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Welcome
to Junior Church!

Fun, friendship and following Jesus

 
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 (including every Sunday morning and every Wednesday afternoon)!
 

Junior Church: getting together during the pandemic

When it's possible for us to meet again in person, each week will be slightly different. Here are the various ways we plan to meet - all in a safe, socially-distanced way:


Sunday morning in the St Andrew's Centre

Junior Church for primary-aged children, running alongside the service in church
(more details below)


Sunday afternoon in St Andrew's Church

Family@4 - a more liturgically structured worship time for the young families in church


Sunday morning at St Joseph's in the Park

Woodland Worship, meeting at 10.15am 


Sunday at home

A monthly Family Quiz on Zoom

If you're not already receiving updates from Tracy, please get in touch so she can keep you informed about what's happening week by week: standrewstracy@gmail.com

To book for activities when they restart, please see the link at the bottom of the page #Booking

More details...

Junior Church on Sunday Morning in the St Andrew's Centre
When we meet in the St Andrew's Centre for Junior Church, we are limited to 15 children and we ask you to book in advance (details below). For those with little ones that are colour hand prints - ideas gounable to maintain social distancing or are unable to stay on their own we invite you into the main service.
  • This is for primary-aged children (aged 5-10). They will need to be able to stay without a parent and understand the limitations of social distancing.
  • We would like each child to arrive with a small ruck sack/bag with scissors, pens/pencils for drawing and colouring, glue stick and some paper. Maybe a small favourite toy. A small snack and drink and a PICNIC BLANKET. This will denote their space.
  • If you plan to attend we ask that you book into the Church service and Junior Church via the separate Eventbrite links below.
  • On arrival come straight to the centre and drop off (you are unable to enter the building) at 10.20am and give details for Track and Trace (QR system or paper version) to the JC leader welcoming on the door.
  • We ask that you maintain social distancing and go straight round to the church after drop-off, please.
  • Children will wash/sanitise their hands to our 'Wash your hands ' song.
  • They will then set up their picnic blanket (which for this service will be a field/patch or orchard).
  • We have songs
  • Please pick your child(ren) up by 11.40am, thank you: stand socially distanced along the path outside the Centre and we will send your children out.

Forms to be completed

Contact detail form
Covid best practice agreement
If you've not already completed these forms, they must be filled in and handed in to the leader who is taking 'Track and Trace' details. Thank you.
 

Booking for the children

Each week when we're able to meet in person, you'll be asked to book in advance for the Sunday Junior Church activity - details here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/tracy-plumpton-31298610301


Booking for the Sunday Morning Church Service 

If you're going to be in Church while the children are in Junior Church in the Centre, please book yourself into the church service separately: BOOK HERE
 
Tracy (Family, Children and Youth Worker) is continuing to connect with families online. You can find all sorts of resources through the Sele Messy Church Facebook page. Please contact Tracy directly to find out more: standrewstracy@gmail.com
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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 and note that when we're able to worship inside the church building, we ask you to book places at our 10.30am Sunday Service in church (book here). Everyone entering the church is asked to wear a face covering (don’t worry if you forget, we have a supply by the entrance door!).
 
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.