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About Us

St Andrew’s is a vibrant and inclusive place where we aim to share God’s love with those around us.

churchOur parish
St Andrew’s parish covers the area of north Hertford and Sele Farm. Clergy are also responsible for our sister church, St Mary’s in Hertingfordbury, and both the churches are part of the Hertford Team and the Diocese of St Albans.

Our congregation
People come to St Andrew’s from within the parish boundaries and from further afield. There are no restrictions! Indeed, we regularly welcome people travelling from nearby villages and towns.

The congregations at our services reflect a wide range of society in terms of age, gender and background. Some have been Christians for years and come from different traditions, others have recently discovered their faith while some are still searching. All are welcome.

Our services and other activities
Our services reflect both traditional and modern approaches and, while some prefer to attend services of a particular style, many of our church members enjoy the variety that is offered.

A number of groups offer discussion and companionship. We offer Home Groups that help their members to develop ideas and beliefs in a safe, trusting environment. Also, our Youth Worker organises a wide variety of activities including a full programme for different age groups on Sundays.

Our town and community
Our historic church (the current building dates from the 1860s) plays its part in the life of the town and supports Hertford’s cultural life. Successful activities include folk concerts, drama productions and a Beer Festival. We have strong links with a number of community organisations and particularly value our work with St Andrew’s C of E Primary School and the St Andrew’s Centre.


Up, Up and Away at St Andrew's

Watch as we travel from ground level at the West Door of St Andrew's up to the very top of the Tower and looking out towards the east over Hertford. Captured by BG Drone shots on 2 June 2021.
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Photo Credit: The aerial photo on our homepage is by BG Drone shots
Listen to Rev. Alan's local radio interview
Rev. Alan Stewart was interviewed by Bernie Keyte on East Herts Radio last Christmas - you can listen to the interview by going to our Media Library or you can listen via YouTube.

As Bernie summarises, "AIan gives a full and very honest in-depth interview about his life, on his journey to becoming a vicar. His account is incredibly touching and his path to forgiveness is inspiring. Alan is the team leader of a wonderful church community in Hertford... Alan has become a master of Zoom and his wonderful church website bursts with friendliness, caring and a genuine warm welcome. All the activities are so fantastic and diverse and I for one can't wait for the Beer and Carols event next Christmas."

Bernie is a radio presenter at East Herts Radio - his Out and About Show is on from 4.00-5.00pm, Monday to Thursday. In March, Alan joined Bernie on his Wednesday afternoon show for a series called 'Finding God through Music'.
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.
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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.


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.

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.