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St Andrew's Centre


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The project to create the St Andrew's Centre has had at its heart the desire for Hertford St Andrew to improve the well-being of people around it. To do this, our aim is to add to the range of activities that already exist and do them in a more structured way, in partnership with voluntary and community organisations.  The Hertford St. Andrew Community Trust (HStACT) is responsible for the ongoing running and maintenance of the Centre, with most of the work being done by volunteers. 

How do I find the St Andrew's Centre?


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The Centre is tucked away behind St Andrew's Church on St Andrew Street, Hertford. As you approach the Church from the street, follow the path around to the back of the Church (on the right) and you will find the main entrance to the Centre there. 


 

Information and bookings

 

As a result of Covid-19 a risk assessment has been carried out and special conditions of hire drawn up.  For the time being the kitchen is not available. 

View   Risk Assessment    and  Special conditions of hire

 

There is a large hall, (approx  12m x 5.75m) which can be split into two spaces, (approx 6m x 5.75m)  a large kitchen, two accessible toilets and also an art/utility room. The projector, screen and sound system, with loop, in the main hall,  are ideal for use with meetings and presentations, plus Wi-Fi is available.  The hall ceiling is 2.84m high but there is a projector hanging down at the far end of the hall which reduces the height to 2.50m.

The Centre also benefits from two separate entrances, which means that it is possible for different groups to use the Centre at the same time.

Upstairs there is a small room (the John Summers-Gill Room), which is mainly used by counsellors.

Smoking is not allowed in the hall, outside the main doors or in the garden.  
 

Hire charges

 
Standard charges for the centre
Whole Hall    (meetings and classes) Capacity: 70 £18 per hour
Half Hall         (meetings and classes) Capacity: 35 £9.50 per hour
Small room   Capacity: 8 £8 per hour
Party and commercial  booking    
 
 Whole Hall only £20 per hour

Reduced rates apply for charity bookings

Please note:  smoke machines and bubble machines cannot be used in the centre as they set off the fire alarm.

 

The Centre is well used and has very limited capacity for more regular groups. One-off or less frequent regular bookings may be accommodated more easily. The table below shows regular bookings, with the darker times being weekly bookings and the lighter times being fortnightly or monthly bookings. 

Some of our regular hirers have not returned yet,  so there may be capacity  for hiring in the short term. 
 

 
Regular Bookings
  9-10am 10-11am 11-noon 12-1pm 1-2pm 2-3pm 3-4pm 4-5pm 5-6pm 6-7pm 7-8pm 8-9pm 9-10pm
Monday                          
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Contact

For booking enquiries, please contact Carol, the Centre Administrator.
OFFICE HOURS 12.00-2.00pm, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays
(e-mails, texts and voicemails will be picked up at other times)
Tel: 07593 055223
Email: standrewscentre@hotmail.com

 

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St Andrew's Centre Booking Form  (pdf)   Booking form word version

Guidelines for hirers

Our Safeguarding Policy   and St Andrew's Health & Safety Policy  should be read by all hirers of the Centre:

  

Further information


Please click on the links below to see the progress that was made with the project from start to finish and some of the events that have since taken place:
The vision for the St Andrew's Centre
Building work in progress
Official opening of the Centre


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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 and note that we ask you to book places at our 10.30am Sunday Service in church (book here). Everyone entering the church is asked to wear a face covering (don’t worry if you forget, we have a supply by the entrance door!).
 
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.