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..
 
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Volunteers needed for meals for rough sleepers:
St Andrew’s Church has been asked to provide an evening meal for Hertford's Rough Sleepers every Tuesday, starting 3 December. The venue for evening meals is in Baker Street, Hertford. We require teams of people to make a main, a dessert, and to serve. If you are interested in preparing food and/or serving, please contact Jane Cohen (07818 532154).


Soul Space:
A quiet space to be still, with music, readings, mindfulness, silence and prayers. Wednesday 27 November, 8.00-8.40pm at St Andrew’s; 7.30pm for refreshments. 

A time to pray for the UK:
An opportunity to meet together and pray for the UK—for truth, kindness, welcome, inspiration and togetherness; for reconciliation and peace. Thursdays 14, 21 & 28 Nov, 7.30-8.30pm in Friends’ Meeting House, Railway Street.


Our parish Christmas cards should be ready soon—please look out for them in church and, if you can, take a bundle to deliver locally. Many thanks.
 
Thank you:
We have received a big ‘Thank You’ from Macmillan Cancer Support for the £250 raised at St Andrew’s October’s Coffee Morning.
 
Anniversary Evensong:
At Evensong on Wednesday 20 November, 5.00pm, at St Albans Cathedral, the Diocese will be remembering the 15th anniversary of Rev. Alan Stewart becoming a priest. Members of St Andrew’s congregation are welcome to attend.

Hertfordshire Concert Band:
Come and enjoy a selection of festive music and film & TV scores from Hertfordshire Concert Band, celebrating their 40th anniversary year.  Saturday 7 December at St Andrew’s. Starts 7.30pm (doors open at 7.00pm). Tickets £10 on the door.
 

Alone on Christmas Day?
Join us at Sele School for lunch and entertainment. Transport provided if needed. Lunches can be taken to the housebound. Application forms are at the back of St Andrew’s Church. Volunteers are needed to serve food and provide entertainment and transport. Further details can be found on the posters in church or you can download the application form or see the poster here. Contact Janet Bird (janet_l_bird@hotmail.com; 01992 587544).

 
Christmas appeal:
For Christmas 2019, we are inviting church members to support the work of Stevenage Haven by donating soaps & toiletries or confectionery. These can come in their original packaging or, if preferred, can be offered in your own, home wrapped, boxes and containers. A simple card sending Christmas wishes could be included. More details on posters in church. Please bring your gift before Wednesday 18 December. It can be given to one of the Churchwardens or, during office hours, to Phil Probert (Parish Administrator). Many thanks!

Christmas Coffee Morning
Saturday 7 December, 10.30am-12.30pm

As well as fresh coffee and home-made cakes, there will be cards, gifts, crafts, seasonal music and more!


Panshanger Parkrun:
An opportunity to serve our community... on the morning of Saturday 14 December we’re hoping that lots of people from St Andrew’s and St Mary’s will volunteer at Panshanger Parkrun. There are different roles available: no need for you to actually run! If you’d like to sign up but are not sure how, I’ll be around after the 10.30am service (with my laptop) to help. Thank you. Rachel Stewart

Christmas with a difference!
Can you make some room for an international student to experience true British Festive hospitality? Hosting an international student will bring a whole new dimension to your Christmas, with a chance to learn about another country’s traditions and enjoy the connection and friendship that such sharing brings. HOST UK arranges for international students to enjoy brief visits - one day, a weekend or, over the festive period, a three-day visit. To learn more, go to the website: www.hostuk.org.
Let’s pray for our town:
A new regular meeting for all who wish to pray for the people of Hertford and for God’s kingdom to come in this place and in the lives of our neighbours and friends. First Monday of the month, 12.30-1.30pm, at Hertford Baptist Church, from 4 November.

Supporting our Local Foodbank:
We continue to receive regular donations for the Hertford & District Foodbank at St Andrew’s — thank you. Your prayerful support and generosity is more important than ever. Food donations can be left at St Andrew’s, in the box at the back of the church by the office door. Posters and flyers in church include a list of the items most needed this Harvest season. Thank you.
 
A date for your Christmas diary!
St Andrew’s is delighted to welcome The Melrose Quartet on Thursday 12 December, 8.00pm, for a Christmas concert like no other! Featuring Nancy Kerr (UK Folk Singer of the Year, 2015), James Fagan, Jess and Richard Arrowsmith, the band will perform a concert of seasonal music that will be stunning for its quality of singing and musicianship. With a lit Christmas tree, mulled wine and mince pies, this will be a memorable way to lead into Christmas. Put the date in your diary! Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk/st-andrews-church.
 
Belsey Bridge 2021:
You can’t accuse us of not giving you enough notice — here’s a date for your diary the year after next! We will return to Belsey Bridge, Suffolk, for another Parish Weekend Away in 2021, Friday 23—Sunday 25 April. You can see more about our earlier Parish Weekends Away here.


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Wednesday Welcome:
Come along to St Andrew’s any time between 2.00-4.00pm on Wednesdays - a space to read, work on a jigsaw, play cards or dominoes, enjoy a cuppa. Families welcome.


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).


Send us your hymn choice!
Is there a hymn that you enjoy singing and haven’t heard in a while? Let us know your request by filling in the slip of paper on the back pew in the church. You can also email your request to Alan (h.alanstewart1@gmail.com).

St Andrew’s Library:
Please take a look at the library book trolley near the church entrance—it is there at all times for you to peruse the books and choose a title or two to borrow. Carol Crowhurst.
 

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Let’s pray for our town:
A new regular meeting for all who wish to pray for the people of Hertford and for God’s kingdom to come in this place and in the lives of our neighbours and friends. First Monday of the month, 12.30-1.30pm, at Hertford Baptist Church, from 4 November.