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Bereavement Service

Sunday 1 November 2020, 2.00pm, Hertford St Andrew's

Each year we gather for a special service where we remember by name those who have died in the previous two years. It’s a short service with some music and readings and an opportunity to light a candle in memory of loved ones. This has been, for many people, a very helpful and moving part of their grieving process.

Unless government restrictions prevent it, we will hold our Bereavement Service on Sunday 1 November at 2.00pm.


If you plan to attend, please let us know

Because of social distancing, numbers will be limited to 70, and we therefore ask those planning to attend to book a place in advance. This can be done in a number of ways:

  • Post: Parish Administrator, St Andrew’s Church, St Andrew Street, Hertford SG14 1HZ
  • Phone: Parish Office, 01992 504373 (the Office is open Tue & Fri 9.00am - 4.00pm) 
  • Email: standrew.hertford@btinternet.com
  • Online: either through the Eventbrite website or on this page, below

 

Book tickets

You can book for the service here with Eventbrite without leaving this page:
 

 


 


 

Further information

  • If we find that more than 70 would like to attend, we will organise an additional service at 3.00pm.
  • We are following the guidance on social distancing, the wearing of face coverings, using hand sanitiser and keeping a record of visitors for Track and Trace purposes. 
  • We would normally offer refreshments at the end of the service, but we regret that this year that won't be possible.


How to include the name of a loved one

Those who have received an invitiation from us can be assured that the name of their loved one is recorded for remembance at the service.

If St Mary’s/St Andrew’s clergy did not conduct the service of someone you would like to be remembered and you wish the name of your loved one to be read out at the service, you may use our online form.
 

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At the service, there will be an opportunity to ‘Sponsor a Rose’, where, for a small donation, you can choose a rose in memory of your loved one and write a dedication with it. Proceeds will be shared between Cruse Bereavement Care and St Andrew’s Church.


Parking for the Service

We recommend allowing time to park if you travel by car. Should the car park in St Andrew Street be full, you could try our local Sainsbury’s in Hartham Lane, which is a 5-10min walk away.


How to cancel your booking

Should you book and later need to cancel your booking, please inform the Church Office (standrew.hertford@btinternet.com ; 01992 504373)
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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.
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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.

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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.