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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Mothering Sunday Service:
Join us on Sunday 31 March for our 10.30am Mothering Sunday Service at St Andrew’s, a special All-Age service, with choir and organ, at which the children give a plant to every woman in the congregation.


Sound operators and vergers needed:
We are getting short of people to operate the sound desk on Sunday mornings. It’s not difficult and training will be given. We also need people to act as verger at funerals and weddings. If you can offer your time for either or both of these vital roles, or you would like more information about what’s involved, please speak to Sue Mulligan or Rev Alan. 

Do you have a creative side you are itching to use?
You could put your skills to good use in our parish magazine by producing the children's pages! Guidance will be given on how they have been prepared up to now. For more information, please speak to Phil Probert during office hours (01992 504373) or magazine editor Richard Taylor (01992 302995).
 

Do you like singing? St Andrew’s Choir is holding open rehearsals during March to come and give it a try. Fridays in church: children (7+) and teenagers 7.00-8.00pm; adults 7.30-9.00pm. For more details, speak to Jane: 01992 503658 ; jane.eldred.viola@gmail.com.

Chair-based cricket
A great physical activity opportunity for older people delivered by England Disability Cricket, chair-based cricket sessions have been specially adapted for people with disabilities but you don’t have to be disabled to enjoy it. A taster session will be held in the St Andrew’s Centre on Monday 25 March at 10.30am. It’s free. Equipment is supplied and no special clothing is required. Booking is essential as places are limited. To book a place, please telephone Richard on 07703 197707 or email him at rtaylor@home.3b.co.uk.

 
LENT EVENTS for Christian Aid
Sat 23 & Sun 24 March  Exhibition of paintings about the life of George Fox at Friends Meeting House
Tuesday 26 March  Mass followed by light lunch at St Joseph’s Church, 12.15pm
Saturday 30 March  Prayers & Poems from Iona at Holy Trinity, Bengeo, 9.00am, followed by breakfast
Saturday 6 April  Coffee Morning at St Andrew’s
Sunday 7 April  Hymns & Cake at Hertford Methodist Church. Sing some favourites old and new, 3.00-4.30pm, with tea, cakes and conversation with friends from other churches. If you have a hymn you would like to have included, please add your favourite to the list at the back of St Andrew’s.
 
Marathon support appreciated:
Jenny and Forbes Mutch’s daughter, Claire, will be running the London Marathon this year, raising money for research into the complications associated with Type I Diabetes, which Forbes has been struggling with recently. Support for Claire is greatly appreciated. Please talk to Jenny or Forbes, or contact them on 01992 848241 or go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/claire-mant3 Thank you

St Andrew’s 6 April Coffee Morning will be supporting Christian Aid, as part of a series of Lent Events in Hertford Churches. Fresh coffee, bacon butties, scrummy home-made cakes, craft activities for the children and a nearly-new book sale. 

Would you be interested in becoming a governor at our church school? 
We now have two vacancies and are looking for anyone who has time to commit to working with the Governing Body in its strategic direction of Hertford St Andrew School to ensure children get the best education possible. If you are interested, or know of someone who might be, and would like more information on the role of a governor please contact Laura Ramsay, Chair of Governors (Tel: 07836 725135).
 

A New Home Group will be starting in North Road, Hertford, the home of Kath and Geoff Oates, meeting twice a month on Tuesday evenings. If you are interested in joining, or would like more information, please contact Kath on 07708 580428.
 
Third Hope Requiem:
In the rural villages of Northern Uganda hope is being given to the ex-child soldiers forced to fight there. A specially composed Requiem being performed at St Andrew's has been written to say to them, “You are not alone”. Do please join us on Saturday 6 April, 7.30pm, for what is sure to be a moving experience as The De Merc Chamber Choir (and some of our musicians from St Andrew’s) perform a Requiem for Third Hope. Admission is free, with a
retiring collection. Refreshments served.

Managing challenging behaviour:
You are invited to a free talk about managing challenging behaviour. The talk is open to everyone but is aimed primarily at those dealing with children who have special educational needs. The speaker is Mark Arnold, from Urban Saints, who is trained in special needs and also has a son with autism. Saturday 11 May, 10.00am to 12noon, at St Andrew’s. If you’d like to come, please add your name to the sign-up sheet at the back of the church to help us plan refreshments. Thank you. Heather Lane
 

Wellbeing Church is a new initiative that has been established in Hertford as an experiment with the support of a network of several local churches. Have a look at the website www.wellbeing.church. You may have become aware of this initiative if you received a Christmas card with details of all the Christmas services around Hertford, including our own. This project seeks to be a kingdom outreach into the town, and the main public event at the moment is a Friday evening ‘Twilight Café’, held at Mudlarks Coffee Shop in town between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. Some young people from Youth Groups are involved in being baristas. There are drinks and snacks available, easy conversations, as well as opportunities for discussion, with other activities planned for the future. As an open and ecumenical effort, we’d encourage you to drop in on a Friday sometime and find out more. Maybe it’s something you can take a friend along to for a nice cuppa?

Handmade quilt for sale:
We have a beautiful handmade quilt for sale, made specially for St Andrew’s. It is cotbed-sized and you can see a photo on the board by the office at the back of the church. We welcome any reasonable offers and all proceeds will go to St Andrew’s Church funds. If interested, please speak to Hazel Risby (01438 747754).
 
Chair-based exercise:
Are you feeling you need to do some exercise but you are worried you may not be able to cope with anything too strenuous? We have spaces in the Chair-based exercise class which is held bi-weekly in the Centre and would welcome anyone over 60. Call Viv (01992 584004).

 
Lunch Club help:
Are you free once a month on a Friday to help with our Lunch Club in the Centre, 11.00am—2.00pm? We would be grateful for more help, whether it is just setting up, serving or even cooking.  Call Viv (01992 584004).
 

Foodbank:
We continue to receive regular donations for the Hertford & District Foodbank at St Andrew’s — thank you. Please check the Foodbank page here.
 

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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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