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..
We are looking for a team of helpers to work on a new, joint project with St Mary's - Wednesday Welcome. We plan to create a space at the back of St Andrew’s on a Wednesday afternoon (2.00pm-4.30pm) where people can sit and read the paper or a magazine, do a jigsaw, play cards or a board game and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. We will publicise in places like doctors surgeries and the library, encouraging those from outside church as well as members of our congregation to join us.
If you would be interested in helping to make tea and coffee and be a welcoming face then please email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Helpers will always be working with at least one other person and don’t have to commit to the whole afternoon or to
Donations of magazines and games for individuals, such as solitaire, would be gratefully received - please leave with Phil in the church office.
Bike ’n’ Hike is back this year on Saturday 8 September. For details about taking part you can contact Peter Ruffles (01992 582722). Can you spare time to welcome the Bike ’n’ Hikers who will visit St Andrew’s on the 8th? Please speak to Carol Muhr if you can help (01992 587753). Thank you.
A Diocesan Safeguarding Training session is being held in the St Andrew’s Centre on Tuesday 4 September at 7.00pm. Many of you have already completed this training but if anyone would like to attend, either as a refresher or for the first time, please let me know and I will book you a place. Catherine Sleath, Parish Safeguarding Officer Email: email@example.com
You are invited to join Future Hope for their 15 Year Celebration on Friday 7 September, 8.00-9.30pm, at St John’s Hall, All Saints, Hertford. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org / 01992 534915
Two Parker Knoll chairs looking for a good home (currently in the Children’s Corner). If interested, please speak to Sue Mulligan (01992 421806).
Coffee Morning, 1 September:
The men of the congregation are running the next St Andrew’s Coffee Morning. Everyone is welcome, it’s going to be great fun! We welcome donations of beer in bottles for the tombola and nearly-new sweaters for the sweater stall. These can be dropped off at the church office during the week before the 1st. All proceeds to St Claire’s Hospice, Harlow. Please contact Forbes if you can help: 07946 256077 email@example.com
Beer Festival—volunteers required!
We need a team of volunteers for various roles on Saturday 8 September. If you can help, please see the sign-up sheet at the back of the church or speak to Chris Seward. Special Beer Festival polo shirts provided!
TMM starts again on Sunday 9 September!
Celebrate Harvest at St Andrew’s - All-Age Service on Sunday
9 September, 10.30am
We welcome donations of any in-date tins, packets, jars or toiletries you are able to bring to the All-Age service. We are supporting two local charities with our non-perishable gifts.
Could you offer some harvest fare?
The church will be decorated on Friday 7 September, ready for the Harvest Festivities, including the Beer Festival. All the produce will be available to buy after the All-Age service, with funds going to the Bishop’s Appeal. We are looking for a colourful selection of fruit/vegetables, jam/chutney or biscuits/cake (maybe decorated with green in some way, in keeping with the pea-theme!). Foliage to decorate the displays would also be welcome. If you can donate any of these items, please add your name and what you can offer on the sheet at the back of church. Thank you! Any questions, please speak to Penny: 01992 589622 ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Harvest Festival Weekend, 8-9 September: On Saturday 8 September, St Andrew’s hosts its second ever Beer Festival, 12.30-8.00pm, where lots will be going on for all ages, including a scarecrow competition (also please see information below). The Bike ’n’ Hike event is on that day, too (see above). Our All-Age Harvest Festival Service follows on Sunday 9 September.
Sunday 16 September: Local girls Jordan and Emma are raising funds to travel to India and work with The Hope Foundation, supporting the street and slum chidlren of Kolkota, West Bengal. They will be selling cakes after the 10.30am service at St Andrew’s on Sunday 16 September, so please come along and support them—and take home some delicious baked goodies to enjoy!
Sunday 23 September: Just walk. Just peace… 2000 miles for Equal Rights. An evening at St Andrew’s Church with Hertford resident Tim Hagyard, who will talk about his walk across Europe to Jerusalem with the Amos Trust. The evening will include an audio-visual presentation and selection of Middle Eastern food. More details are in the St Andrew’s magazine and via the link above.
Thursday 27 September: A visit to the College of Arms (1700-2000) for talk and tour by York Herald (£35 a head). Spaces are limited. Please contact Charles Ledsam (01992 584426) for more information.
Saturday 29 September: How far would you go to win your rights? The March is a play about the Suffragette movement in Hertfordshire and it’s being performed at St Andrew’s Church on the penultimate night of its tour. From community theatre company Pins and Feathers Productions, who brought us First Light, the Passion Play put on at St Andrew’s in 2015. Tickets available soon.
Saturday 6 October: Enjoy a superb concert by The Alma Singers, a Ladies Choir from Great Barford, with flautist Lilibet Philpott and amazing international concert pianist Madalina Rusu. If you came to the concert in March 2017, you’ll know that this is an experience not to be missed! Further details to follow. Saturday 6 October, 7.30pm, at St Andrew’s Church. Tickets £10 from www.ticketsource.co.uk/st-andrews-church or the Church Office. £12 on the door.
Fundraising for remembrance:
To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the end of WWI on remembrance day this year, Hertford Symphony Orchestra will be putting on a very special concert involving two local school choirs (Presdales and Richard Hale), and HSO are hoping to commission a new work for the school choirs to perform with them. To raise money to fund this, HSO have set up a crowd funding project. If you’d like to support this, please speak to Colin Eldred or go online and visit this website: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/hsonov2018
As part of our weekend Harvest festivities and family-friendly Beer Festival on 8 and 9 September, we are inviting schools and groups from across Hertford to create their very own scarecrow, which will be displayed in the church grounds or nearby. If you are interested in taking part, please pick up a letter from Alan, available at the back of the church, with further details about how to enter. We look forward to meeting your entry!
Lone workers at St Andrew’s:
The PCC have recently adopted a Lone Worker policy. This policy is intended for anyone who does work for St Andrew’s Church alone. This includes, among others, Parish Visitors seeing someone by themselves, flower arrangers and brass cleaners working in church alone, people working on their own in the grounds of the church and volunteers opening and locking the church. We have contacted those we believe are affected by the Policy; if you haven’t heard from us and feel this Policy is applicable to you, please speak to me. There is a copy of the Policy on the notice board by the church office. Catherine Sleath, Safeguarding Officer
Giving to St Andrew's:
The St Andrew's Finance Committee has produced a new giving leaflet which is on display at the back of the church. It contains a standing order and a gift aid form. We would really welcome everyone to review their giving or to consider giving regularly to support the running of the church, the services and mission work. Thank you for your continued support. Debbie Hartnett, Treasurer Email: email@example.com
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).
Thank you for your continued donations for local people in crisis. There is a new Harvest shopping list for the Hertford & District Foodbank—you can find this on posters and flyers in church. We continue to accept food at St Andrew’s but do check your local supermarket as many also take Foodbank donations, with some topping-up donations.
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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