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Here are some notices that you may find of interest. Please check this page regularly for updates and let us know if you have some news to share...

 

February Coffee Morning

Our monthly Coffee Morning will go ahead on 5 February, 10.30am - 12.30pm. Come and enjoy scrumptious cakes, fresh coffee, music and good company next Saturday! Should you have any unwanted, unused or unsuitable Christmas or birthday gifts, please consider donating them to our Surplice to Rechoirments sale for the Coffee Morning - you can leave any contributions in a labelled bag at the back of the church or give to any Choir member. Thank you!

 

I know the plans I have for you

World Day of Prayer 2022 - 4 March, Holy Trinity Bengeo, 10.30am

World Day of Prayer 2022 (formally known as Women's World Day of Prayer) is a worldwide prayer initiative with material being provided each year by women from different parts of the world, and held on the first Friday of March each year.

 For 2022 the World Day of Prayer in Hertford will be celebrated in Holy Trinity Bengeo on 4 March. The service has the international title of 'I know the plans I have for you' (Jeremiah 29:1-14) which has been prepared by women from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  All are welcome - the plan is to start at 10.30am and, of course, there will be coffee and cake, and an opportunity to chat. Holy Trinity is in New Road Bengeo and is on bus route 333 out of town. There is usually plenty of parking in New Road.

 Contact David Cramphorn (01992 534641 / towerworks32@gmail.com) for details or to volunteer to be part of the celebration.

  


St Andrew's Away Day 2022high-leigh

Have you heard about our Away Day at the High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, on Sunday 13 March? The theme will be “Hope” and our programme (10.00am to 4.30pm) will include a short plenary session, workshops and a concluding eucharist. Lunch, teas and coffees will be provided. We hope newcomers to St Andrew’s will feel especially welcome and it should be a great opportunity to renew long-standing friendships and to make new ones. The cost of the day will be £25 per adult with children under 18 years old going free. To book your place(s) please contact catherinesleath@gmail.com by 31 January. Payment will be requested once bookings are confirmed. If you’re concerned about the cost, please speak to Chris Seward or Rev. Alan. We do not want anyone to be unable to attend on grounds of expense. While there is some uncertainty about what restrictions may or may not be in place in March, those attending can rest assured that all necessary measures will be taken and the event will be held in a safe environment. We do hope you will be able to join us at this local venue for what should be an enjoyable and special day of fellowship.

 

Interview with Pauline Rhodes

Tuscany and BeyondSt Andrew's very own Pauline Rhodes has launched her book, Tuscany & Beyond: a Recovery Journey, with Double Trouble: Living with Mania and Depression.
 Bernie Keyte has been in conversation with Pauline and has made YouTube videos for us featuring some of Pauline's favourite pieces of music interwoven with an interview about the book and mental illness. The interview covers a tough subject, discussed with good natured good humour and lots of practical tips:
Part 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRMTcTxwf7w
Part 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3YC3tAlfz4

For more about the book and how to purchase it, please visit: www.4emspublications.com


 


St Andrew’s Facebook page:

You can find event and service details, thought for the day, sermons, photos and updates on the St Andrew’s Facebook page.


Safeguarding at St Andrew’s:

Catherine Sleath is our Safeguarding Officer. If you have any questions or concerns relating to safeguarding for people of any age at St Andrew’s, please get in touch with Catherine (01992 537867).

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).

Open Google Maps

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.