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Here are some notices that you may find of interest. Please check this page regularly for updates and let us know if you have some news to share...

CoffeeCalling for coffee crew!
We need more helpers before our post-service refreshments return so we would love to hear from you if you could join a Sunday morning Coffee Team. It is a great way to get to know people better, too! Teams are normally on duty about once every two months. If you’d like to volunteer or just find out a bit more, please get in touch with Phil in the parish office:

Latest news on worshipping inside the church building
You will hopefully have seen the update from Alan and the Churchwardens regarding the recent lifting of restrictions and how it affects us at St Andrew’s. All the details are here, but we emphasise the need to remain cautious and to consider the most vulnerable and anxious. We will monitor and review the situation. Please continue to be mindful of the ‘Hands, Face, Space’ message. Thank you

The Story of Noah: our churchyard display during August...

Noah flyer

August break and September return
A number of our regular services or activities take a break during August…
  • Meditation & Mindfulness is back on 1 September
  • Breathe returns on 4 September
  • Junior Church and our youth activities restart from 5 September
  • Compline runs throughout August except for Sunday 22nd
Refreshments: We hope that from September our monthly Coffee Morning will return and that our post-service refreshments can be served again on Wednesdays and Sundays. We will be keeping our guidance for inside the church building under review in the meantime.

boots-4483438 1280Wellies and Waterproofs!
Do you have any children's wellies and/or waterproofs that you could donate (for ages 1-5yrs)? Tracy would like to have spares for the Woodland Worship/Woodland Wanderings when they happen. Please leave any donations at the back of the church labelled for Tracy. Thank you!

Barbara Wilbourn-Smith
Barbara’s funeral will be at 2.00pm on Monday 9 August at St Andrew’s Church. Barbara asked for those attending, if not in uniform, to please wear bright colours.

Presentation for Wendy
Sadly, we were unable to mark Wendy’s departure from St Andrew’s and St Mary’s formally.  Flowers were delivered to Wendy on behalf of all of us at St Andrew’s, in time for her first service at St Leonard's on 25 July. We will have a joint presentation from St Andrew’s and St Mary’s at the Harvest Supper on 9 October. Wendy says: “Thank you for all your messages, cards, the flowers and unstinting support – you’re all so kind and wonderful!”

Sponsored Bike 'n Hike
This year’s Bike ’n Hike is on Saturday 11 September. Please note it in your diary. Last year, Peter Ruffles raised £500 in sponsorship (visiting 26 churches over 26 miles), half of which came back to St Andrew’s. Don’t let Peter take all the glory this year! The website for the event is and you can speak to Peter to find out more about taking part.

Appeal for jars, lids and screw caps...jars
Tracy is appealing for some items - maybe you can help!
  • Please save jars with lids (but only up to 200ml - no bigger, thank you!)
  • Any milk/juice lids - we need red, yellow, blue and green
  • Black wine screw caps 
These can be left in ‘P’ pigeon hole at the back of the church.  Thank you!
Searching for Faith squareSearching for Faith?
This autumn there will be an online informal discussion course exploring Christian faith. This is an opportunity to think through these and other questions that are important to you: 'Is there more to life than this?'  'Who was Jesus and why did he die?'  'Why pray?'  'How do I read the Bible?'  The course runs for five weeks on Monday evenings (via Zoom) at 8.00pm from 20 September to 18 October. Please contact Alan if you're interested in attending:

Autumn Exhibition: 9-17 October
We are planning to put on an exhibition called ‘Our Lockdown in 30 Objects’, with items (from the everyday to artistic expressions) accompanied by stories from their contributors illustrating their experience of the pandemic. We hope that the event will give us an opportunity to come together as a wider community to gain a deeper insight into how we have each experienced this time. We plan to set aside areas of the church for people to show their gratitude and to express their sadness.
 There are plans to create a churchyard display at the same time as the exhibition, with the theme being ‘gratitude’, which will also be reflected in our Harvest Festival on Sunday 10 October. St Mary’s will have a photo exhibition of animals and pets. There are more details here: Autumn exhibitions

A date for your diary: Away Day at High Leigh
We have booked the High Leigh Conference Centre for a joint parish Away Day on Sunday 13 March 2022. The Centre is situated close to Hoddesdon and is managed by the same group who run the Belsey Bridge Centre. Please note the date in your diary. We hope to have a day of fellowship and fun with members of St Andrew's and St Mary's enjoying the time together. More details to come nearer the time.

Looking for a hall or room to hire?
If you are looking for a hall or room to hire, whether it's for a children's party or other family event, for a club or society meeting or fundraising event, or you run a business, look no further than the St Andrew's Centre.
  Located behind the church, there is a modern, bright, large hall (approximately 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. Upstairs there is a small room (the John Summers-Gill Room), suitable for small meetings, which is mainly used by counsellors.
  For booking enquiries, please contact Carol, the Centre Administrator: Tel: 07593 055223 / Email: 
Missed a sermon? Fancy listening again?
Recordings of our sermons during worship on Zoom are available in our Media Library and you can read earlier sermons on our Sermons page.

Daily Hope phone line
DH FreephoneDaily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind. Daily Hope information here.

St Andrew’s Facebook page:
You can find event and service details, thought for the day, sermons, photos and updates on the St Andrew’s Facebook page.

Safeguarding at St Andrew’s:
Catherine Sleath is our Safeguarding Officer. 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).
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.


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.

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.