday, 3 June, and will last about an hour and a quarter. Music to include Handel - Zadok the Priest, Parry - I was glad and the competition-winning Song for the Commonwealth, A life lived with grace. Please come and support your choir and celebrate Her Majesty’s 70-year reign.
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/Hertfordshire-Festival-of-Music/jubilee-choral-celebration/e-jrrmkd
 


St Andrew's June Coffee Morning

On Saturday 4 June, we welcome you to our Coffee Morning on Platinum Jubilee Weekend. Hosted by Home Educators of Hertfordshire, proceeds will go to ActionAid and St Andrew's Church. 
 There will be a table top sale, books, crafts and home education supplies. Plus, the St Mary's and St Andrew's Handbell Ringers will perform our National Anthem, among other pieces of music.

 


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Maggini String Quartet

Tuesday 7 June, 7.30pm at St Andrew's Church
Mozart’s famous ‘Dissonance’ quartet, considered one of the greatest quartets of all time, is contrasted with two twentieth-century works that are fast becoming classics in their own right. Continuing the HFoM tradition of inviting the most renowned string quartets to perform, we welcome the Maggini quartet to the Festival for the first time. More information and how to book tickets here.
 

FUTUREhope Open Morning

Saturday 18 June 2022
Come and catch up with FUTUREhope! Drop in and say hello, grab a drink and hear the latest news. Tours of the building and bus will be held every 30 minutes! Pioneer Hall, 11 Ware Road, Hertford SG13 7DZ www.fhhw.org.uk


Railway Day – Appeal for Helpers
Saturday 2 July 2022

Plans are now well underway for our Railway Day at St Andrew’s Church on Saturday 2 July. The event will be held in the church from 10.30am to 4.30pm. We will have 10 model railway layouts as well as static railway models of various gauges, railwayana, displays, pictures and films. There will also be children's activities and refreshments / light lunches.

We are looking for volunteers to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Can you help us on the day?
• 8.00am: helping with unloading and bringing items from cars into church and helping set up
• 10.30-4.30: to act as stewards. (We will work in two hour shifts. You don’t have to stay for 6 hours!)
• 4.30pm: helping with packing up and loading items into cars

No railway expertise is necessary. If you are able to help or would like further information, please contact Kath & Geoff Oates, 01992 535805 or kathoates2022@virginmedia.com


St Mary's Hertingfordbury Family Fun Day
Saturday 9 July, 2.00-4.00pm

SAVE THE DATE!
Cream teas, teddy bear zip wire, build your own rocket, craft and more!
 


St Andrew's Beer Festival 2022

SAVE THE DATE - Our Beer Festival is back this year on Saturday 10 September, the return of our festival for all the family with cask beers, cider, wine and soft drinks, live music and food. Make sure you have the date in your diary! 



Interview with Pauline Rhodes

Tuscany and BeyondSt Andrew's very own Pauline Rhodes has launched her book, Tuscany & Beyond: a Recovery Journey, with Double Trouble: Living with Mania and Depression.
 Bernie Keyte has been in conversation with Pauline and has made YouTube videos for us featuring some of Pauline's favourite pieces of music interwoven with an interview about the book and mental illness. The interview covers a tough subject, discussed with good natured good humour and lots of practical tips:
Part 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRMTcTxwf7w
Part 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3YC3tAlfz4

For more about the book and how to purchase it, please visit: www.4emspublications.com


 


St Andrew’s Facebook page:

You can find event and service details, thought for the day, sermons, photos and updates on the St Andrew’s Facebook page.


Safeguarding at St Andrew’s:

Catherine Sleath is our Safeguarding Officer. 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).

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Hello and welcome to St Andrew's. If you are new, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning. During the period of Covid-19, please see the information at the bottom of this page.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our main Sunday Service starting at 10.30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you find a parking space and can settle in before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team who will be wearing a Welcome Badge.

Plan your journey:
Unfortunately, St Andrew's does not have its own carpark. However, there is a council-run pay and display carpark a short distance along St Andrew Street, to the east of the church - there is no charge for parking in this carpark on Sundays, but please check for charges on other days.

This is a useful East Herts Council website page for full details of parking in Hertford.

There are single yellow lines outside the church with parking restrictions, but some 30-minute parking bays are situated on the opposite side of the road for short stays (longer on Sundays).

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilet towards the back of the church, behind the kitchen.

Our Service

The service will usually begin promptly at 10.30am and will last between 60 and 75 minutes. We enjoy the presence of an excellent choir who help us sing hymns (modern and traditional) as well as provide anthems and special songs through the period of communion. We have a traditional organ but also benefit from music played on the piano and by our band (eg on the Second Sunday of each month when we have an All-Age Service in which our children and young people are fully involved).

Each 10.30am service includes a sermon, prayers and eucharist.

After the service, everyone is invited for coffee and conversation - some like to stay for a  quick chat while others remain in the church for a longer time.

Communion

Children and Young People

We have a great programme lined up for our children. This is organised by our Family, Children and Youth Worker, Tracy Plumpton, who is always delighted to welcome new faces. Those arriving before their first service at St Andrew’s can ask to see Tracy or one of the other leaders.

We really value worshipping God together as a family, so children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service before being invited to leave for the age appropriate activities after the first hymn. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy.

The children and young people then return to the main service in time to join the eucharist and, if confirmed, take Holy Communion or, if not, receive a blessing.

There is a Children's Corner in church where you can go at any time. You will find books, toys and drawing materials there.

Toilet and baby-change facilities are located at the back of church, behind the kitchen.

Junior Church celebration

Getting Connected


Home Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week. Check out Home Groups on our website and see if there’s one that you could join. Alternatively, speak to a member of the Welcome Team who will give you the information that you need.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. Please contact Phil in the Church Office.

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS DURING COVID-19:
What we describe above reflects our normal practice on Sunday mornings. However, since March 2020 we have had to adopt new ways of organising ourselves. For up-to-date information about current services (in church and online via Zoom), please look at details on our Worship and Prayer Page.
 
Get in touch with us
If you have any questions, please do get in touch. You'll find our contact details here.

We hope that you will feel at home at our church.