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Past events

Here you'll find information and pictures from events that have taken place at St Andrew's - click on the links to see more!

Easter 1 - rabbits and sheepEaster in the Churchyard 2021

Once again, church was brought outside into the churchyard - this time as we told the Easter Story. The crowds laid palms in front of Jesus as he entered Jerusalem on a donkey; the Easter story unfolded with the Last Supper and Good Friday Cross; and the joy of Easter Sunday was celebrated with colourful signs of new life!
 

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For two weeks in February, Missing You trees appeared in the churchyard at St Andrew's. You were invited to write on a red heart who or what you were missing then hang it on the tree.

There was an amazing response from the community as many visitors added their Missing You hearts to the trees.

 

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Our life-size Nativity developed in the churchyard at St Andrew's during Advent.


 

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Some special visitors took up residence at St Andrew's Church during Hertford's Scarecrow Fest...





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Beer & Carols 2019

The weekend before Christmas and St Andrew's was full of people of all ages enjoying carol singing, cask ale, mulled wine, Christmas craft, winter wonderland model railway, nativity photo booth and lots more.

 

Melrose Quartet (Credit Lizzy Melrose Quartet - live at St Andrew's

A Christmas Concert like no other! St Andrew's is gaining a growing reputation as a great venue for folk concerts and it was no surprise to hear lead Melrose singer Jess Arrowsmith introduce the band's two-hour set with, "Wow, playing in a church! This is a first for us. What a fantastic place to play and sing a few Christmas songs and carols."


 

Steve Knightley St A June2019 Steve Knightley - live at St Andrew's

Playing as an acoustic singer songwriter for over 40 years, Steve Knightley has built a reputation as one of England’s most accomplished folk performers. It caused quite a stir in Hertford folk circles and the local area when it was announced that he would be playing at St Andrew's as part of his 2019 solo tour.


 

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St Andrew's and St Mary's congregations returned to Belsey Bridge Conference Centre in Suffolk to enjoy a weekend together exploring the theme of Amazing Grace.




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Third Hope Requiem

The De Merc Chamber Choir, directed by Alison Smart Fisher, performed a special Requiem for charity Third Hope Africa at St Andrew's Church in April 2019. All profits from the retiring collection went towards working for the long-term rehabilitation of ex-child soldiers in Northern Uganda.


 

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The church was full of families who came to the party and enjoyed the pumpkin carving, lantern making, face paints, photo booth, crafts, challenges, quiz, food and more.




 

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Local theatre company Pins & Feathers brought their play The March to St Andrew’s in September 2018.
Written by Kate Miller to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote in Parliamentary elections, The March was based on the real-life stories of Hertfordshire women who fought for change and featured the extraordinary Great Pilgrimage of July 1913, in which thousands of Suffragists from all over the country marched to London to demonstrate peaceful mass support for the vote.

 

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We welcomed more than 500 adults, plus many young children, to our 2018 Beer Festival. It was a marvellous success that far exceeded our expectations. Beers began to sell out from 5.30pm, all the pasties and sausage rolls were gone by 6.00pm and people kept coming through the gate until nearly 8.00pm.

 

Martin Simpson 1Martin Simpson - live at St Andrew's

One of the most skilled folk guitarists currently playing on the British and American folk scene performed live at St Andrew's in April 2018. It was a real coup that Martin chose to play a gig with us; he said the acoustics in the nave were ‘unbelievably clear and beautiful’.




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Amici Cantate Choir

We were delighted to welcome Bishop Stortford-based Choir, Amici Cantate, to St Andrew's for a wonderful selection of choral music in March 2018. The concert raised funds for Christian Aid and the music proved to be moving, uplifting and had us tapping our toes in the aisles.
 

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New play Seeing it Through was performed at St Andrew's in October 2016. The performance told the stories of the home front in 1914-18, from the words of the extraordinary women, men and children who saw it through. It portrayed a time of unprecedented upheaval, loss, change - and opportunity - in Hertford and the surrounding towns and villages; a time which shaped our world today.

 

PASS-308First Light: A Passion Play for Hertford  

Staged Easter 2015 at St Andrew's, First Light was a bold reimagining of the story of Jesus' last days.




 

  HertfordPageantCbw191014The Hertford Pageant 2014|

The Mimram Singers, conducted by Peter Murphy, gave us a taste of what the town experienced 100 years ago when the Grand Historic Pageant took place in Hertford. 


 
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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.