Normally, each week we print notices in the Messenger, our Sunday service sheet. While the Messenger 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...
Although our building is closed, church continues and we remain Here with you and Here for you. Please see further information on our Together while Apart page
Thy Kingdom Come
Join the global wave of prayer from 21-31 May - it's easy to get involved, wherever you are.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): When it’s all over… take part in our exhibition!
We are all very aware that we are living in unusual times and that this has changed our daily lives in so many ways. As Alan mentioned in one of our first Zoom services, we are hoping to mark this time at some point in the future with an exhibition.
We would like this exhibition to showcase the outpouring of creativity which many have experienced and we would also like it to be a space where we can share our collective memories, a sort of time capsule of how we all experienced living through the coronavirus.
We would hope to include:
Art in all forms (painting, drawing, collage etc)
Writing, both prose and poetry
Journal and diary entries
Children’s contributions of paintings, drawings, writing, things they have made
Photos of ourselves and our everyday life, especially of the things which are different at the moment
We would like the wider community to participate in the exhibition so will be advertising our plans more widely in the coming months.
If you have any contributions to offer, or would like to know more, please contact the church office: email@example.com
CORONAVIRUS, CHURCH AND YOU
An opportunity for you to take part in an important new piece of research.
In discussion with bishops, clergy and lay people, York St John University have developed a survey which, it's hoped, will enable you to record your experience of the pandemic, the ministry that you have given or received, and what you think will happen to churches in a post-pandemic world.
The survey will take you about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. It can be done in one go, or returned to within a week. Most of the questions simply require you to tick boxes, although there is an opportunity at the end for you to add your own views. The survey can be completed on mobile phones, although it might be easier on devices with larger screens such as tablets or computers. The answers you give are anonymous and will be treated confidentially.
You can access the survey here: tinyurl.com/ycsq9fy2
Please forward this link to other churches and churchgoers. The wider this survey is circulated, the more authenticity it will have. Some initial results should be available within a few weeks and will be published in The Church Times and more widely.
Church Times article: Coronavirus, church and YOU
Citizens Advice - here to help!
If you need advice during the coronavirus outbreak, Citizens Advice is still here to help. While we’ve had to temporarily close our face-to-face service, you can still contact us in a number of ways if you are an East Herts or Uttlesford resident:
NB. We will do our very best to answer all calls and emails but, due to a reduction in the number of staff and volunteers we have available, please bear with us at this difficult time. It may be that we have to offer to call you back with more advice at a later time. You'll find all this information on a poster here.
Citizens Advice - complete a quick survey...
Citizens Advice have just launched a very short access survey online to help plan for future delivery: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XBM3Y39
Since lockdown began on 23 March Citizens Advice have helped over 1,200 people by phone, email and webchat. The most common issues we are helping with are employment, housing and universal credit. We are also proactively calling some vulnerable clients (age 70+) to check on their welfare and are giving advice or referring on for further support to around 1 in 3.
Like so many other organisations the crisis has given us the opportunity to reassess the way in which we operate and how in the future we might deliver our service in the most efficient, flexible and use-friendly way.
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
Do you know anyone who needs full face shields?
A message from Bruce, well-known to many of our parishioners:
My name is Bruce Piggott and am local to the Hertford area. I am, along with hundreds of other 3D printers, making full face shields and giving them to whoever needs them. I have supplied my local surgeries, pharmacies and care homes but all those I have contacted say they have a supply now. I know there are carers etc that need them but I'm having trouble locating them.
Do you know of anyone who needs these full face shields? If so, I can make about 10 a day. They are an NHS-approved design and they are free. If you do know of people that I can help, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Praying for our police and all emergency services
We will mark aNational Day of Prayer for the Emergency Services during our worship on Sunday 21 June. Here is part of a message we received from PC Gary Bentley at Herts Police...
I recently became chair of the Herts Christian Police Association, I am very keen to forge links with local churches and communities and it would be lovely for churches all over Hertfordshire to pray for the police and all our emergency services on 25 June, and at the Sunday service beforehand.
I'm highlighting an initiative called Faith and the Police, which includes ways of getting involved voluntarily with the police as well as what kind of things to pray for and how to find out more about local issues.
Can I also be cheeky and ask that if any of your congregation are out and about (with good reason obviously!) and they see police officers (or any NHS/care/key workers), to give them a smile or a wave. They are working extremely hard and any gesture of kindness and warmth is much appreciated!
PC 1945 BENTLEY
Beware of COVID-19 scams:
Unscruplous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and more vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. Read more of what to be aware of here.
Joint statement and prayer from Church leaders
In an unprecedented move, church leaders came together on Wednesday 1 April and released a Joint Statement
, supported by churches in membership of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, along with Churches Together in England, Cytun, ACTS and the Irish Council of Churches.
Volunteering - go to #TeamHerts
#TeamHerts Volunteering are Hertfordshire’s official volunteer network and are coordinating countywide efforts to support those affected by coronavirus. If you know of, or are part of, a community group offering support in your area we’d be grateful if you could make #TeamHerts aware by visiting www.thvolunteering.org.uk
. If you would like to volunteer, you can sign up via www.thvolunteering.org.uk/volunteering/covid-19
. Please help us protect our vulnerable neighbours by helping us compile an official list of trusted volunteers via #TeamHerts Volunteering. Thank to you all of those genuine people and groups out there that are making a difference in our community.
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You can find event and service details, sermons, photos and updates on the St Andrew’s Facebook page
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For live feeds and resources from Tracy (Children and Youth Worker), head to the Sele Messy Church page on Facebook
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).