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St Andrew's Beer Festival 2016 BeerGlass crop



Around four hundred people came to the first St Andrew’s Beer Festival in September 2016, and over £1,000 was raised for WaterAid. Rev. Alan Stewart commented:

“It was such an incredibly welcoming and positive day, with a real spirit of teamwork, hospitality and festival.”

On offer were sixteen beers from breweries around the country, selected by Alex Wilsdon, a member of St Andrew’s and an experienced cask and keg cellar manager. There were also four Welsh ciders on offer from Gwynt Y Ddraig, and seven English wines from a range of vineyards in Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Sussex and Kent.
All the Cornish pasties from the Chough Bakery in Padstow were sold, and the church teenagers did a roaring trade in non-alcoholic cocktails, including a specially devised ‘Hertford Sunrise’. Every half hour they also did a puppet show for children, who had a range of activities while their parents sampled the beers on offer.
The St Andrew’s Bell Ringers contributed a Quarter Peal to open the festival, and inside the church were displays on the themes of Artists, Activists and Pilgrims. An audio-visual presentation on Anthony Gormley’s Angel of the North was a reflection on what the artist was trying to say to motorists on the A1, and there was plenty of material on offer about environmental concerns and the journey of life.
The Beer from the Emmanuales Brewery in Sheffield (featured recently on BBC Songs of Praise) was found to be a lot better than expected from the quality of the puns they use in naming and promoting their beer. The Brewery strapline is; ‘What would Jesus brew?’ and manager Nick Law says: “Our aim is to spread the good news one beer at a time; but we’re not out to force religion down people’s throats – just beer!  Quite simply, like Christian artists, poets, songwriters, authors, and craftsmen throughout history whose works adorn chapels and cathedrals, music halls and record collections, libraries and book shelves, and buildings or landscapes across this earth, we want to make the best beer around to the glory of God.”    At the festival four examples of their beers were on offer: By the Waters of Rhubarbabylon, Four Horsemen of the Hopocalypse, Jonah and the Pale, and Oh Hoppy Day.
When asked why a church would want to run a Beer Festival, St Andrew’s Reader Jim Thornton said:

“Far from being a decline in spirituality in the country, there is evidence of a growth of interest. The problem is that people no longer think the church has much to say, so they look in all sorts of other directions. Like the early followers of Jesus who changed the world, we have to find new ways to start conversations about God, and perhaps providing a good quality festival with excellent beers is one possibility.”

 Here are some images from the Festival...

Related article: What we learned from our Church Beer Festival

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Planning your Visit

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We look forward to meeting you! Here's some information so that if you're planning a visit you know beforehand what to expect on a Sunday morning.  We have other pages telling you more About Us, our approach to Faith and our Online services.

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:
While, unfortunately, St Andrew's does not have its own carpark, 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 young people's 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. We offer a grape or a little box of raisins to children being blessed at the altar.

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 - here you'll find the most up-to-date guidance about Worshipping inside church.
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.