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Small group chats in Zoom

Fancy a chat after church services?


Find out how people can meet for small group chats after our Sunday and Wednesday morning services on Zoom. 

IT IS VERY EASY TO BE INCLUDED. Just hang on after the service and instead of leaving you will be randomly put into a small group to speak with other people.

  • Zoom coffee and chat bWe will time the groups for 10 minutes to begin with and during this time if you would like to leave you can do so by clicking on the 'Leave' button.
  • When time is up, you will come back into the same place as at the end of the service and you can say goodbye to all and then the service will be ended.
  • Group membership is allocated randomly. So, each time we do this after a service, you should be in a group with a different set of people. 
  • When we are confident with this, we are hoping to set it up so that after a few minutes in one group we will hit the button again and this will enable you to talk with a new set of people. It should be really fun!

 
IT IS VERY SIMPLE!  YOU DON’T NEED TO DO ANYTHING except stay when the service is finished.


In addition, you will be able to ask for help, invite the host and leave the 'breakout room'. 

If you are interested to find out more, here's a bit more detail about how it works...
 

Asking for help

  • If you click Ask for Help (in the meeting controls) it will notify the meeting host that you need assistance and they will be asked to join your breakout room.
  • Confirm that you would like assistance by clicking Invite Host.

Leaving the breakout room

You can leave the breakout room and return to the main meeting session at any time, or you can leave the meeting entirely from the breakout room.

  • Click Leave Breakout Room.
  • Choose if you want to leave the breakout room or the entire meeting.
  • When the host ends the breakout rooms, you will be notified and given the option to return to the main room immediately, or in 2 minutes. 

Other notes

  • People will be randomly allocated into small groups of about 8 or so. 
  • To reduce feedback from the mics, we recommend that you remain muted unless you wish to speak in the small group, but this is entirely up to you - see how it works.
  • The small group chat will end after about 10-15 minutes and everyone will have the opportunity to say goodbye in the main meeting area before the meeting ends.

TOP TIP: There’s an easy shortcut for muting/unmuting!
While muted, hold down the space bar to unmute; release the space bar to mute again. To reduce mic feedback, we suggest you remain muted and unmute yourself using this shortcut.
 

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Please see our other page for full details about how to use Zoom and receive service information from us.

 

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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 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.