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Welcome
to Junior Church!

Fun, friendship and following Jesus

Sunday morning Junior Church in the St Andrew's Centre (the hall behind the church) alongside our 10.30am in-person worship at St Andrew's 



What happens before, during and after Junior Church...

As of 19 September 2021
  • Children are very welcome now to join us for the beginning of the church service. We will provide a welcoming space in the children's corner.
  • We still encourage you to provide a small bag/ruck sack for your child with colouring, small toy and snack, together with their picnic blanket.
  • We will leave to go to Junior Church where we will hand sanitise and spend some time together before returning to the service for communion.
  • The St Andrew's Centre (the church hall) will be well ventilated and we will still be encouraging social distancing whilst sitting. We aim to go outside as much as possible so please dress your child accordingly. Thank you.
  • We will join the congregation for communion and the children will be offered a box of grapes. 
  • Once the service is over, which will be after the last hymn (outside if the weather allows), you are welcome to stay for refreshments and your children are welcome to use the children's corner.
  • If you are happy for your child to play with their own bag that is totally understandable.
  • Some toys and colouring will be available in the children's corner but we would encourage hand sanitiser and to use this area as you feel safe to do so.
  • If you still feel happy to wear a mask please feel comfortable to do so especially in that area where children and parents will gather.
  • We are doing our best to follow any guidelines available and are meeting regularly to risk assess. If you don't feel happy with the measures in place and this is becoming inhibitory to you feeling safe and welcome at St Andrew's PLEASE talk to Tracy or one of the Churchwardens (Contact Us).
  • Thank you for your understanding over the past few months and please bear with us as we readjust to things.
 

Important information

You are welcome to read our latest Safeguarding Risk Assessment.

 

Keep in touch and hear the latest updates

Tracy is in touch with families directly. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for Junior Church, or any other group for our young people and families, please email Tracy: standrewstracy@gmail.com 

DOCUMENTS:
Contact detail form
 
Junior Church online:
* Visit our St Andrew's Church Facebook page and find our Junior Church Group (a private group for parents, teens and helpers involved with Junior Church)
* Find us on Instagram: search for 'youngathertstandrews'
* Check out the Sele Messy Church Facebook page for regular updates and posts from Tracy and Scruff (including every Sunday morning)!
 
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Hello and welcome to St Andrew's. If you are new, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning. During the period of Covid-19, please see the information at the bottom of this page.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our main Sunday Service starting at 10.30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you find a parking space and can settle in before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team who will be wearing a Welcome Badge.

Plan your journey:
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.

This is a useful East Herts Council website page for full details of parking in Hertford.

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).

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilet towards the back of the church, behind the kitchen.

Our Service

The service will usually begin promptly at 10.30am and will last between 60 and 75 minutes. We enjoy the presence of an excellent choir who help us sing hymns (modern and traditional) as well as provide anthems and special songs through the period of communion. We have a traditional organ but also benefit from music played on the piano and by our band (eg on the Second Sunday of each month when we have an All-Age Service in which our children and young people are fully involved).

Each 10.30am service includes a sermon, prayers and eucharist.

After the service, everyone is invited for coffee and conversation - some like to stay for a  quick chat while others remain in the church for a longer time.

Communion

Children and Young People

We have a great programme lined up for our children. This is organised by our Family, Children and Youth Worker, Tracy Plumpton, who is always delighted to welcome new faces. Those arriving before their first service at St Andrew’s can ask to see Tracy or one of the other leaders.

We really value worshipping God together as a family, so children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service before being invited to leave for the age appropriate activities after the first hymn. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy.

The children and young people then return to the main service in time to join the eucharist and, if confirmed, take Holy Communion or, if not, receive a blessing.

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.

Junior Church celebration

Getting Connected


Home Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week. Check out Home Groups on our website and see if there’s one that you could join. Alternatively, speak to a member of the Welcome Team who will give you the information that you need.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. Please contact Phil in the Church Office.

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS DURING COVID-19:
What we describe above reflects our normal practice on Sunday mornings. However, since March 2020 we have had to adopt new ways of organising ourselves. For up-to-date information about current services (in church and online via Zoom), please look at details on our Worship and Prayer Page.
 
Get in touch with us
If you have any questions, please do get in touch. You'll find our contact details here.

We hope that you will feel at home at our church.