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...
Calling for coffee crew!
We need more helpers before our post-service refreshments return so we would love to hear from you if you could join a Sunday morning Coffee Team. It is a great way to get to know people better, too! Teams are normally on duty about once every two months. If you’d like to volunteer or just find out a bit more, please get in touch with Phil in the parish office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest news on worshipping inside the church building
You will hopefully have seen the update from Alan and the Churchwardens regarding the recent lifting of restrictions and how it affects us at St Andrew’s. All the details are here
, but we emphasise the need to remain cautious and to consider the most vulnerable and anxious. We will monitor and review the situation. Please continue to be mindful of the ‘Hands, Face, Space’ message. Thank you
The Story of Noah: our churchyard display during August...
August break and September return
A number of our regular services or activities take a break during August…
Meditation & Mindfulness is back on 1 September
Breathe returns on 4 September
Junior Church and our youth activities restart from 5 September
Compline runs throughout August except for Sunday 22nd
We hope that from September our monthly Coffee Morning will return and that our post-service refreshments can be served again on Wednesdays and Sundays. We will be keeping our guidance for inside the church building under review in the meantime.
Wellies and Waterproofs!
Do you have any children's wellies and/or waterproofs that you could donate (for ages 1-5yrs)? Tracy would like to have spares for the Woodland Worship/Woodland Wanderings when they happen. Please leave any donations at the back of the church labelled for Tracy. Thank you!
Barbara’s funeral will be at 2.00pm on Monday 9 August
at St Andrew’s Church. Barbara asked for those attending, if not in uniform, to please wear bright colours.
Presentation for Wendy
Sadly, we were unable to mark Wendy’s departure from St Andrew’s and St Mary’s formally. Flowers were delivered to Wendy on behalf of all of us at St Andrew’s, in time for her first service at St Leonard's on 25 July. We will have a joint presentation from St Andrew’s and St Mary’s at the Harvest Supper on 9 October. Wendy says: “Thank you for all your messages, cards, the flowers and unstinting support – you’re all so kind and wonderful!”
Sponsored Bike 'n Hike
This year’s Bike ’n Hike is on Saturday 11 September. Please note it in your diary. Last year, Peter Ruffles raised £500 in sponsorship (visiting 26 churches over 26 miles), half of which came back to St Andrew’s. Don’t let Peter take all the glory this year! The website for the event is www.b-n-h.co.uk and you can speak to Peter to find out more about taking part.
Appeal for jars, lids and screw caps...
Tracy is appealing for some items - maybe you can help!
Please save jars with lids (but only up to 200ml - no bigger, thank you!)
Any milk/juice lids - we need red, yellow, blue and green
Black wine screw caps
These can be left in ‘P’ pigeon hole at the back of the church. Thank you!
This autumn there will be an online informal discussion course exploring Christian faith. This is an opportunity to think through these and other questions that are important to you: 'Is there more to life than this?' 'Who was Jesus and why did he die?' 'Why pray?' 'How do I read the Bible?'
The course runs for five weeks on Monday evenings (via Zoom) at 8.00pm from 20 September to 18 October. Please contact Alan if you're interested in attending: email@example.com
Autumn Exhibition: 9-17 October
We are planning to put on an exhibition called ‘Our Lockdown in 30 Objects’, with items (from the everyday to artistic expressions) accompanied by stories from their contributors illustrating their experience of the pandemic. We hope that the event will give us an opportunity to come together as a wider community to gain a deeper insight into how we have each experienced this time. We plan to set aside areas of the church for people to show their gratitude and to express their sadness.
There are plans to create a churchyard display at the same time as the exhibition, with the theme being ‘gratitude’, which will also be reflected in our Harvest Festival on Sunday 10 October. St Mary’s will have a photo exhibition of animals and pets. There are more details here: Autumn exhibitions
A date for your diary: Away Day at High Leigh
We have booked the High Leigh Conference Centre for a joint parish Away Day on Sunday 13 March 2022
. The Centre is situated close to Hoddesdon and is managed by the same group who run the Belsey Bridge Centre. Please note the date in your diary. We hope to have a day of fellowship and fun with members of St Andrew's and St Mary's enjoying the time together. More details to come nearer the time.
Looking for a hall or room to hire?
If you are looking for a hall or room to hire, whether it's for a children's party or other family event, for a club or society meeting or fundraising event, or you run a business, look no further than the St Andrew's Centre
Located behind the church, there is a modern, bright, large hall (approximately 12m x 5.75m) which can be split into two spaces (approx 6m x 5.75m), a large kitchen, two accessible toilets and also an art/utility room. The projector, screen and sound system, with loop, in the main hall are ideal for use with meetings and presentations, plus wi-fi is available. Upstairs there is a small room (the John Summers-Gill Room), suitable for small meetings, which is mainly used by counsellors.
For booking enquiries, please contact Carol, the Centre Administrator: Tel: 07593 055223 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Daily Hope phone line
Daily 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).