Here you'll find information and pictures from events that have taken place at St Andrew's - click on the links to see more!
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.
Parish Weekend Away 2019
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.
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.
It was more light than fright at St Andrew's for All Hallows' Eve 2018. 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.
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.
St Andrew's Beer Festival 2018
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 - 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’.
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.
Parish Weekend Away 2017
Our joint Parish Weekend Away at Belsey Bridge in April 2017 was a great time for all who were lucky enough to go. With ages ranging from 2 to 80+, it was an opportunity to spend time together across our two congregations from St Andrew's and St Mary's, for friendships to be made and strengthened, plenty of fun and laughter to be had and time for worship, teaching and reflection, too.
Seeing it Through
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.
Harvest Festival 2016
St Andrew's looked wonderfully autumnal for our All-Age Harvest Festival Service. The church was decorated with stunning flower arrangements and window displays as well as a beautiful collection of fresh produce in front of the altar. Our congregation was generous not just with the fresh produce that was given for the displays and bought after the service, but also with the non-perishable gifts donated for two local charities.
St Andrew's Beer Festival 2016
A Beer Festival - at a church? Yes! We welcomed hundreds of people to the first ever Beer Festival at St Andrew's in September. A wide selection of beers were available, plus cider, wine and fruit cocktails. Delicious Cornish pasties sold out and there were children's activities and displays in the church on Artists, Activists & Pilgrims.
Curated by Hertford resident and anthropologist Suhad Jarrar, this exhibition offered visitors the chance to explore the rich heritage of the Middle East through costumes, customs, hospitality and music. Part of our Pilgrims, Artists & Activists programme of events
Bayt: an exhibition across cultures
Six stations around St Andrew's Church provided an interactive multi-sensory way for children to engage imaginatively with the events surrounding Pentecost.
Ground Faith Day
As the saying goes, 'Many hands make light work', and so it proved as a fantastic number of volunteers from the St Andrew's congregation got stuck in to give the church and garden some essential TLC.
Hertford Festival of Peace and Reconciliation
For a week in January 2016, St Andrew's hosted the Pax Christi Icon, a symbol of peace and reconciliation. With this as our focus, a series of events took place including a peace vigil, guided meditation, art talk, non-violence workshop and inter-faith lunch.
First 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.
The 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.
Rowing the Atlantic
We discovered exactly what it takes to cross the Atlantic ocean on a rowing boat when James Cowan told us about his amazing adventure
Saunter on the Mount
As part of our Year of Matthew, a group from St Andrew's met on Ivinghoe Beacon one Saturday morning in August for brunch.
Lakes, a Bible expedition & a singing cricketer
An annual Bible convention has been held in Keswick since 1875 - a group of us from St Andrew's went to experience "life-changing Bible teaching, uplifting worship and great fellowship, combined with the chance to relax and enjoy a holiday in the wonderful setting of the Lake District".
St Andrew's Summer Social
There was entertainment for all as we gathered in the Chaplin's beautiful garden for food, drink, and an amazing array of entertainment - including a clown for the kids!
St Andrew's at the Hertford Carnival 2014
We soaked up the sun and joined hundreds of Carnival-goers in the Castle grounds on 22 June as we set up our stalls offering cakes, plants and Messy Church activities - oh, and maggot racing!!
The Auction of Promises
The new St Andrew's Centre was host to its first major event as the gavel came down on more than 40 amazing lots. It proved to be a great success - and a very enjoyable evening...
On Saturday 12 October, Charles Ledsam officially opened the St Andrew's Centre. Despite there still being some work to do inside, everyone was wowed by the new space - so much lighter, warmer and useable than before. A day of great celebration after the many years of hard work, fundraising and prayers. You can see more by clicking here.
Official Opening of the St Andrew's Centre
A Coffee Morning with a difference!
In September, the men of St Andrew's proved that they could lay on a fantastic spread and entertain the crowds at our monthly coffee morning. With delicious food and fun activities on offer, those attending also got the chance to take a look inside the St Andrew's Centre to see how building work has progressed.
St Andrew's @ Hertford Carnival
What a fantastic team effort! The St Andrew's stall proved to be a huge success on Hertford Carnival day. We joined the fun fair and dozens of other stalls on Hartham Common as the Carnival swept through town and brought with it crowds of people of all ages having a fantastic afternoon. Messy Church ran a fabulous craft drop-in session too!
Nuts in May
A talented cast of performers from St Andrew's provided a brilliant evening of light entertainment at this fundraising event in May. There were songs, sketches, music, poems and stories as everyone, young and old, from the Vicars and Church Wardens to other gifted members of the congregation, stepped up on stage.
Palm Sunday Procession
The biting wind and the icy conditions didn't prevent us processing to church on Palm Sunday. Led by the choir, we were full of voice as we walked from Hertford Castle on a very cold March morning...