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What is Christianity? 

At the heart of Christianity is a God who walks in our shoes
FootprintsSura Nualpradid
Christians believe that two thousand years ago the Mystery behind the universe took human form and became one of us.

Born weak and vulnerable, this Jesus stood in solidarity with every human experience and emotion.

By word and action he showed us what God is really like, and what a human being could be like.

He didn’t come to start a religion;
he came to begin a friendship.

He spoke of a life worth living.

He taught us that love is the only way:
love God, love others, love ourselves.

He even said ‘love our enemies’. 

He welcomed everyone, especially the misfits and the downtrodden.

And finally he showed us the lengths that God’s love is prepared to go to, even to death on a cross. 

On the third day he came back to prove that love is stronger than death.

In the end, love wins.

If any of this makes sense to you. If you are searching for a love that accepts you exactly as you are, then consider where that friendship with God might start for you. Set aside for a moment your doubts and logic and dare to speak to Him as you would to a friend.

And then wait and listen and see what happens next.

You could try dropping into an empty church

or take a walk in the woods

or read something like…

How to be a Bad Christian... and a better human being’ by Dave Tomlinson
or ‘Unapologetic: Why, despite everything, Christianity makes surprising emotional sense’ by Frances Spufford

If you would describe yourself as someone who is spiritual but not religious; someone who wants to talk to God without worrying about prayer; someone who wants to read the Bible without turning off your brain; someone who would rather think with their soul rather than trying to follow rules… then you’d be welcome to come along to an informal get-together called Searching 4 Faith, where together we explore our questions and make sense of this thing called Christianity. (When our next Searching 4 Faith course can take place, we'll share the details online.)

In the meantime, keep asking the questions

keep searching

go well…

 
Image courtesy of Sura Nualpradid / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
 
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 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.