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St Andrew's Beer Festival

The third St Andrew’s Beer Festival is scheduled for Saturday 10 September 2022 - our plans for a 2020 and 2021 event being halted by Covid-19 restrictions and uncertainty. We are looking forward to hosting another wonderful occasion when we can welcome people from across our community to share the delights of good beer (other drinks available!), delicious food, live music and generous hospitality - all within a safe, family-friendly setting.

Meanwhile, please enjoy reading the following article taken from our church magazine - hopefully it will give you a taste of what to expect at our next event!

Beer Festival 2018 poster

Our family-friendly Beer Festival at St Andrew's Church on Saturday 8 September 2018 proved to be a wonderful success, with more than 500 visitors enjoying:

* A range of interesting beers
* Live music
* Cornish pasties
* Non-alcoholic options
* Children's activities
* Scarecrow competition
* Bookstall
* and more!

£1,500 donated to WaterAid
With thanks to McCarthy & Stone for their generous sponsorship

Reflections on Beer Festival 2018

“Build it and they will come”. During the final few days of planning I was reminded of the lines from Genesis (or, alternatively, from the movie Field of Dreams). Everything seemed in place for a successful day but, of course, the vagueries of the weather or other unknown circumstances could always interfere.

However they did come! Over 500 adults, plus many young children made Beer Festival 2018 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.

For me the best memories were the buzz that surrounded the beer tent throughout the afternoon, the enthusiasm of the musicians who each expressed their enjoyment of playing in the church and the recognition and appreciation by people of our hospitality and outreach.

How good was it that the St Andrew’s football team of 1998 should convene a reunion and watch the video of their victorious Cup Final from that year?! Well done to Colin Harding for organising! Also, how splendid was it that individuals and groups invested so much ingenuity and effort to make their scarecrows? Well done to Barbara Hurford’s Chauncy Court colleagues on their winning effort!

Thank you to each and every individual who made this event possible. There were times when I was in awe of the Rolls Royce machine, otherwise known as the St Andrew’s team of staff and volunteers. Issues were foreseen, problems were solved and hours were spent making sure everything was as we wished it to be.

When they came, the people found a church that was calmly, happily and genuinely ready to welcome them. As a result, church funds were boosted and WaterAid received a donation of £1,500 towards their work of providing clean water and toilets to communities around the world. Well done, everyone!

Chris Seward


St Andrew's Beer Festival 2016
What we learned from our Church Beer Festival 2016
Resources for those wishing to put on a similar event
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.
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.