Worship and Prayer
Reopening our church buildings for public worship
Please read the 10 July Update from Alan
for full details.
From Sunday 19 July, the new pattern of services through July and August will be as follows:
Communion Service at St Andrew’s
using a traditional liturgy and perhaps with some musical accompaniment.
Communion Service at St Mary’s
with the shortened liturgy we currently use on Zoom, with musical accompaniment.
We are hoping that the 10.30am service at St Andrew’s will reconvene some time in September. At that time, the 8.00am will revert to being a BCP service.
The church is open for private prayer during these times:
Tuesdays 10.00am - 12noon
Fridays 2.00pm - 4.00pm
We welcome you to spend some time in prayer and contemplation. Stewards will be present to offer guidance during your visit. (Please do not come to the church if you are in a high-risk group or you are feeling unwell or you are self-isolating due to symptoms in your household.)
Find out when Hertford Churches are open for prayer
Over-70s coming to the church
We'd like to make it clear that, following the Bishop's advice, we invite those aged 70+ to decide themselves whether they attend church for prayer and any future services. While we do not suggest over-70s take on stewarding duties at church, we believe each person should make their own decision about visiting.
We ask that you do not come to the church if you are in a high-risk group (clinically extremely vulnerable) or you are feeling unwell or you are self-isolating due to symptoms in your household.
You can read the government advice (updated on 24 June and referring to the changes planned from 4 July), which answers the question: 2.1 Does easing restrictions apply to 70 year olds and over?
Services you can follow from home - together in spirit
We continue to worship together while apart.
Regular worship on Zoom
Our church family joins together every week via Zoom - there are more details here
Sunday Eucharist 10.30am
Sunday Compline 7.00pm
Wednesday Eucharist 10.30am
Wednesday Meditation & Mindfulness 8.00pm
How to join us on Zoom
We are now sharing time and worship together through the wonders of Zoom. Those on our mailing list will receive an invitation via email in advance of the event, allowing them to join in at the right time. If you're not already on our mailing list, please email the church office: email@example.com
You can find out more about how Zoom works here.
A rough guide for tough times - Rev. Alan offers us a guide to mindfulness
Our monthly prayer meeting, called Breathe, meets on the first Saturday of each month - now on Zoom. You will find more details on our Breathe page
The Prayer of Stillness
A brief guide by Rev. Wendy Sellers to The Prayer of Stillness
, as practiced by the Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer.
Daily Hope phone line
Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind. Daily Hope information here.