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..
Church at 3:
Next Sunday, 21 July at 3.00pm, is our dementia-friendly worship, Church at 3. This short service with traditional prayers and well-loved hymns is followed by afternoon tea.
Merit Ariane: Moon and Sun
Merit is a singer and composer specialising in Arab and Middle Eastern vocal music. For this concert at St Mary’s Hertingfordbury on Saturday 21 July, 7.00pm, Merit is joined by Baha Yerkin (oud), Antonio Romero (percussion) and Jon Banks (harp, santur, qanun). The Guardian: “Merit Ariane embodied Firdaus’s rawness with authenticity and conviction; this was a privileged first look at an arresting new piece of music theatre.” Admission is free but please donate generously. Proceeds towards Care 4 Calais (www.care4calais.org).
The Hertford Town Centre website has been relaunched and is well worth visiting, with daily updates, local news and information, including events and shopping directory: www.gohertford.co.uk
Bike ’n Hike (and motor cars!):
Bike ’n Hike again offers the opportunity to raise money both for our church and for the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust, this year on Saturday 14 September. Of every £1 that we raise in sponsorship, 50p is returned to St Andrew’s. All the organising is done for us; all we have to do is take part! Taking part involves being sponsored for either cycling or walking (and now, for the less mobile, driving) to visit other churches. For more information, please contact Peter Ruffles on 01992 582722. If you can help by being a welcoming face to visitors and/or by baking refreshments, please contact Carol Muhr on 01992 587753. www.b-n-h.co.uk
Please note that Phil won’t be in the church office on Friday 19 July.
Iona Prayers and Poems:
St Leonards Church, Bengeo, has always been a special place for stillness and quiet contemplation and is a perfect setting for a short service of Prayers and Poems from Iona. There will be time to chat over tea and coffee after the service. Please find a moment to take some unhurried time out to join us on Tuesday 30 July, 7.30pm. Followed by tea and coffee. Part of Hertford and District Churches Together.
Update on Herts Welcomes Syrian Families—the movie!
Katie Seaton reports that the film is nearing completion but more funds are needed to get to the finishing line. Please read Katie’s article in the parish magazine for more details.
Help save the beautiful Hertford countryside by Beane Road for wildlife and the community:
Beane Marshes Conservation Group would like to purchase the land by the River Beane adjacent to Beane Road, near Hertford North station, to ensure the land remains in its natural state and is preserved for the community. To find out more about how you can help, please go to the Facebook page or the Crowdfunding page.
Supporting our Local Foodbank:
We continue to receive regular donations for the Hertford & District Foodbank at St Andrew’s — thank you. There has been a large rise in the number of people relying on our local Foodbank and donations tend to drop in summer months, so 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 at the moment. Thank you.
Would We Lie to You?
St Andrew’s Clergy and Readers have accepted the challenge of providing the two teams in what will be an entertaining evening based on the popular TV gameshow Would I Lie to You?! The event is planned for Saturday 12 October. Churchwardens Sue and Jane Cohen will take the chair and act as scorer respectively. In addition to the entertainment, with plenty of audience participation, there will be a hot supper and licensed bar. If you are interested in helping in any way with the event, please contact Hazel & Peter Risby (01438 747754). To decide on the venue Hazel & Peter want to assess the potential audience, so please let them know if you plan to attend or put your name on the sign-up sheet in church.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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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