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  Take time to pray

Time spent in prayer is always time well spent

Every first Saturday of the month, people from both our churches gather together for Breathe - a chance to pray together about ourselves and our lives, our churches and our world.

Join us for Breathe at 8.30am on Holy Saturday, 3 April, ON ZOOM
Holy Saturday is the perfect day to gather to pray. On that day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Jesus' friends withdrew behind locked doors to search themselves, to find meaning in the madness, to pray, to process and to lament. On this locked-down Holy Saturday, we stand on the threshold of our church’s life and ask where God is taking us. We ask to dream his dreams and seek his perspective and power for the future. 
 
You won't be asked to pray out loud or to go into a breakout room if you'd rather not. Your presence is enough.

A prayer to pray if you can't make it

God of my faith, I offer you my doubt
For life at times seems far too dark for me
And my belief becomes more insecure
When worldly cares produce uncertainty
 
God of hope, I offer you my fear
When I am scared by my anxiety
When all I hear is suffering and woe
In all my shadows you will walk with me
 
God of my joy, I offer you my grief
When I sink down in sadness and despair
When in depression I cannot be touched
I pray in all my depths to find you there

God of my love, I offer you my pain
When I’m alone and feel nobody cares
In aching age or in rejected youth
You bear my cross and dry my human tears

God of my love, I offer you my pain
When I’m alone and feel nobody cares
In aching age or in rejected youth
You bear my cross and dry my human tears
 
God of my life, I offer you my dreams
Light in the darkness when I hide from view
Light in my faith, my hope, my joy and love
Light in my life and all my life in you

Those on our mailing list will be sent the Zoom link for Breathe - if you're not on the mailing list already, please contact the church office for details (standrew.hertford@btinternet.com)
 



Prayers

These resources are here for you to use at any time and may be especially helpful now:
The Prayer of Stillness
Prayers for the Journey
Intercessions



family croppedFor the prayers used in January's Breathe, please click here:

January's Breathe

by Rev Wendy Sellers

A New Year



Autumn leaves dariusz-borowik-For the prayers used in November's Breathe, please click here:

November's Breathe

by Rev Wendy Sellers

Autumn
 

BREAD wesual-click-rsWZ-P9FbQ4For prayers used in September's Breathe, please click here:

September's Breathe

by Rev. Wendy Sellers
The Bread of Life


spring-arno-smit-sKJ7zSylUao-uFor the prayers used in May's Breathe, please click here:

May's Breathe

by Rev. Wendy Sellers
Thanking God for His Goodness


On the first Saturday of the month
Take time to pray with Breathe, our monthly prayer gathering

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 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.