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BANNER Sunday Service 1440 x 4In-Person Services

What can I expect when worshipping inside church?

When worshipping together in our building, we are following guidance from both the government and the Diocese to make the church as safe and as welcoming as possible. Things continue to be different to 'normal' but we can assure you of a very warm welcome and heartfelt worship.


Update on 21 July 2021

In light of the government’s lifting of Covid restrictions, we've amended our guidance. Underpinning these decisions is a commitment to our Christian calling to love our neighbour, and to reassure those who continue to feel anxious about the lifting of restrictions.
  • We continue to observe social distancing, with every other pew cordoned off.
  • Everyone is asked to hand sanitise.
  • We continue to encourage everyone to use the QR code for Test and Trace.
  • We no longer have to book into services via Eventbrite, but we will record the names of those attending our services for Test and Trace.  
  • In line with government advice, we strongly ‘expect and recommend’ that everyone continues to wear face coverings, unless you are exempt. Although we cannot insist on this, we see this as a duty of care and a courtesy to others more vulnerable or anxious.
  • The Peace continues to be non-contact (though enthusiastic waving is always encouraged).
  • Our full choir can lead us in worship, with congregational singing indoors (behind masks) and, weather permitting, our last hymn outside (unmasked).
  • Everyone has the option either to receive just bread at communion, or bread dipped in wine by the priest. We continue to operate a one-way system and ask that people stand to receive communion.
  • Bell ringing returns.
  • All being well, we hope to reintroduce post-service refreshments in September.
  • The Children’s Corner continues be out of use. For details about Junior Church and children worshipping with us during August, please see the information below.
  • Everyone is welcome, but please do not come to church if you are self-isolating, or if you, or anyone in your household, are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of Covid-19 (such as a fever, cough, lack of taste/smell).
 
Junior Church (takes a break in August)
Junior Church usually meets in the St Andrew's Centre (the church hall) alongside our 10.30am Sunday morning service, except on second Sundays when we have All-Age worship. Please read the details on our Junior Church page in advance. Our children's groups take a break during August. Any children attending during August are asked to sit with their family. In place of grapes, children are welcome to receive an upgrade to a box of raisins!
 
All-Age Services
Our monthly All-Age service is every second Sunday - join us for a shorter, child-friendly, interactive communion service with songs, prayers and some new surprises.
 
Zoom worship continues
Our 10.30am Sunday Morning Worship on Zoom continues (if you aren't on our mailing list, please contact Phil in the Office).
 
8.00am Sunday Communion in church
The Sunday 8.00am Communion is a BCP service.

10.30am Wednesday Eucharist
Our midweek Communion Service is in-person at St Andrew's (replacing the temporary Wednesday morning worship on Zoom).
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).

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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.