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Past events

Here you'll find information and pictures from events that have taken place at St Andrew's - click on the links to see more!

BeerAndCarols211219beerBeer & Carols 2019

The weekend before Christmas and St Andrew's was full of people of all ages enjoying carol singing, cask ale, mulled wine, Christmas craft, winter wonderland model railway, nativity photobooth and lots more.


Melrose Quartet (Credit Lizzy Melrose Quartet - live at St Andrew's

A Christmas Concert like no other! St Andrew's is gaining a growing reputation as a great venue for folk concerts and it was no surprise to hear lead Melrose singer Jess Arrowsmith introduce the band's two-hour set with, "Wow, playing in a church! This is a first for us. What a fantastic place to play and sing a few Christmas songs and carols."


Steve Knightley St A June2019 Steve Knightley - live at St Andrew's

Playing as an acoustic singer songwriter for over 40 years, Steve Knightley has built a reputation as one of England’s most accomplished folk performers. It caused quite a stir in Hertford folk circles and the local area when it was announced that he would be playing at St Andrew's as part of his 2019 solo tour.


BoysAtBelsey280419Parish Weekend Away 2019

St Andrew's and St Mary's congregations returned to Belsey Bridge Conference Centre in Suffolk to enjoy a weekend together exploring the theme of Amazing Grace.


Third Hope Requiem

The De Merc Chamber Choir, directed by Alison Smart Fisher, performed a special Requiem for charity Third Hope Africa at St Andrew's Church in April 2019. All profits from the retiring collection went towards working for the long-term rehabilitation of ex-child soldiers in Northern Uganda.


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It was more light than fright at St Andrew's for All Hallows' Eve 2018. The church was full of families who came to the party and enjoyed the pumpkin carving, lantern making, face paints, photo booth, crafts, challenges, quiz, food and more.


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Local theatre company Pins & Feathers brought their play The March to St Andrew’s in September 2018.
Written by Kate Miller to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote in Parliamentary elections, The March was based on the real-life stories of Hertfordshire women who fought for change and featured the extraordinary Great Pilgrimage of July 1913, in which thousands of Suffragists from all over the country marched to London to demonstrate peaceful mass support for the vote.


Beer Festival 080918 gSt Andrew's Beer Festival 2018

We welcomed more than 500 adults, plus many young children, to our 2018 Beer Festival. It was a marvellous success that far exceeded our expectations. Beers began to sell out from 5.30pm, all the pasties and sausage rolls were gone by 6.00pm and people kept coming through the gate until nearly 8.00pm.


Martin Simpson 1Martin Simpson - live at St Andrew's

One of the most skilled folk guitarists currently playing on the British and American folk scene performed live at St Andrew's in April 2018. It was a real coup that Martin chose to play a gig with us; he said the acoustics in the nave were ‘unbelievably clear and beautiful’.

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Amici Cantate Choir

We were delighted to welcome Bishop Stortford-based Choir, Amici Cantate, to St Andrew's for a wonderful selection of choral music in March 2018. The concert raised funds for Christian Aid and the music proved to be moving, uplifting and had us tapping our toes in the aisles.


IMG0309-1Parish Weekend Away 2017

Our joint Parish Weekend Away at Belsey Bridge in April 2017 was a great time for all who were lucky enough to go. With ages ranging from 2 to 80+, it was an opportunity to spend time together across our two congregations from St Andrew's and St Mary's, for friendships to be made and strengthened, plenty of fun and laughter to be had and time for worship, teaching and reflection, too. 


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New play Seeing it Through was performed at St Andrew's in October 2016. The performance told the stories of the home front in 1914-18, from the words of the extraordinary women, men and children who saw it through. It portrayed a time of unprecedented upheaval, loss, change - and opportunity - in Hertford and the surrounding towns and villages; a time which shaped our world today.


Harvest2016StAndrewFLOWERDISPLHarvest Festival 2016

St Andrew's looked wonderfully autumnal for our All-Age Harvest Festival Service. The church was decorated with stunning flower arrangements and window displays as well as a beautiful collection of fresh produce in front of the altar. Our congregation was generous not just with the fresh produce that was given for the displays and bought after the service, but also with the non-perishable gifts donated for two local charities.


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A Beer Festival - at a church? Yes! We welcomed hundreds of people to the first ever Beer Festival at St Andrew's in September. A wide selection of beers were available, plus cider, wine and fruit cocktails. Delicious Cornish pasties sold out and there were children's activities and displays in the church on Artists, Activists & Pilgrims.

