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Notices 002

While our Sunday 'Messenger' pew sheet isn't being printed at the moment, you'll see here 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...


Hertford Music Club, Live Streaming Concert, Sunday 25 April at 5.00pm
HMC logo website menuYalda Davis (cello) and Rachel Chaplin (oboe) have been friends since their teenage years in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. They are delighted to perform a concert which will include beautiful music by J.S. Bach and Frank Bridge, alongside some quirky originals.
 You can attend the livestream via the website www.hertfordmusicclub.co.uk, via our Facebook page or by emailing the Club Secretary, Ian Nashiannash07@outlook.com, who will send you the link. As this is an Impromptu concert before our main season, we ask you to donate online to the musicians (you will see how to do this on Youtube). Watch out for our third Impromptu concert on 4 July with live streaming only, which will feature the famous CHRIS ELDRED JAZZ TRIO celebrating America, the heartland of jazz on Independence Day!


Revision of Electoral Roll
The Electoral Roll is being revised. If you would like to be on the Roll but are not currently, please complete a form to be found at the back of the church by the entrance, and post it under the office door or in the post box in the porch. Alternatively the forms can be downloaded  from the Electoral Roll page. Completed forms must be returned by 12 May.  If you’d like to amend  your details on the Roll or you no longer wish to be on the Roll, please let us know. Any queries, please contact Phil Probert, Parish Administrator.


Roots - a new short film about migration
St Andrew's Katie Seaton has been busy working on a new animated film about migration, which follows the release of Suspended.
 Roots and is suitable for adults and children (aged 11 or 12+) and since its launch has been widely shared and appreciated. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland have put it on their website. The film has been made by Catherine Henderson (writer/producer), Rosie Wylie (animation) and Katie Seaton (music/sound). 



Vacancy: Assistant Communications Officer for St Albans Diocese
The Diocese is advertising for a part-time Assistant Communications Officer to work at Holywell Lodge. They are seeking someone who will bring public facing communications experience, website and social media skills together with the ability to manage a demanding and varied workload. Closing date: 12noon, Friday 23 April. Further details are available from https://www.stalbans.anglican.org/diocese/other-vacancies/


Helping to ensure vaccines reach every part of the world
Alan and Wendy have both had their first vaccines, as have many others in our families and in our parish now. To show our gratitude, we are asked to consider making a donation to enable people from the world's poorest countries to benefit from the vaccine, too. 
You can donate online at www.vaccinaid.org or www.unicef.org.uk. For Alan and Wendy's full letter, please see our Mission page.
 

LatinLink: Inspire! Online Event, 29 April, 7.30-8.30pm
You are warmly invited to join LatinLink's Inspire! Online event, taking place via Zoom on 29 April.
Latin Link Logo    This year's theme for all regional Inspire events is: Step into the Story. It's about the exciting call on our lives to step into God’s story of global mission, and the creative ways in which we can respond. Throughout the event, you will hear testimonies from frontline mission workers - and those recently returned from short-term placements - about the many ways God is bringing hope in Latin America and beyond during these immensely challenging times.
   This is going to be a wonderful opportunity to connect as a community, get inspired, and stand together in prayer. We'd love to have you with us. Places for Inspire! Online are limited, so please do sign up in advance using the sign-up form here.   If you have any questions about this event, you can contact LatinLink at info@latinlink.org.uk or 0118 957 7100.
Find out how St Andrew's has supported LatinLink and other organisations and projects through our Mission Giving.


Thy Kingdom Come 2021TKC 2020 logo
Thy Kingdom Come invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus and whether you have joined in Thy Kingdom Come before or not, you are invited to take part this year between 13-23 May.  Have a look at the story so far and what's in store in 2021.


Missed a sermon? Fancy listening again?
Recordings of our sermons during worship on Zoom are available in our Media Library and you can read earlier sermons on our Sermons page.


Contactless givingSt Andrew’s new contactless donations device is here!
Our new donation point has been installed on the wall near the entrance to the church and is easy and secure to use with your contactless card. You can make a donation of £3, £5 or £10. You can donate as many times as you like. The default setting is for £3. 
 

 

Daily Hope phone line
DH FreephoneDaily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind. Daily Hope information here.

 
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).
Glenys
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).

Open Google Maps

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 and note that when we're able to worship inside the church building, we ask you to book places at our 10.30am Sunday Service in church (book here). Everyone entering the church is asked to wear a face covering (don’t worry if you forget, we have a supply by the entrance door!).
 
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.