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BANNER Sunday Service 1440 x 4In-Person Services

What can I expect when worshipping inside church?

We assure you of a very warm welcome and heartfelt worship


As of May 2022

Underpinning our decisions is a commitment to our Christian calling to love our neighbour, and to reassure those who continue to feel anxious.
  • We recommend that you use the hand sanitiser in church.
  • You may wish to wear a face covering, in particular at bigger services where worshippers are closer together. We have spares available, so please ask if you'd like one.
  • Please do not come to church if you are feeling unwell or have cold-like symptoms (even if it's not Covid-19).
  • The Peace continues to be non-contact (though enthusiastic waving is always encouraged)
  • The offertory has been reinstated. You may make a donation for the work of the church during our offertory hymn or use the contactless card device near the main entrance at any time.
  • Everyone has the option either to receive just bread at communion, or bread dipped in wine by the priest/bread administration assistant. We continue to operate a one-way system. You are welcome to either stand or kneel at the communion rail. A Communion Station offering grape juice is available at the back of the pews, by the kitchen.
  • We offer post-service refreshments.
  • For details about Junior Church, please see the information below.
Junior Church 
Junior Church 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 latest details on our Junior Church page.
 
All-Age Services
Our monthly All-Age service is every second Sunday - join us for a shorter, child-friendly, interactive communion service with songs and prayers.
 
Zoom worship
We have 10.30am Sunday Morning Worship online (the Zoom link can be found here or you can join our mailing list by contacting 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, with post-service refreshments.
 
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 

No one belongs here more than you.

We look forward to meeting you! Here's some information so that if you're planning a visit you know beforehand what to expect on a Sunday morning.  We have other pages telling you more About Us, our approach to Faith and our Online services.

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:
While, unfortunately, St Andrew's does not have its own carpark, 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 young people's 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. We offer a grape or a little box of raisins to children being blessed at the altar.

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 THE PANDEMIC:
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 - here you'll find the most up-to-date guidance about Worshipping inside church.
 
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.