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StAndrewSpring2012medWhether you are new to the area or have lived here all your life, we hope this website will give you all the information you need to find out more about St Andrew's.

Quick guide:
When and where does the church meet?
Where can I park?
What to expect when I visit the church
Is there disabled access?
What happens to the children at church?
Is there a dress code?
When and where does the church meet?
Our main service takes place every Sunday at 10.30am. The service lasts for about an hour, with tea and coffee afterwards. Every week we celebrate communion. Members of all Christian churches are welcome to take communion, or you can come up for a blessing. During communion children are offered a grape. Once a month, usually on the second Sunday, we have an All-Age Service when the children remain with us throughout.

Click here to find out more about all of our services.

It helps to get there 10 minutes early so you have time to park and make sure you're settled in time for the service to start. You will find the church in St Andrew Street, in between The Vergers House (housing Clover Kitchens) and Ruby Restaurant.


Where can I park?

Unfortunately, St Andrew's does not have its own carpark. However, there is a council-run pay and display carpark a short distance along St Andrew Street, to the east of the church - there is no charge for parking in this carpark on Sundays, but please check for charges on other days.

There are single yellow lines outside the church with parking restrictions, but some 30-minute parking bays are situated on the opposite side of the road for short stays (longer on Sundays).
 
What to expect when I visit the church

You can expect a warm welcome, a thought-provoking service and a friendly group of people gathering to learn more about God. You will not be forced to do anything you are not comfortable doing. We want you to feel at home and enjoy the service.

When you arrive you will given the order of service, a hymn book and a Messenger (service sheet). If you're not sure where to sit, please ask one of the Welcome Team. The church seating is largely made up of pews, but there are soft chairs at the back and a Children's Corner where families can go if they feel more comfortable. The service is accompanied by the St Andrew's Choir and organist. During the All-Age Service we are accompanied by our music group.

Do join us for refreshments after the service so that we have an opportunity to meet you. There are welcome cards on all the pews, so if you don't feel ready to speak to someone or you are in a hurry, please fill one of these in so that we may get in touch with you.


Is there disabled access?

Yes, many of our St Andrew's congregation use wheelchairs and we try to make it as easy as possible for wheelchair users to access the church and facilities. The main (north) doors to the church unlatch easily to allow access, with swing doors inside. There is soft seating towards the back of the church and in other areas, where wheelchairs can be situated easily. There is a disabled toilet in the church, to the rear behind the kitchen.

At our 10.30am Sunday service, sidesmen will be on hand to open doors and help you find somewhere to sit.

The St Andrew's Centre (our church hall) also has disabled access, with a ramp at the front entrance and level throughway via the door in the church. There are also two disabled toilets in the Centre.
 

What happens to the children at church?
During our 10.30am worship children can join Junior Church - they will stay with the congregation at the start of the service, then they will leave after the first hymn. The vicar will make it clear when children need to go (they go through to the St Andrew's Centre through the door to the right of the altar). You can find out more about Junior Church here.

There is a Children's Corner in church where you can go at any time. You will find books, toys and drawing materials there.

Toilet and baby-change facilities are located at the back of church, behind the kitchen.

You can click here to find out much more about Children and Young People at St Andrew's.
 
Is there a dress code?
No, just wear something comfortable!
 
Please feel free to call (01992 504373) or email (standrew.hertford@btinternet.com) the Church Office.
 
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