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While our 'Messenger' service 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...

The church is open for private prayer:

Tuesdays 10.00am - 12noon and Fridays 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Worship inside our churches again

Our phased return to worship in our church building began on Sunday 19 July with our 8.00am Holy Communion Service, using a traditional liturgy. We are hoping that the 10.30am service at St Andrew’s will reconvene some time in September. At that time, the 8.00am will revert to being a BCP service. You can read more about the reopening of our churches for public worship in Alan's 10 July update.

Our sister church, St Mary's Hertingfordbury, resumed the 9.15am Communion Service on the 19th, with the shortened liturgy we currently use on Zoom and with musical accompaniment (please let Robin know if you intend to be there so numbers can be assessed: / 01992 551946).

While inside the church building, let's help to protect each other:

  • Social distancing Please stay 2 metres apart where possible
  • Use hand sanitiser Please use the sanitiser available in church
  • Wear a face covering Please wear a face covering inside church (following latest advice)
  • Wash your hands Please wash your hands regularly
  • If you feel ill, stay home If you don't feel well or have symptoms of Covid-19, please stay home

Zoom worship continues
We continue with our services on Zoom: Sunday Eucharist at 10.30am, Sunday Compline at 7.00pm, Wednesday Eucharist at 10.30am and Wednesday Meditation at 8.00pm.
For more details, please read Alan's 10 July update to us all.
Colin C Reader Retirement July
Wishing our Reader, Colin, a Happy Retirement 
As our Lay Reader Colin Crowhurst retires, we thank him for the tremendous amount that he's given to St Andrew's and St Mary's, as well as the Beane Valley Benefice, in this role. Rev. Wendy created a wonderful card, full of messages, photos and art reflecting Colin's time as Reader. When presented with the card by his daughter, Debbie, we're told he was speechless and overwhelmed. Here is a happy Colin with the special card from everyone.

Office information:
St Andrew's Parish Administrator, Phil, will be on annual leave from 1-18 August. Office emails will be monitored by the Churchwardens but please send any specific enquiries to Clergy or Churchwardens directly. Contact details are here.

Watch our Zoom service sermon recordings
Did you know you can now view recordings of the readings and sermon from our Zoom worship? You'll find the link for Zoom recordings here

Tracy PlumptonSupporting Tracy's ministry as our Youth and Children's Worker
We are so incredibly blessed to have someone of Tracy’s experience and gifting as our Youth and Children's Worker. Over the past five years we have seen how Tracy’s ministry has not only strengthened our existing work with children and young people, but also facilitated lots of exciting new initiatives.
Over Lockdown Tracy has been tirelessly working via Facebook Live and Zoom to continue much of her storytelling and teaching, helping to keep our families and young people connected.  As restrictions have lifted Tracy has continued doing this through weekly garden meet-ups and picnics.   
Tracy’s contract with us comes to an end at the end of August, and I’m delighted to say that she has agreed to extend her contract for another two years (at least!). As you might know, Tracy’s ministry is fully funded by individual donors who have set up monthly standing orders or given one-off donations.
If you are currently supporting Tracy’s ministry financially, are you in a position to raise what you give or do you feel that you need to either stop or reduce what you’re giving? If you're not already, are you in a position to support this valuable ministry? We do need some further funding in order to reduce a shortfall. If you can help financially, this can be done either through a one-off donation or monthly through a standing order.
Please contact Debbie Hartnett, St Andrew’s Treasurer, if you would like to know more:
Call: 01992 509314
Rev. Alan Stewart

catherine-kt-rosieMigration and Refugees - see the trailer for 'Roots' now
Filmmakers Catherine Henderson, Rosie Wyllie and St Andrew's Katie Seaton (pictured left) have been working on a new animation project.
 Inscape Animations presents a preview of Roots, a story of human migration and connection through time and distance - you can see the trailer below. 
 Last September the first film on which they worked together, Suspended, was premiered in St Andrew’s Church. It was made in conjunction with Herts Welcomes Refugees and tells the story of a man resettled in Hertfordshire under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme, a former restaurant owner who had to flee Syria to protect his family. 
And Catherine, Rosie and Katie have formed Inscape Animations, the start of their own journey as a production company. See how you can support their work receive regular updates on their progress:

Thy Kingdom 2020 - Amazing Grace!
See how this year's Thy Kingdom Come event touched people all over the world and brought us together in prayer in this special You Tube video

Face coverings in church
Please note that the latest guidance from the Church of England strongly advises that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship. We will have a supply of face coverings in the church but we encourage you to bring your own face coverings with you. You can see the full document here: Church of England COVID-19 advice on face coverings

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Harvest: 'Creating a buzz in Nepal'
This year, the Bishop of St Albans' Harvest Appeal is called ‘Creating a Buzz in Nepal’; the Appeal is about creating opportunity – through bee-keeping – for Nepalese people to re-build their lives, following the devastation caused by two massive earthquakes in 2015: We hope to share wider publicity about the Appeal in early September. Our All-Age Harvest Service is planned for Sunday 11 October.