WP20160707160146ProBayt: an exhibition across cultures

Curated by Hertford resident and anthropologist Suhad Jarrar, this exhibition offered visitors the chance to explore the rich heritage of the Middle East through costumes, customs, hospitality and music. Part of our Pilgrims, Artists & Activists programme of events


PentecostGrowing160516Experience Pentecost

Six stations around St Andrew's Church provided an interactive multi-sensory way for children to engage imaginatively with the events surrounding Pentecost.


GFDAlexJeffJennyForbes300416Ground Faith Day

As the saying goes, 'Many hands make light work', and so it proved as a fantastic number of volunteers from the St Andrew's congregation got stuck in to give the church and garden some essential TLC.


Pax Christi imageHertford Festival of Peace and Reconciliation

For a week in January 2016, St Andrew's hosted the Pax Christi Icon, a symbol of peace and reconciliation. With this as our focus, a series of events took place including a peace vigil, guided meditation, art talk, non-violence workshop and inter-faith lunch.


PASS-308First Light: A Passion Play for Hertford

Staged Easter 2015 at St Andrew's, First Light was a bold reimagining of the story of Jesus' last days.


HertfordPageantCbw191014The Hertford Pageant 2014

The Mimram Singers, conducted by Peter Murphy, gave us a taste of what the town experienced 100 years ago when the Grand Historic Pageant took place in Hertford. 


Rowing the Atlantic

We discovered exactly what it takes to cross the Atlantic ocean on a rowing boat when James Cowan told us about his amazing adventure


IvinghoeBeaconGroup300814BSaunter on the Mount

As part of our Year of Matthew, a group from St Andrew's met on Ivinghoe Beacon one Saturday morning in August for brunch.


GiddingsTaylorKeswickJuly2014BLakes, a Bible expedition & a singing cricketer

An annual Bible convention has been held in Keswick since 1875 - a group of us from St Andrew's went to experience "life-changing Bible teaching, uplifting worship and great fellowship, combined with the chance to relax and enjoy a holiday in the wonderful setting of the Lake District".


Social Event June 2014 043bSt Andrew's Summer Social

There was entertainment for all as we gathered in the Chaplin's beautiful garden for food, drink, and an amazing array of entertainment - including a clown for the kids!


CarnivalStalls220614St Andrew's at the Hertford Carnival 2014

We soaked up the sun and joined hundreds of Carnival-goers in the Castle grounds on 22 June as we set up our stalls offering cakes, plants and Messy Church activities - oh, and maggot racing!!


AuctionB231113The Auction of Promises

The new St Andrew's Centre was host to its first major event as the gavel came down on more than 40 amazing lots. It proved to be a great success - and a very enjoyable evening...

7CentreOpenInside121013Official Opening of the St Andrew's Centre

On Saturday 12 October, Charles Ledsam officially opened the St Andrew's Centre. Despite there still being some work to do inside, everyone was wowed by the new space - so much lighter, warmer and useable than before. A day of great celebration after the many years of hard work, fundraising and prayers. You can see more by clicking here.


01coffeemornColinColin070913A Coffee Morning with a difference!

In September, the men of St Andrew's proved that they could lay on a fantastic spread and entertain the crowds at our monthly coffee morning. With delicious food and fun activities on offer, those attending also got the chance to take a look inside the St Andrew's Centre to see how building work has progressed.


8CarnivalStAStallTeam230613St Andrew's @ Hertford Carnival

What a fantastic team effort! The St Andrew's stall proved to be a huge success on Hertford Carnival day. We joined the fun fair and dozens of other stalls on Hartham Common as the Carnival swept through town and brought with it crowds of people of all ages having a fantastic afternoon. Messy Church ran a fabulous craft drop-in session too!


02NutsInMayLS180513Nuts in May

A talented cast of performers from St Andrew's provided a brilliant evening of light entertainment at this fundraising event in May. There were songs, sketches, music, poems and stories as everyone, young and old, from the Vicars and Church Wardens to other gifted members of the congregation, stepped up on stage.


03PalmSundayProcSnowD240313Palm Sunday Procession

The biting wind and the icy conditions didn't prevent us processing to church on Palm Sunday. Led by the choir, we were full of voice as we walked from Hertford Castle on a very cold March morning...



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.


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.

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.