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BANNER Christmas 2020

Advent and Christmas at St Andrew's

We welcome you to celebrate this festive season with us

We would love to 'see' you at any of our Zoom services over the festive period. If you'd like to attend, and you're not on our mailing list, please contact the parish office (email standrew.hertford@btinternet.com). For those on our mailing list, an email will be sent before each service with the Zoom link.

The seasonal services we are holding in person are detailed further down this page, or you can go straight to: Eventbrite booking for Christmas services

 

Services on Zoom

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Advent Service, 7.00pm
Readings and music to help us reflect on the meaning of advent - 'Light into Darkness'. You're invited to have a candle ready to light at home. The service will be followed by an opportunity for social time in breakout rooms (you may like to have a glass of something and some nibbles ready for this bit!).

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A Blue Christmas Service, 7.00pm
A short service for those who find Christmas difficult or bittersweet, with time to reflect and an opportunity to remember loved ones.
 

Star on Christmas tree B Dec 2Sunday 20 December and repeated on Tuesday 22 December

Readings and Music, 7.00pm
A service of lessons, poetry, music and images inspired by the Christmas story, followed by an opportunity for social time in breakout rooms.
 

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Interactive Crib Service, 4.00pm
Our traditional and popular Crib Service for all ages. Please have ready a toy animal to put under your tree and a candle to light. All Christmas outfits welcome, but most especially nativity costumes. This service will include child-friendly songs, a story and prayers and it will last about half an hour. We know many families in our communities find our Crib Service an essential part of their Christmas each year, so we look forward to welcoming both familiar and new faces on Zoom. 

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Christmas Day Communion for all ages, 10.30am 
A service for the whole family - and this year, you can join in from the comfort of your own home (clad in your Christmas pyjamas, if you like!). 
 

Christingle ServiceSunday 10 January

Interactive Christingle Service, 4.00pm
We've decided we will hold a separate Christingle Service - to give us all something to look forward to. As usual, we will raise money for the work of the Children's Society. Feel free to make your own Christingle or to pick up a pack from either St Andrew's or St Mary's during daylight hours on Saturday 9th or Sunday 10th January.

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How to attend Zoom services and events

For the Zoom ID and passcode, please email the Parish Office (standrew.hertford@btinternet.com) and we'll send you the details! (If you are on our mailing list, then don't worry - you'll receive the details automatically.)
 

 

Services in person

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Outdoor Carol Service-1Sunday 20 December

3.30-4.00pm in St Mary’s Churchyard, Hertingfordbury
A joint outdoor Carol Service for all ages. A long-awaited opportunity for everyone to sing carols! Please book in advance via Eventbrite or call Sue Mulligan on 07913 666296 and she will book the place for you.


Carol ServiceSunday 20 December

6.30pm at St Andrew’s
Comfort & Joy: A shorter version of the traditional candlelit service of lessons and carols. Well-loved carols sung by the choir (congregational singing sadly isn’t permitted). Please book in advance via Eventbrite or call Sue Mulligan on 07913 666296 and she will book the place for you.


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Midnight Service, 11.30pm
Welcome in Christmas morning with our midnight communion service. Please book in advance via Eventbrite or call Sue Mulligan on 07913 666296 and she will book the place for you.
 

ChristmasAtStAndrew'sLight2017Christmas Day

Christmas Day Communion Service, 8.00am
A traditional Christmas Communion using the Book of Common Prayer. No need to pre-book.
 

Will you miss someone this Christmas?

Remember them by name by tying a prayer to the 'Missing You Tree' at St Andrew's Church, Hertford, or St Mary's Church, Hertingfordbury


Advent Thought for the Day

This Advent we will be exploring just who and what Jesus was, and is, through our Thought for the Day. Each day’s Thought will consider one of the names of Jesus, given in the Bible.

St Andrew's Christmas Greetings

Big Christmas Card cropThis year, perhaps more than ever, is a time to share your Christmas wishes with others. You are invited to post a Christmas message to your St Andrew’s Church family on the board displayed inside the church – there are slips of paper there to write your greeting on. If you can't get to church, please contact Phil in the Church Office and she will add your message to the board on your behalf (standrew.hertford@btinternet.com ; 01992 504373 - Tuesdays and Fridays).

St Andrew's Christmas Appeal 2020

Help vulnerable adults and children in our area experience some joy this Christmas by supporting our 2020 Appeal

Visit our Nativity and Stable scenes

Christmas 2020 squareFrom 29 November: Come and see the life-size Nativity in the churchyard at St Andrew's as it unfolds each week.
From 7 December: Visit our sister church, St Mary's Hertingfordbury, and you'll be able to see the Stable scene through the window in the Brace Room.


Follow the Star & Advent Calendar

Knitivity Crib Story Mary and Take a look at our 'Follow the Star' short film as the wonderful Knitivity characters travel around our county town of Hertford telling the Christmas Story. And don't miss our Advent Story Calendar - a special daily instalment. Be part of the Advent-ure!


Foodbank and Christmas Alone Hampers

trussell-trust-logoWhile Christmas Alone is unable to happen in the usual way this year, Hertford & District Foodbank and Christmas Alone are working to help bring food hampers to those who need them this Christmas. Details here


 
We thank Chiara and Tracy for producing the wonderful image of our Knitivity characters
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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.

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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 when we're able to worship inside the church building, 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.