Discover Hertford
Have you discovered the Discover Hertford website? Travel, leisure, history, shopping, education, galleries and latest news - there's a wealth of information all about our town on the Discover Hertford website:

Hertford & District Foodbank
We quite often receive enquiries from people asking how to donate to the Foodbank at the moment. While we can't accept donations at St Andrew's for the time being, we suggest that you take any donations to the local supermarket (Tesco or Sainsbury's), where there are collection points near the main entrances. If you want to find out more about donating to, or receiving support from, Hertford & District Foodbank, please visit their website:

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Take a look at our Coffee Mornings page for some summer recipes and fun quizzes to try - such as Key lime and Elderflower Pie and a Quiz about the food of the British Isles.

You can help fight COVID-19 by aiding research
Help slow the spread of COVID-19 and identify at risk cases sooner by self-reporting your symptoms daily, even if you feel well. Almost 4million members of the public are already taking part - why don't you? Download the app  The COVID Symptom Study app has been developed by health science company ZOE. It is endorsed by the Welsh Government, NHS Wales, the Scottish Government & NHS Scotland. Data collected is shared with and analysed by King's College London & ZOE research teams.

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The July/August issue of the St Andrew's parish magazine is available and you can read it here:
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Penny's news
We are delighted to share the news that Penny Wiggins, who was our Churchwarden at St Andrew's until moving to Cornwall in 2019, will be licensed as a Reader in October and has been recommended for ordination training to become a priest. We send Penny our very best wishes and congratulations.

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:

catherine-kt-rosieMigration and Refugees
Filmmakers Catherine Henderson, Rosie Wyllie and St Andrew's Katie Seaton (pictured left) have been working on a new animation project! Last September their first film on which they worked together, Suspended, was premiered in St Andrew’s Church. It was made in conjunction with Herts Welcomes Refugees and tells the story of a man resettled in Hertfordshire under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme, a former restaurant owner who had to flee Syria to protect his family. Their new project is also about migration issues, but takes a much more holistic view, and is more like animated poetry. "A film for children as well as adults... a story that places us all at its centre" (Catherine Henderson).
* See the trailer * 
Inscape Animations presents a preview of Roots, a story of human migration and connection through time and distance. 

Pray for Hertford - now every other Sunday at 7.00pm
You are invited to take part in a shared time of prayer for our town. Now meeting on Zoom every other week on Sunday evening at 7.00pm, please see the Pray for Hertford flyer for details of how to get in touch with Luke about joining the Zoom call.

The virtual offertory
If you would usually donate to St Andrew's during our church worship and would like the opportunity to give while the church building is closed, it is possible to do so online or via text message. Please see our Giving made simple page for more details.

Thought for the day
Since we went into 'lockdown' in March, we have been posting a Thought for the Day (TFTD) in our WhatsApp group, on our Facebook page and via our church email. The thoughts have been written by members from both congregations (St Andrew's and St Mary's), with each author submitting their work every day for a week. You can see all the TFTDs so far here and find out more about the book that's being planned in time for Christmas!

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Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s Development and Leisure Committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, says: “It goes without saying that the last few months have been extremely worrying for our local businesses. Many have had to stop trading for a period of time, or innovate and completely change the way that they operate.
A lot of work has gone into ensuring our town centre re-opens safely, to provide a comfortable shopping environment that people can feel confident to be in. Businesses have put new health and safety measures in place to provide a safe shopping experience for customers.
We’re asking that when you need to shop, please shop local – Hertford shops need your support.”

For more information on all Hertford businesses visit

CORONAVIRUS, CHURCH AND YOU: An in-depth look at the preliminary survey results!
In discussion with bishops, clergy and lay people, York St John University developed a survey, 'Coronavirus, Church and You', with the aim of reaching a large sample of churchgoers, clergy, and lay people. How well did people cope with the pandemic? Did it strengthen or weaken their faith? How was it for clergy and ministry teams trying to work in this new environment? How have those receiving ministry found this novel experience? Will virtual ministry become part of the post-pandemic landscape, and will this be a good move for churches?
The initial report on the data is now available and be seen on the Church Times website.

Citizens Advice - here to help!
If you need advice during the coronavirus outbreak, Citizens Advice is still here to help:
You'll find all this information on a poster here.

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.

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.
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).