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Welcome
to Junior Church!

Fun, friendship and following Jesus

Sunday morning Junior Church in the St Andrew's Centre (the hall behind the church) alongside our 10.30am in-person worship at St Andrew's

What happens before, during and after Junior Church...

  • We all start together in church seated in pews (not in the Children's Corner, please!), so even if you're late, please find a pew.
  • When it is time to leave for Junior Church, the Vicar will give the cross to a nominated child and all the children will line up behind the cross to go through to the St Andrew's Centre (our church hall). Please don't come through unless you are settling your child or you are on the JC team.
  • In Junior Church, we will spend time together before returning to the service for communion.
  • Before we re-join the congregation, Tracy will talk to the children and nominate another child to process the cross back in. All children will line up behind the cross and enter the church quietly; this will help us to feel part of the rhythm and pattern of church and help us all transition smoothly with focus and reverence.
  • Once we are back in the church, the children will return to their families in the pews so that they can go up for communion together. The children will be offered a box of grapes at the altar. 
  • The children will stay with their families in the pews until the end of the service, when the Children's Corner will be made available for calm play and snacks. Some toys and colouring will be available

Keep in touch and hear the latest updates

Tracy is in touch with families directly. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for Junior Church, or any other group for our young people and families, please email Tracy: standrewstracy@gmail.com 

DOCUMENTS:
Contact detail form
 
Junior Church online:
* Visit our St Andrew's Church Facebook page and find our Junior Church Group (a private group for parents, teens and helpers involved with Junior Church)
* Find us on Instagram: search for 'youngathertstandrews'
* Check out the Sele Messy Church Facebook page for regular updates and posts from Tracy and Scruff 
 
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.