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BANNER Christmas candle in hanChristmas Appeal 2021 

Helping vulnerable adults and children in our area experience some joy this Christmas

During December, we are requesting donations that will be sent as Christmas offerings to local families known to St Andrew’s School and Haven First, a charity supporting the homeless in Stevenage and North Herts.

Donations for St Andrew's SchoolChristmas Appeal 2020 1

Staff at the school are aware of those who are in situations that require support. To provide this, we are asking for the following items:

  • Good quality toys and games
  • Children’s books and family DVDs
  • Chocolates and snacks
  • Christmas crackers and decorations

Please package items in open boxes, wrapped in festive paper; these will be supplemented by specially-baked Christmas Cake and mince pies.
 

Donations for Haven First

Haven First would welcome appropriate gifts with special emphasis on support for their male clients (they get lots of donations suitable for females). Ideal items include the following:

  • Boxed toiletry gift sets
  • Hats, gloves, scarves and winter coats
  • Gift Cards in £5 denominations that can be distributed evenly between people
  • Chocolate and biscuit selection boxes, tubs of sweets and gifts that can be given by residents to their children

Please bring items to the church in either boxes or bags.

Christmas Appeal 2020 4How to make your donation

If you would like to make a difference to the experience of some of our most vulnerable in the community, please bring your gift to the church by Monday 20 December. It can be given to one of the Churchwardens on a Sunday or, during office hours, handed into Phil or Sarah-Jane in the Parish Office. Alternatively, items can be left outside the office at the back of the church.

The gifts will be delivered from the church in the days immediately before Christmas. 
 

Thank you

The response to our 2020 Appeal was amazing! We hope that, once again, members of the St Andrew’s family will provide gifts that help vulnerable adults and children in our area experience some joy this Christmas. 

Herts Young Homeless

herts-young-homelessHerts Young Homeless (HYH) support many young people who are the 'hidden homeless'. These are the young people that could be sofa surfing, living in unsafe or temporary accommodation. HYH is embarking on the The Big Give Christmas Challenge, 30 November - 7 December, when any donations given to them will be doubled for one week. If you would like to support this project aimed at young homelessness and doubling their donations, please see the HYH website on how to give:

https://www.hyh.org.uk/thebiggive

 

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.