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Join us on Zoom

It's more important than ever that we continue to connect and commune with one another, albeit remotely. And, just like so many churches across the world, we're utilising technology to make this happen - Together while apart.

We are sharing time and worship together through Zoom. Those on our mailing list will receive an invitation via email in advance of the event, allowing them to join in at the right time.  If you're not already on our mailing list, please email the church office: standrew.hertford@btinternet.com

In order to respect the privacy of our congregation, we kindly request that you do not share meeting links with others, thank you.

 

St Andrew's Church, Hertford - weekly Zoom services

Sunday Eucharist 10.30am
Sunday Compline 7.00pm
Wednesday Eucharist 10.30am
Wednesday Meditation & Mindfulness 8.00pm

 

Small group chats (aka 'breakout rooms') in Zoom

Fancy grabbing a coffee and a chat after church services? Find out how people can meet for small group chats on Zoom after a service. We offer this after our weekly worship on Sunday and Wednesday mornings.
 

Zoom service recordings

View a recording of the reading, sermon and intercessions for Sunday services on Zoom
 

Frequently Asked Questions about Zoom

Click here to see Zoom's FAQs page

 

Zoom logoAbout Zoom

For those who haven't yet become acquainted with Zoom, here is a little info to help you get started, if you'd like to try.

Zoom is free and you can chat one-to-one for as long as you like. If you have more than three users you can only talk for 40 minutes but you can always restart after that time.  Alan has a licence for St Andrew's, which means we can meet without a time constraint.

The great thing is that Zoom can be used on the computer, mobile phone, ipad, tablet and even landline.

Downloading Zoom with a link:
Your email invitation to join the service ('meeting') includes a link. If you'd like to join the service, it's important to get ready in advance:

  1. If you don't already have Zoom, and would like to install it, click on the 'Join Zoom Meeting' link well before the service so that you can download Zoom onto your computer, mobile phone, ipad or tablet in plenty of time.
  2. At the specified time on the day of the service, you can click on the 'Join Zoom Meeting' link and you should be all ready to go.


Downloading Zoom at any time:
You don't need to have been sent an invitation to get started with Zoom:

  1. Go to Zoom's Getting Started page - you'll find instructions about Zoom on desktop and mobile, plus video tutorials and troubleshooting
  2. Select the option you need, ie: Getting Started on Windows and Mac
  3. Follow the instructions (the 'prerequisites' are the essential things required)
  4. Once you have your email invitation for the service, you can then click on the 'Join Zoom Meeting' link and you should be all ready to go.

NOTE:
Zoom audio doesn't seem to work with every browser (Chrome or Microsoft Edge appear to work best), so it's worth checking this.


Zoom via a landline

Telephone participants will need to call either: 0208 080 6592 or 0203 481 5237 just prior to the service start time. Please contact Jane Cohen (07818 532154) or Rev. Alan (01992 582726) for the meeting ID and password. Then follow the verbal instructions, which are:

  1. Enter the meeting ID followed by the # key
  2. You will be asked to enter your participant ID, simply press the # key
  3. Enter the password followed by the # key
  4. You should then automatically join the service.

Please note: Your call charge for connecting to Zoom is likely to be no more than a local rate charge, or may be free, however this will depend on your particular call plan. If in doubt, please check with your provider.

Zoom Tutorials

  • Here is a useful YouTube Tutorial - it is only 14 minutes long but will give you a clear overview on how to work Zoom. Although the tutorial is focussing on small businesses, Zoom is great for church and private use.
  • There are lots of Video Tutorials from Zoom, too.


Still need some help?
If you're not sure whether you have Zoom up and running properly (or maybe you just want to try connecting with someone for the first time before the event), please email the church office (standrew.hertford@btinternet.com) and we'll do our best to help!


GUIDELINES FOR THE SAFE USE OF VIDEO CONFERENCING
MAY 2020: St Andrew's and St Mary's have produced guidelines for using video conferencing, such as Zoom. You can read the entire document via the link in the heading above. Here is the extract for those participating in a Zoom 'meeting':
Suggested actions for Participants

  • Use their name to log in – rather than ‘Ipad’, for instance. This allows the meeting host to see who is coming into the meeting.
  • Consider whether you wish to create a separate login using your email, rather than login with Facebook or Google ID. Using these IDs can enable data sharing between applications.
  • One of the main security risks of Zoom is phishing (e.g. spurious emails posing as Zoom invitations, posting malicious links in Zoom chats etc.), so users ALWAYS need to remember to be careful of what links they click on and what info they give out, whatever the platform.
  • Participants joining any video conferences should be aware of what they have in their background - make sure there's nothing confidential that can be seen (e.g. password pinned to noticeboard immediately behind them, or something clearly identifying where they live).
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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 and note that 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.