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What's On at St Andrew's

What kind of things are happening?

Well, you won't be surprised to hear that many of the events that normally happen, or were scheduled to happen, at St Andrew's are on hold at the moment. However, there are activities are taking place, with some online or with resources on our website so that you can take part at home. You'll find more details below and there's further information here.

Activities for our families and young people

Lost Love: Wednesday 11 November, 1.00pm at St Andrew's Church

A concert with baritone Richard Prince and pianist Huw Jenkins. Socially distanced audience with limited seating. A programme of music for voice and piano including Sir Arthur Somervell's ‘Maud’ song cycle and songs by Gerald Finzi and Richard Prince. Free admission, with a retiring collection for Royal British Legion and St Andrew's Church.

Coming up...

'When this is over'... an exhibition:
An exhibition is planned for 'when this is over' to showcase the outpouring of creativity which many have experienced, and we would also like it to be a space where we can share our collective memories, a sort of time capsule of how we all experienced living through the coronavirus.

We hope to include:

  • Art in all forms (painting, drawing, collage etc)
  • Writing, both prose and poetry
  • Journal and diary entries
  • Children’s contributions of paintings, drawings,writing, things they have made
  • Photos of ourselves and our everyday life, especially of the things which are different at the moment

We would like the wider community to participate in the exhibition so will be advertising our plans more widely in the coming months. Please be thinking about how you might contribute, and if you have anything to offer or would like to know more please contact Kath Oates at oates13@virginmedia.com or on 07708 580428.


Special events postponed
 

Parish Weekend at Belsey Bridge
The weekend that was planned for April 2021 has been postponed with a new date expected for April 2022 - we will let you know as soon as the date is confirmed.
Martin and Eliza Carthy
This concert is being re-scheduled from 24 October 2020 to a new date in 2021 (to be confirmed).
 
Fairport Convention
Now booked for Friday 7 May 2021.

Beer Festival
Provisionally rearranged for Saturday 11 September 2021.
 

Regular events


Coffee Mornings
On the first Saturday of every month, we usually hold a Coffee Morning at the church. While we are unable to meet in person, we are sharing information on our Coffee Morning page, with ideas and recipes and how you could donate.

Meditation and Mindfulness
Explore the riches of Christian meditation and how it fits with the practice and insights of Mindfulness. Every Wednesday evening on Zoom.
 
Meditation and Mindfulness
Although we can't meet for our monthly Messy Church at St Andrew's School, Tracy is connecting with families on our Sele Messy Church Facebook page - and you can, too!
 
Breathe - prayer gathering
A time to stop, breathe and pray on the first Saturdays of each month.

Please explore the website to find out more about what's happening and check back for more updates


Past Events

Take a look at some of the events that have happened at St Andrew's over years gone by


 

Glenys
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).

Open Google Maps

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.