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BANNER Mission

Mission

For some, Christian mission focusses on evangelism - “making disciples of all nations”, as Jesus said (Matthew 28.19).

An alternative view understands mission as engaging in social justice - the climate and ecological emergency, and redressing economic disparity, oppression, racial inequality and other societal ills.  The Old Testament prophet Micah put it like this: “Do justice, love mercy.” (Micah 6. 8)

Both are an expression of love.

12% of St Andrew’s planned giving is allocated for mission giving.

St Andrew’s gives priority to NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) which have a Christian ethos so that money is channelled through Christians. However, we remain open to any organisation working in a ‘holistic’ way.

Globally in recent years, we have supported multi-faceted projects working to alleviate the impact of poverty in Africa, Central and South America, the Middle East, Indian sub-continent and south east Asia and providing:

  • Emergency relief after disasters and other crises
  • Food and water
  • Healthcare, medicine/ health supplies and substance abuse recovery
  • Life skills, e.g. agricultural training
  • Human trafficking awareness, intervention and aftercare
  • Engagement with prisoners’ children and families and restorative justice
  • Advocacy for freedom of religion and belief


Locally in recent years, we have supported projects and organisations seeking to:

  • Support and work with young people
  • Assist refugee settlement and asylum seekers in Hertfordshire

 

Here are some of the projects and organisations we've supported...

Living Hope logoLiving Hope
Living Hope is a Christian non-profit organisation whose vision is to reach people for Christ, bringing hope and breaking the despair of poverty and disease. Living Hope undertakes community development through educational, social, income generation, and health related programmes; and plays a vital role in the prevention, care and treatment of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.




Latin Link Logo

Latin Link

Latin Link is an international 'community with a calling' to love and serve God and our neighbour, through multi-directional mission work. The community includes over 140 members, from around 20 nations, serving in 15 Country Teams across Latin America and Europe.

 




Herts Welcomes Refugees logoHerts Welcomes Refugees
Herts Welcomes Refugees provides a range of assistance and support to refugees and asylum seekers across the county to complement that provided by local councils and the Refugee Council's Hertfordshire Resettlement Project. HWR also help some refugees and asylum seekers who are not supported by either the Refugee Council or local councils. 

Inscape Animations presents a preview of Roots, a story of human migration and connection through time and distance...

 


The least of these...

Jesus’ benchmark was ‘the least of these’. Therefore, a minimum of 60% of the giving is allocated to overseas projects. The impact of the climate and coronavirus emergencies is greater on families in poorer countries who are not able to earn enough to feed their children. In places where malnutrition is already a problem, even more people are going hungry and risk starvation. Those living in vulnerable communities may get very ill and have no access to healthcare.

Tearfund Action: Sign the Climate Coalition's Declaration


Andrew Goodman, St Andrew's Mission Committee

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 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.